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10 best luxury holiday destinations for 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

Since most of us can’t afford to jet off to Monaco every weekend or spend a couple of weeks a year lazing in the Maldives, if there is a special occassion or bucket list holiday you’ve been saving for, you’ll want to think carefully about where to go.

Key to luxury breaks tends to be a spectacular location, impeccable service, wonderfully comfortable accommodation and excellent cuisine. For some, the ultimate luxury is overwater villas in Bali, for others it’s glamping out on safari in the Masai Mara. City breakers may be after a five-star stay in New York or Paris, while spa fans could seek out a countryside retreat or Caribbean getaway.

If you’re not yet sure what your perfect luxe break would be, we’ve rounded up some of the best luxury holiday destinations in the world to help get you inspired. And if you have thousands of spare pounds burning a hole in your pocket, you may even be able to book one of them.

Lake Como, Italy

A view of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo (right) and part of Tremezzo village
A view of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo (right) and part of Tremezzo village (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Luxury may be closer to home than you think. Lake Como has gained a reputation for being a favourite destination among celebrities, as well as featuring in popular TV shows such as Succession. One of the three famous Italian lakes (alongside Garda and Maggiore), Como lies close to Milan and the town itself can be reached by train in roughly 45 minutes (although some popular towns, such as Bellagio, are easier to drive to in just over an hour and a half).

The towns on the lake carry just as much glitz and glamour as the fashion capital, with centuries-old mansions and villas lining the banks and pastel-coloured buildings falling behind into the lush green hills. Since their construction, many of these mansions have been turned into chic lakeside hotels, offering impeccable views and classical-style luxury.

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The Grand Hotel Tremezzo certainly lives up to its name. Looking out onto Bellagio, this decadent hotel offers indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and even a floating pool sitting on the lake to add to its grand interiors.

Mykonos, Greece

An aerial view of Ornos Bay
An aerial view of Ornos Bay (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

While famed for its reputation as a party destination, the right parts of Mykonos can offer a welcome retreat away from the crowds (in busier times, this is a luxury in itself). Along…

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