Luxury travel, how is it evolving?
Some of us just can’t resist travelling in luxury. Whether it’s car rental for a business trip, or relaxing to the max on your summer holiday, extra comfort is high on the agenda for many. In contrast to this however, the idea for getting more for your money is something that carries obvious appeal. This has led to an increase in budget holidays and economy travel.
Whether it’s with the family, friends or on business, relaxing is key before you board the plane. Sick of queues and crowds? Airports don’t have to be a stressful scenario before your eagerly anticipated trip away. Airport lounges are perfect for this; don’t be fooled into thinking you must be in possession of a first-class ticket to enter. Simply book online and take advantage of the spacious and secluded environment for up to three hours* before your flight.
As most of us spend time in eating establishments and watering holes anyway to kill time before our flight, why wouldn’t you want to do so in added comfort? Many are child-friendly too providing gaming consoles to keep the little ones calm during the waiting period.
For those of us who travel on business, it provides a tranquil environment in which to carry out work tasks. With plenty space to knuckle down, it’s ideal for those with hectic schedules.
Offering added luxury is key to gaining certain clientele, and with a range of services, hoteliers have this market well tapped. From private airport transfers to swim-up pool bars, all-inclusive option to complimentary snacks, they really do have it all. The opposite to this is travelling on a budget. Tour Australia or Asia and you’ll find an array of hostels to keep costs to a minimum. Like the budget flights previously mentioned, there are plenty hotels, B&Bs, and apartments available across the globe that will suit any budget. However, this isn’t for everyone and hotel companies know this.
We’ve all heard of the Hilton hotel chain and how it’s well known for its added comforts and luxurious surroundings — so much so it’s often voted the best hotel brand in the world. From its 25 Waldorf Astoria properties around the globe which offer world-class service and signature accoutrements that define luxury, to its more affordable Homewood Suits that are ideal for longer stays, the brand has thought of it all.
But, what is it that customers look for in a luxury hotel? Outside of your sleeping zone, late checkout, poolside service, gourmet foods, spa rooms, and private cabanas all top the list of must-have gimmicks to make a stay even more luxurious. Travel company Trivago insists that inside your room you must offer plush pillows, soft and oversized bath towels, complimentary refreshments, full-size toiletries, and a special welcome touch to help your guests feel ‘special’.
Channel 4 recently went behind the scenes at Singapore Airlines, where a flight can cost £9,500 one-way. For the price, you get your own private suite, with a bedroom, leather chair, wardrobe, ensuite bathroom, and 32-inch TV all at your beck and call.
However, for those who can’t stump up thousands of pounds for a flight, the company does offer a range of considerably cheaper routes from the UK to Asia.
The Audi A3 Saloon is a perfect example of the manufacturers assets with its innovative design and sophisticated technology. With features to assist you as the driver, the model allows you to have a safer and simpler drive. With the likes of park assist providing surrounding and edge detection and cross traffic assist rear bringing visual support, you really can sit back and enjoy the ride.
There’s not a chance to get up and stretch your legs so you must make sure you pick a car that you’d be happy to sit in for a long period of time. There are many ‘luxury’ car manufacturers out there to consider, but with a literal translation of its slogan being ‘advantage through technology’ Audi is a great choice for anyone looking for that extra bit of comfort.
While you may in some instances need to stand up for your train journey, booking a seat first class can see you enjoy a complimentary meal service. However, if you want to go one step further, a journey on the Northern Belle will see you travel in a whole new luxury. The train holiday may be better known for interrailing around Europe on your gap year as a student, but with Planet Rail you can experience a luxury journey throughout Europe, including UK breaks.
The likes of the Mega Bus is often utilised by students looking for cheap travels out of term time to return home at an affordable rate. The no-frills travel is perfect for getting from A to B, but for a holiday experience that offers a little bit more luxury, there are companies that can sort you right out. Many may think of the affable Brendan from television’s Coach Trip, or the budget-friendly National Holidays, but there are many option to travel in extreme style.
With several sizes available through luxury coach companies, from 16-seaters upwards, you have the option of having on-board kitchen space — including the all-important filter coffee machine— and sumptuous armchair-style seats, so you really can relax as you take to the road.
With a bit of research, you should be able to find a deal to suit your budget that incorporates a touch of fine living. Happy travels!
*check the airport’s information beforehand as some may differ.