Luxury Destinations Around The World

Posted on Feb 13 2015 - 7:02am by Amy Labbadia

Maldives

Imagine if money was no object when planning your next holiday – where would you go, and what would you do? Would you opt for ultimate indulgence in the Maldives or embark upon your own safari adventure in South Africa?

Nowadays, many countries are battling it out for the reputation as being the world’s most luxurious destination. But until there is a clear winner, perhaps our list of the Luxury Destinations around the World will help inspire your dream holiday!

New York

They don’t call this city the Big Apple for no reason. New York is known for doing everything bigger and better than anywhere else in the world, especially when it comes to luxury.

Some of the grandest hotels reside in the city, from the Waldorf Astoria to the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Picture settling into your expansive hotel room and enjoying the most stunning sceneries that New York has to offer – after all, what could make for a better view than Central Park or Times Square?

Many five star hotels in New York also grace guests with unbeatable amenities and facilities, such as the Surrey Hotel, which provides guests with a complimentary gourmet picnic basket, ideal for those sunny outings to Central Park.

Whether you are after a relaxing city getaway or something more adventurous, New York has it all. Check into your hotel’s spa and be pampered until your heart’s content, or hit the streets where a bevy of designer shops (Tiffany’s and Macy’s to name only two) await. Plus if you’re a big foodie, you won’t fail to be swept away by New York’s culinary scene. Some of the world’s best restaurants find their home in the city, appealing to any and every palette, whether you fancy a gourmet meal or a good old fashioned hot dog!

Maldives

A tranquil haven of endless beaches and tropical foliage, the Maldives is the ideal place for those in need of relaxation.

The Maldives is awash with a nearly endless supply of decadent hotels and resorts, all of which guarantee guests the perfect stay. If you seek to combine a traditional Maldivian atmosphere with contemporary surroundings then look no further than the CentaraRasFushi resort, which boasts an expansive spa and leisure facilities, all while enjoying views of the sparkling Indian Ocean.

While away the hours by reclining on the beach, where the sand is soft and the ocean’s waves even softer. After a lengthy sunbathing session, why not treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment? Many Maldivian hotels include their own spa facilities, with treatments ranging from pampering massages to invigorating body scrubs.

However, the Maldives isn’t just about relaxing. If you fancy doing something a little more energetic then take advantage of the local coral reefs which are begging to be explored. The Maldives is renowned for its water sports, as its landscape provides the perfect opportunities for diving and snorkelling.Discover an underwater paradise, filled with a variety of tropical fish and sea creatures; a sight which you won’t forget any time soon.

South Africa

Bursting at the seams with history and delight, South Africa is a destination that never fails to continually awe locals and visitors alike.

Cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg are swiftly gaining a reputation for cosmopolitan luxury, with many of their hotels and restaurants recognised as being world class. The Steenberg Hotel near Cape Town has been the recipient of countless awards, and has recently gained notoriety for opening South Africa’s first champagne bar, Gorgeous.

In recent years, South Africa’s nightlife has taken off. Now you won’t be short of trendy cocktail bars to relax in, with expert mixologists on hand to fix up a delicious concoction for you.

However, aside from its trendy city escapes, South Africa is arguably best known for its safari opportunities. Some of the rarest and most incredible species of wildlife call this country home, such as the lion, elephant, giraffe and rhino – and you may be able to meet them all on a game drive!

If you have visions of sleeping rough and being woken in the middle of the night by unwanted visitors, then fear not, as luxury and safari now go hand in hand. A wealth of decadent safari lodges provides some of the world’s most luxurious accommodation where guests can unwind – in between game drives of course.

Picture sitting on your lodge’s decking, cocktail in hand, as you gaze upon the surrounding wilderness, before retiring to your spacious bedroom. The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve particularly excels at fusing luxury with safari wilderness, by offering guests treetop accommodation and plenty of opportunities to witness the local wildlife.

Dubai

Over the years, Dubai has evolved from a fishing village into a bustling city, and is now a hotspot for all lovers of luxury. Filled with humungous shopping malls and heaven-tickling skyscrapers, fans of shopping and eating will certainly feel at home in this Middle Eastern city.

Live the high life by staying in the Armani Hotel Dubai, nestled in the Burj Khalifa, also known as the world’s tallest building. The Armani brand is renowned for its impeccable standards and attention to detail, and this hotel is certainly no exception to the rule. From its various dining options to your expansive guestroom, you will feel like royalty with a stay here.

Dubai is famous for its shopping malls, which boast all manner of designer shops where you can purchase all manner of wares, from designer clothing to jewellery.

Of course, if you’d rather take things easy and relax, then you can simply recline on one of Dubai’s pristine beaches. Home to silky sand and warm waters, the beaches in Dubai are a haven for any sunbathing gods and goddesses.

Foodies will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in the city. Whether you fancy something tasty for on the go or a sumptuous five course sit down meal, Dubai has something to offer every discerning palette.

About the Author
Amy Labbadia

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth