If money was no object, what would you do in your hometown? That’s the question we put to our Hometown Tourists. We wanted to know what you do when you have extra money to spoil yourself, or your ultimate self-indulgence if you won the lottery. Well… they’ve come back with some fantastic recommendations and we’ve selected a few of our favorites, in some of your favorite cities. From the feasible once-a-year splurge to the outrageously opulent, and everything in-between.
San Diego CA, USA:
Rent a poolside cabana for the week at Harrah’s Resort SoCal and book a La Jolla Suite in the newly built North Tower. The Oyster Bar there is fabulous, the casino is a blast and it’s also close to Temecula wine country.
Another splurge I dream about is a spa weekend at the world famous historic Hotel Del Coronado to enjoy the gorgeous beach and fine dining. I’d pair that with a yacht charter to take my family and friends out for drinks and sightseeing on the beautiful San Diego Bay.
Jack is a Croydon born writer who spends inordinate amounts of time in London’s bars and restaurants.
London, United Kingdom:
Book a night at Claridge’s Mayfair’s ‘Grand Piano Suite’ which will set you back about £8500. Why’s it cost so much? Partly because of the super premium Japanese Toto Toilet (it comes with ‘Tornado Flush!’). And partly because they can… this is Mayfair, after all. Then head to Gigi’s (in Mayfair) and grab yourself a £8,888 cocktail – this cocktail was designed for model Grace Jones – and I assume she had the budget to buy one
Don’t fancy that? Try The Royal Suite at The Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge for £18,000 a night. You get your own private butler and views over Hyde Park!
Katy is a lifelong Miami Resident who has always had a serious love affair with food.
Miami FL, USA:
I’d always try a new spa – but nothing ever compares to the experience at Lapis Sap at the Fontainebleau. It may be a little pricey, but it is completely worth it. From the second you enter the women’s locker room you feel like a queen. All the treatments are spectacular and leave you wanting more. After your treatment, you are given a pool pass so you can explore the Fontainebleau grounds, which is always packed with people. So grab a cocktail, a chair and take out your sunscreen to enjoy the beautiful day.
At the end of the day, head over to Prime 112 This place has delicious cuts of meat and the coolest part is that it’s the number one restaurant destination for many athletes and celebrities! If you are looking for a Miami restaurant where you are bound to run into Matthew McConaughey and Dwayne Wade on the same night then this is your spot.
Richard is a travel writer and blogger living in Bangkok. Keep up to date with his latest travel stories at Happy Asia.
Start the day with luxurious spa treatments at So Spa at the Sofitel Bangkok. There are all kinds of ultra-relaxing massage treatments available along with a heated indoor pool, sauna, and a Turkish steam bath.
Head over for afternoon tea at the Authors Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. They do a seriously opulent take on afternoon tea. The menu features dainty finger sandwiches, delicious scones, cakes and some of the world’s finest teas.
End the day with a late night dinner at Sirocco. It’s a rooftop restaurant situated on the 63rd floor of Lebua State Tower Hotel. The restaurant is consistently rated as one of the best places to dine out in the city and the views across Bangkok are pretty spectacular.
Mary Jo has called the greater Seattle area home for all of her life. She’s an avid traveler, and when not on a trip, she’s planning or researching the next one.
Seattle WA, USA:
Dinner at Canlis is one of the over-the-top experiences that everyone should enjoy. It takes planning, reservations (often far in advance), and the budget, but it’s worth it. Dinner would be followed by a stay at the Four Seasons Seattle. Request a view room overlooking the water. Have that last nightcap on the pool deck around the fire pit, bundle up and it’s enjoyable even in winter, and then sink into the luxurious comfort in your room.
The next morning head to Pike Place Market. It’s an easy walk from the hotel, grab a quick coffee at the original Starbuck’s location, and then follow up with brunch at Etta’s at the market.