We know which are the safest airlines for 2018, and which are the least safest. We’ve read through the places to travel to over the next 12 months, what’s changing in wellness trips and the 2018 selling tips.

Now it’s time to delve into the accommodation sector with a review of the biggest hotel trends for 2018.

Virtuoso recently reviewed the world’s best hotels and experiences, including around 100 new additions, to locate the most significant trends. Here’s what they found:


The Cool Factor

Stunning design, on-point amenities and unique character define a new breed of Virtuoso lifestyle hotels and resorts, which deliver a cutting-edge experience, unlike traditional properties.

For example, the NUO Beijing offers a dynamic atmosphere where Ming Dynasty tradition meets hip modernity, while Sao Paulo’s innovative Hotel Unique (photo) is where architecture, design, gastronomy and service intersect.


Adventure Abounds


With its wide appeal to all travellers, the allure of adventure remains hot, with experiences ranging from soft adventure to nature immersion all the way to the extreme.

Guests at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka can discover the area by bicycle, go whale watching and explore national parks, and at Tutka Bay Lodge and Winterlake Lodge in Alaska there are activities such as deep-sea and freshwater fishing, river rafting, bear viewing, glacier trekking, ocean kayaking and hiking.


Cities Rule


Virtuoso stayed ahead of the curve by adding an array of properties in the world’s most alluring cities. Shopping, spa treatments, art and architecture, and culinary wonders abound at these urban retreats.

For example, elegance reigns at properties including London’s The Langham and Four Seasons New York Downtown, or indulge passions such as art at The First Hotel Roma and cultural immersion at Hoshinoya Tokyo.


Exotic Glamping


Yep, glamping is still in.

Demand for luxury camping thrives as interest in authentic, off-the-beaten-path experiences grows.


Family Fun


The 2018 Virtuoso Luxe Report identified family travel as a dominant niche, bolstered by the network’s portfolio of family-friendly properties.

Among them is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania houses a Wildlife Academy with animals from all over the globe to educate and entertain guests. There’s also Switzerland’s Kulm Hotel St. Moritz offers a variety of perks as part of its Very Important Kids program, including free hot chocolate and ice cream.

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What are some trends you’re seeing in accommodation?