Wonder where the rich and famous like to travel this summer? Luxury website VeryFirstTo.com reached out to 466 of their celebrity and millionaire members across 57 countries—including some of the world’s most discerning travelers who are accustomed to splurging on the finest service and $8,000-meals (per head). Here are some of their top picks in 2016, according to Marcel Knobil, Founder of VeryFirstTo.
#1: GREEK ISLANDS
Beyond the killer combination of natural beauty, history and hip luxury, what distinguishes the Greek Islands is the unique personality of each island. For instance, Mykonos combines a party atmosphere with beautifully pedestrianized shopping streets; while Crete (the Elouanda Villas in particular) delivers luxury with a sense of privacy.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TRY: Set sail around the magical islands starting from Tourlos port and stop at Kalo Livadi, Psarou and Paradise beaches. Check out the islands of Delos for the ancient Greek and Roman remains, Rhenia for crystal-clear waters, and Chora for its 16th-century windmills.
Grace Hotel Mykonos (Photo Credit: Grace Hotel Group)
With some of the world’s most striking islands plus impeccable service and discretion to match, Maldives has long been the place for complete relaxation.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TRY: Aside from the achingly fashionable LVMH Cheval Blanc Randheli, there’s the exclusive Ayada Maldives Luxury Resort to feast your eyes with marine life in the reef beneath the glass floor and thatched roof villas that combine local architecture with Ottoman influences. Or literally have a feast on a private beach and order the Maldivian lobster (It’s sweeter and more succulent there!)
#3: ST. TROPEZ, FRANCE
Offering a Mediterranean cocktail of beautiful landscape, style, vibrant nightlife, gourmet experience, aquatic and beach fun, it’s no wonder that St. Tropez remains one of the most iconic vacation spots in the world.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TRY: Go to Stefano Forever (beach club by day, cabaret by night) for a boisterous time with its mix of unexpected and sometimes surreal entertainment by poets, trapeze artists and burlesque singers. Or enjoy something more low-key, such as dining at Au Caprice des Deux tucked in a small pedestrian street among others in the know, or lounge alongside artwork by Hockney, Matisse and Lichtenstein at the romantic and relaxing Pastis.
#4: BALI, INDONESIA
Bali manages to deliver all you could wish for—from the best of Asia such as stunning landscapes, gorgeous beaches and indulgent hotels to an Ibiza-flavored style scene. Rarely has there been a more attractive context to soak in the sun.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TRY: Mingle with the fashionable set at W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak, and enjoy the well-inspired parties at Potato Head Beach Club, and get pampered at the Away Spa in W. One of their most decadent treatments would most likely be the 60-minute 24K Gold wrap, which could allegedly improve elasticity and reverse the damages to your skin.
#5: CAPRI, ITALY
Well known for its exquisite hideaways, excellent shopping and natural beauty, what many discerning travelers love most about Capri is its refined sense of glamour.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TRY: For a sophisticated hideaway, take a private boat trip around the island on board the famous wooden Gozzo (typical of Capri), or visit the much loved, but “relatively less known” rustic farmhouse Da Paolino Lemon Trees Restaurant, and grab a fresh lemon from the groves to accompany the delicacy on your plate. As for those wanting to be seen, Tiberio Palace’s weekly summer pool parties will surely do the trick.
#6: LAKE COMO, ITALY
It’s no surprise that Lake Como is especially popular among film stars and oligarchs—when it’s sophisticated, peaceful, and packed with excellent restaurants and stylish hotels.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TRY: Enjoy a strictly first-class experience at the ultra-luxe Grand Hotel Tremezzo, or check out the Cantina Follie for Lake Como’s most comprehensive (over 300) wine collection. But for a stunning tour around Lake Como, then hop on a seaplane. There are three different itineraries—including Como to Bellagio; Lakes Como & Lugano; and Lakes Como, Lugano & Maggiore—offered by Aero Club Como for a more tailored perspective.