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Traveller Made: 6 Luxury Travel Trends

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According to Quentin Desurmont,

the founder of Traveller Made, here are 6 Luxury travel trends.

I was invited at the Luxury Travel Connection Forum in Montreux few months ago. This event brought together Bespoke and Luxury Member Agencies accredited by Traveller Made as well as Travel Partners, “such as the most renowned Hotels, the best Destination Management Companies and some of the most active Tourism Boards on the luxury segment“.

As luxury is a growing market, I was really curious to discover the big trends of the real luxury travel market. And I asked the expert : check the videos below (If you have any troubles viewing the videos below, refresh the page).

1. Living emotions   


2. Experimotional



3. Slow Travel


4. Privacy


5. Climate Changes


6. People


Photos & Videos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Thank you Quentin.


Many thanks to the Luxury Travel Connection Forum for the invitation. As always these are my opinions.

Interview of Nini Andrade Silva, Interior Designer

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The interview started in the car

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of Nini Andrade Silva, while we are going to one of its sites. Yes I’m in Funchal! If the famous interior designer from Madeira works with her team on several projects around the world in the same time, this one is pretty special for her.

It will be the Nini Andrade Silva Design Center, a stunning space in a heritage building, a “fortalezza” of the Funchal harbour, dedicated to her work and life (pictures above: first picture of the building facade).

– Here you will have the story of my life. There will be a shop, restaurant and my studio / atelier / office where people could dinner. The chef will do cooking classes. There will be many different things. A place where people study design too. The official opening is in October.

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Being an Artist and a Designer 

In this part of the interview, Nini Andrade Silva explains her vocation as an interior designer, vision of hotels, the “diva way” and her charitable commitment, “to give back“. On the pictures below, some of the hotels she did the interior design.

Always hotels?

– No. We are really wellknown for hotels. We do private houses too, but it’s private and we can’t talk about it. Only people who know we do it, call us.

What do you prefer?

– I really like to do hotels. You know when you do hotels, you do everything: shops, restaurants … An hotel is a city! 

What’s next?

– We have lots of things in Colombia, Portugal, Singapore and Asia. We are doing hotels in Malaysia, Cambodia, Lisbon, Algarve and Azores. And we’ve just opened one in Porto.

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Traveler Interior Designer 

Here Nini Andrade Silva speaks about her strong connection to Madeira, her inspiration and way to work abroad or not. Pictures below: the ocean and harbour from the points of view of the Nini Andrade Silva Design Center. 

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Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés. The two videos and some of the pictures were shot with my smartphone Acer.   

Many thanks to Nini Andrade Silva and her team. And special thanks to Marta : ))


Nini Andrade SilvaVisit Madeira, Visit Portugal & TAP


Areias do Seixo: Awesome Eco-luxury Hotel in Portugal

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Before exploring the beautiful cliffs and beaches near the Areias do Seixo, 

I have tea with a friend in the large lounge-dining room of the hotel (pictures 1, 2 & 3). I really like how light brings rhythm in the big hall, drawing shadows, chiaroscuro. The view of the nearby ocean (photo 7). Decoration: a successful mix of raw concrete, antique objects, the omnipresence of wood, cabinet of curiosities and ultra modern structure. The whole creates an unique world really contemporary and poetic. We are in the Costa de Prata, under an incredible blue sky, but I can also feel a little elsewhere, Morocco, Scandinavia … nomadic setting.

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In the evening I meet Gonçalvo Alves, 

co-owner of the Areias do Seixo with Marta Fonseca who are a couple of travelers, from Torres Vedras: 

– We wanted a big house where people meet to share simple things. We also had a real interest in ecology and sustainable development. We wanted something beautiful and very simple in hippie chic spirit, the best of luxury. We worked with the architect Vasco Vieira and designer Rosarinho Gabriel to create a unique place dedicated to people who are in love.

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How the Areias do Seixo is it an eco-friendly hotel? 

– We have a green cover on the roof to balance temperature. To consume less, geothermal underfloor heating and thirty solar panels for electricity and heating. We use compost to fertilize our garden and vegetable garden. Products of the restaurant are from organic agriculture and most of them are from the region, including wine. 

Ninety percent of people who work at the hotel are locals. It becomes common to worry about the environment in Portugal. Our great-great grandparents were very green and sustainable. And Portuguese remained very authentic, very attached to their roots. We draw our knowledge among the ancients. We apply the rule of the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle.

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés. 

What would you like your guests to take away from their experience of Areias do Seixo ?

– Some say they have redesigned their life and relationship to the environment after their stay here. It’s wonderful for us because it is our passion !

Obrigada to Gonçalvo Alves, Marta Fonseca and all the team !


Areias do Seixo – Charme Hotel

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My friend and I were guests of the Areias do Seixo hotel and as always these opinions are mine.