Luxury Ski Resorts: Vermont

While the American West has the mammoth mountains, it by no means holds a monopoly on the country’s skiing. East Coasters can hit their own slopes – and for many, the best are in the state of Vermont. The “Green Mountain State” offers terrain for all skill levels, and charming resorts to match, with an atmosphere entirely unique from their western counterparts. With NYC less than a five-hour drive (or exceptionally short flight) away, you could be skiing in the morning and clubbing that same night! Here are a few of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favourite Vermont ski resorts:

Luxury Ski Resorts: Twin Farms

When you think of the world’s best hotels, certain destinations likely pop into mind: London, Paris, New York, LA, Hong Kong, Tokyo. Perhaps if you’re island-minded, somewhere like the Maldives or Bora Bora. You probably weren’t thinking of Vermont…and yet the Forbes Travel Guide selected Twin Farms as the “Hotel of the Year” in 2020!

 

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Everything is tailored to you at Twin Farms, an exercise in fine Northeastern taste

 

The allure of the hotel is rooted in its exclusivity – but to earn such a distinction, every facet must be exceptional, and a stay at Twin Farms is proof. The property is made up of 20 unique rooms and freestanding cottages, each employing tasteful touches of glass, stone, and timber, with selections from a private art collection furnishing the walls. The Cottages are particularly special, with unique design features that include massive hot tubs, hand-carved furniture, and a myriad of personal touches that continually impress. Rather than a busy ski resort, guests can make use of six entirely private ski trails on the property itself; a snowmobile brings you back up to the top after each run. This is truly an all-seasons property, with ice-skating, cycling, fly fishing, private picnics – everything you could ever want from the outdoors. And when it comes to dining, Twin Farms does not even offer menus; your entire dining experience is built and personalized around your own tastes. If that’s not VIP treatment, nothing is!

Luxury Ski Resorts: The Lodge at Spruce Peak

If you’re hunting for a classic East Coast ski experience, this is the property for you. The Lodge at Spruce Peak looks and feels the part: huge wooden beams indoors and out, stone fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views. The hotel is the only ski-in/ski-out property at Stowe, which is often regarded as the most exclusive ski town in Vermont. For a first-time Vermont skier looking to do it right, there’s no better option.

 

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From chairlift to Lodge in seconds flat, Spruce Peak has an unbeatable location

 

With over 250 rooms at the hotel, there’s a selection to fit any budget or requirement. Rooms and suites are furnished in a simple, cozy style, with the suites offering full kitchens to aid in those all-important après-ski nibbles. For VIP treatment, book one of the multi-bedroom Penthouses; not only do these offer private balconies and sweeping views of your surroundings, but these guests can also utilize the private Penthouse-only Concierge service, providing you that extra touch of exclusivity and service. A perfect ski trip hinges on getting the little details right – why worry about that when the experts can do it for you?

Luxury Ski Resorts: The Pitcher Inn

Perhaps you’re searching for a property that provides the option of skiing at a renowned resort – but it’s not the entire focus of your stay. You want something comfortable and intimate, away from the crowds but close enough to access anything you’d like. If this sounds like the place for you, look no further than The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property.

 

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Sitting by the fire after a day on the slopes – nothing like it!

 

These boutique lodgings provide the old-school charm that characterizes most properties in the region. With only 11 rooms and suites, the atmosphere is more like a home than a hotel, with personable service to match. As a Relais & Chateaux property, there is a distinct emphasis on the quality of cuisine – plenty of visitors and even locals will book a table at the Inn’s restaurant, where seasonally fresh ingredients are paired with wines from a cellar numbering over 500 bottles. Enjoy your meal in the main Dining Room, or for extra-comfy surroundings, head over to Tracks for living-room style seating. Of course, we wouldn’t mention the property if it weren’t for the skiing; with the 4000 acres of Sugarbush Resort only minutes away, you wouldn’t be faulted for spending your entire holiday on the slopes!

The Luxury Travel Agency partners with Vermont’s very best, along with all the top hotels and resorts across the USA and around the globe. At our Partner Properties, we’ll provide you with unbeatable rates, alongside free benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, spa credits, VIP status, early check-in and late check-out, privately guided experiences, and so much more! All for simply booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Wyoming

We’ve touched on Colorado and Utah – but what of their northern neighbour? Wyoming is a rugged beauty of a state, the least populous in the nation, which only leaves room for more of nature’s beauty to shine through. Home to two of the USA’s most renowned national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone), Wyoming is an adventurer’s dream. The northwest corner of the state is where you’ll find the ski action, and The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all the best resorts to enjoy it from.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Awe of Amangani

The highly acclaimed Aman brand only offers two properties in the USA, both occupying entirely unique spaces in the country’s west. Amangani is perched on the edge of the Grand Teton National Park, with staggering views of the mountains that seem a mere stone’s throw away. Its position atop a hill provides views both above and below, into the winding Snake River Valley – the sheer scale of the scenery will take your breath away.

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A pretty impressive backyard at the Amangani property!

 

Suites at Amangani are sincere reflections of their environment, making liberal use of rich timber and light grey stone. All offer fireplaces and spacious private terraces – a must in a setting such as this one. If you’re traveling with family or a group of friends, look no further – the ‘Homes’ collection, ranging from four to six bedrooms, combine all the amenities of an ultra-luxury resort with the privacy and warmth of a gorgeous alpine chalet. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a short 20-minute drive away, and guests can make exclusive use of Amangani’s private ski lounge at the foot of the hill. For the experts, heli-skiing is a premier option amongst the towering peaks. That said, the property is truly a year-round destination; fly-fishing, white-water rafting, and wildlife tours are just a few of your summer options. There’s never a bad time to visit!

Luxury Ski Resorts: Comfort in Caldera

Perhaps you don’t need the wide-spaces; you’re looking for something a little more intimate, and right at the foot of the ski hill. If so, Caldera House is the choice for you. Comprised of only 8 suites (four each of two and four-bedroom options), the property is certainly an exclusive one. Each suite is individually named and decorated, with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining rooms, and outdoor space from which to note the day’s conditions.

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Suites at the Caldera House swap tradition for eye-catching contemporary style

 

The aesthetic at Caldera is modern and polished, with plenty of straight, clean lines and top-quality materials. While your suite includes a fashionable kitchen, you’ll never have to use it if you’re not so inclined. The Old Yellowstone Garage is a comfortably elegant restaurant that combines Italian fare with unique local touches, while the Members Lounge is the perfect place for a drink and a bite during everyone’s favourite part of the ski day: the après. Or – if you do want to use the kitchen, but don’t trust your own cooking – we can arrange for an in-house chef to come up and prepare a full meal for you. This is quite literally elevated living…you may find it difficult to get out on the slopes at all!

Luxury Ski Resorts: Fabulous Four Seasons

What if you want the best of both worlds; something right at the base of the mountain, yet also offering the size and amenities of a larger property? If this is your way to travel, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole ticks all the boxes. The chairlifts are (quite literally) a stone’s throw from the front door – and that’s only the beginning of the fun that awaits.

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The Westbank Grill offers dramatic views of the slopes mere meters away

 

If you’re out in Wyoming to ski or snowboard, it’s tough to find a better fit than the Four Seasons. Not only are the slopes right on your doorstep, but the resident Ski Concierge team will handle every aspect of your setup needs, from essential gear rentals to daily waxing and even in-room boot fittings. When you’re ready to head out, your gear will be waiting slopeside – all you need to do is clip in and ride! Need a private instructor? They’ve got you covered. While all this ski service is wonderful, it doesn’t mean much if the property itself isn’t top-notch; but if it weren’t, would we have even mentioned it? Rooms and suites toe a fine line between modern style and alpine heritage, while the Residences (ranging from two to five bedrooms) are the perfect pick for friends or families traveling together. If you love being in the heart of the action, the Four Seasons is the place for you.

The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all of the most fabulous ski resorts in Wyoming, and all the top properties across the USA and the world. At our Partners, we’ll provide you with the very lowest rates, alongside complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, activity credits, VIP status, early check-in and late check-out, unique experiences, and so much more! All for simply booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

USA’s Best Luxury Hotels: The Joseph Hotel, Nashville

Ask anyone in the USA for the best place to have a good time, and Nashville will inevitably appear at the top of their list. Tennessee’s capital, a.k.a. “Music City”, is a hotbed of entertainment, the country music headquarters of the world. If you’re the type to pick out a restaurant or bar with a live band performing, Nashville is likely already on your list – but there’s more to the city than the tunes. Recent years have seen a huge upswing in culinary devotion, with acclaimed chefs reinventing timeless Southern classics alongside enterprising brewers and distillers. More and more hotels are popping up to accommodate travelers, but those with an eye for the finer things should look to The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel.

The Joseph Hotel: Striking a Balance

In a city with plenty of history, The Joseph cuts a modern figure as a fully new build that just opened in August this year. Its location is perfect: just four blocks south of the infamous Lower Broadway strip packed with honky-tonk bars and world-famous performance halls, close enough to walk to yet still far enough away to escape the revelry when it’s time to rest. A few blocks east is the Cumberland River, which winds through the city and offers plenty of walking and biking paths along its shores. Aim the other way, and you’re strolling through The Gulch, one of Nashville’s hippest neighbourhoods and home to restaurants making plenty of noise on the national culinary scene. In short: whatever your tastes, The Joseph puts you in the right place to pursue them.

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Lower Broadway is Nashville’s most iconic strip, where the music never stops

 

The Joseph Hotel: Past & Future

The finest new hotels are able to offer their guests all the comfort and amenities of a modern property, while maintaining a link to their surroundings and the heritage which has preceded them. In this, The Joseph is exemplary. Rooms and suites offer the best in contemporary style: crisp blue-grey décor with tasteful wood furnishings, expansive views over the city and the winding Cumberland River. The hotel rooftop is sure to dominate socialites’ summer plans for years to come; its size and layout walk the line between sociability and exclusivity, a tough tightrope for any hotspot. Dining options at The Joseph also straddle a line between past and future. The hotel’s signature restaurant Yolan, the brainchild of James Beard award winner Tony Mantuano (reputed to be Barack Obama’s favourite chef) serves authentic Italian cuisine in a sharp modern space. The Four Walls bar set around the corner from reception evokes memories of an intimate speakeasy, injecting old-school cool into the brand-new hotel.

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The Joseph’s rooftop is the most stylish way to beat the Nashville summer heat

 

The Joseph Hotel: Partner Hotel Perks

The Joseph Hotel is one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s many excellent Partner Hotels – which means a treasure chest of benefits are coming your way for booking with us. Complimentary room upgrades, daily breakfast, US $100 hotel credits, free valet parking, VIP service – and this is just the start. Don’t forget that our rates at our Partner Hotels will always be the best you can find anywhere!

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next journey.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Utah

While Colorado may gather greater international acclaim for its ski resorts, its neighbour Utah might actually be more impressive. The geographical diversity of the state is astonishing: barren alien deserts, flat wetlands, and tree-lined valleys. Of course, it wouldn’t be a ski destination without the mountains, and as the Rockies stretch into Utah’s northern flank, they produce some of the country’s finest opportunities for alpine exploration.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Mesmerizing Montage

The bulk of Utah’s skiing opportunities are found in Park City, a mere 40-minute drive from the state capital of Salt Lake City. This was the host location for all snowboarding and skiing events in the 2002 Winter Olympics, and for good reason; Park City Mountain Resort, one of the city’s two mammoth options, can claim the largest amount of terrain of any resort in the USA! The other, Deer Valley, is smaller but more exclusive – in fact, it is strictly a ski-only resort, no snowboarders allowed. It is at the foot of these mountains that you’ll find the Montage Deer Valley, one of Utah’s most well-rounded properties of any kind.

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Ski right to your suite at the grand Montage Deer Valley

 

Nestled near the foot of Deer Valley’s expansive runs, the Montage Deer Valley is the perfect headquarters for a mountain holiday. The inland location of the mountains make for plenty of light and dry powder, beloved by beginners and experts alike, and ski-in/ski-out access make it easy to get out on the slopes at the drop of a hat. Yet the delights don’t stop when you return! The property is home to a sprawling 35,000-square-foot Spa, with 29 treatment rooms, an array of pools, and more treatments than you can shake a stick at. If you need it for your wellness regimen, you’ll be sure to find it here. Accommodations offer plenty of options; the Peak View Suite is a romantic gem, while families will find all they’re looking for in one of the resort’s multi-room Residences. With the services of a massive property and the genuine warmth of a small one, the Montage Deer Valley is an excellent choice for any luxury traveler.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Superb Stein Eriksen

While the Montage might enjoy the brand name recognition, there is a nearby property which currently holds even more acclaim in the eyes of the ski community. The Stein Eriksen Lodge is the current holder of the “United States’ Best Ski Hotel”, a title bestowed at the World Ski Awards that it has claimed multiple times in the last several years – hard to find a better indicator of quality!

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Stein Eriksen is everything you want in an alpine lodge – in any season!

 

The Lodge strikes a perfect balance between traditional alpine décor and elegant modern amenities, which makes for a truly exquisite stay. Rooms and suites are outfitted with massive timber beams, stone fireplaces, and sumptuous blankets for cozying up on a cold day. Suites also come equipped with private hot tubs – a must for any proper après-ski affair. For those searching for even more space and glamour, the property offers a selection of stunning chalet rentals throughout Park City, all paired with the Stein concierge services that repeat guests adore. Dining options focus on fresh, locally-sourced cuisine; their signature Glitretind Restaurant offers a smörgåsbord of picture-perfect dishes, and their famous “Sunday Jazz Brunch” is not to be missed. The Nordic touches throughout the property elevate the Lodge from great to truly special – a stay here is one you’ll never forget!

Luxury Ski Resorts: Spectacular Sundance

Movie buffs will know the name – Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s premier events of its kind, takes place in the community of the same name about an hour’s drive south of Park City. But that’s not all that Sundance has going for it; some of the state’s best skiing is found right here. While far from being Utah’s largest ski grounds, what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. It’s a premier lifestyle destination across the US and even the globe – and the Sundance Mountain Resort is the place for you to call home when you visit.

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Sundance’s Mountain Homes, like three-story Sunstone, are like nothing else in Utah

 

Rooms and suites at Sundance are bright and inviting, making liberal use of the natural timber found throughout the valleys. The real stars, however, are the Mountain Homes available for use. Each of these completely unique cabins (with names like “Dream Catcher” and “Owl Spirit”) are overflowing with character, with everything you’d need to feel exceptionally provided for. Spacious bedrooms, hot tubs, patios, and full kitchens exude total comfort, while ski passes and wellness classes are included with your reservation. A stay here is less of a hotel experience and more like a visit to your eclectic, wildly successful alpine pals. If you want to get your friends back home talking about your travels – this is the place to be.

The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all of the most luxurious ski resorts in Utah, and countless others across the USA and the world. At our Partners, we’ll provide you with unbeatable rates, along with complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, spa credits, VIP status, customized welcome amenities, and so much more! All for simply booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Interested in more ideas for an adventurous holiday? Check out our posts on California’s best road trips, or for something even more intrepid, hiking in Southeast Asia! 

Luxury Ski Resorts: Colorado

When you think of skiing in the USA, what’s the first place that appears in your mind’s eye? Odds are, it’s somewhere in the state of Colorado. Most of its territory is occupied by the eastern flank of the majestic Rocky Mountains, and with 58 peaks that eclipse the 14,000-feet mark, it’s the tallest state in the nation. All that makes for some of the world’s finest skiing – and luxury resorts to match.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Amazing Aspen

Say “I’m going to Aspen” to anyone who knows the first thing about travel, and you’ll be met with excitement, admiration, and more than a little envy. The town’s humble beginnings as a silver mining camp blossomed by the mid-20th century into one of the globe’s premier destinations of any kind, with some of the USA’s most expensive real estate. With all the quality of a global megacity in an intimate mountain setting, it’s a favoured getaway for the jet-set elite. There are plenty of world-class choices for accommodation, including the lovely St. Regis Aspen Resort.

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Your dream festive holiday awaits at The St. Regis Aspen

 

Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, mere moments from the Silver Queen Gondola, The St. Regis Aspen is a perfect example of the elevated mountain chic which characterizes the town. The red brick exterior opens onto elegant shades of grey and cream widely employed by the St. Regis brand, with touches of burgundy in the rooms to deepen the sense of place. Bright marble bathrooms remind you that this isn’t any ordinary mountain chalet! When your body is worn out from a long day on the slopes, the Remède Spa (recognized as the world’s best by Travel + Leisure magazine) awaits, with a comprehensive menu of decadent treatments that will make you feel brand-new.

Luxury Ski Resorts: Vast Vail

Aspen isn’t the only globally renowned ski town in its neighbourhood – and for true lovers of the sport, it’s not even the best. A short drive northeast brings you to the town of Vail, home to the largest ski resort in all of Colorado. With over 5,300 acres of skiable terrain, the prospects are endless, something that visitors clearly enjoy; this “snow empire” has taken the top spot in an annual USA ski magazine ranking 14 times in a 17-year period! Like Aspen, there is no shortage of top-notch places to stay – one which cannot be ignored is the Sonnenalp Vail.

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Charming decor, hearty food, and genuine warmth – Bavarian hallmarks at the Sonnenalp

 

While most high-class ski towns are constantly pushing to modernize, the Sonnenalp takes a different tack; honouring the heritage of alpine culture, while providing an inviting, cozy space for guests to rest their heads. The hotel has been run since its inception by the Faessler family, who first opened a similar property in Germany a hundred years ago; 5 generations later, the family still operate both properties. With this continuity comes not only a distinct atmosphere, but a level of personal service that only a family-run business can provide. Guests rave about the warmth they experience while staying here – and not just from the heated bathroom floors! The dining is also a standout feature, with an array of in-house restaurants for any occasion; the delectable breakfast spread on Ludwig’s Terrace is a real highlight (and completely free with you book with The Luxury Travel Agency!).

Luxury Ski Resorts: Beautiful Beaver Creek

Maybe Aspen is a bit glitzy for your taste, and Vail a bit too big. Never fear – in Colorado, the perfect option is just around the corner. In this case, almost literally: twenty minutes down the road from Vail is the ski resort of Beaver Creek. Here, you’ll find all the glorious outdoor opportunities that its neighbour provides, while enjoying a more intimate, peaceful setting. If you’re looking for a true alpine hideaway, this is the place! Set mid-mountain is a sprawling timber and stone building that embodies the best in alpine luxury: this is The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

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Multi-bedroom Penthouses are perfect for family stays!

 

With its location right on the mountainside, skiing in and out from the hotel is a cinch, and deservedly one of the highlights of any stay. But travelers shouldn’t discount the year-round possibilities that Beaver Creek has to offer. The area is renowned for its stunning golf courses, best enjoyed through the sunny mountain summers; and in the autumn, hiking and biking through the changing fall colours is a must. As they say in Beaver Creek: “come for the winter, stay for the summer!”

The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all of Colorado’s finest ski resorts, and countless others across the USA and the world. At our Partners, we’ll provide you with the lowest possible rates, along with complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, spa credits,  late check-outs, priority status, and so much more! All for simply booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Keen to find out more information about similar spots? Read through our piece on the finest luxury properties in Canada & the USA, or take a peek at Europe’s very best!

USA’s Best Luxury Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Chicago is a destination of global renown – even if it may fly a little under the radar compared to the coastal megalopolises of NYC and LA. As America’s third-largest city, it has everything any top-notch urban center could ask for: impressive architecture, a thriving arts scene, and diverse culinary offerings to suit any palate. Like any world-class city, there are plenty of options in luxury accommodation, but one in particular deserves your attention: The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago: Ample Accommodation

Set within the towering Water Tower Place development overlooking Lake Michigan, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago showcases the best the city has to offer. Chicago is known for its bold, mature architecture that straddles an impressive past and the promising future, and the hotel accommodation reflect this; rooms and suites are done in tasteful greys and creams with dark touches, all with expansive views of the endless lake or the city skyline. For longer stays, one & two-bedroom Apartments are available, with elegant stainless steel kitchens that perfectly complement the living spaces.

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Lakeside Suites are elegant and unfussy, with sweeping views of Lake Michigan

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago: Delicious Dining

The concept of a “Chicago steakhouse” is widely renowned; The Ritz-Carlton Chicago recognizes and (quite literally) elevates this experience with Torali, their signature restaurant. The finest prime and dry-aged meats are on offer, along with handmade pastas that provide an Italian twist to the dining experience. On warm summer evenings, The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends starting your evening on Torali’s rooftop terrace, where an array of delectable nibbles are served with an extensive drink menu to match.

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The Rooftop at Torali is the perfect gathering place on warm Chicago evenings

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago: Business Breaks

Chicago is an international hub for commerce, and many travelers find themselves there on business. Of course, there’s no reason a work trip can’t be pleasurable – and The Ritz Carlton Chicago goes to great lengths to make this a reality. The Club Lounge offers dedicated concierge services to smooth out the kinks in the busiest of schedules, with five continuous Food & Beverage offerings throughout the day, including a “Taste of Chicago” presentation in the evenings that highlights the city’s diverse culinary stylings. When the business grind wears you down, choose from an assortment of renewal-focused treatments at the hotel Spa, which even offers a wellness menu of dishes to pair them with.

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Never-ending fresh culinary options make Club Access a must!

 

As a dedicated Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency, we can offer you the very best value for your stay at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Complimentary room upgrades, daily breakfast, US $100 hotel credits, early check-in & late check-out – these are all yours to enjoy. Most importantly: we will never be undersold!

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next journey.

Luxurious Properties of Canada & USA

Our “Luxurious Properties” series comes to a close right here in our own backyard, with the nations of Canada & the USA. Two massive countries that have plenty in common, yet entirely unique in their national character. Just about every type of environment can be found here, and the opportunities for exploration are unlimited. Let The Luxury Travel Agency be your guide, with six of our favourite luxurious properties highlighted below.

Luxurious Properties: Captivating Coasts

When a country is so large that it borders both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, it’s bound to have a wealth of coastal environments to explore. Both Canada and the USA pride themselves on their extensive coastlines, collectively stretching hundreds of thousands of kilometers from frigid Arctic waters to tropical seas. Travelers of all description are drawn to their magnetic atmosphere – not to mention the plethora of adventures on land and water to enjoy. We start our journey on a remote island off the coast of Canada’s Newfoundland, at a property truly unlike any other: the mesmerizing Fogo Island Inn.

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Fogo Island Inn is a property – and place – that will rekindle wonder in all who visit

 

Newfoundland is already quite remote – a two-hour flight from Halifax, the nearest major city outside the island – and Fogo Island, off its northern coast, is even more so. A stay here is like a journey back in time, to a dynamic landscape that fills the folds of your brain with wonder and awe. Herds of caribou traverse the cliffs and forests, while pods of whales cruise the bountiful waters, glittering icebergs floating idly past. The Inn itself is an architectural marvel; built on stilts over the rocky shore, it immediately captures the eye, quickly followed by the heart as you step into a room that offers floor-to-ceiling views of the mighty North Atlantic. There is an uncompromising emphasis on local, renewable materials – in fact, the only plastic in guestrooms are the telephones! What’s more, the Inn is a champion of local culture: 100% of operating surpluses are reinvested in the Fogo Island community. For seasoned travelers who feel like they’ve “done it all”, look no further than Fogo Island for your next journey.

If it’s the Pacific you’re after, the sun-splashed Californian coast offers a plethora of luxurious properties that cater to travelers accustomed to the very best. The stretch of Route 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the world’s finest coastal drives, perfect for an adventure that lacks nothing in luxury. One of our very favourite stops along the way? The romantic Post Ranch Inn, located in the fabled Big Sur region of the state.

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Escape to the effortlessly romantic Post Ranch Inn

 

Here is a property that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “room with a view”. Perched on a cliff 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Inn comprises a gorgeous collection of only 39 rooms, each tailored for maximum enjoyment of the stunning environment. Guests can choose views of either the mountains or the ocean, with wood-burning fireplaces, huge soaking tubs, and expansive private decks just a few of the many available features. Privacy is paramount, making this an ideal place to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, or a quick romantic getaway just for the sake of it! California has so much to offer, and there are few better properties to explore it from than the Post Ranch Inn.

Luxurious Properties: Mountain Majesty

While Canada and the USA enjoy unparalleled coastlines, they’re far from being the only geographical feature worth seeing. Both nations are split down their western flank by staggering mountain ranges, chief among them the Rockies, which run from northern British Columbia all the way down to New Mexico. These are some of the largest mountains in the world, and while they may have been a barrier to human progress until recently, their potential as a travel destination has never been more widely recognized. In particular, the town of Aspen, Colorado has emerged in recent decades as a favourite for the international jet-set, a place of exceptional status and luxury. Several five-star properties are on offer – perhaps the most unique of them all is The Little Nell.

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It doesn’t get more quintessentially Aspen than The Little Nell

 

In a town like Aspen, where just about everything is high-end, it’s often the details that make the difference. In this regard, The Little Nell is a prime example. It’s the only ski-in/ski-out property in town – and while other options offer complimentary shuttles, there’s nothing quite like finishing a run right at the front door of your hotel. Dining options are first-class; the property even has its own brand of champagne, which this author can attest to being one of the finest he’s ever enjoyed! Wagyu beef is always on the menu at Element 47, and the après-ski options at Ajax Tavern are perfectly cultivated to match the unbeatable people-watching from the mountainside patio. If you’re looking for the archetype of Aspen, look no further than The Little Nell.

Further north, the Canadian province of British Columbia boasts a treasure chest of natural wonders: sparkling coastlines, old-growth forests, and cities that offer some of the world’s best living conditions. Yet it’s their mountains that often take center stage – and for good reason. The most famous in the set is Whistler-Blackcomb, which spans two massive mountains and lays claim to the title of North America’s largest ski resort. The opportunities for adventure here are truly endless – and when it’s time for a rest, The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is the place to lay your head.

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You’ll feel right at home in these residential-style alpine suites

 

If your ski holiday is going well, you won’t spend a ton of time in your room – but when you do, it needs to be spacious and comfortable, a place to unwind from the day’s adventures. The Four Seasons Whistler does an impeccable job of creating that cozy atmosphere; every room has wood furnishings and working fireplaces, with most outfitted with a private balcony as well. The feel is residential – you feel as if you’re enjoying your own private chalet, rather than another hotel room. And if you really do want your own chalet, you can have it! An elite handful of “Private Retreats”, from two to four bedrooms each, offer the ultimate in alpine luxury living: in-residence chefs, house cars, hot tubs, all backed by sweepings views of the mountains. No matter what you want from a ski vacation, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler can deliver.

Luxurious Properties: Big-City Bravado

Of course, a trip to North America is never complete without a stay in one of the dynamic, exciting major cities that dot the continent. Both Canada and the USA are home to some of the world’s best urban centers, places that infuse a wave of contemporary energy into their cuisine and culture, ensuring that no two visits are the same! New York City is the epitome of this frenzied hubbub, as the “city that never sleeps” more than earns its reputation as the HQ for the cutting edge. It’s this innovative mentality that leads us to a brand-new luxurious property, the first of its kind: the Equinox Hotel, New York City.

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The stunning rooftop terrace is just one of the Equinox Hotel’s slick features

 

If you know anything about modern fitness, you’ve heard of the Equinox brand, which has blossomed from a simple set of gyms to a global leader in branded wellness. In their first hotel opening (located within the brand-new Hudson Yards development in West Manhattan), the company are aiming to create a true intersection between luxury accommodation and lifestyle. This is the face of contemporary energy in NYC – a place where you can sweat through a world-class personal training session, watch the sun set from a gorgeous rooftop terrace, enjoy five-star Mid-Atlantic dining on the 24th floor, and retire to a totally soundproof  high-tech room where every feature is designed for maximum rejuvenation. A classic hotel, this is not – this is the hotel of the future.

We finish in The Luxury Travel Agency’s hometown of Toronto, Canada’s largest and most vibrant city. Its international reputation continues to bloom, with a marked emphasis on multiculturalism that encourages unprecedented collaboration between the city’s many communities. It’s an exciting time to be here, and the rapid growth seen throughout Toronto extends to the luxury sector, where new hotels continue to spring into existence – including one of our personal favorites, The St. Regis Toronto.

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Louix Louis is a must-dine destination for visitors and locals alike!

 

The globally celebrated brand makes its Canadian debut in Toronto with a distinctively elegant property, one that is already in the conversation for the nation’s finest urban hotel. Rooms and suites are crisply decorated in shades of white, grey, and blue that epitomize tasteful modernity. The signature restaurant Louix Louis is a sight to behold; perched 31 floors above the heart of Toronto, it’s designed to resemble “the inside of a glistening crystal whiskey glass”. With liberal use of polished gold and a two-storey bar, it’s hard to argue against the concept’s successful execution. Don’t miss the champagne sabering that takes place every evening at 6:00 in the Astor Lounge, a tradition dating back to the days of Napoléon Bonaparte and his conquering French armies. For the perfect marriage of style and substance, The St. Regis Toronto is an exceptional choice.

These and countless other luxurious properties can be found in The Luxury Travel Agency’s Partner Hotel network. At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, we’ll provide you with unbeatable rates, along with completely free benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, dining credits, VIP experiences, late check-outs, priority status, and so much more! All for simply booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

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Luxurious Properties of the Middle East

The Middle East is a region that has always held immense cultural, spiritual, and intellectual importance, an intercontinental trade hub for thousands of years. Today’s world owes much to the people and practices that have come from this slice of the globe – and yet, it may be the future that the Middle East exerts even greater influence upon. Traveling here is an exercise in both experiences: partaking in rich, ancient cultures that have their thumb firmly on the pulse of the modern era. The Middle East has a great deal to explore, and The Luxury Travel Agency is here to show you some of its best!

Luxurious Properties: Coast is Calling

While first-time tourists to the Middle East might entertain visions of endless sand, the real luxury living is found along the coasts of the region, which boast palatial properties that rival anywhere in the world. The bulk of these are located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, where cities like Dubai, Kuwait City, and Doha overlook the shimmering waters. The Abu Dhabi area in particular is a hotbed of luxurious coastal properties, the city’s many islands providing plenty of opportunities for resorts that combine idyllic seaside locations with proximity to the downtown core. One of these is among The Luxury Travel Agency’s very favorites: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.

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There’s no shortage of beachfront at this stunning resort!

 

A mere half-hour drive from the airport, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is a beacon of the elevated coastal lifestyle. The property is fronted by an expansive private beach of pristine white sand, and you’d be forgiven for doing nothing other than lying on your beach chair all day, waited on by the unflaggingly attentive staff. If you do manage to peel yourself away from the gentle waves, there’s plenty more to enjoy. The resort boasts no less than six restaurants and lounges, highlighted by Sontaya, which offers refined Southeast Asian cuisine served in pavilions that seem to float over a series of interconnected pools. Buddha-Bar Beach is a sizzling hotspot for socialites, where mouthwatering fusion plates, eye-catching cocktails, and expertly curated tunes all come together in the world’s very first permanent destination under the brand. Simply put, if you’re in Abu Dhabi, there’s no better choice than this Saadiyat Island address.

While less heralded than its UAE neighbour, the country of Oman is rapidly growing in stature as a top-tier destination, particularly for those travelers on the hunt for new and unique experiences. The capital city of Muscat is a mere hour’s flight from Dubai, and just twenty minutes from the airport lies what we consider one of the best resorts in the entire region: The Chedi Muscat.

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The Chedi Muscat is the ideal hideaway in which to relax – and reflect

 

This elegant property unfurls along nearly half a kilometre of totally private beachfront, behind which a five-star oasis blooms. Twenty-one acres offer guests all the privacy they’ll need to enjoy their stay, with three swimming pools (including the stunning 103-metre Long Pool) providing contrast to the lush gardens that wind throughout the resort. Rooms and suites are similarly spaced out, to give each guest a sense of freedom as if the resort is entirely theirs to enjoy. The Luxury Advisors on our team particularly recommend the Chedi Club Suites – built more like villas – which boast panoramic views nearly impossible to tear away from. Don’t leave without a trip to the 13-suite Spa, which utilizes time-honoured eastern holistic practices to revitalize one’s mind, body, and soul. The Chedi Muscat is an exercise in Omani luxury that should not be missed.

Luxurious Properties: Desert Dreams

Many of Dubai’s visitors opt for beachfront accommodations – there certainly isn’t a shortage of options here. But if you’re a traveler that likes to zig where others zag, exploring the enchanting beauty of the surrounding deserts can be an even more rewarding experience. After all, so much of the Arabian mythos is born from the sand, out of which stories, legends, and even fundamental beliefs all rise. For an ultra-luxurious property within an hour’s drive of the city, there’s no better pick than the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert.

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Experience the ultimate in desert romance here in the Al Wadi Reserve

 

As with all Ritz-Carlton properties, an exceptional standard of service is expected – and delivered. What makes this resort unique is its location. Nestled within a 1,235-acre protected nature reserve, the Ras Al Khaimah property will change the way you think about the desert, with activity options both expected and surprising! Guests can saddle up camels or horses for exploratory rides, feed the resident oryx, or try their hand at archery and falconry, both essential Bedouin pursuits. The villas are nothing short of sprawling – the smallest category checking in at 158 square meters – with private pools essential for beating the heat. The larger villas combine a traditional tented shape with swanky modern design; you’ll truly feel like desert royalty! Staying at this property is a great way to balance out a few days of busy shopping & dining in Dubai – and an excellent choice all on its own.

Over in neighboring Oman, a special property awaits those in the know, at a place where the striking desert mountains descend into the sea. This is the Six Senses Zighy Bay, one of the country’s most remarkable resorts and one with the ability to surprise and delight even the most seasoned travelers.

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Talk about arriving in style!

 

They say first impressions count, and at the Six Senses Zighy Bay, that sentiment is taken to heart. Arriving guests have the option to stop at the edge of the mountain pass, harness up with a pilot, and paraglide into the resort! The Al Hajar mountains and the Gulf of Oman unfold before you as you float down from nearly a thousand feet up. Once you’re there, your options are endless: land-goers can hike through endless trails and explore the villages of Dibba, while seafarers can kayak, sail, or even snorkel through the shimmering waters of the Gulf. Accommodation leaves nothing to be desired; villas are constructed with natural stone that seem to emerge from the very mountains, with private pools accompanying everyone. No matter what kind of holiday you’re after, the Six Senses Zighy Bay can provide it in spades.

Luxurious Properties: Downtown Delights

Although it might be a tiny peninsular country, Qatar has an outsized reputation on the global stage – its national airline is widely recognized as one of the world’s best, and the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup is sure to attract billions of eyeballs to the nation. The capital city of Doha, long a glorified fishing village, has been transformed into one of the world’s most exciting metropolises, with state-of-the-art developments popping up faster than one might believe possible. It’s a city with increasing amounts of clout, leading the way into a vision of the future – and its best new address, the Park Hyatt Doha, is a perfect emblem of this mentality.

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The two-story Spa at the Park Hyatt Doha is one of the world’s finest

 

To start, the hotel is located within the Msheireb Downtown Doha, which claims to be, “the world’s first downtown regeneration project”. The entire 31-hectare district aims to nail the twin achievements of modern style and “green” living – something the Park Hyatt embraces in full. Everything at the hotel is dressed to impress: the room décor is crisp, the dining is first-class (check out the 21st-floor views from the Japanese venue Sora), and the spa is truly something to behold, occupying a full two floors (one for men, another for women). Doha is a city unlike any other, and the Park Hyatt is your home from which to take it all in.

We couldn’t finish this piece without highlighting the actual city of Dubai, which has emerged as a truly global metropolis. There’s a hotel for every traveler here, no matter your style or sensibilities, and new options seem to pop up all the time. We at The Luxury Travel Agency tend to favour those properties that make you forget about the urban sprawl, oases among the concrete streets – and one of this city’s very best is the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai.

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The Lobby is just the beginning of a sensory journey at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

 

Here is a property that gives you the best of everything: a beachfront location in the heart of the city, a new build that dazzles at every turn. The décor marries Arabian opulence with subtle eastern touches that result in an eye-catching style. Rooms and suites offer either striking skyline views or unblemished panoramas of the Gulf, with private balconies and an abundance of space to relax in comfort. Fancy a meal from one of Europe’s most exciting chefs? Stop in at Tasca, the first international opening from José Avillez, whose restaurant Belcanto was Lisbon’s first to earn two Michelin stars. Perhaps something closer to the beach? The Bay is a brasserie so close to the sands that you could nearly have your feet buried in them. There’s even Beluga, a restaurant dedicated exclusively to caviar – the only one in Dubai! In a city stuffed to the gills with luxury, the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira manages to stand out as a cut above the rest.  

The very best of the Middle East is represented in The Luxury Travel Agency’s peerless Partner Hotel network. At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, we’ll provide you with the very lowest rates you’ll ever find, along with complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, spa credits, gourmet dining experiences, late check-outs, and so much more! All for simply booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

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Luxurious Properties of Mexico

The early days of Mexican tourism were one-dimensional: most saw travel there as an opportunity for cheap food and drinks to enjoy on the beach. While the beaches are as glorious as ever – and prices are still kind to travelers wallets – the country has blossomed into a destination for all seasons, a land of historic intrigue, immense culinary appeal, and expansive natural beauty that runs the gamut from desert to sea. The Luxury Travel Agency has spent more and more time in Mexico, and every time we return, we find more to love! Below are a handful of our favourite luxurious properties to plan a trip around.

Luxurious Properties – Peninsular Paradise

The shining star of Mexican tourism has long been the collection of beachfront resorts on the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. Everyone’s heard of Cancún, but the city is merely a gateway to the ultra-luxurious properties that dot the coastline. You don’t have to go far to find the first on our list, a mere fifteen-minute drive from the Cancún Airport: the impossibly picturesque NIZUC Resort & Spa.

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Just minutes from the airport, NIZUC guests will have their toes in the sand in no time!

 

Here is a property that was recently voted to be, “The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World” – if that doesn’t draw you in, nothing will! The resort is built with the finest in modern comfort, injected with a distinctly Mayan style that renders its overall aesthetic completely unique. The best example of this might be its 30,000-square-foot ESPA wellness center, the first of its kind in the region. Ancient Mayan principles are imbedded in contemporary techniques, producing treatments which not only do wonders for your mind and body, but connect your soul to this amazing environment and a tradition hundreds of years old. Six fantastic restaurants offer a vast range of culinary delicacies, from exceptional Peruvian small plates to wood-fired Italian pizzas and everything in between. There are few resorts in the world that marry this level of quality with airport proximity – NIZUC is certainly one not to miss.

Less than an hour south along the coast, travelers will find a property that lays claim to being not only Mexico’s best, but one of the finest the world over – a claim it has no trouble backing up. The Rosewood Mayakoba is a sprawling haven of tropical luxury, set within a 620-acre resort enclave that offers the ultimate in privacy and security for its guests. This resort is a world within a world, an oasis of lagoons and soft white sand – the type of place to get lost in, and never want to be found!

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Lagoon Suites at the Rosewood are impeccably designed – perfect romantic hideaways

 

The property’s 129 suites begin with gorgeous units built over the winding lagoons, and work their way up to the beachfront accommodations, where guests can stroll off their expansive wooden terraces right onto the inviting sands. There are few resorts more romantic than the Rosewood; the lush jungles surrounding your expansive suite, the inviting personal plunge pools, the all-encompassing sense of seclusion that puts mind and body at ease. And while this magical atmosphere might make it difficult – if not impossible – to venture off the property, there are more than enough reasons for doing so. History lovers will marvel at the staggering Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam, while those with an explorer’s mind will jump at the chance to swim in the nearby cenotes, water-filled caves that were sacred to the Mayans. A truly special honeymoon journey through the Americas should undoubtedly have this property on the itinerary!

Luxurious Properties – Lovely Los Cabos

While Mexico’s east coast was the first to gain worldwide fame, it’s the Pacific side which may soon wrest away the mantle of the country’s premier place to be. The Baja California Peninsula juts down from the mainland, an immense spike with ocean on both sides, ripe for luxury travel, its hotspots less “all-inclusive package” and more “those-in-the-know”. Chief among these is the municipality of Los Cabos, occupying the very southern tip of the peninsula. This is where the Mexican Pacific’s best of the best are found, including the Montage Los Cabos, a luxurious property in every sense of the word.

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It’s a desert-meets-sea aesthetic at the Montage Los Cabos

 

On the Baja Peninsula, the jungles of the Gulf Coast give way to a much different environment – think southern California with gratuitous helpings of seafood and mezcal. The Montage’s 39 acres and everything upon it bring this energy to life. The property’s signature restaurant (itself called Mezcal, appropriately) reinvents time-honoured Mexican practices into a brilliant menu of creative, modern dishes. The terrain here, much more accessible than the Gulf side, offers guests the opportunity to explore on mountain bikes, ATVs, and even enjoy a night of exclusive glamping! On the water, there are just as many adventures: surfers are blessed with an extensive range of surf breaks, while those with an underwater bent will adore snorkeling and diving at Cabo Pulmo, a world-class coral reef. The Montage Los Cabos is a property with a little bit of something for everyone!

Half an hour south along the coast, mere minutes from the pulsing heart of Cabo San Lucas, lies the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. This luxurious property enjoys a cliffside location that provides guests with extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean. Every single room category here is equipped with an expansive terrace and a private plunge pool – after all, what good is a million-dollar view if you can’t properly enjoy it?

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Clifftop perches provide Mexico’s best views at the Waldorf!

 

For those who are always keen to be in the midst of the action, the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal is the property for you. Downtown Cabo, with its shopping, dining, and all-night parties, is a mere ten-minute drive from the resort – there are no finer luxury options so close to the heart of the region. Yet guests on the property will feel a world away from hustle and bustle. Perched on one of the largest and most brilliant beaches on Cabo, it’s easy to while your days away in complete tranquility; no less than four pools (not including the one in your room) course through the grounds, while the Spa’s ten private rooms host treatments inspired by the lunar phases – a true Mexican tradition. Whether you’re in Cabo to enjoy the nightlife or to escape it, the Waldorf Astoria provides the exceptional best of both worlds.

Luxurious Properties – Cultural Cornerstones

Of course, Mexico is more – much more – than a collection of beautiful beaches. A few hours north of Mexico City, high above sea level in the country’s center, lies the enchanting city of San Miguel de Allende. Populated by indigenous peoples before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, this is a region with ancient history and the cultural weight to show it off. San Miguel has long been a haven for artists, its architecture and galleries exuding a unique blend of timeless Mexican principles with streaks of foreign influence. Painters, sculptors, musicians, writers – all have been inspired by, and in turn inspire, the very fabric of the city. San Miguel’s cultural clout has given rise to a number of luxurious properties that do an impeccable job of creating a “sense of place” – perhaps none better than the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada.

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You can hear the history echoing from every corner of the Belmond’s historic walls

 

A collection of 17th & 18th-century buildings, the Casa is a gorgeous hideaway for savvy visitors to San Miguel de Allende. With only 37 rooms and suites, there are no monolithic structures or super-sized towers to ruin the vibe; instead, guests are encouraged to explore the courtyards and gardens, beguiling surprises at every turn. In the spirit of the city’s artistic inclinations, no two rooms are alike. Stone fireplaces, private libraries, breezy terraces – this property is full of treasures, and acts as a perfect balance to the coastal brilliance of Mexico’s more well-known locales.

Finally, one cannot – or at least, should not – complete a trip to Mexico without a stay in the sprawling exuberance of the nation’s capital, Mexico City. For locals, the city has always been a place of power, the center of all things political, cultural, intellectual. Its international reputation has taken some time to catch up; today, Mexico City has emerged as a true destination in itself, a can’t-miss capital for travelers with a thirst for the best. There are plenty of hotels to pick from, but one that The Luxury Travel Agency can’t recommend highly enough is The St. Regis Mexico City.

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The light-splashed Diana Restaurant is just one of the St. Regis’ fantastic features

 

The hotel has long enjoyed a glittering array of awards and recognition from industry critics, and guests will understand why from the moment they arrive. Soaring interiors give way to plush rooms and suites, each offering floor-to-ceiling views of the fabled city. Everything is done in impeccable taste, with sleek furnishings complementing a thoroughly modern style that resonates throughout the building. Mexico City is known as a destination of endless culinary delights, but you may have trouble straying from the offerings under your own roof; a mouthwatering array of options is highlighted by La Table Krug, an intimate jewel where the chef’s best dishes are built into an eight-course menu, all paired with the world-famous Krug champagne. For your stay in the nation’s capital, there is no better address to consider!

These and the rest of Mexico’s incredible properties are part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s unmatched Partner Hotel network. At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, we’ll provide you with the very lowest rates available anywhere, along with free benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, exclusive experiences, dining credits, VIP status, and so much more! All this simply for booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Interested in more tropical trip-planning? Check out our articles on luxurious properties in the Caribbean, Oceania, and Asia to get those travel wheels turning!

Luxurious Properties of the Caribbean

Corals and cobalt seas, palm trees and powdery sand – the Caribbean has long held sway over travelers’ imaginations. There are all-day adventures for those with an active streak, and plenty of beaches to spend your entire trip lounging upon. With such a variety of islands, there’s something for everyone. The Luxury Travel Agency has a long history of travels in the Caribbean, both for ourselves and others; we’d love to plan your next journey there!

Luxurious Properties: Lucayan Luxury

With their proximity to mainland USA, the Bahamas have long been a preferred island escape for sun-seeking travelers. The capital city of Nassau is a mere hour’s flight from Miami, a gateway to the 700 islands that make up the nation. This plethora of choice makes it easy to find the perfect property for your travel desires – no matter where you end up, the magical coral reefs and some of the globe’s clearest ocean waters will certainly capture your senses. There’s no better resort to enjoy this from than the Rosewood Baha Mar.

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A lush hideaway at the Rosewood Baha Mar

 

Situated a speedy 10-minute drive from the Nassau Airport, the Rosewood is the third (and by far most exclusive) property in the sweeping Baha Mar complex. Guests can enjoy the facilities at the other two resorts, but the comfort and elegance of the Rosewood property will almost certainly render that unnecessary! Rooms and suites are done in crisp cream and tan shades, with distinctly Bahamian artistic touches that complement the décor rather than control it; there is a strong sense of place here. The property enjoys a premium position along Cable Beach, widely acknowledged as one of the Bahamas’ best. Diners have plenty of choice, from bright coastal Mexican dishes to an elevated “fish shack” placed right on the white sand, but a secret standout is The Library, with a gorgeous design best enjoyed alongside late-afternoon cocktails and treats after a day in the sun.

Further southeast, the Lucayan Archipelago terminates in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The lesser-known cousin of the Bahamas, these islands are even more laid-back and exclusive, with some of the world’s most inviting beaches and the third-largest barrier reef to explore. The main island of Providenciales has plenty of excellent central dining opportunities, but make no mistake: this is a place to get away from it all, and align yourself firmly with “island time”. And when you’re looking for an ultra-luxurious hideaway, the property of choice has to be Amanyara.

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The serene atmosphere of Amanyara is unmatched in the Caribbean

 

While most of the island’s resorts are located along its eastern flank, Amanyara was built on the western shore, with an abundance of space and privacy for its guests. Accommodation consists of standalone Pavilions and Villas, all of which embody the finest in indoor/outdoor living, with multiple terraces and floor-to-ceiling glass windows for squeezing every drop from the surrounding splendor. Many have private pools, and certain categories provide direct access to the stunning blue waters below; the resort itself contains a one-kilometre private beach that rivals any competitor in the Caribbean. The underwater ecosystem of the surrounding Marine Park is one of the region’s most diverse, and whether you choose to explore it above the water’s surface (on a catamaran or fishing boat) or below (think snorkelling or scuba diving expeditions), you’ll find no end to the aquatic treasures that await.

Luxurious Properties: Great(er) Antilles

Moving south, we get into the Caribbean proper, with a set of larger islands known as the Greater Antilles. Included here are several of the most well-known island nations, such as Cuba and Jamaica, but The Luxury Travel Agency would like to highlight one of their smaller neighbors: the Cayman Islands. While technically made up of three islands, virtually all of the action takes place on Grand Cayman, the largest. Here, travelers can enjoy a palette of fantastic living, dining, and activity options, all set along the world-famous Seven Mile Beach which fringes the west coast. There are plenty of excellent properties to pick from, but a new contender for the island’s best is the Kimpton Seafire, a trendy modern addition to the Cayman scene.

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The striking central pool welcomes guests to a vibrant new resort with plenty to offer

 

Passerby on the beach can’t help but stop and marvel at the massive central pool, which winds its way through beautiful gardens and sets the tone for the rest of the resort. Every room has a private balcony from which to enjoy the ever-shifting blues and greens of the Caribbean Sea, and standalone bungalows provide oodles of space for family or friends. Splashes of bright colour inject just enough energy into the décor without pushing it into the realm of tacky. Dining is a true highlight at Seafire: Avecita offers delectable Spanish-style tapas at a Chef’s counter, while Coccoloba is one of the island’s few restaurants situated directly on top of Seven Mile Beach’s pristine sands. There’s no better place for a Caribbean sunset!

As we travel further east into the Atlantic, we come to the island of Puerto Rico. A U.S. territory, Puerto Rico displays a unique mix of Spanish, American, and Caribbean influences that set the island apart from its neighbors. The historic district of Old San Juan is stuffed with brightly colored buildings and cobblestone streets, with ancient forts and romantic restaurants side by side. The atmosphere is a special one, not to be missed – yet with the quality of luxurious properties here, leaving your resort might prove difficult! One of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite properties in the entire world calls Puerto Rico home: we’re talking about Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

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Suite living rooms open onto sunbeds, plunge pools, gardens, and the ocean beyond

 

There are only a handful of Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties across the globe – each is the epitome of an “exotic sanctuary”, with dedicated butler service, elevated experiences, and a strong sense of place. The Dorado Beach resort is no exception. The property underwent a complete renovation after Hurricane Maria’s 2017 landfall, and the results are truly spectacular. Suites and “Reserves” are plenty spacious – the smallest is nearly a thousand square feet – all of which are located on or near the resort’s private beaches, with stunning ocean views. Accommodation is split into East and West Beaches; we recommend the West Beach, with closer proximity to the best spots for ocean swimming. Activity options are seemingly endless, highlighted by the “Bioluminescent Bay Experience”, where guests can kayak through nighttime waters and watch as the plankton light up in vivid incandescence all around you! Their signature restaurant COA has Puerto Rico’s largest wine cellar…need we say more?

Luxurious Properties: Lovely Leewards

Past the Greater Antilles, the islands of the Caribbean get smaller, and start to bend south in a crescent shape. The first handful of these, known as the Leeward Islands, are some of the most exclusive in the region. Anguilla is among their number – a Caribbean postcard personified, with soft powdery sands and swaying palms. This is another excellent candidate for a true hideaway holiday, with the island largely avoiding the crush of mass tourism that plagues some of its neighbors. The place to do it? None other than the Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Anguilla.

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Elevated dining – quite literally – with unbroken views of Anguilla’s seas

 

A relatively new build (opened in fall 2016), the Four Seasons Anguilla occupies a privileged position near the western tip of the island. Buildings rise above the sand in clean whites, their interiors complemented by smooth cream shades that seem to invite the sunshine in. Ocean-View Suites are excellent for honeymooners – the rooftop option especially – while standalone multi-bedroom Villas are unmatched for a family vacation. Soft ocean breezes caress the wide-open spaces of the resort, whether it be the casual Half Shell Beach Bar framed by gorgeous natural wood or the signature restaurant Salt overlooking the water from its blufftop perch. The resort employs a “Spa Everywhere” concept; what better way to unwind than a personal salt scrub at a seaside cabana? You’ll leave Anguilla infinitely refreshed and ready to take on the world.

If Anguilla is the place to get away from it all, it’s southern neighbor – Saint Barthélemy, commonly known as St. Bart’s – is the opposite. This is the haunt of socialites and starlets, a place to see and be seen while still enjoying the laid-back Caribbean vibes. Travel to the island is a bit tricky – the only direct flight would be a private charter, enhancing its exclusivity – but once you’re there, you’ll be in no rush to leave. All the world’s best luxury brands have boutiques here, and the beach parties are peerless. The island is no more than a 20-minute drive from tip to tail; spend a day with the top down in a rental convertible, and you can explore all of its 16 beaches and countless treasures. There are no shortage of extraordinarily luxurious properties on St. Bart’s, but for elegant romance, the Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is impossible to beat.

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Cheval Blanc’s Beach Suites are a design lover’s dream

 

The only property in the Caribbean to hold the ultra-exclusive Palace designation, Cheval Blanc St-Barth sits on the northwest end of the island, along one of St. Bart’s longest and most tranquil beaches. Everything here is done in impeccable taste: the sprawling white suites with expansive terraces, the seaside cuisine enjoyed in sumptuous wicker chairs, the sailing yachts for cruising the sparkling seas. The Cheval Blanc brand prides itself on exceptional service; a team of “Alchemists” are on your doorstep at a moment’s notice, ready to create any kind of experience you wish (and even some you might have never thought of!). It’s the very best in romantic travel – and when you’re ready to party, Nikki Beach is eight minutes away.

Each of these delightful properties are part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s elite Partner Hotel network, with all of the Caribbean’s best resorts as members.  At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, we can offer unbeatable rates along with complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, exclusive experiences, spa credits, VIP status, and so much more! All this simply for booking with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Interested in other tropical trips? Check out our pieces on the luxurious properties of Oceania, a closer focus on the Turks & Caicos Islands, and a look at the Royal Caribbean cruise line!

Why Book with The Luxury Travel Agency

An update from The Luxury Travel Agency

During this worldwide pandemic and the onslaught of COVID-19, there has never been a more important time to work with a professional Travel Advisor at a reliable travel company.

While the world reels from the effects of COVID-19 and countries slowly start to reopen their borders, the vast number of rules and regulations that have been introduced to the traveling public has never been higher, nor have they ever changes so much, so quickly.

What is true today could change tomorrow. What is true to enter one country can vary from another country. And, what a traveler from one contrary is allowed or not allowed to go varies so much that some days it seems almost impossible to get the real facts.

Ask yourself this one question, “Why do I want to have the headache, stress and task of figuring out how, when and where I can travel when I can leave it all up to a professional Travel Advisor?”.  The answer is simple, there is no good reason for you to tackle this on your own!

Our team of Luxury Travel Advisors spend their days (and many nights and weekends) figuring all of this out. We have contacts around the world, we know where and how to get the answers. We take the stress out of travel planning so you can just worry about what to pack and what you want to do on your next vacation.

 

A beautiful sunset at Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos.

 

Luxury Travel in Capri Italy
Breakfast on the balcony at Capri Tiberio Palace

Why Book with The Luxury Travel Agency

We frequently have clients, or should I say, potential clients, ask, why should they book with The Luxury Travel Agency? Why not book directly through the hotels’ website, or through an OTA (On-Line Travel Agency) such as Booking.com, Expedia or any one of the other hundred sites.

In addition to the chaos and stress of travel planning during this COVID pandemic, there are many reasons to work with a professional, Luxury Travel Advisor and we will discuss the benefits of booking just a hotel or resort below.  In another article, we talk more about working with The Luxury Travel Agency to plan a complete luxury holiday.

Where do clients of The Luxury Travel Agency come from?

Let’s start at our location and does it even matter?  Even though we are based in Toronto, with the internet and communication tools such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, we can book luxury hotels and resorts for clients from around the world. We have clients based in the USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, Dubai, London, The Netherlands, Germany, France and more!

 

Jade Mountain Resort, A Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Jade Mountain Resort, A Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

The answer is really pretty simple! When you book one of our Partner Hotels, and there are over 2,000 of them, we do more than get you the most competitive pricing. The vast majority of the time, the price we offer, is the same as the “other guys”, but we offer you so much more… breakfast, hotel or spa or food and beverage credit, free Wi-Fi, room upgrades and the most important thing, VIP Status…. YOU benefit from OUR relationships!

The example I like to give is if you were to book an entry-level room at a Mandarin Oriental Hotel or a Peninsula Hotel, it will cost you $400-500/night, regardless of where you book.  In most cases, that gives you the room, nothing else.

 

Breakfast at a Peninsula Hotel
Breakfast at a Peninsula Hotel

Added value when booking with The Luxury Travel Agency

When you book that exact same room with The Luxury Travel Agency, you typically get over $200 of added value… at the same price!

Figure breakfast for two is easily $60-80, Wi-Fi is another $20, a nice Welcome Amenity, add another $30; plus a $100 Food and Beverage, Spa or Hotel Credit, you are already at over $200 of added value. And if we get you a room upgrade or a free night, the added value begins to soar!

Need an early check-in or a late check-out? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

And, we didn’t even talk about the VIP status! Who do you think they give the best rooms to? Yes, you are correct, their Preferred Partners. The worse rooms? They go to the clients that book on Booking.com, Expedia or any other myriad of on-line sites.

 

Luxurious Properties in Asia
The spectacular blooms of autumn in Japan are one of countless reasons to head east

To recap, the benefits of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency:

 

      • Room upgrades when available
      • Free Breakfast
      • $100 Hotel or Food and Beverage or Spa Credit
      • Free Wi-Fi
      • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, when available
      • Welcome Amenity
      • VIP Status

Benefits vary by hotel or resort, but the above is quite typical.

List of the main luxury hotel brands that The Luxury Travel Agency Partners with.

So, what is the catch of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency?

Nothing! The Luxury Travel Agency simply works hard to develop strong relationships with the best hotels around the world.  Our team spends more than four months on the road cultivating these relationships so that we can offer our clients the very best service and the most value for their money.

So, what is the difference between booking through The Luxury Travel Agency and an online travel agency? A LOT!

Contact us today and experience the difference for yourself!

The LTA Presents: Luxurious Properties

The Luxury Travel Agency is proud to work with the very best luxurious properties from all around the globe. Every continent has something to offer the discerning traveler, and in today’s connected era, nowhere is off the map! From the valleys of South America to the peaks of the Himalayas and everywhere in between, we have a partner property that is perfectly suited to you.

Luxurious Properties – Fabulous Far East

For many travelers, the lands to the east have long held a sense of fascination and exotic wonder. The immense cultural weight of Japan, Korea, and China; the intoxicating beauty of the Southeast Asia peninsula; the far-flung adventure promised by Oceania. This is a part of the world more popular than ever for visitors, and for good reason. Check out our Luxurious Properties articles on Asia and Oceania, and let the destination experts at The Luxury Travel Agency guide you on a journey you won’t soon forget!

Luxurious Properties in Asia
The splendid spring blooms of Japan are just one of countless reasons to head east

 

Luxurious Properties: Old World Wonders

Europe has thrived for centuries as a continent where vastly different places and people co-exist side by side – something which has always made it an alluring destination. While not often realized by the casual traveler, the same could be said of Africa: an ancient land with incredible diversity in its landscapes and cultures. Of course, their differences are numerous, and make for completely different travel experiences. Take a peek at our Luxurious Properties articles on Europe and Africa to kick-start your plans for your next adventure!

Luxurious Properties in Africa
Zebras beside the infinity pool – where else but Africa?

 

Luxurious Properties: Amazing Americas

While the Americas and Caribbean might be known as the “New World”, their appeal is anything but. South America offers a vivacious mix of dynamic cities and untouched landscapes, while the shimmering seas of the Caribbean are postcard-perfect in every way. Mexico is a land of music and mouthwatering cuisine, while its northern neighbours condense every imaginable environment into a pair of top-notch nations. Read more about our Luxurious Properties in South America,  Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada & the USA, and contact our expert Travel Advisors to chat about making your travel dreams come true!

Luxurious Properties in the Caribbean
Here in the Caribbean, its all about the views!

 

A little bit about The Luxury Travel Agency.  We are a boutique agency based in Toronto which specializes in luxury travel. We can do anything from a simple hotel booking to complete Trip Consultation and Planning. We partner with over 2,000 of the best luxury hotels and resorts around the world which means we can offer our clients an array of added amenities and benefits such as:

  • Room Upgrade when available
  • Daily Full Breakfast, up to two guests
  • USD 100 Hotel Credit 
  • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, when available
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Custom Welcome Amenity
  • VIP Status

The amenities and benefits vary from property to property, but we always do our best to get you the most value for your money and make sure your stay is as perfect as possible. 

Contact us for more details.

Luxurious Properties of South America

South America is a land of extremes: lush tropical rainforests and windswept alpine peaks, glittering beaches and rugged interiors, bustling cities and empty endless plains. This is a continent chock-full of destinations rising to international prominence; a few years from now, you might be wondering why you didn’t travel there earlier! The Luxury Travel Agency’s love for South America continues to grow, and we’d love to share some of our favourite places and properties with you.

Luxurious Properties – Jungles & Valleys

When you think of South America, the first image that comes to mind is often the jungle. And for good reason: the Amazon rainforest is Earth’s largest, representing over half of all that remain in the world today. One in ten known species call the Amazon home, a degree of biodiversity unmatched around the globe, and this doesn’t even account for the continent’s other jungles! In a rapidly urbanizing world, a journey to these rainforests offers an opportunity to reconnect with an ancient landscape – one with unquantifiable value that must be preserved at all costs.

Luxurious Properties in Rainforest
In the heart of the jungle at eco-friendly Mashpi Lodge

 

For a luxury experience in the heart of the jungle, there are few choices that can best the Mashpi Lodge. One of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”, Mashpi is perched high in the treetops of Ecuador’s Chocó-Andean forest, nearly a full kilometre above sea level. We really do mean the treetops; the floor-to-ceiling windows of your room are eye-level with the upper reaches of towering flora, providing an unbeatable view into the life of the jungle’s creatures. The sounds of the jungle are even clearer from the open-air terrace, a favourite perch for birdwatchers, who are treated to magnificent displays from the 400 species found here (35 of which live nowhere else). Explorations abound at Mashpi Lodge: guests can enjoy unique jungle viewpoints on open-air gondolas and “sky bikes” that have been custom-built for unparalleled access to the rainforest. A day of waterfall treks and a night of sleeping in the clouds – what more can an adventurer ask for?

Of course, the wealth of South America is not only biological; cultural treasures abound. Most travelers will recognize Peru’s Machu Picchu as a site of outstanding importance – as they should – but its remote location should encourage visitors to make a longer trip out of their journey, and enjoy the striking environment they find themselves in. Machu Picchu overlooks the Sacred Valley, the heartland of the Inca Empire which once ruled the area. Here, the Urubamba River is flanked by mountains of staggering size, with agricultural terraces sustaining those who still inhabit the valley. It’s a magnificent destination, and The Luxury Travel Agency has fallen in love with the Sol y Luna property which calls the valley home.

Luxurious Properties in Peru
Escape to a world of breathtaking wonder at Sol y Luna

 

While Mashpi is found in the treetops, Sol y Luna is actually much higher above sea level – three times, to be exact – and your experience there reflects the difference. Up in the thin alpine air, the colours are bolder, the wind cleaner, the sunsets more dazzling. Horseback riding is a popular pastime, while mountain biking, kayaking, and even parasailing over the snow-capped peaks can be enjoyed. The property itself is built in a traditional Peruvian style, with an emphasis on local touches. Low stone houses with terra cotta roofs welcome guests into a cozy space with original Peruvian art and working fireplaces that warm your toes during the cool nights. Rather than keep their own gardens, Sol y Luna works closely with local farmers who can sustainably grow the produce they need, which finds its way into exquisite dishes that marry ancient flavours with contemporary techniques. This property is a must for any travelers to Machu Picchu – it’s worth a visit all on its own!

Luxurious Properties – Remote Wilderness

The wild, rugged expanses of Patagonia have long attracted those whose thirst for adventure could not be quenched by lesser lands. Until the last several decades, travel to this mountainous region “at the end of the world” was limited to whatever you could carry on horseback; roads were sparse, and accommodation nearly non-existent. The spirit of exploration lives on – but travelers today have a few more resources at hand for a more comfortable expedition. A handful of luxury lodges have sprung up in the heart of the wilderness, offering an authentic experience nearly unmatched around the globe. One of the finest is the stunning explora Patagonia property.

The Luxury Travel Agency loves this luxurious property
The scenery at explora Patagonia will stop you in your tracks!

 

A trip to Patagonia involves a substantial time commitment; in the case of explora, guests must fly into Chile’s capital of Santiago, then hop on a connecting flight to Punta Arenas (3 ½ hours), and finally ride with a staff member on a 4 ½-hour drive to the property. But once you arrive, every minute of that travel will be worth it. The views alone deserve the effort – the lodge is perched above the Salto Grande waterfall, which pours into the serene Lake Pehoé, all of it framed by the awe-inspiring mountains of the Paine ridge. Drinking in the views from your wood-furnished room, you might be tempted to do little else! But no one comes down to Patagonia just to sit around, and the explora team ensure that you have everything you need to tackle the Torres del Paine National Park, with over 40 “explorations” available to enjoy. If you’re looking for true adventure, you’ll find it here!

For travelers with an ecological bent, South America offers plenty of intrigue – perhaps no destination is as synonymous with the pursuit as the Galapagos Islands. It was here that Charles Darwin traveled on the Beagle in 1835, an expedition which would lead to his theories on evolutionary biology that changed science forever. With mainland Ecuador nearly a thousand kilometres away, this is a completely unique environment that draws experienced travelers from around the globe.

Luxurious Properties in the Galapagos
When you want to escape – really escape – Pikaia Lodge is the place to be

 

In such a remote land, the quality of accommodation has mostly been wanting – until now. The Pikaia Lodge is perched on the edge of an extinct volcano, 450 meters above sea level, with unbroken ocean views on three sides and misty jungle highlands rising at its back. All rooms are outfitted with massive floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces – the views are certainly the stars here. Internal design is kept crisp and simple; after all, if your trip to the Galapagos is going well, you won’t be spending much time inside! There is one suite with a private plunge pool, and we encourage an early booking if this is a must for you. One of the Lodge’s top features is their collection of yachts, each of which are elite options for their respective specialties. The 105-ft M/Y Pikaia I, its crown jewel, offers an unmatched day touring experience, with the size and stability to provide a comfortable onboard experience complete with private cabins for every guest. There’s no better choice for the adventure of a lifetime.

Luxurious Properties – Splendid Cities

For all its natural splendour, South America is also home to dynamic, cosmopolitan cities that tick all the boxes an urban traveler might list. Mouthwatering cuisine, lively nightlife, stunning museums and art galleries…the list goes on. Few cities capture the imagination like Rio de Janiero. The wide golden sands of its beaches host throngs of revelers to an endless backdrop of infectious samba beats, while Christ the Redeemer watches over the scene. If you’re keen on joining the party, you have to do it right – and the Belmond Copacabana Palace is the place to call home.

The Luxury Travel Agency loves this Rio property
On the doorstep of Copacabana Beach, the Palace is the central hotel of choice

 

Built directly across the street from the world’s most famous beach, the Copacabana Palace has been the address to know for nearly a hundred years. This was the beach that made Rio famous, and the Palace is the host of the international jet-set who flock here to partake in the fun. The hotel employs a graceful art-deco design that never goes out of style; spacious rooms and suites are decorated in crisp white colours that enhance the sun-kissed atmosphere, with unobstructed views of the beach and the ocean beyond. Gourmands will love the multiple Michelin-starred restaurants on property, including Mee, the only pan-Asian restaurant in Rio to earn the distinction. For luxury travelers who crave being in the center of the action, there’s only one choice in the “Marvelous City” – the Palace awaits!

Further south, Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires beckons as a destination with something for everyone. This has long been one of the most diverse cities in the Americas, and it doesn’t take long to feel this heritage; one might walk past massive Catholic churches, gorgeous mosques, and Jewish temples on a night out, with opera houses and theatres of all description dotting the streets. In fact, the city is often referred to as, “the Paris of the South”, so vibrant is its culture. Buenos Aires strikes a delicate balance between honouring its past and embracing its future – and nowhere is this better expressed than the beautiful Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.

Luxurious Properties in Argentina
The esteemed Palacio Duhau has long been regarded as the city’s top hotel

Also known as the Palacio Duhau, the Park Hyatt is an elegant hotel that embodies the spirit of Buenos Aires. The property is actually split in two, with a contemporary wing paired with a “Palace” building that echoes the city’s heritage. The interiors are impeccably stylish; the city’s socialites (of which there are no small number) flock to the hotel’s terraces and gardens for functions and laid-back hobnobbing. Argentine beef is world-famous for its quality – some cuts are so tender, you can cut them with a spoon – and the Duhau Restaurant offers some of the very best. The Oak Bar is the epitome of old-school cool, with deep leather chairs complementing the oak-paneled walls and wood-burning fireplace, with a terrace overlooking the lush gardens to top it all off. There’s plenty of choice in Buenos Aires, but for a truly discerning luxury traveler, the Palacio Duhau cannot be beat.

All of these memorable properties are part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s massive Partner Hotel network, with the best of South America represented.  At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, we can offer the lowest rates, along with free benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, spa credits, VIP status, and so much more! All you need to do is book with The Luxury Travel Agency, and this unmatched value is yours to enjoy.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

For more ideas to whet your travel whistle, check out our pieces on exclusive Park Hyatt properties around the world, or our article on Peru for more on this incredible country!

Luxurious Properties in Africa

Africa is a truly gargantuan landscape, with unbelievable variation in its places and people. Tanzania and Morocco are about as similar as Canada and Mexico – maybe even less so! Cultures, languages, cuisines; there is a staggering amount to take in, no matter where you find yourself. Yet there is something about the “Mother Continent” that exudes an attraction like nowhere else. The Luxury Travel Agency has journeyed to Africa plenty of times, and each time we leave, we find ourselves planning a speedy return!

Luxurious Properties – Northern Africa

Straddling the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco has long been a land of vibrant commerce and culture. Nowhere in the country is this better displayed than in Marrakesh. At the heart of the city, the medina holds treasures both ancient and modern, with a labyrinth of markets and stalls that make any shopaholic’s dreams come true. Despite the heat, Marrakesh is renowned for its gardens, which spring up through the city like relieving oases of color. Plenty of luxury travelers want to “live like a king”, but how often can you actually stay in a king’s hotel? In Marrakesh, you can do just that at the Royal Mansour.

Luxurious Properties in Marrakesh
A hidden world of palatial dreams at The Royal Mansour

 

This one-of-a-kind property was commissioned by none other than King Mohammed VI, Morocco’s ruler. Based on the concept of “a medina within a medina”, the grounds provide a safe haven from the bustle of the city outside, with pools, gardens, and running water abundant. Each of the 53 riads are self-contained palaces of their own, spread over three floors with private rooftop pools in every one. Many hotels offer dedicated butler service, but at the Royal Mansour, each riad has a committed team of ten staff members. What’s more, the property has been designed with a system of underground service tunnels used by the staff, so you’ll notice their efforts without their presence! This is a hotel built for royalty – and a stay there will make you feel like royalty yourself.

To the east, the sprawling city of Cairo dominates the face of Egypt as the largest city in the Arab world. Built on the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is a metropolis of motion and noise, with millions of residents from all walks of life pursuing their daily duties under the watchful gaze of ancient monuments. The city is a must for history buffs; the brand-new Grand Egyptian Museum (the world’s largest archaeological museum) is slated to open within the next year, and of course, the Giza Pyramids are within eyesight.

The Luxury Travel Agency's top luxurious property in Cairo
Sweeping views of the Nile River from the Executive Suite at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

 

For the best in luxury accommodation, look no further than The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo. Overlooking the life-giving river, this is a hotel of stately excellence. Rooms and suites are decorated in bright, crisp colors, with smooth wood furnishings and plenty of space. Nearly every room category overlooks the Nile, a perfect vantage point for any visitor. We highly recommend adding an upgrade to Club Lounge Access; Club guests enjoy dedicated concierge services, floor-to-ceiling windows of the river, and unique culinary perks, such as an ability to select the exact ingredients the Lounge chefs will use in your favorite dish! There’s no better address to call home in Egypt’s bustling capital.

Luxurious Properties – East Africa

As we move south towards East Africa, we begin to find some of the world’s most renowned safari destinations. One such spot is the nation of Kenya, which proudly claims some of the most dramatic scenery on the continent. The Masai Mara is one of the world’s most important game reserves, home to some of the largest remaining populations of Africa’s elephants and big cats, as well as the Maasai people themselves who have called this land home for centuries. The Mara plays host to the annual “Great Migration”, in which millions of animals move clockwise from the southern Serengeti up to Kenya and back, following the rains. While there are heaps of excellent properties to choose from in Kenya, one stands out for its quality in every facet of the safari experience: the &Beyond Bateleur Camp. 

Luxurious Properties in Kenya
You might forget you’re “in the wild” at the Bateleur Camp!

 

Set on the rim of the Great Rift Valley, in the heart of the Masai Mara, the Bateleur Camp offers everything a safari-goer could dream of. Naturally, the game drives are the premier attraction; herds of all shapes and sizes roam the open plains, where predator hunts are often visible to lucky guests. Days of spectacular adventure end in evenings of fireside meals, your table arranged under the spectacular Kenyan sunset. Another draw is the opportunity to interact with the Maasai people, many of whom are staff members at the Camp. Guests can visit a local village and learn about this incredible culture, which is so inextricably woven into our understanding of Kenya and even Africa itself.

As Kenya’s southern neighbor and “partner” in The Great Migration, Tanzania holds an equal amount of importance as a critical wilderness destination. The Serengeti National Park is perhaps the most famous of its kind, and Mount Kilimanjaro remains one of the world’s most memorable sights, its snow-capped peak towering over the plains. Visitors can choose from a wide palette of environments to explore – but for pure wildlife enthusiasts, following the Migration is a dream come true. And when it comes to that authentic wilderness experience, the Singita Explore camp is second to none.

Luxurious Properties on Safari
Singita’s canvas tents get you closest to the action in true explorer style

 

There are other safari options that offer access to the Migration, but few actually move around to maximize that access – and none do it as well as Singita. The camp is designed for private use, with a maximum of six tents, meaning the only other guests are your own family and friends. While many of Singita’s other properties are more luxurious in the traditional sense, it’s nearly impossible to match the experiential luxury that this property provides. Guests have access to 350,000 acres of the Grumeti Reserve – entirely managed by Singita – on which massive herds of wildebeest and zebra move amongst the rarer “Big Five” (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and Cape buffalo). The camp is always set up in a location best suited for the wildlife viewing. Staff on hand include a personal chef, host, and Field Guide, ensuring continuity from the best in their field who can anticipate your needs at every turn. Anyone can stay at a safari lodge, but sleeping “under the stars” – in serious style – makes for the memory of a lifetime.

Luxurious Properties – Southern Africa

Of course, it wouldn’t be a “Luxurious Properties” article without including a sun-kissed beach destination! Just off the coast of Mozambique, in the stretch of ocean between Madagascar and the mainland, lie a handful of gorgeous tropical islands that rival anything in the Caribbean for their beauty. One in particular, Benguerra Island, is home to several luxury resorts that offer a perfect counterpoint to the safari adventures of the interior. The best of these? Azura Benguerra Island.

The Luxury Travel Agency's favourite beach in Africa!
Serene sunsets on Benguerra Island are just what the doctor ordered

 

There are fewer and fewer beaches that are truly unspoilt – but the sands of Benguerra are among them, and this alone is reason enough to visit the Azura property. Each of the 20 villas are mere steps from the beach, yet secluded enough to eliminate any concern about the eyes of passerby. Personal infinity pools look out to the ocean, while the villas themselves are decorated in an “afro-contemporary” style, with gorgeous wood furnishings and plenty of space. The resort is designed in a simple, comfortable style; those keen on soaring glass walls and Japanese fusion restaurants should look elsewhere. Instead, the focus is on relaxing your mind and feeling at one with the dreamy environment. Of course, there’s no shortage of activities if you’re the type to keep busy: guided night snorkeling, kayaking through the mangroves, and island-hopping are just a few of the adventures on offer. To finish off your day with a private dinner for two on the white sands – that’s true luxury!

Finally, we come to South Africa, a nation that often deserves its own journey! So many of Africa’s climes are featured here, from the arid deserts of the north to the stunning coastlines of the south and the mountains standing between them. Some of Africa’s best wildlife opportunities are found in Kruger National Park, often the preferred choice for first-time safari-goers. Yet it’s the Winelands just outside of Cape Town that provide a unique African travel opportunity – a region just as stunning as its European counterparts. There are handfuls of gorgeous properties to choose from, but none so opulent as La Residence.

Luxurious Properties in South Africa
Gorgeous suites open onto even better views at La Residence

 

At La Residence, every single suite is uniquely designed – an indication of the care lavished upon its guests. These suites lack for nothing: size (starting at 85 square meters), style (designed by famed hotelier Liz Biden), and amenities (minibars stocked with free wine and champagne) are all in plentiful supply. Traveling families can employ the multi-room suites to keep everyone under one roof. Surrounded by vineyards, mountains, and delightful small towns, there’s plenty to explore, with bicycles the transport of choice. The dining and wine tasting here is some of the world’s best, and no matter where you look, the views are simply remarkable. A can’t-miss destination on any South African itinerary!

Each of these wondrous properties are part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s extensive Partner Hotel network, representing the elite options across Africa and around the world. At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get unbeatable rates, along with complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, free breakfast, incredible guided experiences, VIP status, and much more! All for simply choosing The Luxury Travel Agency for booking your next trip.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Keen to scratch your itch for adventure? Check out our pieces on the best of Peru, thrills in New Zealand, or hiking in Southeast Asia!

Luxurious Properties of Europe

For many travelers, Europe represents the best of “old-world” luxury: mammoth stone castles, sprawling palaces with velvet and chandeliers, historic villas perched on the edge of the sea. Naturally, these can all be found in abundance – yet their contemporary counterparts offer a unique experience all their own.

As a continent with plenty of vibrant cultures in close proximity, and more than enough history to go around, Europe truly has something for every traveler. Let’s take a look at some of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorites!

Luxurious Properties – Mediterranean Magic

For as long as there have been humans in Europe, the Mediterranean Sea has shaped their existence. Vital to trade and travel, it has provided the means for nations to grow and interact with one another – not to mention the livelihoods of their people. Its beauty has inspired the artists of antiquity, a power that still holds sway over millions today.

Several islands in the Mediterranean hold a near-mythical status; Capri is such a place. An hour by ferry from the Italian city of Naples, Capri oozes luxury: immaculate white villas, super yachts anchored offshore, and inimitable views of the stunning cobalt sea from nearly every vantage point. For those who want the finest in accommodations without sacrificing location, look no further than the Capri Tiberio Palace.

Luxury Travel in Capri Italy
Breakfast on the balcony at Capri Tiberio Palace

 

This luxurious property sits in the middle of the island, a few minutes’ walk from the central square (La Piazzetta) and the boutique shops that surround it. Since the island is quite hilly, this proximity is a huge boon to its guests; yet even without it, the hotel would claim a place among the island’s elite. The design walks a fine line between modern and classic, with unique vintage pieces adorning rooms decorated in bright shades of cream and aqua. Terrazza Tiberio offers the best of ultra-fresh Caprese cuisine in a refined indoor/outdoor space; and of course, the views from just about everywhere have to be seen to believe.

Further east, in the Aegean arm of the Mediterranean, lie the Cyclades: a Greek island group with unmatched history. Populated for thousands of years, they specialize today in welcoming visitors from all over the world – perhaps none more so than the island of Mykonos. Long a preferred destination for the jet-set elite, Mykonos enjoys an unparalleled reputation when it comes to “see and be seen”. This is the isle for socialites and tastemakers, and the Cavo Tagoo Mykonos is the place they call home.

Luxurious Properties in Mykonos
Endless Aegean views from your balcony at Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

One of the trendiest properties on the island (if not the world), Cavo Tagoo is infinitely Instagrammable, a must-have quality for the best hotels here. Newly renovated rooms and suites are designed in that crisp white found throughout Mykonos, with most units offering a private pool or hot tub from which to enjoy the endless Aegean views. We at The Luxury Travel Agency adore the Cave Pool Suite, with its outdoor space carved from the very rock itself; for those who need plenty of room, the Golden Villas are for you, with open-concept floor plans and huge sunbeds to while away the day. Foodies are in for a special treat: the globally renowned Zuma brand is bringing a “seasonal pop-up” restaurant to the hotel, offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cuisine. What more could a trendsetter ask for?

Luxurious Properties – Alpine Air

North of the Mediterranean, the Alps stretch through Central Europe, transforming the land into majestic snow-capped peaks and sun-splashed valleys. This is a region long renowned for its health benefits, with Europe’s elite escaping the cities to enjoy the clean air and wide-open spaces of the mountain range.

One country with plenty of alpine history is Switzerland, with most of their territory dominated by the highest peaks in the mountain range. The Swiss enjoy an exceptionally high quality of life – a characteristic which extends to their alpine domain. Many of the world’s greatest ski villages and mountain resorts are found here. One of the finest? The Alpina Gstaad.

Luxury Properties in the Alps
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, it doesn’t get more exclusive than Gstaad!

 

A two-hour drive east of Geneva, the town of Gstaad has welcomed luxury travelers for over a century. It’s ultra-exclusive – with a resident population of only a few thousand, space is at a premium – and has long catered to the rich and famous looking for a discrete alpine getaway. The Alpina Gstaad is the best of the town’s newer luxury hotels: opening eight years ago, it was built at an average cost of $5 million per room, yet its exteriors maintain the time-honoured Swiss style. Inside, the décor is warm and cozy, with plenty of natural timber and stone fireplaces. Two of their restaurants are Michelin-starred, including Megu, widely regarded as the country’s best Japanese eatery. The hotel does a magnificent job of blending the charming traditional Swiss feel with modern amenities and perks – a feat that makes it an elite luxurious property for your next alpine adventure.

Traveling south (rather than east) from Geneva will bring you into the French Alps and face-to-face with the shining star of French alpine tourism: the ski resort of Courchevel. Like Gstaad, Courchevel has enjoyed a long and glittering history of entertaining the jet-set. It also offers a much larger territory for those who actually do want to hit the slopes; guests can explore the entirety of “Les Trois Vallées”, the largest linked ski area in the world! There are plenty of luxurious properties to choose from – perhaps none more so than Cheval Blanc Courchevel.

Luxurious Properties in the French Alps
Rooms at the Cheval Blanc Courchevel embody the best in alpine luxury

 

Part of the meticulously curated Cheval Blanc collection, this alpine hotel wants for nothing when it comes to chic French elegance. One of a handful of French hotels with the coveted “Palace” designation (reserved for only the very best), there is no better option for a luxury ski holiday. Each of the 36 rooms and suites offer comfort and style in equal measure; clean modern lines intersect with fur blankets and modern art, while hammam-showers equipped for chromotherapy offer guests a spa experience in their very own lodgings. Of course, this shouldn’t preclude you from a trip to their Spa itself, offering custom-designed Guerlain treatments along with pools, baths, and saunas of all description. There’s even a dedicated “Hair Room Service” headed by renowned stylist John Nollet, with certain services available in your own room. If there’s any property sure to make your friends jealous, this is the one!

Luxurious Properties – Urban Oases

The world’s best cities combine rich history with modern energy, natural beauty with thriving cultural scenes, and culinary influences from around the globe. Nowhere may be a better current example than Berlin, the German capital enjoying a growing reputation as a city at the forefront of urban living today. Chock-full of politically and emotionally charged history (recent enough to still feel), with a pronounced emphasis on creative lifestyles and the parties that come with it, Berlin is a destination for travelers seeking something new. When it’s finally time to rest from your adventures, The Luxury Travel Agency recommends the Hotel De Rome, a Rocco Forte property, as your urban sanctuary.

Luxurious Properties in Germany
The Rooftop Terrace at Hotel De Rome is Berlin’s best summertime address

 

The hotel enjoys a location on the historic Bebelplatz, one of Berlin’s most iconic squares, in a meticulously restored former bank building. Rooms and suites are decorated with careful restraint, paintings and pillows adding splashes of colour to the smooth creams and occasional wood paneling of the walls. An excellent rooftop terrace is the place to be on summer evenings, with designer cocktails, seafood platters, and occasional “grill sessions” filling out the menu. The perfect place to end your day – or kick off your night!

We couldn’t write a section on European cities without mentioning London – Brexit notwithstanding. Few visitors need a primer on what London offers (the history, shopping, dining, museums & galleries, sports, fashion…we could go on), and even fewer have trouble finding a hotel of quality to stay in. But with so many options, how does a luxury traveler choose? Our Agency has plenty of stunning Partner Hotels in the city, yet one that’s really caught our eye is the newly refurbished Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

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The stunning Belgravia Suite is just one of the new features at MO Hyde Park, London

 

Having undergone head-to-toe renovations completed just last year, the hotel is a beacon of modern luxury that stands out even amongst London’s elite. The location couldn’t be better: the front opens onto central Knightsbridge, with top-notch shopping opportunities (including world-famous Harrod’s) on your doorstep, while the hotel backs directly onto magnificent Hyde Park. One could spend a morning at the finest boutiques, an afternoon strolling through the brilliant foliage, and an evening at Gordon Ramsey’s renowned Petrus restaurant – all without straying further than a block or two from your hotel. Rooms are large and lavish, with art-deco touches and plenty of natural light. This correspondent had the pleasure of staying in the gorgeous Belgravia Suite – a space truly unlike any other in London.

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Bustling Knightsbridge is the neighborhood of choice for London luxury!

 

The Luxury Travel Agency’s comprehensive Partner Hotel network encompasses these and countless others of Europe’s best – no matter your preference or style, we know a property that’ll fit you perfectly! At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get the very best rates, plus complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, free breakfast, exclusive services, dining credits, and much more! Simply by choosing The Luxury Travel Agency for booking your next trip.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Can’t wait to plan your next trip to Europe? We recommend our pieces on that first post-pandemic holiday, as well as some of the best reasons to book your travels with The Luxury Travel Agency!

 

Like our list of luxurious properties in Europe?  Be sure to check out our list of luxurious properties in Asia and Oceania.

Luxurious Properties of Oceania

Long a region considered too far-flung for most holidays, Oceania has seen a surge in luxury tourism over the last several years. Greater numbers of savvy travelers are drawn by the allure of these lands and surrounding seas, possessing an ancient beauty nearly unmatched the world over. The Luxury Travel Agency has seen the best of Oceania’s luxurious properties, and we can’t wait to share them all with you!

Luxurious Properties – Australia

When most people think of Australia, the Outback is likely the first thing that comes to mind: endless dry plains, tumbleweeds, maybe the occasional kangaroo. Yet the range of environments found “down under” can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.

Driving west from Sydney will bring you not to the desert, but to the Blue Mountains, one million hectares of eucalyptus forest, striking sandstone cliffs, and wildlife in abundance. Nestled among these hills is the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a special property in a special place.

 

Luxurious Properties in Australia
The sandstone cliffs glow as the sun sets on Wolgan Valley

 

For travelers keen to experience “life in the bush” without sacrificing luxury, this is a destination not to be missed. The adventures at Wolgan Valley are endless: explore miles of trails on horseback, hike behind waterfalls through magical glow-worm tunnels, and hop in a 4WD with your personal guide on a sunset wildlife tour, eyes open for kangaroos, wallabies, and wedge-tailed eagles. When night falls, your guide can drive you out to your own private campfire, complete with culinary treats and a telescope for exploring the awe-inspiring southern stars. Retire to your Villa, an expansive home of natural wood and stone, with a private pool and floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum enjoyment of your surroundings.

Of course, Australia owes a great deal of global clout to its beaches and its most widely renowned natural attraction, the Great Barrier Reef. Located a fair distance offshore, most visitors keen on the Reef have to book day trips from the mainland – but the best place to stay gets you closer. We’re talking about qualia Resort, one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite properties in all Oceania.

 

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Windward Pavilions at qualia – simply the most incredible views!

 

The resort is located on Hamilton Island, the central cog in the Whitsundays, a gorgeous grouping of islands that stretch along Australia’s northeastern coast. Daily flights from the major cities will take you direct, and the resort is mere minutes from the airport, making this a convenient tropical escape!
Qualia’s pavilions are sleek, light, and airy, aiming to capture as much of the glorious ocean air as possible; the transition between indoors and outdoors is seamless. We particularly recommend the Windward Pavilions, which have private plunge pools to enjoy – the perfect place to sip on a drink and watch the world go by. All of the usual island activities are on offer – sailing, snorkeling, etc. – but the signature experiences take it up a notch. We love the “Best of Both Worlds” tour: start with a helicopter flight over the Reef, land at a pontoon for snorkeling, then over to your own private beach for an afternoon of pure relaxation. There’s no better way to explore the riches of the Whitsundays!

Luxurious Properties – New Zealand

If Australia is “down under”, New Zealand is “way down under” – as far from the rest of the world as you can get! The assortment of climes here is even more varied than its northern neighbor; lush tropical forests in the north give way to snowy alpine peaks in the south, with beaches, lakes, and rolling hills scattered through the nation.

The North Island region of Taupo is a favorite for visitors and locals alike, with its ancient redwood forests, volcanic hot springs, and world-renowned fly fishing…not to mention a lake the size of Singapore! It’s a place emblematic of its country – and the top address here is the venerated Huka Lodge.

 

Luxurious Properties in New Zealand
Award-winning design produces an elegant balance between interiors and the outdoors

 

Perched on the banks of the Waikato River, Huka Lodge claims a special status as the first of New Zealand’s ultra-luxury lodges, a designation it maintains today. Dignitaries, movie stars, even royalty – all have called the Lodge home. This is a property of natural elegance, beautifully weaving its history and immaculate hospitality standards with the picture-perfect surroundings. Seventeen acres of impeccably designed gardens flow through the property, with an array of flora unmatched in the country. One of our favourite features are the 20 private dining areas dotted throughout the Lodge and grounds; you can (and should) enjoy your delectable five-course dinner at a different spot every evening!

Down on the South Island, the scenery is even more striking: jagged mountains rise from glittering lakes, with old-growth forests that harken back to prehistoric times. It’s all about the outdoors in these parts – Queenstown (the hub for the region) bills itself as the, “Adventure Capital of the World”, a claim quickly validated by all those lucky enough to visit.

There are plenty of excellent properties to stay at, but perhaps none as singularly impressive as Minaret Station. Here, that old saying about real estate – location, location, location – has never been more apt. Minaret Station is a collection of four one-bedroom chalets and a central lodge, set in a remote glacial valley high up in the Southern Alps. Here’s the kicker: you can only access the property via helicopter! A half-hour from the Queenstown Airport will take you over snowy peaks, coursing alpine rivers, through immense mountains and valleys – and that’s just your transfer.

 

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Your chauffeur awaits for the alpine adventure of a lifetime!

 

Activities at Minaret are very much heli-based, since the imposing landscape simply doesn’t accommodate any other means. And what a landscape it is – we hear time and again from our clients that they find themselves “in a movie” as they explore this slice of the globe. Where else can you land on the shores of an alpine lake, the beaches of the mighty Pacific, a stupendous glacier, and a virgin old-growth forest, all untouched by mankind – in the span of only a few hours on tour? When the day is done, Minaret’s chef is ready to welcome you home with only the freshest dishes to enjoy; this correspondent has never tasted more exquisite lamb in his life. There are few world-class properties as remote as Minaret Station, and even fewer that will imprint your memory as it does.

Luxurious Properties – South Pacific

Of course, Oceania is much more than its two largest nations – there’s a whole lot of ocean involved! Pairing a visit to the South Pacific with Australia and/or New Zealand makes for a perfectly balanced journey, as these island paradises offer five-star respite from the endless activities on the “mainland” – and even here, there’s as much to do as anyone could want.

The islands of French Polynesia are some of the most sought-after around the world; while Bora Bora may be the most famous of their number, properties even more exclusive and luxurious can be found nearby. Our favourite? The Brando, located on Tetiaroa Atoll, only a 20-minute plane hop from Tahiti. A favorite of Tahitian chiefs for centuries, the island was purchased by Marlon Brando in 1967, and has only recently evolved into the ultra-luxe hideaway it is today.

 

Luxurious Properties in South Pacific
Bask in the natural splendour of Tetiaroa Atoll

 

Each of the 35 spacious villas provide your own private stretch of soft white beach, along with a plunge pool and generous indoor/outdoor eating spaces. Designed with traditional Polynesian life in mind, you’ll feel intertwined with the island from the first moment you step foot inside. At The Brando, sustainability is key; all materials are locally sourced or recycled, and the resort itself is nearly carbon-neutral, an impressive feat for a property of this calibre. Hosts of rare birds and fish call these atolls home, and it only takes one plunge into the underwater coral gardens to see for yourself. Barack Obama spent a month here immediately following his presidency – not a bad endorsement!

Another favorite haunt of the rich and famous can be found in nearby Fiji, which offers shorter and more frequent direct flights from Australia and New Zealand. Here, all of the top resorts occupy their own private islands – none more exclusive than Laucala Island. Here, guests are treated to nothing less than the very best. Fresh cuisine is ensured by raising and growing nearly everything on the island itself; the greenhouse and gardens are overflowing, the chickens are a unique Austrian breed, and even wagyu cows call it home!

 

Top Luxurious Property in Fiji
Picture-perfect outdoor design for each villa to exclusively enjoy

 

Villas are of a staggering size, with separate chambers so large they could pass for their own small buildings. Private plunge pool? Try a full-sized version, complete with thatched pagodas, sunbeds, colorful gardens, and exclusive stretches of soft white sand. It’s difficult to leave your villa grounds – but when you do, amazement awaits you. Fijian horses, a championship golf course, and some of the globe’s best snorkelling & diving are just a few of the perks to enjoy. Laucala’s private collection of 14 boats includes gorgeous modern yachts and double-masted sailboats – no matter what kind of aquatic adventure you’re after, you’ll be impeccably provided for. We at The Luxury Travel Agency have stayed at hundreds of the best luxurious properties the world over, and very few can match the breathtaking splendor of Laucala Island.

Luxury Travel Activities in Fiji
Come sail away through Fijian paradise!

 

These brilliant properties are just a tiny fraction of The Luxury Travel Agency’s  Partner Hotel network, encompassing all of Oceania’s very best along with every other destination you know (and many you don’t – at least, not yet!). At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get the lowest possible rates, plus a smorgasbord of benefits such as free breakfast, private guided experiences, activity credits, and much more! All for selecting The Luxury Travel Agency as your trusted travel professionals.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Interested in all things Oceania? Check out our pieces on Aussie must-sees, New Zealand adventures, and beautiful Bora Bora!

 

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The Luxury Travel Agency’s Top Luxurious Properties of Asia

The world is full of luxurious properties that distill the best of a destination into their very substance and style. Nowhere is this better practiced than the continent of Asia, where ancient cultures find their contemporary expression in elite hotels and resorts which pay homage to their past while constantly striving toward their vision of the future.

Of course, the word “Asia” denotes a vast collection of countries and cultures, many of which bear the least resemblance to one another. Our team at The Luxury Travel Agency has years of personal experience living and travelling in Asia – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable team for your travels to the East. Below, some of our favorite luxury properties to explore!

Luxurious Properties – East Asia

Any visitor to Japan would be remiss to depart without a stop in Kyoto, the ancient once-capital that still thrives as the cultural heart of the nation. Kyoto was largely spared from the destruction wrought by WWII, and thus preserved much of the stunning architectural heritage that makes it such a popular destination today.

There is no shortage of gorgeous luxury properties to stay at, but it’s difficult to rival The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto for overall quality. Built low along the banks of the Kamo River, this hotel has thousands of years of distinct Japanese heritage to draw on, and it does a remarkable job of conveying this in a modern fashion. Rooms and suites are designed with crisp lines reminiscent of typical Japanese architecture and decorated in soft natural shades that soothe one’s mind immediately upon entry. The Luxury Travel Agency strongly recommends booking a room with a river view; the floor-to-ceiling windows display wonderful views of the Kamo River and a backdrop of green mountains to the east.

Luxurious Properties in Kyoto
The elegant Kamogawa Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

 

Diners are spoilt for choice; The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers the unique opportunity to enjoy selections from four major Japanese cuisine styles (kaiseki, sushi, teppanyaki, & tempura) in the same restaurant, while also housing one of the best Italian spots in the city. With all this said, the most outstanding quality of the hotel may be its staff. Anticipatory without being pushy, knowledgeable without being robotic, the staff are always cognizant of Japanese excellence in service – a tradition they honor at every turn.

Further south, we come to the fabled island of Hong Kong. Long an intersection for many cultures, Hong Kong has always put a unique spin on the millennia of Chinese history flowing from the mainland, with influences from Portuguese and British traders weaved into its colorful tapestry. The city has long been regarded as an international hub of the first degree, and its hotels reflect this quality.

One of the most highly anticipated openings in recent memory, the Rosewood Hong Kong welcomed its first guests just over a year ago. Towering 65 storeys over world-famous Victoria Harbour, on the Kowloon side, the hotel is the new flagship of the Rosewood brand, and the effort put into its construction corresponds appropriately to this lofty status.

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Suites at the Rosewood Hong Kong offer glorious views of Victoria Harbour

 

Rooms and suites are gracefully sophisticated, with a refined residential feel; guests might imagine that they’re staying in the home of a Hong Kong tycoon with impeccable taste, rather than a hotel. Our luxury advisors strongly recommend booking a suite; not only for their size and stunning harbour views but for the additions of personal butler service (packing/unpacking services are a real treat) and access to the Manor Club (a gorgeous 40th-floor lounge offering premium all-day snacks and beverages). Throw in the gorgeous Asaya Spa – Rosewood’s first urban location – and there’s no better choice for your visit to Hong Kong.

Luxurious Properties – Southeast Asia

Continental Southeast Asia is known for many things, chief among them jungles, temples, and elephants; nowhere is this better experienced than the famed Golden Triangle region, where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos converge.

Here, nestled on the banks of the Ruak River, sits the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle. This is a property that brings all of your explorer dreams to life – an immersive experience like none other! The adventure starts in a nearby town, where guests board a traditional longtail boat for a short trip up the river towards the property. Pulling up to the dock, a gong is sounded to herald your arrival, refreshing welcome drinks are served, and the Camp Manager personally greets you to explain the layout of the Camp while your luggage is whisked away to your luxury tent.

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A look inside the explorer-era Tent at the Camp

 

If the prospect of sleeping in a “tent” worries you, have no fear – these tents are nearly 600 square feet, with hardwood floors, plush king-size beds, and massive outdoor decks, some with their own wooden hot-tubs! Each of the Camp’s 15 tents is uniquely themed and decorated, echoing a “golden age” of exploration; you’ll feel transported back to a different time and place from the moment you step foot inside.

Of course, the Camp’s biggest attraction (quite literally) is the elephants! Only a handful live on the property, each having been rescued from situations of abuse or neglect. The natural habitats for Asian elephants continue to shrink, and elephants who have lived with humans often cannot re-integrate themselves in the wild – so the Tented Camp provides a safe and stable home for them, each with their own mahout (handler) with whom their bonds are exceptionally strong. Guests can feed and interact with these amazing giants – they’ll even come up to the restaurant at breakfast to join you!

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A five-star breakfast for you – and the elephants!

 

From the jungle to the sea – out in the Philippines lies one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite resorts in the world! A crown jewel in tropical travel, Amanpulo is one of those properties that cannot be missed.

Amanpulo is part of the renowned Aman brand, who excels in creating spaces that are luxurious without being ostentatious, elegant while maintaining a sense of harmony with the surrounding environment. The resort claims the whole of Pamalican Island, near Palawan, about an hour’s flight via private plane from Manila. Here, the pressures of the outside world melt away in an unbroken vista of powdery white sand and blue-green seas.

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Villas at Amanpulo open onto private pool decks and the stunning seas beyond

 

Accommodation is split into Casitas and Villas; while the Casitas are lovely in their own right, the Villas are the real stars, with private pools, butlers, and chefs all on offer for each unit. Options range from one to four-bedroom villas, so whether it’s a romantic honeymoon or a multi-generation getaway, you’ll find all you need and more. We routinely get the most incredible feedback from our clients who stay here – an experience nearly unrivalled the world over.

Luxurious Properties – South Asia

Asia is a continent of seemingly endless cultures and subcultures, perhaps best expressed in the country of India. Here, there are at least 122 major languages, endless variations of cuisine, and a new set of devas and devis everywhere you look.

Many visitors to India spend their time in the country’s north, including areas such as the state of Rajasthan, with its striking ancient forts and impressive natural reserves (home to the country’s wild tigers). Udaipur (known as the “City of Lakes”) is a particular highlight – and what better place to stay than The Oberoi Udaivilas. The finest hotel in one of India’s most romantic locations, The Oberoi Udaivilas is a true treasure, a modern palace hotel that grants all of one’s wishes and makes their guests feel like royalty.

Luxurious Properties in India
Palatial atmosphere at The Oberoi Udaivilas

 

Perched on the shores of serene Lake Pichola, a stay at the Udaivilas is like stepping out of time, into a world of majestic opulence and timeless elegance. The golden-brown domes of the hotel stand watch over brightly decorated rooms and suites; the options for relaxing in front of the lake are endless. We highly recommend a private dinner by the lakeside, expertly arranged by the hotel staff – a guaranteed highlight of your visit to India!

Further south, the island of Sri Lanka offers a whole world within its own borders, with intriguing cities, central highlands, and stunning beaches coming together in a destination rapidly growing in popularity. A holiday there should touch each of these environments, but above all, the “tea region” is not to be missed.

Our favorite place to stay? The Ceylon Tea Trails, a Relais & Châteaux property nestled high in the central hills. The resort is comprised of 27 rooms spread across five bungalows, each a carefully restored home dating back to the colonial era. This residential feel is reflected in the design and decoration of the bungalows, which open onto stunning vistas of the lush green slopes and sparkling lakes below. Guests can hike or bike through the hills, kayak over the glassy surface of the reservoir, and follow firsthand the teamaking process, from the plant to the final cup, presented by experts in all thing’s tea. There are many beautiful places in the world – but few as unique as this one.

Luxury Travel in Sri Lanka
Pool & hot tub at Dunkeld Bungalow seem to float over the landscape

 

All of these standout properties are part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s vast Partner Hotel network, encompassing hundreds of properties across Asia along with all of the world’s continents. At each of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get unbeatable rates, plus complimentary benefits such as free breakfast, guided tours, dining credits, and much more! All for simply choosing The Luxury Travel Agency for booking your next trip.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Want to read more about luxury travel opportunities in Asia? Check out our articles on up-and-comer Vietnam, the best Japanese dishes, highlights of Cambodia, and more!

The Best Resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Why visit the Turks and Caicos Islands

 

The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends visiting the picturesque island of Turks and Caicos if you are looking to get away from it all and truly experience white sandy beaches, and the most spectacular turquoise and crystal clear blue waters you can hope to imagine, then this will be the island for you. The Luxury Travel Agency works with the best resorts in Turks and  Caicos, so you can be confident that you will have 5-star service at any of our Partner Hotels. 

 

 

Turks and Caicos Islands is made up of 6 primary islands – West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and South Caicos.  Primarily the best resorts in Turks and Caicos are on the Providenciales islands, which is also where their international airport is located, which is less than a 2-hour flight from Miami. It is a direct flight and an easy island to get to!

 

Horseback riding on the beach (and in the water) is exciting and fun!

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands are more of a quiet destination as compared to some other Caribbean Islands. Most of the activities that are offered here will be water activities, with a truly endless supply of possibilities.

If you are more of a land-lover, horseback riding here is a must, fulfil your dreams of riding on the beach and into the shallow waters with a backdrop of white sand and turquoise water, the Turks and  Caicos Islands is one of the best places in the world to offer this unique experience.

The island is perfect to visit year-round, with summer temperatures ranging from 29-32 Celsius and winter months ranging from 24-27 Celsius, you will have perfect beach weather year-round, and all the best resorts in Turks and Caicos Islands sit right on the Caribbean Sea so you will be able to take a dip in the water to cool down, just steps away from your resort!

 

The best luxury resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Below is a list of the best resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands and all of them are partners with The Luxury Travel Agency in which you will receive a wide variety of benefits and amenities.

 

Amanyara Resort, Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Nestled on over 18,000 acres along the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park with 59 stand-alone pavilions and villas sits the tranquil and soothing resort, Amanyara. Each pavilion and villa encompass an indoor/outdoor living experience and comes with its own terrace and sundeck. Like other Aman Resorts, this property has Asian signature touches throughout, with beautiful wood exposed through each pavilion or villa, topped off with taupe and cream touches.

Some of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite pavilion categories are the Deluxe Pool Pavilion, Ocean Cove Pavilion or the Amanyara Pavilion. If you are looking for privacy, we recommend booking the Deluxe Pool Pavilion, you will feel like you are staying in the middle of Bali here, so quiet and peaceful. The rooms are decorated with beautiful wood, cream-colored accents and an uber-comfy king bed. This pavilion looks into your private yard, with your own private pool that no-one can see.

If you would rather have the ocean view than we would recommend booking the Ocean Cove Pavilion, these pavilions offer sweeping views of the ocean and each with its own pathway leading to the sea, so you can dip your toes into the water just steps from your room!

 

If you want both the pool and the ocean view make sure to book the Amanyara Pavilion (there is only one at the resort) this pavilion comes with thrilling elevated sea views, a private T-shaped pool and it overlooks a private garden while at the same time offering stunning sea views.

Traveling with a family to the Turks and Caicos Islands?

 

If you are traveling as a family, not to worry as Amanyara also offers private villas ranging from 2-6 bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own individual pavilion but all come with a large living room, extensive lounging and dining areas and a private pool. Each villa also comes with a golf cart and your own personal dedicated chef and housekeeper, so you will have everything you need in your own villa. Some villas offer direct beach access while others offer dazzling sea views.

 

 

The beach at Amanyara offers you the most exquisite calm and turquoise waters you will ever witness, a great place to get out and enjoy some water activities. At night you must book a private dinner on the rocks and watch in amazement one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever get to witness in your life.

Located around the main reflecting pond is Amanyara’s collective area including the library; lobby, restaurant and bar, which are all immaculately designed and give you a sense of a zen experience.

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Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

The sophistication of the white sand beaches and crystal blue clear water on the ever famous Grace Bay Beach is where you are going to find the Luxury resort, Grace Bay Club, an all-suites hotel, voted time-and-time again, one of the best resorts in Turks and Caicos. This iconic hotel is broken down into three different sections; The Hotel Building, which is an adult-only section, The Villa Suites and the Estates.

 

 

The Hotel Building, the adults-only hotel section, features suites spread out over three floors and has its own adult-only swimming pool. This is quite the romantic retreat for couples. The rooms here are very spacious, starting from 1080 sq. ft and offer boasting sea views.

The Villas and Estate section are the family-friendly sections of the resort and are open to guests of all ages with their own pool. Please note that the Estate Pool is only for guests staying in the Estate section of the hotel. The décor throughout all hotels are grey pallets and offer modern elegant furniture with stiped and shaped patterns throughout. The openness of the rooms will make the space feel really large.

Grace Bay Club also runs their Private Villa Collection, about an 8-minute drive from the resort, these individual stand-alone private villas feature 5-bedrooms, direct beach access and come with many amenities such as; VIP Meet and Greet at the airport, round-trip transfers, personal concierge services, Daily Breakfast, Start-up bar (rum, vodka, mixers, wine and beer), daily housekeeping services, Private Chef Services, and much more, this would be the ideal location for larger families that want to take advantage of resort amenities but something that offers a little bit more privacy. These villas offer a combined total of indoor/outdoor space of over 6,000 sq. ft and are each elegantly designed, this would be a truly exquisite location for a multi-generational family trip.

 

Infiniti Bar & Restaurant at Grace Bay Club
Infiniti Bar and Restaurant at Grace Bay Club

 

With 7 different dining options at this resort, you will not have to venture far to get some exceptional food. Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar is the premier gourmet oceanfront restaurant on the island and features the freshest ingredients and sophisticated presentations. If you are looking for something a little bit lighter enjoy the resorts newest pop-up bar “Just Tacos” where you can enjoy some savory tacos right on the beach!

Grace Bay Club also has fantastic kids and teens programs from ages 0-15 (children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For the kids club, your children can enjoy a wide variety of activities such as; crafts, snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming lessons, a playground and much more, they can even partake in evening events such as stargazing, glow worms and a beach bonfire. For your teenagers they can enjoy activities such as; watersports, sunset reggae events and, evening bonfires. If they are looking for something a little more comprehensive, they can also try Scuba, wakeboard and waterski lessons.

Need something more remote and eco friendly in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

Parrot Cay by COMO,Turks and Caicos

Beach at Parrot Cay Como
Beach at Parrot Cay Como

 

Located on its own island, around a 25-minute boat ride from Providenciales lies the charming ultra-luxurious resort Parrot Cay. A truly magnificent resort with one of the best white sand beaches that Turks and Caicos has to offer. This is truly a resort for someone who wants to be away from everyone and everything, and just be able to enjoy themselves. You will truly feel like you are in paradise staying at this resort.

Your Parrot Cay experience will begin before you reach the island. You are picked up from the airport and will be escorted to the Leeward Marina. Once you arrive at the marina a staff member will welcome you with a refreshing drink and snack and will complete the check-in process there. Then you will board the boat and head over to your very own private island.

The resort has a high focus on health and wellness. Wellness by Como Shambhala offers holistic, Asian-inspired treatments including; Ayurveda, aromatherapy, spiritual balance Japanese baths, and much more. The ambience of the spa is really soothing and relaxing. They offer a wide variety of treatment options as well including; massage therapy, body therapy, facial care, mind and body discipline and more. If you are staying here you must take advantage of the wonderful spa and the different treatment options.

 

One Bedroom Beach House at Parrot Cay by COMO in Turks and Caicos
One Bedroom Beach House at Parrot Cay by COMO in Turks and Caicos

 

For couples staying at this resort, The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends booking the One Bedroom Beach House. These semi-detached beach houses look directly on white sand dunes and offer you direct access to the ocean. The large indoor living area opens up onto a huge sundeck with a private heated pool. The rooms are decorated with contemporary soft white colors and a majority of the rooms have vaulted wood ceilings that are a light color to make the space feel lighter and airier. If you are looking for a little more romance the hotel can arrange a private lunch or dinner for you on the beach.

Just because you are on a private island, don’t feel like there still isn’t a wide variety of adventure for you!  Guests staying at Parrot Cay can enjoy activities such as; tennis, diving, snorkel eco-tour, boat tour to nearby islands, scuba diving, biking, and so much more. On this private oasis you can spend your time relaxing in your room, the beach or, the pool. If you are feeling adventurous you can get out and enjoy the open waters!

 

 

Contact the Luxury Travel Agency today and book your next trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands or to book or plan any trip anywhere in the world. Our team is ready!

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The Luxury Travel Agency’s Top Luxurious Properties

If you have a passion for the finer things in life, only the world’s most luxurious properties will suit your travel desires. After all, part of travel’s allure is experiencing those beautiful, almost magical hotels and resorts that redefine what hospitality can be.

The Luxury Travel Agency is proud to call ourselves Partners with the world’s finest properties, from intimate chalets high in the Alps to private islands in the South Pacific and everywhere in between. These hotels and resorts combine elite location, award-winning design, and exemplary service to produce an experience that will forever leave an impact on the memories of those who stay there.

Luxurious Properties – Americas 

Perhaps more than any other country, the USA encompasses the greatest range of natural environments: evergreen forests, long coastal beaches, massive mountain ranges, and thriving cosmopolitan cities all coexist. Yet it’s the deserts in America’s west which offer some of the most unique travel experiences in the country.

Amangiri is one of our favourite luxurious properties
Desert View from a Suite at Amangiri

 

The crown jewel of such accommodation is found in the hauntingly beautiful Utah deserts, home to the Amangiri resort. The property stretches across 600 acres of unspoilt desert, surrounding by striking mountain and canyon formations. The Aman brand is globally renowned for their luxurious properties that seem to spring unbidden from their very surroundings – and Amangiri is no different. Low buildings of concrete and stone blend into the desert landscape; travel inside, and you arrive at a modern oasis. The clean, straight lines of the Suites are a minimalist designer’s dream, and several categories have private pools for beating the heat. A five-minute drive from the central resort brings guests to Camp Sarika, a collection of 10 one & two-bedroom tented pavilions, each with their own private pool terraces. With shared dining, lounge, and pool areas (in addition to those in your own Pavilion), Camp Sarika is a resort within a resort, the perfect ultra-luxe hideaway for your next vacation.

Of course, North America by no means holds a monopoly on stunning luxurious properties set amidst rugged landscapes. Seventy miles south of Mendoza, in the foothills of the Argentine Andes, sits the Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort. For lovers of the grape, there is no better pick for your next vacation. Like any great property in an incredible natural setting, Casa de Uco takes its inspiration from its surroundings. The modern design is crisp and unassuming, welcoming guests into a fresh environment that accentuates the best of the Uco Valley.

A top luxurious property in Argentina's wine region
Outdoors and indoors flow together at Casa de Uco

 

There’s a marked emphasis on the use of glass at the resort – after all, the destination is the real star, and the more you can enjoy it, the better! The handful of rooms, suites, and villas all employ regional wood in their flooring and furniture, providing travelers with a warm and almost earthy space to rest and relax from their adventures. That oft-used phrase, “sense of place”, is very much at work here. With such a small, intimate setting (only 18 room units in total), service is a real highlight of this property; staff can and will customize your stay exactly to your liking. Whether it’s horseback riding through the vineyards, cooking local dishes with an expert chef, or even white-water rafting down clear mountain rivers, Casa de Uco is your headquarters for the exploration of a lifetime!

Luxurious Properties – Europe & Africa

Across the Atlantic, the old-world European capitals exude a different kind of status, one born of history and power on a global stage. Few cities capture this magic like Paris does – and its plethora of luxurious properties attest to the fact. Visitors to the “City of Light” are spoiled for choice; from sprawling palatial hotels that echo the glamour of centuries past, to ultra-modern new designs on the forefront of French architecture, there is something for everyone, whether it’s your first time in Paris or your fifteenth.

One of the best luxurious properties in Paris
Hotel Lutetia is our top pick on Paris’ Left Bank

 

One of our favourite properties, recently visited, is the Hotel Lutetia. This is the only “Palace Hotel” – a special designation issued by the French government, for a handful of truly elite properties above a five-star designation – on Paris’ fabled Left Bank. Sure, there are more opulent hotels (such as the newly refurbished Ritz) and glitzier neighbourhoods (the shopping through Place Vendôme comes to mind), but for a true taste of Parisian life, the Left Bank has no equal. The historical home of the city’s great writers and painters, there is an omnipresent artistic sensibility in the air – one that extends to the Hotel Lutetia. While its façade is in the classical style, its interior smartly balances heritage and modernity. One restaurant offers diners a chance to enjoy a sumptuous meal under a dazzling stained-glass ceiling. Rooms and suites are draped in soft, rich blues and creams, balancing perfectly with dark oak floors, with some offering terraces that look out onto the Eiffel Tower. What more could you ask from a perfect Parisian experience?

From the urban jungle of Paris, we journey south to the real jungles – or more accurately, the savannahs – of South Africa. A multifaceted destination with lots to offer, South Africa is The Luxury Travel Agency’s top pick for many safari-goers, particularly first-timers; you’ll typically find the most luxurious properties here, and access is often simpler than similar experiences in Tanzania or Kenya.

The Luxury Travel Agency's most luxurious property for safaris
Natural light fills the Suites at Singita Sweni Lodge

 

When it comes to luxury safari experiences, the Singita collection stands above the rest – and their pair of lodges in Kruger National Park (perhaps the most famous safari destination) are properties of the utmost quality. Singita Sweni Lodge is the perfect introduction to “life in the bush” – and you won’t exactly be roughing it! Each of the seven unique suites are decorated with splashes of gold and bronze, with natural timber and floor-to-ceiling windows reminding guests of exactly where they find themselves. Ensconced within the treetops and overlooking the Sweni River, this property is glamour-meets-nature at its best. Nearby Singita Lebombo Lodge utilizes a simpler, darker palette in its design – but the luxury is just as prevalent. Inspired by the eagles’ nests built into the cliffs surrounding the river, the thirteen suites offer massive wooden decks from which to gaze out over the ancient landscape. A safari with Singita is a bucket-list item that, once enjoyed, will be forever etched into your memory.

Luxurious Properties – Eastern Hemisphere

A world away from the elephants of Kruger lies a very different sort of travel experience: that of the ryokan. In Japan, ryokans are traditional-style inns that are found throughout the country, particularly in areas offering natural hot springs. They range from the simple to the highly sophisticated; in fact, there may be no more luxurious properties in all of Japan than her very best ryokans. A particular favourite of ours is Gora Kadan, near the popular scenic town of Hakone, a mere 40-minute bullet train ride from Tokyo.

Luxurious property in Japanese countryside
Relaxing Zen atmosphere at Gora Kadan

 

Gora Kadan is a converted summer villa once used by the Imperial Family – so you know the setting is gorgeous. Tucked away within the forests of Hakone National Park, a stay here is an invitation to Zen. The culture of the ryokan is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. Mineral waters, naturally heated by the volcanic activity far below the earth’s surface, are fed into huge private baths (many of them outdoors on wooden decks or within gardens) that guests can use at their leisure. Breakfasts and dinners are carefully prepared in a traditional kaiseki style, with a huge range of dishes to taste and enjoy, all of which utilize local ingredients and thus change with the seasons. The Japanese people are renowned for their elegant hospitality, and this is nowhere clearer than at Gora Kadan.

Down under – way down under – we find the cosmopolitan city of Sydney, Australia. Sydney ticks all of the boxes a global traveler looks for: a thriving culinary scene, shopping across the spectrum, fantastic weather, and plenty of cultural opportunities. The Sydney Opera House is a global landmark, one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”, and a can’t-miss attraction for any visitor.

The Luxury Travel Agency's top luxurious property in Sydney
Unrivaled views of the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Sydney

 

Which brings us to the best of Sydney’s luxurious properties: the Park Hyatt Sydney. There are plenty of excellent choices for accommodation in the city, but none have a location like this one. Situated on the tip of a peninsula in the venerated neighbourhood of “The Rocks”, the hotel faces the Opera House, directly opposite across the water. Guests are smack in the middle of all the waterfront action, while also enjoying the privacy that being out in the bay provides. At night, if you’re not already there attending a marvelous show, you can dim your room lights and watch as those of the Opera House light up in dazzling displays. There is no better place to start – or end – your South Pacific journey!

Each of these incredible properties is part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s vast Partner Hotel network, encompassing hundreds of properties across every continent. If it’s a notable destination, we know about it! At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get the very best rates, plus complimentary benefits such as free breakfast, guided tours, spa credits, and much more! All for simply choosing The Luxury Travel Agency for booking your next trip.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Keen to take that first summer holiday? Check out our article on Three Countries Opening Up for some travel inspiration!

Montage Palmetto Bluff, the best resort in South Carolina

If you are looking for charm, serenity, romance and history at the best resort in South Carolina, look no further as The Luxury Travel Agency recommends Montage Palmetto Bluff.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is set on over 20,000 acres of pristine land, nestled along the May River between Hilton Head and Savannah and offers accommodations from rooms and suites to private cottages and private homes.

 

Montage Palmetto Bluff a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

This charming property will be the ideal spot for those looking to get away and escape, perfect for a special occasion such as a honeymoon, anniversary celebration or a girls’ weekend getaway.

Service, attention to detail, sense of space, natural beauty and local South Carolina charm all add to what makes Montage Palmetto Bluff so special.

 

Montage Palmetto Bluff, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Living Room at Montage Palmetto Bluff, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Montage Palmetto Bluff, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
The kitchen of a Private Home at Montage Palmetto Bluff

 

Their beautifully decorated contemporary resort will give you the sense of relaxation that you are looking for, the resort itself has many amenities on it such as; eight dining experiences, three pool venues, golf, tennis, bowling, boating, biking, equestrian activities, a world-class spa, and much more. With a wide variety of room categories to choose from; room, suites, private cottages and private 2-4-bedroom homes, there will be the correct room category for everyone.

 

Montage Palmetto Bluff, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
The pool at Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina

 

When booking this beautiful retreat with The Luxury Travel Agency you will get the following benefits/amenities included:

    • Upgrade at time of booking, when available
    • Daily USD 60 Breakfast Credit for their restaurant or In-Room Dining
    • USD 100 Hotel Credit
    • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Custom Welcome Amenity
    • VIP Service

 

Montage Palmetto Bluff, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Montage Palmetto Bluff, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

Montage Palmetto Bluff, which The Luxury Travel Agency refers to as the Best Resort in South Carolina, is…

the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the perfect add on to any road trip throughout any of the South East States. It is only a 2.5-hour drive from Charleston, 4 hours from Charlotte and only a 35-minute drive from the Savanah Airport. If you wanted to do a day tour of Savannah to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture that Savanah has to offer, it is super easy to get to with the city being only a 35-minute drive.

So what are you waiting for, contact The Luxury Travel Agency now to book your stay at this beautiful resort!  We can be reached at +1-647-551-4560  via telephone, text or Whatsapp or e-mail at reservations@theluxurytravelagency.com

 

Looking for more ideas in South Carolina and the surrounding areas?  Check out The Luxury Travel Agency’s suggestion for a driving tour.

 

 

Ritz Carlton Kyoto, Japan | A Top Luxurious Property of Asia

 

The world is full of luxurious properties that distil the best of a destination into their very substance and style. Nowhere is this better practiced than the continent of Asia, where ancient cultures find their contemporary expression in elite hotels and resorts which pay homage to their past while constantly striving toward their vision of the future.

Of course, the word “Asia” denotes a vast collection of countries and cultures, many of which bear the least resemblance to one another. Our team at The Luxury Travel Agency has years of personal experience living and travelling in Asia – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable team for your travels to the East. Below, some of one favorite luxury properties to explore!

Luxurious Properties – East Asia

Any visitor to Japan would be remiss to depart without a stop in Kyoto, the ancient once-capital that still thrives as the cultural heart of the nation. Kyoto was largely spared from the destruction wrought by WWII, and thus preserved much of the stunning architectural heritage that makes it such a popular destination today.

There is no shortage of gorgeous luxury properties to stay at, but it’s difficult to rival The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto for overall quality. Built low along the banks of the Kamo River, this hotel has thousands of years of distinct Japanese heritage to draw on, and it does a remarkable job of conveying this in a modern fashion. Rooms and suites are designed with crisp lines reminiscent of typical Japanese architecture and decorated in soft natural shades that soothe one’s mind immediately upon entry. The Luxury Travel Agency strongly recommends booking a room with a river view; the floor-to-ceiling windows display wonderful views of the Kamo River and a backdrop of green mountains to the east.

Luxurious Properties in Kyoto
The elegant Kamogawa Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

 

Diners are spoilt for choice; The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers the unique opportunity to enjoy selections from four major Japanese cuisine styles (kaiseki, sushi, teppanyaki, & tempura) in the same restaurant, while also housing one of the best Italian spots in the city. With all this said, the most outstanding quality of the hotel may be its staff. Anticipatory without being pushy, knowledgeable without being robotic, the staff are always cognizant of Japanese excellence in service – a tradition they honor at every turn.

 

Ritz Carlton Kyoto, Japan

 

All of these standout properties are part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s vast Partner Hotel network, encompassing hundreds of properties across Asia along with all of the world’s continents. At each of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get unbeatable rates, plus complimentary benefits such as free breakfast, guided tours, dining credits, and much more! All for simply choosing The Luxury Travel Agency for booking your next trip.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

 

Want to read more about luxury travel opportunities in Asia? Check out our articles on up-and-comer Vietnam, the best Japanese dishes, highlights of Cambodia, and more!

 

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The Luxury Travel Agency is now a Partner of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Platinum Collection

At The Luxury Travel Agency, our core strengths are our Partnerships – the vast network of properties, airlines, and tour companies with whom we work so closely. We pride ourselves on creating and maintaining relationships with the world’s best in luxury travel. It is through these relationships that we can offer our clients the lowest rates, the finest seats, and the most exclusive experiences that money can buy.

We’re extremely proud to announce that The Luxury Travel Agency is now a Partner of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand! The Preferred Platinum Collection stretches around the globe, with over 150 standout properties in all of the most desirable destinations.

It’s the world’s largest independent brand, meaning their properties don’t have to abide by an overarching style or theme; each hotel is free to express their local culture and encourage a real sense of place. If you’re the kind of traveler who wants to stay at unique properties and avoid the big global chains, then the Preferred Collection is a fantastic option for you.

At all of the Preferred Platinum properties, The Luxury Travel Agency can offer you the very best rates available, plus a host of benefits and amenities that are completely free! You’ll have priority on room upgrades, plus you will be eligible for a USD 100 hotel, spa or food and beverage credit, daily breakfast, priority check-in/check-out, and more.

The Luxury Travel Agency Partner Hotels

This sense of place is perhaps best experienced in the aptly named, “Executive House Zen”. Located within the Hotel New Otani Tokyo (a “hotel-in-a-hotel” arrangement), the Executive House Zen is an ultra-luxurious sanctuary for those in the know. The 87 rooms are entirely contained on the 11th and 12th floors of the hotel, and express the finest in Japanese design. Tastefully restrained shades of gold, brown, and black cover the walls, on which hang calligraphy-inspired artworks. Throughout your room, you’ll find other little nods to Japanese culture; one suite might have a miniature Zen rock garden, another, a carefully cultivated bonsai tree. The overall effect is one of comprehensive peace and relaxation – something every visitor to Tokyo craves after a long day of urban exploration!

Executive House Zen
Executive House Zen in Tokyo, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Of course, guests at the Executive House Zen have the privilege of using all the spaces and facilities in the Hotel New Otani. The property alone has over 35 food and beverage options, including one of the city’s finest French restaurants, Tour d’Argent Tokyo. One can’t-miss attraction is the Japanese Garden, covering 10 acres of the property, with all of the picturesque elements those gardens are known for: arched red bridges, koi ponds, and a stunning array of flowers that change with the seasons. For a truly romantic experience, check out the rooftop rose garden, where 30,000 individual roses come together for a spectacular display that would be the highlight of any Instagram feed!

 

Heading south – way south – we come to New Zealand’s Azur Lodge. Set along the shores of Queenstown’s breathtaking Lake Wakatipu, Azur is a very small property, made up of only nine identical villas. Each offers nearly eighty square meters of premium lakeside living, with separate lounge areas, private sundecks, and unobstructed views of majestic Cecil Peak across the lake. The décor is simple and bright; after all, in New Zealand, the natural environment is the real star.

Executive House Zen
Azur Lodge in New Zealand, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Queenstown is often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, and it’s a well-earned title. Cradled by striking mountain ranges, it’s a dream destination for active travelers and adrenaline junkies. Hikers have their pick of routes, from relaxing lakeside trails to demanding mountain summits and everything in between. Getting back down the hill, you might find yourself on a zipline – or a paraglider! Many have heard of the famed Milford Sound, but on The Luxury Travel Agency’s last visit, we spent a day exploring the entire Fiordland National Park by helicopter, an absolute must for any visitor. Soaring over glacier peaks, touching down on the Pacific coast for fresh lobster, a meal in the secluded old-growth forest – there are few experiences in this world that measure up.

 

In the global capital of London, we find The Hari, a personal favourite for several of our luxury travel advisors. Tucked away in the affluent neighborhood of Belgravia, within easy walking distance to Knightsbridge, The Hari is a boutique hotel that offers charm and elegance in equal portion. With only 85 rooms, The Hari feels more like a luxurious London apartment than a hotel – an impression reinforced by the sumptuous velvet upholstery, wood furnishings, and cozy nooks for sitting by the windows.

The Hari
The Hari in London, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

This comfort extends to their dining options, which are kept simple yet immensely appealing. Their Italian gem, il Pampero, serves three meals a day in a kind of “vintage chic” setting that is a real treat to dine in – not to mention their authentic, Southern Italian menu that perfectly straddles the line between class and comfort (this travel advisor highly recommends their cacio e pepe, served in a pecorino cheese wheel – satisfaction guaranteed). The nearby Hari Bar exudes effortless cool (bibliophiles will adore the book-lined walls), while the upstairs Garden Terrace, wrapped in greenery, is the perfect spot for a summer beverage.

 

Over on “the continent”, luxury travellers can find plenty more examples of this dedication to a unique guest experience. In Amsterdam, a city long known for its unique conceptions of design, the Pulitzer Amsterdam stands as a testament to this approach. Perched on the edge of one of the city’s ubiquitous canals, the hotel is actually made up of 25 houses, with a history dating back to the “Dutch Golden Age” of the 17th Century. The rooms and suites all have their own quirks that give the Pulitzer its character; certain rooms have kept their exposed brick walls, while others offer two levels for family space. The collection of five “Extraordinary Suites” are all entirely unique – one is filled with extraordinary modern art, another with a vast collection of musical instruments and records, and so on.

Pulitzer Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Of course, any visitor to Amsterdam should explore its canals, something the Pulitzer is well equipped to facilitate. The hotel owns a pair of charming teak boats that guests can employ for private cruising, with room for up to 6 passengers per vessel; outfitted with bottles of champagne, or even a full kit for a floating picnic, there’s no better way to experience the “Venice of the North”.

 

Across the Atlantic, the Preferred Collection offers one of its finest gems in the NIZUC Resort & Spa. Located on the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, a mere 10-minute drive from the Cancún Airport, NIZUC pulls influences from Latin America and the Caribbean, and fashions an aesthetic all its own. It was recently voted “The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World” – what else do you need to hear? Spacious suites and private pool villas dot the lush grounds, with plenty of privacy for luxury travellers on a romantic getaway.

NIZUC Resort & Spa
NIZUC Resort & Spa, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

In a space such as this one, your accommodations are only the tip of the experiential iceberg. NIZUC is home to the region’s first ESPA-branded spa; this award-winning brand is known the world over for its careful selection of natural products and holistic principles. Luxury travel advisors know that any top-notch resort should be judged (at least in part) by its ability to help their guests relax, unwind, and leave feeling better than when they arrived. In this capacity, NIZUC never disappoints! Contemporary knowledge is blended with ancient Mayan wisdom and local ingredients to produce a spa experience like none other – just one of the many reasons to consider NIZUC for your next vacation.

 

Moving northward, we finish our global Preferred tour in the state of South Carolina, at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Here, it’s all about the timeless “southern hospitality” that this region of the USA is so famous for. The hotel is set on a sprawling 20,000-acre property, with no end to your options for enjoying it. There’s a Nicklaus-designed golf course, stately yachts for exploring the May River, fishing of all description, clay pigeon shooting – the list goes on.

Montage Palmetto Bluff
The Montage Palmetto Bluff

 

Meanwhile, the “hotel” barely resembles a hotel at all! A variety of rooms, suites, cottages, and residences are strategically located throughout the property, ensuring maximum privacy and enjoyment of the surrounding natural splendour. As with the other hotels in the Collection, Montage Palmetto Bluff places a strong emphasis on creating that “sense of place” for guests to really feel the culture and history of their destination. Us luxury travel advisors particularly love the cottages; the standalone buildings create a feeling of home, with their wood flooring, gas fireplaces, and splendid views over the river. Watching a southern sunset on your porch with your partner…it doesn’t get much more romantic than that!

More Information about The Luxury Travel Agency

The Luxury Travel Agency specializes in planning the most amazing journeys, accounting for every detail of a trip, ensuring that you bring home memories to last a lifetime. And if you just need to book the hotel – we will gladly do that! No matter how you travel, our Luxury Travel Advisors can elevate your experience.

Contact The Luxury Travel Agency today, and one of our expert travel advisors will be in touch with you right away to plan your journey of a lifetime!

Our Luxury Travel Advisor Recommends Seven of California’s Best Scenic Road Trips

California occupies one of the world’s most famous scenic road trips, The Highway 1 road trip that passes through Big Sur on California’s Central Coast. This drive is beautiful and unforgettable, but California also possesses some other less known scenic drives. The Luxury Travel Agency would like you to consider some of the following rich road trips.

 

View of the Golden State Bridge.
Glass Beach

Highway 1 from San Francisco to Fort Bragg

This Road trip starts in Marin City, a short distance after the Golden State Bridge. The start of the drive is very dramatic with loads of cliffs and winding. This is then followed by panoramic beaches like Muir Beach and Stinson Beach, apart of The Point Reyes National Seashore. Then head inland on Highway 1 to Fort Bragg and you can visit MacKerricher State Park to see incredible marine life like seals and migrating whales (from November through April). Also, you can visit the famous Glass Beach where the sand looks as if it has mixed jewels and crystals in it.

 

Lake Tahoe
Beautiful Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe to Lone Pine

The Lake Tahoe to Lone Pine road trip travels on Highway 395 is filled with spectacular views from fields of volcanic rock to erie limestone tufa towers. This journey starts at South Lake Tahoe, where Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, is surrounded by majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Next, you go south toward Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve to witness the bizarre towers in the water. Continue to Mammoth Lakes where you will see the natural beauty of the landscape, and the endless opportunities for adventure. From here keep going south to Bishop and then Lone Pine with beautiful mountains, lakes and hiking trails.

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Shasta Cascade region reveals a lot of California’s best-kept secrets, with glistening lakes and world-class rivers. This, approximately, hour drive starts in Redding and go up 1-5 to Shasta Lake. This is a breathtaking sight of California’s largest reservoir, with a lively outdoor site for fishing and watersports. Next, drive past Mount Shasta with the fifth-highest peak in the state. Then comes the astonishing 129-foot Burney Falls. After this, you will arrive at the panoramic Lake Almanor.

 

San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Beach-to-Desert Drive from San Diego

Start from the beaches of La Jolla or Del Mar and go to highway 67. This then takes you through rural Ramona, with farm stands now and then. Next, head to Highway 78 and into the Cuyamaca Mountains with such amazing views of the beautiful Californian countryside. Then head down the road’s and into the desert to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Sierra National Forest

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

You can Explore nearly 100 miles of country roads through the Sierra National Forest. This specific route starts on Forest Road 81 near the town of North Fork. Follow the route for 90 miles where you can find elegant stops along the way like Jesse Ross Cabin, a log cabin built in the 1860’s that shows the design of the pioneers’ technology and a 2,200-year-old Bull Buck Tree (one of the world’s oldest sequoia trees). This trip also includes plenty of peaks, granite domes and conifer forest.

 

Fresno Blossom and Fruit Trails

Fresno Blossom and Fruit Trails

Typically, blossoming fruit happens mid-February to mid-March and the loop east of Fresno becomes a magical landscape filled with colors. These trees consist of nut trees like almonds, peaches, plums, and cherries. This road trip starts in Fresno, east of Highway 99, and follow the route through towns of Orange Cove, Sanger, Reedley, Kinsburg, and Fowler.

 Rim of the World Scenic Byway

This 100-mile-long journey on State Highway 18 goes around the cliffs of the San Bernardino Mountains, with incredible views that have been named “The Rim of the World.” Some must-stops include Lake Arrowhead, a stunningly beautiful, cosy and quaint mountain resort paradise, and the Trail at Heaps Peak Arboretum. If you keep driving to the town of Running Springs and take the 5-mile drive up to Keller Peak Fire Lookout, which posses’ views of lakes, mountains and even the Pacific Ocean. Here you can find many outdoor activities to take part in.

A Look at Some of the Best Luxury Hotels in New York

New York Luxury Hotels

 

New York City is the most diverse, driven, congested and most attractive urban center in the country.  Did you know that New York is the most populated and international city in the States with over 8 million people?  If you are the type of person that loves to people watch and be around big crowds than the Big Apple is the place for you to be!  Do you love shopping and eating?  If so, then New York is where you need to be, with over 26,000 restaurants and over 7,800 retails stores you not find a lack of eating or shopping here!  With over 70 Michelin star restaurants to choose from you will never be bored with eating here, The Luxury Travel Agency can help choose the best restaurant for you to eat at!

With over 100 five-star hotels to choose from you will not be disappointed with the selection of hotels from; contemporary, modern, bohemian to classic, New York has it all

Some of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite hotels in New York are; Baccarat New York City, Ritz Carlton Central Park, St. Regis New York, The Plaza New York & The Whitby Hotel New York City

 

 

 

 

The Baccarat is the epitome of elegance and class. Their Grand Salon is the perfect spot to wake up and have your morning tea/coffee and breakfast.

 

Ritz Carlton Central New York
Ritz Carlton Central New York

 

Central Park View Room at Ritz Carlton Central New York

 

The Ritz Carlton Central Park went through a multi-million dollar renovation that was completed in May of 2019, and is now a beautiful contemporary hotel with a brand new club lounge and sweeping views of Central Park. If a Park View is a must for you then the Ritz Carlton is the hotel for you.

 

 

 

The St. Regis New York is the first 5-star hotel in New York, opening its doors in 1904 it has been providing excellent 5-star service for over 115 years, this classic property exudes classic Manhattan charm.

 

 

 

The iconic Plaza Hotel is another one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite hotels.  In 2009 the hotel went through a 450 million dollar renovation taking the number of rooms from 860 to 282, giving you a lot more space in your room. Since parts of the hotel are considered a landmark there are a lot of aspects in the hotel that are still original from the opening date, a truly remarkable sight to see.

 

 

The Whitby Hotel is a colorful bohemian, chic boutique hotel with only 86 rooms.  The hotel only opened it’s doors in 2017 and has become one of the new hot spots for celebrities!

There are so many things to do in New York such as; city tours, Museums, Statue of Liberty, ferry dinner boats, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, 9/11 Memorial, Broadway Shows, Time Square, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library AND SO MUCH MORE, you will never get bored!  You can visit here year-round, just make sure to dress warmer for those colder months.

So what are you waiting for, contact the Luxury Travel Agency now and let us book your next honeymoon, bachelor party, anniversary or just weekend getaway to New York City!

Mandarin Oriental Canouan – Our Favorite Partner Resort in the Grenadines!

The Mandarin Oriental Canouan, located on the island of Canouan in The Grenadines, is the first Mandarin Oriental property to opens its doors to the Caribbean and is a little slice of heaven right here on earth. Boasting a dreamy Caribbean setting with glass-clear waters, white powdery sand beaches and lush greenery, this is the perfect vacation spot.

 

The island of Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The island of Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Offering 26 suites and 13 villas, this lavish resort is an all-ocean view luxury hideaway, perfect for those looking to get away from life for a few days. And what better way to start off your experience at this island than arriving via private jet? The resorts private jet offers non-stop service from Barbados and St. Lucia, both less than a 35-minute flight.

 

 

The resort itself sits on over 1,000-acres and is home to five restaurants and bars, a world-renowned Balinese spa, including two overwater treatment rooms, massive luxurious suites with uninterrupted ocean views, this is the perfect spot to be!

 

By booking this partner resort with the Luxury Travel Agency we are able to get you benefit/amenities. Contact us for more details.

 

 

The rooms at the resort are elegantly decorated with beautiful marble, dark woods and cream-coloured fabrics with pink accents throughout. The suites here are very generous in size, starting from just under 1,300 square feet and all with ocean-facing views. You will feel like you are in your own personal resort.

You can enjoy your days on this island lounging on Godhal Beach or relaxing in the amazing infinity pool or get off the grounds and go explore the island a bit. You can enjoy some deep-sea fishing, a catamaran ride, snorkelling, golfing, water sports and much more!

Contact The Luxury Travel Agency today to book your next trip to this wonderful island retreat or if you need help in planning a special journey, we are here to help!

The Luxury Travel Agency is partners with ALL Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Resorts. Find out more about the benefits of working with The Luxury Travel Agency.

Sights of the Southeast: Driving Tour

With the existing restrictions on international travel, this summer is the perfect time to explore a little closer to home. The city of Atlanta is a perfect hub for exploring the beautiful region of the American Southeast! A few of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favourite highlights to consider:

• Starting in Atlanta, The St. Regis Atlanta is the perfect base from which to start or end your trip. Located in the district of Buckhead (the address for luxury in the city), The St. Regis shines with a distinctive Southern elegance and contemporary zest for the finer things in life. The world-renowned St. Regis Butler Service can provide packing and unpacking services, garment pressing, and even deliver your morning coffee – complimentary to all guests.

• About ninety minutes east of Atlanta, you’ll find The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. A glorious example of lakeside luxury, this property seems a world away from the bustle of the city; golfers will adore the five championship-level courses, not far from esteemed Augusta National. If golf’s not your thing, a long list of spa treatments might do the trick – and watching the sunset from the patio of your private lakefront cottage is something universally loved.

• After some lakeside relaxation, it’s time to strike for the coast! A little under four hours of driving brings you to Charleston, one of America’s oldest cities that recently enjoyed a four-year streak as the “No. 1 City in the US & Canada” in Travel + Leisure magazine. Beautifully preserved coastal architecture stands as a backdrop to a constantly evolving culinary scene that enchants and delights all who visit. The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is a perfect representative of this style; its soft white façade opens onto an art atrium, and the rooftop patio is the best place to end your day – or start your night!

• Two hours south, along the inland waterways of the Atlantic, you’ll come to Savannah, also known as the “Hostess City of the South”. The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is renowned for its beauty and unparalleled charm. Cobblestone streets, huge oaks draped in hanging Spanish moss, historic churches, and even the wide sandy beaches of nearby Tybee Island provide a romantic atmosphere that is nearly unmatched throughout the country. Stay at the Perry Lane Hotel, a property that offers a refreshing, modern take on the famed “Southern Hospitality” that visitors return for year after year.

This is just one of countless driving itineraries that The Luxury Travel Agency has ready to offer – and at all of these hotels, you’ll get a boatload of free benefits and amenities, just by booking with us! Contact us today to start planning your next journey. You can also find all our Partner Hotels and Resorts by visiting our site here.

Road Trip from Nashville to Orlando

Want a road trip where you get to experience some great music, theme parks, beautiful landscapes and more? This road trip from Nashville to Disney will be the perfect road-trip for you and your family!

Start off your trip in Nashville, Tennessee. The Luxury Travel Agency would recommend staying at The Thompson Nashville but you can find more of our Partner Hotels here. This beautiful and contemporary hotel has hardwood floors throughout the rooms with modern, hip furnishings and a rooftop bar that offers sweeping views of the city.  This will be the perfect location to stay. We would recommend spending two nights here.

Some of the top attractions you can enjoy in Nashville are the Grand Ole Opry. Founded in 1925 it is the longest-running radio broadcast in the U.S., an immensely popular place for country music stars to play. You can take a walking tour. A great way to introduce you to the city, whether you’re interested in shopping, history, food or music, there is a walking tour that will suit your needs!

If you like Whiskey you can visit the Jack Daniels Distillery, located in Lynchburg approx. 1.5 hours outside of Nashville, you can learn about the distilling process while tasting some savory whiskey along the way.

Your next stop will be Atlanta, approximately a 4-hour drive from Nashville. About halfway into the drive, you will come across the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Park. We would recommend stopping here for a few hours and enjoy the beauty of this park. You can also enjoy a few activities while here such as hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking and others, a great way to get in touch with nature for a few hours!

Once you have left here, continue on your drive until you have reached Atlanta. In Atlanta, we recommend the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead, located in an affluent area in Atlanta with its high-end shopping malls, restaurants and bars it is the perfect location to stay! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead then you will know that a few seasons were filmed here. You can book a tour to see exactly where some of their scenes were shot! During your time in Atlanta, you can also visit Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studio Tour, Segway Tours, Six Flags over Georgia and so much more! You can find all our other Partner Hotels in Atlanta here.

After you spend a few nights here take the 3.5-hour drive down to the beautiful and charming city of Savannah, where it is known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and stunning architecture. Savannah is home great boutique stores and tons of restaurants and pubs. The movie Forrest Gump also makes Chippewa Square famous with its bench scenes, one of the benches they used in the movie now sits in the Savannah History Museum. During your time in Savannah we would recommend staying at Perry Lane Hotel. A brand-new build that opened its doors in summer of 2018. The outside of the hotel has a modern feel to it but when you step inside it has a retro bohemian touch to it, and they have a rooftop lounge that offers comprehensive city views.

After you have left the picturesque city of Savannah, head out to Orlando, only a 4-hour drive. Orlando is home to the most magical place on Earth, Disney. This will be the perfect way to end your vacation. Spend a few days between four of the Disney theme parks. You could also visit Sea World, Kennedy Space Center, and much more if you wish to try something other than Disney.

During your time here we would recommend staying at the Four Seasons Orlando, located right on the Disney grounds it is super easy to get to any of the theme parks. This hotel also is home to a lazy river, which is a great way to relax and unwind after a day at Disney. You can also enjoy spectacular views of fireworks every night at the hotel.

Need help planning a detailed program? The Luxury Travel Agency can help. We have plenty of Partner Hotels and Resorts to choose from and can help you plan each so you can make the most of your special time away from home!

Looking for other road trip ideas? Check out our suggestions for a drive through the New England states.

Opening Up: Three Countries for Your Post-Pandemic Holiday

While most of the world remains closed for international travel, many countries are beginning to loosen the social restrictions on their citizens and lay the groundwork for a return to “normal”. Some nations are further ahead in their recovery efforts than others and are aiming to welcome visitors sometime during this summer travel season. A few of The Luxury Travel Agency’s recommendations to keep an eye on:

1) Greece. Long a favourite for summer tastemakers, particularly the Cyclades islands such as Mykonos and Santorini, Greece has done a better job than most of its neighbours at containing the virus. Life in the country is just about back to normal, and as of June 15th, citizens from a list of 29 select countries can travel on direct flights to Athens and Thessaloniki. Should things remain stable, the list will expand by July 1, allowing an even wider range of visitors to take that long-awaited first trip. Our Partner Hotels and Resorts in Greece are nothing short of stunning – we recommend securing a booking before the rush!

2) Portugal. Another nation that comprehensively managed their outbreak, Portugal’s “fly list” is even longer than Greece’s, with most EU countries and nations such as Canada, the USA, the UK, and more getting the green light to fly to the country by June 15th. Almost everything in the country is open for business: tourists will be able to visit beaches, eat at restaurants (likely with reduced capacity), visit museums, and more. A big plus: incoming visitors who pass a simple health check will not need to self-isolate, and can get straight to their holiday plans. With its endless southern beaches, beautiful old cities and delicious cuisine, Portugal is a standout pick for your post-pandemic holiday!

3) Spain. While the country was hit hard in the early going, Spain has seen a dramatic drop in case numbers in recent weeks and plans to open up for international tourism accordingly. As of this writing, the Spanish government plans to reopen their borders on July 1st, and correspondingly lift the mandatory quarantine period for arrivals. Many restrictions in the major cities of Barcelona and Madrid have begun to lift, and locals seem confident that the upward trajectory will continue. It’s worth monitoring, but Spain could be another pick for that first summer vacation.

As we work our way back to normal, it’s the perfect time to start turning those travel gears in your head – there should be plenty of value available, and The Luxury Travel Agency can help you find it!

Driving Through New England: A Guide for a Wonderful Trip

The region of New England has long been a dream pick for summer and early autumn vacations. The appeal of lakeside living is undeniable, and the range of outdoor pursuits are endless. Of course, the Atlantic coastline is never far away!

The northeast is best explored by car, with attractions aplenty and beautiful properties to enjoy them from. Take your time to sample the fruits of the region! The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all of New England’s top choices; below are a few of our favourites, laid out in our recommended route:

1) Chatham Inn. After landing into Boston, hop in your rental and drive about 90 minutes southeast to Cape Cod. No summertime trip to New England is complete without a visit here, perhaps the region’s most prestigious seaside real estate. At the very “heel” of the Cape lies Chatham Inn, the oldest operating hotel on the entire peninsula. Chatham marries the luxury and prestige of a historic inn with a modern style and sensibility, having completed a full renovation this past summer. With only 18 rooms, a stay at Chatham Inn is one of Cape Cod’s most exclusive experiences; and with their fine dining restaurant ranked #1 in all of the Cape, it needs to be!

2) Ocean House. From Chatham, spend a day driving the coastline west to Rhode Island, exploring the sights and tastes of towns dotted along your way; if you’re going direct, it’s a mere 2 ½ hours to Ocean House, our top Rhode Island pick. Situated on the tip of the Watch Hill peninsula, Ocean House leads the way in coastal luxury accommodation. A variety of options await incoming guests: multi-bedroom cottages with private pools are a haven for traveling families, while expansive terraced suites offer uninterrupted ocean views for you and your partner. This is the only property in New England that serves refreshments to its guests directly on their private beach – need we say more?

3) Inn at Hastings Park. It’s time to head back to Boston – but why stay in the cramped confines of downtown with your set of wheels? Just under two hours northeast of Ocean House, you’ll pull into the driveway at Hastings Park, only 15 miles outside of central Boston (and even closer to the major universities on the north side). This proximity to the city makes the Inn a perfect choice for exploring Boston while also enjoying the peace and privacy of a luxurious country home. Bike tours and picnic lunches are an excellent complement to urban activities, and the hosted Saturday Afternoon Tea is the cherry on top to your New England road trip!

This is just one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s many recommended driving itineraries, through North America and elsewhere; contact us today to plan your adventure! Or, if you like to do your own travel planning, you can search our list of our Partner Hotels and Resorts here.

Puerto Rico, A Perfect Island Getaway

If you are looking for an island getaway that will give you a great sense of history, culture, ocean, mountains, waterfalls, tropical rain forest and tons of activities to do, then look no further as Puerto Rico is the perfect island for you! Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory getting there is not going to be a problem at all, there are tons of flights from the U.S. to get you there in no time. You can leave in the morning and be at the resort in time for lunch to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon there!

 

Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

 

The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve. If you are looking for an exotic sanctuary tucked away from other resorts and offers the best service, than this is the resort for you. Dorado Beach is located 45-minutes outside of the San Juan airport and really easy to get to. The resort went through a huge facelift in 2017 and all guestrooms and suites now have a light, contemporary color palate.

 

The Luxury Travel Agency's favourite Puerto Rico property
Suite living rooms open onto sunbeds, plunge pools, gardens, and the ocean beyond

 

All rooms and suites have an ocean view and a majority of the rooms have infinity plunge pools. We recommend booking a suite on the top floor that offers sweeping views of the ocean with a rooftop plunge pool, a great way to escape reality and enjoy a little R&R. With five different dining options on-site you will have plenty of options to choose from to satisfy your appetite. The resort is great for both couples and extended families, with 2-5-bedroom residences on-site, it will be a great place to host a wonderful family vacation. The resort is also home to the Watermill Aquatic Park, with two exhilarating 30-foot water slides, a lazy river with a wave machine and much more. It will be the perfect day to spend with the family.

 

Luxurious Properties in Puerto Rico

 

Puerto Rico is an island where you can enjoy a variety of activities such as; rainforest tours, underground cave tours, San Juan city tours, ziplining, ATVing, Horseback Riding, fishing, Rum Distillery, culinary tours, hiking and so much more.

If you are staying in Puerto Rico The Luxury Travel Agency strongly recommends you try the Bioluminescent Bay experience, this natural phenomenon is caused by a microscopic organism called a dinoflagellate that lights up when the water is touched or disturbed, this is truly a magical experience and Puerto Rico is one of the few places in the world where you can witness and partake in this magical experience, and one that you won’t regret doing!

Puerto Rico is also home to one of the Caribbean island’s cruise ship terminals so if you are planning on taking a cruise out of Puerto Rico then take a few extra days to enjoy and explore this wonderful island. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone now and contact The Luxury Travel Agency for us to assist you in planning your next tropical vacation to this wonderful island!

 

A little bit about The Luxury Travel Agency.  We are a boutique agency based in Toronto which specializes in luxury travel. We can do anything from a simple hotel booking to complete Trip Consultation and Planning. We partner with over 2,000 of the best luxury hotels and resorts around the world which means we can offer our clients an array of added amenities and benefits such as:

    • Room Upgrade when available
    • Daily Full Breakfast, up to two guests
    • USD 100 Hotel Credit
    • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, when available
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Custom Welcome Amenity
    • VIP Status

The amenities and benefits vary from property to property, but we always do our best to get you the most value for your money and make sure your stay is as perfect as possible.

Contact us for more details.

 

Time for Thailand – 3 Lesser-Known Places to Explore

Everybody knows about Bangkok and Phuket, while Koh Samui has taken a star turn as the latest luxury hotspot in Thailand. But what about something new? If you want to beat your friends to the Next Big Thing, let The Luxury Travel Agency guide your plans with three of our favourites:

1) The Golden Triangle. In the far north of Thailand, there’s a point at which the country’s borders meet those of neighbouring Laos and Myanmar – hence the “Triangle”. This is a land of thick jungle forests and winding rivers, and all the incredible wildlife that live therein. The biggest draw – both literally and figuratively – are, of course, the Asian elephants that call the region home. Several ultra-luxury camps, such as those operated by Four Seasons and Anantara, care for groups of elephants that were neglected or abused by their previous owners and provide incredible education and interaction opportunities for their guests. These camps will bring you back to the Golden Age of Exploration – and with the nearby city of Chiang Rai only an hour’s flight from Bangkok, it’s easier to visit than you think!

2) Krabi Province. Directly east of Phuket, on the mainland, lies the province of Krabi, which offers a much more “authentic” experience of Thai life and culture with far less of the mass tourism. The surrounding jungle gives way to pristine white beaches, with solitary limestone karst formations (think Ha Long Bay) dotted throughout the sea. Railay Beach, popular among rock climbers and those who know their way around, can only be accessed by boat, providing an exclusive experience. At properties such as the Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay, guests can find a blissful haven from the bustle of the islands, and connect with themselves, each other, and the natural splendour of their surroundings.

3) Pai. Long a staple on the backpacking route, the town of Pai has begun to evolve into a destination with something for everyone. Located about 2 ½ hours by car north of Chiang Mai (which is, as Thailand’s northern hub, a must for any visitor), Pai is home to a young crowd; the street food is plentiful, the parties run late, and enjoying the breathtaking location is everyone’s priority. If you’re looking to mingle with other travelers from the world over, this is the spot to do it. With a profusion of hills, caves, and waterfalls, there are endless opportunities to explore. And when night comes, the brilliant starlight shining over seas of rice paddies provides a backdrop for dreams of new adventures.

Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”, is a must for any traveler, and The Luxury Travel Agency can elevate your journey from lovely to life-changing. We’ve been up and down the country, and we’re ready to share our knowledge with you!

Amanpulo Luxury Resort

As winter winds down, the chill in the air remains, and makes those of us at The Luxury Travel Agency long for sandy white beaches, the warm glow of the sun on our skin, and to cast all our worries away.

Located on a private island situated a mere 70 minutes from Manila, Amanpulo Luxury Resort checks all those boxes and more! Amanpulo lays blissfully unaware of the outside world, in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is aptly named Amanpulo, Aman, meaning peace and pulo meaning island. This luxury resort is the epitome of a tropical beach paradise that will soothe your mind, body, and soul. Known for its classically beautiful white sand beaches, Amanpulo offers nature, comfort, and privacy.

Amanpulo offers two “room” categories. Casitas and Villas.

There are 42 beautifully constructed Casitas that offer luxury accommodation with direct beach access. Follow the sandy footpath to view the exquisite and stunning turquoise sea. Alongside the Casitas, Amanpulo also offers 18 gorgeous villas located on the eastern and western sides of the island. The villas range from one to four bedrooms and provide complete and total privacy. The Villas also offer world-class amenities such as:

Outdoor lounge

Private butler, chef, gardener, and housekeeper

Private pool

Living and dining pavilion

Both the Casitas and Villas provide spectacular views of the ocean and are designed to be stylish and modern, but with traditional and cultural splashes.

Located on a secluded island, Amanpulo does not lack for food options. The luxury resort offers five dining venues ranging from Filipino, Mediterranean, Japanese, to international cuisine options. However, if you are looking for something a bit more exclusive, private, and intimate, Amanpulo can arrange a Beach BBQ. Sit directly on the beach, take in the beautiful sunset, and listen to the waves crash upon the shore. Enjoy an intimate dining experience with four different menu options or create a unique, customized menu that the chef will gladly prepare.

Amanpulo offers a variety of water activities ranging from kitesurfing and scuba diving to snorkelling and kayaking. Or take advantage of the award-winning spa facility with six different treatment rooms. Enjoy Yoga, Pilates, or head to the fitness center. The Amanpulo takes care of all your wellness needs.

If you are like us at The Luxury Travel Agency and are longing for a luxurious trip to escape it all, contact us on WhatsApp at +1-647-551-5460 or send us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com. When you book with The Luxury Travel Agency, you will receive the following benefits!

    • Free Room Upgrade, when available

 

    • Free Breakfast

 

    • Food & Beverage, Spa or Hotel Credits

 

    • Free Wi-Fi

 

    • Availability to Check-In Early or Check-Out Late, when available

 

    • Custom Welcome Amenity

 

    VIP Status and Service

Contact us today for more details or to make a booking.

Thinking about a Disney cruise?

If you are wanting to give your kids a Disney experience but feel that maybe taking your kids to Disney might be too much for their little legs to do all that walking or you have already done Disney but want to experience Disney in another way? Well then look no further as a Disney Cruise will be able to give you all the Disney Magic you can hope for! The Luxury Travel Agency has been on a Disney cruise (whose kids were 6 at the time) and they would HIGHLY recommend a Disney cruise for families!

Disney has 4 ships to choose from; Magic, Wonder, Dream & Fantasy, and in 2022/2023 they will be launching three new ships; Wish, Triton & Fairy. Disney also cruises to many wonderful destinations such as; Alaska, Canada, Caribbean, Europe & the Pacific Coast, so if you are looking to bring your kids on a ship that will give you beach destinations, natural beauty or history & culture then look no further as Disney has it all! They do offer a wide variety of connecting rooms so if you are looking to travel as a larger or multi-generational family then Disney will have accommodations that will suit your particular family needs!

Disney has above and beyond kids’ clubs for both the younger kids and for your teens. Their Oceaneers Club and Oceaneer Lab (ages 3-12) offers activities such as; indoor playground, character meets, story-telling, arts & crafts, video games, dress up, design your own starship or roadster, learn to sketch, create your own play, hunt for lost treasure, find Captain Hook’s favorite hook (a three-day challenge), super sloppy science, and so MUCH MORE, your kids will never get bored here! With their hours being very flexible (09:00-midnight) it will be a great place to drop off your kids for them to play and make friends, and it will also give the adults a chance to have some alone time and have a nice relaxing dinner, hang out in the adults-only pool section or maybe relax, unwind and get a spa treatment! For the families traveling with teenagers, there is also something for them to do, the Disney cruise ships also have “Vibe” (ages 13-17) which is a teens-exclusive space where they can chill out, listen to music, watch TV, play group games, karaoke, dance parties, and much more.

Disney also has a wide variety of live entertainment such as; Beauty & the Beast, Marvel day at Sea, Pirate night, Frozen the musical, sailing away deck party, Tangled: the musical, Star Wars day at sea, Character Meet & Greets, Aladdin: the musical, and much more, with so many shows going on throughout the day, you and your family will definitely feel the Disney Magic! Disney cruises also have some great themed dining options as well, enjoy a dinner at Rapunzel’s Royal Table where the whole ceiling is covered in lanterns and Rapunzel & Flynn Rider make a surprise visit during dinner, or enjoy dinner at the Animators Palate and be drawn into a spacious room that recalls a real-life hand-drawn environment in black & white, wait until the end of dinner as well for a special surprise from your servers.

Disney also owns its own private island in the Bahamas called “Castaway Cay”. Guests are invited to enjoy this magical tropical oasis that is deemed just for Disney guests only. The island is outfitted for family leisure where you can enjoy, relaxing on the beach and swim in the beautiful pristine blue waters, for some adult time you can head over to Serenity Bay (18+) where you can enjoy open-air massages, specialty frozen drinks and get a meal at Air Bar where they have savory dishes to satisfy your hunger. The island also boasts a 2,400 square-foot water play area for kids, and of course, they have a place for your teenagers to hang out as well “Teen Hideout” where your teens can lounge carefree in their very own slice of paradise!

So if you and your family are looking to get away to that perfect vacation where you will get all the Magic of Disney then look no further as a Disney Cruise will be the perfect fit for you and your family, contact The Luxury Travel Agency right now and we will help you plan your next perfect Disney Cruise Vacation, where magic is waiting for you around every corner!

Discoveries Down Under – 4 Australian Must-See Spots

Australia has been steadily rising on the list of desirable destinations over the past few years, and the reasons are as clear as the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. The ‘Land Down Under’ offers world-class quality across the board, from enchanting landscapes to a thriving culinary scene and beyond. Below, four of The Luxury Travel Agency’s must-see locales:

1) The Great Ocean Road. If you’re the type who loves getting out of the city to explore the natural world, this is a can’t-miss item on your bucket list. One of Earth’s great scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road (or GOR) winds along nearly 250 kilometres of Australia’s southern coast, with its eastern terminus just outside the city of Melbourne. Unending scenic views unfold before you, and your options are endless: indulge in artisanal cheese and ice cream, embark on treetop walks and ziplines, and even spot southern right whales with their babies just offshore! Don’t head for home without pictures at the 12 Apostles, a remarkable series of limestone stacks rising straight up from the ocean.

2) Byron Bay. Fans of the Thor films might spot the man behind the hammer – Chris Hemsworth – strolling the beaches of Byron Bay, where he and his family call home. Known throughout the country as a laid-back paradise, Australia’s easternmost town is all about enjoying the splendour around you: the beaches, the food, the arts, and more. A one-hour drive south from the Gold Coast Airport will get you there…leaving is a different question altogether!

3) Tasmania. While the Looney Tunes may have elevated the Tasmanian Devil to global consciousness, most travelers know little else about the island, which lies just off the southern coast of Australia, 80 minutes by plane from Melbourne. Its latitude and geography make for a wilderness experience like none other – almost a cross between Australia and New Zealand, with vast rugged spaces to explore. Several ultra-luxury lodges provide a home for visitors from which to sample the island’s many local delicacies, meet the wildlife, and marvel at the striking scenery. Tasmania has been Australia’s best-kept secret for a long time – plan a trip with The Luxury Travel Agency before the secret is out!

4) Kangaroo Island. As the name implies, wildlife is the name of the game here on Australia’s third-largest island, a mere 30-minute flight from Adelaide. Often referred to as, “A Zoo without Fences”, this place is an animal lover’s dream. You’ll find families of koalas lounging in the eucalyptus trees, packs of sea lions frolicking on the white sandy beaches, and of course herds of kangaroos bouncing all across the island. While the recent fires have dealt a setback to Kangaroo Island, recovery is well underway, and visitors can expect an experience with the natural world like nothing they’ve ever experienced before!

These four must-see destinations are only the beginning of the conversation when it comes to Australia, but from our perspective at The Luxury Travel Agency, they make for a heck of a starting point. Contact us today to make your Down Under dreams a reality!

The Luxury Travel Agency’s take on Bora Bora

Looking for the ultimate luxury rest and relaxation? Look no further as Bora Bora is going to be your ultimate destination for this, here you are surrounded by exquisite turquoise lagoons and stunning coral reefs, there are very few places in the world where you can be perched over water with stilts in your over-water bungalow, and Bora Bora is one of those places you can achieve this!

Words cannot describe the absolute beauty of this island and the resorts, there is no better way to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, milestone birthday or special occasion than jetting off to this island. The Luxury Travel Agency has been here several times and it is one of our favorite islands to recommend to clients.

Our favorite hotels in Bora Bora are the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

The Four Seasons Bora Bora has beautiful modern décor with rich Polynesian details throughout the property. They have 4 restaurants on-site including “Vaimiti” which is an overwater setting, a great spot to have evening cocktails and catch the sunset.

The Conrad Bora Bora Nui opened in 2017 after going through a full remodel, it was the first new 5-star hotel to open in over a decade! This resort is the epitome of sophistication, the staff here are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet in your life and their spa is to die for, it sits way up in the hills and you can have outdoor treatments with the most fantastic views you can ever hope to imagine. From both hotels, you can go straight from your overwater deck into the exquisite turquoise waters below and swim with some incredible sea life!

Feel like getting off your luxurious resort to explore more of the island? Then head over to the capital of Bora Bora, Viatape (less than a 15-minute boat ride) where you can shop for some of the finest pearls in the world! Viatape is also home to the famous “Bloody Mary’s” restaurant where you will enjoy some great food, and see a list of famous celebrities that have visited the restaurant such as; Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Ringo Star, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and so many more!

Bora Bora is also filled with TONS of adventure, you can enjoy things such as; swimming with the sharks, jet skiing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, Hobie Cat, fishing, Aquasafari, sky diving, jeep tour, ATV tour and SO MUCH MORE!

Bora Bora is the ultimate destination for romance, rest and relaxation but it is also an island that is full of adventure as well, it truly is the best of both worlds!

So what are you waiting for? Contact The Luxury Travel Agency at reservations@theluxurytravelagency.com or via WhatsApp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 to book your magical trip to Bora Bora, a trip you will NEVER forget!

Vietnam: Asia’s Next Big Thing in Travel

While the Vietnam of recent past was fraught with war and resistance against colonial forces, the nation today has seen rapid growth and globalization take root, as Vietnam taps into its spectacular cultural and culinary heritage along with its abundant natural resources. Although its neighbours Thailand and Indonesia get a larger share of the travel spotlight, it’s only a matter of time before Vietnam joins their ranks as a premier destination; it might be Asia’s best-kept secret (but not for long!)

Below, are a few of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favourite reasons to visit Vietnam:

1) The Food. Any conversation about Vietnam starts with the cuisine. Very few other nations can match their combination of health and taste; a “five-element” focus ensures that countless dishes are cooked with striking balance. Pho noodle soup is their most famous export, but this is only one of a staggering number of similar offerings that highlight the best of their respective regions. Banh Mi sandwiches, with bread inspired by the French style, can be found on every corner. The diversity of dishes, their ultra-fresh and healthy preparation, and the fun of exploring all your options through winding street markets come together to make Vietnamese food one of the world’s absolute best cuisines.

2) The Coast. Vietnam is blessed with over 3,200 kms of coastline stretching all the way down the eastern and southern edges of the country, providing travelers with a nearly endless supply of options to explore. In the north, world-famous Ha Long Bay enchants with its dreamlike maze of limestone cliffs. The central regions of Da Nang and Hoi An are home to huge swaths of beach that stretch for miles. And Vietnam’s southern islands, such as Phu Quoc, dazzle visitors with powder-soft sand that can match the quality of anything the rest of the world can offer.

3) The Mountains. On the western edge of Vietnam, away from the sea, rise clusters of stunning green hills and towering mountain peaks. In some areas, hill-tribes continue to live in villages as they have for generations, planting rice in jaw-dropping terraced fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. The Central Highlands region surrounding Da Lat is quite popular, but The Luxury Travel Agency puts the northern mountain town of Sa Pa on any must-see list. Trekking and motorbike riding through these hills, perched high above the green rice terraces in the valley, is an exercise in wondrous views and internal peace.

4) The Coffee. Vietnamese Coffee has established a global reputation, and upon your first sip, the reasons are clear. Strong, sweet, and best over ice, this drink is an integral cog in Vietnamese daily life. Cafés are everywhere (in fact, the Vietnamese word for coffee is ca phe), and everyone has their favourite. While the coffee itself packs a punch, it’s rarely enjoyed on the run; Vietnamese culture encourages a slow appreciation of their coffee (the slow-drip process certainly plays a role). In the capital city of Hanoi, “egg coffee” is a must – trust us, it’s much better than it sounds!

5) The Value. As a country undergoing sweeping changes in development and modernization, the strength of the Vietnamese currency (dong) is still quite low. Huge plates of delicious fried rice or noodles often go for $1 or $2 USD, and custom-tailored suits of quality can be had for $100. This means that you can relax at a sensational five-star hotel for a third of the price of the same property in Japan or Australia. Of course, prices will only go up as Vietnam gains more international renown – the time to go is now!

Vietnam holds a special place in our hearts at The Luxury Travel Agency – let us introduce you to this incredible land!

For more information on booking a trip to Vietnam, you can reach The Luxury Travel Agency at travel@LTALuxury.com or via phone or WhatsApp at +1-647-551-4560.

Angkor What? 4 Reasons to Visit Cambodia

Sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam on the southern end of the Indochina Peninsula, Cambodia doesn’t get the same international recognition as its neighbors. Even so, there are fantastic opportunities to see the real heart of a nation and its people; if you’re tired of the tourist-packed locales in Thailand or Bali, Cambodia is well worth your attention. Below, four of The Luxury Travel Agency’s top reasons to visit:

1) Angkor Wat. If you don’t know anything else about Cambodia, it’s likely you’ve heard of this building – or at least, recognize its picture. Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument, a temple complex whose grounds stretch over 400 acres. Built in the 12th Century as a central point in the ancient city of Angkor (which, at the time, was the largest urban center in the world), the temple is Cambodia’s primary attraction for tourists and even features on the nation’s flag. As jaw-dropping as Angkor Wat is, it’s only one of over 70 ancient structures scattered across the area, many of which are just as worth seeing. Fly into Siem Reap, the country’s second-largest city, and stay a few nights in order to explore it all.

2) Untouched Beaches. Along Cambodia’s southern coast, near Sihanoukville, lie stretches of beach as nice as anything you’d find in Thailand – and with almost no one on them. The main reason is development; the region has simply not seen the investment that its neighbors have (although this is quickly changing). However, there are still gems to enjoy for non-backpackers. The Luxury Travel Agency partners with Song Saa Private Island, a five-star resort just off the coast. Sense of place is the key here; gorgeous over-water pool villas are crafted from local materials, and guests can kayak through the mangroves before returning to a blessing ceremony from local monks. If you’re after a really unique getaway, it’s hard to top this destination!

3) Cardamom Mountains. Covering swaths of Cambodia’s southwest, the Cardamom Mountains are one of Southeast Asia’s last great jungles. The biodiversity here is outstanding. Asian elephants, clouded leopards, Irrawaddy dolphins, and tree-swinging gibbons are just a few of the forest’s inhabitants. If you’re an animal lover, a visit is a must! We partner with the few five-star options in the area, including Shinta Mani Wild, which will have you feeling like a royal explorer in no time!

4) The Killing Fields. Unlike the other entries on this list, you will not have fun at The Killing Fields; but in order to understand anything about Cambodia’s recent history, visiting is a must. Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime carried out a genocide on its citizens; nearly two million were killed, almost a quarter of the entire country’s population. These killings took place at sites around the nation – the most-visited nowadays is at Choeung Ek, where visitors see victim’s skulls stacked in glass cases and can listen to audio tours told by survivors as they navigate the grounds. While far from a pleasant experience, it is certainly an important one, and no visitor to Cambodia should leave without an understanding of what its citizens have gone through. And despite all this, you may never meet more helpful people than Cambodians in all your days.

Talk with The Luxury Travel Agency today about your chance to explore this unique and beautiful country!

Visit Peru | The Luxury Travel Agency

Some ideas for your luxury travels to Peru!

 

Hiking Machu Picchu with your trusty llama.

 

From the citadel of Machu Picchu to the colorful wildlife of the Amazon rainforest, Peru offers dramatic scenery, rich culture and world-class food.

For those seeking an active adventure then Peru is a MUST. With so many adventurous activities to do such as: Scale the Sacred Valley’s via ferrata and zipline to lunch in a cliff-top pod, hike the famous Inca Trail, tree-top trekking through the Amazon Jungle, Dune Buggy rides and much more. Peru is also home to some great historical sites such as; Machu Picchu, Huyana Pichu, Saqsaywaman, Hucana Pucllana, Maras & Moray, Cusco Cathedral and the Ollantaytambo Fortress. The Luxury Travel Agency can book your perfect adventure to Peru, whether you are searching history, culture or adventure.

For those who love hiking, did you know that on your journey to Machu Picchu, via train, you can disembark the train early and do a full day hike of the famous Inca Trail, which is said to be one of the top 5 treks to do in the world! What better way to enter Machu Picchu than to enter through the Sun Gate and get a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking citadel, that is estimated to have only had a population of just over 300 people during its time of use!

 

Hotel B Barranco, Lima, Peru, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Inkaterra Machu Picchu, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

During your time in Peru, The Luxury Travel Agency recommends the following hotels: Lima – Hotel B Barranco, this hotel is an old colonial home that was revamped into a boutique hotel with quaint rooms and delectable food.

Sacred Valley – Sol Y Luna, where you are right in the middle of the Andes mountains with beautiful lush gardens all around you and incredible views of the mountains. Your individual casita really gives you a taste of Peruvian décor.

Machu Picchu – Inkaterra Machu Picchu – you will feel like you are in the jungle here with the waterfalls that run through the property, stone pathways, and hiking trails you can access right outside your room!

 

No trip to Peru is complete without a river cruise!

 

Feeling like you want a bit of water adventure as well? What better way to top off your Peruvian trip than with a River Cruise right on the Amazon, with a small number of rooms you will get a real intimate experience. Here you will get a sense of one of the world’s most biodiverse land ecosystems with a guide with you the entire time. You will get to experience some great activities such as; tropical bird watching, fishing for piranhas, stargazing, jungle walks, see the amazing pink dolphins, meet local inhabitants of the Amazon, and so much more!

For more information on booking a trip to Vietnam, you can reach The Luxury Travel Agency at travel@LTALuxury.com or via phone or WhatsApp at +1-647-551-4560.

 

Learn more about the travel planning and consulting services offered by The Luxury Travel Agency. 

5 Reasons for Making New Zealand Your Next Luxury Adventure

This South Pacific island nation may be small in size, but its potential for lifelong travel memories is larger than most! Here are just five of the many reasons The Luxury Travel Agency recommends New Zealand for your next  luxury adventure abroad:

 

Milford Sound is a must for any trip to New Zealand.
Milford Sound is a must for any trip to New Zealand.

 

1) Milford Sound. If you don’t know, now you know. Hailed by many as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, Milford Sound is a fiord situated on the southwestern coast of New Zealand. A series of towering forested peaks drop straight into the ocean, while waterfalls tumble from dizzying heights. Due to the region’s terrain, the drive from nearby Queenstown takes nearly 4 hours; the only way to visit in style is by helicopter, with expert pilots that bring you eye-to-eye with the mountaintops. You can even land on an alpine glacier or a Pacific coast beach…or both! This experience is simply a must when visiting New Zealand – your photo albums will thank you.

 

 

2) Waiheke Island. New Zealand’s best-kept secret – among visitors, at least – is Waiheke Island. A mere 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke is the most populated island in the surrounding Hauraki Gulf. Here, the pace of life is slower than the mainland’s; a sign by the ferry docks reads, “Slow Down, You’re Here”. And what a place to be: the sun-kissed island is home to local growers of all description, from wine to olive oil and even honey, all carefully nurtured by dedicated artisans. There are coasts to kayak, beaches to stroll, and seaside restaurants to enjoy the freshest of meals at while watching the sun set over the Gulf; what more does one need for a perfect day?

 

 

3) Thrills Galore. New Zealand is a country known not just for its outdoors, but for the fun in getting out and exploring them. Queenstown, on the country’s South Island, is billed as the “Adventure Capital of the World” – and it’s a well-earned title. If it gets your blood pumping and your adrenaline rushing, you can find it here. The Kawarau Bridge Bungy was the first commercial bungy jumping operation in the world, and it delivers heart-stopping excitement to this day (as this author can personally attest). Jet boats rip up and down surrounding rivers at speeds of up to 90 km/h, as you come mere inches from the towering canyon walls. Prefer ziplining? Head up the gondola in the town center and zoom down on a series of ultra-scenic cables. Off-roading more your thing? The Luxury Travel Agency can put you in a top-end 4WD Buggy – you’ll never have more fun exploring! If you consider yourself a thrill-seeker, this is simply a destination you cannot afford to miss.

 

 

4) Lord of the Rings. Millions worldwide have adored the books, watched the movies, and marveled at the vast landscapes of Middle Earth; but what if you could go there yourself? As the primary filming location for both the LOTR and The Hobbit trilogies, New Zealand offers visitors the opportunity to place themselves exactly where their favorite characters on    ce stood. Our Local Partners will take you by off-road buggy through fields where battles raged, and across rivers forded by the story’s heroes. You can even tour through Hobbiton, the set for The Shire where the Hobbit houses can still be explored!

 

 

5) Freshest of Food. How could we do a travel post and not mention cuisine? New Zealand is renowned for the freshness of its food, most of which comes from local sources; its geographic position requires it. Guests at one of the many fantastic lodges might enjoy lamb and beef that was raised directly on the property itself, or sample seafood caught earlier that day just off the coast. Wine-growing regions dot the country, many of them world-famous for their outstanding quality. Here, a meal is not just a meal, but a story of the land, the ocean, and how they’ve provided for New Zealanders for generations.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to New Zealand’s charms – the only way to know them all is to see for yourself. One of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favourite destinations; let us plan the adventure of a lifetime for you!

For more information on booking a trip to Vietnam, you can reach The Luxury Travel Agency at travel@LTALuxury.com or via phone or WhatsApp at +1-647-551-4560.

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Defining Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

The Cayman Islands have long been known for their fine, white sand beaches, friendly locals and beautiful weather year-round.

Of course, there are endless options when planning a trip to the Caribbean, but if you’re looking for a destination that may just leave you breathless, Cayman Islands is a place you can always find it. One could talk for ages about the endless things to do and see, but simply put; there are none who does luxury quite like Cayman.

Wake up to breathtaking views of the crystal blue waters accompanied by a warm breeze sweeping through the Caribbean trees, as you get ready for your tour of the great Stingray City, sink your feet into the soft white sand, and experience the true decadence of the island’s fine dining.

 

Pool at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach

 

Apart from the famous Seven Mile Beach, known by many as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in the world, there is The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman which is situated right on the heart of it.

Despite the islands natural beauty, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman manages to elevate this luxurious island to an even higher level. With over six restaurants, a relaxing spa, a family-friendly water park, and two outdoor pools. The resort also has its very own 9-hole golf course, tennis and a basketball court. Word of adding the up-and-coming sport “Pickleball” is also in the works, but what makes this resort so magnificent is the undeniable cuisine, luxury rooms and suites, and unmatched VIP service from the team.

Beautiful Rooms and Suites at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

Bedroom at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Bedroom at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

 

Suite at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Suite at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

 

 

There are a lot of places to see and people to meet, and whether you know exactly what you want, or simply have the incurable travel bug, The Luxury Travel Agency will show you why and how planning your next luxury journey with us is full of rewarding experiences.

For more information on this property click here, or give us a call (+1 647 551 5460) or email Reservations@TheLuxuryTravelAgency.com and tell us your dream travel ideas and one of our travel experts will make it possible because we know luxury travel has no limits and we stop at nothing to create the perfect travel experience tailored just for you.

See our complete list of Partner Hotels in the Caribbean and Bermuda, and let’s start planning your next getaway!

 

A little bit about The Luxury Travel Agency.  We are a boutique agency based in Toronto which specializes in luxury travel. We can do anything from a simple hotel booking to complete Trip Consultation and Planning. We partner with over 2,000 of the best luxury hotels and resorts around the world which means we can offer our clients an array of added amenities and benefits such as:

    • Room Upgrade when available
    • Daily Full Breakfast, up to two guests
    • USD 100 Hotel Credit 
    • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, when availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Custom Welcome Amenity
    • VIP Status

The amenities and benefits vary from property to property, but we always do our best to get you the most value for your money and make sure your stay is as perfect as possible. 

Contact us for more details.

Royal Caribbean Cruise

Are you wanting to explore multiple destinations all in one trip? Then there is  no better way to do this than with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. They have over 300 ports of call worldwide and with over 4,500 shore excursions you will never get bored on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. The Luxury Travel Agency recommends to book with Royal Caribbean. With over 25 different ships ranging from small to large, you will be able to find the perfect cruise that will suit your exact needs. Royal Caribbean is great for both couples and families, you will find a great variety of things to do for all ages, from your children to teenagers to even the adventure-seeking adults, Royal Caribbean has it all!

If you are looking for the larger cruise ships with tons to do then book something from the Oasis-Class ship; Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, or Symphony of the Seas, with more to come in the next few years! Symphony of the seas was the newest cruise ship that launched in 2018 and is the largest passenger cruise ship in the world and offers an array of activities to keep everyone on the ship entertained! Some of the wonderful activities you can enjoy are; Laser Tag, Water Slides, Flow Rider, Broadway shows, Aqua Theater shows, ice skating, spa, ziplining, arcade, casino, mini-golf, escape room, comedy club, rock climbing, Splash Away Bay and SO MUCH MORE there is something for everyone of all ages to do and you will never get bored! Symphony of the Seas also offers 19 different dining options so you will have a wide variety to choose from.

Royal Caribbean offers four different stateroom categories; interior, outside, balcony, and Suite that range from 140-1,524 square feet. You will be able to find the perfect fit for your family. They also offer connecting units for families that all want to be together! Royal Caribbean offers ports of call all around the world including; Caribbean, Oceania, Europe, Australia & New Zealand, Alaska, Asia and much more. So if your wish is to get out and explore the world, there is no better way to do this than on a cruise as you will get to see so much more all in one trip!

Contact the Luxury Travel Agency today to book your next cruise with Royal Caribbean and get set for one of the most wonderful adventures you will ever experience!

Luxury Travel in St. Barth | The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Want to vacation like the rich and famous? Aiming to rub shoulders with Beyonce & Jay Z, and keep up with the Kardashians? Look no further than St. Barth’s. Don’t let the size of this 25 km² island fool you – there is beach-hopping, eating, drinking, shopping, and yachting in abundance, a place to see and be seen. The Luxury Travel Agency loves this island; a must-visit if you are looking for some rest and relaxation as well as the Caribbean’s most elite parties!

Luxury in St. Barth: Fun in the Sun

 

With only about 60 days of rain per year and temperatures averaging 25-30º C year-round, this is the perfect destination for sun-seekers and sea-lovers.  The refreshing breezes brought by the trade winds keep summertime temperatures lower than some of its neighbors – meaning there’s never a bad time to visit!

 

St Barths Luxury Travel
Don’t miss your spot at the table for the island’s hottest party

 

If you are in St. Barth, one must-visit is the famed Nikki Beach on a Sunday. The Beach Club takes two seating times for lunch and the action starts around 2:00 PM, so don’t dally – you won’t want to miss this party, renowned around the island for its sheer energy and quality.

Luxury in St. Barth: The LTA’s Favorites

 

While your high-end accommodation options are many, The Luxury Travel Agency particularly recommends three: Cheval Blanc, Le Toiny, and Le Sereno.

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France provides a distinctly sophisticated beach feel to their discerning guests. They have a wide variety of room choices to choose from, but their Beach Suites are truly special: located directly on dazzling Flamands Beach, with a sprawling terrace and private infinity pool, these are tough to top!

 

The Luxury Travel Agency loves this St Bart property
Cheval Blanc’s Beach Suites are a design lover’s dream

 

Le Toiny is truly a special boutique property. With only 22 rooms, each unit is  extra-spacious and contemporary in design, including private pools for every guest – the perfect place to be to enjoy the views with a little peace and quiet.  Left your favorite beach wrap at home? No Problem – Le Toiny has a boutique located at the beach club with high-quality brands that keep abreast of every trend.

 

Le Toiny St Barths
Le Toiny’s Beach Club is one of the island’s finest – and that’s saying something

 

Le Sereno is nearly overwhelming in its natural beauty. Their wooden design used in the rooms gives off a chic rustic vibe, without diluting in any way their 5-star luxury service! If you are traveling with a family, the property has gorgeous 4-bedroom villas that provide more than enough space for all. If you’re looking for a bit of water adventure, Le Sereno sits on the Grand Cul de Sac and is known for its great kite surfing – you can catch the action right outside your room!

 

Luxury Travel St Barth
The elegant simplicity at Le Sereno is what Caribbean luxury is all about

Luxury in St. Barth – Out & About

 

In St. Barth, the resorts are just the tip of the luxury iceberg. World-class restaurants such as L’Isola, Bonita, Le Tamarin, Bagatelle, and L’Isoletta dot the shoreline. Looking for a little bit of romance? Make your way to Colombier Beach, a 30-minute walk from the main road. Don’t fret, for it will be worth your wait: the beach is located just beyond a rocky hill, a lovely location to get away and enjoy a little bit of alone time, especially on such a small island. Ask the hotel concierge to pack a picnic – truly a little slice of heaven!

Feel like getting out on the open seas? The Luxury Travel Agency works with the best charter companies in St. Barth and can arrange to book you a yacht for the day to explore this stunning island; you could even go as far as the neighboring islands of St. Maarten or Anguilla. With massive corals and schools of multi-colored fish, St. Barth is also a great location to do some snorkeling or Scuba Diving. When you’re back on shore, return to a private dinner on the white sands to wrap up a day in paradise.

 

Luxury Travel in St Barth
In St Barth, there’s no better way to travel!

 

At these and all of St. Barth’s most exceptional resorts,  The Luxury Travel Agency can offer you the very lowest rates, along with an array of completely free amenities and benefits. We live at the intersection of quality and value – let us show you a new way to travel! Contact us today to learn more, and plan the journey of a lifetime.

 

For some related travel ideas, take a peek at our favourite luxurious properties in the Caribbean, along with a specific focus on the Turks & Caicos!

Around The World In 2 Hours

While sitting in The Luxury Travel Agency office in Toronto, my colleagues and I travelled around the world in only two hours.

If you are wondering how this is possible, the answer is simple. Representatives from eight different Park Hyatt hotels came to The Luxury Travel Agency and led us on a journey around the world.

Park Buenos Aires, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Buenos Aires, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

First stop? Sunny Buenos Aires in Argentina. Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located partially in an old palace offering a vibrant, cosmopolitan, and charming atmosphere. With an abundance of art, culinary options, and world-class service. Mixing contemporary and classic design with Latin flair, Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is the ultimate chic hotel.

 

Park Hyatt St. Kitts, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt St. Kitts, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Next, we travelled to the sunshine-filled shores of St. Kitts. Park Hyatt St. Kitts offers its guests the opportunity to unplug and reconnect with ultimate privacy. Nestled between lush rolling hills and beautiful ocean views, Park Hyatt St. Kitts has something for every member of the family to enjoy.

 

Park Hyatt Vienna, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt Vienna, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

From the beach, we travelled to the historical city of Vienna. Park Hyatt Vienna, built inside a 100-year-old bank, is located in the golden quarter. History seeps out of every vestibule; however, it is not a dark and dreary place. Park Hyatt Vienna is fresh, modern, and cozy.

 

Park Hyatt Zurich, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt Zurich, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

From Vienna to Zurich, Europe’s best-kept secret. The only luxury hotel in Zurich, the Park Hyatt Zurich, stands above the rest. With an extensive art collection, rooms and suites designed to be understatedly sleek with classical/cultural touches, and amazingly beautiful personal amenities upon arrival.

 

Park Hyatt Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

From Zurich, we travelled to the city of lights, Paris! The hotel is located in an authentically Parisian neighbourhood, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere. Fully renovated in 2019, the design of the hotel is contemporary with a residential homey feeling. The Park Hyatt Paris is quaint, modern, and authentic.

 

Park Hyatt Doha, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt Doha, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Leaving Europe behind, we travelled to the Middle East. Park Hyatt Doha in Qatar is an excellent choice for first-time travellers to the Middle East. Located in the old park of the city next to the marketplace, Park Hyatt Doha is a city-based cultural experience, close to museums, teaming with Islamic art, with modern and Arabic influences.

 

Park Hyatt Aviara, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt Aviara, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

From the shores of the Middle East, it was time to travel closer to home. Park Hyatt Aviara is the ultimate resort, spa, and golf club. Aviara, ideally located, is currently undergoing a massive renovation. Boasting stunning views of the ocean, golf course, and lagoon Aviara is sure to please when it comes to all your family’s needs.

 

Park Hyatt New York, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Park Hyatt New York, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Lastly, we travelled to the big apple. New York. The Manhattan Sky Suite at Park Hyatt New York offers 360-degree panoramic views. It is the highest luxury suite in the city that has three bedrooms, 75,000 dollars’ worth in books, a helicopter pad, a butler and a chef—the ultimate luxury experience.

You will have access to exclusive amenities when booking a Hyatt Park property through The Luxury Travel Agency!

Amenities such as:

    • Custom Welcome Amenity
    • Property Credit
    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Room Upgrade Priority
    • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out

With so many options around the world. The opportunity to book is at your fingertips! There is nothing that is holding you back from enjoying a luxurious vacation!

Contact us on WhatsApp at +1-647-551-5460 or send us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com to make your dreams, a reality!

Back to the Future: Ultra-Modern Japan

Beginning in the 1980s, Japan emerged as a global leader in technology and design, staking its place at the forefront of all things “futuristic”. Today, that reputation is more deserved as ever, with the country continuing to prioritize modern solutions to modern problems. Any traveler to Japan will notice some of these things right away, while other processes are hidden further under the surface. When The Luxury Travel Agency visits Japan, here are a few of the things that impressed us the most:

1) Public Transport. Depending on the land you call home, your level of awe while riding Japan’s trains may vary; European public transport is largely well developed, while North Americans have little to speak of. Regardless, there are few (if any) countries that can match the Japanese system. The superstars are the shinkansen – “bullet trains” in English – whose lines run down the length of almost the entire country. These trains reach speeds of up to 320 km/h, and yet it feels as if you’re barely moving. Driving a car from Osaka to Tokyo would run you about six or seven hours – the bullet train does it in two. Local systems are also extremely comprehensive; the Tokyo subway alone is served by over 13 lines and 285 stations, with signs posted in five languages. Trains are spotless, safe, and always on time – in fact, operators are required to issue written apologies to riders for only a few minutes’ delay!

2) Infrastructure. Located as it is along the “Ring of Fire” (a zone circling the Pacific Ocean where many tectonic plates meet), Japan and its citizens must be constantly on the lookout for earthquakes and their by-products, such as tsunamis and flooding. To this end, many of their coastal cities are designed and constantly updated with new protective measures. In the capital city of Tokyo, a gigantic underground manmade cavern acts as a relief for potential floods, diverting water under the city rather than through it. Every building – even one or two-story homes – are designed to fully withstand minor earthquakes, while larger buildings such as skyscrapers are built with a laundry list of protections, including giant blocks of rubber at their very base and shock absorbers in the walls of every floor.

3) Toilets. It’s not something most people talk about – but with Japan, it’s impossible not to. The country prides itself on cleanliness, so it only stands to reason this would extend to personal hygiene. A guest at a 5-star hotel might find a toilet with about ten or twelve different functions and buttons for adjusting each of them. Heat up, cool down, freshwater, puffs of air; who knew going to the washroom could be so civilized? After returning from Japan, you may have difficulty going back to your old setup again!

4) Restaurants. This category is a bit more difficult to pin down – there is an untold variety of restaurant and cuisine styles to explore, each operating in their own way – certain experiences tend to stand out. Your correspondent once ate a steaming, delicious bowl of ramen in an Osaka restaurant, without seeing or interacting with a human being at any point! Diners approach a type of vending machine at the front, select their dish, toppings, and level of spice, put their money in the machine, take a ticket, and head to a one-person stall with a curtain in front. After what seems like mere seconds, the curtain is lifted just high enough for your ramen to be passed through from the kitchen. An introvert’s heaven – and the post-pandemic value is easy to see!

Anyone interested in getting a glimpse of what our world may look like over the next few decades has to visit Japan – and The Luxury Travel Agency can take you there. Contact us today to plan your journey!

Rosewood Mayakoba Mexico

 Rosewood Mayakoba Playa Del Carmen

 

 

Mayakoba is a destination within a destination, situated along the tranquil shores of the Riviera Maya, sitting on over 620-acres of pristine lagoons, jungles and beaches this private sanctuary is home to one of the most beautiful and peaceful resorts you will ever get to experience, Rosewood Mayakoba. With over 120 different Suites, including villas up to four bedrooms, with each room having their own private pool and most with an expansive terrace, this will be the perfect getaway spot for couples and families. The Suites at Rosewood feature expansive interiors and beautiful contemporary pieces.

 

 

The Luxury Travel Agency highly suggests this resort to get away from it all, and with its stunning 5-star amenities and staff you will want to come back again and again. Some of the wonderful amenities you can get at this wonderful resort include; Two Beach Clubs: One Adult only and one Family Friendly Club, Four Refreshing Pools, Six Restaurants on-site, Lagoon Side Boat Check-In, Sense – A Rosewood Spa and much more you will get a touch of high class at this resort! There is a wide variety of activities you can do on-site as well such as; Coral Reef Diving, Biking, Jet Skiing, Volleyball, Yacht Charters, Tennis, Archery and much more. One unique experience you can also book at this resort is a private dinner on their boat on the lagoon, you could not ask for a more romantic setting!

This unique destination also has it’s own Traditional Mexican Square “El Pueblito”, where you can enjoy live music, authentic Mexican shopping, a cooking school, farmers market, boutique shopping, a sweet tooth shop, and in the Heart of El Pueblito is a beautiful chapel, which does hold weddings! If you are seeking more adventure just 30-minutes outside of this resort is the Xcaret Amusement Park where you can enjoy other activities such as; Underground Rivers, underground Mayan Caves, Ziplining, Swim with the Dolphins, Parasailing, Sea Trekking, Scuba and much more!

The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends you book this unique resort, where you will receive 5-star service from the time of arrival until the time of departure. Contact us now to book your next Rosewood Mayakoba getaway!

The Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Travel experts agree: when it comes to Southeast Asia, the country of Malaysia is nothing less than a rising star. A growing number of ultra-luxe resorts call their beaches home, and the capital city of Kuala Lumpur offers something for every traveler – fantastic shopping, a thriving culinary scene, and plenty of unique neighborhoods to explore.

 

Luxury Travel in Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers rise above the dynamic, exciting city of Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur | The Best Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

 

When it comes to luxury accommodation, there’s no better address in the city than the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. The hotel enjoys a splendid location between the iconic Petronas Twin Towers (the symbol of KL) and the lovely greenspace of KLCC Park. Guests are smack in the center of the city’s best attractions, with the glitzy malls of Bukit Bintang and the “Golden Triangle” nightlife district within easy walking distance. In fact, there are air-conditioned pedestrian bridges built for this very purpose!

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur – Club Benefits

The hotel is designed with calm, cool refinement as its primary character, an escape from the bustling heat of the city. Rooms are plenty spacious, with the entry-level starting at 40 square meters – a real luxury in a city with no shortage of people! Guests can choose views over the Park or across at the lit-up Twin Towers. The Luxury Travel Agency strongly recommends booking a Club Room or Suite – not just for the upgrade in room quality, but also to gain access to the Mandarin Oriental Club Lounge. Sleek wood-paneled walls enclose daily food presentations and evening cocktails, while guests can have up to five pieces of clothing dry-cleaned each day.

Luxury Travel in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Daily food presentations in the Club Lounge are just one of its many perks

 

Another Club Lounge benefit? A 20%-off discount on spa treatments…and when you visit Southeast Asia, these are just about a must. Several of the treatments focus on relieving stress in your neck, back, and feet – welcome news for the weary traveler, particularly since Kuala Lumpur is the gateway to much of the region. There’s even an hour-long massage called “Jet Set”, which is perfect for resetting your body for the adventures ahead!

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur – Culinary Excellence

With a rich history and influences from Chinese, Indian, and even European cuisine, the food in Kuala Lumpur is entirely unique, with endless variations. The dining outlets at the Mandarin Oriental do an excellent job of reflecting this. The Mandarin Grill offers authentic Italian favourites (the menu was created by the executive chef of the brand’s Milan property), while Lai Po Heen serves up Cantonese and dim sum specialties in a breathlessly elegant setting that calls Silk Road riches to mind. There are venues for tapas, afternoon tea, a bar, a cake shop, and even a nightclub! The city is famous for its street food – but you may have a difficult time simply leaving the best hotel in Kuala Lumpur to try it!

Best Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
The Mandarin Cake Shop is heaven for those with a sweet tooth!

 

As a dedicated partner of the Mandarin Oriental brand, The Luxury Travel Agency will secure for you not only the very best rates (guaranteed to match or best any offer from the competition) but also a collection of free amenities, including room upgrades, daily breakfast, dining credits, early check-in/late check-out, and more! Of course, you’ll also be marked as a VIP guest, courtesy of our affiliation with the hotel. And remember: for a simple hotel booking, you pay no extra cost to us whatsoever. There’s simply no better way to travel and no better way to book the best hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, give us a call or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytravelagency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

 

Want more tips on Southeast Asia? Take a peek at our article on hiking in the region for some fresh ideas on active travel!

Aman Resorts in the Caribbean

Experience Aman in the Caribbean!

Aman hotels are broadly acclaimed as one of the most exclusive hotel brands around the world!  They are methodically designed to frame their natural settings, and are renowned for their breathtaking locations, brilliant designs and offer the utmost privacy.  You will truly feel like you are in your own personal private oasis when staying at an Aman property.  The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends you visit Amanera, located in the Dominican Republic and then Amanyara, located in Turks & Caicos.  The great thing is there is non-stop flights between these two islands so it’s just a hop, skip & a jump to get from one island to the next!

Start your trip off at Amanera, This Balinese inspired resort has only 25-standalone casitas and is nestled on over 2,100 acres of pristine Caribbean vegetation.  Overlooking the ocean, with magnificent golden sand, it is one of the region’s most beautiful beaches.  Your casita is where you will want to spend most of your time, especially if you book one with a private pool, which The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends you do.  With floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors you can gave into your oasis of a backyard, truly private and super romantic.

The island boats a wide variety of activities for those seeking adventure as well, including; waterfalls (including waterfall rappelling), ziplining, horseback riding, dune buggy, Cable Car tour, visiting the mangroves, golf, fishing, exploring Dominican history & culture and much more!  You will get the best of both worlds at Amanera as you can tuck yourselves away for the whole trip or get you and enjoy some adventure.

Once you have left Amanera it’s just a short plane ride (just over an hour) head over to the exotic island of Turks & Caicos and stay at Amanyara.  Nestled on over 5,000 acres with 59 stand-alone pavilions and villas this will be the perfect place to end your vacation.  Like other Aman resorts this property also has Balinese influences all throughout the resort.  We would recommend to book one of the pavilions with a pool, offering you the utmost privacy, you will feel like you are staying in the middle of Bali here, so quiet and peaceful.  The rooms are decorated with beautiful wood, cream-colored accents and a beautiful kind size bed that looks into your private yard.  The beach at Amanyara offers you the most exquisite calm and turquoise waters you will ever witness, a great place to get out and enjoy some water activities.  At night you must book a private dinner on the rocks and watch in amazement one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever get to witness in your life.

Turks & Caicos is a bit more of a quiet island, most of the activities that are offered here will be water activities, with endless possibilities.  Horseback riding here is a must, fulfill your dreams of riding on the beach and into the shallow waters with a backdrop of white sand and turquoise water, Turks & Caicos is one of the best places in the world to offer this unique experience.

Contact The Luxury Travel Agency now to book your next Aman Caribbean vacation!

Road Trip Through New York

Did you know that the state of New York is over 54,000 sqm²? There is so much to do here and would make for a great road trip during the summer and fall months to see the beautiful state, The Luxury Agency highly recommends making this trip.

Start your trip by in Buffalo. Spend two nights here to do two main things to do here, shopping and Niagara Falls.

On the first day make your way to the Walden Galleria Mall to do some of the BEST shopping, they have your deal finder stores and your high-end shopping so you will get a mix of everything.

The next day spend your day at the beautiful Niagara Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, a true beauty to watch, it consists of three waterfalls; Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls, a truly magical sight that you must visit. During your time in Niagara, you can enjoy various activities such as; Maid of the Mist Boat

Tour Cave of Winds, Jet Adventure and Whirlpool Jet Boat tours and much more. Also if you have your US passport (and you do not need a visa) cross over the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian Side and walk up and down the famous Clifton Hills and enjoy more attractions such as go-karting, the Niagara Skywheel, ziplining over the falls and much more! During your time in Niagara Falls, we would recommend staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, USA.

The next day head out for a beautiful 6-hour drive up to the Lake Placid Lodge, set in the heart of the Adirondacks State Park, with 13 rooms and 17 luxurious cabins you will be able to find the perfect accommodation for yourselves. The rooms are designed with beautiful stone fireplaces and exposed wood beams, it will give you a real rustic cabin feel. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Placid and the calm and serene surroundings, a great place to relax and unwind an enjoy some quality time together, The Luxury Travel Agency would recommend spending 2-3 nights at this oasis! You can also enjoy an array of activities such as boating, fishing, golf, hiking, horseback riding and those looking for more of a thrill can enjoy rock climbing & white-water rafting. And what better way to end your nights here than having s’mores around the campfire.

Once you have had a few days of R&R it’s time to head out to the Big Apple, jump into your car and make the 5-hour drive to the big city to end your trip in this exciting city with over 8 million people.

While in New York city we would recommend staying at the St. Regis New York, one of the very first 5-star hotels to open in New York over a century ago, it is a beautiful landmark hotel that offers beautifully designed classic rooms. If you are looking for something a little more modern or contemporary looking than we would recommend the Ritz Carlton New York, having gone through a full renovation in 2019 the rooms are now much more soft and bright and offer boasting views of Central Park.

We would recommend spending 3-5 nights in New York as there is so much to do here such as; Broadway shows, musicals, One World Observatory, Museums, art galleries, shopping, bike tours, helicopters tours, walking & sightseeing tours, yacht dinner cruises, and so much more, which is why New York is known as the city that never sleeps!

Contact The Luxury Travel Agency now to book your next road trip throughout New York!

And of course, we can book ANY hotel or resort, so never hesitate to ask us about any property you are interested in!

Hiking in Southeast Asia: A Primer by The Luxury Travel Agency

Most travelers don’t think of Southeast Asia when they’re planning a hiking trip; colder locales are often the first choice. Unbeknownst to many, the region is home to extensive ranges of forests, hills, and mountains that offer a unique experience to those keen on exploring them. Just make sure you go in the dry season! Below, a few standout picks from The Luxury Travel Agency:

1) Sa Pa, Vietnam. If you only hike a single time in Southeast Asia, it should be here. Set in the far north of Vietnam, Sa Pa is a region of majestic green mountains and staggered rice terraces, carved into the soil hundreds of years ago, that blanket the slopes. The views you see as the setting sun floods the green, rippling valley with golden light are some of the best you will ever come across, anywhere in the world. There are hiking opportunities for all fitness levels: hardcore hikers can summit Mt. Fansipan, the highest in all of Southeast Asia, while those who prefer a smaller scale can explore numerous trails and highlights, such as the 200-meter Silver Waterfall. The best time to go is either between September – November, or March – May; winters up in the mountains can get quite chilly!

2) Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Also set in its nation’s northwest, the Mae Hong Son region is less mountainous than Sa Pa, but makes up for the difference in richness of culture and history. Intrepid travelers can rent motorbikes and tackle the Mae Hong Son Loop, a well-known route through the province. The opportunities for adventure are endless – one mountain trail might lead to a modest temple perched high above the jungle, another could lead to a set of massive caves, with stairs to the bottom chock-full of Buddhist statues. The Luxury Travel Agency can arrange visits to the villages of hill tribes who have lived in the area for centuries; many of these women produce stunning patterns on clothing and handbags that make an authentic souvenir while directly supporting its makers. The best time to visit is from November to May, when the rains are at their lowest, making exploration easy.

3) Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. Stretching across Cambodia’s southwest, this mountain range is sparsely populated, in contrast to many of its neighbours; as such, it is a home for a breathtaking display of biodiversity. Some of the national park’s many inhabitants include gibbons, Siamese crocodiles, pangolins, and what may be the largest population of Asian elephants left in the wild! Unlike Thailand, tourism is really just starting to become a focal point of Cambodia’s economy, particularly in this region; however, a number of excellent eco-friendly resorts exist from which to base your adventures. This means that you’ll be, in many ways, “beating the rush” to one of Southeast Asia’s last great jungles. We recommend visiting between October and April, for maximum accessibility.

You’re probably already planning a trip to Southeast Asia for the beaches, the shopping, and the street food – why not add a spot of hiking to your journey? Get in touch with The Luxury Travel Agency for firsthand advice!

Sayonara Sushi: 5 Other Must-Try Japanese Dishes

Everyone knows about sushi; perhaps Japan’s most famous export, sushi has made its way across the globe, and you won’t find many large cities without a restaurant to offer you a few rolls. When it comes to Japanese cuisine, sushi is only the tip of the iceberg – any visitor to Japan should keep their eyes peeled for the following delectable dishes, favourites of The Luxury Travel Agency:

1) Ramen. Like sushi, ramen has made its way onto the world stage, but it doesn’t quite carry the same elevated reputation. One reason might be its stature as comfort food – you won’t find it on many five-star menus, yet it’s nearly impossible to walk more than a block through Tokyo or Osaka without spotting a ramen restaurant or stall. The only constants are wheat noodles and savoury broth; every region has their own spin on the dish, and even adjacent vendors might make the same dish in different ways. Toppings often include sliced pork or chicken, soft-boiled eggs, sheets of nori seaweed, bean sprouts, and much more!

2) Okonomiyaki. This is a “savoury pancake” whose origins lie in the Kansai region (Osaka and its surroundings). The batter is a mixture of flour and shredded cabbage, fried on both sides with a heap of ingredients and sauces. The name essentially translates to “how you like” – as in, “make it how you like” – so the possibilities are endless! Your author enjoyed a version with shrimp, octopus, green onion, local vegetables, and bonito flakes; warm, crispy, and stomach-coating, this is a comfort food to rival anything you have at home.

3) Wagyu Beef. While our previous two dishes are loved as “comfort food”, wagyu beef occupies the other end of the spectrum. Renowned worldwide as some of the finest meat found anywhere, wagyu most often refers to a specific type of Japanese cattle, who metabolize their fat within their muscle, rather than around it. This leads to cuts of meat with incredible marbling, tenderness, and taste. Many gourmands recognize “Kobe beef”, which is simply a type of wagyu from – naturally – the city of Kobe. As the country with (by far) the most awarded Michelin stars, you’ll have plenty of options for experiencing this melt-in-your-mouth delicacy!

4) Takoyaki. Also hailing from Osaka, Takoyaki are deep-fried “octopus balls” that are wildly popular amongst street vendors and their customers. A wheat batter forms the base, filled with diced octopus, tempura bits, ginger, and green onion, then brushed with a unique sauce used only for this dish. Pick up a plate of them while you wander the streets of Osaka – hot and crispy, these are the perfect street food to enjoy while exploring a terrific city!

5) Shabu-shabu. If you’re the type who loves cooking their own food, this dish is a must. Shabu-shabu is a meal for the whole table; servers will bring a pot of broth and plates of sliced meat and vegetables, which you can add piece by piece to the broth as you wish. Few other dishes provide a social aspect the way this one does – the perfect combination of a restaurant experience with the control of cooking from home.

A trip to Japan is a journey into a culinary tradition like none other – and The Luxury Travel Agency can open doors into a world of food that you’ve never known. Let’s plan a trip to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

If you like Asia, you might enjoy this article about some lesser-known spots in Thailand.

Ritz Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara

Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Nestled along the sloping hills just above the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara offers a picturesque setting for California vacations. The iconic coastal location and uniquely laid-back approach to the good life of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, located just a 15-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara, is a 78-acre oceanfront resort where relaxation and adventure are set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains.

Santa Barbara is the perfect choice for the ultimate escape from the ordinary. Browse through the many activities and things to do that make vacations at this resort so memorable including challenging golf; wellness activities; culinary and wine adventures and arts and cultural escapes.

 

 

The resort’s beautiful guestrooms are connected by graceful garden paths, scenic courtyards, and picturesque fountains. Offering relaxed, coastal charm infused with modern amenities and current technology, the resort’s guestrooms afford a luxury Santa Barbara escape unlike any other. The rooms are inspired by Colonial Spanish style décor, featuring dark-wood floors with ocean blue hues, cream colored tones and elegant Spanish tiles throughout.  Many of the rooms also feature a fireplace and all rooms at this resort offer either a balcony or terrace and all suites in the hotel feature two balcony/terrace, one off the bedroom, and one off the living room. The bathrooms in these rooms are very large and spacious, with roomy marble-encased walk in-showers, and separate tub that feature extensive marble countertops with generous counterspace. All bathrooms come with Luxurious Asprey bath products. Standard amenities in the rooms include; stocked minibar, iron, safe, plush terry robes, soft frette linens, iPad, free wi-fi and so much more.

 

 

The Ritz Carlton has 6 different dining venues you can choose from. THE BISTRO – Capturing the casual essence of the resort, The Bistro offers a menu highlighting local produce and sustainable seafood. The dining room is complemented by an oceanfront terrace with a fireplace. ANGEL OAK – The traditional steakhouse gets a modern twist with certified Kobe beef, locally sourced seasonal side dishes, a 12,000-bottle wine cellar and ocean views. BACARA BAR – Wines, cocktails, spirits and shareable plates, including flatbreads and sliders, are offered at this bar just off the resort lobby. An adjacent terrace with a fireplace overlooks the ocean. BLEND – Inspired by French and Italian traditions, this café offers coffee and espresso beverages, traditional breakfast and lunch dishes, fresh pastries and soft-serve ice cream. FOLEY TASTING ROOM – This exclusive culinary experience features flight tastings from premier wineries in a luxurious setting. Reserve tastings can also be arranged. POOL BAR – Guests can spend the entire day in the sun, uninterrupted, with poolside food and beverage service including cocktails, frozen drinks, sandwiches and salads.

Santa Barbara is also home to one of California’s largest wine regions, all with a short distance drive from the Ritz Carlton Santa Barbara. No better way to start the day than heading to the Santa Ynez wine country and join the sun in a morning sunrise hot air balloon ride. Enjoy your morning floating over the beautiful Wine Country with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean, Cachuma Lake and so much more, truly a spectacular most do!

The Ritz Carlton Santa Barbara is also full of activities to do on-site, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of the resort. If you are traveling with children, the resort offers the Jean-Michal Cousteau Ambassadors of the environment program. Participants here can discover things such as; the Santa Barbara Coast, whale watching, eco hikes and much more.

 

 

For those looking to relax and enjoy a little “me” time, take a trip to the Ritz Carlton Bacara Spa, set above the calming blue waters of the Pacific, the Spa features an expertly trained staff, adults-only pool, Jacuzzi, redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fireside lounge areas, wellness classes and a rooftop terrace. With holistic, therapeutic treatments and amenities designed to illuminate a better way to live. The Spa doesn’t just relax, it transforms, and it soothes you long after your visit.

 

 

The Ritz Carlton Bacara is also a haven for those who love hiking and water sports. With direct access to the beach, you can head down there and enjoy water activities such as; kayaking, paddle boarding and even surfing. If you are a beginner no need to worry, the Ritz Carlton Santa Barbara can arrange for private surfing lessons for you. You can also arrange full-day yacht charters and fishing charters. For those who love to hike, on and around the resort there are several hiking trails as well that range from 1-4.5 miles, depending on how adventurous you are feeling will determine which path is best for you.

So what are you waiting for? Contact The Luxury Travel Agency now to plan your next trip to Santa Barbara where adventure awaits you around every corner.  You can reach us via phone at + 1 647 551 4560 or email us at reservations@theluxurytravelagency.com, one of our specialized advisors would be happy to help you plan your next getaway!

The St. Regis New York – reviewed by The Luxury Travel Agency

Opening its door in 1904, the St. Regis New York has been providing exceptional hospitality and service for over 115 years! Located on East 55th Street in between Madison and 5th Avenue you are right in the heart of Manhattan. With tons of great restaurants and shopping right within walking distance you will never fall short of having a great selection of food and shopping. The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends booking this iconic hotel.

This landmark hotel has done a fantastic job at keeping the Old New York glamour style. The lobby is a classic masterpiece, it has beautiful angelic paintings on the ceiling, gold trimming throughout and historical pieces such as grandfather clocks and old gold-plated mailboxes. You truly feel like you are walking through a European museum when you enter the lobby here. The rooms are lavishly decorated with neutral & beige tones, with pops of accent colors, the room sizes are very generous for New York as well starting at 400 sq. ft and up from there. High-end companies such as Dior, Tiffany & Bentley all have a play in designing some of the signature suites at this hotel.

All 238 rooms at this hotel come with the signature St. Regis Butler Service, whether you book a room or a suite. Some of these services include; unpacking & packing, storage of luggage, Beverage Services, Garment Pressing, and even E-Butler Service, which means you can connect with your butler 24/7 via text or email.

Some of the benefits/amenities you will receive by booking this hotel through The Luxury Travel Agency include:

Upgrade at time of booking, some conditions apply
• Daily Breakfast
• USD 100 Hotel Credit
• Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, subject to availability
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Custom Welcome Amenity
• VIP Service

Do you know that the King Cole Bar located in the hotel is said to be the birthplace of the infamous Bloody Mary? But here in the restaurant, it is called the Red Snapper, said to be the original name of the drink.

Year-after-year the St. Regis New York continues to be one of the top 5-star hotels, with their impeccable service, friendly & knowledgeable staff and clean rooms you must stay here during your visit to New York. So, contact The Luxury Travel Agency now to book your next hotel visit to the St. Regis New York!

For more information about New York, visit NYCGO and to search The Luxury Travel Agency’s other Partner Hotels and Resorts to find other great properties in New York and around the world.

Eight Questions About How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor!

Are you ready for a career change? Want to become a Luxury Travel Advisor?

 

Lovely luxurious properties in Kenya
Imagine sending your clients to a place like this!

Curious on how to become a Luxury Travel Advisor?

Making the decision to become a Luxury Travel Advisor is not always an easy one. Like many careers, there are plenty of unknowns.

    • How do I get started?
    • What education do I need?
    • Do I need to be well-traveled?
    • How much money can I make?
    • What do I need to be successful?
    • What are the real perks and benefits of being a Luxury Travel Advisor?
    • During this pandemic, is now even a good time to become a Luxury Travel Advisor?
    • Why should I partner with The Luxury Travel Agency?

 

Baccarat Hotel, New York – A Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 1:

 

How do I get started?

 

Let’s start with the first question. How do I get started?  I have been in those shoes and was overwhelmed with what I thought was a complex question. In the end, the answer is quite simple:  you just decide you want to do it!

In reality, there is no special training or education you must have. Depending on the state or province you live in, there may be some licensing or certifications needed, but in general, you can just about put up a sign that says, “I’m now a Luxury Travel Advisor”.

Now, does that guarantee success? Certainly not. You need more than that to become a successful Luxury Travel Advisor. If you want to find out what it takes – read on!

 

Rosewood Mayakoba,
Rosewood Mayakoba, a Hotel Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 2:

 

Do I need an education?

 

No, you don’t NEED an education. But does an education help? Of course – but by no means is it mandatory, nor is it a guarantee.  I find the most successful Luxury Travel Advisors have a true passion for travel, are a “people person”, employ good writing skills, possess creativity, have a knack for excellent customer service and willing to work hard… very hard, for this is not your regular 9-5 job!

I’ve met Luxury Travel Advisors with backgrounds in education, law, sales, marketing and even medicine!

 

Soneva Jani Maldives, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 3:

 

Do I need to be well-traveled? 

 

This one gets a little tricky to answer.  Ideally, yes, you should be well-travelled; but again, that is not mandatory.  Your lack of travel can be easily compensated by your passion for travel and your passion to learn about new destinations, your excellent customer service, your people skills and your determination to succeed. It’s not the simplest road, but if you have the right qualities, you will succeed. I have met many successful Luxury Travel Advisors who got into the business without a solid travel background and became hugely successful, mainly due to their passion, drive and commitment.

 

Luxury safari
Luxury safari, one of our favorite trips to book

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 4:

How much money can I make?

 

This may be the trickiest question of all. In the end, being a Travel Advisor is akin to being a salesperson in the sense you are working on commission (as well as a recommended planning/consultation/service fee).  The drawback to this is there are no guarantees. The positive, of course, is there are no limits to how much you can make. In the end, the harder and smarter you work, the more you will earn!

 

Laucala Island Fiji, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 5:

What do I need to be successful?

 

This is the second trickiest question to answer as there is no guaranteed formula.  Let’s talk a bit about generalities and specifics.

As mentioned before, a passion for travel, drive and commitment are essential to becoming a successful Luxury Travel Advisor. So is the belief (and practice) that taking care of your clients and doing what is right for them is at the forefront of everything you do. Emergencies and issues don’t happen just during business hours; you must be willing (and able) to take care of your clients in the evenings, on the weekends, during the holidays and maybe even when YOU are on vacation!

This may sound like a big commitment, and it is.  But the rewards are so great, it makes it all worth it. If you are like me, taking care of a client in distress, solving their issues and rescuing their trip, is, in itself, a huge reward!

A few more specific things you need to be a successful Luxury Travel Advisor are a niche, good potential clients, and most importantly, choosing the right host agency to be your partner.

We will tackle each of these one at a time.

 

Heli-Skiing, one of the many experiences we can arrange for our clients.

 

Niche: what is your niche going to be? Honeymoons? Family Trips? Italy? Cruises? Safari? Business Travel? Luxury Travel?

The good thing is, you can start with one niche and as you learn and experience more or as your clients’ needs change, you can move or expand into a new specialty or niche. I have seen many people who started in business/corporate travel and moved into the luxury side of the business.  Others started with a specialization in honeymoons and transitioned into family travel as their clients’ families grew.

 

Good Potential Clients: Do you have potential clients? And if so, are they “good” potential clients?  Depending on your niche, people you know may or may not be “good” potential clients. If you want to specialize in safaris, do you have potential clients that are actually interested in safaris? If you want to specialize in honeymoons, so you have potential clients that are getting married or at least in that typical age range for marriage?  And if you want to specialize in luxury travel, do you have potential clients that are willing to spend on a luxury trip?

Before you make the decision to become a Luxury Travel Advisor, you should make sure you have a good base of potential clients. Without a good base to start, you can still be successful, it may just be more of a challenge.

 

Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Choosing the Right Host Agency: Choosing the right host agency is probably the most important decision you will make as you get ready to start your new career! What is right for others may not be right for you, and vice versa.

The first thing I would do is compare your niche to the niche of the host agency.  Do you want to specialize in cruises? If so, pick a host agency that specializes in cruises. Specialize in safaris? Pick an agency that specializes on a safari.  Want to sell all-inclusive resorts? Pick an agency that specializes in all-inclusives.  Luxury Travel? Well…you know what I’m going to say!

Should you go with a large agency or a small agency? This is more of a personal choice. You can partner with a large, well-known agency, but you could very well get lost among the numbers. And personally, I think your potential clients are more interested in YOU, not who you are signed with.

If you’re keen on partnering with The Luxury Travel Agency – or even just considering it – the next few paragraphs will provide you with everything you need to know.

 

Planning a trip to a wine region is always fun and fulfilling!

 

A smaller agency can typically offer you more support and hands-on mentoring.  Speaking as someone who learned the hard way and started with a big company which offered very little support, I know how important it is to sign on with a company that is small enough to support and mentor their Advisors.

With that said, it is imperative they are large enough to offer you everything a host agency should in order to be successful: partnerships with the companies you want to sell (be sure to check out all our partners!), experience in the industry (especially the niche area you are interested in), contacts and great relationships in the industry, training and mentoring; marketing, and support. You should know that your host agency is there for you, to help you grow and succeed.

In the end, picking the right host agency from the start can kickstart a relationship that, if done right, will last for decades.

 

River Cruising, a popular way to travel

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 6:

 

What are the perks?

 

    • You are your own boss
    • You have complete freedom of:
      • how you work
      • when you work
      • where you work from
    • It is FUN! You will learn A LOT – and you’ll enjoy learning it!
    • You get to help people fulfill their dreams
    • There is an endless supply of free training
    • You get to TRAVEL
    • The earning potential is unlimited!

 

Private home for rent in California
Interest in private villas and home rentals has shot up during the pandemic

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 7:

 

Is now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, a good time to become a Luxury Travel Advisor?

 

I would be lying if I claimed that now is the best time to become a Luxury Travel Advisor. But with that said, I think now is really a great time to become a Luxury Travel Advisor, or at least, to start the transition to your new career.

During this downtime, you will have the opportunity to learn the business and start making contacts (both within the industry and with potential clients).  You can get your “office” set up, and prepare for when the floodgates open and everyone will be traveling again. Once travel starts again, there will be so much pent-up demand, that everyone in the industry is sure to be extremely busy! Ask yourself: when people start traveling again, do you want to just be getting started and learning the ropes, or do you want to be ready to plan and book fantastic trip! The future is yours – what do you want to make of it?

 

How to Become a Luxury Travel Advisor, Pt. 8:

Why partner with The Luxury Travel Agency?

If you are serious about changing careers and becoming a Luxury Travel Advisor, but still have questions or concerns about how to get started, we completely understand. We’ve been in your position before!

So why choose us? There are a number of reasons:

We (the founders and your direct contacts with the Agency) have been to over 90 countries and countless cities, islands, and villages.

We started the business from scratch, with no support, and worked our way up to where we are today; we know what it takes to be successful.

The Luxury Travel Agency is partnered with over 2,000 of the best hotels and resorts around the world, where we can provide our clients with an array of added amenities, benefits, and VIP Status.

We are members of Virtuoso, the most respected consortium in the industry.

We have connections around the world that can help with the planning and execution for your trips.

Our company and our team is well respected in the industry.

Our brand, “The Luxury Travel Agency”, lets your clients and prospective clients know exactly who we are and builds their expectation of what they will receive.

We help with marketing and are here to assist with all facets of training and mentoring.

 

We fully understand what it’s like to get started, and we know the challenges and uncertainty anyone in a new position faces. But we also know the joy and rewards that becoming a Luxury Travel Advisor can bring.  As such, we are here to help mentor and help you succeed!

 

Your growth and success is our growth and success.

 

Contact us or e-mail me directly for more information on becoming a Luxury Travel Advisor and partnering with The Luxury Travel Agency.

 

We look forward to hearing from you,

 

Andrew Satkowiak

Executive Vice President

Becoming a Travel Advisor | The Luxury Travel Agency

Are you thinking about becoming a Travel Advisor?

Making the decision to become a Travel Advisor is not an easy decision for most to make.

To start, there are many unknowns.

    • How do I get started?
    • What education do I need?
    • Do I need to be well-traveled?
    • How much money can I make?
    • What do I need to be successful?
    • What are the real perks and benefits of being a Travel Advisor?
    • During this pandemic, is now even a good time to become a Travel Advisor?

 

Baccarat Hotel, New York – A Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

 I want to be a Travel Advisor, how do I get started?

 

Let’s start with the first question. How do I get started?  I have been in those shoes and was overwhelmed with that, what I thought was a complex question, and in the end, the answer is quite simple.  You just decide you want to do it!

In reality, there is no special training or education you must have. Depending on the state or province you live in, there may be some licensing or certifications needed, but in general, you can pretty much put up a sign and say “I’m now a Travel Advisor”.

Now, does that make you successful?  No.  You do need more than that to become a successful Travel Advisor. We’ll discuss more about what it takes to become a successful Travel Advisor later in this post.

 

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

 

 Do I need an education to be a Travel Advisor?

No, you don’t NEED and education. But, does an education help? Of course, it helps, but by no means is it mandatory, nor is it a guarantee.  I have found the most successful Travel Advisors have a true passion for travel, are a “people person”, have good writing skills, are creative, have excellent customer service skills and willing to work hard… very hard; this is not a 9-5 job!

I’ve met a lot of Travel Advisors with a background in education, law, sales, marketing and even medicine!

 

Soneva Jani Maldives, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

 Do I need to be well-traveled to be a Travel Advisor?

 

Regarding, “Do I need to be well-travelled to become a Travel Advisor” gets a little tricky to answer.  Ideally, yes, you should be well-travelled; but again, that is not mandatory.  Your lack of travel can be easily compensated by your passion for travel and your passion to learn about new destinations, your excellent customer service, your people skills and your determination to succeed. Will it be easy, maybe not, but if you have the passion and the drive, you will succeed. I have met many successful Travel Advisors who got into the business without a solid travel background and became hugely successful, mainly due to their passion, drive and commitment.

 

Luxury safari
Luxury safari, one of our favorite trips to book

How much money can I make as a Travel Advisor?

 

This may be the trickiest question of all. In the end, being a Travel Advisor is akin to being a salesperson in the sense you are working on commission (as well, we recommend you charge a planning/consultation/service fee).  The drawback to this is there are not guarantees. The positive though, is there are no limits to how much you can make. In the end, the harder and smarter you work, the more you will make!

 

Laucala Island Fiji, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

What do I need to be successful a Travel Advisor?

 

This is the second trickiest question to answer as there is no guaranteed formula.  I’ll talk a bit about generalities and a bit about specifics.

In general, as mentioned before, a passion for travel, drive and commitment are essential to becoming a successful Travel Advisor. So is the belief (and practice) that taking care of your clients and doing what is right for them is at the forefront of everything you do. Emergencies and issues don’t happen just during business hours, you must be willing (and able) to take care of your clients in the evenings, on the weekends, during the holidays and maybe even when YOU are on vacation!

This may sound like a big commitment and it is.  But the rewards are so great, it makes it all worth it. If you are like me, taking care of a client in distress, solving their issues and recusing them and/or their trip, is, in itself, a big reward!

More specific things you need to be a successful Travel Advisor are a niche, good potential clients and probably most importantly, choosing the right host agency to be your partner.

We will tackle each of these one at a time.

 

Heli-Skiing, one of the many experiences we can arrange for our clients.

 

Niche: what is your niche going to be? Honeymoons? Family Trips? Italy? Cruises? Safari? Business Travel? Luxury Travel?

The good thing is, you can start with one niche and as you learn and experience more or as your client’s needs change, you can move or expand into a new speciality or niche. I have seen many people who started in business/corporate travel and moved into the luxury side of the business.  Others started with a specialization in honeymoons and transitioned into family travel as their clients’ families grew.

 

Good Potential Clients: Do you have potential clients? And if so, are they “good” potential clients?  Depending on your niche, people you know may or may not be “good” potential clients. If you want to specialize in safaris, do you have potential clients that are actually interested in safaris? If you want to specialize in honeymoons, so you have potential clients that are getting married or at least in that typical age range for marriage?  And, if you want to specialize in luxury travel, do you have potential clients that we willing to spend on a luxury trip?

Before you make the decision to become a Travel Advisor, you should make sure you have a good base of potential clients. Without a good base to start, you can still be successful, it just can be more of a challenge.

 

Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Choosing the Right Host Agency: Choosing the right host agency is probably the most important decision you will make as you get ready to start your new career! What is right for others may not be right for you and vice versa.

The first thing I would look at is what is your niche and the niche of the host agency.  Do you want to specialize in cruises, if so, pick a host agency that specializes in cruises? Specialize in safaris? Pick an agency that specializes in a safari.  Want to sell all-inclusive resorts? Pick an agency that specializes in all-inclusives.  Luxury Travel? Well… you know what I’m going to say!

Should you go with a large agency or a small agency? This is more of a personal choice. You can partner with a large, well-known agency, but you could very well get lost amongst the numbers. And personally, I think your potential clients are more interested in YOU, not who you are signed with.

A smaller agency typically can offer you more support and hands-on mentoring.  Talking as someone who learned the hard way and started with a big company which offered the tiniest bit of support, I know it is extremely important to sign-on with a company that is small enough to support and mentor their Advisors.

With that said, it is imperative they are largest enough to offer you everything a host agency should offer you to be successful: partnerships with the companies you want to sell (be sure to check out all our partners!), experience in the industry (especially the niche area you are interested in), contacts and great relationships in the industry, offer training and mentoring; marketing and support. You should know that your host agency is there for you, to help you grow and succeed.

In the end, picking the right host agency from the start can be the beginning of a relationship that if done right, will last for decades.

 

River Cruising, a popular way to travel

 

Still interested? Let’s look at the real perks and benefits of being a Travel Advisor

 

    • You are your own boss
    • You are passionate about travel
    • You have complete freedom of:
      • how you work
      • when you work
      • where you work from
    • It is FUN! You will learn A LOT
    • You get to help people and you get to travel
    • There is an endless supply of free training
    • You get to TRAVEL
    • The earning potential is unlimited!

 

Private home for rent in California
Interest in private villas and home rentals has shot up during the pandemic

 

 Is now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, a good time to become a Travel Advisor?

 

I would be lying if I were to say that now is the best time to become a Travel Advisor. But with that said, I think now is really a great time to become a Travel Advisor or at least, to start the transition to your new career.

During this downtime, you will have the opportunity to learn the business, start making contacts (both within the industry and with potential clients).  You can get your “office” set up and prepare for when the floodgates open and everyone will be traveling again. Once travel starts again, there will be so much pent up demand, that everyone is going to be extremely busy! Ask yourself, when people start traveling again, do you want to just be getting started and learning or do you want to be ready to start planning and booking great trips?   The future is yours, what do you want to make of it?

Contact us or e-mail me directly for more information on becoming a Travel Advisor and partnering with The Luxury Travel Agency.

We look forward to hearing from you,

 

Andrew Satkowiak

Executive Vice President

Mandarin Oriental Jumeria, Dubai

This beautiful hotel is located on the Arabian Gulf with views of the stunning Indian Ocean and the dazzling skyline. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai has a relaxing beach setting vibe for your get away.

This Hotel has a perfect location for exploring the wonderful city or to get away on the beach. You can visit the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of Burj Khalifa and Cayan Tower, the elegant curves of the Burj Al Arab and the one of a kind Dubai Frame, you can also check out the less known but astonishing locations like the Index Tower and the mesmerizing rotating shutters on the Apple Store at Dubai Mall. Also, Dubai has some of the world’s largest malls housing some of the world’s most exclusive brands, Dubai has become known as the place to shop, from high-end luxe and gold, to one-off pieces.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai has lots to offer like their chic yet relaxed style large rooms, captivating views of the Arabian Gulf, their luxurious spa and wellness center, several dining experiences, including Netsu their Japanese steakhouse, and much more!

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is relaxing with a lot to keep you busy. To learn more about the benefits of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

The Banyan Tree Mayakoba, located in the heart of a 1600-acre resort, built along lagoons and the Caribbean Sea, the property is just 40 minutes south of Cancun and 10 minutes north of the lively Playa del Carmen. This resort has many activities as well as 123 astonishing villas with hand crafted furniture and each their own private pool.

The AAA 5-diamond award-winning Banyan Tree Mayakoba has something for every visitor. If you’re not spending time relaxing in your villa you can take part in some of the activities, they offer such as; bicycle rentals, the fitness center, golf, tennis, water sports and their award- winning spa. Expert therapists utilize traditional Asian healing techniques in the renowned spa, while the Thai-infused restaurant, Saffron, is overseen by chefs from Thailand and the golf course is a PGA championship course. Guest may also take a boat tour around the mangrove-lined canals.

To learn more about the benefits of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

When you book The Banyan Tree Mayakoba with The Luxury Travel Agency, you will receive a wide array of added amenities such as free breakfast, a USD Resort Credit and much more!
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba, located in the heart of a 1600-acre resort, built along lagoons and the Caribbean Sea, the property is just 40 minutes south of Cancun and 10 minutes north of the lively Playa del Carmen. This resort has many activities as well as 123 astonishing villas with hand crafted furniture and each their own private pool.

The AAA 5-diamond award-winning Banyan Tree Mayakoba has something for every visitor. If you’re not spending time relaxing in your villa you can take part in some of the activities, they offer such as; bicycle rentals, the fitness center, golf, tennis, water sports and their award- winning spa. Expert therapists utilize traditional Asian healing techniques in the renowned spa, while the Thai-infused restaurant, Saffron, is overseen by chefs from Thailand and the golf course is a PGA championship course. Guest may also take a boat tour around the mangrove-lined canals.

To learn more about the benefits of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

When you book The Banyan Tree Mayakoba with The Luxury Travel Agency, you will receive a wide array of added amenities such as free breakfast, a USD Resort Credit and much more!

Belmond Hotel Splendido’s New Suites

Located in the bay of Portofino in the city of Genoa, the Belmond Hotel Splendido is one of the town’s prize possessions. This hotel is for very exclusive guests even welcoming famous guests, including Prince Grace of Monaco, Sir Winston Churchill, and Humphrey Bogart.

This hotel possesses expansive terraces, lush gardens, and incredible views. This hotel’s views might even be familiar because every year pictures of guests enjoying the signature breakfast on the lushes private balcony go viral.

The Splendido has recently gone through some renovations which include three new balconies where visitors can enjoy their extravagant morning breakfasts. The hotel also recently transformed its meeting rooms into three brand new exclusive suites. Each suite will have parquet floors, antique chandeliers, plush velvet sofas, whimsical hand-painted walls, and sweeping views of the Bay of Portofino.

The renovations were done by Eric Egan, an interior designer who is known for some of Europe’s most important properties, including the Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens, the Gritti Palace in Venice, and Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz.

The Splendido has a great history and has its own style, so Egan thought it would be best to “reflect the essence of the hotel”. Egan and Granato, a young Florentine artist, created murals for the hotel inspired by Splendido’s main building which dates all the way back to the 16th Century. The rest of the décor in the suites were similarly inspired, with chandeliers hanging in each room repurposed from the hotel’s ballroom. There main goal was to keep the classic look of the hotel in the brand-new suites, and they have done just that. The suites appear like they’ve been a part of the hotel since 1902.

Egan has even more plans for the year. He’s planning to renovate ten more rooms at the Splendido. Each of Egan’s choices in renovating are carefully considered and he has the background to prove he’s experienced.

The Spledido does not only have beautiful views, luxurious suites and private balconies to enjoy breakfast, but it has a rich history. To learn more about booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com.

Banyan Tree Ungasan

Welcome to the Banyan Tree Ungasan, located in Bali, Indonesia. This resort has beautiful beaches, blue water and incredible views of the Indian Ocean. This destination is truly relaxing with the Ocean just meters away and sunsets over the hills every night.

They offer a wide array of services and facilities for the entire family. You could go swimming in the pool, go to the Banyan Tree Spa, or you could grab a bite to eat at the signature Cliff Edge Restaurant, they even have somewhere to drop your kids off for creative and fun activities.

Not only this, the location is perfect. 70 meters above the sea level, surrounded by natural plantation which makes for a delightful landscape. You can take all the surrounding environment in with a visit to Uluwatu Temple, it will be a great way to explore the authentic Balinese culture.

When you your next trip at The Banyan Tree Ungasan, The Luxury Travel Agency would like to go above and beyond to make your stay as good as possible. Some of the amenities you will receive booking with us is room upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast, VIP status and much more!

To learn more about the benefits of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Eight Hotel Portofino

Located in Italy, Eight Hotel Portofino will keep everyone pleased with their phenomenally designed rooms and the plenty of activities they have to offer.

The Luxury Travel Agency would be pleased to book you at one of our partner hotels, the Eight Hotel Portofino. Featuring 18 stylish and relaxing rooms. The suite, for example, located on the second last floor, has a spacious bedroom with a king four-posed bed, a lounge and a modern bathroom with a large round tub. Every detail in the Eight Hotel Portofino is selected and designed to make this a place pleasurable.

The Eight Hotel Portofino has to offer many amenities like room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability or at time of booking when possible, daily breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi, early check-in/late check-out when available, welcome amenities, VIP status and free access to wellness area (Turkish & steam bath).

Not only does this hotel have spacious modern rooms, Eight Hotel Portofino has many activities to make sure there’s something for everyone. You could go on an excursion like visiting the Cinque Terre, a territory of exceptional scenic quality where the Ligurian mountains turn into sheer cliffs where they meet the blue sea creating a unique and evocative landscape, or you could enjoy other activities like golf, tennis, scuba diving and snorkeling.

The location of the Eight Hotel Portofino is wonderful for visitors. You could visit the fishermen’s huts arranged in a semi-circle around the famous piazza that is very close to the Hotel, the tourist harbor, or the Castle of Brown.

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Turks and Caicos Islands Luxury Resorts

See How Our Two Favorite Turks and Caicos Islands Luxury Resorts Compare

 

Turks and Caicos Islands Luxury Resorts, Our Favorite for Upscale Luxury: Amanyara

Looking for the perfect peaceful getaway with the most mesmerizing turquoise waters you have ever seen, then look no further, The Luxury Travel Agency would highly recommend booking the beautiful, peaceful and luxurious island of Turks & Caicos.

You have never seen more turquoise waters is your whole life, it truly is exquisite and a sight to see!  The Turks and Caicos Islands is for those looking to just enjoy some rest & relaxation, although there is an abundance of water activities to do the island itself is a little more laid back and truly peaceful. This is the perfect island for the new honeymooners or anniversary couple looking to get away from it all and enjoy some romance and some time alone!

Amanyara Resort, Turks and Caicos Luxury Resort. A Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Amanyara Resort, a Turks and Caicos Luxury Resort and a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Beach at Amanyara
Beach at Amanyara

 

The Luxury Travel Agency’s top choices for Turks and Caicos luxury resorts are Amanyara Resort and Parrot Cay by Como.

Amanyara Resort is really the ultimate resort for privacy, natural beauty, perfect turquoise waters and romance.  Here you can get your own individual pavilion which gives you a sense of total privacy, with your own private pond or pool and beautiful natural vegetation.  Once you get here you will never want to leave your room, but if you choose to leave your room and head to the beach you won’t be sorry.

The white sandy beach at Amanyara Resort has the most turquoise calm waters we’ve ever seen.  You can lounge by the water, stroll the long beach or just grab one of the resorts stand up paddleboards and get out there and enjoy the water. Spending the day at the beach at this Turks and Caicos luxury resort is a spectacular way to spend a vacation.

At the end of your day, there is no better way to end your evening here than enjoying a sunset dinner on the rocks.  Amanyara Resort truly has one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever witness in your life.

Parrot Cay Como, One of Our Favorite Turks and Caicos Islands Luxury Resorts

Parrot Cay Como, Turks and Caicos Luxury Resort and a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Parrot Cay Como, Turks and Caicos Luxury Resort

 

Beach at Parrot Cay Como
Beach at Parrot Cay Como

 

If you are looking for the ultimate privacy in a more relaxed atmosphere, then head over to Parrot Cay Como, just a 35-minute boat ride from the Leeward Marina.

There is nothing on the island of Parrot Cay Como other than the resort itself.  With over a mile of pristine white sandy beaches and electric-blue water, you will feel like you are truly in paradise.  We strongly recommend booking the One-Bedroom Beach House here, this offers you direct beach access and your living area opens to an expansive sundeck and private pool.

Your days here can be spent in total leisure.  Grab your must-read book, sit back, relax and soak up the sun under the crisp blue sun.  The remoteness of Parrot Cay Como lends itself to complete and total relaxation.

 

Other Turks and Caicos Islands Luxury Resorts

Wymara Resort, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Wymara Resort, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

The Shore Club, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
The Shore Club, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Grace Bay Club, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
Grace Bay Club, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

The Palms Turks and Caicos, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
The Palms Turks and Caicos, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Benefits of booking your Turks and Caicos Luxury Islands Resort with The Luxury Travel Agency

 

There are an array of luxury resorts in Turks and Caicos to choose from.  The Luxury Travel Agency works with all of them and partners with the best!

When you book any of our Partner Hotels or Resorts, you will receive an array of added amenities and benefits such as:

    • Room upgrades, when available
    • Free Breakfast
    • $100 Hotel or Food and Beverage or Spa Credit
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, when available
    • Welcome Amenity
    • VIP Status

No matter what type of activities you enjoy., the Turks and Caicos Islands probably offers it!

If you are into kite flying than Turks & Caicos Island is the perfect island to get this experience, Long Bay Beach is one of the best places in the Caribbean to do some kite surfing due to its shallow waters and high winds.  Turks & Caicos is also home to some great horseback riding, what better way to experience this than to get on the horse and go riding on the beach where you will enter the waters, a truly memorable experience.

So what are you waiting for, contact The Luxury Travel Agency today to book your memorable trip to this exquisite Caribbean Island today!

 

Follow this link to see current promotions at our Partner Hotels and Resorts in the Turks and Caicos. 

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Take a visit to Banyan Tree Seychelles and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the islands, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and native Takamaka trees.

With only 60 private villas, this intimate retreat is a perfect hideaway on one of Seychelles’ finest beaches. Each of the villas have a beautiful scenic view of the Indian ocean and the mountains covered with trees. All this make for a perfect destination to relax like you’ve never relaxed before.

Experience everything the Seychelles has to offer, with their many tour packages to enjoy Seychelles beauty and natural significance, Island tours featuring a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria City tour and botanical garden visits to fishing expeditions, you will never run out of things to do in the Seychelles.

Don’t forget, when you book with The Luxury Travel Agency, Banyan Tree Seychelles provides many amenities like room upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability), Free breakfast, $100 hotel credit, VIP Status and early check-in/late check-out when available.

This resort is the perfect relaxing getaway with lots to offer. To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Miami Super Bowl 2020

One of the most watched sporting events in the world, the National Football League Super Bowl LIV, will be in Miami Sunday, February 2nd, 2020.

While over one billion people in over 200 countries will be watching the game on TV, there is nothing better than this once in a lifetime experience of being in Miami watching at the media center located by the Miami Beach convention center, seeing fan zone spread around town, and watching on floating screens around town.

To have one of the best experiences of your life, you can stay at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach during the Super Bowl madness. Within walking distance of the main attraction, this resort offers a relaxing stay for clientele to recline at the pool or enjoy some time on the private beach. This beautiful 74 guestroom hotel with views of the ocean has lots to offer like it’s urban modernity, light filled rooms, wonderful cuisine, their top tier wellness program, and much more.

If you are looking for somewhere to go for the Superbowl weekend, this property is the best place for a perfect mix of rest and revelry for your exciting Superbowl weekend.

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

The Comeback of Belmond Cap Juluca Resort

Not that long ago, the Cap Juluca was one of the most renowned in the Caribbean. And then it went downhill. From some bad reviews to the resort being too satisfied with their achievements and stopped progressing sent it into decline. The owner of the old resort tried to save it but that wasn’t enough, so they put the property on the market, and the luxurious hotel brand Belmond bought it. After, an extensive, top-to-bottom $121 million renovation, the resort is back and doing tremendously well.

The 108 roomed resort is surrounded by lavish garden’s palm tree’s and beaches. This resort has an overall relaxing and laid back vibe.

Rooms are incredibly spacious with the smallest ones being 700 square feet, and now, after the renovation, all the room have all the expected accessories you would expect at a luxurious beach resort. You can choose from 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom villas. Each room faces the beach so everyone can enjoy the wonder.

Belmond Cap Juluca Resort now has a pool overlooking the ocean, with and open-air restaurant and bar. The menu includes island cuisine, like spice-rubbed tuna, snapper with aglio olioe peperoncini puree, and grilled island lobster.

After the massive comeback from being outdated and unpleasant, the Belmond Cap Juluca Resort is back in business. To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Banyan Tree Bangkok

This hotel is Bangkok’s largest luxurious accommodation. It has world-class dining experiences, meeting and event spaces, and an award-winning spa.

Banyan Tree Bangkok has a bit of everything, including a resort pool on the 21st floor, Saffron Sky Garden on the 52nd floor, and the iconic rooftop restaurant Vertigo, and Moon Bar on the 62nd floor.

The local neighborhood is perfect for visitors. It’s a vibrant city filled with exotic food, stunning temples, exciting cityscapes and endless shopping. This destination conveniently has one of Bangkok’s easiest transportation systems, the sky train, within a 15-minute walk to make travelling effortless.

No matter who you are a family traveler, going on a business trip or just a getaway Banyan Tree Bangkok is the place to stay.

With this incredible hotel being like nothing you’ve ever seen before, when you book your next trip to The Banyan tree Bangkok with The Luxury Travel Agency, you will receive multiple amenities like daily breakfast, VIP status, room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability) and more!

A perfect destination for adventurous and audacious travelers. To learn more about the benefits of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Monarch Bay Beach Club

The Luxury Travel Agency would love to introduce the new Monarch Bay Beach Club. This resort is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful beach setting. Perfect for a family getaway.

With this relaxing get away you can wake up to the beautiful view of the ocean with a fresh breeze of air coming from the beach.

The oceanfront bar and restaurant overlooks the delightful beach and blue water and has a respectable menu of seafood and coastal cuisine. This restaurant showcase the fresh flavors of Southern California and Monarch Beach’s coastal setting with incredible views and sunsets.

In addition to a brand-new private beach club, Monarch Beach Resort has endless activities, from the oceanfront Monarch Beach Golf Links and restorative spa services at Miraval Life in Balance Spa, to water sports with Ocean Adventure Programs and seven dining concepts.

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

The Peninsula Manila gets Refreshed

The Peninsula Manila will be having a renovation project during the second half of 2019. Also, they will offer access to The Gallery Club Lounge to guests who book through The Peninsula website.

The hotels update starts with the rooms being refreshed. The interiors of the guestrooms will have natural colors of blues and grays. Soft furnishings will be done with locally collected wood surfaces, stripped by hand. Also, they will be adding new mattresses, high-definition smart TV’s, and new light fixtures. This hotel will have items like more accessible power outlets, control panel, and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone calls for the more tech-savvy travelers.

Alongside to The Peninsula Manila’s refreshed guestrooms, suite guests will be able to access to The Gallery Club Lounge. The Gallery is a relaxing 238 square foot space open 24-hours a day with live music and all-day refreshments, including a breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, gourmet canapes and an open bar with a selection of drinks. To make this a special experience guests can enjoy the view that overlooks the iconic lobby and “Sunburst” sculpture.

After a seven-month long renovation phase of its 351 guestrooms and suites, they are made to personalize each visitors stay a great experience. “This long-anticipated renovation was planned with the intention of keeping The Peninsula Manila relevant and distinctive for our guests, without losing its unique charm,” said Mark J. The goal of this renovation was to keep the old fashion of the hotel while having an innovating approach.

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

The Brando Resort New Residences

The Luxury Travel Agency is excited to announce to you the Brando Resort will be introducing three new residences. The Brando, a luxury retreat located on French Polynesia’s, recently opened the first of four residences, where guests can enjoy a heightened level of relaxation and privacy at one of the most beautiful islands’ in the world.

The first Brando Residence opened July 1, 2019. These new accommodations will take the design after the existing residences which will be constructed over the next four years. The luxurious three-bedroom Residence will be 3,000 square feet of interior space and is on its own 1.25-acre plot of land surrounded by a private beach. Designed for an optimal stay for all guests, the residence also includes its own private swimming pool and large terrace, as well as chic interiors with amazing views of the lagoon.

Guests who stay at the Brando Resort enjoy all resort activities and amenities, including multiple restaurants, water sports, a Polynesian spa, lagoon-view bar, beach bar, fitness center, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, and the resort’s Eco station.

The Brando’s is fully committed to sustaining a successful hotel while existing in harmony with the environment. All Brando Residences preserve natural biodiversity while respecting Polynesian culture and achieving a zero-carbon footprint. “Each of the Brando Residences will feature five-star services and amenities powered by the same zero carbon emission technology which has established The Brando as a pillar of sustainable hospitality. Solar energy and bio fuel power the entire resort, while deep seawater cools it, and these practices will also be in place at the residences,” said Bailey.

Take a trip to the new residences that opened in July to have a perfect getaway while being eco-friendly. To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

A new Addition to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Today’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a luxurious passenger train, including a range of longer and shorter journeys from one night, to a more leisurely four nights, and with some important destinations including Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Verona.

The Luxury Travel Agency would love to introduce to you the new addition to the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The new addition to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will be three new grand suites. The new suites will launch with the first journey of the season on March 21, 2020.

The new suites will be named for Prague, Vienna and Budapest. The Prague suite’s design will be inspired by the city’s gothic architecture, with gold and maroon colors and marquetry adorned with hints of red garnet. The Vienna suite will draw on the city’s classical architecture and design influences, and the Budapest suite in part on the city’s Ottoman visual flavor.

These new suites will house some of the old fashion looks that the train has, but the new suites are a modern creation for the 21st century tourist market, they are not authentic or the real Orient Express of the 1920s and 1930s.

But keep in mind, the grand suites on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are not priced on a budget in mind. One night in a grand suite is priced starting at $7,860 per person, according to Belmond’s announcement. On the larger side, a four-night stay could cost you $31,724 according to the booking part of their website.

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy help you guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Banyan Tree Samui

Take a break from the hectic world and choose to unwind in the comforts of your own pool villa at Banyan Tree Samui. This is a modern island that still retains its rustic relaxing charm.

You can try out all the services the resort has to offer, you can amuse your palate with the culinary adventures provided from various dining outlets, partake in the range of recreational activities, indulge in the tender touch of the therapists at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Samui or soak away your worries in The Rainforest, the resort’s hydrotherapy facility.

Each villa comes with its own private pool and has a view of the scenic Lamai Bay. This Resort is located on a private cove on the Southeastern coast of Koh Samui. The landscape combines beautiful tropical rainforest, breath taking beaches and elegant sapphire waters.

Not only does the Banyan Tree Samui have amazing scenery, but when you book with The Luxury Travel Agency, they also provide the best of services including room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast, a hotel $100 credit and VIP Status.

The Luxury Travel Agency would be more than happy to give more information about the benefits of booking with us, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytraveclagnency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

The Parisian Apartment at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

In the city of Paris, style is of the utmost importance – you won’t get far without it! With this in mind, The Luxury Travel Agency is excited to announce the debut of The Parisian Apartment at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, which will change the way you think about luxury accommodation. This brand-new 430 square-meter four-bedroom signature suite is one of the largest in all Paris. It’s an elegant and remarkably spacious apartment that has gorgeous views of the hotel’s lush inner garden, along with the surrounding rooftops of the City of Lights – entirely designed to feel not like a fancy suite for tourists, but a true Parisian home done in impeccable taste.

Mandarin Oriental Parisian Apartment
If your best friend was a famous Parisian designer…

 

The Parisian Apartment: Designer’s Dream

At The Parisian Apartment, guests have plenty of options for utilizing their seemingly endless space. The suite is equipped with four luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, an airy reception area, a luminous dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. Astonishing interior design is inspired by the Haussmann and Art-Déco styles in equal portion. Unique touches are everywhere: leather-bound doors evoking Chinese antiquity, curated pieces from celebrated local artists, and even the delectable “Coeur de Paris” tea, made exclusively for Apartment guests alone.

Mandarin Oriental Parisian Apartment
Sliding doors offer layout options – though the single-block marble bathtub is a must!

 

The Parisian Apartment: A Triumphant Terrace

For all its interior charms, the true highlight of the Apartment may be its private outdoor terrace. Spanning 230 square meters, the space echoes the neighbouring Tuileries Gardens in its classical French style, with an astounding array of planters and pots that transform the tree-lined terrace into a true urban oasis. Constantly updated to match the season, this is a space sure to impress all who visit – there’s truly nothing else like it in all of Paris!

Luxurious Properties in Paris
Imagine a French garden all to yourself – the Terrace is that and more!

 

Booking your next trip with The Luxury Travel Agency has countless benefits, from quality to value and everything in between. We always go above and beyond to make sure your trip is the one you’ve always wanted! Drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or send us an e-mail at reservations@theluxurytavelagency.com, and one of our experienced travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

 

Want to learn more about Europe’s best travel tips? Check out our pieces on Europe’s most luxurious properties, as well as some options for that first post-pandemic holiday!

W Dubai – The Palm — Our Newest Partner in Dubai!

The Luxury Travel Agency is teaming up with the W Dubai – The Palm. Boasting the biggest suite in the city, which spans over two floors, and a guaranteed sea view in each and every room, your stay here is sure to be a highlight during your time in Dubai!

W Dubai – The Palm: Sizzling Style

There’s something for everyone at this sophisticated escape, which is reminiscent of Miami with its modern décor and incredible sunsets. Enjoy a taste of Italy at Torno Subito, run by head chef Massimo Bottura who was named the “#1 Chef in the World” in 2016. Keep up with the action on the Wet Deck, which is a social hub with great music and a relaxed vibe. The best part? You don’t have to leave your furry friends at home, as this is Dubai’s only pet-friendly beachfront resort.

The Luxury Travel Agency's newest partner W Dubai
Signature restaurant Torno Subito has plenty of outdoor space to enjoy

 

W Dubai – The Palm: Expert Energy

In keeping with the W style, the W Dubai is a hub of modern design, bright colors, and unmatched energy; a place to see and be seen. Guests can benefit from the expert tastemakers on the W Dubai team: award-winning DJ and producer “Safe” is the resident music curator, while Sitora Skuditis (owner of the fashion label “Shadi by Dilbar and Sitora”) acts as your very own W Insider, using her knowledge and connections within the city to open doors you never thought you could walk through! Backing these resident experts is the W Dubai’s signature “Whatever/Whenever” 24-hour concierge service – no matter what you need, or when you need it, the W Dubai team will make it happen.

W Dubai is a top luxury travel pick
The WET Deck is the center of the action at W Dubai

 

With 350 guestrooms, including 58 suites, a vibrant beachside, and the urban oasis of the AWAY Spa, be sure to include a stay at the W Dubai – The Palm next time you’re in the city.

Reach out to us to find out more about this fantastic property! When you book with us, we make sure to go above and beyond for every stay, including VIP Service, welcome amenities tailored specifically for you, room upgrades (subject to availability) and complimentary breakfast!

The Luxury Travel Agency loves this W Dubai bar!
Use your dining credits at the only rooftop bar on The Palm offering 360-degree views!

 

To learn more about the benefits and luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-5460, or shoot us an email at reservations@theluxurytravelagency.com, and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

The Captivating Marvels of Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa has long been known as one of Africa’s most popular cities to visit, but what is it about Cape Town that draws us in? Set on a peninsula wedged between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, the city of Cape Town sits in one of the worlds most spectacular settings.

Luxury Travel in Cape Town
From the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town is yours for the taking!

 

Cape Town: Heaps of Highlights

In Cape Town, things to do are endless. The city is bustling with markets, and the V&A Waterfront has attractions galore. Visitors have the luxury of taking a short drive out to some of the most gorgeous white sandy beaches, mere minutes from downtown. The city is also well recognized for its harbour, biodiversity, good weather year-round,  and cultural as well as sporting opportunities. In fact, back in June 2010 the city played host to the World Cup soccer tournament!

The best time to visit Cape Town for a beach holiday is December through April, where you can really take advantage of South Africa’s world class coastlines and divine scenery. However, if you’re more of an active traveler with a thirst for adventure, Cape Town in April through June is the time to circle on your calendar! With the region’s impressive biodiversity, hiking during these months is a highly recommended activity with days of crisp and clear air.

If hiking and beaches don’t scratch your itch, you can also go whale watching in July through September as the whales migrate to the area, and the wild flowers bloom along the coastline as the weather warms up.

Cape Town things to do
Cape Town is blessed with a picturesque location unlike anywhere in the world

 

Something for Everyone in The Mother City

Cape Town will appeal to nearly anyone who’s in the mood for a great trip away. Whether it be a romantic honeymoon couple searching for exquisite accommodations and idyllic views, families with children who can share the white beaches with penguins, or of course the adventure seekers who will absolutely relish the chance to discover the secrets of Table Mountain (which just so happens to be one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World), there is something for every traveler! No matter where you find yourself in Cape Town, things to do will find you.

Let The Luxury Travel Agency set you up in one of our hand-selected properties such as The Silo Hotel, the Taj Cape Town, One & Only and more, so you can enjoy one of South Africa’s most magnificent locations in luxurious comfort, grace, and style. We promise that after your first visit to Cape Town with The Luxury Travel Agency, you’ll be hungry to return before your tan even has the time to fade!

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur Opens its Doors

Word on the street is true, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur has just opened its doors to luxury accommodation and even more decadent suites. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in one of the city’s magnificent skyscrapers, you, as a pampered VIP guest have the option of choosing from one of 209 rooms and suites.

This new addition to the Four Seasons family does not hold back, but rather shines with brilliance from all its luxurious interior designs and dreamy rooms. This hotel may however, make you wish you booked 365 days, but perhaps that is what makes this new addition so special as it offers its guests the true experience of a fine stay, really hitting the target on luxury hotels.

Step inside the Trigona bar and watch the bartender work his magic on a Martini composed of locally sourced ingredients made by one of Four Seasons professional mixologists, then head to the Yun House for a savory and rather wonderful experience for your palette as the trained chefs turn your dinner into more than just a delicious meal, but a work of art. From presentation to the ingredients coming together to create an artfully balanced cuisine with all the right ingredients to create, well, perfection!

But wait, what good is a hotel without a little sweetness? Well the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur has thought of that too, with a large sweets bar named Decadent, with pastry chefs working on-the-spot to make many tasty treats ranging from delicate pastries, fine cakes, chocolate brittle and gelati. Full of delicious and wonderful surprises, it really is the “cherry on top” of this perfect hotel!

If you’re planning your next journey to Malaysia, give The Luxury Travel Agency a shout! Because by booking this property with us, as with many other 5 Star properties, we can offer you several perks and amenities. Some of which include complimentary daily breakfast at the restaurant/In-room, spa credits, upgrades to the next higher category (based on availability), custom welcome amenities and VIP service. Oh, and we almost forgot; from August 01 to December 31, 2018, you will receive a relaxing 45-minute massage, complimentary of Four Seasons Preferred Partners (based on availability.

To learn more about the benefits and, no pun intended, luxury of booking with The Luxury Travel Agency for your next trip, drop us a line or WhatsApp us at +1 647 551 5460, or shoot us an email at , and one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel experts will be happy to guide you to the luxury trip you have always wanted.

Our New Partner Hotel in New York – Mr. C Seaport

The Luxury Travel Agency is excited to announce our newest Partner Hotel in New York… Mr. C Seaport!

Mr. C Hotels is a collection of contemporary classic hotels with a boutique touch that offer guests a rather unmatchable experience, differing from many other luxury hotels you may know of, and unique again, is the new Mr. C Seaport Hotel, located in the Seaport District of New York City, has a fantastic location which features views of the Brooklyn Bridge, skyline and East River.

This hotel has a large focus on expressing the city’s culture, dining and entertainment atmosphere and aura. The hotel includes two fantastic dining restaurants, but of course, where Mr. C goes, impeccable taste always follows, with fantastic presentation and Italian ingredients are those created through the influence of Maggio and Ignazio Cipriani’s travels throughout Italy itself.

This newly opened hotel is far from simplistic, with its spacious 66 rooms complete with marble bathrooms and Italian linens, and its 6 premium suites with lustrous teak veneer, rain showers, 4k televisions, and impressive panoramic balcony terraces, guests will feel as though they are living like royalty, and of course treated as royalty around the clock.

The property has undergone a complete reconstruction from the buildings previous use, but maintains its iconic red-brick exterior, as to maintain its historical value in the Seaport district of New York, and The Howard Hughes Corporation.

The Luxury Travel Agency, is very excited to introduce this new Partner Hotel to our clients wishing to enjoy a stay in the great city of New York!

Our clients who book Mr. C Seaport will receive a Room Upgrade, (subject to availability), Complimentary Daily Breakfast via In-Room Dining or the Restaurant, a USD 75.00 Food and Beverage Credit, Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, (when available) for those long jet-setters; free High-Speed Wi-Fi, a Welcome Amenity and VIP Service.

At The Luxury Travel Agency, we like to go the extra mile for our travelers, and include personalized welcome amenities in-room, based on the guest’s unique preferences.

If you’re looking to plan your luxury travel experience, do it with us, and we will show you why! Give us a call or WhatsApp message at +1-647-551-4560 or email us at reservations@theluxurytravelagency.com.

Mandarin Oriental Hotels – The Luxury Travel Agency Talks About Some of Their Favorites

Why we love the Mandarin Oriental…

Having opened their first hotel back in 1963, Mandarin Oriental Hotels have been providing first class service at all their hotels for 57 years. We are proud to say that The Luxury Travel Agency is a member of the Mandarin Oriental Fan Club, an invitation-only preferred partner program that allows us to offer our clients a range of “Fan Club” benefits and amenities. Contact us for more details.

 

With 33 hotels and 7 residences in the Mandarin Oriental portfolio, from Asia and Europe to North America, the Caribbean and South America, this ever-growing luxury hotel chain has become one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite brands to work with.  Each hotel is beautifully and meticulously designed.  You will truly feel like you are staying in paradise at whichever property you choose.

Some of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Resorts

Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

 

Located at the foothills of the Alps, the Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como is situated in the quaint village of Blevio, and sits directly on the scenic Lake Como. Located only an hour outside of the shopping capital of Europe, Milan, this beautiful lakeside property will be the perfect add-on to escape the city for a few days. With only 75 rooms here, this boutique hotel will feel more like a 5-star vacation than just a hotel. With a variety of room choices, including villas and penthouses, our Luxury Travel Advisors highly recommend this perfect getaway for families of all sizes.

 

Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como (Lake Como)
L’Aria Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

 

This hotel boasts a fine Italian Michelin-starred restaurant called “L’Aria”, where you will find perfected Italian Cuisine in a graceful lakefront setting with floor to ceiling windows. In the evening, spend your time at CO.MO Bar & Bistrot, open daily until midnight – this is the ideal spot to enjoy an evening aperitivo or an after-dinner drink. Their spacious terrace offers al fresco dining that has unmatched views of Lake Como.

Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeirah Beach

 

You know the feeling you get when entering the lobby of a 5-star hotel, with a huge open concept, plush furniture, and a sense that you are going to be well taken care of and pampered? That’s the feeling you’ll get when entering into the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Dubai Jumeirah Beach. This oceanside resort is the brand’s first hotel in the Middle East and has promptly become one of our Luxury Travel Advisors’ favorite hotels. The style of the hotel is very contemporary-elegant. With fresh creamy cool shades and pops of soothing colors throughout the open, spacious, and airy rooms that boast views of the Arabian Gulf, this is the place that will give you a feeling not only of luxury but calm and relaxation as well.

 

Jr. Suite at Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai
Jr. Suite at Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai

 

With over 7 different dining venues to choose from, your appetite will always be fulfilled. Enjoy a wonderful dinner at Tasca by chef Jose Avillez, a world-renowned Michelin star chef, at his first restaurant outside of Portugal. This venue serves authentic Portuguese food with a contemporary twist.  Complementing the food is a lengthy wine menu with some of the best bottles that Portugal has to offer. Boasting dazzling views of Dubai’s skyline, with both indoor and outdoor seating, you will have one of the most memorable dining experiences you can imagine. If you’re more of a sweet tooth, stop by The Mandarin Cake Shop, where you will get to enjoy delicious cakes, chocolates, patisseries, pralines and some of the most mouth-watering Arabic sweets you can find.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

 

A stunning resort overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum is the spot to be in Bodrum, one of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite hotels in the city. This is a luxury haven, with a private beach and exceptional facilities. With a picturesque location in Paradise Bay, this resort offers comfort, serenity and most of all, exceptional 5-star amenities. With a wide variety of room categories to choose from, including rooms, suites, villas and apartments, you will surely find the best fit for you and your family.

 

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

The spa at this resort is really something to talk about! Spread over two levels and clocking in at over 29,000 square feet, this world-class spa is a great way to relax in pure tranquility. Some of the facilities included here: treatment & beautician rooms, outdoor cabanas, hammams with private scrub rooms, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, and so much more. This is the perfect romantic setting for couples to get away for a little “alone” time – our Luxury Travel Advisors strongly recommend booking a spa treatment while here.

During your “alone time” at the spa you can send your kids to the Kid’s Club, where they’ll get to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as board games, video games, puzzles, arts & crafts, face painting, movies, and much more. You can even arrange activities around the resort for the kids such as cooking classes, snorkeling, tennis lessons and more; there is always something for the kids to do, they will never get bored and will have hours of endless fun!

Mandarin Oriental Geneva

 

Located along the banks of the Rhone River with breathtaking mountain views, the Mandarin Oriental Geneva is the perfect location that offers the best hospitality with some classic Swiss Charm.  With their undeniably 5-star service, they are the perfect city retreat!

The guest rooms located in this hotel are very spacious and decorated with warm earth-tones with accented beautiful colors. Wool carpeting and ornamental wallpaper gives the space a very luxurious feel. The hotel has a total of 162 rooms and 27 suites, so you will be able to find the perfect accommodation; if you need connecting rooms, simply ask one of our Luxury Travel Advisors, as we can often guarantee those in advance.

 

Mandarin Oriental Geneva, a Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency
Mandarin Oriental Geneva, a Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

This hotel has a dedicated concierge and 24-hour room service. You can expect to receive top-shelf modern amenities on the room such as a coffeemaker, mini-bar, flat-screen TV’s, safes, docking station, robes, slippers, hairdryers, high-end toiletries and much more. Keep in mind that The Luxury Travel Agency can also get additional benefits through our partnership with this hotel, such as free nights and upgrades!

This hotel is also home to the fine dining Indian restaurant Rasoi by Vineet. They offer a delectable gastronomic menu that will be sure to have your taste buds dancing around!

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

 

This iconic hotel underwent a comprehensive multi-million-pound renovation and reopened its doors in 2019. Located in Knightsbridge with phenomenal views of Hyde Park, this re-imagined and re-invented hotel is the perfect place to be in London. Being right in the heart of Knightsbridge, you are close to some of the main attractions such as Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, British Museum, and much more. You’re less than a one-minute walk to the Knightsbridge Tube Station to help get you around town!

 

Suite at the Mandarin Oriental London, Hyde Park
Suite at the Mandarin Oriental London, Hyde Park

 

Each room at this hotel has its own unique layout, with a fresh and elegant look. The beds have crisp linens, leather headboards, silk drapes and sleek modern furniture throughout. Many of the rooms here offer glorious Park Views, with some rooms offering balconies as well, providing a perfect opportunity to step outside and have a grand view of majestic Hyde Park.

This hotel is also home to two Michelin-starred restaurants, a Lounge, and a Bar that brings well-heeled locals from all around in the evenings. Enjoy dinner at Heston Blumenthal, where we can arrange a “behind the scenes” dining experience providing insight into the magic that is happening in the kitchen, or even a fully private dining experience. The design is inspired by a 16th Century Tudor architectural style, with an oval table and rich red velvet chairs – the epitome of luxury!

Mandarin Oriental Paris

 

The Mandarin Oriental Paris is located in the center of everything you would need from a Parisian trip: shopping, excellent art, and of course gourmet cuisine. It is also only a minute walk to Place Vendome, always a highlight. Located on rue Saint-Honore, it is home to some of the most exclusive fashion homes in all of France!

The style of the hotel is contemporary with subtle hints of Parisian flare. The rooms are double the size of most rooms for Paris standards. These are accented with beautiful shades of taupe, magenta, plum and gold.

 

Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency
The lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

The Luxury Travel Agency highly recommends the outdoor dining at Camélia, where diners linger beneath perfumed trees in a lush courtyard garden year-round – this is definitely a highlight of the Mandarin Oriental Paris.

For avid shoppers, the hotel is within walking distance from tons of great shopping such as Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Giorgio Armani, Coach, Dior, and so much more – you’ll never lack for the best of the best!

Each of these incredible properties is part of The Luxury Travel Agency’s vast Partner Hotel network, encompassing hundreds of properties across every continent. If it’s a notable destination, we know about it! At all of our Partner Hotels & Resorts, you’ll get the very best rates, plus complimentary benefits such as free breakfast, guided tours, spa credits, and much more! All for simply choosing The Luxury Travel Agency for booking your next trip.

We can help with everything from a simple hotel or resort booking to complete travel planning, including yacht and private jet charters, villas, and so much more! Contact us today via Whatsapp or telephone at +1-647-551-4560 and let’s start planning your next trip.

The EDITION Bodrum – Our Newest Partner in Turkey!

The EDITION hotels, unlike any other hotel brand, have a very distinct way of standing out from the crowd. With each hotel they have around the world, one who visits any will find that they feel nothing like the previous EDITION Hotel. One may however, find that the service of each is wonderful, and that is the one thing they do not change. Unique hotels with a hint of flare and dazzle, The EDITION takes full credit for making each of their locations different, because as they say it “no two cities are the same” so they have created culture inside the hotel designs.

New to the collection of EDITION hotels is The EDITION Bodrum, with 102 gorgeous rooms, suites and villas which have private pools and spacious balconies to indulge in. The hotel is located just on the western point of the Bodrum peninsula, 3 kilometers from Yalikavak Marina. With a restaurant, bar, fitness centres and drinks under cabanas, you’ll be dreaming long before you visit, but it is only the tip of the iceberg at this hotel. With luxury service and care, you will feel like royalty, but simply because at The EDITION, you are.

When you book with The Luxury Travel Agency, we will also throw in some personal touches for you, as our fellow traveling friends! Such as a room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), hotel credits and complimentary treats in room, sparkling wine anyone? At The Luxury Travel Agency, we spend time, thought, and dedicated heart into making your travel experiences around the world just the way you want it to be… perfect.

Call or WhatsApp us at +1-647-551-4560 or email us at Reservations@TheLuxuryTravelAgency.com and one of our dedicated Travel Advisors will guide you to a journey created the way it should be, made for you.

Click here to see more of our Partner Hotels and Resorts.

Four New Partner Hotels!

Here at The Luxury Travel Agency, we have a lot of exciting new partner friends to share with our fellow travelers. Through our great partnerships, we have a few new properties to add to our growing list! Of course, we know a picture tells a thousand words, but here are some little details about our new friends!

Porto Zante Villas & Spa – At this resort, our guests will see the crystal blue water of Zakynthos in Greece! With a 3 hour complimentary private cruise through some of the most beautiful attractions of the island including the world famous Shipwreck and the Turtle Island. With majestic private sandy beaches that are as beautiful as they are secluded. This resort has delicious Greek, Mediterranean and Asian style restaurants all serving an array of tasty options to choose from. Each guests room is decorated and furnished with fine pieces hand selected, of the Armani Casa & Gervasoni and well known Greek artist paintings. This resort has received a number of awards and remains today as a top getaway destination for political leaders, important businessmen artists alike!

In the heart of Santa Barbara, California, we invite you to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara for your next trip to North America. A 78-acre oceanfront resort where relaxation and adventure are set against a backdrop of golden beaches glowing under the sun, colorful sunsets and lush mountains. This resort embodies the charm, beauty and elegance of Santa Barbara, offering ocean-view rooms, an indulgent spa experience and fine dining that celebrates local ingredients. Currently a Tier 4 property of Ritz Carlton and Readers’ Choice Awards for Top 20 Resorts in Southern California!

Thinking about going to Beverly Hills? Well then you must visit the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel! The timeless glamour of Beverly Hills comes alive here with stylish European comfort with contemporary amenities, elegant service and personalized experiences by the fourth generation Cipriani family. Aside from the amazing rooms, there is the fine Italian inspired cuisine with a different taste of wonderland to every dish served that will have you day dreaming about your experience for long after you leave.

Rather go to Italia? No problem, we know just the place. CastaDiva Resort & Spa Lake Como, another new friend of ours, but for a good reason! This 5-star luxury Hotel is surrounded by beautiful greenery and romantic beach shores. This hotel enriches its guests with an environment that enhances the Italian culture and hospitality. Aside from the excellent service received, this resort offers clients an abundance of beautiful scenery both surrounding the hotel, but also inside. The CastaDiva Resort is also a spa! Wellness travel is a growing trend in the world of travel recently as travelers have discovered the benefits and relaxing methods of these resorts combined with travel.

For more information on our partner hotels, reach out to The Luxury Travel Agency at 1-647-551-4560 or at reservations@theluxruytravelagency.com and one of our professional Luxury Travel Advisors will be happy to help you.

The Luxury Travel Agency is now a member of the InterContinental Hotel Group Lifestyle & Luxury Program

The Luxury Travel Agency is now a member of the InterContinental Hotel Group Lifestyle & Luxury Program which includes select properties at InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels, and Indigo Hotels.  Located in over 85 different countries, these hand-selected luxury hotels have a lot to offer our VIP clients.

Our valued clients who stay at any of these luxury properties will have the leisure of late check-out (subject to availability), complimentary breakfasts, room upgrades (subject to availability), unlimited Wi-Fi on limitless devices and complimentary amenities worth USD 50-100.

 

InterContinental Carlton Cannes, a Hotel Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

 

 

The Luxury Travel Agency also adds its personal touches by including a collection of fresh fruit, snacks and beverages catered to your preferences and desires, but we don’t stop there for our clients! We do our best to make sure you receive VIP Status and Service, regardless of the room type you book, or the length of your stay.

 

 

 

 

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Hotels like the InterContinental, Indigo and the all have a unique story to tell at each location. Some are modern and artsy, while others hold a very historic vibe presenting the local city’s unique culture and design; The Kimpton with its unique boutique hotels, The InterContinental with its exceptional modern design, and the Indigo hotels with their unique flair and unquestionable service.

 

Hotel Indigo Brussels, a Partner Hotel of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

 

InterContinental London Park Lane, a Hotel Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency
InterContinental London Park Lane, a Hotel Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

 

Wherever it is you are thinking of travelling to, you can always count on these partners to provide the cherry on top of your luxury vacation with unique service tailored to you.

The addition of these Partner Hotels now takes the total of our Partner Hotels to over 2,000 of the best hotels and resorts around the world. You can see our other Partner Hotel Brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis and more here, or if you want to search by destination, you can search here.

 

InterContinental New York Barclay, a Hotel Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency
InterContinental New York Barclay, a Hotel Partner of The Luxury Travel Agency

 

For travelers looking for that unique luxury experience, they will never forget, give The Luxury Travel Agency contact us today at 1-647-551-4560 or at reservations@theluxruytravelagency.com and one of our professional Luxury Travel Advisors will make your dream trip a reality.

Spot Light on Sri Lanka

Intro

An island of magical proportions, Sri Lanka is a tourists’ paradise. Located off the southern coast of India, this beautiful island country is laden with pristine beaches, lush tropical forests, tea plantations and a rich cultural heritage.

Often called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a center of Buddhist religion and culture. With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this country is a treasure trove of sacred cities, grand ruins of ancient kingdoms and temple caves.

Places of Interest

Anuradhapura: An ancient city, Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka. This city’s well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization make it an archaeologist’s paradise. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is located 206 kilometers away from Colombo.

Colombo: The capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a bustling metropolis. An attractive blend of old and new, this city is dotted with colonial buildings and parks.

Dambulla: Located at a distance of 148 km from Colombo, Dambulla boasts of the best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Dambulla Rock Temple dating back to the 1st century BC is a major tourist spot.

Galle: Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Galle is the oldest living fort in the world. This city is located 116 km to the south of Colombo. The Galle fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kandy: Kandy, also called the cultural capital of Sri Lanka is situated at an altitude of 488 m. This city is home to Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist temple, The Temple of the Tooth Relic. The annual Perahera festival attracts tourists from all over the world.

Sigriya: Located in the north-central province of Sri Lanka, Sigriya is home to the ruins of an ancient palace complex unofficially known as the 8th wonder of the world.

Beaches: The land of Sun and Sand, Sri Lanka has a large number of palm fringed sandy golden beaches. Deep natural harbours, lagoons and coral reefs add to their charm. Some of the popular beaches of Sri Lanka are Negombo, Arugam Bay, Batticaloa, Bentota and Mt. Lavinia.

Central Highlands/Tea Region: Home to Sri Lanka’s vast tea production, the Central Highlands is a must visit when in Sri Lanka. This is not a touristy spot; so to speak, it is one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. Best bet is to book a couple nights in a bungalow on a tea plantation.

Interesting Activities

The numerous beaches of Sri Lanka offer a range of water sports such as water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. The deep southern coast of the country is world famous for whale watching from December to April. Dolphin watching is another major activity along the deep south coast of Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya and Trincomalee.

Sri Lanka is home to some 20 national parks. With over 400 bird species, this island country is an ideal place for bird watching. Sri Lanka also has the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world. The abundance of national parks enable tourists to undertake jeep safaris for spotting brightly coloured birds, lumbering elephants and elusive leopards.

Best Time to Visit

A tropical country, Sri Lanka has distinct dry and wet seasons. The dry season or the period between the monsoons is the ideal time to plan a trip to this country. Hence the period from November to April is the best time to visit the south west coast while May to September is ideal for visiting the east coast.

Travel Tips

• Light cotton dresses and suits are recommended as Sri Lanka has a warm and humid climate. However, pullovers will be required if you are planning a visit to the hill country.

• Visitors should wear respectful attire and remove their shoes while visiting temples.

• Use only bottled water for drinking.

Jul 12, 2013

Four Seasons Receives Six #1 Rankings

Travel + Leisure magazine has announced its 2013 World’s Best Awards, as voted by their readers who share their thoughts on which hotels, destinations, and companies represent the very best in travel. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts received #1 rankings in six categories, and was also recognized as one of the Top 5 Hotel Brands worldwide.

Topping the best resorts in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific list, as well as listed as the #5 in the entire world, is Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. The property’s stunning overwater bungalows, beachfront villas and lagoon excursions allow guests to get up close and personal with local sea creatures, and four restaurants allow guests to enjoy a meal while taking in lagoon and mountain views.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu is ranked #1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top Resorts in Hawaii and #1 on the list of Top Hotel Spas in Hawaii. With its dramatic mix of white-sand beaches, dazzling oceanfront and black-lava landscapes, guests can relax by the beach or at one of the properties seven pools, including King’s Pond, a 1.8 million gallon (8.2 million litre) “aquarium” carved out of the natural lava rock with more than 3,000 tropical fish. The Hualalai Spa pays homage to Hawaiian traditions, offering healing apothecary treatments with local ingredients, including black lava salt and crushed macadamia nuts. Following a close second, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea tops the list at #2 for the Top Resorts in Hawaii.

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. is ranked #1 on the list of Top City Hotels, Mexico. The property occupies a refined oasis in the heart of Mexico’s capital – just steps from Chapultepec Park and the exclusive Polanco neighbourhood, the perfect place to begin exploring the city.

Travel + Leisure readers named Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus Top Hotel Spa in Europe in the 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’survey. The 2,100 square metre (22,600 square foot) Spa contains three Turkish bath treatment rooms, an indoor pool and whirlpool, and offers three signature treatments and 10 massages, including the Diamond Luxury Lifting Facial and Epicurean Hammam, blending the time-honoured Turkish bathing ritual with modern spa techniques. Rounding out the top 3 in the Top Hotel Spa in Europe category are Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.

Rounding out the list, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler was ranked #1 on list of Top Family Resorts, Canada. The family program at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler makes families feel at home all year round with activities designed for kids and parents alike, including the Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone, Junior Golf Program, bear watching, horseback riding, kayaking, ski concierge, and heated outdoor pool.

The results of the 18th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey reveals readers’ favourite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, safari outfitters, tour operators, and more and are featured online and as the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 19, 2013.

Jul 23, 2013

‘Apogée Courchevel opens December 2013

Opening December 2013 and situated at the heart of the French Alps, L’Apogée Courchevel boasts an outstanding location and breathtaking views over Courchevel village. Guests will enjoy private access to the slopes at this ski-in/ski-out luxury ski chalet and hotel, the newest masterpiece of the Oetker Collection.

Accommodations will include 33 suites and 20 double rooms, plus a penthouse with its own Jacuzzi and terrace. A private chalet will feature five bedrooms, spa and home cinema. Guests will dine at the luxury brasserie, Le Comptoir de L’Apogée, under the supervision of two-Michelin-star Chef, Yannick Franques, offering French artisanal cuisine with a chic and modern twist in a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere. The exquisite champagne lounge will feature a unique selection of champagnes in an intimate ambiance.

After a day on the slopes, guests will relax at the fabulous spa, which will include a suite for the traditional Russian ritual “Banïya”. The spa area will also offer an indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. As a Virtuoso travel advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to be one of the first to make reservations for your clients.

And by booking exclusively through The Luxury Travel Agency, guests will receive:

• A room upgrade upon arrival, if available

• Complimentary full breakfast daily, served in the restaurant or via room service, for up to two guests sharing a room

• One US$100 food & beverage credit

Jul 25, 2013

W Amsterdam, a New Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam

 

W Amsterdam, an Amsterdam luxury hotel is now open!

 

 

As a fan of W Hotels, we are excited to share the news of a luxury hotel debut: the W Amsterdam. Set in the heart of one of the world’s most eclectic and trend-setting cities, the W Amsterdam opened its doors last fall and brings a vibrant energy to the city along with the top-notch service and hospitality that the W brand is known for all over the world.

Step inside the W Amsterdam, go straight to the top and check-in at the rooftop W Lounge with a 360-degree view over the city – W’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby. Also on the top floor is their Wet Deck: an outdoor pool with views on the Royal Palace. Experience the innovative design and luxury of the W’s 238 guestrooms, including 25 suites, three WOW suites and two lavish Extreme WOW Suites – W’s take on the exclusive Presidential Suite.

 

 

Split across two unique buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style where nights never end and the pulse is set high with a full calendar of exclusive W Happenings – events for every visitor. The AWAY® spa is an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY® means a disappearing act from the every day into an insider scene of surprising sensations. A place to delightfully detox after the after-party.

 

 

 

One of the W Amsterdam’s destination restaurants is THE DUCHESS, host to a dining area, tearoom, bar, and for the ultimate chef’s experience a private table of 8 seats, set in the heart of the Molteni kitchen. THE DUCHESS lunch and dinner menu is inspired by the light and refined flavors from Southern France and Italy, also known as Nouveau-Niçoise Cuisine. MR PORTER, the second destination restaurant located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, artfully blends two concepts into one: the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. The terrace has an amazing view over the oldest part of Amsterdam, a sight not to be missed.

A visit to Amsterdam is a journey to the front lines of fashion, culture, nightlife, and more – all found in abundance at the W Amsterdam. When you book with The Luxury Travel Agency, you’ll receive the following amenities at this exciting new hotel:

• Room Upgrade, subject to availability

• USD 100 Food & Beverage credit

• Daily Full Breakfast for two guests

• Complimentary standard in-room internet

• Early Check-In/Late Check-out, subject to availability

• Custom Welcome Amenity

• VIP Treatment

In fact, you’ll receive these benefits at most of the prestigious W Hotels across the globe when you book with The Luxury Travel Agency. Call or email us today to plan your best trip ever!

Apr 18, 2016

Sofitel Partners with MGallery

Sofitel has partnered with MGallery to present a collection of boutique hotels that are striking in design and historic in nature. Each hotel in the MGallery Collection is unique, rooted in the traditions of their respective locales while pushing forward with new ideas and aesthetics, creating a group of destinations that are all their own.

The three families of MGallery Hotels reflect the spectrum of a traveler’s desires. The Heritage Hotels are proud monuments to the histories from which they’ve grown, reflecting the people, ideas, and stories that have passed through them over the years. The Signature Hotels move at the forefront of design, with presentations that will surprise and delight even the most seasoned traveler. Finally, the Serenity Hotels provide an escape from the bustle of the world, bringing you a sense of peace and privacy along coastlines, in the mountains, or even within the city itself.

All MGallery Hotels participate in the Sofitel STEP program, which provides a host of amenities and benefits to travelers booking through certified agencies (of which we are one!). These benefits include free breakfast, welcome amenities, free high-speed Internet, and even room upgrades (when available).

Contact us at The Luxury Travel Agency for bookings or more information on these wonderful properties

May 11, 2016

VIP Packages at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is right around the corner – but it’s not too late to arrive in style. We’re offering a VIP package to one of the city’s premier events, with everything you’ll need to rub shoulders with the fashion elite.

You’ll receive three nights at the sleek, luxurious Refinery Hotel (set in the heart of the Fashion District), two tickets to one of the week’s top shows, a private Mercedes S Class sedan with a driver to get there, and even free airport transfers. Gentlemen, if you need a gift idea, look no further!

If that’s not enough to whet your style appetite, we have plenty more to offer. Want more shows? We have access to all the best premieres. How about a celebrity shopping experience? We’ll get a professional stylist to consult with you, then its off to the best boutiques, where you’ll have access to brand-new pieces before they even hit the runway. And of course, it isn’t Fashion Week without a VIP after-party – we’ll get you into the most exclusive events. Watch for the paparazzi!

NYFW is taking place from September 8-15, so the time is now to book your VIP spot and take your place among the finest fashionistas in the world! Contact us today for pricing, details, and more information.

Aug 26, 2016

Planning the Ultimate Ski Vacation

It may be sunny summer, but accommodations at the world’s finest ski resorts are already filling up for the winter season, so the time to plan your journey is now!

The famed European Alps are home to some truly incredible lodges. The world-class Cheval Blanc brand can be found here at Cheval Blanc Courchevel, deep within the French Alps, where thirty-six sleek yet comforting rooms and suites open onto the majestic Jardin Alpin.

Over in Switzerland, the Grand Hotel Park offers an alpine experience like none other. Overlooking the village of Gstaad, a long-time favorite of international jet-setters and taste-makers, this lodge combines natural materials and style with exceptional service, ensuring that your every need is well looked after. Guests return year after year to this cozy property – sometimes for generations!

Meanwhile, the Rocky Mountains of North America’s west coast produce spectacular conditions for all visitors, whether you’re out on the slopes or curled up in your chalet. The world-famous Whistler-Blackcomb Resort, part-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is one of the biggest and best on Earth, and an absolute must-visit. The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is the perfect place to experience both the impressive mountains and the picture-postcard Whistler Village, with great shopping and fine dining right at your fingertips.

Down in Colorado, ski capital of the USA, the options are endless. Swanky Aspen sees a host of ski-strapped celebrities, and the St. Regis Aspen Resort is a good place to find them after a day on the slopes. Over at Vail Mountain, a huge range of skiable terrain make the area a family favorite, and The Sebastian is the perfect hotel to accommodate a group of any size, right in the heart of the lovely Vail Village.

Waiting until the snow falls will leave you short on options, so start planning now for the ski trip of a lifetime! Contact us at The Luxury Travel Agency for quotes, recommendations, and much, much more.

 

Partner Brands: Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

At The Luxury Travel Agency, we deal with the best of the best, but we also love getting you the most for your money – the perfect balance of quality and value. We partner with many of the leading brands in worldwide luxury to bring you great property benefits, such as room upgrades, free breakfast, hotel credits, and a whole lot more.

Shangri-La Partner Brand in Fiji
Fiji’s Yanuca Island is just one of the many coveted Shangri-La destinations

 

Partner Brands: Welcome to Shangri-La

We’re thrilled to announce that our team of Partners has grown! Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, another top name in luxury, are now our Partners on a global scale. The name is synonymous with “earthly paradise”, which is exactly what guests at these properties come to find. The brand’s unwavering commitment to excellent service has made it Asia’s most recognized hospitality brand, and with hotels in 22 countries around the world, your next Shangri-La experience is closer than you think.

Partner Brands of The Luxury Travel Agency
Views of London from The Shard – just another Shangri-La perk!

 

Partner Brands: Upgrades and More

At every single Shangri-La property around the world, clients booking with us will now receive many of the amenities you’ve grown accustomed to enjoying when working with The Luxury Travel Agency.

A sampling of these exclusive benefits include:

– Room Upgrades at the time of booking*

– Hotel Credit of USD 100, or 10%** of daily room rate (whichever is higher)

– Free Daily Breakfast for two guests per room

– Early Check-In/Late Check-Out*

– Dedicated concierge team for all requests

– Custom Welcome Amenities

– VIP Service

Of course, being a Partner Brand means The Luxury Travel Agency will always be able to offer you the lowest rates at any Shangri-La property. At an Agency where everything is customized – that comes standard!

Wherever you wish to go, there’s a Shangri-La Hotel or Resort for you. Contact us today at The Luxury Travel Agency for the best value ever on these five-star global properties!

 

Hunting for similar travel ideas? Take a look at our favourite luxurious properties in Asia,

*subject to availability 

**some properties offer USD 50 in place of 100.

Waltz into Winter with Rocco Forte

As the seasons change and the holidays draw near, it’s time to find that perfect spot for your winter break!

The Rocco Forte Hotels are a unique collection of individual properties, each with their own distinctive character and style inspired by the city they call home. Managed by a family who have been in hospitality for four generations, you can expect nothing less than discerning style and unrivalled service at each and every property.

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the many seasonal promotions that Rocco Forte Hotels are currently offering!

At the serene Verdura Resort in Sicily, you’ll receive 25% off when staying at least four nights. With three award-winning golf courses and almost two kilometers of private Sicilian coastline, four nights might not be nearly enough! Or maybe you prefer an urban location – London or Rome, perhaps? At properties like Brown’s Hotel and Hotel de Russie, receive 20% off when you stay for two nights or more, and 25% off in suites at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, or Hotel Savoy in Florence, among others.

If you’re traveling with family, all the better! At any of Rocco Forte’s ten European properties, book one room over four nights for Mom & Dad and get 50% off an interconnecting or adjacent room for the kids. Children aged 4-12 also receive 50% off food and drink, and those under 3 eat for free – as does everyone in the family for breakfast! If you happen to book a suite, all the same applies – but your second room is completely FREE!

And for any booking at any Rocco Forte hotel, you’ll always receive the following amenities and benefits when booking with us:

– Room upgrade on arrival, if available

– Free breakfast for two throughout your stay

– USD 100 Food & Beverage Credit

– Early Check-In/Late Check-Out, if available

– Custom Welcome Amenity

– VIP Service

What more do you need for a perfect winter holiday? Contact us to take advantage of these offers today!

Oct 28, 2016

Shoulder Season Travel is Here!

Luxury travel is amazing during any time of year, including shoulder season! Peak travel season has come to an end, officially making way for travelers to snag some deals before off season travel kicks in.

Shoulder season is the time right after peak season when travel starts to slow down, usually during spring and autumn. This time period for travel offers the following benefits:

– It’s less expensive than high season, and you’ll have better luck negotiating prices
– The crowds are less, meaning you can save time that would have been spent in lines
– Many tourist attractions are still running, and restaurants are still open, making reservations more accessible to make
– Weather is more favourable since you won’t be traveling during the extreme temperatures
– You will still get plenty of daylight hours

Here is a list of popular destinations, and their average temperatures during October:

Venice, Italy: (19 °C)
Nice, France: (19 °C)
Madrid, Spain: (21 °C)
Marrakech, Morocco: (21 °C)
Santorini, Greece: (22 °C)
Mauritius: (23 °C)
Tenerife, Canary Islands: (22 °C)
Mediterranean resorts: (25 °C)
Bali: (27 °C)
Cancun, Mexico: (27 °C)

For more places that are a great choice to travel to during shoulder season, contact us at The Luxury Travel Agency to speak with an expert advisor! Don’t forget to ask about the amazing amenities you always get when booking with us!

Slope-Side for Ski Season

Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends.

Alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.Megève, France is getting its first luxury mountain resort by Four Seasons that will feature recreational opportunities for summer and winter seasons. Families, friends, and couples alike can enjoy a variety of activities perfect for ski lovers and outdoor explorers.

Six Tips for Planning your Honeymoon

Like planning a wedding, honeymoon planning also takes a lot of research and planning to go over every required detail to make it a great time. The Luxury Travel Agency has planned many honeymoon trips to all sorts of destinations for all lengths of durations, and Travel Advisors at The Luxury Travel Agency have put together a list of tips to help you plan yours!

 

Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency
Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Planning your Honeymoon Tip Number 1: Give yourself enough time to plan

Honeymoons on average are about 2-4 weeks long. Not only is it important to have enough time to plan, but it’s a good idea to leave yourself enough time to book early as you will get better deals and have more time to look over all the details. The earlier you start to plan and look through options, the wider range of selection you will have to choose from when booking hotels, flights, and activities.

 

Four Seasons Bora Bora, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency
Four Seasons Bora Bora, New Zealand, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

Planning your Honeymoon Tip Number 2: Turn planning into a team effort

Work with your partner to come up with a list of activities you both enjoy doing, and think about where you both would like to go. Planning your honeymoon should be a 50/50 effort so the trip is tailored to both of your interests. Once you have a general list of things you are looking to do and the places you want to go, the booking process becomes much easier.

 

Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency
Mandarin Oriental Paris, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

Planning your Honeymoon Tip Number 3: Be original when putting together your itinerary

Recommendations from your friends about places they visited are a great way to learn about new places and inspire your next trip, but remember to keep in mind that no two couples are alike! Your friends may have had a blast during their vacation, but that same vacation may not be suitable for you and your partner to spend your honeymoon.

 

Singita Sweni, South Africa, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency
Singita Sweni, South Africa, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

Planning your Honeymoon Tip Number 4: Balance your activities

Even adventurous couples will need to schedule in some downtime. Plan enough things to keep you from getting bored, but not so much that you return home feeling drained and overwhelmed.

 

The Brando, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency
The Brando, French Polynesia a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

 

Planning your Honeymoon Tip Number 5: Don’t rush from the altar to the airport

There are plenty of great reasons to postpone your travels for a bit of time after your wedding, including having some time to relax after all the excitement. For couples getting married in the summer, it may be a great idea to hold off travelling for a few weeks and going on a vacation during shoulder season.

 

Baccarat Hotel, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency
Baccarat Hotel, New York, a Partner Hotel with The Luxury Travel Agency

Planning your Honeymoon Tips:  Number 6,  Save time researching and ask a travel professional to be sure!

The internet is great for some preliminary research, but photos and descriptions can often be misleading, outdated, or not tell you all the details. That’s why it’s important to consider looking beyond Google for help planning such an important trip. Travel professionals often have inside information and connections with hotels and tour providers, therefore they can get you the best deals that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. They do all your research for you and get you sorted and ready to leave with minimal effort on your part. Sure, they will often charge a fee to plan your trip, but the cost of an agent compared to the savings you will get along the way and the time you will save researching is worth it.

St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

Just ten minutes’ drive from downtown Palma, the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is enchantingly situated between the cliffs and the yacht harbor of Puerto Portals.

One of the island’s most exceptional hotels, its design and appointments reflect its surroundings – as with all establishments comprised within the exclusive St. Regis brand.

Round arches adorned with natural stone lend the façade its distinctive character while the sprawling gardens, which extend all the way to the sea, enhance the property’s resort-style charm. Guests awakening in any one of the 125 capacious rooms and suites can catch their morning’s first glimpse of the sea from their own terraces.

Butlers trained according to the English tradition and in the legendary St. Regis manner are available on request.

The Arabella Spa sets worldwide standards in terms of its size, quality and range of options: a highly qualified team of therapists and spa specialists, including two Chinese physicians, attends to the needs of anyone seeking unity of body, mind and soul. Traditional Far Eastern and new Western treatment methods are available, along with a wide array of thalasso therapy treatments, beauty treatments and other options using products from NIANCE and Maria Galland as well as a cutting-edge gym.

Chef de Cuisine José Miguel Navarro serves exquisite gourmet cuisine in the elegantly inviting ambience of the Michelin-starred restaurant Es Fum with its outdoor sea-view terrace. Meanwhile, the restaurant Aqua delights diners with a blend of bistro and brasserie. Gourmet aficionados can look forward to an excellent selection of products at the hotel’s gourmet shop MIMO.