A guide to luxury living

Perhaps you’ve recently won big on the Lotto. Or maybe you’ve just been putting aside your hard earned cash in the hope of spoiling yourself a little. Either way, like most of us, you’re yearning for a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and now wondering how best to treat yourself to a taste of luxury.

Those with more money than, perhaps, sense are accustomed to a way of life that would blow the minds of us mere mortals. But we needn’t be minted to enjoy a portion of what they are able to take for granted every now and then. So, if you’re looking to flash a bit of cash and wondering how best to spend it, here are some of the best ways to indulge yourself in some luxury living.

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Smoke a cigar

Cigars are a well-known hallmark of an affluent lifestyle and are the ultimate in relaxation for the likes of A-List celebrities, with Hollywood favourites Bruce Willis and Michael Douglas known to be huge fans. But even among cigars there is a hierarchy, with the most expensive brands setting you back in the region of a cool £100,000 or more. For those of us not quite able to justify letting that much money go up in smoke, there are plenty on the market to choose from, with something to suit every pocket.

A home to be proud of

At home is where the majority of us spend most of our time, so where better to instil a little decadence? If you’ve got some money to invest in your property, why not treat yourself to a brand new luxury kitchen, bedroom or bathroom? Coming home at the end of a hard day to your own haven is a wonderful feeling, and being able to keep up with the Joneses is always something to put a smile on your face.

Enjoy an afternoon tea

A pot of Earl Grey, some cucumber sandwiches and, of course, a host of delicious scones, served up on the finest china – It all looks too beautiful to eat…well, almost. An afternoon tea, perhaps at the Ritz or the Savoy, is surely one of the most luxurious experiences.

Be chauffeured around for the day

Forget driving, and definitely forget hot and smelly public transport. You’re far too posh for that today. Hire a limo and be transported in style. When you’re tired and ready to retire to one’s bed, simply shout “Home James” and let your chauffeur lead the way.

Book an extravagant holiday

A trip to Dubai is a must for anyone wishing to experience the height in wealth and opulence in one country. Stay in the Burj Al Arab, the world’s first 7 star hotel, and prepare to max out your credit card with some serious shopping at one of the many and splendid malls. Cheap this country ain’t. Lavish, spectacular and breath-taking is most certainly is.

Visit a spa

We all need to take some ‘me time’ every once in a while, to relax and re-energise. Arrange a day at a spa, book a massage or a facial, and let someone attend to your every whim. You’ll come out feeling like a whole new person.

Dine on the finest in food and drink

You only live once, so if you have the money, make sure you get to sample some of the world’s most exquisite culinary delights. Beluga caviar, white truffles, foie gras – take a trip to Fortnum and Mason or Selfridges Food Hall for your next big shop! Be sure to get in some Cristal to help all that wonderful food go down in style.

So, whether we’re on the wages of Richard Branson or would just like to pretend to be for the day, a little luxury does us all the world of good every once in a while. So go on, splash out a bit and see how the other half live.

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