THE LIST: Luxury Vacations

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A recent InsureMyTrip survey found that many travelers crave a luxury vacation. And who wouldn’t? These extraordinary travel experiences often come with secluded beaches, private accommodations, top-notch customer service, and a beautiful surrounding all make for a picture perfect getaway.

So where can you find these amazing vacation destinations? Online travel magazine Travel and Leisure  just announced their top spots for luxury travelers. Here’s some of our favorite picks:

Laucala Island

This South Pacific paradise is surrounded by pale blue waters, white sandy beaches and tropical landscapes. Laucala Island, Fiji  also caters towards travelers looking for a private escape. Villas are designed similar to traditional Fijian homes with modern updates only a lavish resort would offer: infinity pools, personal chefs, hot tubs, and a golf buggy for easy transport around the island.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

The wilderness of Canada is another luxury pick, due to top glamping resorts like this British Columbia resort. It boasts super-luxurious tents furnished with antique dressers, heirloom china, oil lamps, rich carpeting, and Thermostat-controlled propane wood stoves. Fifteen of these tents include ensuite bathrooms with heated floors and indoor/outdoor showers as well. From there, guests can customize their own adventures like river kayaking and wildlife-watching from bears to whales. There are also equestrian adventures, a zip line, clay shooting, and mountain biking, in addition to hot springs and an on-site spa. (Source:

Velaa Private Island

Founded on the vision of a “beyond luxury” hideaway, Velaa Private Island is truly an ultimate escape. Choose between a beachfront villa or a floating villa stretched out across the ocean, each with their own private pools and terraces. Though Velaa Private Island is tucked away in the Maldives, there are countless things to do right there at the resort, including indulging in a therapy at the spa, taking up water sports, conquering the climbing wall, reenergizing with a beach side meditation session, relaxing in the library, or sipping from the highly curated wine selection available in the tower that is Velaa’s wine cellar. Zur writes that Velaa is especially notable for having its own miniature submarine as well as the only golf academy in the Maldives, designed by Jose Maria Olazabel.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Las Ventanas al Paraiso is such an epic couples’ escape it has an 11-page menu of romantic amenities including an evening of cinema on the beach for two, sensory baths drawn in your suite while you’re at dinner, a carriage ride to the Los Cabos desert, cabanas with private plunge pools and Jacuzzis, butlers who will hide your love note in a bottle buried in sand for your lover to discover, couples’ cooking lessons, and “an ultra-dramatic” package involving a filmed wedding proposal screened on the beach. With all that glamour in the air, there’s hardly any reason to leave your spacious suite or villa—though you might want to venture out to learn about Mexican gastronomy through the resort’s barbacoa dinner, indulge in a one-on-one blind tasting with a tequila master, or take advantage of one of the resort’s seasonal once-in-a-lifetime experiences like embarking on a whale safari. “It all adds up to a luxury resort that tempts guests to stay on property the entire time they are there,” says Bobby Zur, founder of Travel Artistry.

Paws Up

A cattle ranch can be luxurious? You bet. This 37,000-acre ranch in western Montana is where camping meets glam. Paws Up is an expansive resort where guests can kick back in a jetted tubs, relax on a private deck or go country by booking a luxury tent with heated floors and a butler. And, the activities are endless. From archery to ATV tours to horseback riding and more.

Want the full list? Check out The World’s Ultimate Luxury Vacations from Travel + Leisure.

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