The Best Five-Star Getaways
With the world at your fingertips, it’s not always easy to decide where to spend your downtime. We investigated the cream of the crop to determine which cities make the world’s best five-star getaways.
1) Abu Dhabi
One of the Middle East’s most elegant destinations, Abu Dhabi offers a delicious mix of five-star resort properties. Whether you choose a familiar favorite, like Hilton Abu Dhabi or a new gem like Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi, you won’t want for luxuries like Egyptian cotton sheets and marble fixtures. The hospitality-centric culture of the Middle East means that no matter where you stay, the staff is on call 24/7 for anything you might need.
For dining and entertainment, virtually every five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi boasts top-notch options. The city has recently attracted celebrity chefs like Marco Pierre White. In fact, the region was featured in “The World’s Fifty Best Restaurants.” If you need a change of scene, arrange a rental car or chauffeur and head down the coast to Dubai, another city replete with elegance, thanks to the oil boom.
2) Hong Kong
Often eclipsed by Tokyo and Shanghai, Hong Kong offers plenty of plush hotels, restaurants and sweeping views of Victoria Harbor. The recently re-opened Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is the world’s tallest hotel and one of the most innovative, and the Peninsula Hong Kong keeps a fleet of Rolls Royce limousines at the ready.
Hong Kong, like Abu Dhabi, is a top choice for celebrity chefs: Alain Ducasse, Mario Batale and Nobuyki Matsuhisa to name a few. So many renowned chefs are decamping to Hong Kong, BBC Travel sat up and took notice. With an explosion of Michelin-starred dining options and top-tier hotels, Hong Kong makes for an unforgettable five-star getaway.
3) Paris, France
No surprise here: Paris takes the cake. Although it’s hard to go wrong with any major European city (considering the Cipriani in Venice or The Dorchester in London), Paris is still unparalleled in terms of luxury and service. In fact, France dominated the Huffington Post’s list of the 20 Most Michelin-Starred Cities in the World, with Paris ranked number 11.
Entertainment is always trés chic in Paris – opera, theatre and museums abound. For a special touch, arrange for a private tour of the Louvre or Versailles. If you’d rather take your objets d’art home, shopping is Paris is always luxurious: try Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and Dior, all in the elegant 8th Arrondissement.