With the current Covid-19 pandemic in full swing, many of us remain confined to our homes – which is a far cry from the ultra-glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle you might be used to. Gone – for the time being, at least – are the days of glitzy black tie events, first class travel and evenings at the swankiest cocktail bar in town, replaced instead with cosy nights in and days that are filled either with working from home or at an entirely loose end.
But, despite the sudden change to the way we live, there are still plenty of ways to maintain your life of luxury – all that’s required is a little thinking outside of the box.
Do some luxury online shopping
You might not be able to visit your favourite designer boutiques at the moment, but that certainly doesn’t mean online shopping is off the agenda. After all, one still has to look their best, even during lockdown.
The extra free time you’ve got on your hands is the perfect chance to plan your wardrobe for the season ahead, and work out what items of clothing you really need. Plus, it’s a chance to browse some of those beautiful new handbags you’ve had your eyes on, which is a pleasure in itself!
If you’re all sorted in the clothes department, why not take the time to restock your kitchen equipment and do some more cooking, or buy in some gardening supplies so that you can transform your outdoor space? DontPayFull is a great place to start your online shopping spree as they have an expert team dedicated to finding you the very best deals and special offers on the best high-end brands.
Hold a cocktail party over Zoom
Since social distancing was brought into play, spending time with friends has become but a distant memory, leaving many of us craving social contact – especially those who live alone. Add to that the fact that most of us have been forced to swap our glamorous designer attire for sweats and pyjamas, and it’s not quite the height of opulence we’re so used to.
To recreate the luxury lifestyle you love, why not host a cocktail party with friends over Zoom? It’s the perfect opportunity to get dressed up to the nines in your favourite dress and heels – or, a new one, if you’ve been using the extra time you’ve got to do some online shopping, and to get out the cocktail shaker for a sophisticated evening of conversation and cosmopolitans. It’s guaranteed to have you feeling like your good old self again in no time.
Have a private pool party for two
Since spring has officially sprung, we’ve been blessed with a good dose of glorious weather – so why not take the opportunity to make the most of your outdoor space? If you’ve got a swimming pool in the garden, then try planning a private pool party for two. Get into your swimwear, get the champagne on ice, and prepare to relax and enjoy.
If you’ve got a barbecue grill, then it’s never too early to cook up a feast, either – make a day of it, and don’t forget to wear your most sophisticated summer cover-ups and shades. It might not quite be the Caribbean, but you could certainly do a lot worse.
Take a dip in the hot tub
Since lockdown began, hot tubs have become hot property, with many companies reporting a huge spike in sales, and many already having sold out. Many people who already have one at home don’t find the time to use them as much as they thought they would, so if you’re one of them, then make the most of it. Crack open a bottle of Moet, put some music on, and light some candles to set the mood – then sink in for a relaxing evening with your partner. It’s a simple yet utterly indulgent way to spend some of your extra free time, and will give you a dose of the luxurious lifestyle you’ve been missing so much since government rules were implemented.
Have a casino night
For the ultimate in glamour and sophistication, why not get dressed up in your finest for a Friday night at the casino? Nope, we’re not suggesting you flout lockdown rules and head out for an adrenaline-fuelled evening at the roulette table – there’s no need, when you can have just as much fun from the comfort of your own home.
With numerous online casinos remaining open for business in spite of the pandemic, there’s no need to miss out on the edge-of-your-seat action you’re so fond of. Get out your best bottle of wine, pop some atmospheric music on, and prepare to rub shoulders with the world’s high rollers from a sage distance.
Book a luxury getaway for 2021
If being at home for so long is giving you itchy feet, then you’re not alone. And, since many of us have had to cancel long-awaited luxury getaways for this year that were booked during an inconvenient time, you could be forgiven for spending your days daydreaming about that next five-star break.
Whilst the uncertainty of the current situation means it’s still tricky to book anything for the remainder of this year, there’s no reason you can’t start looking ahead to 2021. Plus, what could be more satisfying than an afternoon spent browsing your dream destinations online, then booking yourself some First Class flights to get you there?
From Bali to Barbados, there’s nothing quite as appealing right now as the thought of a long and relaxing break on the beach – and the freedom to enjoy all your favourite activities, as and when you choose.
Cook a fine dining meal for two
If you’re self-isolating with your partner, then why not hold a dinner party for two? Sure, you can’t exactly head out to your favourite Michelin-starred eatery, but there’s no reason you can’t recreate the magic at home.
Take inspiration from some of your favourite chefs and choose some challenging recipes to try. Lay the table with your best silverware, light some candles, and be sure to have a wine flight at the ready, with a pairing to accompany each course.
If you’re less than confident with your cooking – or, indeed, your wine pairings, there are plenty of resources to help you online. The one positive of the current pandemic is that is have given us all time to learn and hone new skills – so why not make the most of it? Watch some videos to improve you knowledge of the subject, then practice cooking your chosen dishes a few times beforehand.
To really create that luxurious feel when serving up the end result, remember that presentation is everything.
Make your isolation a luxurious one
So, there you have it. These are just some of the luxurious activities you can do at home. There are plenty of ways to recreate the luxury lifestyle you love during lockdown – so get creative and enjoy, but most of all, stay safe!