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Hot travel destinations for 2019

Singapore

Pic Credit: Raffles Singapore.

Why? We say why not? If you want to get an inkling of what it feels to live like one-percenter, Awkwafina from Crazy Rich Asians, this is the closest you’ll get. The Lion City has been on everyone’s lips since the film hit screens last year and it’s not hard to see why. The city oozes glamour everything from its gleaming skyscrapers to the flashy designer malls where you can kill a lot of time – if you’ve got the cash to splash! This year sees the reopening of the colonial-style, luxury hotel Raffles after a mahoosive refurb which began in 2017. Don’t fear, its legendary Singapore Slings aren’t going anywhere but there will be new suites, new restaurants and a whole lot more glam.

Visit: Set in former military residents and surrounded by lush greenery, Gillman Barracks is a must-visit for art aficionados. It also hosts art festivals, family workshops and more.

Mumbai

Pic Credit: Soho House/Mumbai

Why: India’s creative capital just got a little bit more cooler since the opening of Soho House late last year. Set in Juhu, known for its lively Chowpatty Beach, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with arty types including musicians, artists, fashion designers and more. Mumbai’s Soho House has 38 bedrooms, two restaurants, and a fab rooftop pool and bar – great for cooling down during the Indian summer but think less Samantha from Sex in the City and more Bollywood/Hollywood siren, Priyanka Chopra. If that wasn’t enough there’s a whole slew of new restaurants set to open soon too.

Visit: Colaba Causeway is a riot of colour and a feast for the eyes where you can drink and dine and its street shopping offers everything from clothing to footwear.

Rwanda

Why: Those who enjoy intimate wildlife experiences couldn’t find a better spot than the lush green landscape of Rwanda. The new safari camp Bisate Lodge has views of the spectacular Volcanoes National Park and with flight routes into Kigali, Rwanda’s capital and a sprinkling of brand new luxury lodges opening soon, there’s never been a better time to visit.

Visit: Once you touch down in Kigali you won’t need to venture too far to see the Big Five. Akagera National Park sits on the border of Tanzania, about 2.5 hours from the city. Expect to see everything from zebras to crocodiles as well as hundreds of bird species.

Matera

The ‘Sassi’ caves. Pic credit chatst2

Why: This unknown town is built into the rock of a ravine but is set to be thrust into the spotlight as the European Capital of Culture for 2019 and they’re not wasting anytime kicking off celebrations this month. Its cave-dwelling district, known as the ‘Sassi’, are also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and today many are used as art galleries and restaurants.
Visit: The Park of the Rupestrian Churches which consists of more than 150 rock churches. They date back to the Middle Ages and inside some of them you’ll find some beautiful, vibrant frescoes.

Turkey

Why: The Aegean coastline is Turkey’s answer to the French riviera. It’s a great hotspot for those who love to stay by the water and offers great sailing and scuba diving. An up-and-coming place to head to is Kaplankaya. It’s an entirely new coastal town north-west of Bodrum where the uber luxe Six Senses hotel has launched featuring a gorg spa, beaches and high-end restaurants. It’s a trendy alternative which offers everything from swimming to partying – expect to see a few A-List celebs flocking there too this year.

Visit: Don’t miss the Friday market – a big hit with locals. Depending on the season, you’ll find fresh fruit including juicy figs, pomegranates, peaches and oranges. There’s also tonnes of sweet and savoury snacks; forget baklava we want to sink our teeth into a lokma, deep fried dough drizzled with sweet syrup.

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