Five Essential Luxury Holiday Experiences

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If you are planning on taking a luxury or tailor made holiday abroad it can be hard to narrow down your choices, with dozens of destinations and holiday experiences worldwide catering to the discerning luxury traveller. But while there are plenty of five star experiences available, there are a few that really stand out from the crowd – these are five of the most exciting, exotic, and enjoyable luxury holidays in the world…

Holidaying in Dubai, the Millionaires' Playground

Dubai has come out of nowhere in recent years to become one of the premier luxury holiday destinations. Famed for its opulent hotels, luxurious entertainments and utterly outlandish building projects (a quarter of the world's cranes are believed to be operating in the emirate), a holiday in Dubai is a five star experience from start to finish. From haggling in the Gold Souk for jewellery to taking lunch in the famous "7 Star" Burj Al Arab luxury hotel, there's little that money can't buy in this beguiling Middle Eastern city.

Luxury Island Hopping in Greece

The Greek Islands are famed for their beauty and their diversity, so why settle for a single island on your luxury holiday? From the spectacular natural sights of Santorini to the sophisticated nightlife of Mykonos, each island has its own particular highlights and individual charms, and are best experienced on an island hopping programme, skipping from one luxury hotel to the next on island after island. Plenty of companies offer a range of island hopping itineraries and there are many opportunities for a tailor made holiday in the Greek Islands, taking in the highlights of your choice.

Cruising Down the Nile

Well known as a country of archaeological delights, the best way to experience the highlights of Egypt in style is on a luxury cruise down the Nile. From the comfort of a five star cruise ship, you can see the Valley of the Kings, the Temple at Karnak, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and countless other stunning sights. The luxury facilities on offer on cruise ships such as the MS Oberoi have to be seen to be believed; you'll want for nothing on one of these trips into the heart of Egypt.

Relaxing at a Riad in Marrakech

Exotic, chaotic Morocco combines a range of diverse elements: traditional Arabic culture, European sophistication and a beautiful location on the coast of North Africa. If you are spending time in Marrakech, a stay in one of the city's riads will provide a true feast for the senses. They are some of finest boutique hotels in the world; small, intimate, beautifully designed and often family owned; they provide personalised luxury in the heart of the city.

Staying in a Venice Luxury Hotel

Venice, "The City of Light", remains one of the most unforgettable sights in the world. This romantic and mysterious city is the ideal destination for a luxury holiday – the unique medieval architecture of this canal city has been entrancing visitors for centuries, and the restaurants and the luxury hotels are amongst the finest in Italy. If you can, time your visit for the world famous Carnival of Venice in February, when elaborately dressed figures fill the streets and masked balls are held throughout the city.

By Jane Wilkinson