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When Only the Finest Will Do

Sip Champagne from a private hotel balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoy butler service in your sprawling suite or let sparks fly during a romantic private dinner — it's all in the name of luxury travel. Discover the finest resorts, Michelin-starred restaurants and a wealth of spas in the world's finest destinations.

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Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

Of the all the themed floating hotels known as the "Hollywood Houseboats," the Yellow Submarine has the most psychedelic paint job. 960 1280

  

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

Inside the Yellow Submarine's living room, located at Albert Dock in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 960 1280

  

The Inachus

The Inachus

The Inachus houseboat docked at its home in London. 960 1280

  

The Inachus

The Inachus

An inside look at the modern and spacious kitchen of the Inachus. 960 1280

  

The Chelsea Piers marina, where the Emma Belle is docked in New York. 960 1280

  

Emma Belle

Emma Belle

The imported spiral staircase aboard the Emma Belle in New York. 960 1280

  

The Dominguez

The Dominguez

A comfy place to relax on the water, the Dominguez houseboat in Portland, OR, offers a swanky, lofted living room. 960 1280

  

The Dominguez

The Dominguez

When not in the houseboat, the Dominguez family likes to take to the water in their speedboat. 960 1280

  

The Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun houseboat is framed by the skyline of Vancouver, British Columbia. 960 1280

  

The Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun

The great room aboard the Midnight Sun offers all the comforts of home in a posh seaside setting. 960 1280

  

Yellow Ferry

Yellow Ferry

More likely to be seen in a beach bungalow, this room is aboard the Yellow Ferry in Sausalito, CA. 960 1280

  

The Yellow Ferry as seen from the water. 960 1280

  

The Balloon Barge

The Balloon Barge

"The Balloon Barge," owned by Ralph Peligra, stays close to the dock in Sausalito, CA. 960 1280

  

Watervilla in Kortenhoef, Netherlands.

Watervilla in Kortenhoef, Netherlands.

The open first-floor plan of “Watervilla” in Kortenhoef, Netherlands. 960 1280

  

Joysxee

Joysxee

“Joysxee” is an island formed on plastic bottles in the Isla Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico. 960 1280

  

Nomadic Narrowboat

Nomadic Narrowboat

Mark Nash is the owner of the Susie Q, aka the "Nomadic Narrowboat," on the River Cam in Cambridge, England. 960 1280

  

Frajac in Ghent, Belgium

Frajac in Ghent, Belgium

An exterior look at the "Frajac" in Ghent, Belgium. 960 1280

  

Artic Houseboat in Canada

Artic Houseboat in Canada

The "Artic Houseboat" sits on an icy pond in Yellowknife, Canada. 960 1280

  

Cosmic Muffin

Cosmic Muffin

David Drimmer sits atop his airplane-style houseboat, the Cosmic Muffin. 960 1280

  

The Bar Area

The Bar Area

An inside look at the Cosmic Muffin, including its small but effective bar area. 960 1280

  

Queen of Arts

Queen of Arts

This 3-bedroom houseboat, the Queen of Arts, is docked at the Gateway Marina in New York. 960 1280

  

Dragon Boat

Dragon Boat

Leni Miller, owner of Dragon Boat, stands atop her boat pointing to other houseboats, with scenic Sausalito, CA, in the background. 960 1280

  

Yankee Ferry

Yankee Ferry

A shot of the chicken coop located on the back of the 1907 Yankee Ferry. 960 1280

  

The Drapers

The Drapers

Catch a view of the water from the back of the Draper family’s houseboat-home. 960 1280

  

Washington State

Washington State

A view of the home’s patio and the lake from a large window of this extreme houseboat docked in Washington State. 960 1280

  

Floating Chapel

Floating Chapel

Take a look at America's first-ever floating chapel, located in Sarasota, FL. 960 1280

  

Marc Even

Marc Even

The Green family's houseboat contractor, Marc Even, discusses details, such as a cement fireplace, that he put into the living room. 960 1280

  

Aff-ter Hours

Aff-ter Hours

Terry and Shelly Aff stand on the second floor of their luxurious houseboat, "Aff-ter Hours," which looks out onto the water. 960 1280

  

The Living Room

The Living Room

A shot of the kitchen, lined with maple cabinetry; the living room, filled with fine leather couches; and the staircase, leading up to the bedroom. 960 1280

  

Gateway Marina

Gateway Marina

The exterior of Metro Ship, docked in the Gateway Marina. The NYC skyline, including the Empire State Building, sits in the background. 960 1280

  

1. Whistler, British Columbia
1. Whistler, British Columbia

1. Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia
The 411: Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains, this Canadian destination is one of the top mountain resorts in North America.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Fairmont Chateau, Four Seasons

A-List Visitors: Heidi Klum, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Tom Cruise, Hilary Swank, James Gandolfini
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St. Moritz

St. Moritz

St. Moritz
The 411: The village is located at 1,856 meters above sea level in the middle of the Engadin valley in Europe. Known for its dry, sunny climate year-round, it's a winter sports haven.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Badrutt's Palace, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, Kulm Hotel

A-List Visitors: Prince Charles, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, George Clooney, Ivana Trump, Rupert Everett
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Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos
The 411: This Mexican destination offers beaches, world-class hotels and spas, fishing, golfing and water sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Las Ventanas, One & Only Palmilla, Esperanza Cabo, Casa Dorado, Villas Del Mar

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Alex Rodriguez, Scarlett Johansson
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Kona Beach in Hawaii

Kona Beach in Hawaii

Hawaii
The 411: With 6 major islands featuring beaches, volcanoes, mountains and a unique culture, Hawaii offers something for everyone.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Halekulani, Kahala Hotel & Resort, Turtle Bay, The Royal Hawaiian, Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Maui

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Garner, Rihanna, Randy Jackson, Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan
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Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Jamaica
The 411: This Caribbean island features beaches and a tropical climate. The residents are known for their friendliness and love of sports such as cricket, and track and field.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Golden Eye, Half Moon, The Ritz-Carlton, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Royal Plantation, Rockhouse Hotel

A-List Visitors: Michelle Williams, Patrick Dempsey, Sigourney Weaver, Carmen Electra, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Mandy Moore
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole
The 411: This Wyoming town is one of the best-kept secrets for winter. It has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the US, rising 4,139 feet from the valley floor to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Amangani, Four Seasons, Spring Creek Ranch

A-List Visitors: Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey, Ron Howard
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St Bart's

St Bart's

St. Bart's
The 411: This French West Indies island is just 8 square miles and home to an eclectic mix of iguanas, night-blooming cactus and fabulous beaches.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Eden Rock, Hotel Taiwana, Hotel Le Toiny

A-List Visitors: Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels, Harrison Ford, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas
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Fiji

Fiji

Fiji
The 411: Fiji has 333 tropical islands, most of them are uninhabited. The islands have sandy beaches, rainforests, villages and a main city called Nadi.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Shangri-La, Turtle Island, The Wakaya Club

A-List Visitors: Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson, Bill Gates
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Miami

Miami

Miami
The 411: This city in Florida is one of the state's most popular vacation spots. It is well-known for beaches including South Beach, trendy nightlife, the Art Deco district, Calle Ocho and Little Havana.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: The Delano, The Setai, The Shore Club, Villazzo Villas, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mandarin Oriental

A-List Visitors: John Mayer, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Martha Stewart, Katy Perry
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Aspen Colorado

Aspen Colorado

Aspen
The 411: Located in a pristine mountain valley at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River, Hunter Creek, Castle Creek and Maroon Creek, Aspen plays host to many events and is known for its winter sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Aspen Mountain Club, The Little Nell Hotel, Hotel Jerome, Sky Hotel, The St. Regis

A-List Visitors: Mariah Carey, Heidi Klum, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey
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Shoal Bay Anguilla

Shoal Bay Anguilla

Anguilla
The 411: This British territory in the Caribbean is made up of one main island and a few smaller ones. It's a quiet country with beaches and friendly residents.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Cap Juluca, St. Regis, Altamer, Cerulean (a private villa for rent)

A-List Visitors: Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Caroline Kennedy, Glenn Close, Matt Lauer, Sheryl Crow
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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, resort, Samana, Dominican Republic
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has 2 gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away.   960 1280

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Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean.   960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill.   960 1280

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