Luxury, a word so commonly used these days is different to each, what may be your luxury can easily be ordinary for others.
When it comes to travel, the sector is so vast, that everyone can experience their share of luxury, be it to undertake a new experience and immerse oneself in a new destination whilst indulging in the very best levels of personal and attentive service, lavish accommodation, exquisite and unrivalled levels of gastronomy and informative guides.
Well for starters, a travel without stress, pressure of time or daily routine, is definitely a luxury. True luxury is a great travel experience, enjoyed in relative comfort and people’s perceptions of what makes travel luxurious seems to vary wildly. We have our readers share their views on what luxury travel means to them and their favourite luxury destination for travel so far.
Makeup Artist and Co-Founder of Hair & Bar
“I love to travel, but a Luxury travel for me is about staying at a hotel which has some history or has something unique about it. Besides I love spending on food and local shopping, so I guess luxury holiday for me is about an experience and making memories.
I have traveled to a bunch of countries but London is one of my favorite cities in the world, though people say the weather is gloomy but summers in London are just beautiful. I travel there once every year and visit my younger sister, friends and extended family.
My sister and I always try to do something different each time, so no trip to London has ever been the same. We love to indulge in good food so the restaurants at Mayfair and the high tea at the Ritz hotel would be my favourite luxury experience till date.”
Founder Eat Confetti
“Like every other person, I love traveling too. I call myself a luxury traveler. But, my meaning of luxury is poles apart than wanting to spend my time or stay in an expensive hotel. My sense of luxury means purposeful yet the quality of the experience. I wouldn’t want to go by a business class or first class nor do I choose to have dinner at a fancy place with champagne.
Comfortable travel and experience is luxury for me. I would like to believe in best of both worlds that we should live in the moment and also not forget to click lots of pictures. That reminds me of Hyderabad Blogger Satpreet Kaur whom I totally adore.
Ever since I met her and went through her feed on Instagram. All I want to do is to go on a holiday even the days I don’t deserve one. She has a great eye to capture beauty of nature, food and lot more which inspires people like me to take a break from regular life and travel.
The place I have always wanted to go was Salarde Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, it is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert like, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it harbors many pink flamingos.”
“I feel luxury is a much overused term. Luxury travel is a privilege truly experienced by few. For me it means have the right balance of local insight, independence and flexibility. I do enjoy exclusive access and experiences apart from regular recommended sights, cultural experiences and personal leisure time.
No doubt one would also want to enjoy the finest of cuisines, be it within the setting of that special accommodation or a well-known eatery nearby. I believe luxury travel is about having time to enjoy the landscape; indulge in local culture, to stretch out, observe and literally lose yourself in the place you’re visiting.”
“I feel today luxury travel is not about how many Michelin star restaurant you are ticking off’, but it is about access to the people, places and experiences that represent all that is authentic about a destination. There’s no denying that comfort factors still apply and high standards of accommodation and dining will always feature on the luxury traveller’s wish list.
But me and my wife personally seek more depth of understanding of the place and soak into local culture than ever before. People don’t just want to see – they want to participate and that’s how they take memories of lifetime home”
RJ at 94.3
“Luxury has a different meaning for each of us. For me it’s travel without stress, pressure of time or daily routine. Your every expectation is met and exceeded. It’s no longer about just five star hotels. It is an experience created for our personal preferences and gives value for our money.
My favourite luxury destination in India is The Serai, Chikmanglur, i love the place. It’s easily accessible, has authentic culture and the standards of accommodations is fantastic. They offer fantastic level of personal and authentic service. It’s beautifully set amidst lush green plantations with miles of open land and not too far away from the city. It also has coffee plantation with plenty of hidden secrets. Exploring the place was a wonderful luxury experiential travel for me. Try it and you will agree with me!”
“The best gift a person can give to himself is when he travels with utmost luxury. For me, a luxury travel experience is possible only when you have everything prebooked and pre planned before you reach the destination. After travelling to Great Britian, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern countries, my favourite luxury holiday destination is Switzerland.
Apart from the swiss mountains and picturesque old towns, the trips highlight was the helicopter flight around the majestic Matterhorn, the rack railclimb onto Jungfraujoch, a panoramic journey in the Glacier Express across the Swiss mountains and visits to renowned Swiss watch manufacturers and chocolate factories.”
Social Media Specialist
“According to me, luxury travel is not about five-star hotels and business class flights but about experiencing the authenticity, locality, and culture of a place. On my death bed, I’m not going to remember materialistic things but I’ll remember the local people I met in different parts of the world and how they impacted my life.
I have been to many offbeat unconventional countries and Tokyo tops the list for being the most whacky and luxurious country. The communication was difficult because of a language barrier but it taught me how to communicate without knowing the language and just being kind to each other. Tokyo was a lesson, a perspective, and a life changer.”