Top Luxury Travel Trends For Summer 2015
PHOTO: A sample of a photo received through Flytographer's network of photographers. (Courtesy Flytographer)
Every summer brings a new travel experience, catapulted by the latest travel trends.
New York City-based Hawkins International PR recently came out with its top luxury travel trends for summer 2015, highlighting anything from new food offerings to new photography programs (and, no, selfies aren’t part of the picture).
The list spotlights what hotels, resorts and travel companies around the world are featuring to attract this summer’s string of global travelers.
Here are a few trends that TravelPulse is most excited about.
1. Vacation Photographers
By now, many in the travel industry are well aware of selfies.
But, as more and more destinations and attractions ban selfies, more travelers are opting for professional photographers to highlight their journeys.
Travel photography service Flytographer connects travelers with a network of more than 230 photographers in 140 worldwide destinations, coordinating candid shots that are sent to travelers within five days.
In Florence, Lungarno Collection's Portrait Firenze offers a photographer who also acts as a tour guide.
Utah's Montage Deer Valley offers a complimentary on-staff photographer.
On Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay partnered with Pacific Dream Photography to coordinate complimentary photography sessions for guests, with photos professionally edited overnight and available the next day.
2. Decoy Food
The presentation of food has long been an important part of the culinary process.
But these days, chefs appear to be going a step farther, presenting dishes that look like certain food items but surprise diners with something entirely different.
At Sustenio at San Antonio's Eilan Hotel, the “Faux Gras” Mousse is actually chicken liver mousse with a jalapeno jelly layer.
The "Breakfast of Champions" at Hotel Vermont's Juniper Bar looks like a bowl of cereal, but is instead a cocktail, complete with imitation milk made from Vermont Spirits White Vodka and Boyden Valley Spirits Apple Cream.
Order the “BLT” at Madeline Hotel and Residences' Black Iron Kitchen & Bar in Telluride and be greeted with a mouth full of salmon, along with the traditional ingredients.
3. New Wellness Offerings
There are a variety of new health and wellness offerings sprouting up in accordance with the health and wellness trend.
Ballet-inspired workout classes are offered at the Dolder Grand in Zurich, the Carillon Hotel & Spa in Miami and the B Resort & Spa in Orlando.
Offerings that focus on running activities can be found at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (a package geared toward Lake Placid's annual marathons and September's Lake Placid Classic); Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg (running coaches); and XV Beacon in Boston (running maps for the journey and ice baths upon return).
The Carillon Hotel & Spa in Miami (which has its own medical wellness center and medical wellness team) and the Dolder Grand in Zurich (which has its own medical wellness team comprised of specialists from the Aesthetic+Health Link network of doctors) help travelers change their entire lifestyle.
4. Meetings Meet Art
More hotels are tapping into art to stimulate meeting attendees during breakout sessions.
Orlando's B Resort & Spa partners with local Baterbys Art Gallery to offer groups Wine & Paint Classes hosted by the gallery's professional artists.
The Nines in artsy Portland features a 419-piece art collection via a free guided art tour hosted by the hotel concierge.
In Bermuda, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, offers groups private guided tours of the property’s vast art collection, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Nelson Mandela and more.
Art-themed hotel 45 Park Lane in London offers Group Art Classes with local artist Jane McAdam Freud, the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and a celebrated artist in her own right.
The Dolder Grand in Zurich merges art with technology, offering tours of the property’s 124-piece collection via iPads. Works by Henry Moore, Salvador Dali and more are featured.
5. Soaring Excursions
Road trips are all fine and dandy, but some travelers prefer to fly.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg offers daylong helicopter excursions to the Burren National Park and over the Cliffs of Moher.
Guests at Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride can go on paragliding explorations and hot air balloon rides to take in the sweeping views of the Umcompahgre Valley and San Juan Mountains.
Guests at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid can tack on an Adirondack Scenic Flight.
Fashionable guests at Hotel Principie di Savoia in Milan can book a VIP flight to Valentino's Haute Couture Atelier in Rome or Paris for the ultimate shopping experience.
As part of Montage Deer Valley's Moab Adventures, travelers can take a private plane ride from the resort to Moab's airport where they then embark on an 18-mile bike loop.
6. Exploring a Destination at a Slower Pace
Sometimes you need to slow down to truly experience what surrounds you.
Nomadic Expeditions’ Northern Mongolia on Horseback adventure takes travelers through majestic forests and meadows to Lake Hovsglov, otherwise known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl.”
An experienced safari walking guide takes guests staying at Wilderness Safaris' Linkwasha Camp through Zimbabwe’s grand Hwange National Park, complete with scores of elephants.
For those looking for a quieter, less crowded jaunt to Machu Picchu, the lodge-to-lodge Mountain Lodges of Peru Lares Adventure hiking program opts for the Lares Trail instead of the Inca Trail. Not only will travelers be taken to Machu Picchu and into the Urubamba Valley, but they will also take a more authentic, more remote path to get there. Luxurious accommodations await.
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