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Luxury Destinations: Where to Travel in the Spring of 2015

Stamp your passport to luxury this spring by trekking to ancient ruins, picnicking at the feet of the Redeemer or simply reviving your spirits in Tokyo’s premier spa

What better way to celebrate the change of season than to explore some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Our editors have done the hard work and selected the best of the best adventures, experiences and five-star places to stay – all in exquisite style, of course. 

SEE THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET
Abercrombie & Kent recently launched its Private Jet Journeys for 2015, with the upcoming Wonders of the World itinerary taking in Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Taj Mahal, and more. Of the 23-night, private-jet odyssey, which is limited to 50 people, Abercrombie & Kent founder Geoffrey Kent says: “I’m thrilled that our guests will be the first to experience completely lie-flat, first-class seats on our private-jet journey.” The itineraries will be available to book from September 17 until October 10, and costs from $108,000 per person.

Machu Picchu on the iconic Inca Trail and the Taj Mahal [top] are both part of Abercrombie & Kent's Wonders of the World itineraries, from its recently launched Private Jet Journeys for 2015. Photographs: Robert Harding.
Machu Picchu on the iconic Inca Trail and the Taj Mahal [top] are both part of Abercrombie & Kent's Wonders of the World itineraries, from its recently launched Private Jet Journeys for 2015. Photographs: Robert Harding.

ENJOY A SUNRISE PICNIC IN RIO DE JANEIRO
For true exclusivity this spring, head to Rio de Janeiro’s Belmond Copacabana Palace. The hotel has launched a private sunrise picnic at the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Yes, it means an early start (5am), but you then get to enjoy an al fresco feast at the foot of the statue and soak up the incredible views from the granite peak of Corcovado mountain before the crowds arrive.

Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro can arrange a luxurious private picnic in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer.
Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro can arrange a luxurious private picnic in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer.

ACCESS ALL AREAS IN LONDON
For more than a century, only a favored few have stepped inside London’s private members club The Arts Club (established in 1863). Stay in one of the 16 elegant hotel rooms and suites (with furnishings from designers such as Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti) of its recently unveiled Mayfair townhouse, however, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the delights of The Arts Club’s garden, nightclub, and three restaurants.

Lounge like legendary Londoners Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, who used to frequent The Arts Club Garden.
Lounge like legendary Londoners Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, who used to frequent The Arts Club Garden.

TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH BESPOKE BAGGAGE
A grand tour requires grand luggage. Goyard has been making exactly that for more than two centuries. Goyard’s trunks, cases and travel bags, covered in its trademark Goyardine canvas (created by Edmond Goyard in 1892, its design a nod to the logging tradition of his Burgundy home town), can be customized to your every desire.

From the Grimaldis to Kanye West, luxury Parisian trunk maker Goyard has catered to royal and celebrity clients throughout its 160-year history. Photograph: Goyard at Hotel Le Bristol, Paris.
From the Grimaldis to Kanye West, luxury Parisian trunk maker Goyard has catered to royal and celebrity clients throughout its 160-year history. Photograph: Goyard at Hotel Le Bristol, Paris.

UNWIND IN TOKYO’S SKYSCRAPER SPA
The Aman Spa at the newly opened Aman Tokyo draws heavily on Japanese wellness traditions, from Zen philosophy and meditation to Kampoo, the local herbal medicine. The two-floor facility features traditional Japanese hot baths and steam rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 98-foot swimming pool with views over the city below. Those views continue throughout the hotel, as do the local influences and sense of tranquillity. You’ll find calming rock gardens and water features in the reception area, and design that seamlessly blends classic materials such as camphor wood and washi paper with modern technology.

Take a dip from a great height in the Aman Spa at the Aman Tokyo hotel, which occupies the top six floors of the recently built Otemachi Tower.
Take a dip from a great height in the Aman Spa at the Aman Tokyo hotel, which occupies the top six floors of the recently built Otemachi Tower.

EXPERIENCE THE WILD BEAUTY OF TASMANIA
Tasmania is rapidly becoming one of Australia’s coolest destinations. The island always had natural beauty, but in recent years it has also acquired a stellar reputation for its food and some special places to stay, among them the newly opened Pumphouse Point in the heart of the World Heritage Area. Here, a former hydroelectric station has been converted into a boutique wilderness retreat, with accommodation divided between two handsome Art Deco buildings. Opt for one of the six Shorehouse rooms, on the edge of Lake St Clair, or go for one of the 12 in the Pumphouse, dramatically situated 800 feet out in the water.

The sleek, relaxed lounge of Tasmania's premier wilderness retreat, the Pumphouse.
The sleek, relaxed lounge of Tasmania's premier wilderness retreat, the Pumphouse.