Luxury Travel

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With expedition cruising set for serious growth over the next few years, it is understandable that one of the big cruise companies has decided to get more involved. The question now is will the others follow?

4 days ago

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

Private jets are catching the eye of wealthy travelers and corporations following a period of soft pricing and reduced depreciation of used planes. For those who can afford it, a $9.7 million jet can be worth avoiding the traditional public aviation experience. They're buying now as prices have begun to creep higher.

5 days ago

Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Laura Powell, Skift

With luxury travelers getting more adventurous it is not a surprise to see expedition cruising growing in popularity. French company Ponant is making a big push in North America, something that is likely going to benefit the sector as a whole.

5 days ago

Taking Luxury Hotel Service to Sea

Taking Luxury Hotel Service to Sea

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Hotel-cruise crossovers are pretty rare these days, so it will be interesting to see how the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fares. Will the brand power be enough to entice land-lovers to take to water?

2 weeks ago

Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Laura Powell, Skift

Rwanda is setting itself up as Africa's new big luxury tourism destination. And while mountain gorillas are the country's main attraction, new luxury lodges will help open up other regions of this small, yet highly diverse country.

2 weeks ago

The Best Luxury Experiences for Summer Travel

The Best Luxury Experiences for Summer Travel

Colin Nagy, Skift

There are a lot of discerning experiences vying for a customer's money. Here are some worth your time as you set out on the road this summer.

2 weeks ago

What Bathroom Amenities Can Tell Us About Luxury Hotels

What Bathroom Amenities Can Tell Us About Luxury Hotels

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Hotels can spend a surprising amount of time on bathroom amenities. Why? Because guests — especially big-spending ones — actually pay attention to what they put on their hair and body when they take a shower.

3 weeks ago

The Rise of Luxury Wellness Tourism in Africa

The Rise of Luxury Wellness Tourism in Africa

Samantha Shankman, Skift

An expanding definition of wellness experiences that includes self-actualization and adventure as much as farm-fresh meals and sophisticated spa treatments is positioning African destinations and operators to become the next leaders in the luxury wellness travel market.

3 weeks ago

Why Luxury Hotels Spend So Much Time Choosing Bathroom Amenities

Why Luxury Hotels Spend So Much Time Choosing Bathroom Amenities

Laura Powell, Skift

The general manager of Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris once told us that "the bathroom says everything about a hotel." We agree. Focusing on the bathroom amenities — the soaps, lotions, and potions — provides a valuable insight into the brand story.

3 weeks ago

The Lure of the Luxury Road Trip

The Lure of the Luxury Road Trip

Patrick Whyte, Skift

From Thelma and Louise to the music of Bruce Springsteen, traveling by road across the United States is ingrained in popular culture. And now there are plenty of travel companies out there catering to luxury tourists who want to enjoy this experience.

4 weeks ago

China Aims to Attract More Luxury Travelers to Hainan

China Aims to Attract More Luxury Travelers to Hainan

Laura Powell, Skift

Chinese luxury travelers are making a mark on resort destinations around the world. But China itself is not largely considered a luxury resort destination for inbound travelers. The Chinese government is looking to change that equation.

4 weeks ago

Is There Really a Peer-to-Peer Market for Yachts?

Is There Really a Peer-to-Peer Market for Yachts?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While yachting is undeniably attractive for luxury travelers, is it really ripe for disruption? The practical and logistical concerns make an intermediary or manager seem more attractive than in other sectors.

1 month ago