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With a lot of the world being told to stay at home right now, some have chosen to book into retreat stays so that they can be private and remote, protecting their families and themselves. Most cannot wait for some semblance of normality to return and to get out in the world and visit different destinations or simply go on an incredible vacation. After restrictions are lifted there’s going to be a big surge in bookings and it might be worthwhile making at least some type of reservation beforehand. Meanwhile, here are some stay home travel inspirations to brighten up your time and let your imagination take flight: Dream Often vacations are booked in haste and we don’t allow ourselves to really dream about an alternative style of holiday or to consider a different destination. What this lockdown is teaching everybody is that life’s too short not to follow your …

One standout feature of Gen Ys is how they’ve grown up being so connected in such a fast-paced world of digital change and lifestyle choices. The result is that they’re often confident about who they are and like to create their own vacations by making online bookings. They also have high expectations when it comes to hospitality. On top of this, going on holiday is more about experiential travel, and that all starts with the experience of an incredibly unique stay. With social circles still a focus, it’s little surprise that a private villa vacation escape with a group of friends promises to be not only lots of fun in the sun but the ultimate millennial retreat. Added to this is the fact that a substantial group within this generation are well into their 30s and have the disposable income to afford luxury stays too. The beautiful island of Bali, …

Design transcends the look of a stay. It is a philosophy, translating ambiance and environment into a tangible feeling, and evoking lifestyle possibilities that resonate with guests. Imagine a beachfront stay with an open-plan, modern coastal design or a forest retreat where classic architectural flourishes inspire a sense of tradition. Welcome to the wonderful world of luxury villa and chalet design in Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali, and Niseko on Japan’s stunning Hokkaido Island. We’ve paired 8 outstanding examples of modern versus traditional design from our luxury holiday home collection. Villa Mayavee – Phuket Geometric and Ultra-modern Created by multi-award-winning Tierra Design in 2009, an architectural and design specialist that takes a minimalist approach, Villa Mayavee is a Zen-inspired marvel. The dramatic look of the property is a true standout among the luxury villas in Phuket. Its bold geometric lines and fashionably grey …

For some, travel is life-defining and can even be life-changing. Gone are the two weeks in a year of a package holiday along with the masses, today’s travelers have become more discerning. They want a getaway to deliver something more than a well-trodden tourist stay in a cookie-cutter place. Instead, many vacationers are on a quest to find hidden depths to destinations, explore their own potential, and go beyond traditional luxury to find real meaning as they connect with different cultures and places. The seven top luxury travel trends of 2020 are as inspirational and imaginative as they are aspirational. There is an overall desire to interact, integrate, and leave a positive impact. These trends have evolved as more people travel and want to experience where they go in a way that feels authentic and ethical.   Experiential Travel As reported in Travel Weekly Asia, millennials want to experience travel …

When dreaming of a gorgeous private vacation villa in the sun, you may not instantly conjure up a vision of a group holiday. However, the islands of Samui and Phuket in Thailand, and Bali in Indonesia, are popular group-holiday hotspots and happen to be the destinations when it comes to luxuriating in a stunning villa with a million-dollar view and awesome facilities. With exceptional open-plan spaces and amazing features from game rooms to cinemas, it’s no surprise that a high-end villa is the perfect stay. If you think about group vacations you might be forgiven for imagining tour holidays with strangers or young friends getting together for a party break at a resort. However, group travel is varied today, extending to families with three generations going away together and couples with young kids joining forces with friends with children too for a joint-family experience. On top of this, there are …