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Checking in: Royal Myconian

Mykonos isn’t short of luxury properties and this resort, nestling on the longest stretch of beach and one of the host hotels for inVOYAGE 2020, is a striking member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Behind the rustic façade of classic Cycladic stone lies a sleek contemporary property, which fuses Greek antiquity with modern opulence.  Each of the decadent rooms and suites, which look out across the Agean, feature private balconies or vast terraces, with infinity pools or...

Experience this: Group hire and celebration weeks on Necker

Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands, has announced group booking options that could see Sir Richard Branson’s home and private hideaway become one of the hottest destinations for the ultimate in incentive travel. For the first time, the island will become available for group bookings of between 8 to 15 guests. Commencing in June 2020, small groups will be able to book the island on a shared non-exclusive basis and explore the 74-acre estate and its coral reefs...

Destination focus: The hottest new luxury hotels in London

London will remain the number one destination for meetings and events in EMEA in 2020, according to CWT M&E’s recently published 2020 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. While this is in part due to the uncertainty over Brexit – and the resulting devaluation of the pound – which has made the UK a more attractive and affordable destination, the ongoing boom in hotel development is also boosting the capital’s appeal. Just this week, a study by Boodle Hatfield revealed that more than...

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

One&Only opens second luxury resort in Rwanda

Offering an exclusive front-row seat to one of the world’s most popular mountain gorilla sanctuaries, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest opened its doors in Rwanda this month, giving adventurous incentive groups another reason to consider this emerging and enticing African country. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the ultimate ultra-luxury resort, located just five minutes from Volcanoes National Park – home to the highest number of mountain gorillas and five dormant volcanoes. The property offers 21 jungle-chic havens, including 10 Forest King Lodges, four Two-Bedroom Forest Lodges, five...

Experience this: Wellness retreat in Hawaii

Wellness enthusiasts can add Hawaii to their list for 2020 travels, following the launch of a new all-inclusive property by Four Seasons. Developed in partnership with wellbeing company Sensei, the new Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele specialises in wellness, with 96 rooms and suites to welcome guests for stays of three-nights and more. This property has been designed to encourage each guest to personalise their retreat. Upon booking, guests are partnered up with their own Sensei guide, who...

Checking In: Aman Kyoto opens its doors

Aman’s third Japanese property is breathtaking – set inside a secret garden for the ultimate serene stay. Stone pathways lead guests through the forest floor and to the arrival pavilion to check in. From here, guests are taken to one of the 26 rooms, based on traditional ‘ryokan inns’, complete with tatami may floors, monochrome scroll paintings, Japanese baths and views out on to the forest surrounds. The peaceful ambience continues in the resort’s Aman spa, where traditional ‘onsen’...

Luxury travel insights with Mintel travel analyst Marloes De Vries

At inVOYAGE 2019 in Monaco last month, Mintel travel analyst Marloes De Vries shared her top three luxury travel trends from the company's latest research report, out this month. We caught up with Marloes to find out more about the research and what it means for the luxury events market... Can you tell us a bit more about the research you carry out for the luxury travel report? We recently did consumer research with around 2,000 UK adults aged 16...

Barrière Group makes Caribbean debut

Barriere Group has debuted its first Caribbean property this month (1 November) with the opening of the Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf in dreamy St Barth. Overlooking the port of Gustavia, the island’s capital, the luxury boutique property houses 24 rooms, including 13 cottages and two junior suites – each featuring a private terrace and plunge pool – plus a private home boasting six bedrooms, a pool and multiple terraces. The property, the original Le Carl Gustaf, which closed several years ago, was redesigned and...

Experience This: Fashionable fine dining in Milan

If you’re looking for a stylish private dining experience, the two Michelin-starred Seta Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Milan has unveiled an exclusive new space designed by Fornasetti. The Duomo Private Dining Room is the latest collaboration between atelier Fornasetti and Mandarin Oriental, Milan, which is the only hotel in the world to have a Fornasetti Suite designed by the company.  Groups of up to eight can immerse themselves in stylish surrounds featuring bespoke furnishings and decorative pieces sourced from Fornasetti’s impressive collection,...