MY GLOBAL TRAVEL LUXURY MOMENTS
Travel luxuries can often mean different things to different people, for example for some it may mean travelling first/business class, staying at five star resorts and hotels, whereas to others it can be more down to private excursions or ordering a glass of bubbly with breakfast or even just getting the chance to have a holiday at all. Anyway what I’m trying to say is we are all different and see luxury, opulence and indulgence from different perspectives. Cue this month’s Travel Link-up topic, luxury and travel. So with that in mind, I’ve thought long and hard about what luxury travel means to me and the experiences that I would say left a lasting lavish memory.
Pre flight relaxation with Bubbly in Hand
There is no better way to get the holiday started than some pre-boarding relaxation in a lounge with a glass of champers in hand. In recent years I’ve been lucky enough to have been upgraded to a lounge on my long haul trips and they really are worth the money.
Spending time with the man in my life
This I will say is one of my greatest luxuries in life. Dr C often works abroad and it’s pretty difficult to get some quality time without an email or phone call popping up. Travelling allows us to make a conscious effort to be in each other’s company full time and to reconnect with our relationship without external influences.
Private Tours with a local Expert
In recent years, a small luxury is to source a private guide, who can accompany us on historical and cultural visits to get orientation of the city. In my opinion it’s money well spent as the itinerary can most certainly be tailored to your requirements! One of my all time favourites was the Gastronomy tour in Athens with a private chef.
Staying in Remote Locations
I am huge on beautiful, personable, small boutique hotels located pretty remotely. Obviously I do enjoy all the luxury and glamour a five star establishment brings but to me these are the hotels that often have access to some of the world’s greatest playgrounds. For example, I was blown away by The Belmond das Cataratas in Iguazu National Park opposite Iguazu falls, and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, located outside the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
A Multi-Stop Extended Honeymoon
So they say you’re honeymoon is supposed to be the best holiday of your life, well ours most certainly was because it spanned up to two years post-wedding! It’s also one of my greatest memories of all things luxury and being totally spoilt with champagne, room upgrades, flowers and chocolates! We mini-mooned in New York, then had our main honeymoon touring Thailand and the islands and were gifted a honeymoon to Bali and Singapore! One of the highlights was staying on Bon Island, a completely deserted Island with a luxurious tree house in the forest.
Capturing Memories to Treasure
One of the best travel luxury memories has been when we had an anniversary photo shoot in Florence. It is the perfect lifelong memory of an occasion, which captured the moments of being in my favourite city in Europe. Having the shoot meant both Dr C and I could feature in all the photos together. You can read all about our memorable shoot here.
Michelin Star Dining
Dr C and I make scoping out the dining scene a huge priority and whereas I’ve been lucky enough to dine at many Michelin star restaurants, one of my favourites would have to be meeting Chef Angelos Lantos at 2 Michelin Star Spondi in Athens and sampling his Valentines Menu.
Prioritising Me Time
More often than not the difficulties and challenges of getting away can be overwhelming. A lot of planning is involved in just getting up and going on a multi-stop trip away from the daily life of work and personal commitments. I therefore appreciate the luxury of being able to do this whenever I feel like I need a fix. One of my personal favourite for recharging was a stay at El Remanso Rainforest Lodge in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Christmas in Bora Bora
Bora Bora is pretty high up on everyone’s bucket list and sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to imagine I spent five days over Christmas time there. We had our own butler who delivered us a tropical breakfast in a canoe each morning! There was no necessity to leave our over-water bungalow the whole time we were there except to dive straight into the lagoon that is!
It’s over to you now, tell me what do you consider to be your travel luxuries? I’d love to know what the most luxurious thing you’ve done is.
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Travel Link Up
For this month we’re thinking all things opulent – what are your travel luxuries? The whole shebang, ephemeral moments that you’ll always treasure or perhaps something in-between?
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