New year, new travels. Thinking about where to go? We consulted tailor-made luxury travel operators Scott Dunn for their take on the emerging destinations in Asia (and beyond!). Don’t miss the memo!
Hot destination Cambodia offers more reasons to visit in 2018 with the exciting new openings like Shinta Mani Wild (a new luxury tented camp, complete with zip line!). Get away from the crowds as tourism increases, by participating in treasure hunts around Angkor Wat – which includes expert guiding, helicopters, private dinners in the jungle and more.
NEXT: Bhutan →
Bhutan remains one of Asia’s most unspoiled and majestic locations, a hidden kingdom that retains a unique charm that provides respite for the mind and body. Connect with the unique Buddhist spirituality of Bhutan – and you’ll understand how this kingdom earned its reputation as the ‘happiest place on earth’.
NEXT: Nepal →
Whilst Nepal isn’t at the forefront of travel this year, this destination is definitely coming back, after healing its wounds post the 2015 earthquakes. In fact, luxury tour operators have seen a big increase in demand with enquiries up over 50%. Nepal also twins brilliantly with Bhutan, so visiting both destinations in a single trip has been a hit with travellers.
NEXT: Bawah Island, Indonesia →
You’ve heard of new hotels, new attractions… But a new island?! The newly-opened Bawah Island is located in the Anambas Islands of Indonesia. Accessible from Singapore by ferry and seaplane, Bawah is a group of six tropical islands that feature 35 beautifully designed suites and bungalows. Surrounded by lagoons and coral reefs, as well as dense jungle canopy and mangroves, this eco-hideaway is an explorers dream.
NEXT: Niseko, Japan →
Home to some of the world’s best conditions, Niseko boasts pristine deep dry snow on picturesque volcanic and alpine mountain ranges. As an ever-growing ski hotspot – though anything but literally hot, making it a perfect escape from Singapore – it’s got increasing options for luxury serviced chalets, ski-in ski-out hotels and more. Another reason to visit: New for the for 2017/18 ski season is the Niseko-Hirafu’s high-speed detachable quad chair lift, which will more than double lift capacity saving long waits at peak times.
NEXT: Beyond Asia →
Planning a big trip outside of Asia? Consult this list of emerging destinations around the rest of the world.
NEXT: Iceland →
It’s no exaggeration to say that Iceland is the place to go to marvel at all of nature’s wonders, from phenomenal mountain landscapes to the elusive Northern lights to bucket list-worthy attractions like the Blue Lagoon (which is set to open ‘The Retreat at Blue Lagoon’, offering rooms with exclusive access to your very own geothermal pools!) And as a destination which continues to see a huge surge in popularity, more and more exciting luxury accommodation options are beginning to sprout up in the country, so it can only get better!
NEXT: Jordan →
Psst! While you weren’t noticing, people are beginning to explore this relatively undiscovered corner of the world. Jordan is well-known for its highlights such as the world-famous Nabatean city of Petra, the Roman ruins of Jerash in the north, the epic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth and the best place for a float.
NEXT: New Zealand →
Not only does New Zealand offer a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, but it also gives guests the chance to revive themselves in the great outdoors with exciting and exhilarating activities. For 2018, this would be perfect if you’re going for a digital detox, without having to forfeit on luxury – thanks to the country’s fabulous collection of luxury lodges.
NEXT: Oman →
Oman is a country that seemed to escape the notice of all but the most intrepid of travellers until just a few years ago. It now welcomes visitors with renowned Arabian hospitality and is eager to share its lively culture, rolling sand dunes, bustling souks and majestic mountains making it a captivating destination for couples and families. The best way to explore Oman? We say it’s glamping – sleep under the stars in luxury at Canvas Club, or Hud Hud’s authentic Bedouin style tents.
NEXT: Courchevel, French Alps →
Courchevel has long been the ski-resort of choice for the European it-crowd, but with new openings like the Six Senses Residences Courchevel, the resort will be firmly planted on the map as the go-to ski destination for Asia-based travellers. The Residences will be home to a brand-new on-site kids club, allowing parents to have evenings off to enjoy the resort’s après ski!
NEXT: Cambodia →
Adapted from HerWorldPlus, December 2017
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