Elegance comes in many forms - and that's particularly true when it comes to vacation destinations. From getting back to nature to discovering ancient cultures to indulging in a few designer stores, there's no shortage of ways or places to enjoy an elegant summer vacation.
Dubai is a shopper's paradise, with an abundance of multi-storey malls full to the brim with everything you could imagine. Many visitors are enthralled by the busy nightlife and the futuristic cityscape, but anyone who's looking for a more relaxing summer vacation can try out the manmade island just off the coast.
The fashion capital of the world, cities don't come more stylish than Milan. This Italian city is small but makes up for its quantity with quality. Beautiful buildings, designer shops and plenty of cafés to dine at al fresco make Milan a chic holiday destination for anyone looking for a city break.
Ubud in Bali, Indonesia
The coast of Bali has garnered a reputation as a backpacker's haven, but the upland town of Ubud offers something else entirely. Breathtaking rainforests and rice paddies surround the area with green, while an abundance of temples and shrines capture the hearts of culture-seekers.
A classic elegant vacation destination, but with good reason. Whether you choose to hit the hot-spots with a whirlwind tour of the Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomph and, of course, The Louvre, or take it easy with a relaxed weekend of listening to jazz in downtown Montmatre, there's no end of ways to discover Paris.
This Caribbean coastal town is fast gaining popularity, and with good reason. The old center is a UNESCO protected site thanks to its colorful colonial buildings that make Instagram dreams come true. Year-round heat and easy access to the nearby Rosario Islands make it great for beach lovers as well as the city explorers looking for an elegant summer vacation.
Dip your toes in history at the home of one of the world's most famous Roman baths. Take an audio tour of the building or opt for utter luxury with a stay in the five-star spa. The town itself is a pleasure to walk around, full of quaint cobbled streets lined with cafés and restaurants in beautifully preserved buildings.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Between the sky-scraping Petronas Twin Towers, the awe-inspiring Batu Cave and the buzzing atmosphere of Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur ticks all the boxes for an elegant summer vacation. The country's mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences mean the culture is rich and the food is richer.
A former part of and now neighbor to Malaysia, Singapore shares Kuala Lumpur's ultra-modern feel and takes it to the extreme. From a manmade island with a theme park at the center to the sustainable masterpiece Gardens by the Bay, these city planners have thought of everything.
This enchanting city in Switzerland looks like it could have been transported straight from a fairytale. The medieval architecture clusters around the world-famous Lake Lucerne, which is crossed by a Hogwarts-esque wooden bridge. And if that's not enough to persuade you, the entire city is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
The Hamptons in Long Island, USA
Long known as the choice getaway for the rich and famous, The Hamptons is perfect elegant summer vacation destination for New Yorkers who are seeking an escape from city life. Spend an afternoon soaking up sun on the beach, before hopping across to the east side to visit designer boutiques and five-star restaurants.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Consistently voted the location with the best beaches in the world, this beautiful Caribbean island is a picturesque summer holiday destination. Luxury resorts line the beach, where you'll find white sand and clear blue waters, and many dive companies take adventurous tourists out to the diverse reefs just off the coast.
Reunion Island, French Department
Located just off the coast of mainland Africa, this stunning island remains fairly undiscovered to date. Thick rainforests, diverse coral reefs, volcanoes are all waiting to be explored on this remote island, without the crowds of tourists encountered in more popular destinations.
This capital city sits right on the harbor, and is rich with green space in a way that makes it easy to escape from city life without ever leaving the borders. There are plenty of chic cafés from which to watch the world go by, and contemporary art museums are sure to capture the imaginations of culture-seekers.
The capital of all things trendy, Copenhagen is a world of artisan coffee, vegan brunches and modern art. Denmark consistently tops world happiness lists, and this city makes it easy to see why. Devotion to hygge - that is, a cosy way of life, makes it a great place to relax and unwind while enjoying all the benefits of a modern city.
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
For adventurers who like to get off the beaten track, a visit to Virunga National Park presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see mountain gorillas in the wild. Celebrities such as Dax Shepherd and Kirsten Bell have visited in the past, and continue to support the foundation that organizes treks. This experience is only for the bold of heart but it's one you're guaranteed to never forget.
Denver, United States
This often overlooked city is in the beautiful state of Colorado, which is the perfect place for keen hikers to go exploring. The city is a great base for outdoor adventures, and offers plenty of bars and restaurants to unwind in at the end of a long day to round off your elegant summer vacation.
The gateway to one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, Cuzco is a city that should be on every bucket list. As well as the famous Inca ruins, there are beautiful city streets to be explored full of colonial architecture, and the Andes mountains are in clear view.
The Yasawas, Fiji
There's plenty of beautiful islands to choose from in Fiji for an elegant summer vacation, but The Yasawas should definitely be on your list. The white sand beaches are their own little paradise away from the busier backpacker islands, and the diving is particularly spectacular.
The artists' city of choice in Australia, Melbourne is abuzz with culture. Art exhibitions, theater shows and street festivals are a regular occurrence, and there's no end of stylish cafés and restaurants. With the Great Ocean Road within easy reach, it's also a great place for nature lovers to make their first stop.
The beautiful streets of Barcelona have graced many an Instagram page - particularly the famous La Rambla Barcelona and Passeig de Grácia. The former is the bustling street where many of the city's restaurants, shops and bars are gathered, while the latter is home to strikingly unusual architecture.
Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
This island is one of the cluster that make up the beautiful Maldives. Its vacation apartments that stand on stilts in the sea make the perfect romantic getaway, and even more spectacular are the bio-luminescent plankton that light up the Sea of Stars at night.
Whether you're an adventurer, an urban explorer or a beach lounger, there are destinations to suit every elegant summer vacation.