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Around the world, new luxury locomotives are embarking unforgettable trips around the world. From India and Japan to America to Britain, we bring you three mobile hotels on wheels that not just bring you through the most picturesque sceneries, but also make the journey one to remember.
1. Train Suite Shiki Shima
A leisurely departure from Japan’s high-speed bullet trains, the new Train Suite Shiki Shima will debut in May with one- to three-day itineraries through the forests, vineyards and coastlines of Tohoku and Hokkaido. The 10-car train offers just 17 suites as well as a lounge, a dining carriage and two observatory cars.
2. Belmond Andean Explorer
South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the 24-cabin Belmond Andean Explorer, will make its inaugural trip in May across the Peruvian Andes. One- and two-night journeys to and from Cusco might include stops at the floating villages of Lake Titicaca, the condor-filled Colca Canyon and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Arequipa. En route, guests can sample local highland cuisine in two dining cars, sip pisco sours in the lounge and cosy up in hand-woven alpaca wool blankets on the observation deck.
For those travelling between Scotland and Great Britain, you may also consider the Belmond Royal Scotsman, which’ll feature the hotel’s first mobile luxury spa.
3. Deccan Odyssey
India’s fabled Deccan Odyssey recently relaunched with elegant new interiors and an exterior painted in colourful Warli art. Six immersive circuits departing from Mumbai and Delhi include visits to the forts of Agra, the forests of Ranthambore and the palaces of Udaipur, among other destinations.