How To Spend One Million Dollars on Travel

Ashley Akridge - Freelance Writer

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Where can a million dollars bring you the best travel experiences in the world? Of course, there is plenty to do in the United States. However, you could travel from coast to coast in the US and still have plenty of money left over for a global tour. If we had a million dollars to spend on travel, here's where what we'd do below.

Start Your Million Dollar Vacation In Dubai

Burj Al Arab Hotel and a marina, Dubai

If you have to spend 1 million dollars on your vacation and want to make it a memorable one, Dubai can be a fantastic place to start your journey. Start by booking your first-class ticket to Dubai for you and your partner. This will cost around $42,000 depending on when you book and where you are flying from. Now that you have the flight and accommodation sorted let's start planning your dream vacation!

First, treat yourself to a chauffeur-driven limousine ride from the airport. Then check into your suite, complete with concierge service, and order room service for dinner. Next, spend a week in the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. One of the most luxurious hotels in the world, and the second tallest hotel in Dubai, it's truly a sight to behold. Soaring 828 feet above the city, this sail-shaped tower offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and private butlers, as well as breathtaking views of the Persian Gulf and Dubai skyline. The Burj Two-Bedroom Suite is a luxurious home away from home where you'll be treated like royalty, for around twenty-five thousand dollars, for seven nights.

With nine restaurants serving international cuisine, four pools, a private beach and a luxe spa, it has every amenity you need to have an unforgettable stay. Its glistening corridors are embellished with 24-carat gold tiles, its rooms offer beautiful views of the ocean and Dubai, and it comes with a private lift and cinema.

Head over to The Beach restaurant on the Burj Al Arab's private beach for breakfast overlooking the ocean during the daytime. Then, you can have your chauffeur drive you around town while you are out sightseeing or shopping. After dinner, enjoy a relaxing night in one of Dubai's many nightclubs.

You can spend a few days checking out other parts of Dubai. Or you can stay at another luxurious hotel on Jumeirah Beach or at one of the smaller hotels along Dubai Creek. Either way, you'll be able to walk to shopping districts, waterfront restaurants or camel rides on the beach. You can even rent a yacht for the ultimate Dubai experience!
Dubai is a traveler's paradise because it's one of the most vibrant places in the world. It offers a lot more than just the world's tallest skyscraper — from shopping, sports, and beaches to exploring history and culture, there are endless activities you can do here. Whether you stay for only a few days or several months, you'll be amazed at how much Dubai keeps on changing.

Your next stop may be as far away as you like or as close as your backyard. With a million dollars, you can travel to any place globally — From Paris to New York City or Bali to Singapore. However, if you want to go further than the typical tourist bucket-list destinations, consider adding spots like Australia, Iceland, or Bhutan, to name a few.
So, by now, you may have spent around $200,000 on the flight, the hotel, some high-end shopping in Dubai's luxury malls and maybe you opted for a yacht rental. However, your million-dollar trip isn't done yet, so where do you go next?

Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez, South France

Famous Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez at Boulevard de La Croisette in Cannes, France

Next on our list is the South of France! This is one of the most exclusive and expensive hotels in the world. The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez boasts a long list of VIPs as guests, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and even Bono. Staying in their Prestige King Suite will cost you $10,000 for the week depending on the deals at the time – but you'll have access to the private beach, swimming pool and terrace with views of the Mediterranean Sea. Spend your days lounging by the pool or enjoying fine dining at one of their restaurants set along the coastline.

The hotel's amenities are excellent, and they cater to all of your needs. In addition, they offer a Mercedes-Benz on-demand driver service. From setting up spa appointments to booking a helicopter tour of the French Riviera – The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez experience is one that you'll never forget.

If you stay for an entire week in June, you'll get access to the Film Festival and its accompanying red carpet events. Maybe you'll even spot one of your favorite stars walking down the red carpet and grab an autograph.

Go To Venice, Italy

View of Venice's Grand Canal

Venice, Italy, is one of the world's most iconic cities, known for its idyllic canals and countless masterpieces by Da Vinci and Michelangelo. The best way to discover this stunning place is by staying at the Aman Venice hotel— you'll be within walking distance from Saint Mark's Square, famous restaurants and dozens of museums. Rooms here are around $2000-$6000 price range depending on timing and deals.

Spending a romantic evening in Venice is an unforgettable experience. Still, it can only be made better by laying back and listening to the gentle melodies of a gondola as you float down the Grand Canal past the stunning Palazzo Ducale and the ornate Ponte di Rialto. As your Gondolier takes you along your desired course, you'll feel as if you've entered another world where time stands still for a moment.

The Chedi Andermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Andermatt village in Alps mountains in winter snow, Switzerland

This time we land in the Swiss Alps, away from the busy city where you can stay at the property of your dreams for just $1,200 a night, The Chedi Andermatt! As the name suggests, this property is located in the Chedi Andermatt vacation village, situated in the Swiss Alps. The stunning building features a modern interior, wooden accents, glass walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to enjoy impressive views of the surrounding mountains.

This suite is just one of the many beautiful rooms available at The Chedi Andermatt hotel. You can enjoy many luxurious amenities and services offered here. It has a choice of 5 gourmet restaurants with a Michelin one-star award and an unsurpassed wine cellar. After a full day of skiing in the alps, you can also enjoy the many spa and relaxation options, including the Tibetan Relaxation Lounge, indoor swimming pool, and health club. There are even guided snowshoe adventures on the alps followed by a massage when you get back.

The Chedi Andermatt caters to all your entertainment needs as well. They have large flat-screen TVs in the room if you need a moment to relax from your busy schedule. Don't spend too much time indoors, though. You're in the beautiful Swiss Alps!

The Connaught Hotel, London, England

The Connaught Hotel, London

If you want to go to a destination where luxury is the norm, London is the place for you. England is filled with hidden gems, The Connaught in London is one of the most expensive hotels globally, but it's worth every penny for a holiday home in one of the most exciting cities.

Tucked away on Carlos Place, just off of the busy Bond Street shopping district and next door to the Royal Academy of Arts, The Connaught is a boutique hotel that is anything but understated. From the moment you arrive, you're greeted with impeccable service and staff members that are always there to assist you.

The rooms are large and well equipped, with quiet surroundings that make them perfect for a good night's sleep. It's also great if you want to explore London without worrying about transportation. There's no shortage of cabs outside, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service around town.

Depending on the room and current deals, you'll be looking at about $500-$1000 a night, or for the best rooms, it can get beyond $10,000 a night. The suite is over 6,000 square feet and has eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a dining room, library and a master bedroom that takes up an entire floor. The Connaught has several restaurants to suit all tastes, from the relaxed ambience of the Grill Room to the elegance of the Private Dining Rooms. The Connaught is also home to The Artesian Bar, where guests can enjoy premium spirits served by expert cocktail bartenders.

Rent a Yacht in the Bahamas

Luxury yacht anchored in a tropical island beach

Start planning a trip to the Bahamas. There's no better way to experience the Caribbean than by renting a yacht. You get all the benefits of traveling on a luxury boat without the hassle of maintenance, mooring fees, or fuel costs. By renting your private yacht on the high seas, you can enjoy the best of The Bahamas from your balcony.
However, renting one for your next vacation can cost around $15,000 per week or more, depending on the package. The good news is that many new yacht owners choose to hire professional captains who will do all the navigating and sailing for you.

Bahamas vacations are not only a great way to take a vacation, but they are also a great way to get out of your everyday surroundings. Bahamas vacations offer excitement and relaxation. Snorkel in the clear blue waters of the Exuma Cays, or swim with beautiful tropical fish in the warm waters of Nassau. Visit the famous Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island and stay in one of their incredible suites. Go deep-sea fishing or scuba diving in the warm waters of Nassau. Go skydiving on Grand Bahama Island or enjoy golfing on Grand Bahama Island. Finally, take a trip to Bimini for deep-sea fishing and explore its lighthouse ruins.

The Mark, New York City, New York

Lower Manhattan, New York, USA

After a relaxing vacation on the private yacht, you're ready to conquer new heights. Finally, you can make your way to NYC, and after staying at The Mark Hotel, you'll seem like a New Yorker in no time. From the modern amenities to the in-room tech and 24-hour room service, there's no end to the luxury this hotel has to offer. You'll be right in the heart of Manhattan as soon as you walk through the doors of this incredible hotel.

The Mark Hotel in New York City is renowned for its opulence and luxury. The rooms range from $1,500 to $7,000 a night, depending on the timing and room preference. With access to the hotel's gym and spa services, plus a short walk from the Central Park Zoo and American Museum of Natural History, this property is close to everything!

Final Thoughts

Luxury cruise ship travel champagne glasses

So there you have it, plenty of places to visit and plenty of things to do all over the world. How many have you visited? Perhaps you should start planning your lifelong journey and see how many countries you can visit!

Of course, there are many other ways of spending one million dollars—and these different ideas can be tackled individually or in a separate order. But if you're looking to splurge on an incredibly luxurious vacation, then the places we've listed above will certainly offer you some spectacular opportunities to do so.

Whether you read this for luxury travel ideas or just for inspiration, we hope you found it enjoyable, and we wish you happy traveling! If you have managed to stay below your budget, perhaps you could consider donating a healthy amount to our favorite charity, Pencils of Promise.

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