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Suiteness BlogLuxury Escapes Worth The SplurgeWritten by DivyaMulanjurPublished May 30, 2016

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Luxury Escapes Worth Splurging On

If you’ve spent hours or maybe even days searching for the perfect luxury suite online, chances are that everything is starting to look the same.  They’ve all got a marble bathroom, an HD television, and a breathtaking view.  And while those touches of luxury are undoubtedly part of what makes any vacation incredible, there are some unique luxury escapes a whole new level out there.  Granted, vacationing in one of these extraordinary destinations might cost you a little more than you would spend on an average luxury suite, but the experience is well worth the expense.

a 2015 Travel Market Report survey showed that 90% luxury travel agents polled noticed an increase in the number of clients served since 2014.

In fact, in recent years travelers have steadily begun to realize that the rare chance to escape to a one-of-a-kind locale more than justifies the splurge.  For example, a 2015 Travel Market Report survey showed that 90% luxury travel agents polled noticed an increase in the number of clients served since 2014.  Those numbers represent clear and compelling evidence that unique luxury experiences have become a trend, and one that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Besides, it is scientifically proven that spending on experiences rather than things leads to a happier life.

Beyond the Basics in Las Vegas

The adventures sought out by these trendy travelers are as diverse as they are numerous, but they all have one thing in common – their ability to transform any vacation from amazing to absolutely unforgettable.  For instance, it’s generally assumed that people flock to Las Vegas to hit up the casinos.  But the fortunate truth is that this desert city offers far more than The Strip.  In Las Vegas, you’ll find one of the world’s only urban zip lines, and at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you’ll have the opportunity to ride in or even drive a NASCAR or a Lamborghini worth $265,000.

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Both of these non-traditional activities are perfect complements to the city’s best suites.  Check out the Penthouse suite at Caesar’s Palace, which comes complete with a private spa and sauna, or the Bungalow at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, shown below, which provides guests with access to a personal rooftop bar.

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New Thrills in New York

It’s not only in Las Vegas that people are capitalizing on luxury escapes that are off the beaten path.  New York has seen a similar influx of travelers looking for experiences that are a little different from the usual tourist traps. More and more people are skipping Times Square and The Lion King in favor of unforgettable sight-seeing yacht cruises on the Hudson River, which provide unbeatable views of landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.  Additionally, they’re choosing to revamp America’s pastime, and watch baseball games from party suites in Yankee Stadium, which offer theater-style seating that overlooks the pitch for as many as 60 people.  But they’re also forgoing the most famous bars and restaurants in favor of places like Le Train Bleu, a fine French restaurant housed in a replica of a luxury train cabin, and Goldbar, a highly exclusive bar whose walls are covered in skulls made entirely of gold.  If that doesn’t make for a memorable vacation to the Big Apple, nothing will.

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It’s a testament to the elegance and glamour of New York City that there are plenty of suites in the city that match these activities in luxury.  For example, the Ty Warner Penthouse in the Four Seasons New York treats guests to four glass balconies, diamond skylights, and sinks carved from solid blocks of crystal.  This suite also comes in at $45,000 per night, so if you’re looking for luxury escapes that are just as extraordinary but slightly more affordable, consider the Baccarat Suite in the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, which includes butler service and a personal soaking tub, or the Penthouse Suite in The Surrey, pictured below, which offers access to a private rooftop terrace.

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The Takeaway

With so many travelers opting to spend a little more to receive an experience they’ll never forget, it is clear that the tide has shifted away from budget experiences and penny-pinching.  And while this tendency might seem like a new trend, it is actually a return to the true purpose and definition of vacation.  After all, we go on vacation to receive some respite from our daily lives, and to forget about all the preoccupations that come with it.  Therefore, to continue to count pennies during a vacation is to undermine everything that vacation is really about!

 Investing in experiences that go above and beyond what most luxury travelers have on their agenda ensures that you will always remember it vividly. With every retelling of that vacation story, you continue to reap the benefits for years to come.

But if you are spending all that money, you do want to make sure that what you’re getting in exchange is something that you will remember and cherish for a long, long time.  That is where unique luxury escapes come into play.  Investing in experiences that go above and beyond what most luxury travelers have on their agenda ensures that you will always remember it vividly. With every retelling of that vacation story, you continue to reap the benefits for years to come.  Now if that is not money well spent, than we don’t know what is!