Five Best Places To Go in 2015

traveling to AntarcticaThe world is getting smaller, but the chances of having an extraordinary new experience are only increasing. Whether it’s an emerging style hub in North Africa or a quiet stretch of sand in the Caribbean, this year’s standout destinations are changing the travel map.

Mozambique

With its mangrove-fringed islands, sugar-white sands, and turquoise waters, the Bazaruto Archipelago has caught the eye of high-end hotel brands—and Beyond and Singita, which plan to open lodges this year and next.

Chengdu, China

The panda capital is securing its place on the Asia-bound traveler’s itinerary. Credit a new 72-hour no-visa policy and a packed lineup of hotel openings in 2015 and beyond—including Six Senses, Fairmont, Mandarin Oriental, and Swire’s Temple House.

Milan

Some 20 million visitors are expected for the food-focused Expo 2015, beginning in May. We’re also excited about yearlong programming at La Scala, the new Museo delle Culture from David Chipperfield, and, at Palazzo Reale, Italy’s largest-ever Leonardo da Vinci exhibit.

Durham, N.C.

With an art-centric 21c Museum Hotel expected this spring, the once-sleepy college town is emerging from the shadows of Raleigh and Chapel Hill. The food and drink scene alone warrants a trip: fair-trade coffee shops, micro-distilleries, and some of the best barbecue around.

Dominican Republic

Far from the resort-clogged beaches of Punta Cana, the less-frequented northern shore is set to lure well-heeled sun-seekers. Planned properties from Aman and Gansevoort will be welcome departures from the island’s cookie-cutter all-inclusives.