The last couple of years have seen a rise in popularity of the Instagrammable model. Traveling the world and living life to the fullest have become the ultimate in social media popularity, with everyone wanting to be able to capture the adventure and lifestyle on film.

The most sought-after destinations for luxury travelers are undoubtedly Italy, France, and Greece. Whether you’re booking a cruise for yourself or have decided to spend some well-deserved relaxation time in a foreign land, there’s plenty to explore. Booking a pre-planned vacation can feel like cheating after all this time living your life.

Getting away for Christmas is something that we’ve all been dreaming about for years. With travel restrictions becoming less stringent and the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic diminishing the desire to travel, the opportunity to get away for a much-deserved break is something to cherish. In fact, this has inspired a luxury lifestyle brand to explore the idea of a ‘virtual Italy’ holiday. All you need is a webcam, a little creativity, and a WiFi connection.

The Isola Bella Resort & Casino

The most prominent member of the luxury lifestyle brand is Isola Bella, a resort located on an island just outside of Siena in Tuscany. The destination was initially inspired by the work of 17th century explorer and architect Matteo Ricci. Ricci had a significant impact on the design of Siena and its surrounding areas. He was most notably the first Westerner to explore Chinese geography and the concept of ‘islands’ within a ‘sea’.

Isola Bella was originally destined to be a luxury resort that overlooked the unspoiled beauty of a Tuscan landscape. However, with the evolution of the pandemic, the destination has had to change its game plan. Strict new measures to combat the spread of the virus have restricted the number of guests that the island can host. So instead of a luxury getaway, guests can enjoy the freedom of a ‘digital stroll’ through the streets of Siena.

The Reflections Residence & Spa

Another popular luxury destination for travelers is the luxury resort The Reflections. Located in the Greek island of Tinos, the destination rose to prominence after hosting the wedding of Crown Prince Alexander of Greece and his partner, Marie Louise. The ceremony was officiated by the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Nassau and the wedding reception was attended by close to 200 guests.

The destination prides itself on its therapeutic massage therapies, beauty treatments, and wellness activities. All efforts are designed to restore and maintain the wellness of the body and mind. In addition to the royal wedding, The Reflections hosted the graduation party for Boston University’s medical school. Over 1,000 people from across the United States and Canada gathered for the celebration.

The island of Tinos is well-known for its beauty. However, that’s not all it has to offer. For nature lovers, the lush forest that covers the island is a paradise. In fact, with its panoramic views of the surrounding water, the forest provides a stunning backdrop for wedding photos.

The Parthenon Hotel & Metanoia Brewery

The Parthenon, which has been ranked the world’s sixth-most photographed hotel, lies in the Athens suburb of Metrano. The grand structure was originally built in the 1890s and later became the winter residence of British poet and scholar Robert Graves. One of the most influential guests who stayed at the hotel during its early 20th century heyday was Gertrude Stein, who is most remembered for her pioneering work on modernist cooking and literature. Stein is widely regarded as one of the great culinary innovators of the early 20th century. She is also credited with coining the term ‘gastro-poetry’.

The Parthenon is steeped in history and is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. The building was originally constructed as a luxury hotel designed to rival the elegance of a Greek temple. Today, the hotel’s interiors boast sumptuous designs that reflect the building’s original spirit and its status as a temple to the goddess Athena.

The Parthenon is located in the residential neighborhood of Metano. Guests have the option of either enjoying a swim in the hotel’s private pool or heading to the nearby seaside where there is another Olympic-sized pool. The Parthenon’s Health Club provides a gym to help guests get fit while on holiday, or perhaps get some relaxation in one of the hotel’s wellness beds.

The Lido Park Hotel & Resorts

The grand dame of Greek luxury resorts is the Lido Park Hotel & Resorts. The 5-star address overlooks the resort’s picturesque private beach. The destination opened its doors in 1912 and became the winter residence of English writer Evelyn Waugh. The destination’s heyday was in the 1950s and ‘60s, when many famous literary and artistic figures frequented the resort. These days, Lido Park is a popular place for celebrities to get away from the spotlight. In 2019, the destination was selected by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the World’s Best Resorts for Couples.

Why Renting a Luxury Home in Luxury Resorts is the New Normal

In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a massive shift in the way people are spending their holidays. A luxury getaway no longer implies spending a long week at the beach or another hotel. Thanks to online platforms like Airbnb and home sharing websites, luxurious getaways are now a possibility for everyone.

Letting an experienced Airbnb host take you around Italy and show you the sights and sounds of the Renaissance seems like a great idea. Staying in one of the famous 5-star resorts in Tulum, Mexico or taking a VR tour of the Louvre alongside the renowned French chef H. William Harvey sound like other wonderful options. Letting a famous author show you around their hometown and take you to places that they consider landmarks is a dream come true for fans. In addition to these travel experiences, we’ve seen a resurgence of domestic tourism with people wanting to get away from the stresses of daily life and spend some quality time with family.

Whether you decide to spend a week in Athens, stay in a 5-star resort in Tulum, Mexico, or visit a small Greek island between vacations, there are plenty of options for luxuries holidays.