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A perfect year with HV: 12 luxury travel ideas for 2023

Category: Destination Guides | 12.19.2022

With the start of a new year, comes the start of new adventures. And while you might already have a bucket list for your 2023 travels, here is our take on a perfect year with HV with 12 luxury travel ideas, one for each month of the year. From the Americas, to Europe all the way to Asia, explore a destination from the comfort of your luxury villa or embark on a luxury tour.

1/ January: Embark on a tour on the Mekong River

The Mekong’s headwaters spring forth high up in the Tibetan plateau, and the mighty river then meanders through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, before reaching the South China Sea in Vietnam. Join us as we journey from the bustling street of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam up into the jungle-bound ruins of the mighty Khmer empire in Cambodia.

Best time to visit: October – April

Tour Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights

Learn more about our luxury private tour: Mekong River

2/ February: Play golf  in Punta Mita

Located on the same latitude as Hawaii, Punta Mita stays warm and dry for most of the year, making it the top choice for many in search of an upscale Mexican escape, particularly if they like to golf! Here, you’ll find relaxation, adventure and countless ways to spend time outdoors, oh and of course, oodles of luxury.

Why go in February: If you are lucky, you might spot a whale or two.

Where to stay: Browse through our luxury villas in Punta Mita

Read more about Punta Mita: A perfect week in Punta Mita, Punta Mita: the height of lavishness and luxury

3/ March: Head to Whistler for some sensational skiing

Just two hours north of Vancouver by car lies the popular mountain village of Whistler, where stunning beauty and a unique lifestyle offer an escape like nowhere else. When you need a break from the thrills, the village offers lots of shops, bars and restaurants where you can indulge in a little retail therapy and wine and dine to your heart’s content.

Why go in March: March is often an epic month for snowfall in Whistler + warmer temperatures also means you get to enjoy patio season and soak up the sun after a big day on the mountain.

Where to stay: Browse through our luxury retreat and chalet collection in Whistler

Read more about Whistler: Top five reasons why Whistler should be your next ski destination 

4/ April: Take an eco-adventure tour in Costa Rica

Explore the epicentre of soft adventure and sustainable travel as we journey from restored coffee plantation haciendas to cutting-edge eco-lodges and over-the-top indulgent beach resorts. Climb through the tropical jungle canopy, slip into hot thermal baths, hike through lava fields, surf private beaches, enjoy gourmet meals and relax with the kids.

Best time to visit: November – April

Tour Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Learn more about our luxury private tour: Costa Rica Eco-adventure

5/ May: Escape to the stunning Italian Lakes

From Lake Como, which owes its clarity to its glacial nature, to Lago Maggiore, forming a natural border between Switzerland and Italy, the Italian Lakes are all stunning and unique. A lifetime spent exploring them would not be enough to fully immerse yourself in the beauty, but it’s a feat worth pursuing.

Why go in May: the fabulous gardens that line the shores are in full bloom in May + you get there before the crowds and enjoy mild weather to be comfortable cycling or kayaking.

Where to stay: Explore our lake front properties on the Italian Lakes

6/ June: Embrace “la dolce vita” in Tuscany

A perfect year with HV would not be complete without a “visita” to the beautiful and charming Tuscany that has always been a favorite of those who seek a rich and varied itinerary. Ancient hillside towns complete with narrow winding streets open up to medieval piazzas with shops and cafes that tempt you with world famous wines, cheeses and classic Tuscan fare.

Why go in June: it is one of the best periods to enjoy traditional festivals, food & wine fairs and cultural events.

Where to stay: Discover our Tuscan villas and country houses

Read more about Tuscany: A perfect week in Tuscany, Discover Tuscany thermal spas and indulge in a luxury treatment, A culinary journey through Tuscan cuisine

7/ July: Get mesmerized by aromas and festivals in Provence

Vibrant color, abundant sunlight, enticing aromas, open air markets, and a friendly, easy-going local culture – there are many reasons why travelers exiles and artists have flocked to Provence for centuries. The Romans left magnificent reminders of their empire: the Pont du Gard, the Arena in Arles, the Coliseum in Nimes and the Amphitheatre in Orange – the setting for a renowned opera festival each summer.

Why go in July: the festival season is in full swing + Provence’s famous lavender fields are blooming.

Where to stay in Provence: Explore our Villas and Bastide collection in Provence

Read more about Provence: A perfect week in Provence, Villa vacation in the Alpilles: discovering the charming villages of Provence

8/ August: Enjoy Park City in the summer

The mountains we flock to ski in the winter months transform into a playground in the summertime. Everything from hiking, cycling, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, lake swims, scenic chairlift rides, and enjoying local beers on warm patios is here and ready to greet you with open arms.

Why go in August: summer is festival season in Park City, with annual music, food and arts celebrations.

Where to stay in Park City: Browse through our luxury villas and lodges in Park City

Read more about Park City: 4 reasons you should visit Park City in the summer


9/ September: Hop on a bike and tour Burgundy

In a country known for exceptional biking, Burgundy just might have France’s best. Its ribbons of rideable roads weave through the vineyards that produce some of the world’s best bottles, a landscape punctuated by cobbled villages and tiled roofs. At the heart of it all lies Beaune, a living postcard inside its ramparts, where sophisticated wine culture reigns supreme.

Best time to visit: May to October, September being a special time to go as it is in the midst of the harvest season.

Tour duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Learn more about our luxury private tour: Burgundy Biking

10/ October: Explore inviting Greece in autumn

A destination like no other, where history really does come to life… as you stand in the shadow of the Acropolis or step into the ring where Olympians first competed. As you climb steps carved out of stone to Meteora’s monasteries or take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theatre, it all feels somewhat other-worldly. But Greece is also a place of bold modern art and a calendar bursting with festivals; a place for sun-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike; for couples seeking a romantic island escape and for families looking for days of endless fun and amazing memories.

Why go in October: it is one of the best months to visit Greece for a peaceful holiday after the rush of summer. The days are long, and the weather is mild. If you’re looking to enjoy yourself at the beaches, the water is warm and inviting in Autumn.

Where to stay: Explore our villas in Crete and Mykonos

Read more about Greece: Explore the Greek Islands

11/ November: Traverse the dunes of the Sahara on a Morocco Adventure

Located in the northwest corner of Africa and bordered by both The Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco offers visitors the opportunity to explore antiquity in safe and modern surroundings. From the Straits of Gibraltar to the southern islands and along its border with Algeria, Morocco encompasses a seemingly endless array of natural beauty and diverse historic cities. Beautiful beaches line the ocean while inland the rugged Atlas Mountains and endless dessert ergs lure adventurers and thrill-seekers from all corners of the globe. Pack your bags…Morocco beckons!

Best time to visit: September to April

Tour Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Learn more about our luxury private tour: Morocco Adventure

12/ December: get in vacation mode in Jamaica

Let the sounds of reggae music and the feel of warm ocean breezes put you in instant vacation mode from our luxury villas in Jamaica. With great weather, fun and friendly locals, and activities to delight any interest (and any age), you’ll de-stress in no time. Full of great restaurants, unique shops, picturesque beaches, world-class golf, stunning waterfalls, luxury villas and activities galore, Jamaica invites you to be as active or laid back as you want to be.

Why go in December: early December more particularly is the ideal time to go as it is after the rainy/hurricane season and before the crowds arrive.

Where to stay: Discover our luxury villas in Jamaica

Read more about Jamaica: Jamaica: a premier golfing and tennis destination

We hope that those ideas inspired you for your 2023 travels and wish you a year full of adventure and new experiences.

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