Top 5 Luxury Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us which means it's time to start thinking about places to jet off to. With so many great destinations at your fingertips, how do you choose? Here is a list of the top five luxury holiday retreats you might want to consider this upcoming season.

Center Parcs
Center Parcs is the leader for short breaks in the UK. They have locations in four lovely villages throughout the UK which include Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk and Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. Each of the locations is simply stunning, with loads of great leisure activities for couples and families. Wherever you choose to take your luxury holiday, you'll be able to take advantage of fully equipped villas, lodges and apartments that are set in some of the most scenic places in the UK. You will also find nearby restaurants, bars, retail shops and spa facilities. With the combination of water, woodland and outdoor pursuits, this is truly a luxurious break that you and your family will love.

Paris has long been associated with luxury, opulence and romance. The 'City of Light' has captured the hearts and imaginations of many, and it's easy to see why. For a weekend break, you will have time to wander around the Seine, gaze up at the impressive Eiffel tower and wander around the famous Notre Dame. Paris is also a must-visit for foodies worldwide. The city is full of restaurants serving up some of the best gastronomical feasts you will ever see. Whether you decide to spend the afternoon over coffee and pastries, or want to try some local cuisines at a five star restaurant, Paris will have something for you.

In recent years Copenhagen has become one of the hippest, most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The Danish capital has become incredibly popular with people who love luxury breaks, enjoy beautiful architecture and like to let loose at night with delicious dinners and fun dancing. If you go, be sure to visit Nyhavn, the picturesque 17th century harbour and sample the delights of the local outdoor cafes in the area. You will also want to explore Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Beaux-Arts-style museum and the historic amusement park Tivoli.

For people who love art and architecture, Barcelona is one of the best luxury holidays you can take. The city is renowned for its smart urban planning that values pedestrian-friendly boulevards, making it ideal to just wander around, taking in the sights of the city. It is also full of fusion restaurants, luxurious boutique hotels and fantastic fashion houses. When exploring the city, be sure to check out the many museums as well as the buildings by Gaudi. When you get hungry, you can't go wrong with one of the many delicious tapas bars that serve an array of local delicacies washed down by a refreshing glass of sangria.

Venice has always been a place of romance and intrigue. The city is regenerating itself in new ways as well - with artists and famous chefs flocking to the city. Many hotels are also undergoing new designs to bring them up to the contemporary, modern times. For a local experience, be sure to head to Camp San Giacometo where you will see friends of all ages enjoying local wine in the evenings. Be sure to also check out the museums, the island of Murano famous for its glass, as well as the Venetia Stadium.

Laura Samuels is a travel advisor who is currently who is currently researching the best luxury holidays in the UK and abroad.

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