Luxury no longer refers to high thread count sheets and over-the-top bling. The term has evolved to encompass one-of-a-kind experiences, remarkable craftsmanship, and remote, unplugged escapes. Anyone can visit Europe’s great cultural sites, but few can say they’ve had a private tour of London’s Tate Modern or a backstage visit to Versailles. Shopping becomes memorable when you can watch a tailor hand-stitch your made-to-measure suit or a perfumer concoct your perfect scent. In our tech-filled world, sometimes the ultimate luxury is simply getting away from it all. Design-driven, service-focused hotels have emerged in the rainforests of Ecuador, the pampas of Uruguay and other remote corners of the world. And expert guides can give you exclusive access to adventure, from skiing untouched powder to surfing crowd-free waves. When you want to splurge, go big and book a meal at one of the world’s top restaurants or a day (or week) of pampering at an award-winning spa.
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