Definitive destinations

by | Jan 11, 2017

We focus on ten destinations that are essential in any travel connoisseur’s bucket list for the new year.

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We focus on ten destinations that are essential in any travel connoisseur’s bucket list for the new year. Luxury, ongoing pursuits to delight travellers, access to uncommon experiences, new concept cuisine and designer suites are just some of the flavours that are essential to start off the New Year.

It’s all the rage. Kingpins of fashion have just chosen Havana as the place to shoot their images. The United States has loosened up the restrictions levied for decades. Now is the time to get there ahead of the hordes of American cruisers soon bound for Havana. Of all the months to go, March and April are perhaps the best when the days are longer and sunnier.

One of the last frontiers for Arctic cruising junkies, Greenland is now enjoying supreme popularity among af uent adventurers looking to leave the beaten path far behind.

With a rich cultural history dating back thousands of years, Peru offers a glimpse of the past, but also a nod to the future. Endowed with eleven UNESCO Heritage Sites, an ever-growing roster of Michelin star restaurants, and the new Belmond Luxury Sleeper Train with overnight service to Lake Titicaca, Peru is a must see destination for 2017.

Hainan Island
Tropical paradise is not a description often used in connection with China but Hainan
Island the ‘tail of the dragon’ is just that. Long the secret of northern Chinese and Russian snowbirds, Hainan aims to become an international tourism island by 2020 so expect the red carpet to be rolled out.

Experience a side of Japan you never knew about when you visit its southernmost prefecture. Made up of a chain of islands, the main island of Okinawa is located about 640 kilometres from mainland Japan and the island paradise is often overlooked by vacationers.

The cold northerly island of Iceland is conveniently located between Europe and America, but is still relatively undiscovered by travellers; this doesn’t mean that it isn’t a regular on travel bucket lists. Iceland is regularly chosen as the best place to see the spectacular northern lights, and 2017 falls in the middle of a heightened period of aurora activity, so the ashing greens, oranges and reds are set to be bright and frequent across the country.

Pablo Escobar is long gone. FARC has agreed to peace. Shakira is hitting the charts with her songs, Quintana is the cycling supremo of the Tour de France and Miss Colombia recently won Miss Universe. Tourism is now abundant. It’s a happening country.

Croatia is shedding its image as a place for budget beach vacations, won while part of Yugoslavia, and becoming one of Europe’s most desirable destinations. Word is out that Croatia is a country with high-end accommodation, where foodies who are into exploring heritage sites and exquisite coastal scenery can enjoy outstanding value.

Little Lanai island should be on the list of every discerning traveller who loves miles of pristine beaches to themselves, a marine preserve full of tropical sh to snorkel with, a fascinating culture to immerse in, and an extraordinary geological landscape of many facets to explore on just 141 square miles. The Hawaiian island is home to 3,100 people and was once the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Today the economy on Lanai is mainly luxury tourism.

Russia is rarely considered as a holiday destination, yet Moscow is one of the world’s most interesting cities, one that provides sophisticated travellers with excellent options for activities and accommodation suitable to their lofty expectations. Highly educated and more open then ever before, the twelve million residents of Moscow welcome visitors to enjoy their exceptional museums, endless cultural activities, and vibrant energy of the largest city in Europe.

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