Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip or your average summer break, we could all use a little luxury. Don’t go thinking that bucket lists are all about the Seven Wonders or skydiving, there are plenty of luxury experiences that deserve to make it onto your bucket list. Here are three you should add to your list:
- Decadent dining in Lima
For ‘Foodies’, there’s no better holiday than one that’s solely focused on lavish dining experiences. For a truly eclectic culinary experience, take a trip to Peru’s capital city of Lima, where a history of cultural fusion underlines the luxurious gastronomy you’ll experience today. Take, for example, Peru’s most famous dish: ceviche, which is thought to have both Hispanic and Japanese influences that are reminiscent of both Peru’s history and modern culture.
What makes gastronomy in Lima so bucket-list-worthy? Well, 2013 was a big year for Peruvian food, with LIMA in London earning a Michelin star and Astrid y Gaston in Lima winning the number one spot in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Since then, Peruvian food has remained very trendy and Lima has become renowned as the epicentre of culinary excellence in Peru. More recently, Insider’s top six restaurants in South America list featured three Lima restaurants, and Maido in Lima came first in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
A trip to this cultural melting pot is guaranteed to please even the most adventurous eaters. Treat your palette to sumptuous seafood, freshly caught off Lima’s coast, as well as an exciting blend of traditional and modern Peruvian cooking. With a vast range of climates and ecosystems across the region, local cuisine is both wonderfully diverse and elegantly simple.
- Private Island Paradise
Perhaps the most luxurious experience of all is a private island escape. The ultimate relation getaway filled with sand, sea and tranquillity.
Song Saa Private Island Resort is a secluded and serene archipelago, located on what is known as the ‘Cambodian Riviera’. Disappear to this intimate island getaway and take in the beauty of clear blue waters and white sand beaches. Not to mention, the luxury that awaits you in the Jungle, Ocean View, Overwater and Royal Villas. Each offers a range of impressive amenities, including an oversized sunken bathtub, a fully stocked mini-bar, huge flat-screen TV, private pool and direct ocean access.
Beyond the walls of your villa, Song Saa offers a truly unique spa experience made up of ‘sanctuaries’ scattered all over the island and incorporated into nature. For the more adventurous traveller, you can hike, dive, snorkel and more. Live out the ultimate fantasy escape in your own little piece of paradise.
- Take a luxury expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula
Forget a canal cruise with tea and cake, for the ultimate luxury experience explore some of the world’s most remote locations on board Scenic Eclipse’s expedition cruises. Bringing together unique ‘6-star luxury’ and once-in-a-lifetime excursions across lesser travelled parts of the world, these exclusive expeditions, such as their luxury Antarctica cruises are unlike any other.
The Scenic Eclipse fleet is the ‘World’s First Discovery Yachts,’ and will also visit other bucket-list destinations such as the mysterious Arctic, vibrant South America, the sunny Mediterranean and historic Nordic regions. All the while you’re spoilt for choice with a spa, ten bars and fine dining experiences, a personal butler service and an all-inclusive ethos that means you can leave your wallet at home.
Back in your spacious Verandah Suite, you can enjoy king-size beds, elegant furnishings and 24-hour in-suite dining. Maybe go all out and book yourself one of Scenic Eclipse’s Spa, Panorama or Penthouse Suites which have a separate lounge area, Jacuzzi, dual steam shower, as well as guaranteed dining in speciality restaurants, complimentary in-suite spa treatments and more.