Luxury travel in 2023: what to expect this year

In 2022, the travel industry has rebounded after a turbulent few years, and in 2023 travel is expected to return like never before. Despite the cost-of-living crisis, Brits are still prioritizing travel as a must for the coming year, but are making conscious changes to the way they travel. Based on our unique insight into the luxury travel industry, we explore the trends for 2023, from positive impact travel to air travel to destination dining.

Positive Impact Trips

love island
The world’s only exclusive use island in a marine reserve, Thanda Island strives to preserve the natural environment and give back to the local community.

Travelers are increasingly committed to purposeful travel, and not just in a strictly ecological sense. They also look for companies and experiences that focus on benefiting the local population and the economy, while preserving natural and cultural heritage.

Statistics: In a recent survey conducted by the global travel network Virtuous, 74 percent of travelers said they are willing to pay more to travel sustainably if they know where their money is going, and 70 percent agreed that traveling sustainably actually enhances their vacation experience. An American Express survey found that 59 per cent agree they are interested in ‘philanthrism’, the act of choosing vacations or experiences to support a destination through tourism.

where to go: love islandThe world’s only exclusive use island in a marine reserve, strives to preserve the natural environment and give back to the local community. Through its various marine life and environmental preservation initiatives, sustainability strategies, community, education and business programs, Thanda Island has a positive impact on the planet. Across the Indian Ocean, luxury resort Fairmont Maldives Secret Fen Fushi he is also on a mission to clean up paradise. The resort’s newly opened Sustainability Lab turns plastic waste collected from the ocean and surrounding islands into personalized souvenirs and one-of-a-kind products, educating guests and empowering local communities to care for the delicate underwater environment.

off the beaten track

AS Hotels and Resorts
Discover the culture of Bhutan like never before with COMO Hotels and Resorts’ six-night Historical Odysseys itinerary, which deeply immerses guests in the country’s Buddhist culture.

With many tourists choosing to ease their return to post-pandemic travel by playing it safe, whether with a staycation or a familiar destination, the need to visit somewhere new, different and off the beaten path is greater than ever. .

Statistics: According to a Booking.com survey of more than 24,000 people, 58% of travelers want to “get out of their comfort zone” next year. The data also showed that 47 percent of travelers will seek a destination with completely different cultural experiences and languages ​​than their home country, while 24 percent want to visit lesser-known cities off the beaten path.

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where to go: Book a trip with a bespoke luxury tour operator EnVogue Travel leveraging a handpicked network of premium brands, to completely custom curated, off-the-beaten-path itineraries, designed to meet the requirements of the most discerning travelers, from retracing the legendary caravan routes of the Silk Road to an adventure Heliskiing in Greece. Discover the culture of Bhutan like never before with AS Hotels and Resorts A six-night Historical Odysseys itinerary that deeply immerses guests in the country’s Buddhist culture.

destination dining room

Ibiza Grand Hotel
Head to Ibiza Gran Hotel, the gastronomic center of Ibiza and the best gastronomic hotel of 2022, for a culinary delight. With its own Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, La Gaia by Óscar Molina

Hotels are a big draw for some places and travelers look for hotels that have it all, especially when it comes to dining options. Meal plans are just as important (if not more!) than activities: tastes are becoming more diversified and adventurous, and food ecosystems are increasingly critical to attracting new travelers and sustaining return ones. With this in mind, hotels and resorts with exceptional dining offerings will increase in popularity next year.

Statistics: According to a Bidfood survey, 45% of consumers consider eating out to be a major activity in their lives and 64% said that despite the cost of living crisis, they would find it difficult to stop eating and drink away from home. Seven out of 10 people say that eating and drinking out remains the pleasure they most look forward to.

where to go: Go to Ibiza Grand Hotel, Ibiza’s foodie hub and best gastronomic hotel of 2022, for a culinary delight. With its own Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, La Gaia by Óscar Molina, Downtown Ibiza by Cipriani, the world-renowned Zuma and locally inspired ASAL, run by two-Michelin-starred chef Mario Sandoval, Ibiza Gran Hotel has it all. A unique destination for world-class dining, Caesars Palace Dubai offers an impressive variety of culinary experiences to satisfy every palate. From a signature wellington steak at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen to 14-day slow roast duck at Demon Duck by Alvin Leung, each of the hotel’s bars and restaurants immerses diners in culinary challenges and tableside theatre.

jetter game

the arabic house
Discover the vibrant colors and scents of Marrakech with a stay at La Maison Arabe

Forget the jet setting and become a jet setter next year. More and more people are choosing to get up from their couches and experience their favorite TV shows and movies firsthand and embark on TV-inspired itineraries and experiences. Destinations are creating immersive journeys to the locations where binge-worthy series were filmed so travelers can experience their favorite shows.

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Statistics: Expedia reports that 40 percent of its travelers find inspiration in TV shows and movies for where to go. Hotels.com saw British interest in traveling to Paris increase by 50 per cent following the launch of Emily in Paris. HuffPost reported in March that there was a 500 percent increase in daily traffic to the La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech on Tripadvisor following the launch of Inventing Anna.

examples: Follow in the footsteps of Anna Delvy with Hotels and Resorts Cenizaro and discover the vibrant colors and scents of Marrakech with a stay in the arabic house. Or have your own Emily experience in Paris and discover boutique luxury at Faubourg Saint-Germain Pavilion. Situated on the French capital’s Left Bank, the hotel’s concierge has mapped out a walking route for guests to discover some of the show’s most iconic sights, before returning to enjoy the culinary delights of Les Parisiens, the very own ” hot chef” from the hotel. , Thibault Sombardier.

splendid isolation

CAYO Resort & Spa
All rooms at CAYO Resort and Spa feature private outdoor plunge pools, set on expansive terraces overlooking the ocean, while the unique stacked architecture ensures that none of the rooms are overlooked.

Privacy has become the best way to travel in luxury, while freedom, flexibility and sustainability will help drive bookings in the luxury travel industry next year. A permanent pandemic hangover is the desire among high-end travelers to stay somewhere with complete privacy.

Statistics: American Express reports that privacy is described as the new ultimate luxury with three-quarters of respondents (75 percent) agreeing that experiences that offer the utmost privacy are becoming a key sought-after feature of luxury travel .

where to go: For ultimate seclusion, the elegant new sanctuary of the Mediterranean, Yazz Collective is located within a private bay in Fethiye, Turkey, with an unrivaled location that is only accessible by sea. All rooms in CAYO Resort and Spa feature private outdoor pools, set on expansive terraces overlooking the ocean, while the unique stacked architecture ensures that none of the rooms are overlooked, allowing guests to feel a satisfying sense of seclusion despite being in one of the UK’s favorite holiday destinations.

Greece is the word

    Nobu SantoriniMore
For a sexier Greek stay, cut above the competition, Nobu Santorini offers heartfelt Nobu service and the brand’s understated luxury flair.

The UK has topped the list of foreign visitors to Greece this year, with over 3 million British travellers, and these records are expected to continue next year. Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias is in talks with UK market professionals to allow the expansion of flights to Greece until the end of November to further increase its season. Greece is also increasingly growing as a growth market for HNW travelers, with interest spread evenly among global travelers from all markets.

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Statistics: According to data from the Bank of Greece, in January-August 2022, the number of inbound travelers from the UK to Greece increased by 316 per cent to over 3 million year-on-year and a recent Virtuoso study conducted with YouGov found that The 32 percent of travelers plan to visit Greece next year.

where to go: Located in a secluded bay overlooking the shimmering Ionian Sea, Parga Beach Resort invites guests to discover the wilderness of Greece away from the crowds. Famous for its exotic beaches, enchanting natural landscapes, and traditional architecture, Parga is the perfect choice for a multi-generational getaway in 2023. For a sexier Greek getaway, stand head and shoulders above the competition. Nobu SantoriniMore offers heartfelt Nobu service, the brand’s understated luxury style, as well as an exciting new waterfront dining destination in the form of the country’s first Nobu restaurant.

all inclusive exclusive

Lindos Village Resort & Spa
This year, Lindos Village Resort and Spa relaunched a new concept of all-inclusive luxury and is one of the few resorts in Rhodes to offer this superior adult-only experience.

All-inclusive vacations will become the preferred option to help people control their travel expenses and take that sacrosanct vacation next year. Recognizing this, many of the world’s high-end resorts are reimagining the all-inclusive concept, but with a new level of style. Not a dirty word anymore, all-inclusive has become exclusive and not just on a budget.

Statistics: This year’s ABTA Report found that 29 per cent of Britons plan to take an all-inclusive holiday in 2023 to help manage finances.

examples: This year Lindos Village Resort and Spa relaunched a new concept of all-inclusive luxury and is one of the few resorts in Rhodes to offer this superior adult-only experience. The Falhumaafushi Residence and its sister property, The Dhigurah Residence allow guests of both resorts to travel freely between the two via its private 1 km bridge, and the new all-inclusive offer includes unique dining experiences and a wide variety of activities.

The included trends come from Fox Communications‘ from travel experts, as well as April Hutchinson, editor of TTG Luxury’s ‘Going Further’ travel trends contribution to our luxury sector, Fox Quarterly.