6 Luxury Travel Destinations That Are Trending This Season

Story by Kristina Kulyabina

Jesse Schoff
Photography by Jesse Schoff

Want to live like a king or queen for a week? PCN is here to help plan your next fancy vacation based on the most luxurious essentials such as hotels, fine dining, lounges, etc., all within the top nightlife cities. Get your travel credit card ready! 

Vegas

Eat

Joël Robuchon in MGM Grand, presents an atmosphere beyond elegance. Chandeliers hover over the candlelit tables surrounded by sleek sofas and beautiful flower displays based on a marble floor. This Three Michelin Star restaurant serves exquisite French cuisine, from the classic caviar to frog legs with top notch production and presentation. In fact, a 16-course degustation menu is available with wine pairings, all to be devoured on the Parisian styled terrace. 

Party

XS Nightclub was named the hottest nightclub in Las Vegas by Condé Nast Traveler, smothered in lavish gold decor and with its sparkling outdoor Encore pool, we can see why. Part of the design, like the flowy golden staircase, was inspired by the provocative curves of the human body. Not only is the interior design impressive, but the hosting of top artists such as Drake, The Chainsmokers, and Diplo, also puts this club at the top of the list. The XS venue is well known for holding some of the best Vegas parties, but here’s a pricey secret to indulge in: a $10,000 cocktail composed of Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac served in a Baccarat crystal-encrusted champagne glass. 

Stay

Japanese inspired Nobu Hotel, is a five-star masterpiece located in the Caesars Palace Complex, featuring suites and penthouses with sophisticated designs. The most jaw dropping accommodation (in terms of price and elegance) is the Nobu Villa, averaged at $35,000 including three bedrooms, one of which has its own private deck (an actual deck, not balcony). Other features include a bar on the huge terrace, sauna and massage room, and an outdoor kitchen. This villa has hosted the rich and the famous such as Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus, but don’t panic if you can’t afford the villa as the Nobu has plenty of other stylish  deluxe rooms to offer. 

Dubai

Eat and dance 

Located in the heart of Dubai’s financial district, the Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge is a true luxury nightclub decked out in Swarovski crystals and designer Roberto Cavalli’s signature animal print. This place screams classy, so make sure to dress to impress, and arrive before a resident DJ (or if you’re lucky, Sean Paul) hits the stage to get your fine dining fix of Italian. The Cavalli Club also hosts a variety of dope events worth checking out, like Rosay Urban Night which includes unlimited oysters and bubbles and Roman Empire Fridays, featuring a spectacular show. 

Stay

With Dubai being one of the wealthiest cities in the world, it’s hard to feature just one luxurious hotel, so we’ve picked two. The Five Palm Jumeirah five-star hotel resort offers its own private beach access, restaurants, and onsite clubs including a swanky high-rise pool party providing a panoramic view of Dubai. The resort has it all, from unique spa treatments for the relaxing vacation seekers, to adult-only pools and bars.

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is also ranked as a 5-star accommodation, also equipped with private beach access and swimming pools (three outdoor, two indoor). But what really sets this hotel apart is the building’s iconic exterior view- a sail shaped silhouette standing at 1053 ft high on a man-made island. The inside doesn’t disappoint either – guests can choose from a variety of gaudy suites and they can even choose a special pillow from nine different options on the pillow menu. In addition, guests are spoiled with Eiderdown comforters, known as the warmest and rarest in the world, as the down feathers are limitidly harvested from abandoned Eider Duck nests in Iceland. 

Los Angeles

Chill

The Highlight Room is a luxe rooftop bar, lounge and grill occupying the top floor of Dream Hollywood that’s well worth a visit during the day and night. Hotel guests can chill in the pool or a cabana during the day, soaking in views of the Hollywood hills, while night owls can dance to world class DJs and gaze at the city lights. The venue is sleek and modern, frequently attracting a chic and sexy crowd for its nightly events.

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Party

Looking for something a little more out of the box? Check out one of LA’s most unique concept bars, Poppy, where “nightclub meets high-fashion playground.” Known to have hosted VMA after-parties, this quirky and yet stylish nightclub delivers a surreal setting, one similar to Wonderland. The place begins with a beautiful garden-inspired entrance, followed by floor to ceiling bookcases in its opulent library, and various nature themed decorations. It’s not uncommon to see a human dressed up as an animal walk by you while you’re jamming to Afrowave on a Friday night.

New York

Eat

For ultimate fine dining, Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan is undoubtedly a must-visit. Overlooking Madison Park through its floor to ceiling windows, this elegant restaurant delivers a simple and clean ambience both with its decor and menu. The French-influenced menu stretches from eight to ten courses served in the main dining room, while the bar offers light snacks and an extensive wine menu. A full course will cost you about $335, and that’s not including the wine pairing. 

Drink

The Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel – ritzy, fancy, and pricey, a.k.a the perfect cocktail lounge to bathe in luxury during your New York trip. This fine establishment features custom furniture from artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, with an additional touch of a hand-carved limestone fireplace and solid walnut bar. It’s popular for its Fashion Week after-parties, private film screenings, and of course the A-list clientele. Cocktail prices range from $21 to $75, one of which includes baked apple syrup as an ingredient. Limited reservations are accepted until 9pm, afterwards it’s invite only. 

London

Drink

Located in the upscale district of Mayfair, Mahiki is an exclusive Polynesian-themed nightclub and cocktail lounge with some of the best nightlife in London. Celebrities like Rihanna have been spotted here and even royalty, yes Prince Harry himself. And this isn’t one of those over the top tiki-decorated bars – it’s just enough to emanate a fun vibe and classiness at the same time as seen in its beach styled lounge. If you’re a rum enthusiast, then you absolutely must try one of the world renowned cocktails like the Beauty & Dalla Pola, featuring tropical ingredients like Mahiki coconut rum and guava. 

Stay

Originally opened in 1856, Claridge’s serves as a historic and elegant hotel also located in the affluent Mayfair district. It’s glamorous rooms and suites have hosted famous artists, models, and designers. According to the hotel’s website,  Kate Moss spent her 30th birthday here and “Jade Jagger and Lulu Guinness describe the hotel as their ultimate treat.” The most impressive suite, the Royal Suite, is in fact pure royalty – damask silk wall covering, hand painted wallpaper, chandeliers, and a golden covered emperor bed corona will surely make you feel like a queen. 

Paris

Sleep

One of the most glamorous European cities has a lot of luxury to offer, primarily within its accommodations. Check out the Le Metropolitan, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel for instance, a boutique four-star hotel boasting views of the Eiffel Tower. Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, designer boutiques on the Champs-Elysées and Avenue Montaigne are minutes away from the hotel. Le Metropolitan holds elegant rooms and suites accompanied by modern, dreamy decor – luscious off-white curtains, beautiful oval windows, and flower displays. The Eiffel Tower suite is totally instagram worthy.

Shop

Champs Elysées has been named Europe’s most expensive shopping street, featuring brands like Chanel and Cartier. This beautiful tree-lined avenue is wide enough for all shoppers to stroll along with several shopping bags in hand. Boutiques that can’t be missed include Guerlain, one of the oldest perfume houses in France (and perhaps the most prestigious), and of course the stunning Louis Vuitton boutique, which is huge and meets all your Louis wants and needs. 

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