How to Travel Like You’re In ‘The White Lotus’

Where to take your next dream vacation

Have you ever binged your favorite TV series, staring longingly at those jaw-dropping destinations that seem like a green screen but are, against all odds, real? I feel that way watching Succession — their boats, and their beach vacations. Even when they’re in New York, it looks nothing like the gritty New York City I know (and, despite, love). I also feel it watching White Lotus, a show predicated on the premise that the rich go on enviable vacations and dress badly in lush landscapes.

But at least that’s fiction. To me, those places might as well be Barbieland. That’s how unreal they feel. But suddenly, I feel the same phenomenon as I scroll through social media, catching a glimpse of my favorite celebs sipping cocktails on a beach that looks plucked from paradise. It’s Dua Lipa’s constant vacation. It’s the Kardashians TV show showing off their trips. It’s even influencers like Alix Earle attending brand trips around the world — remember the Tarte trip to Dubai?

Somehow, it seems everyone is going somewhere. Even random people I went to high school with or acquaintances I met through work are posting their lavish vacations. So I’ve decided that next year, it will finally be my time to ditch the popcorn and make the thing I’ve seen on screen a reality. Will you join me?

Picture yourself strolling through the iconic locations you’ve relegated to fiction (just with free high speed internet wifi). Think the glamor of Monaco from "Emily in Paris," the lush landscapes of New Zealand where "Lord of the Rings" was shot, or the majestic allure of Croatia, a favorite of "Game of Thrones." Hell, you can even go on the same vacation that Harry Styles dumped Taylor Swift on — hopefully with better romantic luck — or stay at the same Hotel Cap du Eden Roc where Sofia Richie became Sofia Richie-Grainge.

Why settle for armchair envy when you can travel like your favorite A-listers and make your Instagram followers collectively gasp?

From exclusive retreats nestled in remote corners of the world to lavish hotels that redefine indulgence, we're ready to be your guide through the realms of upscale travel. So pack your chicest wardrobe and get set to elevate your travel game. And one of the hottest destinations you can snap pics of is a Belmond Hotel. A global chain that’s home away from home for celebs and the elite, luxury travel starts at Belmond. And here are the places you should put on your bucket list.

Best Belmond Hotels for Your Bucketlist:

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, Sicily

In White Lotus, they shoot Season 2 at a Four Season in Taormina. The same neighborhood as this Belmond gem. Perched on a hilltop with views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, this hotel exudes Sicilian charm. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo boasts an unrivaled location overlooking the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina. Its terraced gardens offer a serene retreat amidst vibrant bougainvillea and citrus trees. Dine al fresco at the Literary Terrace and savor Sicilian delicacies while being captivated by the breathtaking panorama.

Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy

Another Italian dream filled with euphoric property amenities. Portofino is beloved by celebrities — and famously the wedding location of Kourtney Kardashian. Heralded as one of the most glamorous hotels on the Italian Riviera, this enchanting retreat captivates with its timeless allure. The allure of Portofino beckons travelers seeking elegance, and Belmond Hotel Splendido stands as the epitome of sophistication. Overlooking the captivating harbor, this iconic gem offers a quintessentially Italian experience. Savor exquisite Ligurian cuisine at the La Terrazza restaurant while taking in the mesmerizing views of the picturesque Portofino Bay.

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca, Spain

This one is at the top of my personal bucket list. I dream of playing tennis on these courts and swimming in this pool — just look at my vision board for proof. Set against the backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains, this retreat exudes Mediterranean charm. Belmond La Residencia captivates with its rustic allure and artistic ambiance. Surrounded by olive groves and citrus orchards, this haven of tranquility boasts art galleries showcasing local talent. Embark on a cultural journey through the Artist in Residence program, or unwind with bespoke spa treatments amidst fragrant gardens and mountain vistas.

Belmond Hotel Rosewood, Santa Barbara

I’ve wanted to come here since Kaia Gerber and Jacob Elordi were spotted here on a date by DeuxMoi. While they’re both in different relationships, my desire to visit still remains. Nestled in the heart of the American Riviera, Belmond Hotel Rosewood is a coastal haven that embodies the essence of laid-back luxury. Set against the panoramic backdrop of Santa Barbara's stunning coastline, this retreat combines Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with modern elegance. Each room and suite exudes a timeless charm, featuring bespoke furnishings and breathtaking views of either the Pacific Ocean or the lush gardens.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

I love South Africa, from Johannesburg to Cape Town. But next time I go, I want to spend at least a night at this incredible hotel. Mostly because it’s pink! Perched at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is an oasis of sophistication and historical grandeur. With its distinctive pink hue and sprawling gardens, this iconic property radiates elegance and charm. Indulge in a sensory journey through the hotel's culinary offerings, from delectable afternoon teas in the historic lounge to gourmet dining experiences that celebrate South Africa's diverse flavors. The hotel's spa also offers a range of wellness treatments inspired by indigenous botanicals, promising a serene escape for mind, body, and soul.

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende

I want my love affair with Mexico to continue here. While I am fiending to return to CDMX, San Miguel Allende is hailed as one of the most peaceful and beautiful cities in the world. This Belmond location was also recently voted one of the best hotels by travelers. Nestled in the captivating town of San Miguel de Allende, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is a luxurious retreat exuding colonial charm and contemporary sophistication. Set amidst cobblestone streets and historic architecture, this boutique hotel embodies the rich cultural tapestry of Mexico.

Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Set against the backdrop of the vibrant Copacabana Beach, this iconic hotel blends old-world glamour with contemporary luxury. A haven of elegance in Rio de Janeiro, Belmond Copacabana Palace exudes a timeless charm that has attracted luminaries and celebrities for decades. Its majestic pool, surrounded by tropical gardens, offers respite from the city's vibrant energy. Indulge in gastronomic delights at the award-winning Cipriani Restaurant or sip cocktails at the renowned Pérgula Bar.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

A sanctuary at the foot of the mystical Machu Picchu, offers a serene escape amidst ancient ruins .For the intrepid traveler seeking both luxury and adventure, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers unrivaled access to the awe-inspiring Incan citadel. Be among the privileged few to witness the sunrise over Machu Picchu before embarking on a journey of discovery through these ancient ruins. Retreat to the hotel's lush gardens and savor Andean cuisine as the majestic peaks embrace you.


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