5. St Tropez, France
Imagine if you will, looking out at a sparkling-blue ocean as you sip champagne and your toes curl around tiny pebbles of white, delicate sand. Add to this a hip young wait staff ready to cater to your every whim while you stare at an impossibly large yacht floating regally on the horizon… no, it’s not a dream, just a typical summer day in St.Tropez. Since the mythical days of screen siren Bridget Bardot, international playboys and girls have flocked to this tiny resort town to experience lavish dinner parties, plush lounge bars and hush-hush after hours hijinks.
4. Bali, Indonesia
On the beautiful island of Bali, visitors have the pleasure of experiencing the best of both worlds: idyllic lotus flower-filled scenery by day and heart-thumping dance parties by night. Blessed with some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes, beaches and volcanic hillsides, Bali has truly earned its famous nickname, Island of the Gods. Spend your time indulging in a world class spa treatment followed by a relaxing walk through miles of tranquil rice paddies. Then sleep. Sleep until it is time to venture out into the waiting arms of the perfect moonlit night.
3. Los Angeles, California
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They say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Well, in this health-conscious city — where plastic surgery by the age of 16 seems reasonable – it’s become a bit of an obsession to have all eyes thinking of you as the fairest of all. Despite the vanity and egomania running amok, Los Angeles remains a magic fantasy land for starry-eyed hopefuls waiting for their big break as well as the formidable playground for the deal-making millionaire execs. The “anything goes” nightlife attitude would tempt the saintliest of sinners and a late-night cruise down the Sunset Strip — immediately following your latest act of debauchery — is not to be missed. Scoff if you will and try to get away but the City of Angels (and devils) will always lure you back.
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It hardly seems fair to have so much beauty in one place. Rio de Janeiro’s impressive rainforests, majestic mountains, seductive samba AND sizzling-hot locals make it South America’s undisputed tropical paradise on earth. Although widely known for its outrageous Carnaval celebration in February, there is plenty to do year-round to keep your blood pumping. Hit the surf at Prainha, indulge in some sunbathing at the world-famous Copacabana beach, explore the multitude of outdoor cafés around the city or just dance, baby, dance!
1. Ibiza, Spain
Often competing with Koh Phangan for the title of best party island in the world, Ibiza’s undeniable Latin flavor easily puts it ahead in terms of sex-appeal. Sure, its reputation has been a bit tarnished in recent years amidst reports of over-crowding and noise pollution, but what remains true is that few places in the known universe offer such hedonistic pleasures as scantily-clad beach festivities followed by clothes-drenching (yet curiously appealing) foam parties as the world’s best DJs take center stage right in front of you. Its infamous reputation dates back to the 1960’s when Hippies made it their own Mecca of easy-living pleasures. It has now transformed into the world’s premier party venue. Not recommended for the weak or weary as Ibiza promises to take revelers to the absolute extreme…and make them like it.