Firstly, let’s explore the interesting and insightful research, incorporating why St Marys Residence in Auckland, New Zealand, is the perfect property to fulfil these trends.
Enhancing the global adventures of clients worth at least US$30 million, input from 167 bespoke travel designers across 44 countries – members of the Europe-based Traveller Made network - was collated to reveal the Six Trends in Luxury Travel for 2016.
(1) Emotional Travel
The emotional element of travel is equally important as the experiential...quality time spent with family, friends and partners creates life long and unforgettable memories.
In Auckland and around the Country, opportunities abound from shared adventures to private moments of quiet contemplation amidst breathtaking beauty.
The emotional category can include parents wishing to take a major trip with their children before they fly the nest. Families willingly invest in such trips because they want to go someplace special that will create lasting memories.
Another category is mother-daughter or father-son trips. These are very emotionally connecting because they’re all about bonding.
The St Marys Residence bespoke and refined service style, and generous hospitality guarantees parents, children or lifelong friends can enhance their special time together in our contemporary city retreat.
(2) Experiential Travel
From Waiheke Island vineyards to the urban village vibe of the surrounding St Marys Bay neighbourhood and the uber-cool Ponsonby precinct, couples, friends and families can together experience the very best Auckland has to offer. Our central location provides excellent access to the city’s highlights, including award winning dining, smart shopping, world class art galleries and rejuvenating day spas. All are just a five to ten-minute drive from the Residence, and Auckland’s key sporting and entertainment venues are equally convenient.
(3) Privacy & Intimacy
Our single-party reservation policy ensures complete privacy and confidentiality for up to six guests. Each reservation is made on a totally exclusive basis. This means no other party will be resident during your stay as the entire property is yours to enjoy!
Such a level of independence and seclusion is rare…all combining to make the Residence the ideal luxury home-away-from-home for romantic couples, families and friends travelling together celebrating milestone events and special occasions (Robb Report).We have a versatile array of suites to accommodate families and friends, and our talented interior design team can even customise décor with personalised touches.
(4) Slow Travel
The beautiful New Zealand countryside allows visitors to experience the natural spectacle of our glaciers, lakes, mountains and coastline. Book a three to four-night stay at St Marys Residence and exciting forest mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring dual coastlines, uninhabited wildlife sanctuaries and stellar remote black sand beaches...are all easy day trips from our chic city location.
(5) ‘Last Chance to See It’ Travel
New Zealand is an outstanding destination for ‘wilderness travel’. Thrill seeking, active and adventurous couples, families and friends travelling together can experience the scale and grandeur of this surprising and unique country...from heli-golfing on award winning courses to heli-fishing in the Hauraki Gulf through to big game hunting in the Central North Island. You will truly be spoilt for choices in unspoilt surrounds. Bucket list…check!
(6) ‘Feel the Universe’ Travel
As the centre of the universe changes, travellers are willing to go further and further afield in pursuit of rare and unique experiences. New Zealand has long been held by many as a once-in-life-time must-do destination.
Auckland, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most stylish cities, is the gateway to the country and our centrally located, sophisticated Residence is the ultimate Auckland statement stay from which to best enjoy authentic local experiences and activities…be it relaxing day trips from the city to overnight cruising, exploring the myriad of islands in the majestic Hauraki Gulf. Regardless... a virtual marine playground awaits!
All six trends resonate strongly with Manjit and myself, and we’re certain New Zealand is very well placed to take advantage of these emerging directions in luxury travel.
We are also confident that combining these trends with our superb offering as a luxury urban lodge makes St Marys Residence the ideal base for a unique and unforgettable holiday down under!