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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’. Jeff Bezos invests $400M into superyacht machine A recent Twitter post has revealed Jeff Bezos has purchased a brand new super-yacht. And, it’s said to be worth approximately $400M. But, what’s that for a man who is set to earn $3,556 AUD according to Business Insider. Bezos’s new yacht is called the Flying Fox, built and designed in Norway in 2019 by the well-known yacht building company – Lurssen Yachts… [read more] New Gulfstream G700 is world’s largest private jet The largest private jet in the world has been unveiled by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics): the Gulfstream G700 TM. The new plane has been dubbed as the company’s flagship aircraft. It goes far, fast and takes passengers on a luxurious experience in the skies. Gulfstream announced the new G700 as the 2019 edition of the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas was set to begin… [read more] Coco Chanel’s Highland love nest to be turned into luxury hotel Plans to turn Coco Chanel’s former Highland love nest into a luxury hotel have been revived. It has finally been sold and is set to be turned into a luxury hotel. The crumbling B-listed Rosehall Estate in Sutherland with a £2.5 million price tag, has been in need of a buyer since 2015. Its interiors were redesigned by Chanel in the 1920s when she was in a relationship with Hugh “Bendor” Grosvenor, the second Duke of Westminster… [read more] A rollercoaster, tattoo parlour, submarines and an underwater scooter: All the amazing features to spot on the new cruise ships of 2020 Cruise ships have introduced some wild and wonderful attractions in the last few years, including dodgem cars, ten-storey slides, skydiving simulators and go-kart racing tracks. But 2020 will reach new heights with the first rollercoaster at sea on Carnival Mardi Gras… [read more] Kangaroo Island fires claim two lives, luxury accommodation and number of properties Two people are dead, million-dollar accommodation destroyed and up to 100,000 hectares of land lost in bushfires raging on South Australia‘s Kangaroo Island. The “virtually unstoppable” blazes burning through the island’s west continue to rage out of control, with a watch and act warning in place for most of the region… [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. Churchill’s comment on Coco Chanel in the story on her former love nest is bizarre. When he expresses his admiration of her by saying, “She is very agreeable – really a great and strong being fit to rule a man or an Empire,” what is he getting at? Is ruling a man the equivalent to ruling an empire?

  2. So many questions left unanswered on the Jeff Bezos super yacht –

    Why is it called the Flying Fox?
    Is that how he wants to be seen?
    Now that he’s divorced does he have time on his hands?
    Does he have a new companion lined up to sail into the horizon with?
    How does he have time for leisure when he’s got a company the size of Amazon to run?
    Why do grown up boys need these toys?

  3. In the past not surprisingly I’ve seen pictures of kangaroos on Kangaroo Island. Have the fires put kangaroos at risk or have they been able to escape to safer areas?

  4. Cruises have a reputation for attracting an older demographic. With the roller-coaster, tattoo parlour and Drag Queen breakfasts are we seeing signs that parts of the cruise industry are seeking to target a younger age group? And would anyone bet against Richard Branson dressing up as one of the Drag Queens? He never misses a photo opportunity and seems to thrive on the media attention.

  5. These rich kids and their expensive toys. Seriously, $400 million on a yacht? Quite like the name Flying Fox though. Used to live near a pub with the same name. Never new Coco Chanel’s estate was up for sale for so many years. Considering it sounds like it needs a lot of work it’s probably not surprising nobody jumped at the chance to splash 2.5 mill on it. Bet it’ll make the perfect serene getaway spot for a hotel though.

  6. The fires in Australia are beyond devastating to see and read about. So much destruction. It’s appalling when you think a lot of fires are set on purpose. Why?? Why do something like that? I know there are supposed ecological issues too with global warming and it being so dry there but the firefighters are working incredibly to put an end to it all. Such a beautiful country and so much ruined, so many poor innocent animals lost too. Heartbreaking.

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