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What's New in Travel: Hotels, Trends and Experiences

Join us as we delve into what’s new in travel and inspire you for your next adventure.


At Distinct Vacations, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to new developments and offerings. Through our extensive network of local partners and ongoing research into emerging destinations and experiences, we ensure that every journey we design is infused with the freshest and most exciting opportunities available.

Continue reading for what's new in travel: hotels, trends and experiences...


Spectacular spa hotel on Lake Garda - Cape of Senses
Cape of Senses - Lake Garda

Boutique and Family-Owned Hotels

Experience the charm and personalized service of family-owned boutique hotels. These unique accommodations offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere where every detail is thoughtfully curated. Enjoy the authenticity, character, and intimate connections that larger hotels often lack. I recently had the honor of meeting the owners of Cape of Senses. This is a luxury spa resort above Lake Garda. The owners are 2 brothers whose family has been in the travel industry for generations, in the Dolomites region. They had been dreaming about opening a hotel on Lake Garda for many years, until the right property came along. Here they built this magnificent hotel and opened in 2023.


Culinary pasta-making experience in Sicily
Pasta-making experience in Sicily

Culinary Experiences

Now more than ever, travelers are yearning to learn about a destination through its food. Exploring unique flavors and ingredients and revealing stories of its past and present offer an incredible way to understand a country or region’s culture, history, and traditions. Whether it’s a food walking tour in a city, a private cooking class with a chef in their home, or an afternoon at a local winery to enjoy tastings and lunch, these gastronomic adventures enrich your travel experience, making it more immersive and unforgettable.


A beautiful cabin on La Dolce Vita Orient Express
La Dolce Vita - Orient Express

Luxury Rail Trips in Italy

The launch of these new luxury trains will be a great addition to any itinerary in Italy. La Dolce Vita Orient Express will offer a luxurious dining car with a restaurant and bar, and prestigious cabins with sophisticated design, making it the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside. Choose between deluxe cabins and suites - each carriage radiates sophistication and offers thoughtful amenities and traditional room service. They will offer 8 itineraries (1 and 2 nights). Destinations include the Italian Riviera, Tuscany, and Sicily. These unique journeys will begin in 2025. Contact me to stay up to date or for more details.


Personalized Trips and the Travel Advisor

Yes, we now have access to AI tools, however, these tools can provide data-driven suggestions, while a travel advisor brings human expertise and personalized insights that cater specifically to your preferences and needs. Advisors offer a deep understanding of destinations, local cultures, and insider tips that AI algorithms may not always capture. We have personal relationships with our local partners, providing you with a tailored approach, curating unique experiences, securing exclusive access, and handling intricate logistics. Additionally, advisors offer real-time support, ensuring seamless adjustments to your itinerary and addressing unforeseen challenges, all while providing peace of mind. Now, more than ever, the demand for travel advisors to plan your most cherished vacations is on the rise. We elevate your vacation experience!

Traveling for Sporting Events - Manchester United match at Old Trafford
Manchester United match at Old Trafford

Traveling for Sporting Events

Planning a trip around a major sporting event can transform a simple getaway into an extraordinary adventure. Imagine witnessing the electrifying atmosphere of the World Cup, the passionate crowds at the Tour de France, or the historic charm of the Wimbledon Championships. These events not only offer thrilling athletic performances but also immerse you in the local culture and festivities that surround them. Combining travel with a love for sports creates an exhilarating journey, where each destination provides unique experiences and unforgettable memories.

Would you like to elevate your next vacation experience? Reach out to start planning.


At Distinct Vacations we partner with in-country travel suppliers allowing us to offer out-of-the-ordinary, non-Googleable, local experiences with premium service throughout your vacation.


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