Panicked elite buy underground bunkers to protect against revolutions
The panicked 0.01 per cent are reportedly buying up underground bunkers carved out of bedrock to escape civil unrest and natural disasters.
Bespoke hidden chambers in Germany and the US are being snapped up as the world's wealthiest look to secure a safe spot if crisis strikes, according to their promoters.
And while numbers are difficult to ascertain, experts say more and more of the wealthy are installing 'safe rooms' in their apartments - or at least fortifying rooms to hide in should disaster strike.
While the underground hideaways are designed to withstand the worst natural disasters - they are luxurious above all else.
Customers are encouraged to decorate their 'chamber' like they would their yachts, according to owner Vivos CEO Robert Vicino.
Swimming pools, cinemas, bars and meeting rooms are open to the 'elite' community who can survive underground for one year.
'People are sensing that a global life-changing event is just ahead... Millions of people believe that we are living in the “end times",' promotional website Vivos declares.
'We are clearly living in dangerous and changing times that the uninformed will never understand until the threats are evident. We cannot predict, but we can prepare,' the company said in a statement to MailOnline.
The biggest facility is in Germany - Europa One - and is 'one of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth, deep below a limestone mountain' and 'safely secured from the general public, behind sealed and secured walls, gates and blast doors'.
Journalist Lynn Parramore visited the facility in Indiana, US - and reported the gigantic bunker was like walking into a hotel, describing it as the 'Ritz Carlton of doomsday shelters'.
The cheapest of the bunkers will set you back $35,000, while the most delux costs up to $3 million.
The state of the art facilities also include a hospital, and armed guards on duty to keep the 99 per cent from breaking into the hideaway.
To avoid a Lord of the Flies scenario, the designers have also implemented a handbook that outlines by laws for the bunkered community.