Europe is home to many beautiful cities where you can treat yourself to a luxurious vacation. Here is our selection of European luxury holiday destinations, including accommodations, spas, activities, and cuisine.
The home of haute couture and gastronomic delights, Paris is no stranger to luxury. Treat yourself to a high-end vacation at one of the city’s exclusive palace hotels. Choose from the classics, such as Le Bristol, Le Meurice, the Four Seasons Hotel George V or the Plaza Athénée, or opt for a more up-and-coming take on luxury at the Shangri-La Paris or the Mandarin Oriental.
Many palaces are home to spas, where you can benefit from a variety of hair, skin, and face treatments and holistic practices. Try the George V Spa (Four Seasons George V), the Institut Dior (Plaza Athénée), Spa Sémonin (Le Bristol), or Spa Valmont (Le Meurice).
After pampering yourself at the spa, it’s time to explore the city in style. Opt for a private tour of Paris’s most popular attractions to avoid the lines and get the VIP treatment. In addition, you can request a unique tour option, such as an old Parisian car tour with a private driver or a shopping spree along the Champs-Elysées and Avenue Montaigne with a personal shopper.
No luxury Parisian vacation would be complete without sampling some of the city’s world-famous cuisine. Home to several Michelin-star restaurants, you’ll have a number of world-class dining options to choose from, including the Tour d’Argent, Guy Savoy, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower’s own Jules Verne.
For a taste of British luxury, head over to London, where you’ll experience the prim-and-proper, no-nonsense style of refinement. Stay in one of London’s top-end hotels, such as The Savoy, The Landmark, The Goring, The Dorchester, or The Langham.
Like Paris, London is home to a number of spas, many of which are located in high-end hotels. Favorites include Chuan Spa (the Langham), So SPA (Sofitel London St James), Landmark Spa and Health Club (the Landmark), and ESPA Life (Corinthia Hotel London).
London offers several luxury activity options to choose from. Tour the city in style with your own private chauffeur, enjoy a dinner cruise along the Thames, or do some shopping at a luxury department store, such as Harrod’s or Harvey Nichols.
While not known for its culinary prowess, London does several fine-dining options, including the Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.
One of the most romantic destinations, Venice is a popular choice for luxury vacationers. Stay in one of the high-end hotels located along the canals such as Aqua Palace Venice, JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Londra Palace, and Hotel Excelsior Venice.
For a relaxing spa session, choose one of the many top-notch hotel spas, such as the Casanova Wellness Centre (Hotel Cipriani), E’space Fitness and Wellness Center (Molino Stucky Hilton), or La Perla Della Laguna (San Clemente Palace).
Venice offers a number of luxurious activities for you to enjoy. Take an exclusive gondola ride along the canals, attend a unique opera at Musica a Palazzo, or try your hand at blackjack at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi Venice Casino.
Experience the tastes of Italy at Venice’s only three Michelin-star restaurant, Antica Osteria Cera or one of its two Michelin-star establishments, such as Quadri or Il Ridotto.
An often-overlooked luxury vacation spot, Madrid is a great holiday pick. With its perfect weather and laid-back nature, you’re sure to have a wonderful time in this vibrant city. Stay in one of Madrid’s 5-star hotels, such as AC Palacio del Retiro, the Wellington Hotel, the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel and Spa, or the Hotel Ritz Madrid.
Don’t forget to pamper yourself at one of the city’s luxury spas, such as the Caroli Health Club (Wellington Hotel), Chi Spa, The Lab Room (Hotel Miguel Angel), or Fusiom.
Make your luxury vacation as memorable as possible with by booking a private after-hours museum tour at the Prado or Thyssen Museums, a VIP ticket to a Real Madrid game, or a personal shopper who can maximize your shopping experience in a surprisingly stylish city.
At the end of your stay, be sure to dine in one of Madrid’s Michelin-star restaurants, such as the three-star DiverXO or the two-star La Terraza del Casino, El Club Allard, or Sergi Arola.