People are learning more about the art of luxurious escapes. The global luxury travel market is expected to reach USD $1,614 Billion by the year 2026, as per Allied Market research.
But what makes a holiday truly luxurious? Is it checking in at a 5-star hotel and having room service everyday? We find that unique experiences are what makes a luxurious holiday meaningful. Fortunately, gone are the days when luxury travel is confined to hotel butlers and hotel beds with sheets of no less than 1,000 thread counts.
Here are 5 amazing luxury vacations that you may (or may not) have thought about:
1.) RENTING A VILLA IN DUBROVNIK
Playwright George Bernard Shaw was known to have named Dubrovnik the “pearl of the Adriatic”. He was so enthralled by the coastal city in Croatia that in his awe, he famously said, “those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik”.
Fast forward to the current century and many filmmakers seem to agree with the 20th century playwright. Award-winning films and TV shows such as Star Wars and Game of Thrones (among many others), were all filmed in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is a walled, medieval city set against the dramatic coast of the Adriatic Sea. This, along with its popularity in Hollywood has made Dubrovnik welcome more than 4.2 million visitors in 2018.
A more relaxing and luxurious way to explore the city is by renting a beautiful villa in Dubrovnik. This way, you not only cruise Dubrovnik leisurely on your own time, but you avoid the tourist crowds as well.
2.) RELAX IN A COTTAGE IN THE COTSWOLDS
Serenity and tranquility are so rare these days that a destination which can offer both, on top of scenery and history, is considered true luxury.
The Cotswolds are a range of gently rolling hills famous for its quintessentially English market towns, picturesque villages and traditional tea rooms.
If you rent a relaxing holiday cottage in The Cotswolds, you can also take the opportunity to go on day trips exploring nearby attractions like Bath and Gloucester.
3.) HOP ON A LUXURY TRAIN IN JAPAN
We all know that Japan is the land of bullet and high-speed trains. The Shinkansen (Bullet Train), is one of the world’s fastest high-speed trains in commercial service at 224 mph or 320 kph.
But not many know that you can also hop on a more scenic, leisurely train ride that goes for 3 days and 2 nights. For USD $22,000 , one can go onboard the luxurious Twilight Express Mizukaze, exploring the western regions of Japan on board carriages so luxurious it is dubbed as a “rolling hotel.”
4.) SLEEP UNDER THE STARS IN THE MALDIVES
Holidaying in the Maldives and staying in an overwater bungalow is already commonplace. One resort in the Maldives, the Milaidhoo Island Maldives, has taken glamping (Glamorous camping), to a whole new level.
In October of 2018, the resort has introduced a “Sleep Under the Stars Experience” where guests can spend the night as castaways. Meaning: the resort can transform a private sandbank to resemble a luxury Milaidhoo Villa.
If this looks slightly too “barefoot luxury” for you, do know that guests are provided a phone with direct access to a butler should they need anything through the night.
5.) EXPLORE THE GALAPAGOS IN LUXURY
The Galapagos Islands is a province of Ecuador that lies about 1,000 kilometres off its coast. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835, where his observations of the species there later inspired his theory of evolution.
If you are a lover of wildlife, the Galapagos is considered one of the world’s best destinations for wildlife viewing.
A trip to the Galapagos will no doubt be one of the most memorable and life-changing things you can do in your lifetime. To make it extra unforgettable, explore the Galapagos on board a luxury vessel. Your days in the Galapagos will be action packed and adventure-filled so not only is staying in a luxury vessel like the M/V Origin a luxury, it is probably also necessary.
Which among these luxury experiences call out to you the most?