Summertime is near, which means it’s time for a vacation. Take a break from the stress of your daily affairs and travel to a posh, relaxing location. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most luxurious cities in the world for you to unwind at.
1. Playa Herradura, Costa Rica
Costa Rica features a vast expanse of natural beauty—from crystal clear waters to expansive mountain and volcano ranges. One of our favorite places in the country is Playa Herradura, home to the luxurious Los Sueños Resort and Marina.
Don’t forget to try your hand at the area’s renowned fishing locations or wind down at Los Sueños’ spa.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has been drawing more and more crowds during the past few years, and for good reason. Plan a day trip aboard one of the area’s many yachts and cruise around the V&A Waterfront.
Don’t forget to get the best views of Cape Town from the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, which takes you 3,500 feet above the city.
3. Shanghai, China
The international metropolis of China draws attention from all over the world. Shanghai is the country’s biggest city, so visitors can get a taste of both ancient and modern China.
Don’t forget to check out Shanghai’s thriving culinary scene—the city has its own Michelin dining guide, which shows how much the city has grown in the past 30 years or so.
4. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza Town is a city on one of Spain’s most well-known archipelagos, also called Ibiza. Its lively nightlife has drawn in celebrities from around the world for years. If you don’t feel like clubbing, enjoy the numerous beaches and quaint villages on the island.
Don’t forget to stay at a luxury vacation villa that offers a quick walk down to the beach and infinity edge pools so that you can relax at a home away from home.
5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam has something for every traveler and features both a vibrant nightlife and immense luxury. A modernized version of Venice, the city boasts interlocking canals, historic buildings, and a scrumptious culinary scene.
Don’t forget to grab a bike to pedal down the various bike paths and take in the colorful buildings.
6. New York, New York
New York City is home to an abundance of idyllic cultural experiences—visitors can do, see, and eat something different each day. The city is known for its luxurious nature, so you’ll have a slew of posh places to stay at.
Don’t forget to check out the numerous rooftop restaurants to get gorgeous views of the city.
7. Mirihi Island, The Maldives
This tiny island is luxury at its finest: it was the first island in the Maldives to feature overwater bungalows. Here, you’ll find spas, snorkeling, water sports, and so much more, all right next to clear turquoise waters.
Don’t forget to dive into the clear seas to search for various ocean creatures such as the magnificent (and harmless) whale shark.
8. Lombardy, Italy
The Lombardy region of Italy is home to some of the most gorgeous areas we’ve ever seen—including Milan, a city known for its high fashion, luxury hotels, and Michelin-starred restaurants. The region also has numerous villages for you to explore, so you can get in touch with both nature and the beautiful culture.
Don’t forget to take the short trip up to Lake Como, an upscale resort area known for its exquisite scenery.
9. St. Moritz, Switzerland
The luxury alpine resort town of St. Moritz awaits your visit. This stunning city is the perfect blend of activity, culture, nature, and relaxation.
Don’t forget to awaken your third eye chakra with yoga in the Alps—or try yoga with goats!
10. Nice, France
No list of luxury would be complete without this French city, which sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Travelers can take in the gorgeous aqua waters or explore the endless markets.
Don’t forget to check out the Musée Matisse and sunbathe at Castel Plage.