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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’. John Allen Chau: What we could learn from remote tribes When American John Allen Chau was killed by an endangered tribe in India last week, it brought a renewed focus on some of the world’s most isolated people. Officials in India said Chau was a missionary keen to convert the protected Sentinelese people on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. But the Sentinelese, who are fearful of outsiders, attacked Chau with bows and arrows…. [read more] This winter’s best new Alpine ski experiences You wait ages for a fabulous new Italian mountain hotel, and then two come along at once. Happily, the much -anticipated pair – Le Massif in Courmayeur and Camp Zero in Champoluc – are markedly different. The former is a major slopeside development comprising a stylish 80-room hotel, two on-site restaurants, boutiques, a spa and a separate mountain restaurant, ski school and bar… [read more] 10 luxury glamping sites from around the world Tired of checking into high-rise skyscrapers in urban cities, today’s travellers are seeking a fresh experience that they can’t find elsewhere. One of 2018’s top luxury travel trends, glamping, takes the weary globetrotter back to nature — without sacrificing on creature comforts. Here are Tatler’s top picks for luxury glamping experiences around the world, where you can escape the bustle of the city… [read more] Why the world’s most high-tech water park is making waves with 3D Thrill rides don’t come more basic than water slides. Formed from a tube with water rushing through it, the format hasn’t changed much since it was invented in 1923. The latest slides are longer and faster but rarely make a splash. That requires taking the plunge with something completely new as one water park in Abu Dhabi found out… [read more] How Cairo caters to the world’s most affluent travelers Rashwan is looking concerned. Having endured his tennis courts being removed to make way for a new 52m swimming pool (the largest in central Cairo), the former tennis coach’s new role as pool attendant is nevertheless taken seriously. But as he waits, towel in hand, to extend his habitual warm welcome, a barrier emerges between us: a line of Middle Eastern men in smart suits and crispy white jalabiyas suddenly pour past, chaperoned by anxious-looking large men talking into their sleeves – all oblivious to the disruption they are generating for Rashwan and myself… [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 Telegraph.

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  1. The BBC piece on the death of John Allen Chau is highly thought-provoking. Ultimately I believe that we need to be far more cautious and restrained in our dealings with indigenous tribes. As a missionary Chau was too eager to bring change to the remote tribe. Whilst other tourists are too keen to interact with indigenous tribes and learn from them. The BBC piece shrewdly makes the point that we generally assume that much is wrong with our 21st Century lives and there is much to learn from the slow lives of these tribes. In an era when we have higher levels of life expectancy and literacy than ever before and lower levels of poverty and infant mortality we have much to be thankful for.

  2. “Tired of checking into high-rise skyscrapers in urban cities?” begins the piece on glamping sites.

    No, not really. I love the luxury of these towers soaring into the clouds.

    Ok, some people might be ready to move on but the world’s cities will keep me happy for a few more decades.

  3. “How Cairo caters to the most affluent travellers” is a magnificent piece of journalism. A wonderful treat for a Monday morning. Having skipped over the sub-title it was only when I was half-way though this eloquent article that I realised that it was a Hotel review.

    I’m reminded of the George Orwell quote which runs something like – “Journalism is publishing what people don’t want you to write. Everything else is just Public Relations.” However, this superb piece with its sense of place and history is far more than just “churnalism” – taking Press Releases and rewriting them.

    Congratulations to Andrew Harris for rising up out of the mire in an era of listicles which is far from being a Golden Age of Journalism.

  4. Great piece on the Abu Dhabi waterpark.

    Did Lewis Hamilton and team cool off there after his triumph in the Grand Prix on Yas Island?

    As with everything from the UAE it is packed with superlatives biggest, fastest, longest etc

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