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There is new evidence that a growing number of affluent travelers are seeking private, luxurious getaways, booking more private yachts, villas and jets than ever before. American Express’ “Platinum Travel Service” team of specialists says that the requests for private villas are at an all-time high, especially from multi-generational families or groups of friends looking for privacy, space and a “home away from home” with additional comforts. Specialists report that Italy, France and the Caribbean – particularly St. Barts – are among the most popular destinations for private villa vacations, which, like private yachts, are often six-night/seven-day vacations booked six to nine months in advance. Private jets are becoming central to the vacation itself, especially for families. Jet specialists are increasingly booking private jet charters for customers to hop from city to city within European countries and Asia. For more information visit: “”:

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