Travel doesn’t have to be expensive, luxurious, or fancy—necessarily. If you find that you want to turn the comfort level up to 11, trade cheeseburgers for caviar, and let your stress slip away a little faster, consider 10 of our favorite luxury activities, beckoning to you from around the world.
1. Couture Coffee Tasting in Hawaii
Clutching the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai on the Big Island, Kona coffee is some of the most desired and expensive in the world. Hop in your choice of luxury sedan or SUV to tour a Kona coffee plantation where this beloved bean grows. Check out the roasting process, chat with experienced farmers, and enjoy a private tasting session to get your caffeine fix in style.
2. Drink Champagne in Champagne
Luxury-seeking romantics can’t do much better than sipping Champagne in the French countryside. Ride out of Paris to spend a day sampling bubbly in the namesake region where it’s crafted and go behind the scenes to see how each celebratory bottle is created.
3. Diamond in the Rough Dining from Dubai
Eating in the middle of the desert may sound like something reserved for adventurers looking to rough it. But if you do it in luxurious Range Rovers and your dinner includes a gourmet 6-course meal, belly dancer performances, and a starlit camel ride, it becomes something more suited for sultans and princes on the go.
4. Grand Canyon by Helicopter
From the dazzling lights of Las Vegas to the deep red desert, there’s no better way to get from the Strip to the Grand Canyon than by helicopter. Land inside the canyon for a champagne toast and picnic for a luxurious experience of this natural wonder.
5. Drive a Ferrari in the French Riviera
Sparkling white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, and azure waters flecked with the gleaming hulls of luxury yachts—the French Riviera exudes high-class around every corner of its coastal Mediterranean roads. Explore the bends and curves while driving a high-powered Ferrari to get a luxurious taste of the good life with just a dash of adrenaline.
6. Luxurious Spa Treatment in Bali
Indonesia’s resort and beach towns are filled with spa experiences that offer everything from foot-focused reflexology treatments to deep tissue Lomi Lomi sessions. Rather than try and pick which muscle-melting service is best for you, why not simply get everything? Revitalize with a Balinese oil massage followed by a lulur body scrub, cooling yogurt facial, and rose petal and frangipani flower bath.
7. Yacht cruise on the Bosphorus
In the shadow of empires and kings, the Bosphorus River divides east from west in the vibrant heart of Istanbul. Explore this timeless waterway from the deck of a luxury yacht and sip wine while you scan the shores for temples, mosques, and palaces that date back to the Ottoman Empire.
8. Catalan Adventure by Horseback from Barcelona
Rising up to greet the Mediterranean, the Colserolla mountains are filled with dense groves of aromatic pine, sweeping swaths of quiet grasslands, and shady stretches of rushing rivers. It’s the perfect place to go for a horseback ride with a private guide, especially when you can cap off your equestrian adventure with tapas and wine.
9. Snorkeling in Style in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo’s coral reefs, exotic marine life, and crystal clear waters make it an ideal snorkeling destination, but crowded trips can ruin even the best environments. Avoid the throngs and ensure your underwater excursion is free of errant elbows and kicking legs with a private snorkeling trip aboard a sailboat or yacht with an open bar.
10. Private Photoshoot in New York
Feel like a supermodel in New York City with a private photoshoot. Pose at a gorgeous fountain in Central Park, under the electric lights of Times Square, or on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Your professional vacation photographer knows how to capture your best side, and you’ll return home with one-of-a-kind keepsakes of your trip.
What luxury activity would you try first?