Great Places to Travel: Where the 1% Play

  • Diplomat Beach Resort and Spa Infinity pool

    Top Travel Experiences for Wealthy Vacationers

    One-percenters, according to The Washington Post, are defined as those earning over $516,000. So where do they find relaxation? See where our Local Experts would send you on your search for a getaway worthy of the wealthy.
    South Florida is a re-emerging hotspot with new high-end properties and multi-million dollar renos like The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood which is leading the charge on the bustling strip running north from Miami Beach - itself a haven of new hotels and upscale hotel restaurants like Beachcraft at 1 hotel and the asian fusion of Pao at Faena.
    Golfers looking for high-end experiences head north to Omni Amelia Island and the Marriott Sawgrass where you can work on your game with a caddy.
    Nova Scotia's seaside to play Cabot Links and the Fox Harb'r Golf and Spa Resort - where Tiger Woods still holds the course record of 63. Guests can land at Fox Harb'r's private airstrip, dock at the marina or charter a van or flight at the Halifax International Airport. Visitors can then fly, drive or sail from here to Cabot Links in Cape Breton to play their two championship courses.
     

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • Diplomat's ultra-cool pool

    Diplomat Beach Resort and Spa

    A 100-million-dollar renovation means all 1000 rooms here have been re-modeled in a warm, contemporary palette – a pleasing blend of upscale with casual. Guests have a choice between rooms facing east with beautiful views of the sunrise over the Atlantic or facing west with a fantastic view of sunsets over the Intracoastal waterway. The corner suites have 180 degree views of both.
    These upgrades position the Diplomat Beach Resort and Spa at the top of upscale resort destinations in South Florida. Situated on the beach between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal waterway in Hollywood, The Diplomat is a new member of the Curio Collection, a select group of hotels under the Hilton name.
    New Features:
    The hotel’s main lobby has been re-imagined and new restaurants, Point Royal from celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Monkitail have been added, complementing the existing restaurants: Diplomat Prime, Diplomat Cafe, Portico and Bristol’s Burgers. The beachfront patio cafe Splash has been re-branded as Playa with a revised menu.

    Where to Eat

    Whether you’re staying at the Diplomat or just come for a meal, you have great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Featuring both steak and seafood, Diplomat Prime is perfect for a special occasion. Stone crabs, found only on Florida’s gulf coast, make a great appetizer. Two large claws, perfectly cracked, arrive at the table. Eating them is 100 percent satisfaction, zero effort. Tip: Florida stone crabs are only in season from October to May.  A in-house, dry-aged wagyu striploin paired with lobster makes a great surf and turf combination. Sides of truffle whipped potatoes and asparagus complete the entrees.  The attentive waiters offer excellent suggestions for wine pairings.
    When was the last time you found pomegranates on your breakfast buffet? The Diplomat Cafe has an amazing variety of buffet choices and a custom omelet chef. Place your choice of ingredients in a bowl and the chef will magically create one of the best omelets you have ever tasted. Tip: if you’re not that hungry, ask for a one or two-egg omelet.
    Parked outside Bristol’s Burgers is the same huge smoker you’d find at a roadside bbq joint on the gulf coast. All meat at Bristol’s is smoked for six hours. The smoked boneless rib sandwich is pink and tender and paired with an excellent jalapeno coleslaw. For a healthy option, choose the fresh veggies instead of the Florida fries, a spin on the French Canadian classic, poutine.
    Fans of alfresco dining will love Portico. Watch the boats go by on the intracoastal waterway while enjoying a chianti and a tasty thin crust pizza. The meatball appetizer and smoked prosciutto and arugula pizza are cooked perfectly in a wood-fired oven.
    SPA SERVICES
    Signature massages from the Diplomat Spa  include a new bamboo treatment that uses warmed bamboo to penetrate deep into tissues and increase circulation.  Any massage from the menu at the Diplomat Spa is available for couples.

    Photo courtesy of John Cameron

  • A perfect tee shot on Hole 2 @Cabot Cliffs, Nova Scotia

    Golfing at Cabot Cliffs, Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia's other premier golf destination, Cabot Links and sister course, Cabot Cliffs offer more ocean front holes. In order to fully appreciate these true links, golfers must walk, though pull carts are allowed (as are motorized ones with a medical certificate).
     
    A clever arrangement of comfy outdoor furniture on the Cabot Cliffs course serves as the 19th hole offering dramatic ocean views and a chance to watch golfers coming in on the 18th. Indoor eating happens adjacent the 18th of the Cabot Links course a few minutes away via complimentary shuttle at the Panorama Dining Room or, for more casual fare, the Cabot Bar and the Cabot Public House. All of these are within a few minutes' walk or shuttle ride from the contemporary, open-concept rooms, beach cottages and golf villas situated on the course with ocean views which can be purchased or reserved at 1-855-652-2268.

    Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

  • Golfing on the Atlantic Ocean at Fox Harb'r Golf Resort and Spa, Nova Scotia

    Fox Harb'r Golf Resort and Spa, Nova Scotia

    Along with a Graham Cooke-designed championship golf course, there's the ocean-side par 3 - perfect for a practice round with the kids.  A dip in the junior olympic-size infinity pool or mineral baths relieves golf-weary muscles in preparation for a round of skeet shooting. Call 1.866.257.1801 to rent or buy these luxury villas with ocean and golf course views.
    Fox Harb'r, Canada's premier ocean front golf and spa resort, prides itself on "luxury without pretension". Conceived by Ron Joyce of Tim Horton's Coffee fame, who grew up in nearby Tatamagouche, Fox Harb'r features the best of regional products. Joyce is keeping it local by using produce in his restaurant and pub that has been grown on site. As might be expected, fresh Nova Scotia lobster figures prominently on the creative menu by Chef Shane Robilliard as does the trout from the normally catch and release pond. To accompany dinner, guests can choose a varietal from the resort's Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" wine list. 
     

    Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

  • Meeting hot singles in Tampa means getting a little sweaty

    Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard

    One of the benefits of having the country's longest continuous sidewalk is the free exercise and wonderful views of the bay that it provides. The fact that Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard winds through the city's most affluent neighborhood means that the elite use this civic treasure the most. Whether you jog, ride a bike, or walk a dog, you're bound to "bump into" someone interesting. To cover all of your bases after your run, head to Blue Martini for the hippest happy hour in town. 
    -Scott Sterling

    Photo courtesy of Gordon Tarpley

  • Old world luxury at country inn Skovshoved north of Copenhagen

    Denmark's Skovshoved Hotel Bar

    Mary Donaldson met her Danish prince at Sydney’s Olympic Games, but a more likely place to meet wealthy singles is along Denmark's Øresund coast, known locally as the “Whisky Belt” for its affluent residents and their jetset lifestyles, and boasting country hotels, gourmet restaurants, exclusive yacht clubs and the Marielyst Casino. Skovshoved attracts the wealthy boating crowd and its 17th-century Skovshoved Hotel has been nominated as one of the world’s best small hotels by both Conde Nast and International Living. The gourmet restaurant comes Michelin-recommended and its grand banqueting hall hosts high-end business arrangements and even grander weddings. 
    -Jane Graham

    Photo courtesy of Skovshoved Hotel

  • Charitable galas, such as the Telfair Museums' annual ball, are the perfect place to meet Savannah's most affluent singles.

    Savannah Galas or Pinkie Master's Lounge

    If meeting a well-heeled Southerner is on your bucket list, then head to Pinkie Master’s Lounge, a hole-in-the-wall bar that draws a steady crowd of Savannah natives (think old money prep school types) and young professionals (think newly minted doctors and lawyers). For something a little more upscale, plan to attend one of the dozens of fundraising galas held each year by Savannah’s nonprofits. You may be paying up to $100 a head to gain admission to these exclusive events, but you’ll be hobnobbing with Savannah’s wealthiest and most generous singles and doing a good deed in the process.
    -Amy Pine

    Photo courtesy of Telfair Museums

  • Rub Shoulders with Rome's Rich Singles at Duke's in Parioli

    Rome's Parioli Neighborhood

    If you've ever wondered where Rome's per bene (rich) crowd is, look no further than Parioli. This posh neighborhood is where the Eternal City's affluent and elite live and play. On any given weekend, you'll see luxury cars from Ferraris to Porsche Panameras lined up outside Duke's bar and restaurant.  The Californian-style restaurant is hip, chic and full of wealthy, beautiful singles. It's the perfect place for dinner or even sipping on fun, flirty cocktails.
    -Nicole Arriaga

    Photo courtesy of lale22

  • You never know if you're dancing with a millionaire at La Fonda on the Plaza.

    In Santa Fe, Boots & BucklesTell the Story

    The problem with meeting rich singles in Santa Fe, New Mexico is that the available wealthy enjoy the same places the not-so-wealthy enjoy, which also adds to the City Different's charm. But a few places to meet a loaded Mr. or Ms. Right are La Fonda on the Plaza's La Fiesta Lounge, where Santa Feans from all walks of life enjoy stiff libations and cowboy swing music. Dress is always western casual in Santa Fe, but you can get an idea of someone's bank account by checking out their boots and belt buckles. Of course a true Santa Fean will tell you true wealth is kept in the soul, but that won't pay the bills.
    -Steve Larese

    Photo courtesy of La Fonda on the Plaza

  • Even the affluent want to enjoy Denver's 300 days of sunshine each year by walking the 16th Street Mall

    Denver's Downtown has a Gold Lining

    Finding wealthy singles in the Mile High is like finding gold and silver in the mineral-rich Rockies – it can happen! Affluent singles work in energy, oil, engineering, even academia, and many are employed in the heart of downtown.  They power lunch at the Brown PalaceGrand Hyatt Denver, and Four Seasons Hotel Denver and enjoy Denver's 300 days of sunshine by walking downtown's mile-long 16th Street Mall, lined with restaurants, entertainment venues and shopping.  The nearby Denver Athletic Club is also a good bet (day passes available!).

     

    Photo courtesy of Crecelius and VISIT DENVER

  • Atlanta is hot  for wealthy singles

    Atlanta's Hot for Wealthy Singles

    In Atlanta, there are many places to pick up a hot single, but few where the wealthy troll for their their next piece of eye candy. The newly opened STK is a hot spot: sugar daddies come for pricey steak dinners, while the later crowd sips on cocktails and flirts with them in this sexy nightspot. If you are hot young man looking for a cougar, look no further than Johnny's Hideaway.
    -Malika Harricharan

    Photo courtesy of STK Atlanta

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