IS­RAEL’S

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

IF you only visit one place in 2018, make it Chile — that’s ac­cord­ing to the travel ex­perts at Lonely Planet, who have re­leased their an­nual lists of the best des­ti­na­tions for the com­ing year.

Tak­ing top spot for best coun­try for 2018, Chile is the only South Amer­i­can coun­try to get a men­tion thanks to its unique range of at­trac­tions, from the Ata­cama, the world’s dri­est desert to the moun­tains and fjords of Patag­o­nia, its colour­ful cities, wildlife and vine­yards.

Por­tu­gal and New Zealand join it in the top five, along­side the less vis­ited South Korea and Dji­bouti.

The top city for 2018 is some­what closer to home, with Seville tak­ing the hon­ours for Spain while this top 10 also fea­tures south­ern Ital­ian city Mat­era with its cave dwellings, An­twerp, Ham­burg and Oslo.

Belfast and the Cause­way Coast in North­ern Ire­land is one of the few men­tions for the UK, head­ing the list of the top 10 re­gions for 2018, along­side the Ju­lian Alps in Slove­nia, Italy’s un­spoiled Ae­o­lian Is­lands and the South­ern USA.

And for more bud­get breaks in 2018, Tallinn in Es­to­nia and Lan­zarote in the Ca­nary Is­lands are ones to re­mem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the best value list, as is the UK it­self.

The com­plete set of top 10 lists and videos on some of the lo­ca­tions can be seen at lone­ly­planet.com/ best-in-travel

THE lux­u­ri­ous Six Senses ho­tel group is open­ing its first re­sort in Is­rael next year, with the 58-room Six Senses Sha­harut com­ing to the Negev Desert’s Arava Val­ley in Novem­ber 2018.

Set on a cliff with views out across the desert, the vil­las will be built from the area’s nat­u­ral rock, with decor fea­tur­ing lo­cal art and crafts, while light­ing is de­signed to avoid light pol­lu­tion for stargaz­ers.

The restau­rant and pool­side bar will also use fresh in­gre­di­ents from the re­sort’s gar­dens and farm­ers at nearby kib­butzim.

And along with a spa, pools and yoga stu­dio, there will be well­ness pack­ages of­fer­ing life­style and nu­tri­tional ad­vice, plus ac­tiv­i­ties from a kids club to camel sa­faris, wine tours, moun­tain climb­ing and off-road driv­ing. sixsenses.com

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