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This year’s luxury travel trends | LUXX Report

1 The villa wizards
Thanks to Airbnb (and posh rivals The Plum Guide and Onefinestay), finding a holiday home is easier than ever. What isn’t quite as straightforward is identifying extraordinary houses with staff as polished as the estates themselves. Which is where small, but specialist, villa companies come in. Last summer Cédric Reversade and Paul-Maxime Koskas (uniquepropertiesandevents.com) organised a birthday party for 150 at an exquisite Corsican property, which included a lobster beach picnic and an island treasure hunt. Queen of Greek villas, Ileana von Hirsch (fivestargreece.com) might persuade a shipping magnate to lend his private island home, complete with trusty retainers. Marina Gratsos (carpediemtravel.co.uk) specialises in finding European homes for clients based on their interests. Not all properties cost a fortune. “Art lovers…