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’. These are the 15 hottest destinations billionaires are traveling to in 2019 Investing in travel is becoming an increasingly popular way for the ultra-rich to signify their status – and they’re extending it far beyond the classic idea of a vacation. Nowadays, the super-rich are taking months-long, multimillion-dollar trips to recharge or reconnect with family because they’re often burnt out, Business Insider’s Katie Warren previously reported. That can take shape in the form of extreme adventures, luxurious getaways, and educational excursions. But just where are these billionaires headed?… [read more] The super-rich are being scammed on their private jets Five grand for mystery sushi. Seven for plastic cups. And more fuel than the plane could possibly hold. Such are the deceptions stinging the billionaires and mere millionaires of today’s private jet-set class. In an era of ultra-wealth, reports of shady billing related to private-jet travel are on the rise… [read more] Look inside Damien Hirst’s US$100,000-a-night Empathy, the world’s most expensive hotel suite The world’s most expensive hotel room doubles as an art gallery. Featuring work by renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst, the Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas can be booked. At US$100,000 per night, the Empathy Suite has eclipsed the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel; the Geneva hotel charged US$80,000 per night for its costliest accommodation to top the rankings last year… [read more] Could new flights make St Helena an unlikely mini-break destination? Visitors to Cape Town next winter will have more opportunity to tack on a trip to St Helena, one of the most remote islands in the world and site of Napoleon’s imprisonment after the Battle of Waterloo. The Atlantic outcrop and British Overseas Territory will, in December 2019, welcome a second weekly flight from the South African city, raising the prospect of a dual-city break, St Helena’s tourist board says… [read more] Ethiopian official: ‘Clear similarities’ between catastrophic Boeing plane crashes On a day when thousands mourned the 157 victims of last Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said “clear similarities’’ were found between that accident and a fatal Lion Air crash Oct. 29, 2018, in Indonesia. Both doomed flights involved the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, putting the onus on the American manufacturer to find the source of the catastrophic failure of its now-grounded plane… [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. I would definitely be interested in Cape Town and St Helena as a dual break. It would be a trip of contrasts, vibrant and buzzing Cape Town very different to the quieter St Helena. Somehow I’d try to get into Napoleon’s mind as he sat isolated from all his former grandeur and power as Emperor.

  2. I wouldn’t feel too sorry for the super-rich, if you are earning £100,000 per hour then £7,000 for plastic cups and £5,000 for mystery sushi is merely small change. Everything’s relative. Just look at it as redistribution of wealth!

  3. What goes around comes around. The super rich have probably made their fortune from some rip-off pricing and exploration, I wouldn’t be too concerned if they are being exploited themselves. There are far more vulnerable people in society who we should be worrying about.

  4. Undoubtedly it is the right decision to take the Boeing 737 Max 8 out of service. Safety always must take priority over all other considerations. Though that leads to the question as to whether every airline has sufficient airlines to cover for the gaps in their fleet that will create. Airlines have very little spare capacity and one wonders about the pressure that maintenance teams will be put under to keep the rest of the fleet flying,

  5. Nice Blog…..Investing in travel is becoming an increasingly popular way for the ultra-rich to signify their status – and they’re extending it far beyond the classic idea of a vacation.

  6. I hadn’t even heard of that Damien Hirst project, an art gallery come hotel is certainly a novel concept! But you sure do need to be on the rich list to afford even one night there, that’s insane at $100,000!

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