The holidays are right around the corner and some of you are still deciding where to spend this magical time of year. To help narrow down your decision, I’m going to share with you my favorite holiday travel destinations. These are some of the most beautiful places in the world with, of course, the best jewelry hangouts! In this jewelry holiday travel guide, you’ll discover places I’ve visited and absolutely fallen in love with. For each destination, I’ve put together a special, sparkly holiday travel essentials checklist just for you.
6 SPARKLY HOLIDAY TRAVEL IDEAS BY LIZA URLA:
My beloved London town is the first stop in my holiday travel guide. I’ve been proud to call this beautiful city my home for the past 16 years. At this time of year, when Christmas decorations festoon the city with all their bright cheer and promise of peace on earth, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the festive vibe. You’ll need an empty jewelry travel box for this journey because we’re heading down New Bond Street – the capital of luxury jewelry boutiques. We’ll drop into Harrods and Liberty of London to see their magnificent jewelry offerings for the season. If you’re more of an admirer than a jewelry collector, you’ll want to visit the jewelry room housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum. As one of the most comprehensive jewelry collections in the world, I could spend hours exploring its splendid displays. And afterward, it’s off to the Natural History Museum across the street for some skating on their beautiful ice rink.
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Henrietta Hotel is one of my favorite London boutique hotels. Nestled between two elegant Victorian townhouses on Henrietta St., the neoclassical grandeur of its interiors is just stunning. Downstairs in the bar, treat yourself to one of many fabulous cocktails by the local favorite Experimental Cocktail Club. Best of all, you’re just steps away from Covent Garden and a world of music, theatre, and culinary delights.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST: LONDON EDITION
The beautiful, historic city of Roma is one of the most popular holiday travel ideas for good reason. Tourists from all over the world flock here to bask in Roma’s mild climate, dine on its fine Italian cuisine, and visit a cornucopia of historical attractions. But we’re not ordinary travelers, we’re here for the jewels! (wink, wink!) Experience two of Roma’s most legendary contemporary Italian jewelry brands and make sure you take your jewelry travel pouch with you. You won’t want to return home without at least one piece from this talented family duo. You’ll fall in love with Bernard Delletrez avant-garde designs, just like I did when I first visited his Roma boutique. His daughter, Delfina Delettrez will surprise you with her modern minimalist jewels. Perfect for the 21st-century jewelry collector. Of course, you can’t miss the iconic Italian jewelry house of Bulgari, located on fashionable Via Dei Condotti overlooking the magnificent 18th Century Baroque Spanish steps, made famous by Audrey Hepburn and the movie Roman Holiday.
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Step into the boutique hotel of J.K. Place Roma (formerly home to the School of Architecture) on Via di Monte d’Oro, and experience luxurious modern Italian elegance, where clean modern lines mingle with life-size Roman marble sculptures and tasteful antique furnishings.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST: ROME EDITION
VOMMULI ISLAND, MALDIVES
If your dream is to dive into an ocean the color of paraiba tourmaline jewels, and you love to escape winter by soaking up the sun and living barefoot for a week, then the Maldives Islands are your ideal holiday travel destinations. One of the best holiday travel tips 2019 I can give you would be to pack your precious gemstone jewels in a jewelry travel case and take millions of photos! For the rest of the year, you’ll return again and again to these fabulous photos and precious memories of Maldives picturesque scenery. Excited? Then check out my tips for jet-setting with jewelry!
FAVORITE PLACE TO STAY:
Dive into luxurious atoll shopping at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Nestled between a tropical rainforest and white sandy beaches, the hotel is infused with Maldivian culture to make you feel right at home. It is also the place to find Ivar Jewelry, a fine jewelry brand from India whose outstanding, sensual gold designs will make your heart smile.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST: MALDIVES EDITION
BALI ISLAND, INDONESIA
Loving that island vibe? Then Bali should be one of the first-holiday travel ideas on your exotic destination list! I love this beautiful island and its calming, sacred energy. Its abundantly creative vegan cuisine will impress your palette, and feed your soul. Bali also offers an abundance of fine jewelry and some of the most recognizable names in fine design. The name Bulgari Resort Bali speaks for itself! Enjoy the ultimate tropical luxury experience with a private beach and the Indian ocean just steps away from the Bulgari’s Jewelry boutique. Discover my review of the Bulgari Resort Bali.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST: BALI EDITION
The last stop on my sparkly holiday travel guide takes us to gorgeous South America and the vibrant country of Brazil. Visit the beautiful beachfront fishing town of Trancoso just north of Rio, and experience a hippie getaway catering to A-list celebrities. With its laid back vibe and relaxed atmosphere, all your troubles will melt away in Trancoso. It is the perfect destination for understated luxury travel. Before you venture out on your next destination, follow my holiday safety tips and don’t travel with any fine jewelry. You don’t want your precious jewels attracting too much attention in the streets. So leave your gems at home and jump at the chance to experience some local Brazilian costume jewelry handmade by Pataxó Indians and other local artisans.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO STAY:
So many cool places to stay in Brazil, but UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa has to be one of the hottest destinations on your holiday travel guides. Its boho-chic design set inside 10 traditional seaside cases, captures the vital essence and heavenly spirit of the area. Villas de Trancoso is another place I couldn’t help but fall in love with. It’s an effortlessly chic oasis with everything you need for a perfect holiday getaway.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST: TRANCOSO EDITION
Thanks for stopping by! And what are your favorite holiday travel destinations? Share with me in the comments!
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