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The Luxury Travel Lowdown

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Since the explosion of the internet in the 90s brick and mortar travel agents have seen a steady demise. Of course this has given rise to a new breed of online travel agents (OTAs), so it’s not like we’ve been left without expert advice. Luxury travel in particular is on the rise and these travellers are constantly looking for more unique experience. They’re keen to stray from the beaten track and want to learn the local secrets of the destination they are exploring.


With summer creeping up quickly we’ve got the down-low on the best places to book your next holiday, and you can be sure these will offer you more than flights and an average hotel.


1. Mr & Mrs Smith

If a romantic getaway is what you are after this summer then Mr & Mrs Smith needs to be your first port of call. The Mr & Mrs Smith collective (this includes celebrities like Cate Blanchett and Stella McCartney) have made it their mission to personally visit and review every single hotel in the collection, so you know you’ll be in safe hands. You’ll have the inside scoop on important details like the best rooms, quietest table in the restaurant, or whether the bath can fit two people! They’ll also fill you in on the dress code and how to live like a local.

Mr & Mrs Smith feature a Budget Boutique collection meaning you don’t always need to break the bank. Hotels start from as low as £50 a night but you can rest assured you’ll still be surrounded by total luxury.

With over 900 hotels in the collection so far don’t be surprised if you lose a few hours to musing over your options.


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2. Design Hotels

Since launching in 1998 Design Hotels has curated an exceptional collection of over 260 independent hotels across the globe, specifically attracting travellers looking for authentic experiences. Those who enjoy exploring the design and architecture behind different places and cultures will be right at home when checking out the collection. Behind every Design Hotel property is a reflective and personal story of the visionary hotelier. This is always someone with a passion for genuine hospitality and cultural authenticity, for thought-provoking design and groundbreaking architecture. Design Hotels aren’t somewhere to just rest your head, they strive to connect guests to the land and locals around them.

The beautifully constructed Original Experiences by Design Hotels give an insight into some of the world’s most extraordinary travel experiences that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home. If their adventures don’t get your feet itching we don’t know what will.



3. Kuoni

For special occasions or blow out getaways Kuoni has the best of the best on offer. Kuoni specialise in exotic all inclusive holidays, however they are true globetrotters and have a wealth of knowledge about every continent. So whether you are looking to tour the West Coast of America or unwind on the white sand beaches of Mauritius, or you just want a European city break Kuoni will be able to design your holiday for you.

What really sets them apart from other travel agents is their commitment to customer service. In fact, Kuoni is one of the few that still has stores. Regardless if you get in touch online or in store you’ll be matched with an expert who has visited the destinations you are interested in and they’ll tailor-make your holidays down to the finest of details.

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