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Best Top Sites and Blogs for Luxury Travel

By travelanswerman | April 17, 2009

Discount traveling is easier on your cash, but luxury travel is usually less stressful and more rewarding. This power list of resources will help you find unique and extraordinary destinations that will inspire you to travel in luxury every time. Sure, the yachts, private jets and champagne hot air balloon ride are very expensive, but there are treasures to be found for the budget minded traveler looking to indulge in some luxury.

Air Travel

  1. Private Jets: Avoid large commercial airports, long lines, security checks and other travelers. Charter your own personal jet to travel anywhere in the world, with as little as four hours notice.
  2. Chartered Flights: Book your flight on a personal jet or plane to save time, and depending on the destination, maybe even money. Travel in style and comfort, and no fighting for a window seat.
  3. Go High: If money is not an issue and you’re looking for something extraordinary, consider taking a classy hot air balloon ride that includes a gourmet meal and champagne.
  4. First Class Flyer: This website can help you navigate the mysteries of discounted first- and business-class air fares and flight upgrades. First Class Flyer, an online newsletter that also has a new blog, is also available on the site.
  5. FareCompare.com: An insightful fare comparison service, good for acquiring a base of information towards an educated buying decision.

Sea Travel

  1. Specialized Cruises: Allura Tours has set its sights on “redefining gay luxury travel.” Their offerings include a lineup of Crystal Cruises in Europe and North America.
  2. Tahiti by Gauguin: Sail this luxury cruise ship to exotic destinations. The cruise is tailored for comfort and luxury, it’s like a black tie cruise without the tuxedo.
  3. Charter a Yacht: Sail away to paradise aboard your own private yacht in the Virgin Islands.
  4. More Yacht Resources: A large and useful online resource for yacht charter enthusiasts. Yacht Charters.com is the easiest way to find yachting destination information as well as an extensive listing of yacht charter resources.

Land

  1. The Orient Express: With five decadent trains, Orient Express is the emperor of luxury train travel. Travel to iconic European destinations such as Venice, Istanbul and Prague on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, to Machu-Pichu on Peru-rail, to Edinburgh on the Royal Scotsman or through rainforests and past temples of Thailand and Malaysia on the Eastern and Oriental Express.
  2. Rentvillas.com: Rentvillas is a California-based company with a wide selection of beautiful private rental properties throughout Italy. They have a terrific Web site and helpful representatives.
  3. Luxury Golf Resorts: This site presents a complete list of the world’s best golf resorts – a quintessential combination of historic holes and refined country luxury that await those who may or may not be on the PGA tour.
  4. Romantic Luxury Hotels: Affectionate charm runs rampant in this highly selective list of romantic hotels that are sure to evoke a heightened sense of passion and romance.
  5. Luxury Ski Resorts: The most sought-after ski resorts in the world are finally compiled in one place. This esteemed collection of ski resorts can boast the most renowned mountains in the world with the finest ski facilities.
  6. Forbes Finest: A list of the World’s very best hotels and resorts, chosen by a panel of experts at Forbes Traveler.
  7. The Royal Scotsman: A holiday on The Royal Scotsman is regarded as one of the world’s great travel experiences. Encounter Scotland’s ever-changing landscapes of sweeping glens, towering peaks and mirror-calm lochs as the train weaves through wild countryside and along virgin stretches of coast.

Packages

  1. Travel Advisors: DavidTravel an Editor’s Choice winner since 1998, the site has a particular flair for custom travel designing for luxurious land and sea based excursions worldwide.
  2. Luxury Tips: Elegantly appointed site offering a search of the world’s best hotels with online reservations and select city guides with maps, pictures, and travel information.
  3. Tailored Tours: The days of luxury travel live on. This site specializes in catering to those who want to be treated well with tours planned down to the smallest detail including hotel booking, river cruises, safaris and family packages. If the amount of money you spend on a tour is not as important as the amount of pleasure you derive from it…you’ll feel right at home.
  4. Holiday and Leisure Travel: Safaris, cruises on luxury liners and smaller vessels, fine hotels and more all catering to the holiday and leisure traveler looking for the very best.
  5. Luxury Travel Tours: Recognized in the industry for years of experience in arranging African safari tours and now covering the globe with travel offerings from luxury ski packages to French river canal cruises.
  6. Explore Venues: Here is another site that seems deceptively simple. Click on any of the vacation venues on the left and you are instantly transported to destinations that are sure to pique your interest.
  7. Luxury Link: One-stop browsing for the best of travel experiences including information on hotel & destination award winners, top beaches, scenic drives, and special package auction to bid on, or book directly online.
  8. Posh Travel: This collection of links and articles provides plenty of ideas for affluent travelers. Chateaux, fine dining, and museums are just a taste of the offerings here.
  9. Travel News: Keep up-to-date with the latest in luxury travel with reports on the current crop of best castle hotels, beach resorts, casinos, yacht cruises and private islands.
  10. Artisans of Leisure: Artisans of Leisure tours are private and highly personalized, created for discerning travelers who expect the highest level of luxury, service, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home. Touring is flexible, with your own expert guide and driver in each destination, and each day is tailored to your personal interests, schedule, level of energy, and travel preferences.

Adventure

  1. IExplore.com If you’re looking for more thrills in your vacation, start by exploring iExplore.com. The site offers hiking and biking trips, as well as multi-sport tours. It also boasts expert advice on “experiential travel,” such as a wildlife safari or culinary tour.
  2. Extreme Adventures: Whether it’s a safari in Botswana or sledding with reindeer in Norway, this site has an adventure waiting for you.
  3. Luxury Adventure: We offer a wide variety of rustic- luxury adventure travel options. From adrenaline-packed whitewater rafting in Chile on the Futaleufu River to family, kayaking and multi-sport adventures, we have an expedition to meet your adventure needs and desires. All you have to do is choose an expedition!
  4. Family Adventures: This site gives resources for luxury adventure travel tailor made to fit your family’s needs, with guided tours and experts.

Relax

  1. Nickel Spa for Men: Cobalt, chrome, gray and blue make up the color scheme and the watery hues even come complemented by a Decompression Chamber. Improve your life with a Facial Shock Treatment (with caffeine and menthol), a Sports Massage (with red pepper extract) or late night remedy — Morning After Rescue Gel.
  2. Salish Lodge & Spa: Thirty-five miles from downtown Seattle, Salish Lodge & Spa is an award-winning resort perched spectacularly on the crest of the magnificent 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls. The spacious suites include Jacuzzi, wood-burning fireplaces and feather beds. Signature treatments include Alpine Purification Body Polish and an Earth Cocoon treatment in the Rain Room.
  3. Spa Avania: Arriving at Avania is like a stress decompression experience. Massages are synchronized to the energy of the time of day, with music to match. Spa visitors can spend the entire day taking restorative dips in the co-ed swimming pool-sized French mineral pool, sipping iced mint ginger water under palm trees and by the outdoor fireplace or enjoying the separate women’s and men’s eucalyptus rooms, rain showers and relaxation lounges.
  4. Spa Mandalay, Las Vegas: This way, way, way over-the-top — 30,000 square-foot spa was designed to dazzle, providing an unparalleled opulent atmosphere, with 21 treatments rooms and a 3,000 square-foot fitness area. Treatments include Volcanic Dust Mask and Herbal Wrap with Peppermint and exfoliating body treatments which scrub lucky loungers to a mango papaya sugar glow. When tired of all the manhandling, hang out in the 11-acre outdoor tropical sand beach, with three pools, wave generator and river ride.
  5. Scuba Safaris: A UK based organizations, they play every aspect of luxury scuba diving tours at locations around the world.

Luxury Travel for Pets

  1. Kimpton Hotels: Several luxury chains pull out all the stops for pets. Kimpton Hotels, which has properties in 16 U.S. cities, offers its furry guests Doggie day care, gourmet turndown treats, and pet massage services. Some Kimpton properties, like the Monaco hotels (in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Denver), have special pet events like costume parties and meet-and-greet cocktail hours.
  2. Starwood Hotels: If you stay at any Starwood Group property (Westin, W Hotels, Le Meridien, and Sheraton), you’ll get designer dog bedss that rival your own bed. Westin doggies may get their own plush robes; W dogs will be welcomed with a toy and treats. Le Meridien properties have a cute if pricey “Feed the Party Animal” pet room-service menu.
  3. Loew’s Loves Pets: As part of their “Loews Loves Pets” program, Loews Hotels provide pet owners with local information on pet-friendly places, parks, and veterinary and grooming services; if you leave any accoutrements at home, beds, litter boxes, scratching posts, pooper scoopers, and so on can be procured. There are even room-service selections for your pet.
  4. Dog Travel Guides: A listing of worldwide pet travel guides for dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Travel for Food

  1. Vagablond.com: The globetrotter’s guide to fashionable travel. Vagablond discusses boutique hotels, food, wine, shopping and more.
  2. Gourmet Voyageurs: An e-magazine of luxury hotels, top restaurants, inns and other up-scale travel and food reviews.
  3. journeyPod Your guide to luxury travel around the world. Learn about hippest hotels, hottest nightlife and best food and wine spots.
  4. Luxury Travel Magazine: Magazine provides information about luxury travel destinations around the globe. Site also provides travel news.
  5. World’s Best Gourmet Getaways: List of information on luxury destinations that include gourmet food.
  6. Gourmet Experience: Combining luxury travel through breath-taking wine regions with gourmet food and fine wines in the company of some of the world’s leading chefs and winemakers.

Travel Tools

  1. Travel insurance: Buying travel insurance from agencies and travel providers, such as cruise lines, is usually a crummy deal because of price markups and restrictions on how the policy claims can be filed. The best value policies are often those sold directly by the leading travel insurance companies.
  2. Seating: Make sure you pick the best seat by reading reviews on airline seat quality, such as the amount legroom and recline ability. Even if you already have an assigned seat, you can contact the airline and try to switch to a better one.
  3. Frequent Flier Miles: Webflyer is a useful site for getting the best upgrade for the miles you’ve earned. See how your miles convert between programs, learn about changes to your frequent flier program and discover how to max out the value of your mileage awards when you redeem them for merchandise or services.
  4. Currency Conversion: Check rates at XE.com and try to exchange your dollars at a local bank. Along with an easy-to-read conversion rates grid on the homepage, this site offers a host of tools including a travel expenses calculator, credit card charges calculator and, obviously, a conversion calculator.
  5. Personal Trip Advisors: Virtuoso luxury vacation, cruise and tour advisors offer exclusive insider connections and industry expertise on upscale cultural endeavors, both on and off the beaten path, high adventure to posh leisure on authentic luxury cruises, tours and vacations.
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