Luxury redefines itself year on year and brings varied options for the travellers to explore unique experiences. New age luxury travellers desire more personalised and customised services, and furthermore, with the advent of technology and availability of information at their finger tips, selecting the destination that best suits their choice is just a click away.
In India, the luxury travel market has developed immensely over the last few years, and travellers here have become more open to exploring unique destinations and are constantly seeking enriching, one-of-a-kind experiences that are beyond the ordinary. While they may splurge extravagantly, they are also conscious of spending wisely, and demand exclusivity that justifies the price.
India is one of the fastest growing outbound markets currently, and Indians are increasingly becoming spoilt for choice as they plan their holidays, especially while selecting destinations, accommodation, activities, services, food & beverage and so on. Nowadays, younger and affluent travellers, between the age group of 30-45, are embarking on international vacations and choosing destinations which offer a great amalgamation of luxury and adventure. Sophisticated and globally aware Indians prefer understated luxury instead of ostentatious service, and explore more authentic destination experiences such as customised tours to familiarize themselves with the local culture, meeting the denizens, savouring regional delicacies and many more.
Here is a list of some stunning, offbeat destinations that we highly recommend for the evolved Indian travellers seeking inimitable luxury experiences around the world:
7. Quebec – A breathtaking luxury destination in Canada, Quebec is home to lush forests, stunning waterfalls, pristine lakes, romantic bistros and a host of world-class accommodations that makes it a picture-perfect holiday spot with extraordinary travel opportunities. There are plethora of varied activities that travellers can choose from, such as driving and walking through the winding cobbled streets, hidden squares and chateaux, or even visit the Montmorency Falls that lie gracefully just outside the Quebec City. It is the only walled city in North America which paints a charming picture that includes- colourful Victorian facades, horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists. It is also an ideal city for music enthusiasts, and hosts a range of exciting events like winter carnivals, classical music and jazz festivals, film festivals.
Ideal time to visit: June to September and December to February
6. Costa Rica– The rocky Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific, is the ultimate choice for adventure lovers and thrill seekers. Costa Rica boasts of astounding biological diversity and landscapes with active volcanoes, cloud forests, sparkling beaches and tropical rainforests. Some of the activities one can enjoy here include- the exotic settings of the lush highlands, walking above a rainforest canopy on suspended bridges, enjoying a Chef’s table culinary experience. Inquisitive travellers who have the zeal to know more about the local food and culture can also learn to prepare traditional Costa Rican desserts like Miel de Chiverre (Sweet White Spaghetti Squash) and Tres Leches, Arroz con Leche (rice pudding).
Ideal time to visit: Mid-December to April
5. Antarctica – A spectacular destination that offers exhilarating adventure, Antarctica is great for winter lovers to experience the white wilderness in the coldest place on earth. It is an uninhabited continent, an icy island with gigantic icebergs carved by the wind and sea into floating caverns. To get a closer look, inquisitive travellers can opt for luxury expeditions cruises, zodiac rafts or even sea-kayaks through a maze of ice and ocean, and face some of the unique fauna of the deep waters such as humpback whales at their summer feeding grounds, orcas on the prowl, seals and the most famous resident of the South Pole, the penguin. One can be assured to achieve a life-altering experience by sailing out on a luxury Antarctica Cruise to discover some of the world’s rarest wildlife and terrain led by seasoned guides.
Ideal time to visit: October to March