In this series of articles, I talk to a wide range of travel experts, insiders and luxury brands to find out more about the future of travel for next year and beyond. In Part 1, I wrote about the search for authentic travel and how technology can elevate travel experiences. For Part 2, I spoke to Black Tomato about the rise in people wanting to capture special moments through travel experiences. Today, I take a deep dive into the rise of sustainable architecture, the trend of happy hotel design and the quest for the best of sleep science.
TREND 5: SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
Why biophilic architecture is tapping into a new zeitgeist.
In Booking.com’s just-released, annualTravel Predictions 2024 trends report, the company spoke to more than 27,000 travellers across 33 countries and territories. The digital platform discovered that 66% of respondents thought that they were the best versions of themselves while on holiday. As a result, to explore how travel will transport people out of autopilot and into unleashing their best lives, the company came up with seven ‘prediction personas’ for travel in 2024. One of these is ‘Mindful Aesthetes’—wherein the intersection of design and mindfulness will influence travel in 2024. These are travellers who have a desire to make more conscious and responsible choices as a way of life.
“The world of travel is poised for a sustainable makeover,” says the report. “Over half (53%) of travelers are seeking accommodation that blends comfort with innovative sustainability features. They crave the serenity of nature indoors, with 65% desiring green spaces and plants in their stays. Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword—it's a lifestyle. Travellers are keen on eco-friendly choices and, even more so, on app rewards for making sustainable decisions (60%).”
Exclusive Collectionis a group of luxury hotels found across the UK – including Pennyhill Park in Surrey and South Lodge in Sussex. Danny Pecorelli, managing director agrees that sustainable architecture has never been so important. “While we’re continuing to better the environmental impacts of our historic country houses across the collection, we also see a great opportunity to use innovative sustainable design with any new builds,” he says. “For example, we have worked with Felce & Guy Architects on The Reeds at South Lodge, launching in 2024—eight luxury lakeside lodges using a rapid root pile system. This is a concrete-free foundation system using recycled aluminium poles, which have a lower carbon footprint and do not impact the roots of mature trees surrounding the lake.”
Hotel design company, Premier, which designed Renaissance Palm Springs comments about biophilia design. Senior design director, Abby Shehan, says: “For
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Even during the height of winter ski season, you can still hear the rhythmic pop of a tennis ball hitting a racquet around Stanglwirt, a decades-old luxury resort in the Austrian Alps near the tony mountain town of Kitzbühel. While Stanglwirt is now known for its laundry list of world-class amenities (including a fantastic wellness program), tennis is in fact what put it on the map. Through tennis management firm Peter Burwash International, Stanglwirt expanded its entire tennis program in the 1970s and 1980s, including building more facilities to accommodate tennis camps—a novelty at the time.
The Turks and Caicos Islands is celebrating over a million visitors to the destination by air and cruise. From January to October 2023, the Turks and Caicos saw 535,893 visitors arrive by air and 677,943 via cruise.
The design of the Café Local stores includes feature graphics of the local skyline, with a modern and simple blue and yellow colour scheme. Keeping true to its name, community boards where local groups and clubs can showcase events or provide relevant information to local passengers are also available.
Clustered on the east coast of Scotland are seven tidal pools. These seawater swimming holes are the perfect harnessing of nature, and show how communities have found ways to immerse themselves in their environment for generations. St Monans, for example, sits where the North Sea beats ferociously against the cliffs and much of the coastline is inaccessible—this rectangular body of water, however, offers a safe swim. Traveling between these tidal pools on a road trip is about so much more though. It's an adventure connecting witch folklore, dolphin spotting, forest bathing, rock ‘n’ roll legends, fly fishing, and the most delicious smoked haddock soup you’ve ever eaten.
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