Top Luxury Getaways for Summer 2023


| LAST UPDATE 05/24/2023

By Tracy Morrison
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Are you looking for a way to make your next trip truly unforgettable? After the challenges of the pandemic, many of us are eager to make our next vacation something truly special. Why not splurge on a luxurious holiday that you'll remember for years to come? We've done the research and found the best places to indulge your senses in 2023.

First up is Mykonos, Greece. If you're looking for a party with family or friends, this Cycladic island is the perfect destination. The stunning Villa Elia Aspro is a white-on-white villa with unbeatable views of the Aegean Sea and sunsets. Its minimalist architecture and panoramic views will make you feel like you're living the Greek dream. When you want to explore the island's culture and nightlife, Mykonos has an endless list of options. If you're looking for a more indulgent experience, Japan has got you covered. Stay at Aman Tokyo for a fast-paced city experience with amazing views of Tokyo's iconic landmarks. This hotel boasts exquisite rooms resembling the inside of a shoji lantern. Then, head to Shinmonzen in Kyoto, where Paddy McKillen spent ten years transforming a traditional ryokan into a modern retreat. Here, you can enjoy customised experiences such as mindfulness meditation at Kenninji, the city's oldest Zen Buddhist temple.

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For those who crave private islands, try the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. This resort spreads across three tropical dots and features 100 sleek pool villas, five restaurants and bars, and a kids club. You'll never run out of things to do with easy access to the Fari Marina Village, which boasts a beach club, designer stores, live music, and eight additional dining options. Unlike most Maldivian resorts, this place has space for everyone to spread out and have a good time.

For a sustainable adventure, try a walking safari in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Trace Norman Carr's footsteps on a seven-day circuit through the Valley of the Leopard. This approach to safari is described as one of the most sustainable and stylish ways to see Africa. Stay in light-touch lodgings like Luwi, which offers only five tents nestled among ancient mahogany trees overlooking a floodplain that attracts towering hippos. Here, you'll feel part of the landscape and learn bush skills and tracking. No matter what kind of experience you're after, these destinations will reward you for saving up your hard-earned cash. From kicking back on private islands in the Maldives to going on safari in style, there's something for everyone.

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