We all value our annual holidays as a time to rest and rejuvenate, and they can be a great opportunity to see a part of the world that we have never explored… But how about stumbling upon some pure bliss in one of these uber luxurious spots? Get your holiday inspiration going and enjoy this selection of five sublime spots to vacation, if you are truly keen to find some of the finer things in life.
St Lucia, Caribbean
St Lucia is undoubtedly one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Caribbean, from luscious forests to sandy beaches fringed with breezy palm trees and coral reefs below the crystal seas. The picturesque scenery is nestled amidst a land carved by volcanic activity, with scatterings of rainforests and the famous Pitons, a UNESCO world heritage site. Other beauty spots to visit include the Sulphur Springs, Toraille Waterfall, and Morne Coubaril Estate.
Packing for St. Lucia will need to account for the average 12 hours of daylight and 31° heat throughout the peak summer months. Casual shirts and chino shorts will be essential for evenings spent drinking champagne overlooking the Caribbean sunset.
For a hotel that will cater to the holiday of your dreams, choose the Jade Mountain Resort in Soufriere, where the nightly rate for one of the exquisite suits is anywhere in the region of £1,500-£1,800. Some of the rooms feature a breath-taking infinity pool and a panoramic view of the Caribbean sea. Some famous faces known to have enjoyed holidays on the island include Chadwick Bosman, star of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’, Ellie Goulding, and Oprah Winfrey.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Travelers have been exploring the idyllic landscapes of French Polynesia since the 18th century and it encapsulates every connotation of exotic there is. For a simply mesmerising destination then this is your best choice, the island boasts a wealth of prosperous nature and secluded white sandy beaches which meet the blue coral reef beneath the surface. Once you’ve dried off, change into a polo shirt and some linen shorts paired with some casual shoes. Mingle amongst the locals at one of the renowned street markets in Vaitape where you will find hidden treasures such as black pearls and vanilla beans and embrace the vibe of the island.
The best times to visit the island are May, September and October if you want to explore with less tourist congestion, and this also falls under the dry season when temperatures reach an average of 28°. When it comes to finding a place to stay, for a uber extravagant getaway then choose The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, a 5-star venue where one-night stay in one of the over-water villas costs around £3,528 a night. In fact, it was the setting for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s multiple honeymoons (one just isn’t enough for rich and famous newlyweds).
The French Riviera is a notoriously glamourous spot and a relaxed dress code means you can enjoy days wandering through the old town streets, stopping to sample some delicious local cuisines along the way — in fact, it is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway with your significant other. Antibes is a mere stone’s throw away from Cannes, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore.
A mixture of linen shirts in simple ecru and neutral tones is the perfect colour palette to opt for while visiting, and trainers or loafers will make for the ideal shoe to see you through afternoons of taking the sights in. Spots along the Riviera are frequently becoming the backdrop of many summer weddings too, and a blue suit will make for the perfect combination with a riviera wedding tan.
One of the most stunning hotels in the area is The Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, visited by the famous Instagram model Emily Ratajkowski, as well as John F. Kennedy, Orlando Bloom, and Will Smith. The sea views are astounding and everything about the hotel is private — pools, butlers, and more.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Located at the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos combines vast stretches of desert and rugged mountainous zones. A luxury holiday in Los Cabos can be as low-key or as extravagant as you want it to be, choose from private sailing excursions to Mexican cooking classes and market tours, or simply laze on the closest stretch of sandy shores.Your suitcase essentials will be mostly linen, as its breathable qualities will be the most comfortable choice as you bask beneath the equator sun.
Along with the staple selection of chino shorts, a classic men’s evening shirt will come in handy for nights spent enjoying some seriously fine dining at El Matador, a mixture of vibrant Mexican, Latin, and Seafood dishes. Wake up in time for brunch and head to Cabo San Lucas along the coastline, where French toast and tacos are on offer at Café de Ciudad.
The Las Ventanas Al Paraiso might be one of the most expensive places to rest your head, but it is a haven for introverts looking to truly indulge and relax — it is known as a popular choice for solo travellers who just want to get away from it all for a while! Get out and explore or simply kick back in the infinity pool and sip a Margherita.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Necker Island is owned entirely by British businessman Sir Richard Branson, and it is a real vision of paradise. Reservations are hard to come by but don’t miss out on the chance to stay in one of The Great House bedrooms, fitted with king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, a jacuzzi, and a sundeck. Boutique restaurants will be the perfect opportunity to wear a sharp fitted shirt, with long chino trousers or linen alternatives and loafers. Watch the sun set and sip on a cocktail while your evening meal is prepared in The Beach Pavilion.
During the day, look out for the plentiful wildlife on the island including lemurs, flamingos, tortoises, and iguanas. A slim fit shirt and chino shorts can be the perfect daytime attire, paired with flip flops to sift through the sandy coastline. Kate Moss, David Hasselhoff and even members of the royal family are known to have visited the island, making it a blissfully exclusive.
Get your suitcase packed and jet off somewhere extra special this summer.