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Seeking a Luxury Travel Experience? These 7 Destinations Await You
Summer is nearly here, but these seven exceptional destinations can be enjoyed all year round.
If you feel some lingering trepidation linked to the pandemic, you should know that the World Health Organization (WHO) announced earlier this month that COVID “is no longer a global health emergency,” according to CNN.
So, with that in mind, why not splurge a little on that once-in-a-lifetime trip? Whether you decide to fly solo, bring a friend, or take the family, check out the following destinations where luxury experiences are plentiful.
This colorful archipelago consisting of 16 major islands, inlets and keys has long been a draw for tourists.
Firstly, it’s an accessible destination, with 20 international airports. It’s also possible to take a ferry from West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, which is about two hours. Whether you choose to stay on one island or hop around, you’ll have a memorable time.
The city of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island offers accommodations at just about every price point. But if you really want to go all out, try Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort. This all-inclusive resort spreads across 26 acres on Grand Bahama Island’s South Shore. If you’re traveling with children, they’ll love the beach, the Kid’s Club and the paintball opportunities.
If you’re looking to sneak away for some adult time, treat yourself to 5-star cuisine at one of the resort’s restaurants. In the evening, enjoy live shows, themed nights and other nightlife experiences.
Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” and it’s easy to see why. Not to mention, this country offers a travel experience at just about every price point.
You could book an Airbnb for a local experience or sit in the lap of luxury at Castelfalfi Resort in the Florentine countryside. If you want to avoid the crowds, it’s possible to book a private apartment or villa in major cities such as Florence and Rome.
If you crave sun and sand, head to Puglia (or Apulia) located on the “heel” of the boot-shaped country. The legendary Amalfi Coast, known for its hills, drops and spectacular views, is ideal for a romantic getaway.
Lastly, there are a number of Italian islands you might wish to explore as well. The most frequented are Sicily, Capri and Sardinia.
If you and your honey want a luxurious getaway in a remote location (and we mean really remote), the Seychelles Islands fit the bill.
This archipelago has 115 islands. Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first encountered them in 1502, and their beauty has captivated visitors from across the globe ever since.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the island of Félicité is the place to go for what the resort calls “seductive seclusion.” You can relax on the white sand beaches, book a spa treatment or visit other islands within the archipelago. In other words, you’re encouraged to do as much—or as little—as you want.
This island of Bali is an Indonesian star, celebrated for its idyllic beaches, verdant landscapes and much more. Did we mention the quality of the accommodations?
You could stay at the St. Regis Resort in Nusa Dua, but some of the private villas that aren’t linked to a hotel or resort are especially beautiful. You’ll find them in Sanur, Tabanan, and Jimbaran, to name a few.
Many come fully-staffed, so you don’t have to lift a finger at any point during your luxury getaway. You won’t even need to cook because there’s typically a chef included.
Whether you’re a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan, Balinese cuisine is not only tasty but also inclusive. And since these private villas are like sanctuaries in and of themselves, don’t be surprised if you have no inclination to venture beyond.
Paris is an enchanting and captivating city, with 5-star hotels like La Réserve or Shangri-La. French food might not be to everybody’s liking, but good luck resisting the desserts prominently displayed at the pâtisseries. And don’t forget the world-class museums, like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay.
Don’t sleep on the rest of France, though. The Cote d’Azur offers boardwalks, shops and restaurants, and of course, beaches. Cannes, St. Tropez and Nice have been popular for years, but you should also consider Grasse and Èze, which are perched in the hills. Whichever area you choose, make sure you have that camera ready—you’ll need it.
For a change of pace, head to northwest France to see Normandy. This region is filled with history, from medieval times all the way up to World War II.
There are also some beautiful manors and castles that date back centuries, and some are available to rent. You might have the chance to experience a taste of what life might have been like for French aristocracy, at least until the monarchy was destroyed.
One of the most striking features of Dubai is that it doesn’t hide its wealth. It’s the kind of place you need to see to believe, with unique architecture, extensive nightlife, and diversity. The Culture Trip notes, “Approximately 85% of Dubai’s population are expats. This brings a level of cultural interaction that is rarely seen anywhere else in the world.”
If you’re looking for luxury accommodations that will exceed your expectations several times over, Burj Al Arab is for you. You’ve heard of 5-star hotels, but this is the only 7-star hotel in the world. There are 199 suites, all of which face the water, and you can expect to shell out thousands per night. For a spectacular culinary experience with a view, go to Al Muntaha, where French and Italian-inspired fare is served.
If the nightly price tag is too hefty, you can purchase a guest pass that grants you access to the pool and its facilities.
One external guest who visited for the day wrote that “there are several different packages available when you book a pool day pass at the Burj Al Arab” and explained that the Sunlounger pass granted her access to the freshwater pool, the salt-water infinity pool, the beach club restaurant and the changing rooms. Please note, this experience is for adults only.
Singapore will impress you the moment you arrive at the airport. Changi Airport is like none other, and if you happen to have a layover here, there’s no shortage of exciting activities to keep you occupied, from shopping and dining to entertainment.
On Sentosa Island is Capella Singapore, a hotel oasis that has been praised by Forbes, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. You can book a reservation for yourself or bring a partner or friend for a self-care session.
Singapore also invites you to indulge in five-star shopping. The Shops at Marina Bay Sands, Mandarin Gallery, and Paragon have many luxury outlets that are sure to impress.
The dining experiences are top of the line as well. While enjoying your meal at Ocean Restaurant, take in views of the beautiful marine life, including manta rays, zebra sharks and fish. With a backdrop like that, it would be a crime to not snap a photo or two.