With their beautiful amenities and extravagant goodies, luxury hotels do not immediately conjure up visions of sustainability. But the fact is that luxury hotels have been adopting sustainable measures for the last 15 years or so. With environmental issues surging globally, some luxury hotels are making their efforts more visible, communicable, effective and relevant.
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I won’t deny that part of my role as The Telegraph’s luxury travel editor involves assessing amuse-bouche and staying in penthouse suites, but there are more mundane aspects to the job. One is absorbing reports commissioned at great expense by tour operators and hotel groups keen to gain insights into the needs of luxury travellers.
The latest to hit my inbox, courtesy of “strategic consulting partner” OgilvyRED, is about the habits of younger, increasingly wealthy consumers in Asia. The report uses the phrase “bluxury travel” – a clunky portmanteau of business and luxury – and says these individuals want holidays that are “aspirational, enviable – and, above all, Instagrammable”. It adds that young travellers share “opinions through the internet, particularly on social media sites”. How revelatory!
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Those who like lying out on the sand with a great read might want to check out (pun intended) The Library, a reading-centric resort on Koh Samui that’s also a member of the Design Hotels network.
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- Nimmo Bay, a luxury resort in British Columbia, can take up to two years to get into during peak season.
- A former fishing lodge nestled in the wilderness, this resort has become a destination among elite travelers for wellness, adventure, and luxury.
- Trevor Morrow , who travels the world, documenting his experiences in his blog, Trevor Morrow Travel , got the chance to visit.
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SLH is my personal favorite resource for worldwide luxury lodging. Their website is how I fantasize about trips I wish I could make 🙂
Dukes Hotel in London is arguably the most famous place to have a martini in the entire world. It’s the very spot where James Bond creator Ian Fleming drank his while ruminating on famed character 007’s penchant for the drink. It’s where white-tuxedoed staff roll a cart filled with gins and vermouths (and organic lemons imported especially from Italy) right to your chair in the stately library style bar, and shake (or stir) your custom drink to order. They have been doing this for many years, before the “mixology” and craft cocktail crazes took over. But it’s not just drinks: the boutique hotel is great, classic Britannia luxury with a fabulous location in tony Mayfair/St. James, steps from the bespoke shopping of Jermyn Street, very close to Green Park and Buckingham Palace. Dukes Hotel is a top choice for business or leisure visitors to London, and it is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. (NOTE: I was a paying guest at Dukes and did not accept any free rooms or travel or martinis from hotels when researching this article).
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In the age of luxury brands building Instagrammable hot spots, we’ve seen a graffiti-covered Dolce & Gabbana playhouse and a Coney Island–style Coach carnival. Last week, luxury French brand Hermès opened its own pop-up experience within Toyko’s National Art Center replicating a busy movie set, complete with a backstage vanity with hair and makeup tables, cameras, and lighting.
You’re meant to snap some photos of your own in “Avec Elle” (on through the end of July), dreamt up by Bali Barret, the brand’s artistic director for the women’s universe; Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski, artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear; and French filmmaker Laure Flammarion. Within each themed “set,” inspired by Hermès’ most recent fall/winter 2018 women’s collections of ready-to-wear and accessories, you can play with props like signature silk scarves, Birkin and Kelly bags, fragrances, furniture, and even a 1976 Convertible MG Midget to film your own mini Hermès campaign. You choose from two different roles—extra and actor—and explore the set “with her,” a nod to the presence of the quintessential Hermès woman, who’s your mysterious, classic, alluring counterpart.
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