Luxury vacations are an enjoyable indulgence for anyone that can afford the best in life. From tropical island paradises to urban getaways, the world is full of heavenly destinations where five-star resorts, gourmet restaurants and lavish spas provide every amenity imaginable. 

However, these luxe trips offer a multitude of benefits that go beyond indulgence and extravagance. Staying in luxury hotels and resorts allows access to world-class amenities, impeccable service and plush accommodations to unwind. Travelers can rejuvenate and escape the stress of everyday life.

Whether you’re looking to relax in style or enjoy exclusive adventures, there are a variety of lavish locales awaiting. These are five of the most decadent luxury vacation destinations for travelers looking to indulge in the finer things.

1. St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a tropical paradise located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Known for its pristine beaches, lush rainforests and breathtaking coastlines, this island nation is a playground for the wealthy elite. From exclusive resorts, like Jade Mountain, to luxurious private villas, like Cap Maison, the island offers a wide range of options for those looking for glamour and luxury.

In addition to its natural beauty, St. Lucia also offers a wide range of activities, such as zip-lining through the rainforest, horseback riding on the beach and cruising around the turquoise waters on a private yacht. The island is a food lover’s dream with many restaurants and eateries offering cuisine from around the world.

2. Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE is a city that exudes luxury in every way possible. It is home to the world-famous skyscraper Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The “world’s most luxurious hotel,” the Burj Al Arab, also is in the Emirati metropolis. Dubai is a city that truly epitomizes opulence.

Aside from its architectural marvels, Dubai also offers a multitude of activities for travelers, including indoor skiing, desert safaris and shopping at the world’s largest mall, the Dubai Mall. For those with an appetite for fine dining, Dubai has a plethora of high-end restaurants, including some of the world’s most famous Michelin-starred eateries.

3. Aspen, Colorado

Frequented by the rich and famous, Aspen, Colorado, is the premier ski resort town in the United States. With its powdery slopes and beautiful mountain town, this domestic luxury vacation destination offers an array of activities and experiences sure to impress the most discerning travelers.

Visitors can enjoy winter sports, like skiing and snowboarding, and the spas and wellness centers available. Aspen also boasts world-renowned restaurants serving a variety of haute cuisines from French to Japanese.

4. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece, is an idyllic destination that offers a mix of nature, culture and history. Its beautiful beaches and iconic white-washed buildings perched on volcanic cliffs make the island one of the world’s most picturesque.

Santorini also offers a wide range of luxurious accommodations. The stays include lavish villas with private infinity pools, cliffside suites with outdoor Jacuzzis and traditional villas with private terraces. The island’s vineyards also produce some of the world’s best wines, serving as the perfect pairing for the local cuisines.

5. Bora Bora 

Bora Bora is a small island located in the South Pacific known as one of the world’s most exclusive destinations. Its overwater bungalows offer unparalleled views of the azure lagoon and the surrounding volcanic peaks.

Aside from its serene natural beauty, Bora Bora also offers a plethora of activities for adventure lovers. Some of them include snorkeling, scuba diving and jet-skiing. With its crystal clear waters teeming with marine life, Bora Bora is also popular among those interested in underwater exploration.

6. Cote D’Ivoire

Cote D’Ivoire is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in West Africa, including Monogaga, Grand Bereby and Grand Bassam. Assinie is a must for Black travelers looking to experience the ultimate in grandeur. Frequented by the wealthy foreigners and the Abidjan bourgeoisie alike, the town is known as the “Paradise of the Ivory Coast” and the “Saint-Tropez of Africa.”  In Abidjan, exclusive beachfront resorts like La Maison Palmier Abidjan and Sofitel Abidjan Hotel I’voire provide world-class service and sumptuous accommodations. 

7. Marbella, Spain 

Marbella is a Southern Spanish city located on the Costa del Sol. It has long been a favored destination for affluent sun seekers and is known for its upscale resorts and high-end boutiques. Black travelers can unwind in luxurious beachfront resorts such as Marbella Club Hotel Golf & Spa or Puente Romano Marbella and indulge in exquisite Mediterranean cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants. Vibrant nightlife, five-star resorts and an exclusive yachting scene are just some of the reasons luxe-lovers choose this gorgeous destination.

8. Mauritius

Off the Eastern coat of Africa, you’ll find the incredible island of Mauritius. Surrounded by  the Indian Ocean, the island is renowned for its unspoiled nature that includes white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Opulent resorts like the St. Regis Mauritius Resort and Constance Le Prince Maurice offer private villas with their own pool. In addition to top-notch accommodations, guests are in store for lavish spa treatments, fun water activities and fine dining. The island’s natural beauty combined with the exceptional hospitality offered create an atmosphere of pure luxury.

9. Amalfi Coast, Italy

The timeles charm and beauty of Italy’s Amalfi Coast is world-renowned and has earned it a spot on many Black travelers’ bucket lists. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to enchanting cliffside towns. Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are renowned for their posh accommodations, including iconic hotels like Le Sirenuse and Belmond Hotel Caruso. Visitors can enjoy relaxing in infinity pools, dining on fine Italian cuisine and exploring picturesque coastal landscapes.