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Luxury Destinations

Updated on October 2, 2011

Luxury Destinations

But we are in the middle of a recession you cry! Well sorry but luxury travel is actually pretty inflation proof. Americans are maybe hurting a bit and planning their stay-at-home staycations but plenty of others are pushing the luxury travel market to new heights. Australians are doing well on the back of the China resource boom. The Middle East of course is where the real super-rich hang out. Demand appears to be soaring for the super-luxurious destinations, with new luxury lodges, luxury hotels and luxury travel options being unveiled constantly.

So you say you can't afford a luxury vacation? Think outside the square. After all a luxury hotel may cost $1000 /night - but why not stay close to home? Check into the local luxury hotel: and save the travel costs! Just remember to leave the cell phone at home and tell all your friends you are out of town! Don't want the riff-raff trying to get a look at the exclusive spa or private lounge at your 5 star retreat!

Burj el Arab: Dubai's 7 Star Hotel

What Type of Luxury Vacation to Choose?

Luxury Hotels

Well the classic luxury vacation is focused on the classic luxury hotel: usually in a big hold hotel. Lets face it if you are trying to save on travel costs for your next vacation or you are worried about saving the planet and the so-called damage of jets to the ozone layer then checking into your local 5 star luxury hotel isn't such a bad idea. Leave the cellphone at home:tell everyone you are off to are residential therapy course for a week and enjoy living the high life complete with excellent dinning options, and in house spa and maybe a gold course or large pool.

Luxury Countries.

Some countries just pitch themselves to the luxury end of the market: not really interested in the hoipolloi. Bhutan is one such country which has always charged visitors a high daily charge, to avoid the hoards of backpackers in nearby countries such as Nepal and India. Bhutan has always been expensive,but now has its first 5 star hotel in Thimphu, the capital.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Luxury Camping

Africa has long bean associated with the luxury camping safari and lodges associated with the big game parks. Australia is a later entrant into this market: but quite frankly I would rather camp in a country whose largest animals are not elephants or lions! Crocodiles and mosquitoes are quite bad enough! Australia now has a number of top notch lodges and eco-resorts which combines comfort, the finest wine and food, with a close to nature experience.

Luxury Travel.

When Qantas flew the "Kangaroo Route" from Sydney to London it was an entirely first class service: the middle class travelled by ship. Now its all turned around. Those of us on normal salaries fly, and sometimes even spring for business class, while the super-rich take Cunard's luxury liners such as the Queen Victoria. Luxury train travel is also on the comeback trail with the Ghan train which runs from Darwin to Adelaide, through Australia'a Red Centre, recently added a premium Platinum Class.

So what's your dream luxury destination or luxury hotel: drop me a line to tell me where you've always wanted to stay. I'd quite like to stay at Raffles, Singapore one of the old-style luxury Raj hotels that the British scattered all over the world.


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    • EverythingMouse profile image


      9 years ago

      I certainly like the sound of luxury camping. The reality version really isn't my thing!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Hollow Mark - you won't get a luxury train all the way though I have seen private trains advertised which go accroos China and Russia - I will have to add a post on it on the luxury travel blog

      Beth - I have seen Burj el ARab - but couldn't even go into the bar as you have to pre-book- you cant just wander in - one day maybe!

    • betherickson profile image


      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow! I wanted to go at Dubai's 7 star hotel Burj el Arab. I heard that this hotel is so very expensive but it's worth the experience. I saw a documentary on how it is made and this is really a very tough to built. :)

    • Hollow_MarkeD profile image


      10 years ago from UK

      I hope to get a luxury train - how far can you go? Is it possible to go from the UK to China?

    • born4thesurf profile image


      10 years ago from Truro

      Very useful page, well done. Luxury is the way forward...if you can afford it!

      I've been to Dubai a few times and for that little bit of luxury, booked our hotel at

      Highly recommend them to anyone for Luxury Hotels.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      2pats - you gave me an idea for a luxury staycation

      Princessa - yes I am definitly getting to one of those Dubai hotels: 1 day!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      I would looooove to go to one of those places, especially that hotel in Dubai... just being in their bathroom looks like a holiday... maybe one day!

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Fun reading about luxury, but mostly it's a daydream! Still my back garden is lovely....

      A serious hint - even if it's a budget holiday, do something to treat yourself. If you are really busy all the time, an afternoon sitting by the pool reading something light is a luxury. Spending time playing cards with your teenage children is a luxury. Everyone should be able to splash out once in a while because TIME is a limited commodity.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the tips Wonderlust - I am always on the look out for new hotels to write about!

    • Wanderlust profile image


      10 years ago from New York City

      Jeanette, I travel all my life mostly first or business class. Believe me, you would never find a great deal on first class airfare - it is always much more expensive than coach!

      Lissie, great hub - as always! Love luxury hotels. Best experiences: Mandarin Oriental, SF (you can have SF on your palm hand), The Landmark Hotel, London (a nice winter garden), St. Regis, New York, Sveti Stefan, Montenegro (15 century monastery on an island)

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      LOL Eileen its all relative after several weeks in a tent in the Australian desert in the winter (think cold) I put my foot down and went top drawer : a cabin for 4x what we had been paying : it was bloody lovely!

      MrM like Eileen I'd still be waiting if I waited for first class: but I am no snob I am happy to go first class if the opportunity arises!

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great hub, I would never go anywhere if had to wait for first class. We have to dream though. No dont take the mobile if you really want a holiday. Thanks lissie

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      10 years ago from Sydney

      I believe if we can not go First Class we do not go.

      Most of my short life, we have managed it that way.

      A few times we did not go anywhere.

      I have decided never ever take my mobile overseas with me again. Bad news.

      Good advice

    • Latisha1 profile image

      Latisha Powell 

      10 years ago

      Great advice on going to luxury hotels close to home and saving travel cost and leaving your cell phone behind, telling your friend you're out of town, might try it someday. Thanks. Great Article!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Now that I should keep an eye on Jeanette: I could manage 1st class you know!

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      Jeanette M 

      10 years ago

      Lissie, I recently heard a report on ABC that suggested that there may be some great first-class airfares available too. The segment suggested that people look online in first class and they may be surprised to find specials that are

      occasionally cheaper than coach. Many people don't bother even looking at the first class section.


    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      To be honest I am torn Pete: it would be nice but some people get so used to the luxury they are scared to walk out the door and explore the country they are holidaying in!

      Grumpy: sort of - but when I did my first travelling when I had no money my own currency was so weak that there was no point earning it! I had to work overseas to be paid in pounds before I could travel at all really

      Dubai is really interesting - an interesting stopover and Emirates is a great airline - a whole different hub really

    • MM Del Rosario profile image

      MM Del Rosario 

      10 years ago from NSW, Australia

      i heard that Dubai is the place to go now...

    • grumpyjacksa profile image


      10 years ago from south africa

      is this now your way of saying :

      eat your heart out..........

      'cause with our weak currency , that's all i can do .

      for now , anyway........

    • Pete Michner profile image

      Pete Michner 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      I hope I can travel like this someday :) Great hub!


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