Travel & Leisure

Taking Time Out: Inspiration for Your Next Journey

With travel back on the cards for most people, Luxury Defined looks at some unusual options for your next day trip, mini-break, or longer adventure

Whether you’re planning a leisurely day cruising around Lake Garda, enjoying the sights of Venice from the water, or making a quick crossing from Ibiza to Formentera, the new, fully electric Magonis Wave e-550 is the perfect craft for an exciting day out. Designed by the Italian-Spanish shipyard Magonis, the vessel is 5.5 meters (18 ft) in length, can reach 22 knots (25 mph) and has a range of 12 hours at cruising speed. Highly efficient and easy to maneuver, the vessel is a reliable but fun option for your next journey.

Overhead shot of woman and man on the Magonis boat surrounded by water
Magonis Wave e-550 is a 5.5-meter electric boat. Efficient, affordable, and desirable. The brand promises low maintenance combined with high performance.

In the cockpit you’ll find comfortable seating and a protective windscreen to ensure safe navigation for up to six passengers, and the classic bow layout can be quickly transformed from a cozy dinette into a sun lounger. The deck, including swim platforms, is crafted to resemble teak. You can also choose to include a large awning system with anti-UV sunscreen, and a deck shower.

The vessel also has interesting tech including a waterproofed 13-inch (33 cm) iPad that replaces traditional instrumentation and a 120-watt fusion sound system.

Choose an Epic Journey 

If you’re looking for a longer break, connoisseurs of leisurely vacations will be interested in Royal Caribbean’s 2023 Ultimate World Cruise. The 274-night adventure visits all seven continents, taking in more than 150 destinations in 65 countries on this amazing journey. The trip is divided into four distinct segments—Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica; Wonders of Asia and the Pacific; Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med; and Capitals of Culture.

Guests will get to see many of the wonders of the world, including the Taj Mahal in India, Peru’s Machu Picchu, China’s Great Wall, Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, and Italy’s Colosseum. Then there’s the chance to behold the largest waterfall system on the planet, Iguazú Falls in Argentina, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and the Blue Lagoon in Iceland to name but a few of the amazing sights and experiences on offer.

Cruise ship with Seattle skyline in the background
Serenade of the Seas will host the Ultimate World Cruise, which is being offered for the first time from 10 December 2023 until 10 September 2024, taking in every continent, 65 countries, and 11 world wonders.

When you’re not out and about exploring, there’s the cruise ship—Serenade of the Seas—to enjoy. Offering panoramic views from every angle, there’s also a pool with a retractable glass roof, mini golf courses, a spa, and theatre performances to choose from, as well as many dining options, including pulling up a chair at the Chef’s Table.

“People have resolved to travel and make up for lost time,” says Michael Bayley, president and CEO of the cruise specialist. “Royal Caribbean is making that a reality with the ultimate vacation. To travelers asking themselves where they should go next, we say everywhere.”

Room with a View 

Large glass doors looking over Paris
Located in the heart of Paris, Cheval Blanc is only a few steps away from the Louvre and the Marais. The historic Art Deco building has been given a new lease of life by Peter Marino as he pays tribute to French craftsmanship.

If a shorter break better suits your needs, take a look at Cheval Blanc in Paris. And while many hotels may claim to have the best views in town, those from Cheval Blanc Paris are truly superb. Located in the listed La Samaritaine building, the new venture from LVMH has postcard-perfect vistas of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. The interior design has been overseen by architect Peter Marino, with commissioned furniture and artworks from the likes of Vik Muniz.

Cheval Blanc Paris has 72 rooms and suites plus four restaurants, including the three-Michelin-starred Plénitude, overseen by renowned chef Arnaud Donckele. There’s also a relaxing spa with rooms themed by Dior. Should you venture outside the hotel, the best restaurants and sights of Paris are within walking distance.

Bags of Character

Close up of Hylton weekend bag in tweed
Hylton’s philosophy is simple: to source the finest materials and to create with the most experienced, skilled craftsmen. As a result, the products they create will last you a lifetime and each item comes with a lifetime guarantee.

When packing for your next trip, consider luggage that will last a lifetime. William Hylton, founder of the Hylton leather goods company, is no fan of fast fashion—you won’t be getting newsletters from him on this season’s “drop.” The Brit has no time for marketing fads and pushing trends, preferring instead to focus on producing handmade briefcases, bags, and washbags using the best, responsibly sourced materials from England, Scotland, Switzerland, and Italy.

With a design style described as “whispering good taste, rather than shouting about it,” Hylton tweed comes from the Lovat Mill in the Scottish Borders, their calf suede from a family tannery in Tuscany, while their hardwearing Italian leather will age and develop over time, building its own patina with each journey you make.

The Hylton Weekender, available in tweed, suede, or leather, is perfect for short breaks. The company offers a “lifetime promise” to take care of any repair work deemed beyond the normal wear and tear.

Banner image: The electric Magonis Wave e-550 by Magonis