Not everyone wants to go on vacation to try out winter sports, or to learn a new language, or to go exploring around old ruins. Sometimes, vacations are exactly that: we want to relax, hopefully in the sun, and enjoy some real luxury. Life is exhausting, especially in this digital age – your phone’s constantly ringing, your email’s pinging, and there are a thousand demands from work. If you want to use your vacation to live a life of luxury and to thoroughly switch off from the rest of the world, here are some vacation ideas to try out…
North of Cuba and south of Florida, the Bahamas, made up of over seven hundred islands, are home to some of the most beautiful and exclusive luxury resorts in the world. If you want pristine white sand beaches and bright blue seas, the Bahamas is the place to go.
One of the most cosmopolitan, multicultural and busy cities in the world, London is home to a number of luxury hotels like the Ritz and Claridge’s if you’re looking for a time old tradition of luxury and excellent service. Check out Fortnum and Mason, a department store frequented by the Royal Family, and dine at one of the many Michelin starred restaurants in the evening.
Dubai is one of the most up and coming and popular holiday destinations at the moment, with people flocking from all over the world for its exquisite weather and incredible scenery and architecture. The shopping centres are really incredible with their vast range of stores, but they’re even more remarkable for the way they were built, including waterways in the Souk Madinat. Dubai is also great for food, with a number of incredible restaurants – you could even check out Dubai brunch!
Located on the French Riviera, St Tropez has been one of the most fashionable holiday destinations in Europe for decades, with its history of old Hollywood glamour combined with incredible Mediterranean weather. A picturesque city with countless exclusive designer boutiques, St Tropez is a holiday destination for a discerning and fashionable vacationer. There are a number of excellent seafood restaurants so you can end your day on a high culinary note.
After becoming well known after featuring in the celebrated novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, Cephalonia has become a popular holiday destination for many. Although it was occupied by the Italians during the Second World War and was later hit by an earthquake that destroyed a great deal of old buildings, it’s an island of remarkable natural beauty with a literary history that will make any amateur writer desperate to use it as inspiration on a writing retreat.
This region of Italy is a true treat for any culture vulture, regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, with two of the most famous and celebrated artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci from its capital city, Florence. It has beautiful landscapes including rolling hills and olive groves, and a number of excellent wineries for anyone who appreciates fine wine. Tuscany is real luxury for anyone who appreciates art and the truly fine things in life.