According to American Express Travel’s 2020 Trending Destinations, everyone’s “travel more” New Year’s resolutions just got a lot more real, families included.
Bring the kids, your partner or yourself and enjoy a new year of travel.
Fine Hotels & Resorts and the Hotel Collection conveniently happen to have a few new or completely renovated (like new) stays in each of the top 2020 travel destinations. Check out a few of our favorites in some of your new favorite cities.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Beloved for live music and fiery dancing, Argentina’s capital city has a 5-star appeal for anyone looking for a lavish stay. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is an interesting amalgamation of buildings, Belle Epoque and the 12-story modern tower. With classic European luxury amenities, design and the impeccable service Four Seasons Hotels are known for all in one great location, this old-world charm and modern luxury is a worthy option to add to your must-visit list.
Take in Buenos Aires from the streets and get a lay of the land, exploring the city’s incredible architecture and sophisticated side, visiting bares notables, or heritage bars. For arts and culture, travelers can attend the opera at Teatro Colón, or take in the city’s vast landscape of murals, museums and dining establishments — all open late.
With a wonder of the world on site, it’s difficult to not have the Egyptian capital on your list of must-visit destinations. With enough historic locales and incredibly beautiful landscape to explore, this stunner is surprisingly affordable.
While eating, traveling within the city and shopping can be done on a budget, you can fit in a 5-star stay or two to make your vacation all the more enjoyable, including a room at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence or Fairmont Nile City Cairo, both new properties for Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection, respectively. Picture a relaxing day by the pool, a sunset view from the rooftop or a rejuvenating treatment in the spa.
The small but mighty Cayman Islands have attracted visitors for many years, especially divers and active travelers looking for ample “island time” in between. For the luxury version of the island’s laid-back style, check out Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa.
With so many water-based activities and tours to be had, guests will have their hands full in deciding if they want to kayak, snorkel, swim, get out on a boat, paddleboard or just relax on the beach — or all of the above.
There’s been a buzz about Shanghai for years, but the bustling Chinese cuisine scene shows no sign of stopping. Tack on a few new options for your bucket-list foodie trip with The Shanghai EDITION, new to Fine Hotels & Resorts, or the W Shanghai The Bund, new to The Hotel Collection. Stay at the W and check out the rooftop bar for an epic view of the city, or head outside of the city at InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland for its Sci-Fi style and quirky allure.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Off the Queensland coast, the Whitsunday Island beaches are truly breathtaking. Any snorkelers or expert divers may already have this one on their list, but for novice travelers, this one is a must. Avid travelers typically stay in budget-friendly accommodations, but there’s a new lavish option on the scene: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort. Post $90 million renovation, this eco-friendly resort is a great option worth exploring, even if it’s just for a day at the pool or enjoying the on-site gardens.
Planning your next year of family travel a little early is always a great way to kick off your resolutions. Follow the lead of American Express Travel and check out the hottest destinations for 2020, or pave your own way; either way, definitely sprinkle in a little luxury when and where you can.
For those adding some “treat yourself” resolutions to your list, add a bit of luxury to your stay. Why not? You’re already planning an epic trip, you might as well make it comfortable.
Captain Cook Cruises, also known as Fiji’s cruise line, reopened Tivua Island for day cruises. For travelers visiting Fiji, or locals needing a staycation, Captain Cook Cruises offers everything from dinner cruises and three-day journeys to seven–11-day adventures through Fiji’s must-visit surrounding islands.
All airplane flights begin on the ground. An airport is the starting point, but airspace issues continue to expand from the terrestrial to the aerial. Altitude is no barrier when countries claim sovereignty from the Earth to beyond the stratosphere.
Cruising is among the best ways to see a region’s highlights without the hassle of driving, foreign languages or changing hotels. But veteran cruise passengers often get a lot more value from their experience than first-time cruisers simply because they know the ropes.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.