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The very best unique luxury holiday ideas for 2020

By Melanie Kruger  |  February 17, 2020

As winter hits its peak and the cold, rainy days start to wear thin, it’s the prime time of year to start thinking about your luxury getaways for 2020. Having something in the diary to look forward to is a great way to get you through the gloomiest part of the year – and, if there’s a little sunshine involved, then all the better.

Are you dreaming of long, lazy days on the beach, soaking up some rays and taking a refreshing dip in the sea? Or, is spending some time in a quaint Italian home in the country more up your street? Whether you’re a first class jet-setter or prefer to spend your downtime in luxurious surroundings here on home soil, we’ve got a 2020 holiday idea for you.

One thing they all have in common? The opulence of five-star luxury. Because let’s face it – a holiday isn’t really a holiday at all without that luxury touch.

A castle staycation

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland

Like the idea of feeling like royalty for a few days? Then why not rent your own private castle? Loyd and Townsend Rose offer a portfolio of beautiful country homes nestled in picturesque locations across the British countryside, some even coming with their own turrets.

Each of their private castles has been lovingly restored to its former glory and come with a full body of staff to ensure that the service level you receive is second to none. Castles are available across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with world-class cuisine on offer to guests in a quaint and historic setting that will take you back in time – but with all of the modern luxuries you need to have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Our top pick? The 18th Century Inverary Castle in Argyll, Scotland, which sleeps up to 13 guests and is nestled on the banks of Loch Fyne, within a large and picturesque estate that offers plenty of places to walk and explore. Boasting breath-taking views over the Loch, this beautiful castle was the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and has been sumptuously renovated to offer all-out luxury.

A submarine hotel in St Lucia

Looking for something seriously unique? Then you won’t find anything more out of this world than the Lover’s Deep submarine hotel, St. Lucia. Moored of a coastal reef beneath the crystal-clear waves of the Caribbean Sea, this unusual holiday home offers spectacular five-star luxury and comes complete with your own personal chef and butler.

If seclusion is your thing, then this place is a cut above anywhere else, and makes for the perfect accommodation choice for a romantic getaway for two. Offering champagne breakfast in bed and a private speedboat or helicopter transfer, it’s the ultimate luxury getaway – but be prepared to splash the cash, as a night at this place will set you back around £200,000.

A luxury villa in Puglia, Italy

Puglia, a southern region forming the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot, is blessed with hundreds of kilometres of beautiful Mediterranean coastline

Looking to get away to somewhere a little warmer? Then a spring or summer jaunt to the Italian coast could be just the ticket. Puglia, a southern region forming the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot, is blessed with hundreds of kilometres of beautiful Mediterranean coastline and is known for its idyllic white-washed hill towns and centuries-old farmhouses.

Eschewing the usual hotels in favour of renting a luxury quaint Puglian villa will give you the privacy you crave – and with a wealth of stunning five-star homes available, each featuring their own pools and outdoor dining areas, in Puglia, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Settings don’t get much more idyllic than the beautiful Trulli Fioriti, near Alberobello, which is nestled amongst a hill of olive groves in the beautiful Itria valley. Made up of a cluster of white-washed, dry-stone trullo houses featuring conical roofs, it may look historic nut is equipped with all the modern luxuries you could need.

A private Igloo stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

If you’re not afraid of a little ice and snow, then a stay in Reykjavik, Iceland, could be for you. But not just any stay – we’re talking about a luxury getaway in ‘The Bubble’.

Dubbed ‘the five-million-star hotel’, a stay in the Bubble involves pending a few night in your own private igloo, giving you the chance to sleep under the stars and watch the spectacular Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky above you. Set in a secluded location, it’s about as romantic as you can get – but don’t forget that the walls and ceiling are entirely transparent, and may leave you feeling a little exposed!

If you’re looking for a unique luxury getaway in 2020, there’s truly something for everyone. So, get some dates in the diary, and start dreaming.

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