2016 Luxury Getaways: The Top 10

2016 Luxury Getaways: The Top 10

Business professionals today are busier than ever, and time has become one of their most valuable assets. In an effort to truly escape and discover either something new and refreshing, or traditional and time-tested, there has been a certain division between travelers and their preferences. For all of those working toward a well-earned getaway, we’ve compiled this Top 10 list of 2016 luxury getaways. Some of them may look familiar, while others may seem to be way off the map.

1.Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Known for its expansive beaches, constant sunshine, and cultural flavor, “Brazil’s elbow” is also famous as a refreshing escape. While many will be flocking to South America’s largest country in August for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, visitors to Rio Grande do Norte will be comfortably sequestered from the huge influx of tourists.

Brazilian-Carnival-64-minBrazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, 2012.


According to National Geographic, anytime is a good time to visit, but Brazil’s largest off-season carnival, Carnatal, is held in December.

2. United Arab Emirates

When it comes to luxury and opulence, few parts of the world can compete with the United Arab Emirates. Visitors can take in the sights of such places as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the tallest building in the world), the Burj Al Arab hotel, the Ferrari World theme park, Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, or multiple other natural and historical sights. With a fleet of supercars as their police force, even a traffic stop in the UAE is an experience to remember.

Downtown_Dubai_by_Emaar_Properties Spectacular, high-elevation view of Dubai at night.


Lonely Planet recommends taking a private 4×4 adventure safari into the desert replete with camel rides, sandboarding, and middle eastern BBQ.

3. Danube River.

Winding its way through ten different central and eastern European countries for nearly 1,800 miles, the Danube offers visitors a variety of historically breathtaking stops along its route. For those seeking to experience a little bit of it all, river cruises are an exceptional and very popular way to get their passports stamped from Germany to Ukraine.

Romantic-Danube-River-Cruise-min-3 Budapest: a view of the Danube River.


For a festive twist, the Travel Channel recommends visiting in late December for those who want to experience the city Christmas markets along the river.

4.  Greenland

Contrary to its name, Greenland is not green, but rather covered in a sheet of ice the size the U.S. state of Texas. A truly raw Arctic frontier for the adventurous traveler, Greenland offers rocky beaches, ice-fed waterfalls, and massive fjords. For those looking to connect with nature (and don’t mind a little cold) Greenland is the place.

198390255_83b3a89ae2_b-minKulusuk, a small rocky island in the southeastern part of Greenland.


According to National Geographic: “If you’re lucky enough to be on a small ship that can access remote habitats, Greenland may be the best place in the world to see polar bears in the wild.”

5. Bermuda

Life as a British overseas territory might have given this Atlantic island an air of properness, but not enough to hide its fun and inviting eccentricity. The world won’t be looking to Bermuda until 2017 when they hold the America’s Cup, so visitors in 2016 will be able to enjoy the warmth of the island without feeling overcrowded.

bahamas-wallpaper-3A truly peaceful Shangri-La with blue water and white sands.


For a real taste of Bermuda, Huffington Post recommends getting away from the resort and off the beaten path in search of conch fritters and fish sandwiches.

6. New York City, USA.

New York City is alive—a humming island of culture and industry that’s always changing and evolving. No two visits will ever be the same. From the new Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts, to the beautiful High Line, New York City has been revitalized from the Big Apple travelers may remember. No matter the appetite, New York City offers a vast multicultural smorgasbord of dining, shopping, and the arts.

helicopter-nyc-minThe energy of New York City is simply overwhelming.


The freshest view of the City that Never Sleeps, is from the air. But the city is planning on cutting helicopter tourism traffic by 50% in 2017. So this is the year to get up high and discover rooftops and hidden enclaves impossible to see from the ground.

7. Sydney, Australia.

Nestled comfortable between the Australian outback, and the Tasman sea is the sparkling metropolis of Sydney. For those looking for world-famous landmarks and sightseeing, the opera house and harbor bridge stand front and center. Cultural centers and botanical gardens dot the city for the urban explorer. And for those touring between sites, Sydney is brimming with award-winning, five-star dining.

Sydney-minA surfer catching a wave on the Gold Coast.


Sydney is recognized all over the world as one of the best places for surfing, but travelers in-the-know also come for the fine dining. Fusion restaurant, Momofuku Seiobo has made Gourmet Traveler’s list of Best Restaurants in Sydney more than once and won’t disappoint—if you can get a reservation.

8. Venice, Italy

Steeped in history as deep as it’s picturesque canals, Venice is a must-see destination for those looking to experience the finer things. Comprised of 118 islands connected by bridges, visitors to the “City of Water” can wander narrow cobblestone streets, window shop Old World storefronts, and pay a visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Doge’s famous Palace stands magically at the waters edge as an architectural and historic wonder to behold.

Venice-minIt is hard to find  a better place for a romantic dinner than Venice


According to multiple travel experts, the sunrise view from St. Marks Piazza is well worth the 5 a.m. wakeup call.

9. Ireland.

For those who come to Ireland for the golf, it does not disappoint. Surrounded by 250-foot cliffs on a headland off country cork, Ireland’s Old Head Golf Links is one of the finest courses in the entire world. It’s also one of the most expensive, but according to Forbes, it’s an unforgettable “…total sensory experience.” But Ireland offers many other rewards, like a thriving community of whiskey distilleries, an active modern art scene, and fine dining on a world-class level.

Ireland-minWith all it’s beautiful nature, Ireland certainly feels like a fairy-tale.


Ireland’s weather can throw all four seasons at you in a single day, but anytime April through September should give you the best chance of enjoying all that the Emerald Isle has to offer.

10. Botswana

The unlikely combination of lush delta and dry desert, Botswana is home to a large and diverse concentration of wildlife, and a vast expanses of nature so important to them, 17% of the country is a protected national park land. Come for the animals, two UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the luxurious hospitality. The adventure is real here, and it’s one travelers will not soon forget.

bostwana3-minA single visit would certainly create unforgettable, life-long memories.


Make the time to experience some wildlife. More elephants call Botswana home than any other country. Travelers will also discover big cats and other popular safari animals in abundance.

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