Luxury travel is about more than the next chic hotel or first class flight.
And whether you’re booking your travels with an agent, packaging your trip your self, or considering options from a raft of sexy flash sale websites, you’ll benefit from a few pointers to help you liberate your luxury travels.
Here we list the very best in luxury hotels, cruises, books, apps, blogs and resources to inspire your luxury travels and help you plan and book your flights, accommodation, and more. This list is regularly updated when we discover amazing companies, websites, apps and more that we know you’ll love too, so check back regularly.
Luxury Travel: Destination Guides
The major publishers of destination guides – Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Fodor’s for example, have much of the world covered and offer a good general guide to a place. But there are some guidebooks that focus on solely on luxury travel:
Hg2 A Hedonist’s Guide has 48 guidebooks and iPhone apps to cities and ski resorts around the world, as well as foodie guides to London and New York.
Wallpaper* City Guides and iPhone apps cover 80 urban destinations around the world.
Luxury Travel Apps
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Apps For Inspiration
Arounder Touch gives you a 360-degree view of destinations around the world without you even needing to leave home.
Check-in to discover cool places and discounts around you with Foursquare, a social geo-location app.
Ever wanted recommendations of great places to visit from people you trust? Stay City Guides put your friends in the driving seat with destination guides for the Facebook generation.
Get recommendations for top restaurants, shopping and nightlife wherever you are in the world with the Yelp app.
Apps for Luxury Travel Planning
Evernote is an excellent note taking app, which is a great way to store information on DIY-trips.
Packing (+TO DO) makes packing and pre-travel to-do lists a piece of cake. You can create custom lists and store them for future use.
TripIt Pro allows you to email your travel information to into the cloud and it provides you with an organised itinerary for your trip. It will also alert you of gate changes for your flight.
Apps for Travel
Skype is plainly and simply one of the best ways to stay in touch with home.
Ever wanted to translate a menu or a sign in the street? Scan it with Word Lens and it will do the hard work for you.
ThisLife is great when you’re on the road and at home. Like Dropbox, it stores all your photos carefully away in the cloud. Unlike Dropbox (which we also love)
Luxury Travel Blogs
There are so many great travel blogs online it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve listed a few of our favourite luxury travel blogs below
Luxury Travel Mom: families can travel in style too and Kim-Marie shows you how.
Mrs O Around the World: Ana (Mrs O) shares a little travel hacking, a lot of travel class.
Perfect Boutique Hotel: the perfect site to revel in boutique hotels and design chic.
The Coolhunter covers places that aren’t just luxurious – they’re also too cool for words – serious design chic.
Velvet Escape: Keith shares his Velvet Moments (the things that define the luxury experience for him) with destination stories and more.
Chic Family Travels: Family travel site where you will find vacation ideas for travelling with kids and luxury family resort reviews.
Railway Stays: Luxury trains, railway hotels and journeys for every rail travel enthusiast.
Luxury Travel Planning Tools
Google Earth: Get an aerial view of your destination from the comfort of your home.
Google Maps Street View is a good tool for getting a street-level perspective of your destination.
SeatGuru: helps you find the best seat on a plane with cabin maps of your airline/aircraft and airline reviews.
XE.com: currency converter.
Find great getaways at low prices with these sites – sign up to as many of their mailing lists as your inbox can handle.
Groupon has long been enthralling us with their buy-today-gone-tomorrow offers, now Groupon Getaways has a range of travel escapes at great prices.
Jetsetter is one of the biggest and best known travel flash sale sites.
LivingSocial is also getting a piece of the travel action with LivingSocial Escapes.
Mind Body Green has discounted yoga retreats and eco resort stays.
We’ve long been fans of Travelzoo’s weekly travel deals on packages, hotels, flights and entertainment.
If you’re looking for chic and boutique you’ll find plenty of hotel and package deals on Secret Escapes.
Ensure your loyalty works for you.
Flight comparison sites are great for getting an overview of flight prices from all airlines in one place;
You can book flights, accommodation and more with the sites below;
Useful hotel booking and price comparison sites to look at include;
Getting to Your Accommodation
Though most airports are well and truly stocked with taxis outside to deliver you to your accommodation, you can also arrange private and group transfers in advance with the likes of World Airport Transfer or Resort Hoppa.