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Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Awww… the life of luxury. It’s tough to beat a Thai massage, sipping mimosas by the poolside, dining on only the best Parisian cuisine and living the luxurious life. Whether you’re looking for the perfect weekend get-a-way or want to rub sholders with the rich and famous, these nine luxury destinations will point you in the right direction. Monte Carlo, Monaco It’s difficult to walk down the street without seeing a multimillion dollar high-roller in Monte Carlo. This luxury destination has some of the world’s most impressive Casinos and is located along the warm Mediterranean waters. There are plenty of luxury accommodations to choose from, but the famous Monte Carlo Bay is worth every penny. New York City, USA With some of the United States highest income earners per capita, New York knows how to live the luxurious lifestyle. World-class restaurants, museums, performances and shopping are just some of the main attractions the 50 million visitors enjoy each year. With jaw-dropping skyscraper views, the Four Seasons is the place to be. Enjoy a shiatsu massage or a cocktail at one of their three lounges. Bali, Indonesia Look beyond the surfer and backpacker area of Kuta and you’ll quickly discover Bali has a world of luxury destinations among private beaches and hidden rice paddies. It’s a perfect destination to relax and get in touch with your spiritual side. Consider exploring the entire island for the ultimate luxury experience including taking in the art in Ubud or exploring the underwater world in Tulamben. The Balinese Hotel offers resort destinations all over Bali and can provide transportation so you can enjoy your stay without stress or worry. Singapore Singapore is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and has the fourth largest financial center. Despite its squeaky clean appearance, Singapore is home to the second largest casino gambling market in the world which is a huge draw for the rich and famous. Located in the Central Business District, the Fullerton Hotel offers an infinity pool, spa, and luxury accommodations. Dubai, United Arab Emirates These days, it’s difficult to discuss luxury destinations without hearing Dubai. While the city’s economy was grown from the oil industry, lately the economy has seen a bit boom in the luxury tourism industry. With the construction of some of the world’s most impressive hotels, real estate and sports events, people are flocking to Dubai for a little rest and relaxation. By far the most remarkable and luxury hotel in the area is the Burj al Arab Hotel. Its world-renowned architecture resembles a sailing ship and is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Paris, France From world-class cuisine, breathtaking architecture, impressive museums, high fashion shopping and day-trip wine tastings, Paris is the perfect destination for a luxury get-a-way. Whether you want to shop along the chestnut tree lined Champs-Élysées or admire the artwork of Picasso and so many others at the Musée D’Orsay, Paris exudes excellence. Located in the heart of Paris across from the Louvre is the iconic Le Meurice. They have romantic rooms in the classic luxury style. Mombasa Island, Kenya One of the lesser known luxury destinations around the world is Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. The crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean makes this an ideal luxury destination to relax and while listening to the traditional Taarab music. For a real treat, stay at the Almanarar Resort that’s located south of Mombasa on Diani Beach. This all inclusive resort comes with your own personal luxury beach villa for peace and quiet right on the beach. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, or simply known as “Rio,” is famously known for hosting the largest carinival celebration in the world. However, that’s not all Rio has to offer. Sexy women and men relax on the world famous beaches, including the famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. For the ultimate luxury experience, stay at the art deco Copacabana Palace that’s located right on Copacabana beach. Celebrities such as Fred Astaire and the Rolling Stones have enjoy the luxuries the Copacabana Palace has to offer. Koh Samui, Thailand Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui is located on the warm Gulf of Thailand waters making it a beach lovers paradise. Westerners have been blending with the local Thais and their culture for years making it a popular tourist destination, not to mention the famous Thai cuisine. For private accommodations, hidden in the jungle mountain side, stay at the Four Seasons in Koh Samui. You can book your personal ocean view villa with private pool for a relatively reasonable rate. Don’t forget to enjoy a traditional Thai massage. So what are your thoughts? Do you have other luxury destinations that you’d like to recommend. Please leave a comment below. Darcie Connell is Co-Founder of Trekity.com. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. I first went to Koh Samui back in 1994 and with the dirt roads and $6/night huts, it would have been hard to imagine it as a luxury destination. Went again in 2001 and the island was def going through a face lift…huts were now $30 and had big resort hotels on the other side of the island and some roads were already paved. Sounds like I may need to take myself back there to see it in full luxury!

  2. I definitely second the listing for Rio. It is a beautiful city, and some people forget that there is more to it than carnival and beaches. The architecture, people and landscape are all unbeatable, and theres nowhere in the world quite like Rio!

    Some of the best hotels in the world are dotted around Brazil, but you could always add another dimension of luxury by staying in your own private villa or apartment with a chef, etc to really feel like a celebrity!

    A great list, thanks very much!

  3. Koh Samui is my favourite places, a gorgeous island off the coast of Thailand—it doesn’t get much better than this. Spend the day on a lively, popular beach, or explore the Ang Thong National Marine Park’s secluded lagoons.

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