Close your eyes. Take yourself to a place far away, where palm trees sway in a gentle breeze and ocean waves provide the soundtrack to your day. Without hesitation or asking, a butler appears offering you a cocktail or cold beverage. The spa smells of cedar and lavender, lulling your mind and body into an effortless state of serenity. Your bed is turned down to perfection just as the moon reaches its pinnacle spot in the sky. You're in a luxury paradise... one day you'll go.
And when you're ready – when you have a few extra vacation days to use or dig up just enough extra cash from under your couch cushions to grab that first-class airline ticket – Virtuouso has a few places you might consider.
The self-proclaimed "luxury travel network" just wrapped up its annual travel conference in Las Vegas last week. The grande finale was the announcement of the "best of the best" in the luxury travel world.
For your wanderlusting pleasures, here are a few of the highlights. My suggestion: take 10 minutes, indulge and enjoy in the idea of taking a grand escape to one of these glorious places:
Best Achievement in Design: Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Best Culinary Experience: La Scene, Prince de Galles, Paris
Best Bar: The Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan
Best Family Program: The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
Best Spa: Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa -- Tola, Nicaragua
Most Innovative Guest Experience: Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris -- Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Hotel: The Savoy, London
One to Watch: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hotelier of the Year: Francois Delahaye, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
Hotel of the Year: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Readers: If you could take a vacation right now - no penalties and money is no object - where would you go?
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