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.
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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.
- 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.
For luxury hotels …
The Leading Hotels of the World
represents more than 450 of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Sign up to be part of the “Leaders Club
” (at no cost) and receive updates and upgrades. If you join the “Leaders Club Access
” group (for $300) you get a personal concierge and preferred status at any of the hotels represented.
Relais & Chateaux
is a partner to The Leading Hotels of the World
. It offers worldwide destinations and theme stays where you’ll find accommodations that cater specifically to family, weddings, golf, culture, fine dining and oenology.
Five Star Alliance
is an online travel agency for the leading luxury hotels in the world. Browse accommodations by location or scroll down the page for “Hotels by Interest.” Visit the “World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007
” to see hotels featured by the site.
LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels
helps you find hotels based on the experience you hope to have. Check the box that most fits your needs—choose from “Islands,” “Desert,” “Golf” and “Spa,” among others. Select as many boxes as you want to refine your search as you see fit.
For boutique hotels …
Small Luxury Hotels of the World
allows you to select a hotel by name, destination or type. Descriptions of the rooms, rates, dining and locations are included. There’s also a photo tour available for most hotels on the site.
The Leading Small Hotels of the World
is affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World
and offers the same benefits as its parent site. Select your destination to browse possible accommodations. If you have a hotel in mind, enter its name in the search box to read a review.
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