If you’re in need of inspiration, Travelex – who claim luxury holidays can now be more affordable than you might think, with services such as their Luxury for Less – have revealed a list of the top 10 luxury destinations for British travellers.
Here’s a look at the full top 10 list, along with our take on them…
1. The Maldives
Comprising 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the epitome of dream island paradise and boasts some of the world’s most luxurious hotels – all crystal clear turquoise lagoons, perfect white sands and those bucket list-worthy stilted water villas (just imagine waking up to those views, and the sound of waves gently lapping outside your window…).
Little wonder it’s a top choice for honeymooners, and the marine life and clear shores make it a wish-list location for water babes too.
2. The Seychelles
Dreamy white sand beaches – tick. Palm trees and twinkling azure seas – tick. Five-star hotels – tick.
But the Seychelles is far more than just picture-perfect beaches: the region’s 115 granite and coral islands, which sit in the western Indian Ocean of the east coast of Africa, are also home to a diverse range of wildlife, plants and rock, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Vallée de Mai on Praslin and Aldabra, the largest raised coral atoll.
3. The Caribbean
It’s one of the most-used clichés in the travel world – but the Caribbean really does have something for everyone, and it’s particularly popular with Brits seeking a good dose of sunshine and five-star treatment.
Whether you want romantic sunset strolls and private dining on the beach, cocktails and live music, or even rainforest treks followed by afternoons in the spa, the Caribbean has it all – and visitors usually fall in love with the laidback ‘island time’ vibe and infectiously cheery locals too.
Famed for its glamour and luxe living, Dubai’s appeal is growing all the time – as is the number of five-star resorts - especially among sun-seekers hoping to combine luxury and pampering with a dash of traditional culture.
Dress up for fine dining and a night at the opera one day, take a camel ride in the desert and explore the colourful souks the next.
It’s also a great spot for shopaholics and boasts some of the world’s most impressive water parks!
5. St. Moritz
Nestled in the Upper Engadine valley, at 1,856m above sea level, St. Moritz is a true alpine wonderland, renowned for being one of the region’s most upmarket spots.
It’s hailed the birthplace of alpine winter tourism – but it’s a dream destination in summer too, with a range of outdoorsy activities on offer (from hiking to kitesurfing), take a ride on the Bernina Express – said to be the most scenic railway in Europe, potter on the lake, or simply sip some bubbly on your cabin balcony, as you plot ways to make this your full-time home.
6. St. Lucia
What sets this Caribbean destination apart is its striking landscape; dazzling shorelines rim a mass of dense rainforest, while the Piton mountains jut skywards on the south-western coast, making for a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop.
Amid this tropical arcadia, drool-worthy luxury resorts nest among the trees, where guests can revel in peaceful paradise.
It’s a travel bucket-list stalwart – and browsing the Instagram feeds of anyone who’s visited this eclectic Indonesian island is guaranteed to make you wish you could drop everything and book a flight right now.
Those other-worldly sunsets, those lush rice paddies, ancient monuments and volcano-peppered views…
Take it all in, the retreat to your villa and soothe those sightseeing-fatigued legs in your private infinity pool.
It’s impossible to visit the ‘City of Love’ without at some point muttering the words, ‘We should really come here more often…’
Paris just has that affect on people – and it’s so easy to find a little luxury and feel spoiled with all the world-class restaurants, cosy cafés, riverside bars and exquisite architecture.
From the Colosseum to St Peter's Basilica and everything in between, Rome transports you to another era.
Small enough to explore on foot, yet jam-packed with ancient discovering and architectural feats, even a weekend in Rome will leave you revived and inspired.
Seek out the best gelato and pasta you’ve ever tasted, while taking a glimpse into the past…
Instantly recognisable for its sweeping green fields and vineyard-filled vistas, dotted with impossibly charming little Medieval towns and villages, Tuscany, in the heart of central Italy, is a wine-lovers’ paradise, and perfect for grown-ups in search of some opulence and relaxation.
Achingly beautiful, little wonder this part of the world is so often a top location choice for movie-makers seeking the ultimate romantic backdrops.
Treat yourself to a five-star vineyard hotel and feel like a princess for a spell…
Where’s the most luxurious place you’ve visited? Tell us in the comments below…