The Top Family Travel Trends for 2020

Multigenerational Family travel

From Michelin-starred restaurants to custom safaris, Virtuoso’s expert advisors share the top family travel trends for 2020

It’s no secret that travellers are increasingly seeking out culturally immersive experiences, but what what is new is that the kids in the family are often the ones suggesting these experiences – and influencing their family’s holidays. Virtuoso’s travel advisors that specialise in family travel have revealed that authenticity tops the list of emergent trends, with children driving travel decisions in second place. The influence of the younger generation on family travel is reflected across the board—from destinations and trends to experiences and travel choices.

Below are the findings from the 2020 Virtuoso Family Travel Community survey:

While classic European destinations such as Italy, England and France remain popular with families, other less traditional places are on the rise. Generation Z is involving itself in planning trips, and they want to explore places such as Croatia, Morocco and Antarctica.

 

Top Family Travel Destinations:

  1. Italy
  2. Hawaii
  3. England
  4. Costa Rica
  5. France

 

Top Family Travel Destinations on the Rise:

  1. Croatia
  2. Belize
  3. Kenya
  4. Morocco
  5. Antarctica
Croatia aerial view
Croatia aerial view

Multigenerational travel remains the most popular family trend and multiple generations are the second most frequent travel companions behind the immediate family. Virtuoso advisors said they typically design custom itineraries that encompass other key trends like experiential travel and adventure trips, such as a last-minute safari for 10 people including grandparents, children and grandchildren. Celebration travel is also growing, too, with one Virtuoso advisor even designing an Alaska trip for a grandfather who helicoptered his triplet grandchildren to a glacier for their 13th birthday – complete with cake.

 

Top Family Travel Trends:

  1. Multigenerational trips
  2. Beach resort stays
  3. Active-adventure trips
  4. Celebration trips
  5. Experiential trips

 

Top Emerging Family Travel Trends

  1. Authenticity
  2. Children driving travel decisions
  3. Wow amenities for children
  4. Visiting less touristed places
  5. Skip gen (grandparents and grandchildren)
Lion on Family Travel Safari with VIrtuoso
Lion on Family Travel Safari with VIrtuoso

Children today are also travelling at younger ages to more distant destinations. Virtuoso advisors report arranging family adventures with infants in tow, including a baby who stayed in Japanese monasteries while accompanying its parents hiking and cycling and a one year old who tagged along for a camel ride and dinner in the Moroccan mountains. The leading family travel experiences include:

  1. Active experiences
  2. Relaxing on beach/poolside
  3. Classes or lessons
  4. Animal viewing/interactions
  5. Exploring local culture via food
Camel riding on Family Travel with Virtuoso
Camel riding on Family Travel with Virtuoso

Young globetrotters expect active immersion in local cultures, but still want downtime. Virtuoso advisors say junior foodies have asked for Michelin-starred restaurants. Another advisor created a 10-city, 10-day family tour of European car museums. Other rare family experiences advisors have arranged include front row viewing at Siena’s Palio and closing a New York City pizzeria for family fun. One advisor reserved a seaplane to pick up a young woman from a yacht in the middle of the ocean so she would be home in time for a college interview.

The potential appeal of a destination to social media followers is also a frequent driver of young travellers’ decisions. Aiming to maintain and increase their online influence, young travellers want picturesque destinations that they can showcase to their followers.  Generation Z is now:

 

  1. Involving themselves in planning trips
  2. Requesting culturally immersive experiences
  3. Looking for visual trips for social media
  4. Looking to influence others online
  5. Wanting trips that are personalised to their interests
Travelling for New Experience and Influencing Followers
Travelling for New Experience and Influencing Followers

While the immediate family remains the most popular group for family travel, the addition of other generations, friends or a combination of family relations are highly ranked companion choices. In order they are:

  1. Immediate family
  2. Multigenerational family
  3. Family and friends
  4. Multiple families
  5. Mother/daughter or father/son
Destinations for Virtuoso's Travelling Families
Destinations for Virtuoso's Travelling Families

Virtuoso specialists have also shared that family travel sales are strong for 2020. 57 per cent expect sales to increase from 2019, while 42 per cent envision sales will remain steady from last year. Just one percent foresee a minor dip for the coming year.

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Kamalaya Koh Samui Launches 21-Day Wellbeing Sabbatical

Kamalaya wellness
Kamalaya wellness

From 1 May 2020, guests at Kamalaya’s Wellbeing Sabbatical can enjoy a program customised to allow for limited stress, focused work and wellness time

Since opening in 2005, Kamalaya has been attracting guests interested in improving their health and wellbeing with its award-winning wellness programs. Kamalaya’s 21 Day Wellbeing Sabbatical was recently named by Global Wellness Summit as one of the top 10 global wellness trends for 2020 and from 1 May 2020, guests will be able to experience this sabbatical themselves. The program encourages guests to replenish and heal their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies at their own pace and in their own way. Neither prescriptive nor regimented, Kamalaya’s approach offers guests the freedom to co-create an enriching experience.

Recognising that for some, a clean and complete break from work and business is impossible, Kamalaya’s Wellbeing Sabbatical program offers a flexible, customisable schedule. Kamalaya encourages guests to stay connected to work or perhaps explore a creative or personal pursuit if that is their preference. Weekly Personal Mentoring sessions are included to support guests through reflections of their wellness experience.

“Our long-stay guests are driven by different reasons and how they spend their time varies, but the common denominator is that they integrate wellness with a specific creative, inspirational or personal pursuit,” says Karina Stewart, Kamalaya co-founder and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine. “They benefit from having their wellness needs taken care of in a beautiful and naturally inspiring environment that nourishes them on every level. Being removed from their regular environment and limiting distractions allows for new inspiration, ideas and perspectives to emerge.”

The program includes restorative and revitalising treatments to rebalance the nervous system, such as Royal Ayurvedic Massage and Shirodhara, as well as healing modalities such as Kamalaya’s signature Vital Essence Oil Massage and Tension Relief Massage. Guests will have access to a physiotherapist who will assess any postural or structural imbalances. Nutritional guidance and opportunities to explore stress management, meditation, pranayama and holistic movement practices such as yoga and qi gong will also be offered.

Kamalaya is located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005, the resort offers a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West, a natural environment, healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customised wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance.

The Wellbeing Sabbatical Program can be booked on a date that suits guests and includes a wellness consultation to establish health and wellness goals along with a tailored programme of treatments, massages, personal mentoring and specialist sessions. Prices start at 297,211 Thai Baht (AU$14,138) for a twin share that includes accommodation, transfers, meals, treatments and specialist sessions for 21 days.

kamalaya.com/wellbeing-sabbatical

Bawah Reserve’s Ultra-Exclusive Sister Property Opens in May

Aerial View of Elang Private Residence, Bawah Reserves, Indonesia
Aerial View of Elang Private Residence, Bawah Reserves, Indonesia

The second of Bawah Reserve’s six islands to be developed with the earth-conscious traveller in mind, Elang Private Residence will open in May 2020

Bawah Reserve, one of Indonesia’s most exclusive resorts, is set to launch Elang Private Residence. Opening in May 2020, Elang is the second of Bawah Reserve’s six islands to be developed with the earth-conscious traveller in mind.

Developed as the owner’s residence with a small village to accommodate family and friends, Elang offers an island experience for travellers who desire privacy, and is suitable for guests to book as a single lodge stay or a full island experience. With every detail designed to fit into the local topography, Elang features just six cliffside lodges, each with personal butler service.

Mirroring Bawah Reserve’s barefoot luxury style, the lodges on Elang are, too made of bamboo, driftwood, glass and hand-cut stone, with each featuring six-metre high ceilings, separate living areas, balconies and ocean views. Perched on the slopes of Elang, each lodge has been carefully positioned to have privacy with views of the sea and lagoons with private paths that lead down to rocky coves.

Elang also offers a guest-only clubhouse with dining room and bar, salt water infinity pool with slide, the Beach House restaurant, Kayu Spa and an activities lawn. In addition, guests are free to enjoy the restaurants and amenities of Bawah’s main island, located just three minutes away by boat, but guests of Bawah cannot visit Elang – making it even more exclusive than its sister property.

Inspired by tribal communal houses in Indonesia, the guest-only Clubhouse provides a gathering space with a two-storey open-air dining room, an ocean view bar and a saltwater infinity pool that was formed from a natural hollow.

The Kayu Spa is in a restored joglo, a traditional Javanese house, that was gifted to the owner, disassembled in Java and sent on a barge to be reused on Elang.

Rates start at $3,280 USD per night for the one-bedroom lodges and $4,680 USD per night for the two-bedroom Longhouse. Rates include all meals, private butler service, non-alcoholic beverages, yoga, pilates and meditation classes, one spa treatment per person per night, non-motorised water activities, laundry service and wifi.

Take a look at the new property below.

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Uniworld Trailblazes River Cruise Rail Journey Extension

Breitenstein Kalte Rinne viaduct
Breitenstein Kalte Rinne viaduct

Guests can go from sail to rail in Venice with Uniworld’s new train add-on for guests aboard S.S. La Venezia

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced a new luxury train journey available as an extension on select sailings of its Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy itinerary. Guests can now complete their voyage on the S.S. La Venezia and continue onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express train to Zurich, with three nights onboard the locomotive and one night accommodation in Zurich on arrival.

Uniworld has further announced that it will introduce two additional itineraries that incorporate cruise, land and train travel for 2021. In partnership with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the two packages will travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

“Like river cruising, luxury train travel is an opportunity to bring our guests to the heart of Europe and with a view that changes daily,” says Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld.

The 2021 itineraries include the 14-day Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & the Swiss Alps and the 12-day Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps. Both itineraries provide guests with the opportunity to travel onboard the luxury train as it runs along the Lake of Zurich stopping in destinations such as the medieval town of Lienz, Lake Bled with a Pletna rowing trip to Bled Island and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Excursion highlights on the train journey include a visit to Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, Liechtenstein and enjoying an evening with a private concert in the caves of Postojna.

The itineraries were created with sustainable tourism in mind, seeking to positively impact the destinations by bringing guests to eat at local restaurants and experience hidden-gem villages in addition to the popular cities.

 

New Itineraries, New Ships

Uniworld has also added two river cruise itineraries to its product line up for 2021: the 8-day Classic Germany & Amsterdam journey aboard the River Princess, and the 15-day Rhine, Maine & Danube Discovery itinerary that will travel from Amsterdam to Vienna.

The new developments come at a time of rapid expansion for the cruise company, with four new super ships being added to Uniworld’s fleet, bringing the total to 20 by the end of 2020. “In finishing 2019, we’re proud of the growth of the Uniworld brand and in 2020 we’re striving to exceed that in both bookings and delivering for our guests,” said Bettridge.

In 2021, Uniworld will provide guests with two ships to choose from for the popular 12-day Splendours of Egypt & The Nile itinerary: the River Tosca or S.S. Sphinx, in response to increasing demand for Egypt sailings.

Uniworld will also set sail in South America for the first time with two new itineraries throughout the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Aria Amazon, set to debut in September 2020.

The new, popular itineraries include the 15-day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that starts off with a land portion in Lima staying at a 5-star hotel, followed by the seven-night cruise through the Amazon rainforest and ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with trips to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The 11-day Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery takes guests to explore Lima, immerse in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and sail through the Amazon River roundtrip from Iquitos. On all sailings, guests are joined by native born-and-raised naturalist guides that assist in getting up close to native wildlife and meeting village locals.

 

The Details

Uniworld’s new Cruise & Rail 2021 itineraries go on sale in late February 2020. Just like the Uniworld experience, the train journeys are all-inclusive.

Uniworld is currently offering guests a choice of three offers when booking a 2021 river cruise:

  • Economy flights free, or
  • Business Class from $3,999 per person, or
  • No flights – save $1,000pp on a cruise

These offers are combinable with Uniworld’s River Heritage Club loyalty benefits, as well as available early payment discounts until 14 March.

Prices for the South American cruises start at $18,799 per person. Twin share and maiden voyages will depart on 23 September, 2020.

 

uniworld.com

Voting is Open for the 2020 Gold List

Luxury travel photo

Luxury Travel Magazine is pleased to announce voting is now open for the 16th annual Gold List awards

The Gold List awards celebrates the best in luxury travel in Australia and around the globe, as voted by our readers. With voting now open, this is your opportunity to have your say and nominate the best five-stars resorts and hotels, luxury rail journeys, ocean cruises and high-end tour operators.

 

How to Vote

  • Start your voting process by clicking on the link below and remember to include the location of the property you nominate for your vote to count (eg. ‘Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’, not just ‘Sofitel’).
  • Please note that to be eligible to go in the draw to win one of three prizes below, you must fill out at least one category in the questionnaire, as well as Question 30, then continue to enter your name and email for the Prize Draw.
  • Voting closes 5pm, Friday 3rd April 2020. Winners will be announced Thursday 28th May 2019online and in the winter issue of Luxury Travel Magazine.

Treehouse Experience Opens in South Africa

andBeyond Ngala Treehouse
andBeyond Ngala Treehouse

Guests to andBeyond’s Ngala Private Game Reserve and Ngala Tented Camp can now book a lofty escape in the Ngala Treehouse Experience

Luxury travel company andBeyond has added a new way to experience Africa at andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa. The Ngala Treehouse is a remote overnight retreat that offers guests sleepout experiences beneath the stars.

Cocooned in a bush setting, the four-level treehouse features a choice of two sleeping areas – an enclosed and weatherproof bedroom with a king-sized bed, hot running shower and flushing toilet on the third level or an elevated sleep-out platform set beneath a retractable awning on the rooftop.

Guests can choose to arrive at the Treehouse before sunset or after their late afternoon game drive. A tapas-style picnic dinner is set up in the safety of an enclosed boma beneath the stars. Guests are then left in solitude for the night, provided with a radio and mobile phone for use in case of inclement weather or other emergencies.

While the Treehouse does not offer a full kitchen, a stocked bar and selection of midnight and breakfast snacks, as well as a coffee station are available for guests. The Treehouse is solar-powered, allowing guests to charge their camera batteries and other appliances.

Designed for short-term stays, the Ngala Treehouse is an overnight wilderness experience that complements a stay at one of the reserve’s two permanent lodges, andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge or andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp. A room at one of the other two properties at andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve must be booked in addition to the Treehouse. Ngala Treehouse can cater for a maximum of two adults and two children aged between 10 and 16 in the two sleeping areas, one of which is the open sleep-out platform.

Situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve shares unfenced borders with South Africa’s famous wilderness area, allowing a variety of wildlife species, including the entire Big Five, to wander through the reserve.

The reserve is home to several prides of lion and packs of the endangered African wild dog may also be spotted moving through the reserve. Guests enjoy exclusive game drives and bush walks on 14,700 hectares (36,000 acres) of private wilderness land.

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Luxurious Island Escape Opens off the Coast of Phuket

Aerial View of Private Pool at Island Escape, Koh Maphrao Island, Thailand
Aerial View of Private Pool at Island Escape, Koh Maphrao Island, Thailand

Island Escape by Burasari is one of just two resorts on the island of Koh Maphrao, just off the shore of Phuket

A five-star resort has opened on the tropical island of Koh Maphrao, just off the shore of Phuket, Thailand offering a landscape of ocean views, waterfalls, three private beaches and gardens.

Island Escape by Burasari features a mix of one- to four-bedroom private villas, each sustainably dressed using natural materials and authentic elements. “Island Escape by Burasari is designed for spontaneous romance and happiness. It’s one of only two resorts on the island, and the first of its kind to combine luxury with a ‘’feel at home’’ concept” says Simon Douthett, General Manager.

Koh Maphrao has approximately 1,000 residents living on the island, and is just a five minute long-tail boat ride from Phuket to Koh Maphrao’s main pier. From there, the resorts speedboat transfer can escort visitors directly to the resort on the southwestern shore of the island.

Landscapes and facilities define the resort’s four, functionally segregated yet easily inter-accessible zones. Couples can indulge in privacy and intimacy at the adults-only cascading Lagoon, while children and extended family members can enjoy the resort’s pools and beaches, lush gardens, spa and wellness programs and adventure excursions.

The resort’s custom market garden system provides sustainable and organic food dining, with the cuisine on offer a curated line-up of Thai and international cuisines and seafood fresh from the ocean.

Those who book a private pool villa for a minimum of two nights  before 31 March 2020 receive a bottle of Prosecco and an in-villa dinner during guests’ stay.

 

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Accor Commits to Global Elimination of Single Use Plastics

Single Use Plastics, Accor
Single Use Plastics, Accor

Accor intends to remove all single-use plastic items from hotels by the end of 2022, as part of its participation in the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Accor, the hospitality group behind hotel brands such as Raffles, Sofitel, Fairmont and Banyan Tree, has announced its commitment to join the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and to remove all single-use plastic items in guest experiences from its hotels by the end of 2022.

“We are aware of the significant impact we have on our planet and our responsibility to create tangible benefits for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor. “What guides us is the consciousness and social awareness that drives every person who strives to be a good citizen.”

In addition to Accor’s previous commitment to eliminate all plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, the company’s new commitment includes:

  • The removal of individual plastic toiletry amenities and cups by the end of 2020
  • The elimination of all remaining single-use plastic items in guest rooms, meeting areas, restaurants and all leisure activities areas (spas, fitness centres, etc.) by the end of 2022

Relevant alternatives to plastic will be proposed for each specific item, considering Life Cycle Assessments to ensure better environmental performance for the proposed solution.

So far:

  • 94% of Accor’s hotels have eliminated the use of straws, cotton buds and stirrers. The remaining 6% (mostly in China) will do it by end of March 2020.
  • 89% of ibis’ hotels are using dispensers for amenities, such as shampoos. This means 2,087 ibis family hotels have already dropped single use plastic for this equipment. Accor ibis family hotels in Latin America will follow the same initiative this year.
  • Fairmont has used new construction and renovation standards in another example of one of Accor’s efforts. Its hotels incorporate water filtration taps in guest rooms to eliminate bottled water altogether.
  • The new Accor brand “Greet” was created to answer guests’ needs and is plastic free in all of its functions. There is zero disposable plastic at breakfast and reusable dishes are utilised for butter and jam. In addition, there is zero disposable plastic in rooms and other parts of the hotels. Accor plans to open 10 more Greet hotels in Europe this year.

In addition, several Accor hotels within the group’s portfolio of world-leading brands – including Novotel Paris les Halles, Novotel Yangon Max, Myanmar, Sofitel Bogota, hotels in Bali & Lombok, Indonesia, Ibis Styles São Paulo Anhem – have already taken steps individually to be plastic-free and are advancing towards a 100% single use plastic free objective.

“Plastic pollution is one of the major environmental challenges of our time, and tourism has an important role to play in contributing to the solution,” said UN Environment Programme Economy Division Director, Ligia Noronha. “Through the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, tourism companies and destinations are supported to innovate, eliminate and circulate the way they use plastics, to advance circularity in our economies and reduce plastics pollution globally.”

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You Can Now Privatise a Maldivian Island Resort… For a Cool $1.5 Million

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Aerial View
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Aerial View

The limited time offer to privatise the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll is all-inclusive and includes the use of an additional deserted island, just for fun…

For a limited time, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is offering an exceptional $1USD million (AUD 1.48 million) all-inclusive island buyout. In addition to privacy and special privileges, Raffles will throw in the use of an additional ‘deserted island’ that can be transformed into a celebration or adventure space.

Just an 80-minute boat ride from the equator, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo lies in one of the most remote corners of the Maldives. Available for four-night, five-day stays, You Run Raffles Maldives provides a host with the opportunity to treat up to 70 loved ones, friends and close associates to the all-inclusive service of Raffles, complete with Raffles Butlers, set amid the tropical oasis of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

After enjoying a private charter flight from the Maldivian capital Male or landing a private jet at Kooddoo airport (located in the resort’s atoll of Gaafu Alifu) via Gaan airport, the group will have full access to the resort’s two islands. The first island is a white-sand idyll with 21 villas, while the second island is an overwater retreat.

As part of the You Run Raffles Maldives, guests will also have access to a nearby deserted island that can be transformed into a variety of things: a tropical playground, a sunset concert with a celebrity DJ, a stargazing session guided by a personal astronomer.

The culinary team at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo will create special menus and tailored dining experiences for guests visiting on this package. Guests are invited to wine and dine whenever and wherever they wish, on a complimentary basis. Dining experiences may involve a supper of beef tenderloin with chimichurri at The Firepit, a tiki torch-lit barbecue restaurant where diners sit at sand-carved sunken tables or sushi and pisco sours at Nikkei restaurant, Yuzu. For sundowners, parties can gather at the Long Bar for Maldives Slings, which are a mix of gin, coconut, cinnamon and clove.

Raffles Spa will treat guests to Biologique Recherche facials, Aromatherapy Associates massages and more treatments. Guests are also free to enjoy water sports and unlimited use of the resort’s yacht Azimut. Dolphin-watching cruises, fishing or diving expeditions may be arranged, with cocktails and canapés waiting on board. A Raffles Marine Butler can lead snorkelling excursions to the resort’s two house reefs, home to scores of fish species, from parrotfish to blacktip sharks and 22 hawksbill turtles. The You Run Raffles Maldives visit also aims to help protect this precious ecosystem over the years to come. The rate includes a 5% charitable donation, split between the Maldives’ Marine Center and the Olive Ridley Project, an NGO that works to protect sea turtles.

Guests will receive a range of personalised souvenirs including a customised robe, complete with the embroidered event name You Run Raffles Maldives, and custom epicurean treats created by the chefs for guests to take home.

The luxury travel connoisseurs of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo are on hand to tailor the trip for guests.

How the other half live…

www.rafflesmaldives.com

A First Look Inside Crown Towers Sydney

Crown Towers Sydney Harbour Bridge King Room
Crown Towers Sydney Harbour Bridge King Room

When Crown Towers Sydney opens in Barangaroo in December 2020, three months ahead of schedule, it will deliver a level of luxury unparalleled in Australia

Crown has released a series of never-before-seen renders of Crown Towers Sydney, set to open at waterside precinct Barangaroo in December, three months ahead of schedule. Standing at 275 metres high, the hotel will be the tallest in Sydney and promises an ultra-luxurious hospitality experience unrivalled in Australia, with nearly every element of the fit-out custom-designed.

Featuring 349 guest rooms including 20 villas and two premium villas, the top villa will span an extraordinary 820 metres across two levels and will be the highest habitable space in any hotel in Sydney.

An internationally renowned team of the world’s best designers has come together to create an architectural masterpiece both inside and out, with award-winning architect, WilkinsonEyre, behind the spectacular building. Overlaid with a façade comprising of over 8,000 glass panels, all individually cut and unique in their size, Crown Sydney’s unique structure sees it twist as it rises in a petal-like formation, creating unique floors at each level and framing the views of Sydney’s most iconic harbourside landmarks. The concentric nature of the building means that every one of the rooms has a unique configuration.

The interiors, designed by Meyer Davis, showcase refined luxury with coastal hues inspired by the hotel’s waterfront location, with 50 custom-made crystal light pieces along with a chandelier that is close to eight metres long on display. The guest bathrooms will feature Ella Blue Marble walls, Nero Marquina floors and custom-made baths, Jacuzzis in the villas and bespoke fittings by Apaiser and Hansgrohe, while Balinese inspired landscaping is seen throughout the hotel. Blainey North, an Australian architecture and interior design firm that specialises in luxury environments, created a Sydney Harbour inspired design for the Crown Spa.  Crown’s touch-screen technology, from 24 hour in-room dining and concierge services to media streaming, will make the guest rooms a personalised experience.  

“Our main focus when designing the hotel rooms for Crown Sydney was to emphasise the curvaceous, sensual shape of the building and to enhance the guest’s experience,” said Will Meyer, Co-Founder at Meyer Davis. “When we visited Sydney for the first time we were taken aback by Sydney’s ethereal light and we wanted to select materials that reflected this. Our colour palette was silver, white, and grey highlighted by brass, polished black and nickel.”

On level three sits an expansive infinity pool and terrace that has been designed to connect with the panoramic harbour views with cabanas and day beds for guests overlooking Sydney harbour. The Crown Spa Sydney will offer two speciality treatments beds, ‘Quartz Plassmo’ and ‘Spa Wave’, designed to elevate Crown’s wellness offering, as well as a private fitness studio adorned with TechnoGym’s exclusive ‘Artis’ equipment and an open-air tennis court.

“Crown Towers Sydney will stand amongst the finest hotels in world. We have worked with leading international design teams to create something truly unique for Sydney. International in feel, but celebrating the beauty of Sydney and its surrounds in its execution,” said Crown Sydney Chief Operating Officer, Peter Crinis.

Crown Towers Sydney is predicted to contributing almost half a billion to the economy when it opens. Bookings will go live before July, with further details to be announced throughout the course of 2020. 

 

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