Thursday, July 27, 2023


By Ashley Nielsen

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Everyone deserves to take time off from daily life to relax and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, planning a vacation is never easy. One of the most challenging parts of planning a trip is deciding where to go. Whether you’re traveling with friends or you’re going with your family and young toddlers, these vacation spots are sure to be memorable. So we’ve created a list of the best vacation spots to treat yourself to, consisting of breathtaking views and many activities to enjoy. Let’s get started! Here’s our list of luxurious vacation spots.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most luxurious vacation spots for individuals who want to marvel at nature. Instead of spending your entire vacation napping on a luxury mattress, you’ll be in the water from dusk until dawn. The reef --spanning over 1,400 miles-- is so large that there’s something new to discover daily, including marine animals and plants.

Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Relaxing is good for your health and well-being, so take a trip to Guana Island, a private 850-acre resort with no public access. Instead, you’ll fly into Beef Island and take the resort’s boat to Guana Island to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful vacation on the white sand beaches. If you prefer to be more active on vacation, you can enjoy activities like snorkeling, hiking, and taking yoga lessons. Guana Island offers an all-inclusive experience that includes cottages with three meals per day, a restaurant, and use of all the island facilities.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is an island getaway in the middle of the South Pacific ocean. As one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, it’s home to a dormant volcano and offers the ideal place to relax. Additionally, close to nature, there are many activities to enjoy, including hiking.

Tikehau Lagoon in French Polynesia (Image by wirestock on Freepik)

Turtle Island, Fiji

Turtle Island is a world-famous destination with blue waters and tons of beaches. It’s also incredibly exclusive and only accommodates a few couples at a time, making it the perfect location for a romantic getaway in the South Pacific. There are a total of 14 beaches, moonlit dinners, and activities like horseback riding that make this destination a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Ol Jogi, Kenya

Ol Jogi is a private ranch that offers a luxury African safari experience. It’s incredibly upscale with luxurious cottage suits. However, the main feature is the wildlife with black rhinos and elephants. There are also several activities, including walking with baboons and horseback riding.

Kenya (Image by master1305 on Freepik)

Ultima Thule Lodge in Anchorage, Alaska

If you prefer to travel closer to home, consider spending your time in Alaska. At Ultima Thule Lodge, you’ll live in the remote wilderness with access to various outdoor activities and tons of wildlife, including luxurious amenities. At this all-inclusive luxury lodge, you’ll be 100 miles away from the nearest road, and the only way to get there is to fly. While it might sound like you’ll be dropped in the middle of nowhere, the lodge features tons of things to do, including spending time in the sauna and eating gourmet meals. You can also enjoy excursions over the national park to look at grizzly bears, hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Mykonos Grand Hotel and Restaurant on Mykonos Island, Greece

Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek Islands and attracts celebrities and wealthy individuals from all over the world. Here you can find high-end shopping malls, fine-dining restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. The Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort is ideal for a luxurious experience, featuring beautiful scenery right along the beach.

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece (Photo: Pexels)

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand

If you love camping, you might love staying in the great outdoors. This tented hotel takes glamping to the next level, offering luxury and tented accommodations in northern Thailand. There are also outdoor showers, hot tubs, and wonderful views of the Ruak River, mountains, and wild jungle.

Hoshinoya, Japan

If you’re looking to relax on your vacation, consider Hoshinoya, one of the best luxury vacation spots in the world. Inside a traditional 17th-century mansion, you’ll find a boutique resort built on Japan’s Katsura River bank. Hoshinoya offers private pavilions with luxury furnishings and original woodwork with spacious suites offering views of the hillside and river.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a mountain resort town known for skiing and hiking. Both activities are a challenge at an elevation of 5,200 feet, so this vacation is best suited for adventurers, but is also a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the scenery with a new book. You can get even more seclusion at 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, located at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. This hotel also serves as an observatory with two restaurants and a small shopping center.

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Head down to Tennessee for a more local vacation with beautiful scenery and many activities. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is located in Tennessee and North Carolina and draws millions of visitors every year. Outside the park, you can visit Blackberry Farm, situated on 4,200 acres, with one of the best small luxury hotels in the country. Blackberry Farm has tons of activities, including fly fishing and hiking.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States (Photo: Unsplash)

Cayo District, Belize

The secluded Cayo District is home to ruin sites, including the country’s largest Mayan ruin and ecological reserves. When visiting Belize, consider staying in the Blancaneaux Lodge, purchased and restored by legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. This luxurious getaway lodge has 20 dwellings situated in the jungle. They offer tours of orchids that grow in the area, or you can go on a trek through the Elijio Panti National Park.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia

Experience the rugged wilderness without testing your survival skills. The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers luxury combined with nature with five-star cuisine served every night. More like a glamping experience than anything else, this resort offers 20 luxury tents with antique dressers and carpeting with many tents, including a bathroom with heated floors and indoor/outdoor showers. You can customize your adventure by choosing activities like river kayaking and wildlife watching.

Treat Yourself

Life is short, and treating yourself to a luxury vacation at least once will allow you to relax while experiencing new things. Whether you prefer a week-long beach getaway or want to engage in activities like hiking in secluded areas, there’s a luxury vacation spot for everyone.


Ashley Nielsen earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration Marketing at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is a freelance writer who loves to share knowledge about general business, marketing, lifestyle, wellness, and financial tips.

During her free time, she enjoys being outside, staying active, reading a book, or diving deep into her favorite music.

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