Finding the best in luxury can be a daunting task, which is why we've taken it on for you. Here you'll find an eclectic list of superior products, people and places - the best of luxury living. From the world's best beaches to top of the line fragrances, home appliances and glorious runway models, we have compiled our favorites to share with you. On each list you will find brands that have stood the test of time, names that have gained notoriety through elegant design and exquisite quality; as well as some worthy new additions we know you'll love. Welcome to the The Best Of, a guide for the discerning client with refined taste. 

Angra dos Reis, Costa Verde

width=169One of the most untouched beaches in Brazil, Angra dos Reis in Costa Verde offers spectacular scenery and tons of privacy. Here, the tropical rainforest merges with the Atlantic, peppering the coast with thick palm trees, providing pockets of secluded beach along the 175 miles of golden coastline. This is the kind of beach where you can have your own litAnd when in Rome...or the Dominican Republic in this case, Las Terrenas Beach is a must on the itinerary. Also nearby you will find the popular Playa Bonita and Playa Las Balleras.

Las Terrerias

width=170And when in Rome...or the Dominican Republic in this case, Las Terrenas Beach is a must on the itinerary. Accessed only by one of two mountain roads, Las Terrenas provides a scenic and superlative exploration influenced by Mediterranean lifestyle. Also nearby you will find the popular Playa Bonita and Playa Las Balleras.tle piece of paradise.

Punta Cana

width=170This area is made up almost completely of large all-inclusive resorts populated mostly by couples or families. Some resorts in the area cater to sports-minded people, others are couples only. But most resorts focus on family entertainment. The exception is spring break time when groups of university students fly down from Canada and the U.S. The better hotels for this crowd are the larger complexes, where night time entertainment is more lively. The Punta Cana destination is made up of the areas (going from south to north) of Cap Cana (Juanillo), Punta Cana, Cabeza de Toro, Bavaro, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Macao and Uvero Alto. 

Vaagali Island, Maldives

width=198What could be sexier than a beach surrounded entirely by crystal clear, blue water? The Maldives, an island clustered with thousands of tropical isles, is known for its premier diving, coral reefs and bespoke resorts. With nothing but the vast Indian Ocean in the distance, Vaagali Island is the perfect locale for any exotic holiday. 

Baie Longue, St. Martin

width=169A favorite spot for the rich and famous, Baie Longue, or Long Bay, is a quiet and romantic beach in French St. Martin. Long Bay, interchangeably called Long Beach, is named for it's endless stretch of white sand and crystal waters. Perched above the beach, multi-million homes overlook the ocean, far enough away to maintain a very private and secluded atmosphere for sun worshipers below.

Platja d'en Bossa, Ibiza

width=170Believe it or not, Ibiza's Playa d'en Bossa is known for much more than drawing swarms of springbreakers each year. As the longest beach on the island, Playa d'en Bossa offers a myriad of family entertainment and its choppy swell makes for a lively day in the water. However, if your intentions are to experience the wild side of Ibiza's nightlife circuit, your best bet is to make your travel plans for mid-June through the end of September. What's more, you can achieve a golden glow without any unsightly tan lines as Playa d'en Bossa is known for being a topless beach.

Rincon Beach, Puerto Rico


Add a dash of spice and head south of the equator to Puerto Rico's Rincon Beach. With a climate comparable to that of Miami, Rincon Beach boasts rolling green hills, which overlook glistening gold beaches. Whether your first language is English or Spanish - which are both widely spoken- there's no denying Rincon Beach is muy caliente.

Ipanema Beach

width=170Keeping with the Latin vibe, Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro is a longtime favorite with its less-than-bashful bikini-clad beachcombers. Many travelers flock to Brazil's Cococabana Beach; however if you're looking for something a little more upscale, the world-renowned Ipanema Beach is definitely the way to go. When it comes to acceptance of one's sexual orientation, Ipanema Beach is considered more liberal than most and has consequently been dubbed the gay beach.


Seychelles, La Digue

It is no surprise that the African Seychelles have earned a spot in the top three, but it is the island of La Digue, which grabs our attention. La Digue is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles and is considered by many to be the most beautiful with its exotic vegetation, sparkling sands, and turquoise tide.

Bondi, Australia

width=170Whoever said going down under refers strictly to kangaroos and wallabies has surely never been to Australia's Bondi Beach. With its larger-than-life waves, Bondi Beach attracts throngs of sexy surfers from near and far. Next time you're in the outback expand your horizons and venture on down to Sydney's world-renowned Bondi Beach.

Shoal Bay West, Anguilla

width=170For a more intimate escape, Shoal Bay West, situated next to Anguilla's Maunday Bay, offers a private beach fringed with palms and blanketed with exotic shells. The white sandy beaches are an invitation to many professional photographers and their models.