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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Share a magical experience together on a luxurious romantic getaway. Find true peace and quiet in the romance of the desert. The stylishly-designed The Chedi Muscat shows you how. Elsewhere in the Middle East, discover Ras al-Khaimah – Dubai’s more secluded neighbour. The Waldorf Astoria Ras al-Khaimah is fantastic for couples, with palatial rooms and an award-winning steak house; get a table for two. Stay at the Conrad Algarve in Portugal for fine dining, romantic grounds and a great spa. You can pop champagne breakfasts every morning in Barbados at The House, an adults-only resort on the Caribbean island. 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.
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. With warm waters and safe beaches, luxury hotels in the Middle East are often very family friendly. The Fairmont Ajman in the UAE puts on heaps of activities for little ones, so adults can hide away in the hammam. Greece is another place that’s great with kids. 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.
Scrub up good or sink under the bliss of a massage at a luxury spa hotel. Consider the Caribbean spa-central. 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. Nearby in Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun has an outdoor hydrotherapy circuit and a heap of indulgent restaurants. Across the Atlantic in Tenerife, the Bahia Del Duque Resort is dressed up like a beautiful Canarian village and its staff wear traditional dress. But the service and facilities prove it’s no gimmick.
Waves sparkling beyond the billowing drapes of a private cabana and horseback riding along the shore: luxury beach holidays deliver far more than just a sea view. For nearly-guaranteed good weather and white-hot sand, enjoy Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, an adults-only resort in Cancun. In Barbados, stay at the famously luxurious Sandy Lane retreat on the silky white sand of the island’s west coast. Leave its marbled halls to enjoy the Lime Grove shops nearby. In Turkey, the heavenly Hillside Beach Club has two great beaches – one adults-only – set under fragrant pine trees.
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.
- St Petersburg
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.
The USA’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 the USA, luxury is kind of a big deal.
Make the most of Canada’s extraordinary natural beauty. Book a hotel that’s as jaw-dropping as its surroundings in Vancouver. Take a glamorous ski holiday in Whistler – a resort where the restaurants are as good as the fresh powder. If you want to explore the other side of Canada, enjoy the treasures of the east coast in Toronto.
For those who like their luxury as laid back as it comes, unwind in five-star splendour in the Caribbean, where the high life combines with the easy life. Barbados attracts the rich and famous, whilst St Lucia offers exclusive properties surrounded by rainforest. Look out for villas with private plunge pools, spas tucked away in tropical gardens and tots of top-shelf rum on the rocks.
- Dominican Republic
- St Kitts & Nevis
- St Lucia
Explore undiscovered marvels on a luxury holiday in South America. Stay with the beautiful people on Ipanema Beach in Rio or have your steak cooked just the way you like it in Buenos Aires. Elegant colonial hotels await in Bogota, Columbia, and there’s a profusion of natural beauty in Central America.
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.
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.
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. Stand on a rooftop bar overlooking Singapore’s magical gardens and you’ll discover what the Far East can offer when it comes to luxury.
Make the most of the Australia’s famously friendly, relaxed culture. This amazing country’s coastal cities are savvy and sophisticated. Enjoy Sydney’s sunny culture, sample the best of Pacific Rim cuisine, or stay at a hotel on an achingly beautiful beach on the famous Gold Coast.