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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’. 11 luxury destinations that are cheaper than you think Luxury doesn’t have to mean expensive, especially in a destination with a favorable exchange rate. If beachfront villas and fine dining without the five-star price tag is more your travel style, consider these 11 luxury destinations and hotels around the world that offer affordable-yet-glamorous vacations… [read more] How to design a luxury superyacht hen super-rich clients spend tens of millions on a superyacht, they expect something unique. That’s where studios such as Britain’s Winch Design step in, tasked with making a 2,000-tonne megayacht look sleek, stylish and original. “They don’t want to buy something that’s standard, something that others have got, something that’s off the shelf — that would be the easy option,” Winch Design’s Jim Dixon tells CNN… [read more] 5 dreamy private islands in the Caribbean you can buy right now Like the appeal of seclusion … but not too much seclusion? This sliver of undeveloped land is located in a sought-after part of the Exumas island chain, just a few miles from marinas, yacht clubs, boutique resorts, and attractions like an underwater cave and the Bahamas’ famed swimming pigs. On this idyllic spot of land, you can build your dream house along one of two pristine white sandy beaches or atop the island’s 30-foot perch, which offers 360-degree views of the crystal-clear Caribbean waters… [read more] Dubai plans to be world’s most popular tourist destination by 2025 Look out Bangkok, London and Paris – Dubai wants to unseat you as the world’s most popular tourist destination. The three cities last week topped the annual MasterCard survey of the world’s most-­visited cities. Dubai is certainly up there – in fourth place – but under a new strategy revealed on Wednesday by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, it is aiming for the top spot… [read more] Disgusting Food Museum brings together the world’s grossest dishes Prepare yourself – and your stomach – for some of the grossest meals in the world. What you’re looking at here is an exhibit in the Disgusting Food Museum. It’s bull’s penis and it’s a Chinese delicacy. And the museum’s curator hopes it might help to change our ideas about what we find disgusting. Curator and “chief disgustologist” Samuel West told 9Pickle the collection was put together for a purpose… [read more] We really enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear your views on any of these stories! Please click on the comments below and share your thoughts. Thank you.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Yes, Mexico is a bargain. It is ironic that Trump’s talk of a wall to keep the Mexicans out led to a fall in the value of Mexico’s currency. The result is a boom for Mexico’s tourist industry. One witty Mexican waiter said to me, “We’ve got so many Americans here now that Mr Trump’s gonna have to build a wall to keep his people in.” It is not going to last forever, take advantage and visit soon.

  2. Add Dubai to that list! Surprisingly Dubai’s a bit cheaper than people think. You don’t have to stay on the Palm or eat at a restaurant by the Marina. You get superb value in an apartment by the lakes and the restaurants there are far better value than in many of the world’s big cities. If you use the Metro you can get around very cheaply and quickly.

    1. Yes, you’re right. I’m in Dubai again next April and the metro is surprisingly cheap. Just 7.5 AED if crossing more than 2 zones – that’s about £1.50 / 2 USD.

  3. The Museum of Disgusting Food sounds like a good starter. Time of a piece in Left-Field museums? A friend of mine intended to spend an hour in the Museum of Broken Relationships – which very appropriately is located in Split. It was just so compelling that he spent five hours there. Other contenders for eccentric museums?

    1. Ha… I had to look that one up! It’s actually located in Zagreb, not Split (perhaps it moved?)… plus there’s one in LA.


      I once visited a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Copenhagen. My two lasting memories of that are…

      1. a picture made from pieces of toast

      and 2. early on in the attraction, they had a section on how people were capable of contorting their faces in all kinds of ways – there was even a mirror so you could have a go yourself. Anyway, much later, when you got to the other end of the museum, you discovered that this supposed mirror was also a window, and that lots of people (an hour or so ahead of you in the museum) were sitting and laughing at your expense as you and others came up to the “mirror” and pulled funny faces!

  4. Apologies Paul. The moral is never trust what you are told in a pub after a few drinks! But that Museum is still on my bucket-list.

    1. No need to apologise. It could have been there once upon a time for all we know. It is kind of a shame that it’s not there – it would be rather fitting!

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