11 Luxury Vacations That Will Blow You (and Your Wallet) Away
Home to more millionaires than any other city on the planet, London is booming when it comes to the arts, business and culture. Luxuriate in some of Europe’s most expensive hotels before hitting up Harrods for a personalized (and pricey) shopping experience.
This is a city built for style, class and luxury. When WorldAtlas.com estimated the total cost of a day and night in London, it came to nearly $520 USD — even a little higher than expensive destinations like New York and Paris.
The attractions in London are expensive too. Sites like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Madame Tussauds cost significantly more than similar attractions in other capitals.
The food and accommodation in London is some of the priciest you’ll find anywhere, certainly making for an expensive vacation, though also bringing the opportunity to get the true “royal treatment,” in addition to boasting its own famous royal family and all the pomp and circumstance that come with it.
The Corinthia Hotel, housed in a magnificent Victorian-era building, is known for its unrivaled luxury and the largest room sizes in the city. Rooms offer sweeping London vistas, though the penthouse suite provides the very best, looking out to the London Eye and the River Thames.
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No longer just the city of love, Paris is also a city of luxury. One need only stroll down the Champs Elysees for a taste of the high life, but the city boasts world-class restaurants and famous sites practically everywhere you go.
Of course, enjoying the luxuries of this city means staying in a high-end hotel. It would be hard to find better than the Plaza Athenee, which lies on prestigious Avenue Montaigne, home of Parisian Haute Couture. Only steps from the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine, the Classic Eiffel Suites are typical of 19th-century Paris with their exceptional views of the city’s most iconic landmark. Suite 750, a duplex apartment, is the one to book for the most unrivaled views that include the majestic Iron Lady and a fabulous terrace. The property also offers five onsite eateries and a bar, each with its own distinct atmosphere, and a spa service offering an extensive menu of indulgent treatments.
The Hawaiian Islands are well-known as an especially luxurious vacation destination, particularly popular with honeymooners — though anyone looking for pampering can find it here, provided they have the cash. Food and lodging alone is triple the national average per night and more than double of what it runs in New York. While costs vary significantly depending on the specific island, on average it ranges from nearly $800 USD to thousands per day if you hope to rent a private villa or even your own private island.
For those seeking luxury and a holiday surrounded by white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Hawaii may just be the destination. While there is an almost endless list of luxurious properties, Kauai offers it all. The Garden Isle, as it’s often referred to, is arguably the most picturesque, and it’s here you’ll find the St. Regis Princeville, which overlooks Hanalei Bay. Look forward to butler service, outstanding golf, top-notch cuisine and many planned activities on offer, like horseback riding and ziplining.
Be aware that much of Kauai is inaccessible by car. Instead, take a Kauai helicopter tour to fly over its most spectacular sights and even landing at some of its most remote reaches.