Travel Trends to Follow in 2015

by Kimberly Krol

Dec 25, 2014

Gstaad Palace © Hawkins

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Alvear Palace, Brunch Buffet © Hawkins

Alvear Palace, Brunch Buffet © Hawkins

What’s in and what’s out in travel in 2015? Check out this list of potential trends from Hawkins as you begin planning your trips for next year.


All-Night Incentives

Hotels are developing offers to encourage guests to stay up all night. Gstaad Palace arranges night skiing, while Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz., organizes a Full Moon Red Rocks Hike. Look for similar night-inspired packages at hotels around the globe.


Signature Sounds

Curated playlists and sounds are all the rage for the upcoming year, from La Compagnie, a new, boutique, all-business airline, offering an inflight-playlist, to Sofitel Luxury Hotels working with a songwriter on a special song specific to the brand.


OCNN Playrooms © Hawkins

OCNN Playrooms © Hawkins

Digital Concierges

Technology wins in 2015, with more and more hotels offering digital concierge services via tablets and apps. Look for these types of innovations in the lobbies of hotels like Pullman Hotels, Novotel and Loews Hotels & Resorts.


Experiential Booze Tours

It’s time to learn more about beer, wine and spirits before indulging in the New Year. Look for hands-on experiences at several hotels, including Hotel Vermont, The Gates Hotel Key West and Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg.


Artisanal Ice

Who would think ice in drinks — and not part of severe winter weather — would make a splash this season? Specialty ice options — think custom, etched ice spheres — are available at Montage Beverly Hills and Hotel Plaza Athénée.



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