Annual travel planner
The adage ‘timing is everything’ is especially true in luxury travel. When you want a front-row seat to the world’s greatest spectacles, you need to book early with a company you can trust. We’ve designed this annual travel planner to be your go-to for the must-see events – both perennial favourites and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Our selection below is conveniently separated by season and theme, giving you the perfect chance to plan ahead. We also refresh the content monthly, so you’ll always be in the know.
Enjoy access to the greatest celebrations around the globe, from Hollywood’s star-studded soirees to Brazil’s sequin-studded Carnival. Jet off to Japan for cherry blossom viewing, watch Canada’s grizzly bear from a wilderness lodge or witness the Great Migration from a five-star safari camp.
Whichever big-ticket event tempts you abroad, our travel specialists’ extensive know-how and worldwide connections can get you where you want to be in style.
What to book now
Each year, locals and tourists alike flock to see the boughs of Japan’s native sakura tree dripping with pink and white petals. Cherry blossom viewing – also known as hanami – is a popular pastime, so you’ll need to book early to secure a room at the best ryokans (traditional inns). You’ll also need to know just when to go to see the cherry blossom, as nature works to its own schedule. Now is a great time to book for 2020.
On 14 December 2020, a total solar eclipse will take place, visible from just a few South American countries. In Argentina, the event will briefly plunge Northern Patagonia into darkness in the middle of the afternoon. Be among the few to witness this rare, magical moment in a region already famed for its spectacular scenery by booking your escape to Argentina today.
The Great Migration sees millions of zebra, wildebeest and other grazing animals move steadily across the Serengeti in Tanzania towards the Masai Mara in Kenya – and back again. The annual spectacle is a brilliant opportunity for nature enthusiasts to see the circle of life unfold on the plains of Africa. We recommend heading to Tanzania early in 2020 for calving season – though key moments throughout the migration offer other fantastic reasons to visit.
British Columbia, Canada
In the vast forests of British Columbia lives one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bear in the world. The best time to go is undoubtedly autumn, when the salmon-rich rivers draw grizzlies out into the open. As this is a bear watching mecca, stand-out lodges get booked up well in advance, so we advise booking now for 2020.
Where to go now
This year, visit the last paradise on earth, swapping the winter blues for the winter sun. Many of our favourite properties in the Maldives are still available for a luxurious winter break, from the boutique to the resort. Perfect for a romantic escape or a water sport adventure for the whole family, the Maldives is captivating and thrilling in equal measure. Feed the sting rays at Huvafen Fushi or enjoy a sublime astronomical dinner cruise at Soneva Fushi.
South Africa is perfect year-round, but November – March offers the best weather and an ideal time to enjoy a festive celebration in Cape Town. With spaces still available this year, enjoy Christmas on the beach or in the famous wineries. It’s not just all about celebrations though – venture further into the Cape of Good Hope to spot Chacma baboon or the endangered African penguin waddling down Boulders Beach.
Vietnam is enchanting at any time of year, but its popularity for winter escapes is on the up. Close to the equator, this South-east Asian destination is perennially warm. Foodies are particularly spoilt for choice thanks to the country’s many markets, street-food stalls and fine restaurants. Book now to spend the last few months of 2019 in sunshine on its beautiful beaches or exploring its vibrant culture and ancient history.
A luxury holiday to India is guaranteed to feed the soul and the senses, and Diwali is undoubtedly one of the biggest dates in the country’s calendar. In 2019, the ‘Festival of Light’ will take place on 27 October. There’s still time to book a place amidst the action, so let us whisk you off to the lamp-lit ghats, dazzling fireworks, chanted prayers and communal revelry marking the occasion.
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Travel by 26 March 2020. Book by 14 November 2019
Fly to: Antigua, Barbados, Turks & Caicos and Saint Lucia
Discovering the landscapes of the Caribbean: Experience the Caribbean at its best and stay in first-class accommodation on this island-hopping holiday. First, you’ll spend a week in Antigua, the Caribbean island famed for its beaches and laid-back vibes. Dive in its clear waters, explore the island’s historical treasures or spend your time indulging in simple relaxation. Next, take a short flight over to the unspoiled island of Nevis, where verdant volcanic slopes spill on to white-sand beaches. Take your pick from cycling, fishing, a round of golf or any of the range of water sports on offer at your elegant resort.
Caribbean Island Hopping: From golden sandy beaches to world-class cuisine and a famously laid-back lifestyle, this tailor-made trip will give you a true taste of the Caribbean. First you'll visit Barbados, with its fascinating history, friendly vibes and outstanding selection of hotels and restaurants. Next, head to St Vincent & the Grenadines and the tiny, unspoiled island of Bequia. Then you’ll take in St Lucia and have the chance to scuba dive, jet ski or take a chartered boat out to fish in its crystal clear waters. And of course, if simple relaxation is your thing you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do just that on some of the Caribbean’s best beaches.
- Central America
- Indian Ocean