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.
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.
- 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.
For where to go …
features destinations and journeys on its homepage. Explore the possibilities in the “Inspirations
” section for a glimpse of some far-flung settings and locations. Use this site to book your accommodations if you find a destination that suits you.
, one of the industry's premier magazines, is accessible without charge on the Web. This site's best feature is the searchable database of archived articles. Browse the contents of past and current issues, or run a search on specific destinations or activities. The site also has a section of restaurants around the world with editorial reviews, some of which are by Food & Wine magazine.
Condé Nast Traveller
is a lifestyle and travel magazine. Select from a list of destinations to research and plan your getaway. Visit the “Let Us Inspire You
” link to select specifications for your trip. The “Annual Awards and Lists” section on the left sidebar is also worth browsing: read up on the year’s most highly acclaimed airlines, airports, cruise lines, hotels, islands and spas.
For what to do …
displays events, museums, attractions, restaurants and more in cities around the globe. Find out what’s upcoming and discover local favorites. The site has a knack for pointing out esoteric events that might otherwise be overlooked.
finds restaurants and activities in many cities around the world. Choose a destination and then use the links near the top of the page to browse restaurants (though not always upscale, you can find fine dining options), entertainment ideas and shopping recommendations.
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