Live the lavish life at these luxurious European destinations

Live the lavish life at these luxurious European destinations

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

After staying inside for what seems like forever—whether it be in quarantine, lockdown or just generally not going anywhere—it’s high time to get back to traveling once restrictions are lifted. During down time you may have acquired some extra time off and saved some funds. Why not splurge and live the lavish life for a few days? You certainly deserve it! Check out these incredible destinations that are sure to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world again. 


Monte Carlo is home to incomparable luxury. Relaxing hotels, high-stakes casinos, elegant restaurants and magical shows are sure to lull you into a complete sense of euphoria. Book a stay at Monte-Carlo Beach, which is dripping with 1930s charm. Think glittering sea views, calming spa treatments and some seriously fresh seafood. Be sure to stop at Larvotto Beach, one of the glitziest beaches in the world. Wear your best designer shades to blend in while sunbathing here. 

No trip to the city is complete without visiting the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo. This world-renowned destination features Belle Epoque architecture, an exceptional selection of games and some serious sophistication. For some posh shopping, stroll down the Boulevard des Moulins. Here you’ll find upscale boutiques full of famous fashions. 


Nestled in the Engadin valley, the glamorous village of St. Moritz has earned international fame for hosting the Winter Olympics not once, but twice. Lake St. Moritz adds even more village appeal in the winter months with its White Turf horse races, snow polo and ice cricket tournaments. Throw in some devilish ski runs, après ski clubs and a bobsled run for the perfect combination of winter activities. This swanky village resort area has something for everyone.

To get a taste of the latest and greatest the area has to offer, be sure to book a room at Auberge Resorts Collection St. Moritz, which is set to open in 2022. Enjoy stunning lake views, two restaurants, a cafe, a bar, a cigar lounge, kids club, ski shop and a fabulous spa. If you just can’t wait that long to visit, try Badrutt's Palace Hotel, a 5-star resort dates back to 1896.  


Due to the naturally high cost of living raising the prices, most places here are called “luxury” by default. Don’t let that deter you from visiting the Land of Fire and Ice. In Iceland, the dramatic landscape and natural splendor are bar none. A trip here will keep you active and hopping from steaming geysers, hot lava fields, thundering waterfalls and glacier lakes to blue lagoons and late-night northern light locations.

Consider taking a luxury adventure with a private guide to enhance your experience. Get a personal driver to take you to Iceland’s most majestic sights so you don’t have to worry about finding them yourself. Look for offers that start in Reykjavik and include stays at luxury hotels with customizable itineraries. 


For a high-end escape with opulence galore, Lake Como has it all. This is where the upper-echelons of the Romans once vacationed. If you like old money and glamor, a stay at the 5-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo. It has not one, but three floating pools, a spa and an incredible breakfast spread. Their private beach has been revamped to channel the essence of the Italian Riviera during the 1950s and 60s. Talk about la dolce vita! Lounge chairs, parasols and aperitivos draw you in while you look out over the lake and mountains.  

Be sure to hire a boat to take you out onto the lake to relax and see the beautiful surrounding villas. Splurge on wine, pasta and fresh fish, as well as way too many cappuccinos at all the beautiful cafes. Be sure to stop in Bellagio, the prettiest town on the lake to stroll through the streets looking at fancy shops, colorful gardens and the stunning architecture. 


For some seriously stunning photographs, nothing shocks and awes quite like the island of Santorini. Those white-washed walls paired with the blue roofs interact perfectly with the azure Aegean Sea. Sunbathe on Kamari Beach or explore ancient ruins for the perfect day. If you’re a wine aficionado, you’re in the right place. The wine here is particularly special due to the makeup of the volcanic terrain. Take a small group wine tour and be sure to stop at Santo Winery or Venetsanos for some seriously stunning views. Sip on your wine and relax in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.  If you want a little more activity, hike from Fira to Oia and admire the picturesque towns and ocean views.

Pack your best outfits and plenty of the appropriate currency for the vacation of a lifetime at any one of these luxury locations. You deserve a reward for surviving the latest pandemic! Make it a trip you won’t soon forget.


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