The Best Luxury Shopping Experiences Around the World for 2020
For many discerning travellers, visiting exotic climes and indulging in a spot of retail therapy go hand in hand. Whereas some love to explore ancient ruins and natural landscapes, others find nothing more thrilling than hunting down a lavish item or three to take home with them as a memento.
A growing trend in luxury hospitality is for high-end hotels to offer guests the chance to indulge in a lavish shopping experience during their stay. For 2020, a number of properties have added such opportunities to their experience portfolio. Here are five of the best.
Luxury Shopping at Bicester Village with Conrad James St. James
Conrad London St. James is offering guests a luxury shopping experience in partnership with Bicester Village. Escape the everyday high street experience and admire the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside before exploring Bicester Village and its more than 160 boutique stores. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Champagne by a personal stylist ready to assist in finding the perfect outfit whatever the occasion.
Conrad London St. James has tailored the experience by providing all guests with a £100 gift card, access to The Apartment-Bicester Village, a by-invitation-only VIP lounge, hands-free shopping and a VIP card granting a 10% discount. After an exciting day out, guests can return to Conrad London St. James where a Welcome to London gift will be waiting.
Boutique Shopping Inside and Out at Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Ostuni, Puglia
With Puglia's historic setting, Italy’s most secluded coast makes a rewarding alternative to the tourist traps found elsewhere. Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa has been meticulously restored to boast 11 individually curated rooms and suites with a cosmopolitan soul. Each guest room is different, and guests who love the chic interiors can buy select furniture and décor to take home as the ultimate holiday memento. Any sold pieces will be replaced by the hotel’s owners, who are also on hand to offer insider tips on the best place to bag an antique bargain.
Paragon 700’s unrivalled location between Ostuni’s 700th and 800th historic district, means guests will be perfectly placed to explore and shop Italy’s White City and beyond, which is a haven of boutique shops and markets. Take Vineria I Buongiorno, where the delicious Italian wines are accompanied by beautiful souvenirs for loved ones such as a ‘Pumi di Grottaglie’, depicting a symbol of good luck and rebirth. Whether you're looking for a light summer dress, a vase, a sofa or some linen for your home, guests can try the Blanc Café and Living Store also featuring a bar/cafe and shop in a restored part of a palazzo. The courtyard invites a fresh drink or aperitif after a long walk in the historic centre of Gallipoli. For the shopper with an eye for curiosity, visit Ad’Opera, a contemporary gallery that features selected antiques and paintings that can even be custom made.
#MyVacationStylist service with Voyager Club
Voyager Club offers a curated selection of the most unique luxury hotels and properties from around the globe, providing guests with exclusive access to a range of private residences not usually available to the public, through their extensive network. The first company to combine luxury travel and luxury fashion, Voyager Club can also organise a personalised vacation wardrobe through its fashion concierge service #MyVacationStylist. This service provides guests with a personal consultation and a stylish holiday wardrobe, delivered directly to the door, hotel, villa or chalet; simply decide which items you want to keep and they will return the rest.
Voyager Club has recently announced a new sustainable fashion edit as part of the #MyVacationStylist service by curating a selection of the best ethical and sustainable brands, from swimwear to jewellery, meaning that fashion-conscious travellers no longer need to sacrifice style for sustainability.
Shopping at Sani Marina - Sani Resort, Greece
Located in the heart of the 5-star family-friendly Sani Resort, Sani Marina offers a buzzing hotspot of boutique shops and designer brands. From world-renowned Missoni and swimwear go-to’s including Orlebar Brown, to childrenswear favourites such as the flamboyant and fun brand Monnalisa, there's something for everyone. Spend the morning enjoying all that Sani Resort has to offer – including white sandy beaches, luxurious spas, idyllic pools and various sporting academies – before having a break from the sun as you explore Sani Marina, followed by a drink at one of the piazza's restaurants or bars.
Luxury Shopping Experience with Komo Monaco
Beloved of the international jet set, Monaco draws over seven million visitors per year, attracted by the stunning scenery, world-class hotels, restaurants, sporting events and attractions on offer. The principality has recently launched innovative concept store, KOMO Monaco, to offer a contemporary vision for the destination's millennial generation of residents and visitors. Located in the heart of the principality, the flagship store combines a fresh, modern edge to lifestyle, shopping and dining. Visitors can seek out the latest fashion items from high-end brands, alongside professional advice from fashion experts. Meanwhile its chilled-out tapas-lounge restaurant offers a vibrant Mediterranean-influenced menu, and its haute-couture pastry shops provide an indulgent selection of cakes, macarons and sweets.