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Ok, since nobody has a favorite travel destination--which I find rather interesting LOL--let's go with this question:

What is your idea of Luxury Travel?

Is it something you paid a lot of money to do? Something which gives you an experience you normally wouldn't have?

Let me know <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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It's tough, my boyfriend will only wear jeans because he doesn't have any non-jeans that fit him so we can't go on cruises and such that require formal wear. Which cuts down our luxury travel options. But I do love going to Napa Valley and tasting all the high end wines so I find that pretty luxurious <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


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That sounds like a lot of fun. <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> Wine tastings always feel elegant. Do you have any favorite wineries? Or places to stay? Napa Valley is on my list of subjects to cover next year.

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We've been to Napa twice in the past 2 years - I love Arrowood and Cain there. Also Chateau Montelena has a great winery building and grounds. The wine train is in fact one of the things I wanted to try but couldn't because of his jeans-penchant <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

I like that for free or maybe $5 you can taste wines that cost $100 or more. It's quite a great bargain! And the landscapes are gorgeous out there ...


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Here at Disneyworld in Orlando next month we have the Food & Wine Festival, which you might enjoy. You walk around the World Showcase at EPCOT and sample different wines, beers and snacks from around the world and most items are only $2-5 each. But it's fun standing in the England Pavillion area having an ale and 5 minutes later you can be in France having champagne or port. Not to mention the International "Beer Gateway" area with a free beer school.

But when I plan the Napa trip, I'll definitely have to pick your brain. <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

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Now, this sounds like luxury travel to me, I found this post in the Spas section of this message board:

"We just returned from a long weekend of enticing relaxation. I organized a group trip for six of my closest friends to the Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia. We enjoyed Indulgent spa treatments, Whirlpool, Steam Room, Spa, Afternoon Tea, and even a nice winery tour with tasting. We forwarded our luggage to the Resort with Luggage Forward which took the stress out of travel. Overall, it was an amazing weekend. Let me know if you'd like any of the details."

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Hi,

This is a question that I find really interesting...

But first, I'm a guy, Stephen. Can I stay? I decided to register because I didn't like the idea of "lurking"...

Why do I find this topic interesting? Because I run a website on luxury travel and I'm finding that ALL the decisions are made by women. Okay, except golf... ;-)

Anyway, my idea of luxury travel is when everything works. When the service is discreet, unobtrusive and attentive. When the "infrastructure" is invisible...

It's not necessary that this cost a lot. And often it doesn't. But increasingly to get what we call "service", you have to pay...

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Stephen


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I've visited many destinations and luxury is defined differently when leaving the US. Some international hotels consider a private bath a luxury. Others are considered luxury because there is a security gate before entering the property.

I like hotels that offer wonderful amenities. Onsite spa, golf course, cigar bar. These are luxuries. Sumptuous bathrooms, turndown service, complimentary champagne. These are luxuries. I toured Stein Erikson Lodge in Park City, UT and I must say that at $2000/night, it better be luxury. I would have loved to stay there.

And welcome, Stephen.


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See, to me luxury travel is partly defined by spending enough money that no one can tell you what to wear. My friend and I recently took a luxury spa vacation to Lanai and Kauai and we distinguished two groups: the Fendi toting, diamond wearing crowd and the casual, used to having money, but tastefully understated crowd. No matter how much money I had, I prefer having the option to dress down or up, as I please.

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Just today I learnt of a travel package from this magazine that I think overqualifies as luxury travel: http://www.goldarths.com/Regulars/RoseGold/Luxe_List/index.aspx.

Look under "experiences" and "restful sojourns".

When I visited the Ritz-Carlton website, I found out the package costs $40,000!!!

FORTY Gs?!

Would you sign up if you could afford it?

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