Read our insider travel ideas for luxury vacations in Thailand, Canada, Indonesia, Germany and Australia. Get details and recommendations right here from Vikram Seshadri, an expert in international luxury travel. Traveling abroad is not for the faint of heart, especially without expert assistance from a travel advisor. Vikram Seshadri of Protravel International brings to his position in-depth knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and South America. Having grown up in Indonesia, Vikram is very familiar with luxury vacations in Southeast Asia, as well as being fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, the language of the region. It’s one of four languages he speaks. As a savvy world traveler who’s visited 30 countries, you’ll find that Vikram has no shortage of travel ideas. Vikram says, “Indonesia is a highly tolerant, moderate nation. It’s relatively safe to travel around. Bali has always been the tourist gateway, but other gateways are coming to prominence, including Lombok, Borneo and Nihiwatu on Sumba.”
Looking for a unique trip to Germany? Vikram recommends their world-class holiday experience. The Christmas markets in Heidelberg and Berlin, and especially the Christmas Market in Munich, Germany, in the quaint town square of the Old Town District, offer irresistible allure to visitors from all over the world. Couple that unmatched experience with visits to picturesque Bavarian villages and Alpine ski resorts – it creates an unforgettable vacation. Some of the resorts and luxury hotels he recommends are Hotel de Rome and Hotel Adlon Kempinski, the Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski Munich and the new Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. Perhaps visiting Australia is on your to-do list? Just 14 hours from LAX and San Francisco, the East Coast of Australia beckons. With holidays falling over summer in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s a great time to visit the Land Down Under. In particular, New Year’s Eve in Sidney is exquisite. From fireworks displays to the dining scene in Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland, the abundant, enchanting experiences dangle everywhere like delicious fruit waiting to be harvested. Vikram recommends Qualia on Hamilton Island, the Langham Sydney and Southern Ocean Lodge for luxury vacation enthusiasts.
Thailand is another jewel in the crown of Asia, with its bustling, cosmopolitan city of Bangkok, its idyllic beaches, lush jungles, and vibrant Chang Mai, a foodie paradise. Here, Vikram steers his luxury travel clients to renowned tented luxury camps for an unforgettable stay. As for Canada, Vikram has dozens of travel ideas. He loves the waterfront cities of Montreal and Vancouver, a glass-topped train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer to see all the landscape, and his favorite hotel is the Rosewood Georgia. For any of these savvy lifestyle experiences, you can rack up the bonus perks with a luxury vacation travel advisor on your team. Our insider contacts help us score upgrades and other amenities at hotels (such as daily breakfast, food and beverage credits, early check-in/late check-out), along with possible upgrades and amenities on airlines. Some of the airline perks include access to free seats, upgrades with specific airlines, and guaranteed assigned seats ahead of time. Our size and relationships help us secure for our clients far better deals than they could procure on their own. Make Vikram Seshadri your luxury travel advisor today – your future self will thank you.