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’.

Flights to Australia from the UK in just 90 minutes could soon be a reality

Flights from the UK to Australia could be slashed from around 22 hours to just 90 minutes if new plans for a spaceport in Cornwall go ahead. The incredibly fast flights could be available if plans for a new spaceport in Cornwall – the first in Europe – go ahead. The UK Space Agency has confirmed it is drafting regulations to allow sub-orbital flights from a site in Newquay. So far, the spaceport plan – which has a whopping £20million of funding – has been proposed as a base for launching small satellites into orbit. However, the new licence would also allow it to be used for space tourism, and closer to earth, passenger flights… [read more]

Paragliders, helicopters, and horse-drawn carriages: 9 luxury hotels with over-the-top welcomes

With their grand lobbies, top-hatted doormen and anticipatory service, many luxury hotels have you feeling like you “have arrived” before you even hit the check-in desk. Some, however, go the extra mile by making the arrival process part of the overall experience—ensuring the five-star touches begin from the moment you first make contact with the staff, and that memories are made before you even set foot at the resort. From a royal-inspired horse-drawn carriage ride to the chance to paraglide into reception (what better way to announce, “I am here!”), these nine hotels help you make a truly dramatic entrance… [read more]

Indian Hotels Company plans 10 more Taj-branded luxury hotels by 2020

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), which runs India’s largest home-grown hotel chain the Taj Group of Hotels, may harbour grand plans for its mid-market brand Ginger but the company has no intention of giving up what it knows and does best — luxury hotels across major metros and resort cities… [read more]

Portugal blows the World Travel Awards out of the water, with 39 awards

Portugal swept up at the World Travel Awards, hosted in Madeira, clocking in with a total of 39 awards – an increase of three from last year’s total. This year, Portugal received the Best European Tourist Destination for the third year running. Also included were prizes for several hotel categories such as Best Business, Design, Luxury, All-inclusive, and Romantic hotels. Portuguese airline TAP was voted Europe’s leading airline to South America and Africa… [read more]

The most beautiful ships for a cruise on the Amazon

From little boats to large liners, all manner of vessels cruise along the Amazon River through Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Here is a selection of ships of different sizes and levels of luxury, and the facilities and activities they offer… [read more]

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Comments (7)

  1. Bob says:

    As a senior citizen who remembers being shocked by Concorde’s sonic boom and watching the first men step onto the moon I’ve been rather disappointed in aviation progress. I’m surprised that we still have to sit in one tube for around a dozen hours, get out, and then sit in another tube for around 12 hours to get to Australia or New Zealand.

    I can see why there is so much investment in the Space Poet. There’s a lot of both pent-up demand and frustration pushing for such an express service.

    • Bob says:

      Correction: It should read “space port” not “space poet.” I think space poet would be an even more demanding job than Poet Laureate. Apologies, Bob.

  2. Jeff G says:

    There is one thing outstanding on my bucket list. I have always wanted to arrive by sea plane. There’s something so
    1930s Hollywood glamour about arriving by seaplane. I’ve always wanted to step off the plane onto the jetty, just like a movie star. I’ve made a mental note about the Manoir’s sea-plane.

    Actually, I tell a lie, there’s something else too. I’ve always wanted a macho Ernest Hemingway moment too. I’ve always wanted to go deep-sea fishing. I wouldn’t want to catch anything. Just to pose for my social media photos.

  3. Maggie says:

    There is one problem with the comparison of London to Sydney in 22 hours versus Cornwall to Sydney in 90 minutes. Cornwall isn’t London. Nor is Sydney likely to locate its Space Port next to the Opera House or on Bondi Beach. It is bound to be some way out of Sydney.

    Car and train take time to get deep into Cornwall. Hopefully, there would be an airport near to the Spaceport so that it could be served by flights from the rest of Europe.

    Although we will not be talking about huge numbers of space travellers, these new requirements should create a lot of jobs for a county that sometimes suffers from higher unemployment than it should.

  4. John Talbot says:

    No surprise that Portugal picked up so many awards. My last two trips have been top class. Several years ago I stayed in the pousada at Cascais, which is a fantastic conversion of an ancient fort into luxury accommodation. Also, I’m just back from the Algarve. Highly impressed by how slick an operation Faro airport is. The golf courses I played and the hospitality I received were both first rate,

  5. Steve says:

    Usually when I travel to Australia to see the family I build in stopovers both ways, probably adding about £1k to the cost and perhaps even more importantly eating up 4 or 5 days of annual leave. But I just wonder how much the flights will start at?

  6. Simona Williams says:

    It’s incredible to think a flight to Australia could take just 90 minutes. That seems impossibly difficult to imagine considering it’s usually 22 hours. It’s perhaps unsurprising a sub-orbital service like that would cost £20 million to set up, but it would be an exciting move forward if it does come to fruition!
    I’ve never been to Portugal but 39 awards is very impressive. It definitely makes me all the more inclined to want to visit if I ever get the chance.

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