Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
From cosmopolitan cities, like Athens and Thessaloniki, to the indescribable beauty of the Greek isles, travelers seeking luxury can find it across Greece, with destinations ready to offer personalized services and itineraries, privacy and access for helicopters, private planes, boats and yachts.
Unbeatable beauty can be found alongside luxury in Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu, Kefalonia, Chalkidiki, Peloponnese, Hydra, Spetses, Kea and throughout Greece. Charter a yacht and embark on a luxury sailing excursion. Nearby Athens, the Saronic Gulf boasts Hydra’s stone mansions and natural beauty, while the fine beaches of Spetses beckon. The glamorous and stylish Cyclades include Mykonos, Paros and Santorini, with the luxurious and aristocratic touch of Rhodes and Patmos in the Dodecanese Islands. For grandiose architecture, the Ionian islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Lefkada don’t disappoint. Unspoiled nature is luxury for the senses in the Sporades chain, including the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros.
If retail therapy is your luxury, look no further than Thessaloniki. Its Tsimiski and Egnatia streets boast elegant shopfronts and bespoke fashion ateliers and designers. Shopping malls entice across the city, while the Modiano and Kapani covered markets blend tradition with shopping sprees. Vintage lovers will find plenty of reasons to open their wallet on Dimitriou Gounari Street and museum shops satiate art lovers’ needs.
Luxury and spas go hand in hand, and Greece is rich with natural spa towns catering to the wellness-seeking luxury traveler. The oldest spa in Greece can be found at Edipsos, Evia; Vouliagmeni Lake, Attica, outside Athens, is a natural phenomenon. In the Pella region, Loutra Pozar’s thermal baths are fed by waterfalls, and Lagkada, near Thessaloniki, has the first balneotherapy facilities in the area. That’s only a taste of what’s on offer. Whatever solace you seek, Greece offers a spa destination to answer your needs.
Luxury awaits among Greece’s unbelievable wealth of riches. Plan your trip today.
Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.