I love Friday’s and getting to see what is happening in the World of Luxury, it keeps me inspired to keep pushing myself and styling my clients holidays to their exact liking.
The new sophisticated traveller is rejecting ‘vanilla’ trips to well-known destinations infavour of Yangtze River cruises, holidays on the Galapagos Islands and high-end safaris. Customers are increasingly sourcing exclusive experiences, like adventures to the South Pole and other unexplored locations; but make no mistake – there is to be no stinting on quality, no matter how remote the destination is. In fact, the variety of options available in the lux travel market these days is serving only to push client’s expectations even higher.
New experiences include such things as culinary classes hosted by Michelin- starred chefs, VIP shopping trips and exclusive access to high-end social events.
ZANZIBAR LUXE FOR LESS
New special offers at Zanzibar’s most luxurious resort and spa are bound to attract attention. The Arabian influenced Baraza Resort & Spa, built to resemble an ancient Sultan’s palace, is offering 10% discounts for bookings made six months in advance. Other deals include a free night if you pay for three in a Garden View Villa, and a free night for six-night bookings.
Luxe India, is planning a new trip exploring India through its cuisine. Luxe India’s tour
is led by a noted food enthusiast who gastronomically unravels both history and culture behind the traditional cuisines.
South east coast of Vietnam, Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa is promoting local cuisine through cookery lessons with the hotel’s chef plus cheese and wine pairings.
Chateau de Mercues in France sits a Relais & Chateaux castle offering wine tours beginning on the terrace of the medieval castle.
In South America, Aqua Expeditions is blending cruising with culinary Peruvian delights.
And in Europe, Plenia Spain is offering a four-day Asturian experience sampling local cider, pungent cheese, regional seafood and visits to the region’s most acclaimed restaurants.
Poseidon Arctic Voyages operate the only icebreaker expedition cruises to Franz Josef Land archipelago, the closest land to the North Pole as well as being instrumental in opening up Russia’s unexplored Arctic territories. The UK company ran its first North Pole icebreaker expeditioncruise in 2001, before developing the unique and spectacular Transpolar Bridge route from Murmansk to Pevek. Passengers from all over the world often see polar bears and walruses close up and if lucky, polar foxes and whales.
KIDS ON SAFARI
Deep in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa an old farmhouse has been transformed to become the Morukuru Family’s newest luxury accommodation. Morukuru Family now offers three stunning accommodation options and is the worthy winner of a TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence plus a 2011 World Luxury Hotels award. Known for its exciting game drives and exquisite food, Morukuru is also ideal for children, with a range of exciting activities including fishing, bush explorations and BBQs. Kids receive a backpack full of educational and entertaining goodies and a nanny service is also available.
VIETNAMS GRAND TOURISM OPENING
The largest tourism complex in Vietnam is opening its doors early next year. MGM Grand Ho Tram is an integrated luxury five-star resort and entertainment destination, the first component of a multi- site property. The first phase includes 541 luxury guest rooms and suites, a luxury spa, nine restaurants, four bars and lounges, a retail shopping area plus conference and convention centre. The second phase will result in a new tower housing 549 new guest rooms.
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