Taking a vacation is a time for you to relax and enjoy doing your favorite activities. It is an opportunity to try new things, give yourself a treat and to have memorable experiences. There are many factors that contribute to making a vacation a fantastic experience.
These include the location, the amenities and facilities available at your destination, the services offered and the activities available to keep you entertained during your stay.
Opting for a luxury holiday has the potential to be an amazing experience as this type of vacation offers you the best of everything. If you have the cash to splash, then the world really is your oyster and you can choose between the most luxurious destinations from across the globe.
If you are thinking of taking a break and luxury is a key element of your enjoyment, then you may wish to consider on of these top 20 luxury destinations.
1. The Seychelles
When thinking of beautiful places, The Seychelles is one of the first places that comes to mind. With rare wildlife, crystal clear waters, lush rainforests, and breath-taking beaches all outlined before a striking backdrop of rocks, this truly is like paradise.
One of the best ways to fully experience this archipelago is to take a cruise around the islands. ‘Espirit’ from Crystal Cruises is a fantastic way to take in the views while enjoying luxurious surroundings. ‘Espirit’ has just 30 cabins, so it feels like a private yacht but still has all the facilities and services of a luxury liner.
A visit to Tanzania combines a safari experience with luxury. It is one of the best options for people who want to enjoy a fantastic climate and get back to nature while also enjoying high-class accommodation and catering.
The Highlands camp is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and has spectacular views, including views of Kilimanjaro. The luxury domed tents come equipped with everything you need for a relaxing break and gourmet meals are prepared suing local organic ingredients.
3. Aguas Calientes, Peru
The culture of Peru makes a trip here stand out against any other destination in the world. From the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Peruvian Amazon, this country is a nature lovers’ dream.
There are many locations you could choose to stay in this country that would allow you to absorb the culture but to add a touch of luxury to your stay, you should head for Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes. This ecotourist hotel combines the cultural experience with luxury accommodation.
4. Tokyo, Japan
Japan is becoming an increasingly popular tourist spot and this country is particularly good at catering to the higher-end of the market. Tokyo is surrounded by an amazingly diverse landscape that will suit people who want to spend their time outdoors, while the urban areas have a fantastic buzz and are ideal for a spot of retail therapy.
There are some amazing places to stay that offer a luxurious experience to their guests but one of the best options is The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho. The rooms are finished to the highest standard and offer panoramic views across the country’s capital. The hotel also offers top-quality Japanese cuisine.
5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a city of two halves. On the one hand, it is a fantastic destination for groups of young people who want to party hard and have fun. On the other hand, it is also a great choice for those who want to experience true luxury and take in the cultural vibe of the city.
Amsterdam has many amazing historic buildings to enjoy and the interlocking canals create an ambience similar to Venice. The city also has a great culinary scene. A stay at the Conservatorium allows you to spend time in an environment that perfectly combines modernity and history.
The hotel boasts bi-level suites and a bar that serves 40 different varieties of gin. The cuisine on offer at this hotel is also particularly noteworthy.
6. New York, NY
If your preference is for an urban buzz over a rural retreat, then there is nowhere on earth quite like New York City. This city is a hub of high-end boutiques, spa and beauty treatments, historic buildings, and fine dining restaurants.
You are also spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing your luxury accommodation. The Plaza, Mandarin Oriental, and Four Seasons Hotel are just three of your options. Each of these hotels offers their guests stunning rooms and all the services and facilities they need to enjoy their stay.
Another great choice for an urban getaway is London as this historical city offers both the urban vibe and a cultural experience. The city is filled with amazing buildings and structures, fashionable boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and exciting attractions.
Just like New York, there are many different hotels where you can enjoy a luxury vacation and London excels in providing visitors with the experience of regal grandeur that is typically associated with England.
The Savoy, The Dorchester, and The Ritz are three of the most famous hotels in England’s capital and each offers their guests almost every service imaginable.
8. Mirihi Island, The Maldives
When people think of luxury, The Maldives are often the first location they would choose. Mirahi Island has 30 villas with private decks overlooking the Indian Ocean and seven additional rooms.
The boutique-style accommodation is beautifully designed to reflect the surroundings. The island has two restaurants, each of which serves stunning, freshly prepared dishes for guests. Guests are encouraged to leave their shoes by the door and walk barefoot across the island’s sand covered floors.
9. Langkawi, Malaysia
Malaysia is a beautiful country and you can’t get a location much better than the cape of Tanjung Rhu by the Andaman Sea. It is there you will find the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi on one of the best beaches on the island.
The resort boasts 91 villas by the UNESCO-protected mangroves., the rainforests and the dramatic cliffs. Four Seasons resorts are well-known globally for the luxurious accommodation and service they provide.
10. Andaz Peninsula, Costa Rica
If you are hoping for an exotic break in a naturally beautiful setting, then the Andaz Peninsula in Costa Rica is ideal. The Anda Peninsula Papagayo Resort is located where Culebra Bay and the Gulf of Papagayo meet.
The mountainous backdrop and lush surroundings make looking out of the window of your luxury suite when you wake in the mornings an absolute treat. The resort is surrounded by a golf course, two secluded beaches and two national parks.
Located on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada is the Spice Island Resort. This resort prides itself on its high level of hospitality and providing their guests with a luxurious stay.
One of the reasons people choose to stay at Spice Island is they can walk straight out of their luxury suite onto the white sands of the beach and the sparkling blue waters of the ocean. This resort has a AAA five diamond rating.
12. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is well-known for offering visitors amazing and luxurious vacations. There are many places to stay on the island and each will allow you to take advantage of the wonderful climate and the beautiful surrounding.
However, if luxury is a key element of your vacation, then stay at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat. The rooms are designed in a contemporary style and boast four poster beds and open sky rainforest showers.
One of the best aspects of a stay in this hotel is the food. They are chocolate specialists that offer exclusive cacao cuisine.
13. Lake Como
Lake Como is a popular destination for the rich and famous. In fact, have a second home at Lake Como so they can spend as much of their free time there as possible.
It is no wonder this area is so popular among the wealth as the surroundings are outstanding and the area offers visitors so much to see and do. For a luxurious vacation, stay at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo which overlooks the lake and provides the highest level of hospitality.
14. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
What could be more luxurious than spending time on a private island? Song Saa Private Island is 35-minutes form Sihanoukville Port by boat. This resort actually spans two islands that are connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve.
It is the natural assets that make this resort so unique and it is currently the only luxury accommodation in Cambodia. Other than the beautiful setting, visitors can spend time in the infinity pool or in the resorts spa and wellness sanctuaries.
15. Bahia, Brazil
The Butterfly House in Bahia, Brazil, is a wonderfully luxurious place to visit for those who enjoy eco-travel. Rainforests, lakes, and reefs are just some of the features of the surrounding conservation area which visitors can explore.
The remoteness of this accommodation is one of the key attractions and there are just eight villas around a palm-lined swimming pool. Visitors can delight in relaxing in hammocks or sampling the delicious cuisine of the gastronomic restaurant.
Those who are looking for a break that offers the ultimate in relaxation in a warm climate should consider a stay at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa in Mauritius.
The stunning rooms, the excellent hospitality, the beachside location, and the tropical backdrop are just three of the things you can expect form your stay at this resort. There is also an 18-hole championship golf course to enjoy.
17. Reykjavik, Iceland
For anyone who prefers modern accommodation over period style, then Canopy Reykjavik in Iceland is the perfect choice. It is just a few years old and is part of the Hilton Worldwide brand. The accommodation is set across six connected houses and award-winning chefs serve up local delicacies and specialty dishes each evening. There are also tasting sessions held each evening and guests can sample local drinks and spirits.
18. Laikipia, Kenya
Looking for a luxury vacation with a difference? The Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia is potentially the perfect vacation for you. This private reserve covers 60,000 acres and the guest’s suites offer luxurious accommodation that includes a four-poster bed and a deck with views across the Kenyan Plains to Mount Kenya. There is also the option to spend a night embracing the elements in the Koija star bed.
This is a hand-crafted open-topped four poster bed that gives a unique experience spectacular views of the Kenyan night sky. Other treats include a horseback evening star safari and al fresco champagne baths.
19. Udaipur, India
The vibrant colors, aroma of spices and diverse landscapes make India a country like no other. One of the top luxury resort options in the country is the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Even arriving at the hotel is a unique experience.
The 250-year-old marble hotel is located on an island in the middle of a lake so you arrive by boat. The rooms are like nothing you will have seen before, featuring hand-painted murals, antique furniture and opulent ornaments.
Guests have the pleasure of dining on gourmet Indian cuisine in the Lily Pond Courtyard. Treats offered to guests are a candlelit pontoon in the lake or a relaxing massage at the Jiva Spa. If you can bear to drag yourself away from the hotel, there are excursions around Udaipur.
20. Paris, France
Paris is synonymous with style, high-fashion and luxury. Therefore, it makes the perfect choice for a luxurious vacation. Whether you want a relaxing break or an active vacation with plenty of sightseeing and activities, Paris has something for you.
In addition to the cultural experience, one of the greatest joys of a vacation in Paris is, without doubt, the cuisine. French cuisine and culinary techniques are considered by many the epitome of fine dining.
To take advantage of all the luxuries that Paris offers, stay at Le Meurice as this hotel matches expectations of true luxury. It is in a prime position on arcaded rue de Rivoli. The interior décor is very grand and the rooms are equally as opulent.
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