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Elite Travel in 2023 Is All About Luxe Isolation. Here’s Where to Get Away From the Crowds in Style.

What about elite travelers heading into 2023? Think Mallorca: The Balearic Islands embody the current trend for ‘small places, incredible places with great views, steps away from everyone else’ says Jules Morley, head of Scott Dunn Private.

Mallorca has the rustic charm of Tuscany, but with fewer people and a newer edge. United Airlines recently introduced direct flights from Newark to the capital Palma, making it the first to ease access from the United States. Maury chose his 31-room Son Net, his 17th-century estate, which he opened in April under the auspices of Spanish hotelier Finca Cortesin, and the GM of his two properties. going back and forth between “It would be the best country house hotel,” she says. Cari Gray, the girlfriend of private travel specialist Gray & Co., agrees, noting that the property is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as it lies at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains. “Cycling is among the best in Europe. It’s very raw,” she says. “That’s what people want these days.” By summer, Virgin Limited Edition will add another property to the island: Son Bunyola. The 810-acre site will blend old finca with modern elements doing. The best of the 26 rooms is the Tower Suite, one of which is housed in his 15th-century fortress.

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Family Villa Bedroom at &Beyond Punakha River Lodge

Family Villa Bedroom at &Beyond’s Punakha River Lodge.

Small things are beautiful in Africa. In November, indie her safari her outfitter Angama, from Masai Mara, Kenya, will add her second site, Angama Amboseli, with just 10 rooms. Located in the Kimana Sanctuary, famous for its super-tasker elephants, but also known for having little luxury nearby, Angama is the brainchild of industry veteran Nicky Fitzgerald, who retired in March. (Her daughter Kate remains in charge of business development). Known for helping local communities in tangible ways, such as appointing a Kenyan-born GM and working with families in Amboseli to create independent concessions for hotels in North Botswana, his Island His Okavango consists only of his three tented suites located in the delta of the same name. Debuting in June, it’s packed with dry season wildlife. His Jonathan Goldsmith of Cazenove + Loyd said: “Most of the bookings will be buyouts.”

Bhutan, meanwhile, has long focused on low-density luxury tourism as a model for luxury travel to Asia, keeping numbers low to minimize impact.Johannesburg-based &Beyond will offer an even rarer riff on this approach when it imports its safari-style operation into the country in late 2023 at Punakha River Lodge. Punakari River Lodge has his six luxury tents and his two villas along the river in an area known for rice. Paddy fields and chili pepper farms. “It will bring together philosophies of exploration, physical activity and conservation,” said Jacques Ezon of Embark Beyond, highlighting the location’s river rafting, kayaking, swimming, and plenty of birdwatching. A 67-room resort on Indonesia’s island of Sumba, Cap Kaloso is larger than most luxury resorts, but its location is one of the country’s most pristine stretches of sand. “If you want to dive or snorkel his style in the Maldives, you can do it right from your room on the beach,” he says Ezon. “It’s one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world.” (Also note hotelier James McBride’s new Indonesian island property. He was the first to put Sumba on the luxury travel map, likely by 2024.) We plan to open Nihi Rote and Nihi Flores in 2019.)

Boating in Okavango, North Island of Botswana

Boating in Okavango, North Island of Botswana.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan just resumed driverless travel later this year, followed by a number of hotels geared up for the Olympic-era spotlight. Call Bellustar, a five-star hotel with 97 rooms inside a hotel atop a skyscraper. “Japan is really a new experience and will be interesting for city hotels,” he says.

New luxury cruise and passenger ships are also popping up all over the world. Explora Journeys are ready to be disruptors. Owned by the cruise giant he MSC and run largely by a team defected from elsewhere in luxury hospitality. “They market it as a floating hotel. The itinerary is a long stay in the port, maybe three nights, so you can disembark and have dinner in the port,” he said of Embark Beyond. Ezon says. Also look for new expedition ships that include “It’s not about checking things.” Seaborn Pursuit, Two submersibles to go beneath the waters of Antarctica and the Swan Hellenic Dianafrom a company renowned for combining far-flung voyages with first-class service.

But don’t think abroad is your only option for finding respite in luxurious solitude, says Kari Gray. We welcome adult travelers. Her nightly rates when she debuts in Q4 start at $6,500 for her, including all activities like horseback riding and helicopter transfers. “Blackberry she’s riding the mountain tide,” adds Gray. “The Smokies are bubbly now.”

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