The Global Destinations That Need to Be on Your Radar for 2017
Find out where to go, where to stay, and why.
Updating your bucket List at the moment? Stay ahead of the curve with your holiday plans this year by following our Simplexity Travel Managers’ guide to the hottest up-and-coming destinations for the luxury leisure traveller, and for those looking to show a client somewhere breath-taking.
Finland - Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
The vast and mysterious wilderness of Finland is the backdrop for this unique accommodation: cabins with glass roofs embedded in the snow. Perfect for cosying up under a blanket with a bottle of something bubbly to hand as you watch an epic lightshow in the night sky above. You can also try a snow igloo if you can cope with low temperatures - down sleeping bags are provided, and there’s a sauna available in a separate building if you need to warm up a little. In the daytime, race dogsleds, snowshoe, or just soak up the spectacular scenery.
Why take a luxury holiday in Finland?
The incredible Northern Lights, the stunning wilderness, the chance to see Santa.
Canada - Ritz Carlton, Montreal
2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, and there’s no better place to join in the party than Montreal with its divine French restaurants and magnificent historic architecture. The Ritz Carlton has been the hotel of choice for everyone from British royalty to rock aristocracy over almost a century. Perfectly situated for exploring the Golden Square Mile and Montreal’s many upscale boutiques and museums, it has a spa, an indoor saltwater pool and traditional French cuisine with a modern twist prepared by a chef with 3 Michelin stars.
Why take a luxury holiday in Canada?
As part of its 150th celebrations, all Canadian National Park entrance fees are being waived.
Cambodia - Alila Villas, Koh Russey
In comparison to neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand, the Cambodian coastline and offshore islands are relatively undeveloped, but a swathe of incredible luxury accommodations are due to open their doors in 2017. Among them, scheduled for an August opening, is the Alila Villas eco-resort on the stunning island of Koh Russey. Guests staying in the hotel and villas will enjoy exclusive access to a 2km beach, and stylish contemporary architecture that fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape. Upscale Cambodian island activities that we recommend range from pampering spa sessions to yoga retreats and catamaran cruises.
Why take a luxury holiday in Cambodia?
The ‘Cambodian Riviera’ offers some of the most wonderful landscapes and luxurious accommodations in Southeast Asia.
Japan - Prince Gallery, Tokyo
Admire the futuristic Tokyo cityscape and the pulsating streets far below when you check in to the cutting-edge Prince Gallery. The Garden Terrace Tower is the place to find your zen, while gourmets will find their own slice of paradise in the hotel’s sushi and sake bars, or in La Maison Kioi, serving sumptuous French cuisine. Suggested excursions? In Tokyo, there’s a million to choose from, but we suggest watching impressive sumo wrestlers train or compete, browsing the art galleries of the Roppongi district, or immersing yourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of Tsukiji, the world’s largest fish market.
Why take a luxury holiday in Japan?
Temples, snow monkeys, boutique shopping and robots - Japan is a world-apart, seamlessly blending ancient traditions with cosmopolitan sophistication.
Snowcapped volcanoes, thermal springs, thundering waterfalls and a superb wine region - we believe the Chilean Lake District rivals Patagonia for beauty, and we’re not alone. There is a number of boutique luxury accommodations available for upscale holidays in the area, and with a new BA route opening up direct from London to Santiago, there’s never been a better time to experience it. This elegant lakeside country retreat offers volcanic views and tailormade guided excursions such as beach picnics and penguin-watching tours.
Why take a luxury holiday in Chile
The Chilean Lake District is as yet relatively undiscovered, but we expect all that to change over the next few years. Beat the crowds.
For more advice on where to travel in 2017, speak to one of our expert, friendly Travel Managers. We can manage every aspect of your trip – from picking you up outside your front door, to arranging travel, accommodation and activities. With access to the Virtuoso Travel Network, we are best situated to help you with your discerning travel needs. Contact us today on 0203 535 9290.