Some of the Best Luxury Vacations

A luxury vacation is over-the-top accommodations, personalized service that anticipates every need and bucket-list experiences in a jaw-dropping setting. Echelons above and beyond a typical five-star hotel, which in and of itself is already pretty phenomenal, the spots on this list take luxury to the next level. We’re talking about the creme de la creme around the world. These are places where A-listers and royals go on holiday. These are places to see and be seen or to literally see no one at all (i.e., a private island). **Sometimes you just need to dream a little!** 

Amangiri (Canyon Point, Utah) 

Desert dreams are made of the Amangiri, which means "peaceful mountain" in Sanskrit. And boy does this celeb hotspot that’s provided R&R to everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Justin and Hailey Bieber live up to its name. Surrounded by 900 acres of dunes, plateaus and gorges, this aesthetically striking hotel is designed to disappear into dramatic red-rock scenery. Minimalist suites flow into the landscape and the eye-popping main swimming pool curves around a giant rock escarpment. Sure, it’s a schlep from the nearest major airport. Luckily for the privileged patrons who vacation at Amangiri, the property has a private helipad.

Miavana By Time + Tide (Nosy Anko, Madagascar) 

Proof that some places are well worth the trek, Miavana by Time + Tide is a remote slice of palm-fringed paradise off the coast of Madagascar that gives guests the chance to live their best private island life. It’s an incredibly unique place where luxury and life-changing adventures coexist the way this five-star resort breathes in harmony with the fantasy destination it calls home. On the topic of incomprehensibly cool activities, ever dreamt of heli-surfing turquoise waves, diving with humpback whales or seeing lemurs in the wild? There are boats and helicopters for off-the-wall amazing private excursions. Hungry? Sample Africa’s first sustainably produced caviar.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (Rangali Island, Maldives) 

Part of the award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, The Muraka, which made a splash in 2018, has the distinction of being the first underwater hotel suite in the world! That’s hardly where the bragging rights end. This floating two-floor residence integrates living spaces above and below the Indian Ocean. The standout is the submerged king-size bedroom that’s encircled by infinite shades of blue. If you don’t have $9,999 to shell out for a floating fantasy (or it’s already booked), the overwater bungalows and beach villas are beyond fabulous. There’s also an overwater spa and an undersea restaurant 16 feet below the surface.


Mandarin Oriental, Canouan (Canouan, St. Vincent And The Grenadines) 

Far away from cruise ports and boisterous spring breakers, the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is a remote island paradise where billionaires go to splash out in secluded, next-level lavish style. It’s the pinnacle of luxury and you probably haven’t even heard of it. That’s by design. A hideaway this posh doesn’t need to advertise to the masses. Instead, it lets its 26 sophisticated ocean-view suites and 13 villas do the talking. Besides shacking up in the finest accommodations in the Caribbean, guests get to frolic on Godahl Beach, dine on international culinary delights and relish spa sessions inside swish overwater treatment bungalows.


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