One of our favorite parts of being travel advisors is getting to know all of the great gossip and insider knowledge about what’s coming soon in the world of luxury travel. Rather than keep these exciting updates to ourselves, we’ve decided to share these insights with you, our lovely clients, on a monthly basis. From Dubai Expo 2020 to a cute new hotel ambassador, check out below to see the hotels, experiences, and more that we are most excited to have on our radar this month!

New ways to sleep under the stars in Thailand

Tucked away in the jungles of Northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp has it all: a serene spa, delicious dining and best of all Elephants. Well now we can add another line to the list with bubble tents! We squealed with joy when we learned that the resort has new bubble tents coming to the grounds where you can not only sleep under the stars in total luxury but can wake up and take your sunrise coffee with (literally) the elephant in the room. We don’t know about you but we’re ready to pack our trunks and go see some pachyderms!

View from Le Sirenuse in Positano, Amalfi Coast

Positive Living in Positano

When most people think of Positano, Italy, one view comes to mind, the chaotically colored town cascading down the cliffside until it collides with the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This view can be found at luxury hotel Le Sirenuse and is the reason that many travelers decide to visit this icon, however we recently discovered that there is a new reason you should be headed to the Amalfi Coast. Many of the hotels along the Amalfi coast have seasonal closures each year and Le Sirenuse is no exception, but for the first week following this closure and the last week before they reopen each year, the hotel undergoes a transformation into an all-inclusive luxury wellness retreat. A full week of living ‘la dolce vita’ with wellness sessions like meditation, yoga and exercise classes along with healthy and well-balanced gourmet meals. Be forewarned though, you won’t be having your morning espresso or a glass of wine with dinner, caffeine and alcohol are strictly forbidden!

Visit Burj Al Arab Jumeirah for Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

World Expos have historically brought us some of the most iconic landmarks and products in the world: 1876 – The Statue of Liberty, 1889 – The Eiffel Tower, 1939 – Television, so we can’t wait to see what amazing new structures, products and technologies are going to be debuted at the 2020 Expo held in the United Arab Emirates. With it’s location between two of the most modern cities in the region, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, attendance at The Expo gives you the chance to explore both. Insider tip: the famed Louvre Museum has opened a satellite location in Abu Dhabi and just like it’s big sister, the architecture is an artwork in itself. Unlike the Paris original, in Abu Dhabi you can get up close and personal with the architecture by taking a kayaking tour through the waterways surrounding the museum.

Bathroom and blue robe seen at Schloss Elmau in Bavarian Alps

The Robe of Many Colors

Okay, let’s be honest here. We see so many of the most amazing, beautiful and unique hotels in the world that sometimes they can begin to blend together. However, every once in a while, that one detail jumps out to us and suddenly a property is cemented in our minds. For Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, that detail wasn’t the stunning views available from every window, the light filled accommodations or even the amazingly attentive staff. These are all wonderful things but the one detail that we all remember is their robes. Yes, that’s right, their in-room robes. They come in 25 colors, not a one of which is white and upon check in you are able to request your preferred color be delivered to your room. All we want to know is… can we get a set in River Oaks Blue?

Explora Hotel Salto Chico in Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats

Explora Mora

If South America is on your Wanderlist then you may be familiar with the Explora family of hotels and their properties in bucket list worthy locations across the continent. In 2020 Explora will be expanding these locations with the advent of a new lodge to lodge journey in Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats. This journey, a combination between the existing Atacama lodge and the new Uyuni lodge with overnight stops at several luxury camps along the way, is meant to give travelers deep insight into this remote region. Think of this as the perfect way to get away from it ALL for a few days and to unravel the intricacies of two fascinating destinations, while still being pampered by attentive staff and knowledgeable guides.

Hotel kitten Lilibet at The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection

P.S. Welcome to the family

We want to send a warm welcome to the newest member of the Oetker Collection family, the new kitten at The Lanesborough, Lilibet. We know that you will be the queen of the castle in no time!

What’s on YOUR radar?

Looking to attend Dubai Expo 2020 and want to get plans in place? In love with Lilbet and hope to visit her in London? Whether you prefer to be first on the scene in an up-and-coming destination, or you like to indulge yourself in the world’s most iconic and tried-and-true locations, Houston’s top travel agency can help make the trip of your dreams happen. Contact us or make an appointment with our team to get started.

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