Words by Anna Howard
You can never have too much of a good thing. After all isn’t that why we have sayings like ‘you only live once’ and ‘seize the day’? Spoiling yourself isn’t something you should feel guilty about - especially on holiday. It’s a reward for 48 weeks of work, routine and in many cases, sad desk lunches.
Whether you have a penchant for good food (and plenty of it) or just making the most of every minute of your well earned annual leave, here are five destinations that can cater to every overindulgent whim and desire.
Forever romantic, perennially popular Paris knows how to wine, dine and seduce visitors like no other destination. Overindulgence is practically the national pastime here, especially when it comes to food. Discerning diners have their pick of a culinary landscape studded with Michelin stars, cosy bistros and alluring sidewalk cafes.
Of course, a prix fix meal is a must, as are copious serves of cheese and baguettes, but to really channel your inner Parisian, indulge yourself in the afternoon ritual of le goûter. Where Britain has afternoon tea, Parisians use the hours between 4pm and 6pm to savour a selection of sweet treats with their cuppa. Think bready confections like brioche slathered with almond cream or dainty madelines and financiers. Up your overindulge by booking yourself into the chocolate spa journey at the ultra-luxe Four Seasons George V.
New York City
Rivalling Paris in its overindulgent splendour is none other than New York City. There’s nothing you can’t do here; whether you’re into culture, food, design, music, architecture or retail therapy. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Any overindulgent holiday begins with a 5-star sleep and luckily, New York City has a few up her sleeve.
Nowhere says timeless elegance like The Plaza, the centuries old hotel overlooking Central Park. The Plaza is a destination in its own right. Beyond the decadent suites (including children’s favourite the Eloise Suite), you can indulge in an afternoon tea at the Palm Court or surrender your senses at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa.
For somewhere a bit more modern, The Crosby Street Hotel in Soho is a boutique sanctuary with light-filled rooms, a rooftop terrace, gourmet fare and 24-hour state-of-the-art gym.
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Australia’s capital of cool needs no introduction anymore as crops of creatives have put the capital of the Apple Isle on the culinary map. The ultimate foodie day looks a little something like this: a light breakfast at Salamanca Markets (Saturdays); a post-breakfast doughnut from the guys at Small-fry (flavours like banoffee pie and cookies and cream); gourmet lunch provisions from The Provider for lunch; and an evening overlooking the water with a selection of modern share plates from newcomer, Aloft.
But it’s just not about the food; it’s about the producers and Tasmania is brimming with world-class providers just beyond the city limits. Discover cool climate drops at Coal River Valley wineries; the Bruny Island Food Trail and the Huon Valley, famed for its apples.
Macau is a place for those who like to live large. This vibrant city standing opposite Hong Kong draws revellers who are looking to splash some cash, from flirty flutters to serious high-stakes gambling. Macau and its spread of 33 gargantuan casinos had a combined revenue five times that of Las Vegas in 2013.
You won’t be out luck picking a floor space to suit you, from the luxury boutique interiors of the Wynn to the Venetian, complete with 540,000 square feet of gaming space and a family friendly vibe thanks to the Grand Canal Shoppes and gondola rides.
Save some of your travel budget (or winnings) for the shopping too. The Sands Cotai Centre is home to The Shoppes’, a glittering 600-store labyrinth of brand name flagship stores connecting the Venetian Sheraton and Cotail Central hotels. Think everything from high street Zara to the ultimate hallmark of luxury: Hermes.
Don your designer shades and head straight to Europe’s summer playground: the Amalfi Coast. This glittering coastline is revered for its dramatic hiking trails and cobalt blue seas lapping at picture-perfect pastel towns. And that’s just the eye candy.
Arguably the most famous of all towns on the Amalfi Coast is Postiano, characterised by its cascade of old facades and magenta bougainvillea lining the shore. There’s little in the way of cultural pursuits, but you can spend your days wandering the cobblestone closes and ducking in and out of unique artisan boutiques. Positano is also home to some world-class eateries; Buca Di Bacco is somewhat of an institution on the waterfront. Spend a lazy afternoon gorging on plates of fresh seafood, washed down with an Aperol spritz or two!