When it comes to choosing a vacation, what appeals to one group of travelers might not be of interest to another. And with so many different destinations across the globe to choose from, narrowing down your options can be challenging. Here are a few of the top picks chosen exclusively by travel lovers.
The epitome of luxury, the Maldives enjoy an incredibly scenic location in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of bright turquoise water against stark white sand is stunning, and this destination is a favorite spot for those looking to stay in an overwater bungalow. This collection of islands appeals to travelers eager to rest, relax and indulge. A vacation here won’t come cheap, but it will offer unique opportunities, such as dining in an underwater restaurant or enjoying a treatment at an underwater spa.
This Southern Italy city known for its sassi (cave dwellings) is making a major comeback. For decades the caves were uninhabitable and unsanitary, but over the last several years entrepreneurs have started restoring them and transforming them into unique hotels like Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, a member of Design Hotels. Crowned a 2019 European Capital of Culture, Matera will host a dynamic roster of events throughout the year.
Hong Kong, China:
Hong Kong is a destination that puts travelers’ senses into overdrive. The glittering skyline, the dynamic food scene, the historical sites and the family-friendly attractions are just a few reasons visitors can’t get enough of this bustling metropolis. Start your trip with a tour of the waterfront on the Star Ferry, and pencil in visits to Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park amusement park if you’re traveling with kids. Meanwhile, foodies will delight in the culinary options: Dim sum, stir-fry and pineapple buns should be a few things you sample.
There is arguably no destination more beautiful in the spring than Kyoto. The city’s spectacular cherry blossom season is carefully forecasted each year, with the peak viewing taking place from early to mid April. Luckily, that means you still have time to plan a trip. For those who love luxury hotels but still want an authentic local experience, book a room at Hoshinoya Kyoto.