There’s a distinct look that all jet-setters share: That oh-so-alluring vacation glow. Whether it’s our eyes reflecting the sparkle of a Tahitian lagoon, our lips mirroring the crimson of a Santorini sunset, or our cheeks radiating the bronze gleam of the French Riviera, our faces share the stories of the places we visit.
In the spirit of being transformed—inside and out—by the beauty of travel, Estée Lauder North America and Expedia.com® are teaming up to offer the opportunity to win the trip-of-a-lifetime to one of eight dream destinations that inspired Estée Lauder herself and the iconic beauty brand’s Spring 2018 Gift-With-Purchase collection.
Keep reading to find out some of the places Estee loved to tote her suitcase and learn more about these eight ultra-exotic escapes. After all, who says there isn’t also a vacation-dreaming glow?
Infused with breathtaking scenery and soul, Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Layer in bohemian boutiques, fresh-pressed juices, and a perfect beach-hair breeze, and it’s no surprise this Southeast Asian hotspot is a darling destination for escape artists worldwide. To get to know the Indonesian Isle in style, split your stay (and vacation attire) between Seminyak’s shops and high-design beach clubs, and the upcountry’s lush viewpoints that give way to lakefront temples and verdant retreats. For taxi jaunts longer than 15 minutes, hire a driver who offers tour guiding services and an air-conditioned ride.
Originally established as a swanky hideaway in the late 1800s by business tycoon Henry Flagler, Palm Beach, Florida has stayed true to its posh roots as America’s First Resort Destination. The city’s legendary status is anchored by its iconic address, The Breakers Palm Beach resort, as well as a host of stately, celebrity-owned dwellings along the 14-mile beach. Visit Worth Avenue for shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive and restaurants outfitted with Frette linens and grand pianos. Palm Beach is ideal for a luxurious long weekend that will fill your suitcase with sand crystals, your clothing collection with couture, and your social media with a swoon-factor reel.
If plunge pools, glittering seascapes, and epic views resonate with your vacation style, place Santorini at the top of your list. Often crowned the most romantic Greek Isle for its white-washed abodes and intoxicating sunsets, this captivating destination delivers on every wow-factor front down to its local wine, which is enhanced by vines that reach deep into the island’s ancient volcanic soil. When you’re not busy staring into the Aegean Sea from your infinity pool, rent a car or scooter to seek out the blue umbrella-topped Red Beach, the panoramic pathway from Fira to Oia, or the ancient town of Pyrgos with its rolling vineyards. Finally, remember to look up. While Santorini is spectacular from any sky-high perch, it really shows off when seen from the sea at sundown.
A mainstay of every travel it-list, Capri is always photoshoot-ready. Rimmed with gleaming-white boats that bob in cobalt-blue bays, beach clubs carved into the cliffside, and hotels that hang high above the shoreline, the famous island lives up to its jet-set cachet. To live Capri’s version of la dolce vita, start with a cappuccino before strolling to da Costanzo, one of the island’s original cobblers, to get your feet fitted for a custom pair of Capri sandals (the ultimate it-girl’s souvenir). Later, pack your most chic beach tote and treat yourself to fresh seafood and a dip in the Mediterranean Sea at La Fontelina beach club. Add some effervescence to your Italian dream-day with fizzy flute of Prosecco in Piazza Umberto I, the most en vogue address on the picture-perfect isle.
Synonymous with superyachts and haute couture, the French Riviera is the oh-la-la locale to see and be seen on vacation, especially during summer when throngs of well-heeled sun-seekers flock to its seductive shorefront. Also known as the Côte D’Azur for its royal-blue coastline, the resort region extends from Monaco to Saint-Tropez, and includes hotspots like Nice, Cannes, Èze, and Villefranche-sur-Mer. If you don’t happen to be cruising the coast aboard your Champagne-soaked yacht, the train makes it easy to explore the area and day-trip between the elegant towns that put the beauty in la vie est belle.
At the meeting point of exotic and far-flung, Tahiti is every gal’s dream getaway, and the birthplace of the over-water bungalow. Located in the South Pacific between California and Australia, the island is the largest and most famous in French Polynesia. Here, tropical life reigns with sprawling and icing sugar-soft beaches, blue lagoons, and exotic fruit trees in an environment that most spas emulate (think: dipping pools, invigorating mist, sauna-warm sun, and refreshing rain showers). While there are 118 islands spread over five archipelagos in French Polynesia, all international flights route through the island of Tahiti, making it the most attractive isle in the South Pacific.
Shrouded in mystique, Morocco has maintained its timeless glamour like a Golden Age screen icon. Because gorgeous landscapes, intricate color palettes, and beautiful decor never go out of style, the effortlessly cool country has been drawing travel dreamers in droves even before Bogart and Bergman starred in Casablanca. As the largest and most accessible city in the North African nation, most Moroccan itineraries start here and fan outward into the Sahara Desert, where camels march over sand dunes, or to Essaouira, where artisans weave rugs and sew leather poufs, or Marrakech, where mosaic-clad courtyards add a rainbow of color to every entranceway. When you pack, take a cue from the landscape and assemble lighter colors to beat the day’s heat, and dramatic hues at night to pop against the sand-toned backdrop.
Let’s set the scene: An endless swath of sand, swaying palm trees, and an oceanfront that sparkles brighter than a precious gem. Enter Riviera Maya, Mexico’s Caribbean coastline reaching from Cancun to Tulum. Known for its grand resorts in Cancun, luxurious stays in Playa del Carmen, and boho-chic retreats in Tulum, this timeless beauty is one of Mexico’s most sought-after stays for globetrotters who like to hide away with a handcrafted margarita in-hand. The sultry mix of sand, sunshine, and hand-cut salsa is enough to make you want to stay planted under your parasol all day, but don’t miss the Yucatan Peninsula’s natural wonders like swim-worthy cenotes and Mayan archaeological sites perched over the Caribbean Sea.
If you could hop on a plane tomorrow, where you would take your trip-of-a-lifetime?