Luxury comes in many forms. On the best holidays it’s the little touches as much as the grand gestures that make things special, like personalised service and hassle-free flights. When you book your flights and hotel with British Airways you can travel at a time that suits you.
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Unforgettable Caribbean hideaways
Time to banish those winter blues and top up on some Vitamin D. If you’re in need of a blast of sunshine to warm up your winter, look no further than the Caribbean – from St Lucia to the Dominican Republic there’s a destination for families and solo travellers alike.
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Desert days and city nights in Doha
Now is the perfect time to visit Doha. Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have brought this fascinating capital into the spotlight. In the thrum of new industry and excitement, daily business and daily pleasures continue. And, as you’ll find in this rapidly changing city, traditional routines often come with a twist.
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Popular luxury holidays
Fly business class Europe or Worldwide and start getting that holiday feeling as soon as you step in the lounge. Enjoy the luxury of choice on an All Inclusive holiday with a myriad of dining options and a cocktail list that takes a full fortnight to work your way through. Or experience the luxury of finding a sanctuary in the heart of a frantic city. Rest reassured that your loved ones will get treated like royalty on a family holiday or find your own personal paradise on a romantic getaway.
Luxury hotels to match your holiday type
From kid’s clubs that care to activities that make everyone say ‘wow’, take your pick of luxurious family getaways. What about wakeboarding at the kid’s club at the Anassa, Cyprus, or, if you’re looking for a trip-of-a-lifetime in Florida, The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers complimentary transport to the Walt Disney Parks. At Domes of Elounda luxury comes served with a view of the enigmatic Spinalonga island, just offshore, which makes a great outing for the whole family. Upgrade to Haute Living for even more legendary perks.
Share a magical experience together on a luxurious romantic getaway. Experience true peace and quiet and the romance of the desert in the stylishly-designed The Chedi Muscat. Or enjoy champagne breakfasts every morning in Barbados at The House, an adults-only resort. If Vegas calls, stay at the ultra-modern Aria Resort & Casino, in a stylish skyscraper with lots of surprising high-tech touches and luxury shopping on your doorstep at Aria Place, courtesy of Tom Ford, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
All Inclusive holidays
Luxury All Inclusive leaves nothing out when it comes to catering to your whims and wants. The Ikos Oceania has redefined All Inclusive as Infinite Lifestyle, and provide everything you might desire onsite. At the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande cruise a hobie cat along the Ochos Rios shoreline and enjoy an English afternoon tea, all included. The Caribbean is a hot spot for All Inclusive hotels, but the most luxury way to visit St Lucia might just be to fly out of it. Instead, stay on nearby Palm Island instead, where Palm Island Resort & Spa by Elite has created its own 135-acre private paradise.
Scrub up good or sink under the bliss of a massage at a luxury spa hotel. Get pampered in the sanctuary of Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. The cane-thatched boutique hotel is surrounded by wildlife. Galley Bay in Antigua provides treatments in rustic cabanas where you can be soothed by the sounds of nature. The Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque Resort is dressed up like a beautiful Canarian village and its staff wear traditional costume. But the service and facilities prove it’s no gimmick and the gorgeous spa treatments use water from the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoying the sparkle of the waves from beyond the billowing drapes of a private cabana, or riding horseback along the shore: luxury beach holidays deliver far more than just a sea view. For guaranteed good weather and white hot sand, enjoy Dubai’s Palm from the Waldorf Astoria and enjoy Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya an adults-only resort. In Barbados, stay at the famously luxurious Sandy Lane retreat on the silky white sand of the west coast of the island. Leave its marbled halls to enjoy the Lime Grove shops nearby.
Where to go for a luxury holiday
Have a grand tour of the Old World. Europe’s ancient wonders, fragrant citrus groves and chic cities are the perfect playground for a luxury holiday. Dining and culture should be high on your agenda, whether you’re in a modern loft above Amsterdam’s canals or a Renaissance palace above Venice’s.
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A sophisticated gastronomic scene that embraces world cuisine with theatre shows that range from fringe to world-famous. Look beyond London and ancient history and pretty scenery await in the United Kingdom. Sample it all like you’re royalty on a luxury holiday.
North America’s big sky, sublime beauty and super-sized culture warrants exploration on a grand scale. Take a helicopter over vast canyons, dine at the top of an east coast skyscraper or take the family theme park trip of a lifetime. In North America, luxury is kind of a big deal.
Discover a jewel in the desert. The rapidly changing cities of the Middle East get more extravagant by the year. But it’s not all high-tech skyscrapers. Enjoy a night under the stars in the heart of the desert, travel to your own private oasis or find a beach right on the doorstep of your luxury hotel.
The hottest continent has the largest desert, the longest river and the biggest waterfall in the world. Spot lions whilst staying in a luxury game lodge and wander the spicy souks of Morrocco. Enjoy the lush green winelands and sip on the finest Pinotage in South Africa. Discover Africa’s vast cities and perfect wildernesses on luxury holidays.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius and the tiny atolls that make up the Maldives are miniature paradises. Not just for the lucky ones who visit, but for wealth of wildlife that calls these beautiful islands home. Enjoy the luxury of peace, quiet and impeccable service.
Far East and Australia
Head east and the futuristic fuses with the traditional. Backpacking territory comes up against retreats, spas and luxury hideaways. The food is an explorer’s delight and the climates are exotic. From Sydney’s sunny culture to Singapore’s magical gardens, discover what the Far East and Australia can offer when it comes to luxury.