Ever-growing appetite for luxuries of life

Luxury hotel.

Alexandra Smith For the price of a new car, you can fly to Antarctica on a private jet and camp alongside emperor penguins.


Alpine property prices on the slide

Toby Johnstone It's that time of year when daydreams turn from idyllic beaches to wood fires.

Tour drop

Economic downturn puts freeze on Antarctic tourism

Emperor penguins near the Dumont d Urville base, Antarctica.

The economic downturn has frozen enthusiasm to travel to the Antarctic, with tourism operators reporting a sharp downturn in bookings.