A deserted paradise in a dreamlike location, unimaginable all-round service that leaves nothing to be desired - we show you the 10 best destinations for your extravagant luxury holiday.
To be pampered in the most beautiful place in the world - what is a habit for the super-rich, many normal earners would also like to treat themselves to at least once in a lifetime. Honeymoon, milestone birthday or well-deserved reward for professional achievements, here the package holiday has had its day!
However, the picture-book beach, the amazing location or the 5-star luxury hotel are not for the small purse! So it's best to save for years or win the lottery and then immerse yourself in the world of glitz and glamour.
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Dubai - City of Superlatives
The most expensive and luxurious hotels in the world can be found in the oriental world metropolis of records and superlatives. With the gigantic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world rises from the hot desert dust. It houses, among other things, the first Armani hotel, the highest restaurant and the largest fountain in the world. Oh, and if you ever run out of money - you can withdraw the next gold bar at the gold machine!
In terms of luxury, the Burj Khalifa is even surpassed by the Burj al Arab. The sail-shaped prestige building is considered Dubai's landmark and the only seven-star hotel in the world. You won't find any rooms here, only suites, all with their own bar and whirlpool. The Royal Suite even has its own cinema, and if you don't want to travel comfortably by private jet, you can rent a helicopter with pilot.
Sparkling like a jewel, the Atlantis Hotel Atlantis on the man-made palm island of Jumeirah stands for elegance and extravagance. Inside the oriental palace, everything revolves around the mystical lost continent. Living and dining among sea creatures, shipwrecks and sunken treasures. A sandy beach, luxury boutiques, wellness area and water park provide the right entertainment away from the hotel room. Incidentally, the entire island is one of the most expensive real estate locations in the world.
Oman - Reside like a Sultan from 1001 Nights
The splendour of the Orient can also be found in Oman. Especially at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel near the capital Muscat. The 6-star hotel is the country's high-end accommodation and is enthroned in front of rugged rock faces in the middle of a green oasis. In the fairytale temple of gold, marble and crystal, guests are pampered with excellent service all the way to the beach.
Tip: Room rates at Al Bustan start at around 500 euros per night. Those who want to get to know the luxury without an overnight stay can take part in a guided tour or enjoy a drink at the hotel bar in the evening.
If you want it a little cooler between July and September, visit Salalah in the south of Oman. During the monsoon season, the otherwise dust-dry desert region is transformed into a sea of blossoms. Here, too, excellent hotels offer a sophisticated luxury holiday.
Monaco - home of super sleds, sailing yachts and gambling dens
High life and high society have defined the glamorous dwarf state in the south of France for over 100 years. Sleek sailing yachts are as much a part of the cityscape in Monte Carlo as super expensive cars and the reigning stars and starlets of all countries.
Nowhere is a more stylish way to supplement your holiday budget than in the noble casino of Monte Carlo. Art and culture can be found in the beautiful old town of Monte Carlo or in the magnificent Palais Princier, the seat of the reigning Prince of Monaco.
Bora Bora - Holiday in the Aquarium
But enough of expensive hotels in the city! For many travel enthusiasts, true luxury means relaxing on a picture-book beach. And there is hardly a better choice than the dreamlike Bora Bora in French Polynesia. It is not for nothing that the secluded island in the South Seas is one of the most expensive holiday islands in the world.
The magical lagoon of Bora Bora spoils its guests with white sand, turquoise blue sea and a dazzling underwater world. In the rather high-priced water bungalows, the floor and tables made of glass offer an unobstructed view of the colourful sea creatures. At breakfast, barracudas, sharks and rays drop by.
Seychelles - Bathing on the most beautiful beaches in the world
White sand, turquoise sea and emerald green palm belts can be found on many beaches. In the bays of the Seychelles, it is above all the extremely photogenic granite rocks that regularly win awards as the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue is the most photographed beach in the Seychelles and has served as a backdrop for Raphael and Bacardi commercials. Equally picturesque is Anse Lazio on Praslin - in fact, every spot on the island nation's coastline deserves to be called "paradise". Of course, the hotels in the Seychelles pay for this unique beauty...
Maldives - An island for me
When we speak of unique beauty: This also applies to the holiday paradise of the Maldives. Practically every atoll in the Indian Ocean archipelago boasts endless sandy beaches and crystal-clear seawater.
Hardly to be topped in luxury is the Alimatha Island. There is only one resort on the palm-covered island in the midst of turquoise blue lagoons. Breathtaking sunsets, romantic walks on the ivory-coloured sandy beach and unforgettable dives on the house reef are included.
Tip: If you have the necessary change, you can also book an entire island for yourself in the Maldives.
Anguilla - Sweet idleness in paradise
If you are looking exclusively for rest and relaxation on holiday, Anguilla is the place to be. There is so little going on on this Caribbean island that sweet idleness even has its own name. "Liming" is what the locals call the typical Anguilla lifestyle of sand, sea, palm trees and hammocks.
Because there is really NOTHING to do on Anguilla. No theatre, no cinema, no shopping centre and no hiking area invite you to any activities. The largest mountain that can be climbed is only 70 metres high. But there are 33 dream beaches that you only need a towel and sunscreen to enjoy.
Mauritius - Where tropical holiday dreams come true
Probably the most beautiful place on the holiday island of Mauritius is Flic en Flac on the west coast. The once sleepy coastal village has become one of the tourist hot spots on Mauritius, fulfilling every tropical holiday dream with ease.
The beautiful sandy beach is fringed by a magnificent coral reef and the most beautiful and expensive hotels on the island. You can hardly imagine a better setting for swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing.
Saint Tropez - Frivolous resort of the Côte d'Azur
Saint Tropez in the south of France was also once a sleepy fishing village. Made famous by the film industry, the sophisticated and somewhat disreputable holiday resort on the magnificent Côte d'Azur is the destination of millions of visitors every year - who also bring millions with them.
Themost beautiful place is the harbour, where only luxurious yachts rock, or the village of Gassin. From its hill, there is a breathtaking view of the small town of lightly dressed ladies and playboys.
St. Moritz - skiing in a champagne climate
There are numerous luxury destinations for summer holidays, but where is the best place to indulge in luxury winter sports? If you want to ski with high society, the Swiss resort of St. Moritz is the place to go.
The mild "champagne climate" with more than 300 days of sunshine a year is best enjoyed in summer while hiking, mountain biking or golfing. In winter, perfectly groomed slopes and the guaranteed snow of the Swiss Alps ensure plenty of fun in the snow.