Planning a luxury holiday

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Whether you’re planning an exclusive weekend away or an extravagant fortnight in the sun, you’ll find brilliant luxury accommodation all over the world. But how do you go about choosing what’s right for you – and which places will offer you the most indulgent experience?

The sheer variety of choice around the world may be overwhelming but planning a luxury holiday is actually quite simple. You simply need to consider your ideal destination, your favourite pursuits and, of course, the size you’d like your private swimming pool to be.

Luxury holidays in the east

Holidays in India may be synonymous with backpacking culture, but this vast and beautiful country is becoming increasingly popular with luxury travellers. Major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi offer great 5-star accommodation from both international hotel chains and local boutique hotels.

But the really luxurious holidays happen away from its urban centres. Look for indulgent beach-side villas in Goa and Kerala, or explore the tea plantations of Darjeeling before retiring to your luxury bungalow. Further north, Shimla and Kashmir offer beautiful scenery for a luxury holiday that’s a bit off the beaten track. If you’re not sure where to start, get advice from companies like Greaves Travel, who specialise in luxury trips to India.

If you’re looking for a luxury destination that’s a little closer to home, Turkey has plenty to offer too. The resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris may be rising in popularity with young sun-seekers but Turkey is a huge country with umpteen undiscovered destinations. The arresting, other-worldly scenery of Cappadocia, for instance, makes it one of the world’s best places to take a hot air balloon ride, while the Gulf of Gokova is a peaceful coastal location offering luxury accommodation in serene surroundings.

Enjoy luxury in The Caribbean and Europe

If you’re unsure about venturing into unknown territory, why not stick with the tried and tested? The Caribbean, for instance, has been a byword for luxury travel for generations and is still among the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations. Beautiful Caribbean islands like Barbados, the Bahamas and St Lucia offer all-inclusive luxury packages so you’ll never want for anything on your stay – except, perhaps, a little shade from the sun’s rays.

For a slightly alternative Caribbean experience, visit an up-and-coming destination like the Dominican Republic or Trinidad instead. These islands also offer stunning coastal scenery and great luxury resorts, but may be a little more wallet-friendly than its more established counterparts.

If you’ve only got a weekend to spare, rest assured that you can still bask in the lap of luxury without venturing too far. Popular Mediterranean destinations like Spain, Greece and Cyprus are home to sumptuous holiday villas with private swimming pools in varying sizes – so you can treat the whole family to an indulgent getaway or choose a small romantic retreat. Try searching for suitable options with Simply Luxury Holidays, where you’ll find luxury destinations around the globe, or its sister website Simply Villa Holidays.

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