Top 7 Luxury Travel Destinations

by Julie on November 26, 2009

History, culture and luxury - Cuba has it all!

The locations below offer some of the most sumptuous luxury destinations around the globe. From South America to Southeast Asia, from Africa to Australia, we’ve scoured the terra firma and terra un-firma to bring you bustling jungles to beautiful beaches. From swimming to sailing and beyond, these seven top luxury destinations will top off the list for you, your mate, your soul mate or family. Here are seven luxury destinations you’ve just got pack up and get to soon;

7. Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America – Buenos Aires, Argentina is the knees in the lap of luxury in South America. Not only does Buenos Aires have the most luxurious hotels this far south, the food is flavorful and full of flare, purposively where local aspects intermingle with European approaches to form creative genius. Plus, if you’re after real designer clothes at a small rebate, Buenos Aires has shop after shop. Most often, travelers take home clothes, antiques and all sorts of leather goods. It’s a late night Parisian-esque city with an early morning, Argentinean zest.

6. Chiang Mai, Thailand, Southeast Asia – Chiang Mai, Thailand is the newborn luxury of escape out of Bangkok and Phuket. If you’re a traveler looking for something new (Chiang Mai means New City), mixed with traditional values and archaic methods, then Chiang Mai fits the bill. Here you can find skyscrapers and hill-tribe bedecked locals selling everything from food to souvenirs. Chiang Mai offers several high-end resorts with the chance to get out into the jungle – elephant tours, trekking tours and jungle explorations are all possible.

5. Botswana, Southern Africa – Botswana incorporates some unique policies ensuring luxury and frills for those who can afford it. The preservation plans for the Okavango Delta (15,000 sq km) is to make prices high and keep tourism low. This translates to splendor found nowhere else north of South Africa. The Delta forms an attractive oasis to spot all those animals adventurers seeks, from lions and giraffe to alligators and flamingoes. Moreover, there are plenty of lavish hotels on the hem of the park, minutes away from wild uncertainty.

4. Cairns, Australia – Australia is ubiquitously known as the land down under, while Cairns is known as the land for the upper. That is, Cairns in the northeast corner of Australia makes for one of the world’s most luxurious destinations. If you require perfect beaches and teeming, blue waters, then you can’t go wrong here. Luxurious resort after sumptuous hotel offer private escape for the nobility in us all. Of course, you know that the Barrier Reef is close by, forming the world’s largest underwater coral system. The snorkeling and diving (and glass bottom boats) are sensational. If you want off the mainland, you can stay on private island resorts, such as Lizard, Heron and Haggerstone Island.

3. Vermont, United States – Some of us don’t want to head to the beaches and sun for a holiday. For those, the skiing and outdoor recreation in Vermont in the United States is never second rate. If you come during the long ski season, the Green Mountains offer slopes for beginners to experts with the 300-mile cross-country Catamount Trail taking in the best parts of the state. However, a visit during any season will afford sublime views, trekking, and sailing on the windy Lake Champlain.

2. Iran, Middle East – Iran is rated as luxury beyond five stars, a 5 stars plus, if you will. The decadence that is displayed here for the price exceedingly astounds visitors. Iran has resorts for romantics, for safari, for honeymoons, for spa, for golf and for weddings. The list goes on, as do the comforts and things to do and see. The Iran National Museum and the historic village of Abyaneh to name but two alone make the trip worth every cent. Lap in luxury in a pool by day and taste a fusion of Middle Eastern and African delicacies by night.

1. Cuba & Caribbean – If you can legally get there, Cuba has some of the most pristine beaches and luxury hotels, nothing short of anywhere thrice expensive. The food is outstanding and the locals are friendly and inviting. Other parts of the Caribbean that break the law of luxury are Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, an island and unincorporated territory of the United States. The waters around these islands are the purest, providing some of the best diving and snorkeling and deep sea fishing and yachting the world has ever seen. Lease a yacht and sail to Cuba, working your way west to see it all in one trip.

Where would you nominate as the most luxurious destination? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

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