I know we’re already well on our way into 2015 and I was meaning to do this earlier but I just couldn’t decide. I’ve put together a list of six of escape destinations that I hope to tick off my list this year. Inspired by stunning secret destinations and places that wouldn’t a the first option for most travellers. All destinations are places dreams are made of I’m going to make many of my own while I’m there…
Genoa, Italy – Meliá Genova
Genoa is my family hometown in Italy, a picturesque gateway between land and sea of the Mediterranean. I don’t visit nearly enough! On my last visit, I stumbled across the beautiful Melia Genova. A chic hotel in the epicentre of historical Italy. Famous for the culture, location and architecturally designed exterior, finding a reason to leave is all that you will have to worry about. Now, let me just find a reason why I have to get here this year!
Fiji – Lukiluki
A good friend of ours Benji Marshall, is an avid visitor to the beautiful Lukiluki Lagoon resort in Fiji, he raves about it and is adamant that it is a must. Naturally, with such a high recommendation, I want to go immediately! Holding the title of Number 3 in the Top 10 most Romantic Islands, Likuliku encompasses everything that is perfect with Fiji. Romance, luxury, exotic, beauty and solitude all nestled on a private lagoon. It’s a unique and stunning place that captures the very essence of the Fijian culture in an adults only resort. Can we please go already ?!?
Amazonia – Inkaterra
The Amazonia has to be on to to do list of 99% of people in the world. We’ve all heard childhood stories of Tarzan and Jane and pictured ourselves swinging on vines through the jungle. The Inkaterra is a place that will bring you close to all of those fantasies. Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios river, and enter another world. Wake to a symphony of tropical birdsong; end your days by lantern light, falling asleep to the gentle night noise of the Amazon rainforest. Exotic, yet accessible, Reserva Amazónica Lodge is situated in a private reserve, surrounded by a vast Peruvian Rainforest. As Peru’s pioneer in nature travel and research, Inkaterra provides an unforgettable introduction to this amazing realm of incomparable biodiversity.
Sri Lanka – Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
Sri Lanka isn’t on everyone destinations list, but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. More specifically the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. Imagine the morning sun rising from behind mountains covered with tea plantations. In the afternoon, the fog comes rolling in and covered the lower valley in a soft white mist, all while relaxing in your canvas ‘lodge’ 1000 metres above sea level. ‘Glamping’ at it’s finest and enjoying the warm culture and hospitality that is synonymous with Sri Lanka.
Israel – Shalom Hotel & Relax Tel Aviv
Israel has a cultural draw that is unexplainable. A history that is felt as soon as you arrive, the perfect place to stay while you’re soaking up the culture and beauty is the Shalom Hotel & Relax Tel Aviv. Modern, crisp and gorgeous. The boutique hotel’s beach house style has a unrivalled rooftop view of the magnificent Tel Aviv sunset. A perfect location for exploring the city by day or night then retreating into an elegant atmosphere. It’s joined my visit list the next time I venture to the Mediterranean.
Russia, St Petersburg – The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
Opulence is the first word that springs to mind when I think of The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel, one of the most prestigious hotels in St Petersburg. I couldn’t think of somewhere I’d want to stay more! Nestled in Dostoyevsky’s historic neighbourhood, the pristine hotel rivals the luxury of any Russian palace with action packed views of the centre of St Petersburg. The hotel and it’s staff set the bench mark for “Hospitality Art” showcasing the finest values and service of Russian hospitality. I’ve never been to Russia, but after discovering this hotel, I find myself dreaming of going and hoping I’ll get there sometime very soon.