It’s a big world filled with plenty of adventure — and travel choices. From ancient temples in Myanmar and blue lagoons in Iceland to seeing the Tasmanian Devils roam free in Australia, we’ve rounded up a diverse spectrum of the 10 most wanderlust-worthy destinations to hop on a plane to this year, plus where to rest your head when you get there.
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Why Go: Formerly the capital of Myanmar, Yangon is a bustling metropolitan city for adventurous foodies and culture seekers. Don’t miss the sacred and iconic Buddhist temple of Shwedagon Pagoda, a stunning gold-encrusted monument visible from anywhere in the city. Thousands flock to this religious site every year to pay their respects.
Where to Stay: The Strand
Lavish and inspiring, the Strand is one of Yangon’s most famous hotels. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa treatment or dine at the Strand Grill under dazzling chandeliers and a gorgeous skylight. Ideally situated near the city’s major attractions, guests can expect an unparalleled Burmese experience in a timeless colonial-style sanctuary.
Price: Double rooms start at 962 AED/983 SAR
Tel: (+95) 1 243 377
Why Go: Vast and pristine, Tasmania is a nature lover’s dream with nearly half the island covered in lush natural greenery and Australian wildlife. Venture through the beauty of Freycinet National Park or explore the lavender fields at Bridestowe Estate. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a wild Tasmanian Devil (yes, it’s a real thing).
Where to Stay: Henry Jones Art Hotel
Australia’s first luxury art hotel is located on the Hobart waterfront and is the perfect spot to explore Tasmania’s diverse landscape and rich heritage. The hotel is steeped in history with an ultra-modern design featuring contemporary Tasmanian artwork, elegant suites, first-class restaurants, and more.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 882/SAR 901
Tel: (+03) 6210 7700
Why Go: Surrounded by majestic mountain vistas, native wildlife, breathtaking icy blue glaciers, and a hub of Alaskan history and culture, Anchorage is an unforgettable destination to explore the great outdoors. Plan a visit around the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in early March or the Alaska Oceans Summer Festival in June.
Where to Stay: The Hotel Captain Cook
With captivating and panoramic views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains, The Hotel Captain Cook is the sole luxury hotel in downtown Anchorage. Start your adventure in the Alaskan Frontier here, where an exceptional fine-dining restaurant, a revolutionary wine bar, and more await your arrival.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 363/SAR 371
Tel: (800) 843 1950
Why Go: Quickly becoming a popular travel destination, Reykjavik packs a punch all year round from its vibrant restaurants and nightlife, inspiring arts and culture, and the spectacular nearby natural wonders. Witness the northern lights in the winter and take a dip in the famous and luxurious Blue Lagoon perched on top of a lava field.
Where to Stay: KEX
KEX, Icelandic for “biscuit,” is a unique hotel located in the heart of Reykjavik with an industrial and eclectic vibe. Enjoy freshly baked bread and Icelandic jams at Baxtur, the hotel’s resident bakery.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 98/SAR 100
Tel: (+354) 561 6060
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Why Go: While at first glance Port Moresby may be gritty and raw, it’s a destination worth exploring for the culture, markets, and nature parks, and is undoubtedly on the rise in 2016.
Check out the National Botanical Gardens for a variety of exotic flora and fauna, or the National Museum which displays a grand collection of traditional indigenous artwork.
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Where to Stay: The Airways Hotel
Tucked away along a mountainside with a private botanical garden and expansive views of the sparkling waters of Bootless Bay and the Owen Stanley Ranges, the Airways Hotel is a world-class property just minutes away from the airport. The property features an exquisite fine-dining restaurant, a modern fitness center, and a revitalizing spa.
Price: Double rooms start at 122 AED/125 SAR
Tel: (+675) 324 5200
Why Go: Don’t underestimate South America’s tiniest country, as Uruguay has a flourishing cultural scene. The cosmopolitan capital of Montevideo is known for its historic architecture, quaint cafés, and a thriving arts community. Along the coast, Punta del Este is the country’s prime beach resort area, perfect for a relaxing getaway or for those seeking a trendy nightlife scene.
Where to Stay: Carmelo Resort & Spa
Skimming the banks of Rio de la Plata dotted with pine and eucalyptus forests, the sophisticated Carmelo Resort & Spa is the place to indulge in some R&R. Spend an afternoon at the magnificent Carmelo Golf Course or the serene Chandra Spa, then end the day with a traditional Uruguayan barbeque at Carmelo’s Pura restaurant.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 1,065/SAR 1,088
Tel: (+598) 4542 9000
Boka Bay, Montenegro
Why Go: Colorful, romantic and blanketed with flowers for most of the year, Montenegro is the pearl of the Mediterranean. The forests, meandering streams, and picturesque views of the Adriatic Sea are certain to delight any traveler. Be sure to include Kotor or Perast, two charming UNESCO towns, into your itinerary, or the popular Lovcen National Park and Njegos Mausoleum.
Boka Bay, Montenegro
Where to Stay: Regent Porto Montenegro
Under its lavish terracotta roofs, traditional architecture, and elegant stone façade, the Regent Porto Montenegro is the only five-star resort nestled in the diamond-speckled Boka Bay. Centrally located next to the seaside marina and a lively village center, guests can sit back and enjoy the many stylish eateries, upscale boutiques, and entertainment options.
Price: Double rooms start at 675 AED/690 SAR
Tel: (+ 382) 32 660 660
Why Go: A trip to Nashville is a must for any music enthusiast. Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, or RCA Studio B where none other than Elvis recorded over 200 of his songs. With country roots, rock and roll, and a new wave of farm-to-table eateries, this city is a pleasure to visit all year round.
Where to Stay: Hermitage Hotel
After its grand opening in 1910, the Hermitage Hotel established itself as a favorite among politicians and now carries an esteemed reputation for providing exceptional service to any guest who walks through its doors.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 1,098/ SAR 1,122
Tel: +888 888 9414
Why Go: With sparkling turquoise waters circling limestone and volcanic islands, Palau is “the underwater Serengeti” paradise located south of the Philippines. A perfect and rejuvenating escape from everyday life, this breathtaking and magical archipelago is known for its world-class scuba diving sites, kayaking, snorkeling, and a myriad of other island activities.
Where to Stay: Palau Pacific Resort
A tropical haven with acres of sprawling emerald rainforests and pristine white sand beaches, the Palau Pacific Resort is the ultimate spot to unwind in paradise. Luxurious resort facilities include cabanas along a private beach, a freshwater infinity pool and jacuzzi, specialty shops and boutiques, nature trails, and a dive center.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 1,395/ SAR 1,426
Tel: (+680) 488 2600
Why Go: One of the most extraordinary safari destinations in Africa, the striking landscape and wilderness of Botswana is sure to capture any traveler’s heart. Home to the world’s largest inland delta, Okavango Delta, and the Chobe National Park with one of the largest elephant populations, this jewel in Africa is one for the bucket list.
Where to Stay: Moremi Game Reserve
Wake up to the sounds of the African wildlife along the outskirts of the Moremi Game Reserve, where spectacular wildlife sightings await. The Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge has activities such as luxury tours, guided walks, and scenic helicopter flights that will make everyone’s experience an adventure to remember.
Price: Double rooms start at AED 3,801/ SAR 3,885
Tel: (+27) 11 809 4300.