Author: Matti Pennington
Everyone has a different opinion on where to travel and where not to. If you want a luxurious vacation filled with memories you will reminisce about for years, you have come to the right place.
Below you will find 12 luxury destinations in the United States and beyond. Each location brings something different to the table, yet you can use luxury to describe every single one.
Luxury Destinations in North America
1. Maui, Hawaii
From the moment you step off the plane, you will feel like you are in paradise when you visit breathtaking Maui. With its sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, cascading waterfalls, and lush rain forests, Maui takes the word luxury to a new level.
Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities, water sports, and quaint seaside towns in Maui. Make sure to set time aside to visit Honokalani, Maui’s famous black sand beach. Day trips to Molokai by helicopter are a wonderful way to break up your luxury vacation.
Maui Bay Villas offers the fabulous hospitality Hilton Grand Vacations is synonymous with. This 27-acre resort is nestled on the coast of Maalaea Bay. Travelers can make every minute count thanks to the resort’s direct beach access and additional amenities.
2. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is a winter wonderland but don’t be fooled; year-round, this destination has infinite things to do. This chic town offers some of the best skiing in the world, vast hiking trails, high-end shops, and world-renowned restaurants. Skiers and non-skiers alike will love a vacation to America’s Canary City. Some of the richest families in the world visit this luxury destination year after year. You will undoubtedly experience beautiful blue skies regardless of when you visit because Aspen averages 300 days of sunshine a year.
As expected from a luxury destination, Aspen has fabulous 5-star resorts, including St. Regis Residence Club, Aspen. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, you can easily hit the slopes or hike this incredible mountain. In addition, the lavish accommodations set this resort apart from all the rest.
3. Palm Springs, California
Although on the smaller side, Palm Springs is a dream location for many. Whether you’ve been influenced by the Kardashians or have heard fabulous stories from people who have visited, you are in for a treat when visiting Palm Springs. The food is tasty, the attractions are vast, and the weather is fabulous year-round. If you are looking for a luxury destination where you can forget all life’s worries and fully unwind, look no further than Palm Springs.
You will feel at home in the elegant two-bedroom suites at Vista Mirage Resort. This Grand Pacific resort is in the heart of Palm Springs and has on-site exercise facilities, a game room, a playground, a pool, tennis courts, and more.
4. New York City, New York
What are you waiting for if you have yet to visit the Big Apple? New York City is unlike any other, from the Empire State Building to Broadway to the Statute of Liberty. Every year people around the world travel to NYC. Whether it is your first time or you are a frequent visitor, there is something new for everyone to experience. Don’t miss out on trying a New York-style bagel and pizza on your trip.
A Forbes Five-Star property, the St. Regis New York Residence Club, is ideally located at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. This flagship hotel reflects the elegance of St. Regis with outstanding dining at Astor Court and the iconic King Cole Bar.
5. Whistler, Canada
Known for Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America, Whistler is a fabulous location for those wanting to hit the slopes. On Whistler and Blackcomb’s side-by-side mountains, there are more than 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, and three glaciers. During the warmer months, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, biking, and exploring this European-style village are among the best things to do.
A short distance from the ski lifts, Shell Vacations Club Mountainside Lodge is located in the heart of Whistler Village. The location makes this resort even more fabulous. Nearby enjoy shopping, live entertainment, dining, and nightlife.
Luxury Destinations Beyond the United States
6. Thalang, Thailand
Puckett is the biggest island in Thailand. If you are hoping to stay in an Instagram-worthy destination that isn’t flooded with travelers, Thalang is the spot for you. Aside from its natural beauty, there are fabulous things to do throughout your stay. Phuket Nature Elephant Reserve is an ethical retirement home for elephants where you can see them up close and personal. Bang Pae is a fabulous spot for hiking, and the list of fun attractions continues.
Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club overlooks the Andaman Sea, perfect for staying in the exotic paradise of Thailand. In order to create an atmosphere of unmatched beauty, the grounds are landscaped with exotic plants, water gardens, and gorgeous flowers.
7. Nadi, Fiji
If you know where to look, Nadi, Fiji, has plenty of culture, tasty food, and great drinks. This area is unique because you can stay as busy or relaxed as you want. Main Street is famous among visitors because it offers multiple bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. For more shopping opportunities, Nadi Town Market is an authentic local spot worth checking out. If you are in need of a beach day, Denarau Island allows you to get the whole tropical getaway experience with palm trees, beaches, gorgeous waters, and all.
With world-class hospitality and amenities at Worldmark South Pacific – Denarau Island, you can be sure your vacation in Nadi, Fiji, will be unforgettable. There is something for everyone to enjoy on-site, whether you are on a romantic getaway or traveling with your family.
8. Paris, France
The City of Lights is known for many popular attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Louvre, and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. The most notable is the Eiffel Tower which has around 6 million visitors yearly. Built from 1887 to 1889, the Iron Lady has become one of the most visited monuments. If you are traveling with the kids in tow, explore Disneyland Paris. Regardless of how you spend your trip, you will love exploring all this romantic city has to offer.
At Marriott’s Village d’Ile-de-France, you’ll find the elegance Paris is known for while also experiencing the luxury Marriott is known for. There are multiple pools, a spa, a restaurant, and a 27-hole golf course on-site for guests to enjoy when they are not out and about.
9. Nadi, The Bahamas
Nadi’s beautiful turquoise waters, watersports activities, delicious cuisine, and white sand beaches make it one of the ideal luxury destinations. As the capital of the Bahamas, Nadi is very popular amongst travelers, with fun things to do. The peak time to visit is mid-December to mid-April, although temperatures are fabulous year-round. Adventure awaits you in the Bahamas.
Harborside Resort at Atlantis is a 2-minute walk from the center of Atlantis, Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. Guests can enjoy all the amenities, including the restaurants, water park, bar, lounge, casino, and fitness center. With so much to do on-site, you will never want to leave.
10. Oranjestad, Aruba
Aruba is known for being the safest island in the Caribbean, which is why so many people visit yearly. Not to mention, you can travel without fear of hurricanes since it is in the southern region of the Caribbean Sea. There is nothing better than the crystal clear blue waters and sandy white beaches of Oranjestad for a dream vacation. Fun places to visit throughout your stay include Linear Park, Plaza Daniel Leo, and Main Street.
Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is a beautiful resort with winding pools, waterfalls, and spas on the infamous Palm Beach. It is next to Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, so guests can enjoy both resort’s amenities.
11. Philip, Barbados
Known for its natural beauty, St. Philip is the perfect place for a quiet luxury retreat in Barbados. There are so many amazing beaches and cliffs on the island of St. Philip, so you’re sure to have a good time. Barbados is a year-round tropical oasis. Whether you want to go scuba diving with the sea turtles, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, or lay out on the beach with a piña colada in hand, you can do so. This island is filled with adventure, perfect for satisfying everyone in your group.
Located on the notable sand beaches of Crane Beach, Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane is a timeshare in a historic building built in 1887. It offers a 1.5-acre pool complex, tennis courts, yoga classes, and shopping at Crane Village.
12. Marbella, Spain
When you think of Spain, you probably think of Barcelona or Madrid. But the country has so many travel-worthy destinations, including the luxurious city of Marbella. In addition to relaxing, it is also an excellent spot for exploring, whether you love history, art, or nature. Marbella is a city divided into two parts. Casco Antiguo, the old town, is the more traditional area, with historical landmarks and an authentic atmosphere. Nueva Andalucia, the new town, is more modern, with fancy restaurants and high-end shops.
If you are looking for a top-of-line getaway with luxurious amenities and modern accommodations, look no further than Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort. Amenities include direct beach access, tennis courts, golf benefits, and an indoor and outdoor pool.
Stay In Luxury Destinations
If you want to visit one of the luxury destinations above, stay in one of the fabulous resorts featured. When you buy a timeshare, you can visit a different luxury location annually through vacation exchange. Not to mention, you can save a substantial amount of money at all the best timeshare companies when shopping on the resale market.
This article originally appeared on Savoteur.