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’.

Kim’s peace train offers luxury en route to summit with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s trip to Vietnam for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump was shrouded in mystery until a green train with yellow horizontal stripes was spotted crossing the Yalu river into China on Saturday evening… [read more]

Richard Branson reveals how his new adults-only cruise line, Virgin Voyages, will turn the cruise industry upside down

Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Group are getting into the cruise business. The iconic entrepreneur announced last Thursday that Virgin Voyages was officially open for business, with tickets for its maiden voyage in April 2020 available for purchase… [read more]

Inside the $148,000 Oscars gift bag: from a luxurious European cruise to decadent THC chocolates

At the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday evening, only a select few will take home the gold. But win or lose, all 25 acting and directing nominees receive a lavish gift bag from Los Angeles-based Distinctive Assets, a celebrity and product placement marketing company… [read more]

Is South African food the world’s most underrated?

The first time I booked a table with Kobus van der Merwe, he’d just been named Rising Star in the 2014 Eat Out awards, South Africa’s homegrown restaurant accolades. I invited two friends to Oep v Koep with me, both avowed foodies… [read more]

8 of the best adventure travel destinations for 2019

If your idea of a holiday is to scale mountain peaks rather than recline on the sun lounger, or to have adrenaline coursing through your veins as opposed to yet another poolside cocktail, then you’re in luck. The appetite for adventure travel is higher than ever… [read more]

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Comments (7)

  1. Steve Nicholson says:

    Richard Branson’s definitely brought change and revolution to many businesses so you wouldn’t bet against him reinventing the cruise industry. Though you’ve got to ask how much change it really needs? To me cruising seems incredibly popular and the business has certainly developed over the decades. It’s certainly nowhere near as stuffy as it once was, also there’s now so much to do onboard that I doubt that any passenger would ever get bored. It will be interesting to see if he can really do anything more than make a few cosmetic changes.

  2. Liz says:

    I’ve got some South African friends who are always arguing that the world underestimates the quality of South African food. Of course, it is a country blessed with an abundance of natural resources and has many talented chefs doing great things with those ingredients. I’ve got to admit that on my recent trip to South Africa I was highly impressed but the problems is that global culinary standards are now so high that you have to do something outstanding to get ahead of the game.

  3. Pete says:

    Is it any surprise that Kim’s train can’t get above around 28mph on North Korean railway tracks? With all the protective armour it must way many tons. It’s gonna take some almighty horsepower to shift it.

  4. Jeff G says:

    I took a cruise over thirty years ago and the whole tipping issue was so repugnant that I’ve never been on a cruise since. Even before we sailed it was clear that all that really mattered to the staff, right from the porter who carried the cases to our cabin, was their tip. That is understandable. They were on a low basic wage and one waiter explained to us that they were unemployed for one cruise at a time. We were sailing out of Fort Lauderdale. If they didn’t get good ratings from the passengers then they would be left in Fort Lauderdale. As most of the crew originated from Central America they would be a long way from home and have to pay the cost of a fare home. Definitely time for a shake-up of cruise ships.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Amazing piece on the Oscar’s “Goodie Bag” probably no surprise that it’s contents are worth way more than the material value of the little statue itself.

    My first thought was “”Well done” to Glenn Close on donating her bag to charity then you realise that if most of the nominees gave their bags away then the providers just wouldn’t get the advertising clout that they are looking for.

  6. Graham says:

    I think that one of the many reasons why Costa Rica is becoming so fashionable just has to the diversity of the wildlife experiences on offer. It’s places like the Monteverde Cloud Forest which is pulling in people from all over the world. When you’ve got over 100 mammals and 400 species of bird no ones going to go home having failed to see something that impressed them. If it’s biofiversity that you are seeking then Costa Rica’s got it in bucketloads! Plus you’ve got two great coastlines to relax on too.

  7. john says:

    Is it any surprise that Kim’s train can’t get above around 28mph on North Korean railway tracks? With all the protective armour it must weigh many tons.

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