In transit to many dream-worthy destinations, we give a passing glance at the duty-free shops as we rush off to catch our plane. Later, after we’ve settled into our seats in economy class, our thoughts drift back to the airport terminal and we wonder if many of the high-priced (but also highly discounted) luxury items are really worth the price they ask on the tag.
There’s no question about it, many of these items represent the finest items in their product class, and as such, they command top dollar from the consumer. The question then becomes, where can I go to ensure the best possible duty-free shopping experience?
If one wants a top flight duty-free shopping experience, one must be selective where we decide to open our wallets. One shopping arcade where you may want to consider loosening the purse strings is located in Heathrow Airport in London. Here, you can find the best known names in British luxury goods: Harrods, Ted Baker, Mulberry, etc. Quick tip: Paul Smith Globe has rare books for sale in its airport location. Buy one for your favorite bibliophile back home, and give them a surprise of a lifetime!
If your tastes tend towards Italian designers, leaving Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino International Airport without perusing the duty-free shops would be a grave sin. Here, you can find stores featuring clothing and products from designers such as Prada, Gucci, Armani, Valentino, among others. Got a gearhead in the family that like Ferraris? You can find goods emblazoned with the car maker’s logo in their official store within the duty-free shopping area.
If you find yourself holidaying in the exotic subcontinent of India, be sure to exit the country through Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. At this facility, you will find duty-free shopping that showcases the very best luxury goods that India has to offer. Choose from an eviable selection of local crafts, jewels and fabrics at retailers like Krishna Pearls and Jewelers and Crystal Mirage. As well, don’t forget to take advantage of the foot massage providers at the Mumbai airport before boarding your long haul flight back home!
Finally, who could mention luxury in today’s world without acknowledging the 800 pound gorilla in the room, Dubai. A symbol of wealth and decadence in the early 21st century, Dubai International Airport contains just about every luxury brand you can think of in its 60,000 square feet of selling space. From Casa Del Habano cigars to Swarovski crystal, Dubai truly has it all. Dubai’s duty-free shops record one billion dollars in sales per year, accounting for 5% of the global duty-free market alone!
Even when a product is duty-free, it costs considerably more than lower grade products. Ensure that the products you buy are ones you will truly treasure and enjoy, and they will be worth every penny you spend on them.