They say that money cannot buy happiness, but it can get you an unforgettable holiday in the most beautiful destinations. Whether it is a relaxing beach trip or a cosy winter escape, here are some luxurious holidays that are worth every penny and will make you want to save.
Le Taha’a, The Islands of Tahiti: Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa
There are few places more luxurious than The Islands of Tahiti and a visit is made even more special when staying at Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, which is located on its own private islet overlooking the shores of Taha’a on one side and Bora Bora on the other. The resort is home to 58 suites and villas, each constructed using traditional Polynesian architecture and décor built over a blue lagoon. The resort’s spa is nestled in a beautiful exotic garden featuring bamboo trees, with massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps all on offer. Guests can also try deep-sea diving, snorkelling, shark diving and manta ray spotting.
Matsushima Bay, Miyagi: Matsushima Ichinobo
Matsushima Ichinobo is a luxurious hot spring resort offering superb ocean views of Matsushima Bay. An open-air bath on the top floor allows guests to watch the sun set over the water after a day cruising around the bay’s islands. Onsite, the hotel has the Fujita and Kyohei Glass Museum, a spa, and idyllic gardens to explore. Guests can also enjoy fresh seafood grilled from the bay itself – meals are carefully paired with select wines and local sake from Miyagi, ensuring visitors fully indulge in true Japanese cuisine.
Oishi, Yamanashi: Hoshinoya Fuji
Admire Japan’s most iconic mountain, Mount Fuji, from a comfortable cabin at Hoshinoya Fuji. Guests can order room service or embark on a unique culinary experience and learn how to prepare delicious Japanese dishes under the eye of an onsite glamping master chef. Outside of the cabin, visitors can explore the scenic mountains, book guided trekking trips, enjoy early morning canoeing on the nearby Lake Kawaguchi or get in the saddle and horse ride along the lake’s shores. The area is also a fantastic spot for stargazing.
Granby, Colorado: C Lazy U Ranch
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, C Lazy U Ranch is a luxurious dude ranch offering an upmarket yet authentic wild western experience. The Midnight Trail Lodge is the most spectacular of all the accommodation options and features five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, state-of-the-art sound system and private hot tub. Outside of the lodge, guests can explore the beautiful outdoors on horseback, play tennis, fly fish with a complimentary guide, experience the zip line or relax with a treatment at the award-winning spa.
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado: The Little Nell
One of the most renowned ski resorts in the world, Aspen Snowmass offers incredible skiing and riding across all four mountains and an array of high-end accommodation and dining options. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this winter, The Little Nell is Aspen’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond property. The hotel provides exclusives such as Snowcat Powder Tours, a private wine cellar tasting with its collection of over 20,000 bottles and world-class après at Chair 9. New to the scene this winter is the W Aspen, located slope-side on Aspen Mountain, with 88 guestrooms, a rooftop deck with a pool and hot tub and an underground nightclub.
Park City, Utah: Deer Valley Resort
Arguably one of the most exclusive resorts in the USA, the ski-only Deer Valley Resort is the epitome of luxury skiing and prides itself on offering a five-star experience. The resort limits the number of skiers on the slopes each day so visitors know they’re guaranteed few lift queues and seemingly endless space across six snowy peaks. Award-winning cuisine, attentive staff and luxurious accommodation, such as The St Regis Deer Valley, ensure that any visit to Deer Valley is an exceptional one.
Paradise Coast, Florida: Naples Grande Beach Resort
When payday comes around, it’s easy to dream of warmer climates, and there’s perhaps nowhere as dreamy and warm as Florida’s Paradise Coast. A natural and cultural gem tucked away in Southwest Florida, Paradise Coast is where the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico meet white sands, wild islands and delightful downtowns. Naples Grande Beach Resort is one of the most sought-after stays thanks to its 23 acres of beach, a luxurious spa and 18-hole championship golf course.