For many affluent families, a luxury holiday means rest and relaxation in a tropical paradise, or a frosty adventure visiting a ski resort. If you’re ready to step away from your challenging job for a unique and unforgettable getaway, here are five new lavish travel trends that you should know about.
Traditional cruises enable you to experience many different settings while enjoying some R&R on a sumptuous ship. One of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry is river cruises. Companies such as AmaWaterWays, Viking, and Aqua Expeditions take you along the most renowned rivers in the world. Explore the exotic destinations of Cambodia and Vietnam with a river cruise along the Mekong River, or set foot in the lush jungles of South America with a cruise down the Amazon.
Skip the hassle of resort and airline fees and options and book an all-inclusive getaway. More hotels and cruise lines are offering travelers great all-encompassing options. From healthy, delicious dining to fitness classes and spas, you can enjoy it all while exploring stunning destinations. Examples include The Body Holiday Le Sport in gorgeous St. Lucia and the posh Sandals Grande Antigua Caribbean Village and Spa in Antigua, boasting island-style cottages and generous all-inclusive amenities. Add to the relaxation and convenience with a luxury private jet charter service from evoJets.
Luxury travels aren’t just for the 40-55 crowds anymore. A major shift in luxury travel demographics is taking place. Affluent, successful families in their 30s and 40s are planning exciting trips with their youngsters and infants with the help of professional travel advisors who can create the ultimate experience in family fun. These parents want their kids to have amazing experiences at a young age while not giving up their own travel freedom.
Luxury Meets Value
Even the affluent struggle sometimes – but they still want to squeeze as much out of their money as possible. This is why numerous companies, including Abercrombie & Kent, a leader in luxury travel space, are debuting more cost-efficient small-group itineraries for destinations around the world, including Australia, Africa, Croatia, India, and Peru. These trips will cost about 30% less than the tour operator’s average trip, and utilizes hotel brands such as Intercontinental, Fairmont, and Hyatt Regency.
Off the Beaten Path
It’s not so much about crossing items off a bucket list, or going to the same locations as everyone else. Sometimes, it’s about visiting destinations only found in Lonely Planet Travel Guides. Affluent travelers want to experience everything the world has to offer, and thus spend their money on over-the-top trips where they can also have a dedicated guide and stay in fabulous hotels. Places like Bhutan, Cambodia, Columbia, Russia, and Vietnam are piquing traveler’s interests and luxury brands such as Aman and Taj are setting up shop there.
For the trip of a lifetime, consider one of these up-and-coming travel trends for your next adventure.
*This is a guest post by Stephanie Weaver, a luxury travel consultant and writer.