Top Luxury Travel Destinations in 2015

February 2015

Top 2015 Luxury Travel Destinations

Each year Virtuoso Travel, one of the world’s leaders in luxury travel, publishes its Luxe Report, an annual survey of its elite travel advisors. Recognized throughout the industry as an authoritative trend-predictor, the report forecasts luxury travel trends and favored destinations while offering insight into the patterns and decisions of the world’s wealthiest travelers.

Here are some of the highlights of the report, I’m sure there’s a few in here you’ll be adding to your ever expanding travel bucket list!

Virtuoso Luxe Report on Top Luxury Travel Destinations in 2015

AmaWaterways River CruiseFor the first time in five years, river cruising trumped multigenerational travel as the number one trend and Croatia secured the top spot in the “Emerging Destinations” category (the country didn’t make the “top 10” in 2014). Iceland is on the rise while Cuba, Myanmar, and Bhutan continue to be favored emerging destinations. “Adventure travel” surfaced as a dominant trend for 2015 with Costa Rica and South Africa sweeping the top two spots, respectively, proving travelers are less interested in sitting still.

The love affair with Italy continues as it reigned supreme for the “Top International Destination.” France, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia follow as top international locales, respectively.

MauiWithin the U.S., New York City maintained its top spot, followed by Maui, Napa Valley/Sonoma, and Las Vegas. Miami/South Beach climbed three places to reach the “top 5,” bumping Hawaii’s Big Island to ninth place.

ProvenceExploring new destinations, seeking authentic experiences, rest and relaxation, and spending time or reconnecting with loved ones prove to be the key motivators behind high-end travel.

Key findings from the 2015 Virtuoso Luxe Report:

Top Travel Trends

1. River cruising

2. Multigenerational travel

3. Active or adventure trips

4. Celebration travel

5. Family travel (immediate)

Top Domestic Destinations

1. New York, NY

2. Maui, HI

3. Napa Valley/Sonoma, CA

4. Las Vegas, NV

5. Miami/South Beach, FL

Top International Destinations

1. Italy

2. France

3. Mexico

4. South Africa

5. Australia

Top Adventure Destinations

1. Costa Rica

2. South Africa

3. Galapagos Islands

4. New Zealand

5. Peru

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