5 Books Perfect to Take on Any Luxury Holiday

One of the best things about travelling is that you will finally have plenty of time to read. Whether you are waiting for your flight at the airport or lounging at the poolside of your hotel, a good book is all you need to relax. If you’re going for a luxury vacation, here are some of the best books to bring. These books will make your holiday even more meaningful and inspire you to travel even more.

5 Books to Take Away on a Luxury Holiday With You

#1 Secret Beaches: Ibiza – Idioma Inglés 

Ibiza is undoubtedly one of the world’s most sophisticated islands, attracting countless celebrities and famous personalities. The island represents the highest expression of a luxury holiday along the Mediterranean – world-class restaurants, cutting-edge resorts, and prestigious establishments, not to mention the unbeatable landscape and high-quality leisure activities. 

If you’re looking for a good book to bring to your holiday in Ibiza, the Secret Beaches: Ibiza would be a great book to consider. The book features the many secluded beaches and coves hidden along the glorious coastline of Ibiza. It’s a unique guide to the hidden side of the island. You’ll be surprised to know that the island has plenty of beaches and coves that only the locals know about. These beaches sit in breathtaking seclusion, far from the crowds and the bars and clubs that this party island is known for.

If you’re still searching for accommodations for your Ibiza holiday, you might want to consider staying in a luxury villa by the beach. Make it your base as you trek to locate the secluded beaches mentioned in the book. After a day of adventures, relax in your luxury villa and treat yourself to a glass of cava.

#2 Chic Stays 

Accommodation is one of the most important aspects to consider when planning a luxury vacation. Of course, it should be something grand and comes with sophisticated amenities. As soon as you walk into the room, you should immediately feel like you are in a different world. Besides, you’re paying a premium price, so you only deserve the best amenities and excellent service.

For inspiration on some of the world’s most luxurious accommodations, grab this book called “Chic Stays”. It features some of the world’s most opulent stays owned by world-famous personalities, such as the luxurious family retreat house of Sofia Coppola in Italy. The book also features the favourite stays of famous actors, writers, musicians, and models, such as the secret Scottish hideaway of Kate Winslet and Kate Moss’s favourite beach in the Maldives. There are 36 tales, each detailing the chicest spots around the globe, packed with lyrical and anecdotal descriptions to transport you to the world of luxury travel. 

What makes this book even more irresistible is the photography bursting across every page, from the Sri Lanka’s scenic hill sides to Brazil’s chic UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa and the hipster hangouts of Portland. The images add to the allure, inspiring luxury travellers to discover these magnificent places on Earth.

#3 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s set in the Jazz Age of New York’s Long Island, making it the perfect book to take on your luxury vacation to New York. 

The Great Gatsby depicts the first-person narration of Nick Carraway’s interactions with millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby’s fixation on reuniting with Daisy Buchanan, his former lover. Fitzgerald’s youthful romance with socialite Ginevra King and the wild parties he attended inspired the novel. After moving to the French Riviera in 1924, he completed a rough draft of this book. 

Like Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald has acquired a mythical status in the history of American literature. His masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby”, is considered the great American novel” of all time. In 1920, Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, known as “the first American Flapper”. Their traumatic marriage and Sayre’s gradual descent into insanity have become the leading influence of this novel.

#4 My ‘Dam Life – Sean Condon

My Dam Life is a book written by Sean Condon, an Australian humourist and writer who moved to the Netherlands in 1998 with his half-Dutch wife. The book vividly recounts the couple’s subsequent trials and tribulations as they adapt to their new life in the Netherlands. 

In the book, Condon wittingly narrates his life in Amsterdam, where he and his wife are unemployed. It also explores the strange habits of the Dutch, as he keeps a watchful eye on the strange business of writing about yourself doing nothing in this post-modern age. The author’s uncanny ability to look for absurdity in daily life misses makes this book fun and interesting to read. 

My Dam Life is a wonderful book to read when taking a luxury canal trip from Loosedrecht to Amsterdam. The self drive cruise will take you to discover Holland’s scenic landscapes, including iconic landmarks, from the windmills to tulip fields. You’ll also have the opportunity to stroll along the terraces by the canals and explore cosy cafes and shops tucked between alleyways. 

#5 Lunch in Paris: A Love Story – Elizabeth Band 

If you’re travelling to France in luxury, Lunch in Paris would be a wonderful book to take with you, especially if you’re interested in learning more about French cuisines. The book is a memoir about an American woman who got caught up in love affairs in France – with French cuisines and her new beau Gwendal. This book is somewhat unique because it’s a part love story and part cookbook. 

As she packs her bags for a new life in Paris, Elizabeth is plunged into a bustling world of hipster cafes, open-air markets, and femmes fatales. The book also wittingly narrates how she fell in love with a Frenchman and her experiences acclimating to the world’s most romantic city, with a mix of bloody sausage and pains aux chocolate. From gutting her first fish to discovering the French take on Death by Chocolate, she discovers that learning how to cook and building a new life have so much in common.

What book would you take on a luxury holiday? Or, what book screams of a luxury holiday that you could only dream of taking?

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