Top Luxury Holiday Destinations For This Summer

If you’re going on holiday this summer, you should do so in style – here’s a round-up of the top four holiday destinations if you’re craving luxury and exclusivity.

The Maldives

With over a thousand islands dotting the Indian Ocean, there’s no shortage to choose from. Perhaps because of their exclusivity, the Maldives are a favoured destination of celebrities—Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise honeymooned here, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z chartered a yacht to explore the islands.

If like, 99.9% of the population, the notion of crystalline clear waters, charming thatched roofs and a thirty-degree year-round temperature sets the pulse racing, the Maldives are for you.

In the Maldives, the five-star resorts that are car-free and feature seamless transitions for sea to shore, are the icing on the cake.


For tropical gorgeousness and celebrity appeal, Florida is a luxury destination closer to civilisation.

Miami has a legendary nightlife frequented by hip-hop moguls, pop stars, and high flyers, and Florida’s stretch of coastline offers numerous opportunities to book a luxury hotel with its own beach.

The idyllic Sandpiper Bay is one of Florida’s more alluring spots. You can visit Florida with Club Med for an all-inclusive vacation at this exclusive resort.


If you haven’t yet heard, the jungle may beat the beach as the new exotic destination. While the joys of sandy beach may become monotonous after a few days, the Amazonian jungle is a constant source of wonder.

Ecuador’s small patch of Amazon is the most biodiverse on the planet, and the opportunities to immerse yourself in wildlife are many.

There are bird-watching ventures, boat excursions down the Amazon and night tours where you can encounter even more species.

Luxury lodges with accompanying spas and all-inclusive packages have developed across Yasuni National Park and the Napo River Valley, so there are plenty of opportunities to arrange a luxury holiday in the jungle.

The Amalfi Coast

A classic destination for ancient Romans and modern movie stars alike, the Amalfi Coast is a continental favourite for those craving stunning settings, famously fantastic food and a location with historical and cultural importance.

The Roman emperor Tiberius built his summer villa at Capri, and Pompeii was known as the playground for wealthy Romans until Vesuvius erupted and buried it in volcanic ash.

In the fifties and sixties, classic movie stars like Sophia Loren and Paul Newman chose Amalfi as their favoured holiday spot.

The Amalfi may not look exactly as it did a couple of thousand years ago, but the stunning cliffs, charming towns and Neapolitan cuisine that bring forth its legions of admirers haven’t disappeared.

Between private islands, remote jungle lodges and exclusive beaches, there are plenty of luxurious options for you to choose from. The hardest part will be making that choice.

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7 Responses to Top Luxury Holiday Destinations For This Summer

  1. Alexis Marlons April 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    I’ve never heard of the Amalfi Coast. But it’s landscape looks really stunning.

  2. Becky Padmore April 20, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    We went to the Amalfi Coast two years ago and I recommend it to anyone, it has to be seen to be believed!

  3. Canyoning Wales April 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    That image of Ecuador is simply stunning. Like the above comment I had never heard of the Amalfi Coast either. I often visit Italy as we have family located north (san remo), I’ll have to check out the Amalfi Coast it sounds interesting.

  4. Rob Danforth April 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I’m glad to see Florida made the list of luxury vacations. Some of the most exquisite resorts are located near fantastic entertainment and the food – well, until you’ve eaten at the Miami Lakes Restaurants – you haven’t tasted superb gourmet. Thanks!

  5. Terrie Exley April 29, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Great suggestions here. We were already hard learning on Florida for this years vacation, you may have just helped me to win round ! Thanks for the great blog and info here!

  6. Jordon May 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Good list, but I would add the Dalmatian coastline in Croatia ( great beaches, hotels and restaurants and gorgeous coastline and island hopping from Dubrovnik to Split ), the Pacific coast of Panama ( world class fishing, diving and beach combing), and Singapore ( one of the most amazing cities in the world ). Honorable mention to the Costa del Sol in Spain…great people, weather and ammenities!

  7. Danny Selvag May 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Great list! And as the others said, thx for the tip about Amalfi!