- The most luxurious new travel experiences embrace the ethos of less is more, says MARK C. O’FLAHERTY
The new trend in travel is for stripped- back luxury, but don’t panic, that doesn’t mean stark bedrooms and no-frills service. As a backlash to our fast-track lives, vacations are becoming a time to disconnect, with more of us seeking out stress-free environments in what experts are calling “authentic” locations. So turn on your out of office and embrace a more meaningful luxury at one of these very different, yet utterly stylish, escapes.
A maxi dress will keep you cool – and chic – in hot climes.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Why go: This is one of the most sophisticated and remote all-inclusive resorts in the southern hemisphere with peace, quiet and Mother Nature all around you.
Back to basics: There’s a full calendar of natural phenomena, from marlin and manta ray season to the early rising of the Southern Cross constellation.
When to go: Now, next week or in six months – it has year-round temperatures of around 80 degrees. lizardisland.com.au
The beach at Lizard Island and one of its villas (right)