Unique experiences meet unparalleled beauty in this list of luxury travel destinations from across the globe. With an emphasis on things to do upon arrival, relaxation is only one item on the vacation to-do list. Dining, attractions, adventure and self-care are all important aspects to the top luxury getaways, and Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate offers a closer look at this year’s top travel destinations for luxury seekers.
The Asilia Highlands, Tanzania
Located on Africa’s eastern coast, Tanzania is known for its diverse wildlife and preserves dedicated to native species. Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Asilia Highlands are remote enough to enjoy privacy and seclusion and wild enough to see amazing biodiversity in unmatched volcanic landscape where Maasai tribes roam the land. The Asilia Highlands offers a glamping experience ideal for luxury travelers who also crave adventure. Canvas-domed suites offer all the ideal home base amenities, like king beds, double showers and panoramic views that look out over the Serengeti. Guests can enjoy an on-site library, a common area emulating the traditional East African campfire experience, and gourmet and organic meals made by on-site chefs.
Como Maalifushi, Maldives
If tropical is synonymous with luxury, then the Maldives are the apex of splendor. Located in the Indian Ocean, the collection of islands is known for their blue waters and experiences both above and below the waves like aqua safaris, night snorkeling with whale sharks, windsurfing and more. Como Maalifushi offers spacious overwater suites connected by wooden walkways, and guests can dine on freshly caught seafood and organic vegetables prepared by renown chefs.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
Peru’s biodiversity is on display in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a resort that celebrates natural and eco-friendly travel designed to look like an authentic Andean village. Located near the famed Machu Picchu, this resort has been named on of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Inkaterra offers over 300 species of orchids, hundreds of bird species and more than 111 different kinds of butterflies. Guests to Inkaterra stay in their own furnished casitas—or small house—with a thatched roof, terrace, garden views and available full-time butler service. A full-service spa offers a complete menu of services and makes this a sanctuary for guests as well as the wildlife. Plus, the ideal location means that Machu Picchu is easily explored.
Blanket Bay, New Zealand
Ultimate, traditional luxury is the goal of Blanket Bay. Located 40 minutes from Queensland, New Zealand, this alpine resort is ideally situated on Lake Wakatipu and near skiing, fishing and the frontier town of Glenorchy. The resort offers sprawling grounds surrounded by mountains and water views. Guests are welcome in the Great Room offering a 30-foot high bridge beam ceiling and picture windows, and a full-service spa with pools fed by mountain streams. Spacious guest suites feature balconies and steam showers, making sure you can relax after a day of heli-skiing, horseback riding, golfing or discovering area wines at local vineyards.
The Peninsula, Shanghai
The ultra-modern skyline that makes up Shanghai is breathtaking and unlike any other cityscape in the world. History, cuisine and culture connect here to create a luxury experience for visitors. The Peninsula offers a bird’s eye view to all the city offers and the river that runs through it. Travel and Leisure called it “a calm respite from city life” when it named the hotel the best in Shangai. With two world-class restaurants boasting extensive wine lists and a variety of dishes, the hotel features a retro décor and oversized rooms, making it a luxurious urban oasis.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montengro
One of Europe’s most exquisite coastlines, Montengro could be something directly out of a movie. Sail up the coast or swim through the secluded bays, or take in the culture, history and architecture of the region, dating back to the fifth century B.C. Crafted from the original village that gives the resort its name, Sveti Stefan is situated on its own island, connected by a narrow land bridge over the bay. Suites offer amazing Adriatic Ocean views, private terraces, minimalist décor and a 1,600-square-meter spa for the ultimate relaxing experience.
The idea of luxury travel has expanded to encompass once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Tropical beach vacations, African safaris, spa escapes and more are all considered luxury destinations and available for the discerning traveler.
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