Relaxing in style has never been easier with these luxury holiday rentals in the UK and beyond

If your goal is to achieve a worry-free holiday is plush surroundings, look no further than these beautiful holiday destinations.Whether it's in the UK or around the world, we've got the best ideas to help you kick up your heels and kick back in luxury.

Find exciting options for luxury holiday rentals in the tropics

Fancy hiking up one of the tallest peaks in the Caribbean or rolling out of bed almost straight into the ocean? Couple those two ideas with some world class pampering and you may have found your next holiday rental.

Stylish holiday homes in Saint Lucia – upscale and exclusive.

Located in the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia is a popular destination for sun seekers, hikers and snorkellers alike. One of the most popular hiking trails takes you through a rainforest to the summit of Mount Gimie where you're afforded breathtaking views of the island. Snorkellers will find some of the best diving in the Caribbean in the waters and reefs near the nation's idyllic capital, Castries. Another must is the island's main dish, fried cod and bananas, known locally as Green Fig and Salt Fish

Holiday cottages in the Maldives that are surrounded by water, literally

The Maldives are made up of nearly 2,000 islands in the Indian Ocean. A 100 percent Muslim nation, privately owned islands are the only place where alcohol and pork are served. In short, you don't go to the Maldives with an agenda, you go to relax. Most private islands offer holiday rentals that stand on pilings situated in the middle of the ocean. Snorkelling is among the best in the world and the cuisine has Indian, African and French influences, with the national dish being Garudhiya, a fish broth made from tuna and served over rice.

Fewer crowds and a better price tag for luxury holiday destinations in October

Most people might argue that you can't put a price tag on luxury, but that doesn't mean you don't always have to pay full price for it. So, if you're looking for an upscale getaway at mid-range prices, try booking these holidays in October.

Villa rentals in Dubai are the height of luxury

The crown jewel of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is known for its lavish dedication to luxury. Boasting the only 7 star hotel in the world, Dubai also has the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The Dubai Mall features dozens of ultra high-end retailers, as well as the indoor ski slope of Ski Dubai. Restaurant options are varied and numerous with Michelin star offerings in abundance.

Enjoy the laid back vibe of a holiday rental in Mauritius

At 500 miles off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is known for its powder white beaches like those found at Grand Baie and Le Morne. It's also a worldwide destination for kitesurfing which is the unofficial national pastime. You can take kitesurfing lessons and rent gear at numerous spots, including Rodrigues Beach and La Gaulette Beach. The island also has a reputation for its thriving nightlife scene with world renowned DJs and exclusive VIP lists, especially at clubs in the Riviere du Rempart District of Port Louis, the nation's capital.

If you don't want to travel too far afield try these UK luxury holiday destinations

Wanting to stick a little closer to home? Take a spa day in the Lake Country or treat yourself to a great restaurant experience in London.

Explore the Lake District from a holiday cottage

Thousands of years of history and breathtaking natural beauty make the Lake District one of the most popular getaway spots in the UK. Literary pilgrims can tour the homes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, while foodies will find an abundance of restaurants offering everything from Thai and Italian to traditional or modern English fare. It's also a haven for those in need of a bit of pampering with dozens of upscale spas dotting the landscape around Lake Windermere. Speaking of Windermere, don't pass on the opportunity to take a cruise of the lake with several boats departing daily from the town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Find truly unique holiday lettings in London

Sophisticated palates, meet London. No city caters to luxury better and no location screams upscale more than central London's refined neighbourhoods. Bordering leafy Hyde Park, Mayfair is known for its elegant Georgian townhouses, posh hotels and award-winning restaurants, as well as the world-famous bespoke tailors on Savile Row. On the other side of the park, Kensington offers The Royal Albert Hall and shopping at Harrods. If a night at the theater is your cup of tea, head to London's bustling West End. While it's almost impossible to narrow down a section of the city for fine dining, you might want to check out Soho. Once known for its bohemians and hippies, the district is now home to a whole range of trendy eateries and bars that cover all tastes.