If you are planning your big holiday trip of the year, let us inspire you with these seven luxurious destinations that is going to worth your every dollar, plus the places you can stay at, and the food to die for.
Dubai is a glamorous playground for the rich and famous. A juxtaposition of traditions and futuristic vision, the city offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, and a myriad of cultural experiences.
Stay: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Some say that this seven-star property is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The hotel stretches 300 feet out into the sea, and its interiors are decked out in opulence – think golden columns, marble floors, and lashings of gold leaves.
Dine: Nobu Dubai
Located within the Atlantis Hotel, Nobu is well known for its Japanese fusion with Arabic touches. Don’t miss out on its Grade 9 Australian Wagyu Beef and Black Cod Miso!
Paris is all about style and fashion, speckled with iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral. At the forefront of international trends, Paris is where you will find emerging and established designer boutiques, haute couture houses, and vintage shops.
Stay: Le Meurice
Just minutes from the Louvre Palace, Le Meurice embodies quiet elegance, art, and splendor that goes back to as early as the 18th century. Famous people who stayed there include Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.
Dine: Restaurant Guy Savoy
This three-Michelin starred restaurant does not disappoint. Indulge in a French gourmet experience at this restaurant and get pampered by its impeccable service. Look out for their latest innovations, the Salmon 'frozen' on ice, hot consommé, lemon 'pearls' and the Shellfish 'melting pot'!
With Japanese cuisine added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, your trip to Tokyo will begin and end with amazing dining experiences. There are more Michelin starred restaurants in Tokyo than any other city, which means a gastronomical adventure awaits you, should you plan a trip there.
Stay: Aman Tokyo
Expect five-star service at Aman Tokyo, the hotel group’s 27th hotel located close to the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station. The rooms are designed with a modern take on traditional Japanese ryokan inns, perfect for those seeking a true Japanese hotel experience.
Dine: Sukiyabashi Jiro
If you haven’t heard of this restaurant, then you will have to watch the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The restaurant has served VIPs the likes of the 44th US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The sushi? World class.
Sydney is where Australia’s finest foodies, actors, models, and businessmen gather. As a result, this city is dazzled with the best – from its iconic cityscapes, swanky bars to world-renowned restaurants.
Stay: Park Hyatt Sydney
A five-star hotel that overlooks the Sydney Opera House, Park Hyatt Sydney is the place to stay when you are in the city. Take in the splendid view with a martini in hand as you frolic in its stunning rooftop pool.
Dine: Momofuku Seiobo
Book the acclaimed multi-course tasting menu (AUD 185 or about SGD 189) and let the food tell the story. Request for a seat at the kitchen counter to take in all the cooking action that is happening in the kitchen.
Seoul is a 24-hour city that caters to your every need. A morning temple visit, an afternoon gallery-hopping, and parties in one of its many bars and clubs, you will see that this city offers more than just Korean soap opera and the traditional Kimchi.
Stay: The Shilla Seoul
You know it’s one of the best hotels in Seoul when its guests include former US President George Bush, Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, and Tom Cruise. You may even catch a glimpse of a celebrity wedding on the weekends if you are lucky.
What’s interesting about this fine dining restaurant is that it offers just one menu for dinner with no options to choose from. The 11-course meal is a gastronomical and artistic display of Konbuzime Red Snapper, Cucumber Foam, Ryunique’s signature dish, Quail “Nostalgia”, and more.
Art, dining, shopping… New York has it all. Find art icons such as The Met and MoMA, venture into century-old Jewish delis at the Upper East Side, or immerse yourself in the hipster culture in Brooklyn. Every restaurant and bar is fighting to take creativity to a new height, which is why you can expect only the best in this city.
Stay: Baccarat Hotel
Recognised as one of the world’s best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler, Baccarat Hotel is high-end, lavish, and generously-sized. You can hardly find anywhere more glamorous than this hotel, with its interiors decorated with herringbone wood flooring and tons of crystal, just like in a movie.
Dine: Eleven Madison Park
First you will be amazed by its elegant interiors, and then you will be impressed by its epic tasting menu – Eleven Madison Park is a contemporary American restaurant serving seasonal tasting menus that draw inspiration from local cultures and ingredients.
The world is familiar with Swedish design – even the humblest coffee shops are designed with thought and sophistication – and travellers are quick to notice Stockholm’s rising food scene. If you fancy good designs, sublime landscapes, and fresh ingredients, Stockholm is the place to go.
Stay: Sandhamn Seglarhotell
Also known as the Yacht Hotel, Sandhamn Seglarhotell is a fully renovated 19th century luxury property with an intimate village feel. Expect to see writers and artists who are there to seek inspiration for their next piece of work.
Frantzen is Sweden’s first three-Michelin starred restaurant – and for good reasons. Located in a 19th century building, the restaurant hosts an intimate crowd of 23 guests per night, which means you will have to make your reservation way in advance to get a table there.