You’ve checked every major city in Europe off your list, you’ve been on safari (twice), and you’ve spent many a blissful week on some tropical island in the middle of nowhere. But you haven’t traveled everywhere. Based on the latest openings and happenings around the world, let us introduce to you the places to go in 2018. Tick them off your list now—before the crowds descend en masse.
Why: They’re hosting the Winter Olympics this year (February 9th – 25th) in the luxury ski town, Pyeongchang. Beyond that, why wouldn’t you want to visit the original home of everything from K-pop to kimchi?
Where: When you arrive in Seoul, check into The Shilla (east-meets-west-chic) and head over to Shinsegae food court to survey (and indulge in) a comprehensive range of Korean cuisine. Where to stay for the Olympics? The InterContinental. Not only is it the most luxurious hotel in the area, it’s the closest one to all the action.
WHY: Recently in the spotlight as the filming location of Game of Thrones, this tiny island (with a Mediterranean-cum-North African vibe) is enjoying a moment in the sun (literally—it gets more than 300 sunny days a year) as Europe’s new favorite place.
WHERE: We suggest visiting in June when the city’s Art and Film festivals are happening, ensuring you get a up-to-date understanding of the local scene. The place to stay is the Phoenicia Hotel. Originally dating back to the ‘30s and recently renovated, it has the best views of the capital Valletta.
WHY: It’s paradisiacal scenery, out-of-this-world scuba diving and unique Indian, African and French heritage have made Mauritius a bucket list classic for years. But, situated right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, few people manage to go the distance—until now, as increased flight paths this year have made this dream destination a newly realistic option.
WHERE: With private villas, tranquil décor and fabulous restaurants, The One&Only Le Saint Géran is everything you could ever want from a tropical five-star hotel.
WHY: The Louvre Abu Dhabi (yes, it’s officially a sister to the one in Paris) just opened in November, bringing a welcome spot of culture (from historic Arab art to European masters) to the business meetings and big party weekends that the city is known for.
WHERE: It’s no secret luxury hotels are in no short supply in Dubai, but the upcoming Edition (opening any day now!) is the new place to see (and be seen in).
WHY: North of Thailand and east of Vietnam, Laos presents an unusual see-it-to-believe it setting, where French colonial architecture meets majestic Buddhist temples among the lush landscape of South-East Asia. It’s heaven.
WHERE: The Azerai Luang Prabang. The first hotel opened under the hot new concept from the esteemed Aman Resorts: an understated take on the boutique hotel that stands in contrast to their signature mega-luxe style.