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Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

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’. Sanitizer over room service: luxury hotels pivot to healthcare during coronavirus Hoteliers are transforming their properties into temporary healthcare facilities and self-isolation wards during the coronavirus pandemic. But it isn’t easy dropping five-star service for a new normal. As coronavirus exploded over the first quarter of 2020, global hotel room occupancies plummeted… [read more] Are billionaires really self-isolating on superyachts? When entertainment mogul David Geffen shared an image of his superyacht “Rising Sun” at sea alongside the caption “isolated in the Grenadines” last month, it’s fair to say the post ruffled a few feathers. However well-meaning his message may have been intended, many felt the billionaire came off as tone deaf, pointing out that self-isolating on a $590 million superyacht… [read more] Private jet carrying vacationers turned back after landing in the south of France A group of international vacationers who flew from London to the south of France in a private jet were turned away by French police after they landed. French border police were notified on April 4 by the Marseille Provence Airport that an English company wanted to fly a jet from London to Marseille, carrying 10 passengers of Croatian, French, German, Romanian and Ukrainian nationality… [read more] A photographic tour of the world’s most colorful places For her upcoming book The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s Most Colorful Places, author Taylor Fuller looked to Instagram for inspiration. Scrolling through her feed of brilliant photos shot by photographers and bloggers from around the world, as well as taking suggestions from other travelers like herself, she whittled down her list to 500 of the planet’s most eye-catching locales… [read more] Will the coronavirus spare the world’s most remote places? The town of Unalaska is the largest in the Aleutians, a chain of active volcanic islands off Alaska’s southwestern coast. Unalaska is spread across two islands, which are surrounded by the stormy Bering Sea, and often by rolling clouds of fog. To get here from the Lower Forty-eight—or “Outside,” as the continental U.S. is sometimes called—you have to fly through Seattle (usually) and then Anchorage (always) in a small propeller 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. Last time I went on a river cruise, in October before C – 19, the ship was red-hot on sanitiser back then. As we walked through for every meal there was an officer of the ship watching to see that we sanitised – it was like being back at primary school.

  2. You’ve got to question how successful isolation is even on a billionaire’s super yacht. I be that Geffen isn’t all alone onboard. There’ll be deckhands, cooks, cleaners etc. Once they go ashore for supplies any of them could bring the Coronavirus back on board.

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