Top 8 Dream Des­ti­na­tions

Make 2019 the year you spoil your­self with one of these fab­u­lous trips of a life­time…

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1 CEL­E­BRATE THE BEAUTY

On Feb­ru­ary 26 the Grand Canyon cel­e­brates 100 years of Na­tional Park sta­tus. You can hike the red rock of the cor­ri­dor trail, stroll the canyon’s rim or swim in the in­vig­o­rat­ing pools of the Havasu Falls. A se­ries of events will take place over the year, in­clud­ing the 2019 Grand Canyon Star Party, from June 22-29. The Tus­con Am­a­teur Astron­omy As­so­ci­a­tion and the Saguaro Astron­omy Club of Phoenix will set up tele­scopes to teach vis­i­tors about plan­ets and stars.

2 SOUTH­ERN ES­CAPISM

New ho­tel de­vel­op­ments, like Richard Bran­son’s Vir­gin Ho­tels Nashville will open in the his­toric Mu­sic Row neigh­bour­hood in De­cem­ber 2019. Mar­gar­i­taville Nashville Ho­tel is due to open in the SoBro neigh­bour­hood in au­tumn 2019. Plus Bri­tish Air­ways up­ping their di­rect flights from Heathrow to daily makes Nashville a must. The brand new Ten­nessee State Mu­seum show­cas­ing the art, his­tory and cul­ture of Ten­nessee, and hous­ing a huge Civil War col­lec­tion, is tremen­dous.

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JAMMIN’ GOOD TIMES

Go chic and stay at the brand new S Ho­tel in Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica. Con­tem­po­rary and chic, withh a true nod to Ja­maican her­itage, her­itage this is stun­ning and the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury hol­i­day­ing. Or try the iconic Ja­maican re­sort, Round Hill Ho­tel and Vil­las, who have un­veiled a new Coral Gar­den project to re­store lo­cal sea life. A real feel­good fac­tor!

4 FRESH, CALM RE­LAX­ATION

Dubbed the next Mal­dives, Ba­calar in Mex­ico houses one of the most stun­ning nat­u­ral beau­ties, the Lake of the Seven Col­ors. Ideal for div­ing and snorkelling, small fish­er­man’s houses dot the lake and the fresh seafood is to die for. Come here if you fancy wild swim­ming, re­lax­ation and tran­quil­lity. Yes, please!

5 FLEX­I­BLE IN THE SUN

Join a group re­treat in Tus­cany with Yoga hol­i­day spe­cial­ist, Des­ti­na­tion Yoga. New to their lo­ca­tion op­tions, you’ll stay in a ren­o­vated Tus­can farm­house, Lo­canda Cug­nanello, just 90 min­utes from Florence. A place of wild beauty with its own laven­der field sur­rounded by vine­yards, olive groves, or­chards and cy­press trees. Ab­so­lute bliss!

6 LAID­BACK SELF CARE

Well­be­ing for self and the planet is fore­front in mind for 2019 trav­ellers and the dreamy det­sti­na­tion of the Sey­chelles is ideal. Get­ting ‘off the grid’ to re­lax and to en­joy a dig­i­tal de­tox is a pop­u­lar choice and here, the 115 is­lands, bar the main three, are mainly un­in­hab­ited. Places such as Curieuse Is­land and Bird Is­land, for ex­am­ple, both have pro­tected bio-re­serves. This comes with an abun­dance of un­touched nat­u­ral beauty, which you can ex­plore of­ten with­out bump­ing into an­other tourist. WWW.SEY­CHELLES.TRAVEL

7 WIN­TER SUN FOR EV­ERY­ONE

Florida Keys of­fer fab­u­lous win­ter sun op­tions with a sub­trop­i­cal cli­mate and stun­ning sun­sets. Ex­plore Amer­ica’s first un­der­wa­ter pre­serve at Key Largo’s John Pen­nekamp Coral Reef State Park, home to count­less species of fish, shore birds and trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion. In Key West, there’s no more a ro­man­tic day than aboard the lux­u­ri­ous Schooner Amer­ica 2.0, sip­ping cham­pagne and din­ing on hors d’oeu­vres.

8 THE BEAU­TI­FUL NORTH

Im­pres­sive scenery and world class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences make Scot­land’s High­lands and Is­lands fan­tas­tic. With a va­ri­ety of qual­ity dis­til­leries – from the chance to stay in the first le­gal whisky dis­tillery on the Isle of Raasay to a visit to Har­ris Dis­tillery to pick up a bot­tle of Isle of Har­ris Gin, which is only avail­able for pur­chase from the is­land – there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. Try out the re­gion’s foodie ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing the new Mac & Wild at Falls of Shin, which of­fers a range of Scot­tish dishes and is po­si­tioned sceni­cally close to the falls where guests can view salmon leap­ing in the sum­mer months, be­fore en­joy­ing a taste of it in the restau­rant.

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100 years of Na­tional Park sta­tus

New Nashville at­trac­tions

A treat of a re­treat

Beau­ti­ful beaches

Sey­chelles se­crets

Scot­tish is­lands

Florida fun

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