Luxury holidays have changed, or at least the perception of what is luxurious has. A decade or so ago the idea of a luxury holiday might have centred on the quality of the hotel and the service on offer. While that’s still important, the fast developing market for five star luxury holidays means that there are now many more ways to travel in style.

There's the luxury of space, for example, such as when staying at Wolwedans Private Camp in the NamibRand Desert in Namibia. Miles from the main camp, this two bedroomed uber-camp takes 'getting away from it all' to new levels of comfort. The silence is all-encompassing and the night sky so free from light pollution that stars are visible all the way to the horizon.

Aside from the ability to stay in utter luxury with the rest of the world at several miles' length away, there's also increasingly the luxury of time. We now offer the ability to travel into virtually untouched territory in a short space of time, thanks to intrepid new helicopter safaris such as to an immaculate tented camp in the Southern deserts of Morocco or to the remote north of Kenya. On the latter of those trips the accommodation is admittedly fairly rudimentary, but it doesn't get much more stylish than spending a long weekend up near the Sudanese border and being back at your desk in time to tell your envious colleagues.

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5* luxury holidays are no longer about the material comforts of a hotel. The new luxuries are time and space – the ability to make the most of precious time off work and to find yourself somewhere truly far from the madding crowd. Sound like the sort of thing you’re after? We might be able to help…

Tom, Original Traveller

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North Island

North Island

This small, private island - just a mile long by half a mile across - was abandoned in the 1970s following the collapse of the coconut industry.

North Island
Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge

The award-winning (voted Tatler’s Hotel of the Year for 2008) Southern Ocean Lodge is located on Kangaroo Island off the south coast, not far from Adelaide.

Southern Ocean Lodge
Laucala Island

Laucala Island

Question: what do you do when you own a soft drink company worth billions? Answer: buy yourself a dream island in the South Pacific.

Laucala Island
Il Salviatino hotel, luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

Il Salviatino

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and opt for a 15th century villa just outside the city. Il Salviatino has commanding views over Florence, dominated by the cathedral dome, and looking east there is nothing but uninterrupted Tuscan countryside.

Il Salviatino
Double bedroom at  Wolwedans Private Camp, luxury camp in Namibia

Wolwedans Private Camp

Deep in the desolate but utterly stunning Namib Desert lies Wolwedans, a superslick lodge, and if that wasn’t hermit-like enough, they have their own Private Camp, another two miles further into the bush and designed for just one couple or a small family.

Wolwedans Private Camp
Pool Beach at Reethi Rah, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Reethi Rah

Set on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, the One&Only at Reethi Rah is one of the finest of the (very fine) hotels in the Maldives.

Reethi Rah
Lounge Terrace at Amangiri, luxury hotel in the Great American Wilderness

Amangiri

Surrounded by one of the USA’s most dramatic landscapes with canyons and towering plateaus as far as the eye can see, Amangiri is fairly unassuming from the outside and lets the land do the talking.

Amangiri
Pool at Cheval Blanc Randheli, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Sister property to the contemporary classic Cheval Blanc in Courchevel, Cheval Blanc Randheli caters to a similar audience of high flyers with an innate appreciation of the finer things in life.

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. Reaching the resort involves a half-hour scenic flight by seaplane from the Maldives’ capital of Malé.

Soneva Fushi
The suite exteriors at Royal Malewane, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane is an exclusive safari lodge in the 12,000-hectare Thornybush Game Reserve, part of the private Sabi Sands concession on the western fringe of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Royal Malewane
Outside bath at Singita Faru Faru Lodge, luxury lodge in Tanzania

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Faru Faru is an intimate safari camp of just six luxurious suites, overlooking the Grumeti River. The lodge is located in the Singita Grumeti Reserves – a 350,000-acre concession that borders the Serengeti National Park.

Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Large bedroom at La Residence, luxury hotel in South Africa

La Residence

La Residence is a secluded retreat situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands just an hour from Cape Town.

La Residence
Pool view at Song Saa, luxury hotel in Cambodia

Song Saa

Few could have predicted that Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago would be the destination of one of the most hotly awaited hotel openings of recent years.

Song Saa
The swimming pool at Oberoi Udaivilas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Udaivilas

The hotel stands on the banks of Lake Pichola facing Udaipur, with views across the water to the 17th century palaces of of Jagmandir and Jagniwas.

Oberoi Udaivilas
Garden view at Hotel de Russie, Luxury hotel in Rome, Italy

Hotel de Russie

The five-star Hotel de Russie is ideally located just off Piazza del Popolo and close to the Spanish Steps.

Hotel de Russie
 Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest

Set atop a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by 75 acres of sub-tropical native bush and secluded beaches, Eagles Nest hotel is in a fantastic location.

Eagle's Nest
Rosewood Mayakoba, luxury hotel  in Mexico

Rosewood Mayakoba

The Rosewood Mayakoba is set in the heart of the 1,600 acre Rosewood resort, just 30 minutes south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen. With a mile of white sand beach, it stretches back into lush jungle interspersed with a meandering lagoon.

Rosewood Mayakoba
Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Vamizi is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Vamizi Island

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Tim

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