When it comes to luxury getaways, five-star hotels and holiday destinations famous for clubs hosting huge parties usually come to mind, while socialites all over the world prefer secluded destinations to escape from the crowds and to have different and extraordinary holiday experiences.
But a new trend in the world of high society is to go off the beaten track and discover hidden paradises that stimulate a sense of discovery and adventure. These hidden luxury holiday spots have become new status symbols, hidden away from the tourist crowds, offering not only a high level of comfort but also a sense of discovery.
With its vast plains, mountains, landscapes and geothermal wonders, Reykjavík, Iceland has long been one of the most sought-after destinations for luxury travellers, but Iceland's remote getaways offer the real glamour. Luxury homes and cottages away from the crowds in a spectacular volcanic landscape have become the choice of socialites, while ultra-rich tourists relax in geothermal hot water pools, savour local fresh food and watch the Northern Lights.
The idea of a private island getaway is nothing new, but it's making a resurgence among luxury holidaymakers. From the Maldives to Fiji, wealthy travellers are booking entire islands for themselves and select guests. These isolated oases provide the ultimate in relaxation and privacy, offering unspoilt beaches, pristine coral reefs and staff focused on serving every request.
With tranquil monasteries and breathtaking landscapes offering a haven for luxury travellers seeking seclusion, Bhutan at the foot of the Himalayas, the roof of the world, has become the ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil and unspoilt holiday destination. Private guided tours, meditation retreats and visits to historic monasteries are just a few of the options that offer travellers an encounter with Bhutan's unique culture and traditions.
A single company manages the chain of historic hotels in Pousadas de Portugal, or pousadas of Portugal, which refers to the historic buildings in the country that have been converted into luxury hotels. Each building stands out for offering a unique destination, rich in Portuguese history and culture.
Whether they are tiny castles or monasteries, these hidden gems have made a name for themselves among wealthy tourists in the world of high society as a luxury destination waiting to be discovered.