Top 10 Luxury Holiday Destinations in 2017

1. Barbados

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Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. First occupied by the British in 1627, and remained a British colony until they got internal autonomy in 1961. Barbados is the definition of paradise. With white sandy beaches, serene blue seas, fresh seafood and tropical plants, Barbados is an island of dramatic natural wonder.

Barbados is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday, a thrill seeking adventure holiday or a retreat for medical wellness. Dover beach is ideal for water sports, where you can try out your jet skiing skills, test out some kite surfing and try a little deep sea diving. If you want a luxury holiday of relaxing and soaking up the sun, Sandy Lane offers crystal clear seas and idyllic scenery that looks like it came from a Hollywood movie.

2. Maldives

Cheval Blanc resort Maldives

The Maldives is a South Asian island located in the Indian Ocean by the Arabian Sea.   The Maldives gained its sovereignty from the UK, after becoming an independent state in 1965. The Maldives offers unparalleled paradise that is hard to get anywhere else. This beautiful country has rich culture that should be experienced.

The Maldives and notably the Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort, are perfect for the ultimate honeymoon, beach holiday or corporate getaway due to the secluded decadence offered. The pristine white sands, crystal blue waters and tranquil atmosphere is the definition of luxury. The Maldives’ stunning blue waters are home to captivating wildlife, making it the perfect diving getaway. Explore the captivating life under the sea on your luxury retreat.

3. The Caribbean

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The Caribbean is just off of the Caribbean sea, and is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. In the 20th Century, the tourism industry began to thrive in the Caribbean, and it is now one of the most sought after luxury holiday destinations in the world. The Caribbean is synonymous with its powder white beaches and crystalline blue seas but offers so much more than that.

If you want a luxury diving holiday or adventure holiday of a lifetime then the Caribbean is the place to go. The small ship cruise will take you to the off-beaten tracks where you can explore the unseen of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is renowned for its romantic atmosphere, and St Lucia is the honeymoon destination of a lifetime, the Four Seasons Resort Anguilla, and the Amanyara Turks & Caicos Islands being among our favourites.

4. Mexico

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Mexico is in North America, and has a rich and complex history of indigenous civilisations before being colonised by the Spanish in the 16th century. Mexico offers a stunning landscape and truly rich culture. If you’re a foodie, then Mexico is a great place for you to visit. You can try internationally recognised dishes such as burritos, tacos and quesadillas, or go for something you wouldn’t get anywhere else in the world. With unique dishes using an array of meats, herbs and spices you can truly get a taste of a brand new world.

With luxury resorts such as the Banyan Tree Mayakoba and a deep history, Mexico is the perfect place to go on a luxury spa holiday, adventure holiday or family break. With 81 miles of coastline and one thousand kilometres of  Mayan reefs to explore, and the archaeological ruins of the aztecs to see there’s so much to do in Mexico.

5. South Africa

birkenhead house resort south africa

South Africa gained its sovereignty in 1910 after becoming an independent state. South Africa shares its borders with Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. Cape Town is a vibrant city with winelands and beaches like no other.

With a plethora of mountain ranges, vast Savannah and wild swamps it is the perfect location for a Safari holiday or one with adventure. Whether you are looking for a luxury honeymoon in an exclusive resort such as Birkenhead House, or an unforgettable family holiday. South Africa’s national parks provide visitors with some of the most luxurious accommodation in Africa. South Africa has enough contrasts and diversity to satisfy a continent.

6. Dubai

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Dubai is the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Dubai is the richest country in the world, and offers the ultimate luxury holiday. With desert kingdoms, sweeping plains and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, it is the perfect place to go for a holiday of relaxation and shopping. With exotic aesthetics, beautiful destinations, an incredible skyline and tranquil beaches, Dubai is perfect for those who desire the finer things in life.

The One & Only The Palm offers beachfront villas, palm beach mansions and a manor house like no other in the world. The Guerlain Spa makes it the perfect destination for a wellness retreat or spa break.

7. Greece

the romanos resort greece

Greece gained its sovereignty from Turkey in 1829 after becoming an independent state. Greece is on the Southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula and shares borders with Albania to the Northwest. Greece offers idyllic landscapes and rich in-depth culture. The tranquil beaches look like they belong in a Hollywood blockbuster, and the service is second to none.

The Romanos Resort on the Mediterranean island of Costa Navarino offers an experience like no other. If you want unspoiled beach views and a tour of authentic Greek culture and history then make this place the next destination for your luxury holiday. With a serene golf course and regal spa, this is the place for you to visit.

8. Italy

Belmond Caruso Hotel

According to Roman mythology, Italy was founded on April 21st 753 BC by descendants from the Trojan Prince Aeneas, and brothers Romulus and Remus. Italy shares its borders with France and Switzerland, and is known for the cities Florence, Rome and the Vatican.

If you want a city break, then a luxury holiday in Italy is the perfect choice. Italy is steeped in incredible history, dripping from the architecture and cobble stoned streets. The Belmond Hotel Caruso is a former 11th century palace that offers a drift balcony above the mediterranean sea. With a boutique, spa, fitness centre and boat tour, there is no better place to start your luxury holiday in Italy.

9. Thailand

banyan tree resort koh samui

Thailand is located in Asia, and is the 51st largest nation in the world. In 1238 Thailand’s independence was declared from the Khmer overlords. With serene beaches, small villages and an aesthetic that looks like it was made from dreams. Thailand has a kaleidoscope of cities and cultures.

The Banyan Tree Koh Samui is the perfect place to remove yourself from everyday life and get lost in natural beauty.  With hill coves and tranquil waters that invite you in, the resort is steeped in natural beauty, soothing and calming you.

10. Miami

Faena Hotel Miam Beach

The city of Miami is found in the American state, Florida, between the everglades and Biscayne Bay. Miami is an avant-garde city that combines waterfront mansions with art deco houses skyscrapers. It is the ultimate luxury city break.

The Faena District Miami Beach is truly extraordinary. There are no boundaries when it comes to the hotels decor, as the designs truly use imagination. With ocean front rooms, skyline rooms and sea front rooms you’ll have a view like no other.

To book your luxury holiday with Berkeley Travel, simply call 020 7099 0777 or get in touch.  

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