Five Luxury Travel Hotspots For 2012

14 May 2012
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While Mauritius, Monaco and the French Riviera will always be high on the luxe list, some 'off the radar' locations have begun to emerge as the new face for luxury travel in 2012. From affordable luxuries, to lavish trends, here are five luxury travel hotspots to consider travelling to this year.

 Procession in London

No matter which way you look at it, London is this year's travel star. As host of the 2012 Olympic Games, the city is set to experience a surge in tourism from all around the world. As such, London is making special preparations to deal with the deluge; improved public transport, hotel renovations and more events than ever. In addition to Olympic excitement, London is also in the midst of celebrating the 60 year reign of Her Majesty the Queen, with numerous ceremonies and public appearances taking place. On the luxury front, hip boutique hotels in the East End are proving to be the city's hottest ticket, offering n homely and intimate experience within close proximity to all the action.

Set to host the World Cup in 2014, Brazil is another country soon to gain wide world attention. In the lead up to the momentous event, South America's largest country is gearing up for an influx of travellers, and those who decide to head there early are set to reap the benefits. While luxury resorts are nothing new to Brazil, particularly the iconic beaches of Rio De Janeiro, the country is experiencing a surge in health tourism. Wellness, fitness and pamper resorts boasting feel-good experiences have begun popping up along the coast line. As a country famous for its bronzed bodies and tiny bikinis, its little wonder that tourists are flocking to Brazil to learn the tricks of the body-beautiful trade. Now is the perfect time to test out the country's beauty and pamper secrets before the prices rise in 2014.

Though it has been long been a local favourite, it's taken until now for Tasmania to make it onto the world wide hotspot list, attracting a range of international travellers seeking luxury in an unspoiled environment. The Apple Isle's biggest drawcard is its natural assets, from spectacular scenery to locally grown produce. Eco-tourism and culinary tourism in particular, are booming industries in Tasmania, with food and wine tours, and hands-on experiences such as harvesting oysters, proving incredibly popular.

In the luxury cruising world, Alaska's cold beauty is proving to be a hot trend. A destination that captures the attention of all ages, Alaska offers a unique experience like no other. Marvel at soaring glaciers, touch icebergs and watch in disbelief as whales jump out of the water. To complement this beautiful yet harsh part of the world, a luxury cruise ship allows you to see all of the sights without leaving your comfort zone, making it one of the ultimate ways to see Alaska. Furthermore, cruise ships can also venture to some of the state's most isolated regions, allowing you to experience rare and spectacular scenery in style.

Travellers can't seem to get enough of Thailand, but it's not the only gem of South East Asia. In fact, if you're looking for a Thai holiday minus the crowds, Laos is an ideal option. Savvy travellers are cottoning on to South East Asia's best kept secret, travelling to the pristine islands of Laos to embrace the laid-back lifestyle. While opulent comfort can be found at the country's two, five star alliance hotels located in the popular tourism hub of Luang Prabang, you don't have to splurge to experience luxury in Laos. Much like Thailand, package deals and luxury resorts offer great value for money.

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.