There is so much of the world to see its hard to decide where to spend your vacation time. Let 2018 be the year you step out of your comfort zone and discover a new destination. Here are the best destinations to visit in 2018, whether you are looking for a city break, to relax on the beach or to explore uncharted territory, we have you covered!
1. Hampi, India
India is a country full of colour, soul and diversity that undoubtedly leaves a lasting impression on every traveller. The Northern triangle of Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan is the most popular route for tourists whilst the South can often be overlooked, however, this is where you’ll find the jewel in the crown.
Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is infamous for its ruins, geological formations and rustic temples. Spanning 26 kilometres Hampi deserves a spacious amount of time to fully enjoy its rich earthy tones and archaeological delights. As its popularity has grown, recent developments have made Hampi easily accessible through direct flights from Bangalore and Hyderabad international airports.
The opening of Kamalapura Palace in 2016 was a landmark for the area as it became Hampis first luxury hotel. This Orange County operated Resort welcomes guests to the naturally rugged terrain whilst offering pure comfort. Don’t just take our word for it, Hampi is one of best places the Lonely Planet suggests to visit in India.
2. Mdina, Malta
Europes underdog to the Greecian Islands is a vibrant and sun-kissed Meditteranean destination. Don’t be deceived by Maltas’ small size as this island country has plenty to explore; especially the city of Mdina. The 4000 year old fortified city is surrounded by 15 metre high walls with a drawbridge as the main entrance and exit for the city.
Mdina is known as the ‘Silent City’ due to its timeless atmosphere which is enhanced by its yellow stone backdrop and untouched buildings, giving you the impression the area is frozen in time. Expect to see Roman influences throughout; from marble statues, ornate balconies to the impressive cathedral. The city has also banned cars, buses and motorbikes which sheds light on to its quiet nature.
The Xara Palace Relais offers panoramic views of Malta from Mdinas’ hilltop position and a 17th Century property to really bring you closer to the Maltese culture. The hotel comprises of 17 individually and tastefully decorated rooms that feature antique furniture and king size beds.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is a bustling west coast port that is Canada’s answer to California. It may not receive the same amount of sunshine but the free-spirited vibe still persists. This cosmopolitan city is nestled in the great outdoors as snow-capped mountains, waterfronts and forestry surround the city. Making it an all-encompassing destination for any adventure seeking individual.
Expect a home away from home in Vancouver as British influence can be found in their drinking culture. Pubs, bars and microbreweries are plentiful, all serving Bloody Marys which has become a local delicacy as the drink even has its own dedicated holiday.
To find the harmony between nature and the city we recommend the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel which is a sophisticated property that gives guests a contemporary stay whilst its edge of town location allows for peace and quiet.
4. Tokyo, Japan
How many times have you have you had a conversation with a friend in which you both agree that Tokyo is a destination you want to travel to? Yet for some reason, another year passes and you’re still yet to set foot in the Japanese capital. Maybe it’s the distance, the supposed hoards of people or the seemingly inedible cuisine that holds you back.
Yes, Tokyo is different but that’s what makes it so wonderful. The city is a shopping mecca for everything in technology, you’ll be amazed at the gadgets you didn’t know existed and didn’t know you needed. The streets are awash with towering skyscrapers, neon signs and the latest fashion trends in shop windows and on the locals passing you by. Tokyo may be known as a modern day metropolis but its roots are firmly in place and can be found through the various temples, shrines, monasteries and gardens that flitter through the city.
Japanese culture needs to be seen to be believed. Locals are the politest, most welcoming people which have fed into their work ethic. This can be seen at the Aman Hotel in Tokyo where an unparalleled service is delivered to every guest along with the Amans reputation for individuality.
5. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
One of the greatest natural phenomena, the Bolivian Salt Flats are a spectacle that must be experienced. Once a notorious backpacker hotspot, now a fully fledged destination due to its feature on Blue Planet II in 2016. The appeal of Salar De Uyuni stems from its otherworldly aesthetic and wildlife spotting opportunities.
The largest salt flats in the world are a paradise for anyone with an interest in the natural world. Experienced tour guides turn into astronomers when night falls as the remote location allows for a vibrant starry night for you to discover. The landscape is a magnificent backdrop for photography enthusiasts, especially during dawn and dusk where pastoral hues swamp the landscape.
To feel the full effects of luxury whilst exploring Salar De Uyuni is to stay in the Deluxe Airstream Camper. A unique camper van which includes a dedicated chef and guide and all the amenities needed, you can sleep in the midst of the salt flats for a truly enriching experience.
6. Perth, Australia
Perths easygoing character has helped it become the fastest growing city in Australia. Expats from around the world are flocking to the city for its livable and relaxed atmosphere whilst tourists are seeking a bit of the action too. The combination of big city life and beach bum attitude has earned Perth a status as a destination to party and chill out.
Magret River is a great place to spend a weekend away from the city. Stay in local guesthouses or villas which are located on vineyards, tasting the best Australian wines and relaxing in the sun.
Fremantle is Perth’s fun southern neighbour where hipster bars line the coastal promenade whilst inland there is the Cappucino Strip where artisan cafes show off their barista skills. From Fremantle, you can take a boat out to Rottnest Island and spend the day with the adorable quokkas.
Perths isolated location means a patriotic culture has developed, the Perth locals love to divulge in their history and accommodate everyone. Whilst being a relatively new city there is plenty to do, especially if you have a keen eye for the arts or enjoy the thrill of stadium sport.
7. Cairo, Egypt
Recent events have blacklisted Egypt as a destination for many tourists however now is the perfect time to utilise all Cairo has to offer without the hoards. The Egyptian Pyramids are the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, visit these awe-inspiring structures and question the intrinsics of mankind.
Cairo is the perfect hub for your adventures into the realms of ancient Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza are based on the outskirts of the city, exploring the most popular pyramids you are likely to be impressed by their great size. Venture further out to find ancient temples and tombs nestled amongst the desert plateau. Cairos’ Museum of Egypt holds some of the most treasured artefacts and sarcophaguses from their ancient past.
The legacy of St. Regis is coming to Cairo, opening March 1st this exciting hotel will bring its exclusive and unique midnight dining rituals to the city. The new hotel comprises of 60 exclusive suites and 80 luxury apartments.
8. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The leading lady of the South Pacific, Bora Bora has become synonymous with luxury. Find your own private oasis on one of the many overwater bungalows where you can relax and unwind from daily life.
Bora Bora originally established itself as a Honeymoon destination, but its beauty and charm has lead the way to a universal appeal. The local town has boutique shops, exquisite restaurants and beachside bars. If you wish to wander further than your resort you will find Jeep safari tours which bring you along the foothills of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.
Bora Bora has a vibrant ocean scene, diving activities are not to be missed when there are such colourful corals and exotic fish to be seen. The InterContinental Le Moana Resort have windows on the floor of their bungalows which offer a peek at this underwater world.
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