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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’. Italy prohibits travel and cancels all public events in its northern region to contain coronavirus Italy has imposed the most draconian lockdown outside mainland China as it attempts to control Europe’s biggest outbreak of the novel coronavirus, restricting the movements of more than 10 million people in the northern part of the country. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree early Sunday, placing travel restrictions on the entire Lombardy region and 14 other provinces… [read more] Private jet business is ‘booming’ with people paying $15,000 per hour to evacuate coronavirus-prone areas and to avoid travel bans The private air travel industry is ‘booming’ as people avoid commercial airlines or have had their plans ruined due to cancellations after the coronavirus warning hit Level 4 – Do Not Travel. Delta and American Airlines this week stopped flights from New York, where two people had been affected by Tuesday morning, to Milan where the virus is prevalent… [read more] Coronavirus outbreak: Cruise ship met with violent protests on Reunion Island A cruise ship has reportedly been denied entry to two countries and met with protests at a third, in the latest unrest to come during fears about the global coronavirus outbreak. More than 2,000 Australians and New Zealanders were on the Sun Princess when it docked at Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, the New Zealand Herald reports… [read more] Take flight with the world’s most elite helicopters Owning one of the world’s coolest and most luxurious helicopters, which can easily cost several million dollars, is reserved for the world’s elite. Whether it’s a necessity or an indulgence, a high-end heli is a piece of exquisite machinery far beyond the realm of even the most exalted hypercar… [read more] Ultra-luxury hotelier Aman launches a new, more-affordable brand Considered by many to be the most luxurious hotel company in the world, Aman is spinning off a second brand 32 years after becoming a standard-setter, with properties set to open in 2022. Called Janu, it looks to be a little more fun, a lot less secluded, almost equally high-end, and about 30% more affordable. Its first three locations will be in Tokyo; Sveti Stefan, Montenegro; and the archaeologically rich city of Al Ula, Saudi Arabia… [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’m really surprised at all the uproar against people in response to the Coronavirus. I had no idea it was as far and wide as off the coast of Madagascar, Cyprus and Ukraine. I can understand people being against certain precautionary measures but it seems like there is much more panic that is unreasonable which is making a bad situation worse. I guess that’s inevitable with this crisis but it’s just a little disappointing to see human beings so callous when it comes to helping others.

  2. As big a negative impact as it’s going to have on residents and businesses, I think Italy have got the right idea. Try to contain it as much as possible. The UK on the other hand seems rather lax. Are we waiting until it reaches the same scale before we do more to stop the spread? So many have posted online about flying in from even China a few weeks ago and not being checked or even asked if they feel unwell when they arrived. Seems a bit too casual. Apparently the Brits in Italy have been told they can continue their holidays or return home, so I hope they all get checked when they return if they do cut their trips short. But there certainly shouldn’t be the sort of response that the Sun Princess has received. That’s awful, those poor people. Countries need to start taking more responsibility for the shared good.

  3. Aman is way out of my price bracket so I’d definitely take a look at Janu.

    I know a lot of people are boycotting Saudi Arabi but I’d be very interested in trying the Janu there. It sounds a fascinating place with all the archaeological sites.

  4. I fear that the cruise industry will take a while to recover from the Covid-19 virus. The Reunion Island protest will not help after so many sad stories coming out of Yokohama. But at the end of the day the punters will flock back. Cruising has to be one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of seeing a lot of the world.

    1. I’d be surprised if the cruise industry didn’t take a hit. I think the whole vibe has changed now, but I don’t imagine that should take as long to bounce back because as you say, it’s one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of seeing a lot on your travels. Hard to picture how things are going to go within a week let alone a few months down the line with the rate the coronavirus picture is changing.

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