Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico - Luxury Travel Destinations

The best luxury travel destinations in the world are a combination of unparalleled nature, culture, hospitality, recreation and entertainment. While there are a multitude of places anyone can travel to, this post presents a comprehensive list of the best luxury travel destinations across the world.

For what characterizes a perfect luxury travel destination see the Defining Model of Luxury Travel where luxury travel and a perfect luxury travel destination are defined in terms of five (5) core variables including Culture, Nature, Hospitality, Elegance, Exclusivity and Class, and Quality and Authenticity.

You can also check out our in-depth post on the 6 Best Luxury Destinations in the World and the Best 15 Top Destinations to Visit this Year.

Below is the comprehensive list of the best luxury travel destinations in the world cutting across all the regions on the planet. The list is arranged in no particular order.


  1. Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Nosy-Be, Madagascar
  3. Mauritius
  4. Mahe, Seychelles
  5. Zanzibar, Tanzania
  6. Nairobi, Kenya
  7. Lagos, Nigeria
  8. Johannesburg, South Africa
  9. Windhoek, Namibia
  10. Marrakech, Morocco
  11. Luanda, Angola
  12. Cairo, Egypt
  13. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  14. Safaga, Egypt
  15. Praia, Cape Verde
  16. Tunis, Tunisia
  17. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
  18. Bazaruto Island, Mozambique

Recommended Read: Top 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa Part 1 and Part 2

The Cairo Tower, Cairo, Egypt - Luxury Travel Destinations
The Cairo Tower, Cairo, Egypt


  1. Paris, France
  2. London, United Kingdom (UK)
  3. Monaco
  4. Milan, Italy
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Greek Islands – Santorini, Mykonos, Crete & Paros
  7. Porto, Portugal
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Dubrovnik, Zadar & Hvar, Croatia
  10. Balearic Islands (Mallorca & Ibiza), Spain
  11. Kotor, Budva & Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
  12. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  13. Istanbul, Turkey
  14. Zurich, Switzerland
  15. Cappadocia, Turkey
  16. Venice, Italy
  17. Portofino, Italy
  18. Lake Como, Italy
  19. Copenhagen, Denmark,
  20. Madeira Islands, Portugal
  21. Canary Islands, Spain
  22. Bodrum, Turkey
  23. Capri, Italy
  24. Cinque Terre, Italy
  25. Marbella, Spain
  26. Malaga, Spain
  27. Sardinia, Italy
  28. French Riviera (Cote’d Azur), France
  29. Corsica, France
  30. Munich, Germany
  31. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  32. Gstaad, Switzerland

Recommended Read: The Top 10 Best Luxury Destinations in Europe

Budva, Montenegro (Adriatic Coast) - Luxury Travel Destinations
Budva, Montenegro


South Asia

  1. Mumbai, India
  2. The Maldives
  3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
  4. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  5. Bangalore, India
  6. Thimphu, Bhutan
  7. Pune, India
  8. Rajasthan, India
  9. Kochi, India

Southeast Asia

  1. Singapore
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Ha Long & Da Nang, Vietnam
  4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  5. Bali, Indonesia
  6. Manilla, the Philippines
  7. Phuket & Pattaya, Thailand
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Palawan, the Philippines
  10. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  11. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  12. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  13. Chiang Rai, Thailand
  14. Song Raa, Cambodia
  15. Hoi An & Nha Trang, Vietnam
  16. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  17. Langkawi, Malaysia
  18. Naka Island, Thailand
  19. Con Dao & Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  20. Vientiane, Laos
  21. Sumba Islands, Indonesia

East Asia

  1. Hong Kong, China
  2. Tokyo, Japan
  3. Shanghai, China
  4. Seoul, South Korea
  5. Macau, China
  6. Sanya & Haikou, Hainan, China
  7. Busan, South Korea
  8. Ryukyu Islands, Japan
  9. Shenzhen, China
  10. Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  11. Guangzhou, China
  12. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore - Luxury Travel Destinations
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


  1. Sydney, Australia
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. French Polynesia – Bora Bora, Tahiti and Morea
  5. Perth, Australia
  6. Gold Coast, Australia
  7. Queenstown, New Zealand
  8. Noumea, New Caledonia
  9. Port Villa, Vanuatu
  10. Suva, Fiji
  11. Laucala Island, Fiji
  12. Federated States of the Micronesia (FSM)
  13. Palau
  14. Tokoriki Island, Fiji
  15. Apia, Samoa
  16. Rarotonga & Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  17. Majuro, Marshall Islands
  18. Vomo Island, Fiji

Read Also: The Top 15 Cities to Visit and Live in Australia

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia - Luxury Travel Destinations
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia

North America

  1. New York City, United States
  2. Miami, United States
  3. Alaska, United States
  4. Los Angeles, United States
  5. San Francisco, United States
  6. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  7. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
  8. Vancouver, Canada
  9. Merida, Mexico
  10. Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  11. Dana Point, United States
  12. Santa Barbara, United States
  13. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  14. San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico
  15. Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico
  16. Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  17. Oceanside, California, United States
  18. Toronto, Canada
  19. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  20. Maui, Hawaii, United States
  21. Cozumel, Mexico

Recommended Read: Should You Visit Mexico? An In-depth Review and Analysis of Why Mexico Might be a Great Country for You to Visit

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico - Luxury Travel Destinations
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Central America

  1. Panama City, Panama
  2. Belmopan, Belize
  3. Roatan, Belize
  4. San Jose, Costa Rica
  5. Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  6. Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
  7. Arenal, Costa Rica
  8. Popoyo, Nicaragua
  9. San Pedro, Belize
  10. Hopkins Village, Belize
  11. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  12. Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
  13. Placencia, Belize
  14. La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  15. San Salvador, El Salvador
Panama City, Panama - Luxury Travel Destinations
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The Caribbean

  1. The Bahamas
  2. Turks & Caicos Islands
  3. British Virgin Islands (BVI)
  4. Anguilla
  5. Antigua & Barbuda
  6. Puerto Rico
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. St. Lucia
  9. St. Barthelemy
  10. Montego Bay, Jamaica
  11. ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
  12. Cayman Islands
  13. Cuba
  14. Barbados
  15. St. Kitts & Nevis
  16. Dominica
  17. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  18. St. Martin
Willemstad, Curacao - Luxury Travel Destinations
Willemstad, Curacao

South America

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  4. Salvador, Brazil
  5. Cordoba, Argentina
  6. La Paz, Bolivia
  7. Santiago, Chile
  8. Cartagena, Columbia
  9. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  10. Lima, Peru
  11. Quito, Ecuador
  12. Cusco, Peru
  13. Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, Peru
  14. Mendoza, Argentina
  15. Atacama Desert, Chile
  16. Patagonia, Chile/Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Luxury Travel Destinations
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Middle East & Western Asia

  1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  2. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  3. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  4. Doha, Qatar
  5. Muscat, Oman
  6. Manama, Bahrain
  7. Zaya Nurai Island, UAE
  8. Yas Island Al Yamm, UAE
  9. Abha, Saudi Arabia
  10. Pearl Island, Qatar
  11. Salalah, Oman
  12. Aqaba, Jordan
  13. Tel Aviv, Israel
  14. Saadiyat Island, UAE

See Also: The Best of the Arabian Gulf Region – Countries, Cities and Attractions! And Why You Should Visit

Zaya Nurai Island, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Image Source

Central Asia

  1. Astana, Kazakhstan
  2. Almaty, Kazakhstan
  3. Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  4. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  5. Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  6. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  7. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
  8. Bukhara, Uzbekistan
  9. Khiva, Uzbekistan
  10. Kashgar, Xingiang, China
Astana, Kazakhstan - Luxury Travel Destinations
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  1. Yerevan, Armenia
  2. Baku, Azerbaijan
  3. Tbilisi, Georgia
  4. Moscow, Russia
  5. St. Petersburg, Russia
Baku, Azerbaijan - Luxury Travel Destinations
Baku, Azerbaijan Image Source

There you have it, my comprehensive list of the best luxury travel destinations in the world. Do you think this list is complete? I don’t think so too. The world is adorned with endless spectacular and amazing luxury travel destinations. Let me know in the comments any destination you know that offers exceptional luxury experiences and that is missing from my list.

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