Our urge to travel keeps increasing as we get further away from the depths of the pandemic, as if we’re making up for lost time. And there are more places to visit and experiences to indulge than ever before — whether you prefer luxury or adventure, or a little bit of both. This year, we covered the biggest trends in travel, as well as some of the new resorts and destinations.
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The pet-friendly property will host brunch with Santa, including a buffet with items like classic eggs Benedict and French toast with warm maple syrup. It will also offer a variety of crafts and wellness activities — including wreath making, holiday cookie decorating, s’mores by the fire, yoga classes, nature walks and family movie nights.
The Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas resort and casino is going all out for its 25th anniversary celebration, offering a luxe travel package — with a price tag of a cool $25,000 — where guests can experience the ultimate Bahamian itinerary. The package includes a five-night stay at a suite in one of the Atlantis properties — The Royal, The Cove, The Reef or The Coral — as well as a tasting menu at Michelin-starred chef José Andrés’ restaurant, Fish.
In recent years, once-sleepy Tampa, Florida, has become a destination for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families, including wealth management firms such as Dynasty Financial Partners. In addition, Jeff Vinick, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates are behind the $3 billion Water Street Tampa, a multiphase urban development that spans more than 50 acres of downtown.
Palm Beach, Florida — the newly minted “Wall Street South” — now enjoys year-round popularity. What was once a seasonal playground for the ultrawealthy has now become the place to live, work and play following the migration in recent years of key financial players such as Black Rock, Goldman and Citadel. “An entirely new economy, society and culture is being born right now,” said Camilla Webster, CEO of Camilla Webster Inc., a South Florida artist and designer.
The luxury travel industry has expressed its deep commitment to sustainability, but many industry onlookers wonder: Can this be true? Colin Heinrich, impact director at the boutique travel planner Indagare, believes it is. “There's a misconception that luxury travel means excess and therefore cannot be sustainable,” he said. “And while that's true for some destinations, it's far from the norm.”