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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’. Lessons in luxury: on safari with the wildlife poacher turned protector I’ve never met anyone like Barichera. A spry 61-year-old, he was waiting for me on a hilltop overlooking the savannah at Singita Grumeti, a 350,000-acre private reserve in Tanzania. Working 21-day shifts from a lookout, Barichera is part of Singita’s anti-poaching unit, responsible for ensuring that animals roaming into the reserve stay safe… [read more] How a little-known California surf town hopes to win over luxury tourists Dana Point, the starting position of California’s Pacific Coast Highway, is currently known, among outsiders, as that place just south of Laguna Beach. But Dana Pointers think their community, which they consider the surfing capital of California and the whale watching capital of the West, deserves greater accolades… [read more] Hoshinoya Tokyo: Japan’s most luxurious urban ryokan With just over a year till Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, now’s the time for travelers planning to take in the sporting action live to start thinking about their accommodation plans. Particularly those looking for a one-of-a-kind Japanese luxury experience. Leading the charge in this regard is Hoshinoya Tokyo, owned by hospitality brand Hoshino Resorts. It isn’t a boutique hotel. Nor is it a luxury hotel… [read more] This floating entertainment hub could be biggest superyacht in the world ust when you thought superyacht designs couldn’t get any more extravagant, along comes one to blow the others clean out of the water. The Valkyrie Project envisages a spectacular, sleek vessel loaded with super-cool luxurious entertainment features that — with a length of 229 meters (751 feet) – would be the world’s largest superyacht. And the best part? You won’t need to be a billionaire to get on board. Valkyrie is the work of Chulhun Park, chief designer at Latvia’s Latitude Yachts… [read more] The world’s most expensive island is in Ras Al Khaimah. And it’s up for sale The world’s most expensive island – a man-made 660-acre expanse in the Arabian Peninsula – goes up for sale in UAE. The Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah has gone on sale for £360million, offering private beaches, five-star hotels and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. … [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. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact us for details.

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. Maybe Dana Point could learn a thing or two from their distant Aussie cousins. Most people have forgotten the original name of Surfer’s Paradise before a genius of a marketing guru came up with a name that does exactly what it does on the tin. Any suggestions for renaming Dana Point?

  2. Ryokan – a great new word for the day and the week. A good one to impress friends heading for the Rugby World Cup. Nor can you ever have a large enough vocabulary for Scrabble.

  3. Woah! Such a huge and extravagant yacht! Imagining myself inside this yacht and enjoying casino, theater, art gallery, and convention hall! It makes me crazy. Hope I can with that one someday.

  4. It would be interesting to know WHY Marjan Island is up for sale. I have considered it for a hotiday but somehow it just didn’t appeal. It’s probably only just over an hour’s taxi ride from Dubai Airport. With it being an island it could have been something of a tourist trap with some high prices. Perhaps a Private Equity firm will buy it and then divide it up into more affordable chunks. It’s certainly got good weather and there’s plenty to do in the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah.

  5. I’m not sure how original the poacher turned gamekeeper story is. It’s been going on for centuries and it is even happening in IT today. Cyberspace security companies deliberately recruit ex-hackers as they have the correct mindset for setting up defences.

  6. I think there’s going to be a whole elder generation of readers who will have their own images of The Valkyrie Project, the sleek looking yacht.

    Many of my era were first introduced to Wagner’s haunting power opus when we watched the film “Apocalypse Now”. American helicopters rise over the Vietnamese horizon to the opening bars of “The Ride of the Valkyrie” in what is clearly an anti-war movie.

    1. Yes, showing my age I remember Robert Duvall’s memorable line near the beginning, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” in the Apocalypse Now film.

  7. I can understand the travel writer’s excitement at meeting Barichera. To meet someone with a lifetime’s experience on both sides of the law is a real privilege. Sometimes I think that being a Travel Writer must be the best job in the world. You get insights into the lives of people from all walks of life from all over the globe. On top of that you get to ask them the questions that you want answering and often you are staying in luxurious accommodation and eating gourmet food too.

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