For us at J5Travel, the early client inquiry trend for 2024 indicates that it will be another year of growth in the luxury market segment. We are extremely busy already planning Summer 2024 trips and well beyond. Here's the skinny on our current business...
- SE Asia is making a comeback with several trips now in the works. We really haven't seen demand like this for Asia since 2019.
- Italy looks like it will reign again as most popular destination for Americans traveling internationally.
- Portugal has regained popularity. It's great value within Europe compared to many other countries. Slovenia likewise.
- Cruises are more popular than ever, from the regular Caribbean itineraries to the most adventurous routes to Antarctica, the NW West passage and many more.
And here are 5 random but genuine Top Tips for your travel needs given the demand we are facing:
- Try to avoid Italy in July and August, pricing will shock you. If you are bound by these dates, start work on the itinerary very soon.
- Bucket list trips such as Galapagos, most African safari countries, explorer cruises etc need to be worked on a year in advance. For example, most Galapagos cruises for the festive season 2024/25 are already sold out.
- Any time you are able to travel during a "shoulder season" no matter where the destination, embrace it. You will most likely experience better weather and value along with less crowds.
- Although demand is back for SE Asia, you will still find it the absolute best value at the luxury level in the entire world. I wouldn't expect that to last beyond this year.
- Carry-on only! (only half joking).
Meanwhile, this week's article features a few "what's in store" hotels, all due to open this year.
Top 5 - What's In Store? Hotels
all will be Virtuoso properties where we offer you several extra amenities
1. Janu, Tokyo (above and below)
Wellness is a priority at the soon-to-be-opened (March) Janu Tokyo. Located in the city’s newest urban development, the dynamic hotel will feature a 43,000-square-foot wellness center (one of the largest in Tokyo) with everything from traditional bathing rituals to functional training spaces, dining venues that boast palette-pleasing Japanese, Chinese, and Italian cuisine, and 122 spacious guest rooms and suites with private balconies that let you breathe in the vibrancy of the city and progressive Azabudai Hills neighborhood.
2. Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, Greece (above and below)
Sunseekers will soon be flocking to the Peloponnese’s pristine beaches and rugged peaks as Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino gears up to welcome guests. Relax in one of the 99 bright and airy suites and villas, escape to the spa for a few hours, or embark on an adrenaline-filled excursion in the mountains or Mediterranean Sea. Then, refuel at the hotel’s distinct dining venues, which specialize in everything from traditional Greek dishes to modern French fare.
Nestled on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese, one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking landscapes in the Mediterranean, this beachfront resort will offer a unique experience of unparalleled Greek beauty along with the legendary service for which the brand is renowned.
3. The Surrey, A Corinthia Hotel, New York (above and below)
Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities. JFK, Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert are just a few famous faces that recognized the allure of exceptional and discreet service here. Now - building on storied past - the mission is to restore the hotel's glamour and sophistication, making it an icon of the future.
The former residence hotel has been transformed into a modern retreat consisting of 70 guest rooms, 34 suites, and 14 residences, yet maintains all of the property’s timeless glamour, sophistication, and charm. With its prime location on the Upper East Side, you’ll stay just steps from Manhattan’s best museums, restaurants, and boutiques.
4. Grand Velas Boutique Hotel, Los Cabos (above and below)
Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos, a luxury all-inclusive and adults only boutique hotel is coming soon as the third property of Velas Resorts on the prestigious Touristic Corridor of Los Cabos. A seventy-nine-suite adults-only luxury boutique hotel with exclusive facilities and amenities that takes the best of the Grand Velas brand and elevates it to a level never seen before. At this all-inclusive seaside resort, every aspect of your getaway is thoughtfully taken care of whether you want to start your day with group sun salutations, snack on Baja fresh ceviche poolside, savor a ten-course tasting menu curated by a two-star Michelin chef, or dance the night away under Cabo’s legendary star-filled skies.
5. Regent Santa Monica Beach (above and below)
Boasting an oceanfront pool deck, artisanal marketplace, and celebrity chef-run restaurant, Regent Santa Monica Beach is the brand’s first see-and-be-seen hotel to open its doors in the Americas. Set to open in mid 2024, you’ll stay steps from the legendary Santa Monica Pier all while indulging in spacious and serene rooms and suites, bespoke SoCal-style spa treatments, and beachside butler service.
Hotel Tip - Grab a reusable tote and stroll through the Downtown Farmers Market, bursting with colorful produce, sweet and savory pastries, and fresh-cut flowers.
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