Now that 2017 is over, it’s time to see what’s in store for luxury travelers next year. So I turned to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Limited (SLH) for their latest trend report, which gathered insight from more than 15 industry insiders and global analysts at SLH and TrendWatching consultancy firm.
Here are their predictions.
#1: Hands- on Indulgence
Given the growing demand for personalized, unique vacations, it’s almost natural for luxury travelers wanting to get their hands dirty for customization sake. From choosing the desired room ambiance to selecting favorite color of toilet paper and brand of toiletries, rest assured all this “work” will lead to a richer, more tailored experience.
Try this at: 700,000 Hours Wandering Hotel (Dar Ahlam in Morocco); Hotel Magna Pars Suites Milano in Italy; The VIEW Lugano in Switzerland
#2: Spiritual Discovery
As luxury travelers are looking for ways to one-up the others with meaningful trips and killer photos, 2018 will see more focus on “self-discovery” involving mindfulness and deep spiritual exploration. This can range from visiting myths, shrines, temples and other spiritually infused spots to getting pampered in the evening with stargazing spa treatments.
Try this at: Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima in Japan; Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali in Indonesia
#3: Literary Getaway
Considering the constant stream of information nowadays, the idea of a simpler, digital-free life sounds amazing. (Temporarily at least.) Harking back to the day when more people read actual books for entertainment, more bibliophile-friendly holidays will feature meet-and-greet with visiting artists, literary butlers and experiences that pay tribute to certain writers and classic novels.
Try this at: The Betsy Hotel South Beach in Miami, Florida; Kristiania Lech Hotels in Austria; Rockliffe Hall Resort (Alice in Wonderland parkland expected to open in Spring 2018) in the UK
With The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US declaring lack of sleep as a public health epidemic (BCC Research, January 2016), a good shut-eye is more luxurious than you think. Which is why, plush beddings aside, luxury hotels in 2018 will offer a host of snooze-related therapies and services provided by sleep curators and sleep butlers, not to mention linens that can get rid of bacteria for a healthy slumber.
Try this at: 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai and Bangkok; DasPosthotel in Austria
#5: Perceptive Dining
Who needs menus when you can eat whatever, whenever, wherever you want? With on-point customization being the prime goal of service providers, what you can expect from smaller luxury hotels are deeper knowledge of guests like never before. This means highly trained staff will serve guests personalized meals based on their moods and energy levels, tailoring special adventures and offering meals in distinctive, private locales; inviting guests to eat in whichever room at whatever time they feel hungry; plus full access to the cellar so guests can pick their own wine.
Try this at: Dar Ahlam in Morocco; Ett Hem and Foxhill Manor in the UK