If you’re going on holiday this summer, you should do so in style – here’s a round-up of the top holiday destinations if you’re craving luxury and exclusivity.
Luxury Holiday Destinations and Luxury Hotels
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 civilization.
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 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.
If you are looking to book a luxury holiday, it may be worthwhile waiting just a little longer, as the following five luxury hotels are all set to open next year.
Four Seasons Hotel – Manama, Bahrain
Located on an island in the centre of Bahrain Bay, upon completion, this 47-story hotel will rise over 200 metres above sea level, dominating the Manama skyline.
The luxury hotel complex will offer 260 guest bedrooms and a ‘Skypod’ restaurant, which will offer unrivalled views of the city.
Bahrain, situated off the western shores of the Persian Gulf, receives around 8 million tourists every year and has a reputation as one of the region’s most liberal countries.
It also annually plays host to the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The Castle Hotel – Dalian, China
With a wonderfully distinctive castle design, this hotel overlooking Xinghai Bay is sure to be a popular choice for tourists heading to Dalian, China.
The hotel will offer 301 beautifully decorated guest bedrooms, each with amazing views and will host four high-class restaurants and a spa.
Dalian itself is a popular tourist city due to its choice of beaches and its importance in modern history; its ports played a major role in the First Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War.
Mukul Hotel – Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Named after the Mayan word for ‘secret’, this hotel is situated in a new 1,700-acre private beach community on the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua, in central America.
Scheduled to open in January 2013, this luxury boutique hotel will offer 37 ocean view accommodations, each with a private pool and private staff on hand to attend to your every need.
There are six spas and Guacalito de la Isla also plays host to an 18-hole golf course.
Hotel Sofitel So – Singapore, Singapore
The Sofitel So Singapore, is neo-classical accommodation with 134 guest rooms and more than 20 suites.
The hotel is set to offer a fantastic blend of the latest technology mixed with classic Singaporean style and is situated within walking distance of both the Orchard shopping belt and the Marina Bay area, which hosts the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Singapore is noted for its fine cuisine, which mixes elements of Indian, Chinese and Malay food.
Leonardo Hotel – Berlin, Germany
It is hard not to be impressed by the the amazing glass and metal structure of the Leonardo Hotel.
Designed by Eike Becker, the hotel is situated on the Friedrichstrasse Spree waterside and will offer 311 luxury rooms, a VIP lounge and a Bohemian style interior.
Berlin itself is Germany’s capital city and the third most visited city in the European Union. Popular tourist attractions include what remains of the Berlin Wall, in Friedrichshain and Museum Island, the site of five internationally significant museums.
These top luxury destinations are sure to please you. Many families with kids are taking luxury vacations as well.
Top 5 Luxury Hotels In The Seychelles
Perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Seychelles Archipelago is comprised of 115 stunning islands – home to an array of unique flora and fauna and juxtaposed by the elegant luxury of its hotels, it is a destination not to be missed.
The exclusivity of these properties is mirrored in their high levels of service, with pampering and relaxation never far away – to discover the top 5 most luxurious hotels and resorts very best the Seychelles has to offer.
Banyan Tree Resort
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The gentle sway of nearby palms and the lapping waves of the Indian Ocean set the scene for a very pleasant stay at the Banyan Tree Resort.
A mix of contemporary and colonial design, the high sloping ceilings and airy verandas, awash with a sea breeze, allow for certain relaxation.
Maia Luxury Resort & Spa
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True indulgence, however, can be found in the luxury spa treatments and yoga sessions of Maia Luxury Resort & Spa.
Located on a small forested peninsular, the resort offers guests the chance to kick back and take it easy with over 300 different species of plant and flower to admire in the 30 acres of gardens the resort offers.
Four Seasons Resort
With the air scented by the smell of cinnamon trees and punctured by the chirps of tropical birdlife, enjoying your infinity-edge pool becomes all the sweeter.
There’s one of these pools found in each villa in this hideaway atop a hill, luxury has never been easier.
Fregate Private Island
Possessing an almost otherworldly quality, this private island boasts seven idyllic beaches to enjoy – holding strong eco-policies, Fergate has worked hard to conserve the natural wildlife on and around the island, including the Giant Aldabra Tortoise.
With a Jacuzzi in every villa and large terraces from which to look out from it is also the perfect place for romance.
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Literally fit for a King; North Island was the first choice of future King and Queen of England, Will and Kate, for their honeymoon in May 2011.
North Island is the height of exclusivity in the Seychelles, with intimate and comfortable villas, hand made by local craftsmen – such accommodation affords perfect beachfront views and furthers the evanescence of reality; this is a place you can easily lose yourself.