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Luxury travel redefined: New Tokyo hotel gives you real taste of Japanese culture
“Tokyo is one of the world’s great cities, especially for tourists, with vibrancy, culture, amazing food, and plenty of exotic flair. It also has a slew of top luxury hotels, and all the big brands are represented,” travel Larry Olmsted says. "But travelers today...  more
See all the world’s greatest places in one month on a flying cruise
If you want to check off a chunk of your travel bucket list in a hurry, escorted private jet tours are the answer, promising around-the-world trips in style. And the options are increasing. Along with Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises, “Luxury hotel companies from...  more
5 big travel mistakes you might be making
Travel writer Larry Olmsted has been there and done that, multiple times. With nearly 25 years' experience writing about luxury travel, he's been to most of the popular places and many of the out-of-the-way destinations travelers visit. He has also heard “the same...  more
Making waves: A new breed of stylish, innovative cruise ship
For those who imagine a cruise is like being trapped on a floating tour bus, Celebrity Cruises thinks you will appreciate its luxury alternative, Celebrity Edge. Celebrity Edge is, Tara Wilkinson says, “claimed to be the most innovative ship of its kind, aimed at the...  more
10 truly remote places where no one can track you down
There is no need to check in to a monastery for a break from phones and the Internet. Luxury and remoteness are not mutually exclusive, as Debbie Pappyn found in compiling a list of places where you can’t be found. “At these 10 places, there’s no Wi-Fi or bad cell...  more
The future of travel: Why cooking and photography classes are the hottest new trend
The concept of a vacation as a time for relaxing and recharging seems to be on the wane, replaced by “experiential travel” or “making memories.” Spas are increasingly seen as passé, and hotel-based classes are becoming a draw: surfing, cooking, photography, and so on....  more
Exploring the secrets of the American West
For a taste of the American West as it used to be, you could do worse than to visit Wyoming, Montana, or Utah. Their spectacular scenery alone make any trip worthwhile. Fortunately, creature comforts are readily available, as travel writer Lucia van der Post found on...  more
Geoffrey Kent’s Top 10 Travel Bucket List
Inveterate traveler Geoffrey Kent has been nearly everywhere since tour company Abercrombie & Kent was founded in 1963: something like 99 percent of the world’s countries, by his count. Still on the go at 75, traveling about 250 days a year, he slowed down long...  more
The new PGA Tour Pro-Am is every golf fan’s bucket list fantasy trip
Golfing’s pro-am experience is tough to duplicate, if not unique to the sport. There is no equivalent in baseball, basketball, tennis, or soccer, where amateur players can take part in a game with professionals. Adding to the appeal is the chance to enjoy pro-level...  more
Travel that makes a difference: 5 luxury lodges that prize cultural conservation
“There’s a lot of talk these days about sustainable travel,” Ann Abel says. “That usually seems to mean eco stewardship and wildlife conservation. But elephants and polar bears aren’t the only animals that matter.“Some of the leaders in luxury travel do far more than...  more
The world’s most outrageous helicopter tours
“The beauty of a helicopter is that it grants access to the inaccessible,” Mei Anne Foo observes. “Remote areas become the perfect landing spots for private ventures. Hostile terrains such as active volcanoes and tourist-clogged trails become more manageable when you...  more
Grand Hotel du Lac: The best of luxury and charm on the Swiss Riviera
France doesn’t have a monopoly on the Riviera brand, though the French Riviera may be the first place you think of when you hear the name. Switzerland has its own Riviera on Lake Geneva, where palm trees grow and wine is made. Vevey is one of the lovely resort towns...  more
Best conservation vacations: 14 destinations where wildlife and nature win
“Like ‘authentic’ and ‘experiential,’ ‘sustainable’ is a word that’s increasingly ubiquitous when we talk about travel,” travel writer Ann Abel says. “And it’s a great thing that so many hotels and resorts, say, encourage guests to reuse sheets and towels or install a...  more
Little Palm Island: Private island destination for romance
Island lovers who want to stay closer to home than the South Pacific, the Seychelles, or the Maldives may want to consider Little Palm Island, Florida, for their next vacation. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is hardly a secret, but it is exclusive, with only 30...  more
Ancient crafts: Japanese design at its best
The Japanese yen’s recent weakness has given travelers an automatic across-the-board discount to one of the world’s most expensive destinations. Tokyo may be your first stop in Japan, but Kyoto has many attractions, in numerous World Heritage sites and studios of...  more
See—and help save—Namibia’s desert lions before it’s too late
It is a spare, desolate-seeming landscape. Travel writer Nikki Ekstein compares it to the Mars, yet there are amazing wildlife species to be seen along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. The elephants, rhinos, and lions that live there “have adapted to deal with scarce desert...  more
Dominique Ansel’s favorite bakeries in Paris
Star New York baker Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut, will soon be a transatlantic baking star. His bakery in London is set to open in September. It seemed like a good time for Bloomberg Pursuits writer Nikki Ekstein to ask Ansel about his favorite bakeries in...  more
Seven new UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can actually visit
Just as birdwatchers have lifetime lists to keep track of species they have spotted, travelers can check off UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are 1,052 around the globe, with 21 added just this month. Accessibility varies, inspiring travel writer Nikki Ekstein to...  more
Spy for a day
The civilian appetite for spy thrillers continues unabated, as an unending supply of television series, movies, and novels demonstrates. For those who would like to move beyond vicarious thrills to something closer to a real-life experience, a London-based company...  more
Luxury travel’s hot trend: Bespoke biking and hiking vacations
“When the 2016 edition of the popular Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best Awards came out recently, tour operators were stunned. A little-known company that had never appeared in the rankings before took the coveted Number One spot as the World’s Best Tour Operator...  more
Why you need to go to Colombia’s Coffee Triangle now
“Colombia’s best geography for coffee production also happens to be ideal for tourism,” Bloomberg travel writer Nic McCormack says. “Christened the Coffee Triangle, the central Andes departments of Caldas, Quindío, and Risaralda are dotted with haciendas turned chic...  more
A long weekend in the British Virgin Islands with Richard Branson
Among the many candidates for heaven on earth, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson nominates the British Virgin Islands. Among his qualifications are owning two islands in the chain: Moskito and Necker, where he has lived fulltime for the last 10 years. As Branson...  more
Learn to surf the upscale, high-tech way in Costa Rica
The traditional way to learn to surf was to take a board, paddle out to the wave, and fall down repeatedly until you learned how to stay up. That may be fine for a kid, but adults will benefit from the more efficient method, and luxurious surroundings, offered by Surf...  more
Get away from it all—in style: Explora Atacama, Chile
The austere landscape of a desert has an undeniable appeal. It could be the ultimate get-away-from-it-all destination, as travel writer Ann Abel suggests. And for perhaps the ultimate desert experience, consider Chile’s Atacama Desert, the world’s highest and driest....  more
A traveler’s guide to Tokyo’s secret bars
International travelers usually require a guide of some sort, whether printed, online, or human. Tokyo presents extra challenges since many streets do not have signs. Travel writer Finn-Olaf Jones found a guide in Shinki Nohara, known as “the Tokyo fixer,” and an...  more