Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

by Adrian Northrup & Julia Spiro

You love fabulous things. And you, yourself, are fabulous. Your clothes, hairstyle and demeanour say one word: Luxe. You shop off the runways, wear designer shoes (or you wish you did). You don’t worry about money (or at least pretend not to). You just need the best. Of everything.

Your accommodations sometimes outdo the location you’re visiting. Your suite (or penthouse) always comes complete with amenities like flatscreen TVs, Egyptian cotton sheets and exquisite spa bathrooms. Your room always has a view. You dine at five-star restaurants and party at exclusive nightclubs. Here are some of Tango Diva’s picks for luxury resorts and vacations.

Paris, France: The Hotel Plaza Athenee

This landmark hotel is the epitome of classic luxe style with a French twist. Guests can choose from Classical or Art Deco decorated rooms, all of which are lavish and ornate, including sparkling and spacious bathrooms, flatscreen televisions, plush beds and furniture, and a general ambience of comfortable luxury that will make any guest want to move in forever. Despite being nestled in the heart of Paris’ most upscale neighborhood, the hotel itself includes some of the city’s finest dining spots, including Restaurant Plaza Athenee, where chef Alain Ducasse concocts delicacies using only the finest and rarest ingredients. The Bar Montaigne, where the counters are made of crystal, is always filled with VIP Parisians and visitors. The hotel also offers personal training and a variety of world-class spa treatments. Just in case you never want to leave your room, there is also 24-hour room service available with items such as Osetra Caviar Royal, costing a hefty 360 euros.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Hotel Plaza Athenee Web site.

Dubai: The One&Only Royal Mirage

You can’t really go anywhere in Dubai without indulging in some kind of luxury. But a visit to the One&Only will ensure that every aspect of your stay is top-notch when it comes to the lux life. Situated on glassy, white sand beaches, this resort boats several pools and fountains surrounded by swaying palms and plenty of room to bask in the sun. With a small maximum capacity, the hotel never gets too crowded and guests are always treated with personal, attentive service. Rooms are decorated in Middle-Eastern inspired dark wood carvings and elaborate furniture, all with modern amenities. Dining here is also world-class, with the hotel offering a total of eight different unique restaurants, a decadent afternoon tea, and several bars and clubs, including a rooftop lounge complete with ornate throw pillows and an Arabian-nights ambience.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the The One&Only Royal Mirage Web site.

St. Moritz, Switzerland: The Badrutts Palace Hotel

Since its opening in 1896, this luxury hotel tucked in the breathtaking Alps has upheld the title of the most upscale destination in its area. During the winter, guests can enjoy world-class skiing, and in the summer, the surroundings offer a variety of outdoor activities such as Alpine hiking. Rooms are modern and elegant with hints of traditional Swiss charm. After a tough day on the slopes or strolling the hillsides, guests can indulge themselves at the hotel’s extensive spa, take a dip in one of the pools, or relax in the steam bath. Dinner at the romantic Le Restaurant, which requires formal dress, includes traditional and rich French food, while the hotel’s Nobu restaurants treats diners to traditional Japanese cuisine with unique Peruvian influences. There is also a private salon, boutique shops, and live entertainment available within the hotel.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Badrutts Palace Hotel Web site.

More Luxury Travel Vacations

Lima, Peru: Zest Spa at Miraflores Park Hotel

Arizona, USA: Luxury Houseboating on Lake Powell

50 Haute Hotels for Her

For a luxury travel guide, check out Tango’s Diva’s Guide to Travel Guides.

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