There are so many beautiful places to visit that have become more and more accessible over time that often deciding where to go on holiday can result in a ‘shortlist’ that fills an A4 page!
If you are looking for that extra special sprinkling of magic on your luxury holiday, however, the list can be whittled down to a few elite candidates. Step forward the first and arguably best of all options a Maldives Cruise on the Yasawa Princess.
The sheer beauty of this Indian Ocean island country has to be seen to be believed, with crystal clear and impossibly warm seas abundant with a dazzling array of marine life, sand as white as snow and palm trees providing soothing shade.
If the manifest natural splendour is not enough, the Maldivian culture incorporates an eclectic and fascinating blend of Sinhalese, Arab and South Indian influences, helping to make a visit to Male (the capital) well worth a visit.
There you will find a warm welcome and some key cultural attractions which include the National Museum, Male’s bustling and life-affirming fish market as well as Sultan Park. Be sure to sample the culinary delights which largely revolve around the islands plentiful supply of fresh fish and include coconut milk and a mouth-watering blend of spices.
Often combined with a stay on the Maldives due to its proximity, but equally worthy of bespoke luxury holiday elite status in its own right is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka offers more in the way of diversity perhaps for those looking to combine luxury with adventure and the only problem you will be posed with a holiday to Sri Lanka will be deciding what not to do.
For the wildlife lover, Sri Lanka has so much to offer, with over 5,000 wild elephants and the biggest population of leopards, which can be spotted, ahem, on a visit to the Yala National Park. In season it is also possible to take a trip to swim with blue whales, which is the very definition of a once in a lifetime experience.
The train rides in Sri Lanka offer an unbeatable chance to experience the breath-taking scenery on offer in this stunning country and the first class facilities are superb. Visits to some beautiful, tranquil and deeply spiritual Hindu temples are life-changing and there are a plethora of luxury hotels available that compete with each other to redefine ‘luxury’ itself.
Failing to find one country that offers everything that you want from a luxury holiday is not a problem, because you can always explore the many possibilities that luxury Adriatic cruises have to offer. The great thing about luxury cruises is that there are so many diverse options to suit all tastes, from cruising the fjords, to a cultural jaunt around the Baltics, tropical and antipodean adventures around Bali, Singapore and Australia and awe-inspiring trips between Canada and Greenland.
No matter where you choose to cruise, the principle of luxury will always be adhered to, providing you choose the right operator. Every meal time will one to remember, each room will be fitted to the most exacting standards and benefiting from stunning ocean views and a balcony and service will come at the highest standard.
It really is worth ensuring that you opt for a luxury cruise as opposed to a more basic option even if it means saving that little bit longer. Free drinks, fine dining and meticulously crafted on-shore itineraries are just some of the other benefits that come with a luxury cruise, making this option one that you simply cannot ignore when it comes to choosing your next luxury holiday.