Luxury Travel Planning

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Luxury Travel

If you’ve been pining for the finer things in life—the glitzy hotels, beaches of silky sand, first-class flights and dishes to tempt a gourmet’s palate—you’ll find them on the Web. This guide presents ideas and resources to help you plan a high-end getaway. You’ll find luxury accommodation and flights, as well as spas, cruises, yachts and adventure trips for the luxury set. Hang on to your diamonds.

Luxury Travel Planning

With the world as your oyster, it can be difficult to pinpoint just one worthy destination. Use this section to compare pictures and excursions, and to research the best restaurants and cultural events on offer at your chosen locale.

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  • Leave yourself plenty of time if you’re planning an international trip. Even if you’re booking a trip through an agency, you’ll still need to wait for government bureaucracies to process passports, visas and immunizations.
  • Many of the sites here concentrate on the most popular destinations. To find entertainment options in more rural or off-the-beaten-path locations, type the genre of entertainment you seek along with the location into a search engine for fast results. 

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Finding Luxury Accommodations

Lots of Web sites offer great views into some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, inns and lodges. Use the sites in this section to compare prices and amenities at some of the world’s premier hotels: you’ll find romantic getaways, beach resorts and even child-friendly destinations.

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  • If you’ve browsed many potential locations but are still unsure of where to go, research hotels and see if any seem extraordinary enough to warrant a visit. You might determine your travel destination based on the amenities offered by some of these impressive establishments.
  • To get the best quality room, call the hotel in person after you’ve reserved. Specify your needs to the concierge (if you want a certain kind of sheet on your bed, for example, or would like champagne or flowers in the room upon your arrival) and you’ll be more likely to end up with exactly what you want.
  • Some international hotels still allow smoking in their rooms. Before you book accommodations, be sure to check on the status of the room you select.

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Booking Luxury Air Travel

Chartering private flights has become a staple of luxury travel—for business or for pleasure. Private flights have access to far more airports and destinations than airlines can provide, allowing you to fly exactly where you want to go, any time of day or night. True luxury travelers make even the voyaging leg of their journey a pleasurable experience.   

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  • In chartering private jets, the more passengers on board, the more sound the investment. Round up your friends and family for the ride—it will make traveling privately even more worthwhile.
  • If you need to find a vessel fast, try searching for “Empty Legs” on any of the recommended sites or in a general search engine. You’ll find unreserved aircrafts planning to make a trip—if your destination is covered, and you could fly privately at a reduced rate.

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Luxury Adventure Travel

If you’ve got an adventurous spirit, you don’t have to scrimp on luxury. The sites in this section present adventure travel options from luxury tour companies, including skiing and biking trips, river cruises and ship sailing, and even heart-pounding train rides.

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  • Luxury adventure travel doesn’t have to involve risky athletic ventures. Pilates and yoga retreats often fall under the adventure travel category, as does eco-travel. Take a look at the adventurous yet relaxing luxury trips offered by Health Habitravels.
  • Visit the findingDulcinea Yoga Web Guide and see the section on yoga retreats to find more luxurious adventure travel options.

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Top Luxury Spas

Spas offer the ultimate in pampering and are an increasingly popular luxury destination. There are spas that specialize in food, wine, golf, yoga, ayurvedic medicine—even spas on cruise ships. Whatever your pleasure, there is a spa that will cater exactly to you, and the sites below can help you find it.

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  • If you’ve never been to a spa before, visit Leading Spas of the World for a glossary of terms and advice on spa etiquette. Spas are unlike other destinations and have a very specific culture.
  • Because spas are health-conscious destinations, they generally make every effort to accommodate individual health requirements. If you have food preferences or allergies, or need special bedding, most spas will happily oblige. Call the concierge and make your preferences known ahead of time to ensure that all your needs are met.  

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Luxury Cruising and Yachting

Many online resources are available for finding cruises and yachting trips, but not all are created with the luxury traveler in mind. The sites listed here are designed specifically for travelers with expensive taste—those who want the best of the best.

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  • If you have a sensitive stomach, request a cabin toward the middle of the ship. Motion sickness isn’t usually a problem aboard large luxury vessels, but if you’re concerned, opt for a middle cabin where movement is more controlled.

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