Nothing says vacation like traveling in style, being pampered and waited on while you kick up your legs and relax. This type of travel, also known as luxury travel, is a growing travel trend, and with strengthening economies in countries throughout the world, it is no longer limited to only a select few.
These days, luxury travel is theoretically available to anyone … as long as they are willing to pay. Prices for many of these experiences can be pretty steep, but for what you receive, they are most certainly worth the price. There are a number of ways to experience luxury travel. Here are our top five picks.
Fly first class
The epitome of luxury travel is flying first class. Some of the airlines that offer the best first class experiences include Emirates Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways. Standard perks include seats that recline fully into a bed, touch screen TV, and even your own set of pajamas. Both airlines also offer your own private room, so you can fly in comfort and privacy. Cathay Pacific also provides hand-prepared meals and wine. Now that’s traveling in style, albeit at a price of $20,000 to $36,000 a flight!
Go on a safari
For a more adventurous travel experience, consider going on a safari. Today’s luxury safari companies offer accommodations that are far from rustic, at prices ranging from $500 to $1,200 per night. From the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Tanzania, that provides luxury tree houses with free-standing bathtubs, to the Royal Malewane in South Africa, whose safari camps include private infinity pools and personal butlers, these places will give you a taste of the glamorous side of Africa.
Take a cruise
If you prefer not to stay on land, how about taking a cruise? Luxury cruises let you travel to exotic locales, in regions like the Mediterranean and South America, all while enjoying the comforts and style of first class travel. Cruisers can enjoy amenities like spas, personal butlers, and even private dining. Some of the top luxury cruise companies include Regent, which offers all-inclusive fares, Paul Gauguin, whose ships feature all cabins and suites with an ocean view, and Crystal Cruises, known for their impeccable service. When you do go, expect to pay around $500 to $1,200 a night for your cruise experience.
Dine in style
If a literal taste of luxury is what you’re after, then why not head to a luxury restaurant? For many travelers, the best part of travel is experiencing the food, and when you’re doing luxury travel, the food can definitely define your experience. Places like El Celler De Can Roca (in Girona, Spain), Osteria Francescana (in Modena, Italy), and Noma (in Copenhagen, Denmark), have all been named some of the top restaurants in the world. These places experiment with food in ways that are sure to provide you with an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Expect to pay at least $200 to $500 a meal for this luxury experience.
Book a private jet
By far the best way to engage in luxury travel is to hire a private jet. This offers you the freedom and convenience to travel to virtually any place in the world, at any time you want. Plus, you don’t have to deal with long lines at airport security! Private jet charters can run from $4,000 to $18,000, depending on the length of the trip. A common alternative is to hire a private jet for an around the world trip. These trips can range anywhere from $129,000 per person, to upwards of $700,000 per person.
If you’re interested in seeing what other LeafCanoers are saying about luxury travel, check out “A Few Kid Friendly Activities in Las Vegas” by hengli, or “Sleepless in Seattle: Baltimore and NYC” by tonifrazer. Or you can download the LeafCanoe app to post your own suggestions and experiences for luxury travel.