With tempting new hotels, freshly launched flights and intriguing destinations emerging, 2018 is shaping up to be an inspiring year for travellers.
SWISH NEW DIGS IN IBIZA
Already a firm favourite with the beautiful people, the White Isle will take hedonism in a new direction in May with the opening of Seven Pines, an all-suite clifftop resort backed by pine trees and orange groves.
When to go: Lovely almost all year round but the shoulder months of May, June, September and October are ideal, with temperatures around 24c.
The Balearic island of Ibiza is already a firm favourite and in May 2018, it will see the opening of the new Seven Pines resort
Don’t miss: Food tours with Corazon Travel (corazontravel.com) to taste delicacies such as arroz de matanza (rice and pork in a herbed sauce).
DETAILS: Seven Pines Resort (0034 971 195 200) has double rooms from £290.
After a decade-long hiatus, BA is relaunching flights to the Seychelles on March 24. This tropical archipelago of 115 islands, 500 miles off the Kenyan coast, is home to heavenly resorts on quiet shores, rare wildlife and thrilling diving. No wonder William and Kate chose it for their honeymoon in 2011.
When to go: April when the blusterous trade winds temporarily calm, making it perfect for snorkelling and diving.
Don’t miss: Snorkelling at Baie Lazare to see green humphead parrot fish.
DETAILS: BA (0344 439 0747) offers return flights from Heathrow from £699. The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort (0870 590 9090) has double rooms from £275.
After a decade-long hiatus, BA is relaunching flights to the Seychelles, pictured, in March
ZIMBABWE LIVES IN HOPE
After almost four decades of tyrant Robert Mugabe, the country is on the cusp of change. And with some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on the continent, its poularity will grow. Visit Hwange National Park for unrivalled safaris before feeling the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls.
When to go: May to October is ideal for game viewing. Victoria Falls is more impressive when in full flow around April.
Don’t miss: Seeing the sun rise over Victoria Falls on an early morning boat cruise along the Zambezi with Zambezi Explorer (zambeziexplorer.com).
DETAILS: Expert Africa (020 3405 6666) offers seven nights including three at Victoria Falls and four at Hwange National Park from £2,900, including flights.
FAST TRACK AMSTERDAM
The Netherlands’ most famous city will soon be only a train ride away when direct Eurostar (eurostar.com) trains from London St Pancras begin running in the spring. With a fairly swift journey time of just under four hours, the service will offer even easier access to the beautiful city famed for its coffee shops, canals, post-Impressionist painters and gable-roofed buildings.
When to go: Spring — the height of the tulip season.
Don’t miss: Shopping along De Negen Straatjes.
DETAILS: Railbookers (020 3780 2222) has two nights at the NH Museum Quarter hotel from £269, including rail travel.
In the spring, Amsterdam will become more accessible when Eurostar starts services from London St Pancras
Famed for the jungle-clad ruins of Angkor Wat, dating back to the 12th century, Cambodia will become a tempting fly-and-flop destination this year with the opening of the new Six Senses resort on Krabey Island.
Set to welcome its first guests in September, the property will offer 40 villas, each with its own private plunge pool alongside movies shown under starry skies and a meditation cave.
When to go: November and December for lower temperatures and perfect conditions for both temple exploration and lounging by the pool.
Don’t miss: Trekking through the dense jungle, waterfalls and forgotten villages of the Cardamom Mountains with Mountain Kingdoms (two weeks from £2,085, mountainkingdoms.com)
DETAILS: Six Senses Krabey Island (0808 234 7200) will offer double rooms from £560.
NORTHERN LIGHT SHOW
Recent years have seen vast numbers visit the Arctic in search of Northern Lights but interest has subsided, and with it the crowds, yet the displays are no less breathtaking.
When to go: Soon. Yes, it’s cold (expect temperatures of around –6c) but you’ll have the Arctic splendour all to yourself and the chance to see the aurora without the festive hustle and bustle.
Don’t miss: Learning how to lead a team of racing huskies.
Details: Guide and professional photographer Andy Keen (keen-photography.com) offers four nights from £2,595 with flights. The next tour departs March 10. Daily Mail readers will receive a £150pp discount if booked by March 1.
JUNGLE JOY IN RWANDA
One of Africa’s most highly-anticipated hotels opens in Rwanda in 2018 which will allow guests to get close to nature
Be a real jungle VIP by checking into Africa’s most highly-anticipated new hotel. Opening in July on the edge of one of Rwanda’s most beautiful protected wildernesses, the One & Only Nyungwe House — a collection of 22 wooden villas filled with local art and open fireplaces — will bring new levels of luxury to the country most famous for its population of mountain gorillas. Trek to see them before recuperating here, among tea plantations and misty peaks, making full use of the spa and tasty picnics from top chefs.
When to go: The country’s dry season runs between June and September — providing optimum conditions for treks to see the gorillas.
Don’t miss: Experiencing Volcanoes National Park. Most famous for its gorillas and made up of five volcanoes, it is considered one of the most magical places in Africa.
DETAILS: Red Savannah (01242 787800) offers six nights in Rwanda including two at One & Only Nyungwe House, from £4,380 including flights.