Travelers contemplating their New Year’s resolutions need look no further than the 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report for inspiration. The recently released annual survey of Virtuoso travel advisors in 50 countries taps the insight of these industry insiders to forecast travel trends and get their picks for next year’s most compelling experiences. Here are nine to top your must-do list.
Every year, thousands of Virtuoso travel advisors meet in Las Vegas to shop for the upcoming year of travel. Virtuoso Travel Week is like the Fashion Week of luxury travel. Instead of Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Dior presenting next season’s looks, the world’s best hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators converge to reveal what’s new in high-end travel. Check out the 15 standout discoveries HERE
Check out these four reads to whet your appetite, and your wanderlust! Chefs and food writers captivate readers with tales and tempting recipes from kitchens around the world. READ MORE
You can book travel yourself – but why would you want to? A Virtuoso travel advisor elevates every trip. They know how to get the best value for your time and money, and, thanks to their global connections, they can VIP you at hotels, on cruise lines, on tours, and more. READ MORE
"Whether they recapture the enchantment of childhood fantasy or fulfill an elemental desire to return to nature, tree houses have taken root in luxury travel." This photo is Lion Sands’ Kingston Treehouse taken by Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. There’s several more that might intregue you! READ MORE
Into stargazing? Enjoy private verandas for night-sky viewing at Longitude 131° in Australia. Every other night, the resort’s astronomy team joins guests for stargazing after a sunset dinner atop the dunes, and sleeping under the stars is encouraged: Staff set up king-size swags (sleeping bags) on your veranda’s daybed. READ MORE
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Did you know that the 43-room Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, you can sign up for a session with local potters from Ceramiche Parlato to decorate and glaze your own ceramic tiles, which is a signature of this region? Find out about 7 hotels where kids and adults can learn. READ MORE
You’ll find noteworthy trends -- namely, how hotels have evolved from places to sleep to the centerpiece of a trip -- and insightful articles like managing editor Marika Cain’s interview with three industry executives on what makes a welcoming hotel. READ MORE
Have you been wondering where to travel next? With 27 Ports of call, 6 countries and 4 rivers, Uniworld has provided an entertaining travel brochure laying out fabulous experiences around the world that cater to styles that might intrigue you to venture beyond your wildest dreams! READ MORE
More than 40 of the 70 Caribbean hotels and resorts in the Virtuoso portfolio are once again welcoming guests, and even more are planning to reopen later this year. We’re calling it a comeback, but the fact is, nearly three-quarters of the region was unaffected by 2017’s hurricane season, and many islands that received only a glancing blow were back in business soon thereafter. We’ll show you where to go now – and how to support ongoing recovery efforts. READ MORE
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Nothing feels more special than checking into a boutique hotel, like you’re being invited into an undiscovered little slice of the world: a dreamy room inside a Moroccan casbah, a coastal villa with a bird’s-eye view in New Zealand, or a tree house fronted by its own private beach in Mexico. These 20 hotels – each with fewer than 20 rooms – prove that sometimes less really is more. READ MORE
Do you know how many Americans will be renewing their passports in the next few years? A record 49 million. Why? For starters, 2017 will be exactly ten years since passports became mandatory for travel to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean… and passports last for ten years. Translation: total surge. READ MORE
Enjoy Irresistible offers for your next adventure. Virtuoso’s collection of active and specialty travel partners present to you an array of exclusive offers to help connect you with the authentic travel experiences you love. READ MORE
In late March, it was announced that the United States and the U.K. would be banning electronics on direct flights from the Middle East region, regardless of citizenship. How exactly does this affect you? READ MORE
.With its unusual wishbone shape and dramatic setting against a backdrop of snow-kissed peaks, this cobalt-colored lake an hour from Milan has lured luminaries from Lord Byron to George Clooney to its shores. READ MORE
If there's one constant in the airline industry, it's change. We've rounded up five of the top airline highlights for the year, from the new "basic economy" seating class trend to an exciting update for Delta at LAX. And if you love Southwest, you're about to have a lot more options. READ MORE
Even Costa Rica, one of the planet’s best-known eco-travel destinations, has its hideaways. In the northwest corner of the country, not far from the Nicaragua border, a small spit of land called the Papagayo Peninsula is emerging as the country’s high-end family destination. READ MORE
Spring off to Ischia—Italian for health. For thousands of years, volcanic Ischia’s mineral-rich springs and smoking plumes of air have turned caves into curative saunas. Much of this goodness is channeled into 300-plus spa hotels and thermal parks, making Ischia the largest thermal-water destination in Europe. READ MORE
Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ 12-day itinerary pumps up the exclusivity factor with a stay at the and Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge as well as two nights at Okonjima, home of The AfriCat Foundation’s cheetah sanctuary, where activities include radio-tracking tours of collared cats and up-close encounters with the cheetahs at feeding time. READ MORE
Pomp and Pampering - Be among the privileged few to receive after-hours access to Stonehenge. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk inside the stone circle, then travel to Salisbury Cathedral to see the original Magna Carta, sealed by King John in 1215. READ MORE
With diners growing more discerning than ever, destination restaurants have become as important to hoteliers as spa treatments and thread counts. These days, some of the most anticipated establishments debut in hotels – all the more appealing for guests, as the concierge can likely fit them in, so they don’t have to wait months for a reservation. Here are a few of our favorite openings in Las Vegas, New York, Atlanta & Miami. READ MORE
Go kayaking in the sparkle of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, touch noses with dolphins in the Polynesian paradise of Moorea, or swim out to a hammock suspended over a lagoon in the Maldives. From Aruba to Aitutaki, an island vacation is the stuff dreams are made of. READ MORE
At the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Resort & Camp, 25 rescued elephants freely roam the resort's 180 acres. Three new family suites make the property -- which offers adventures like elephant walks and cooking classes -- even more popular for families. MORE DETAILS
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For how incredibly easy a private jet would make your life, the idea of chartering one just sounds like a lot of effort. Fortunately for you, it really isn't. READ MORE
As trusted travel advisors, we help couples choose the right destination, find a venue, negotiate hotel rates, book rooms, arrange flights and transfers, review contracts, manage logistics for off-site parties, plan activities and excursions, and coordinate with the hotel wedding planner, who usually focuses on details for the actual wedding. READ MORE
Business travelers, rejoice! We've found the best way to apply for TSA Pre✓™ and it may actually make you smile. READ MORE
Mekong River - With biodiversity second only to the Amazon’s – including 1,300 known species of fish – the Mekong River winds some 3,050 miles across Southeast Asia. Along the banks of this “River of the Nine Dragons,” travelers find ruins from the ancient kingdoms of Siam and Khmer, remote Buddhist stupas and temples, remnants of colonial empires, and a way of life largely untouched by time. READ MORE
What could be better than a remote island for delicious disconnection? Cue an entire necklace of isles, to beachcomb, snorkel, bike, loaf around, swim, hike, and otherwise discover at your leisure. Of the myriad sun-splashed archipelagos around the world, we offer five favorite havens for recharge, release, and relaxation, each with its own personality and vibe. No matter which you pick, you can’t go wrong – archipelagos offer an island for everyone. READ MORE
1.5 million acres comprise not only the largest protected subtropical wetlands in the U.S., but also one of the most diverse habitats on the planet. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Everglades National Park hosts some 1,300 species of flora – including cacti, bromeliads, and nearly 40 types of orchids. READ MORE
From the first balloon ride in 1783 over Versailles (passengers: a sheep, a duck, and a rooster)to businessman-explorer Steve Fossett’s solo circumnavigation of the world in 2002, hot-air ballooning has inspired countless adventurersto reach for the skies. And rightly so: Whether it’s hearing the initial whoosh of the balloon’s burner, seeing the sunrise from midair, or raising a celebratory Champagne toast back on terra firma, humankind’s original means of air travel has the power to transport like no other form of flight. READ MORE
In this compact, active city of flat terrain and narrow bridges, bicycles are as elemental to everyday life as the glittering canals and scent of herring. Amsterdam’s roughly 811,000 residents own more than 880,000 bikes, and by daybreak the streets clink and whoosh with pedal power, rain or shine. READ MORE
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This comprehensive catalog lists nearly 1,100 Virtuoso preferred hotels and resorts and destinations that Virtuoso advisors have chosen specifically for unique settings, extraordinary service, and top-drawer amenities. Virtuoso advisors mail this luxe publication to their clients to help inspire them when planning their next vacation. Published once a year.
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