Luxury, something most humans dream of, is an idea where waking up at mid-morning in a king size, down-feathered mattress covered in 1500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, drinking lattes in the afternoon and martinis at night is a life worth living. But note life with a touch of class comes with a hefty price tag. These cities are born with modern architecture and flourish with people who dress to the nines and enjoy the sweeter side of life. Get ready to stash you wallet full of cash as these are the world’s most luxurious cities.
Dubai is a desert oasis where lavish hotels and the world’s largest mall welcome locals and tourists for a five-star experience. Pamper yourself at a spa, visit Ski Dubai
or eat at the world’s tallest restaurant, situated on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa
. Dubai shines bright with fancy structures such as the iconic 7-star sail hotel, Burj Al Arab where the average room cost is over $1,000. If you have extra money to spare, take a sail through Dubai’s Palm Island or World’s Island, or just simply gaze at the Arabian Sea from your spacious suite.
Oui, oui, you really are in Paris, the magical romance capital of the world. Sashay amongst cafe-filled streets where you sip wine, eat a chocolate croissant and possibly smoke a cigarette just because you’re in Paris. Explore ancient Europe with modern-day prices where a loaf of white bread averages $8.95. If fashion is your passion, no need to worry Paris has hundreds if not thousands of shops so you can come home with a new fancy pearl necklace.
New York City
Nothing tastes sweeter than a big apple. Broadway plays to swanky nightclubs, New York City never sleeps. Locals pay large fees to live in small matchboxes, and visitors pay hefty sums to experience life as a luxury traveler. With endless pleasures, visitors may not know what destination to start exploring. Be sure to visit the Museum of Modern Art
and famous chef-inspired restaurant.
Ranked most expensive city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, this oriental wonder features a blend of ancient and modern Asia. As the leaders in technology, visitors can purchase fancy gadgets in the city of lights. If your hair’s a little long, get a cool cut or save your money for a meal. A cup of coffee and a two pound loaf of bread will set back travelers an average of $17. For a slice of awesome local sushi, try Sushi Dai, Sushi Saito, Fukuzushi, Sushi Zanmai or Sushi Mizutani.
Beach in morning, Shopping in afternoon, opera house at night. Doesn’t it sound like a g’day, hey? This international destination sets the bar high with exquisite Asian cuisine, fancy nightclubs and mouthwatering spirits. Happy hour is the friend of the traveler, as a “cube” of beer averages $50 per case. Sydney is a fusion of a classy and modern style situated on the liberal shorelines of the Pacific. While there be sure to catch the surf at Bondi Beach.
Moscow’s extreme 1990’s makeover landed with the New York Times, “Luxury Destination of the Year,” in the new millennial. World class cuisine, five-star hotels and Rolex and Ferrari show rooms exude chic among the city streets. The over-the-top nightclubs, like Solyanka club
, feature well worth it $50 drinks, and that price entertains guests with go-go dancers, sci-fi cabarets and top international DJ’s. Even a two-bedroom luxury apartment costs near $3,600 per month.
Yes, it is true. You are in Malaysia and the city that is no longer a cheap ex-pat destination. From innovative architecture to one-of-a-kind botanical gardens, Singpore shines bright at night and glistens in the moonlight. From to Holiday Inn Atrium to Club One Hotel your jaw will drop from the interior design to the roof top views of the city. The city is known to be 42% more expensive than Hong Kong, new York City, Frankfurt and London.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.