The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.