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From old favourites that are shining bright once again to new destinations that have caught our attention, our experts have chosen the ten hottest places to travel to in the year ahead.

Book early so you can take advantage of the exclusive A&K offer:

Pay only £500 per person deposit on 2019 tailor-made holidays
 

To celebrate the festive season, we’re offering our clients a special reduction on deposits for holidays taken in 2019. Choose to secure your trip with a deposit of only £500 per person or 20 per cent of the total cost on all tailor-made journeys.*

Zimbabwe

There’s never been a better time to visit Zimbabwe. A renewed hope is evident from a changing political landscape. This new spirit of optimism is attracting a fresh wave of tourism. Home to five different UNESCO World Heritage Site and the glorious attractions of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi river and Hwange – the country’s largest game reserve, ‘Zim’ is more vibrant than ever with a burst of exciting hotel reopenings. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Lake Kariba recently completed a £2.3 million upgrade. The lake-view rooms were reconfigured, ensuring wonderful views over Kariba. The number of rooms was consolidated from 20 down to ten lake-view rooms and two premium rooms, making this an intimate resort. Other improvements include lake cruise boats and pontoons. These have been added to improve the exceptional game viewing and sunset cruises. Singita Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe’s Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve reopened in May 2018 after a complete refurbishment. A pair of two-bedroom suites were added, bringing its total offering to eight suites and the private five-bedroom villa. Nature is omnipresent. The lodge is set amongst towering trees, atop a mountain, overlooking a lake in the remote reaches of the pristine wildlife reserve.

Rwanda 

Luxury travel has arrived in Rwanda. Known as ‘the Land of a Thousand Hills’, the country is home to more than a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla. Environmentally, this is one of the cleanest countries in the world. Combined with a reduction in fees and several luxury hotel openings, there’s never been a better time to visit. One&Only Nyungwe House, located on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest in the mountainous south west, has just opened. Within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe House offers an exciting window to Africa’s fascinating wildlife and culture. One&Only Gorilla's Nest is set to open in April 2019, near the village of Kingi. From its vantage point on the foothills of the Virungas, guests will be able to explore the habitat of mountain gorillas. Due to open in March 2019 is Wilderness Safaris’ Magashi Camp. Designed to help ensure the protection of the savanna ecosystem and shoebill and black rhino species, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience Rwanda beyond its gorilla families. Singita Kwitonda Lodge is set to open August 2019 on the edge of Volcanoes National Park. Located on a breath-taking, 32-hectare piece of land, this lodge puts gorilla trekking within easy reach.

Japan

Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. There are twelve match venues, but our eyes are fixed on Osaka and Higashi Osaka Hanazono – Japan’s oldest rugby stadium. Japan’s third largest city is famous for its top-notch museums, cool urban parks and food scene. Excitingly British Airways will fly direct to the city from 31 March – in plenty of time for kick off in the first match in Hanazono: Italy versus Namibia on 22 September. Direct flights into this southern city will open regions such as Setouchi’s seven prefectures and 350 islands. While most well-known for Hiroshima and its Peace Memorial Museum, Setouchi city is gaining traction as a destination and can easily be accessed from Osaka. Its winding hill-side alleys and historic architecture survived the War. Hotel Cycle is a former maritime warehouse that's been converted into a complex that has amazing restaurants and a bike shop. A design haven for cycle lovers and loathers, it is located at the start of the 72-kilometre Shimanami Kaido cycle path that connects the mainland, Honshu, with seven islands in the Seto Inland Sea via a series of striking bridges.

Peru

Known for its ancient ruins, spectacular scenery and colonial architecture, Peru has added cuisine to its international appeal. The vibrant restaurant scene is home to some of the world’s most influential chefs. Virgilio Martinez’ and Mitsuharu Tsumura’s establishments in Lima and Cusco are a must for visiting foodies. But some of Peru's most beautiful attractions are outside the cities. In the Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz has become northern Peru's centre for outdoor activities. UNESCO World Heritage Site, Huascarán National Park’s nearly 340,000 hectares there are 25 trekking routes and 102 mountaineering spots. Lake Titicaca has a new lodge, Amantica Lodge, on the small island of Amantani. Composed of just two suites, it has been designed around the spectacular panoramas. In the picturesque Peruvian Andes, the Belmond Andean Explorer is taking relaxation to new lengths next year. After debuting its first spa-on-wheels earlier this year in Scotland, the hotel and leisure company is adding another spa car to the sleeper train that traverses the picturesque Peruvian Andes. The train’s spa car, Picaflor (Spanish for hummingbird) is set to debut in March. And last but not least, in 2019, the Dakar Rally will take place in only one country for the first time in its history next season, with Peru the sole host nation for this year’s event.

Brazil

2016 and 2017 were tough on Brazil. The Olympics brought both positive and negative interest. Zika scare stories, an economic downturn and far-reaching government turmoil put some tourists off. But Brazil is on the up again and is abuzz with new luxury hotel openings from the bustling streets of São Paulo to the white-sand beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo is due to open at the end of 2018 and will be in one of São Paulo’s fastest-growing and most desirable areas, Nações Unidas. Expected to open around the end of 2018, with a fantastic location in front of Rio’s Leblon Beach, is Hotel Janeiro. There are also new charterable boats on the Amazon. Trips on these boats can be transformed into an Amazon culinary journey. Top Brazilian chefs can travel aboard with guests, creating high-end food with anything that can be foraged from the forest. Additionally, adventurous travellers are now able to visit the restricted indigenous territories of Brazil. One of the last villages remaining distinct from the western world, visits to Kayapo Camp are exclusive to A&K and open for just two months a year. Hike with Kayapo warriors. Enjoy boat safaris on the lookout for tapirs, great river otters, deer, jaguars and pumas.

India

2019 is a very important year for this colourful country. It marks 150 years since the birth of Mahatma Gandhi; 90 years since Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta, helping India's poorest and sick people; and 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria, Empress of India. And after a period of restoration, the dome of the Taj Mahal will be uncovered in early 2019. New for spring 2019 is Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa. The resort sits high up – 35 kilometres above Rishikesh – allowing for incredible views of the surrounding mountains as well as access to a private white-sand bank on the shore of the River Ganges. As the mighty river curves around the hotel, each of the 81 rooms, including 47 villas, and public areas overlook the Ganges and the pristine forest beyond. Utilising the rich expertise of the yoga masters of Rishikesh, this property will offer the very best of yoga and meditation in its 8,600sqft, Jiva Spa. Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa is the latest opening from The Ultimate Travelling Camp, a luxury camping experience set in Terai which borders India and Nepal. This area is still not on most traveller’s radar and allows visitors to discover four different national parks with the chance to see some amazing wildlife.

Italy

It’s hard to beat the mixture of history, architecture, food and people in the home of the Renaissance. The year to come marks the 500-year anniversary of one of the rebirth’s most preeminent figures – Leonardo da Vinci. In honour of this quincentenntial, there are events and exhibitions scheduled throughout the country, throughout the year. Another cultural happening of note, this year the European Capital of Culture baton passes to the Puglian city of Matera – the first southern Italian to be recognised as such. And all over the country, there is exciting hotel news. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has taken over management of an existing resort on the shores of Lake Como. The property will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como, in spring 2019 following a refurbishment of facilities. It will feature 76 spacious rooms and suites housed in nine villas, dating from the 19th Century. Hotel Eden Rome has just opened after a 17-month renovation and is in one of the city’s most-loved spots, ideally placed by the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese. In Puglia, the one to watch is the Masseria Torre Maizza hotel which was recently taken over by Rocco Forte. In Florence, the Hotel Savoy is being modernised and will re-opened in April this year. 

Antarctica

When we say 2019, we mean 2020. Polar cruising expeditions must be booked 12 months in advance. Reserve your place on a unique, 15-day voyage commemorating the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Nathaniel Palmer. Palmer was a seal hunter and explorer who, on November 18, 1820, became the first American explorer to discover mainland Antarctica. Limited to 199 guests, this exclusive experience will allow passengers to visit one of the planets last remaining natural frontiers and follow in the footsteps of Palmer. The luxurious Le Lyrial, with guaranteed balcony accommodations for all guests, is an exceptional experience when braving this final frontier. For 12 nights, guests will experience special programming and lectures; a unique itinerary exploring historic areas and wildlife-rich islands; and, conditions permitting, rare exploration within the Antarctic Circle. Become immersed in Antarctica's amazing wildlife and landscapes on daily excursions led by experienced field naturalists. Experience an A&K Philanthropy focus on climate change research with special guest and noted Antarctic reseAntarctiarcher Dr. James McClintock, who leads a behind-the-scenes tour at Palmer Station (conditions permitting).

Grenada

Known as the ‘Spice Isle’, Grenada is an outdoor haven, in the south eastern Caribbean Sea, the southernmost of the Lesser Antilles. Pungent aromas fill the air and its flora is world renowned, having won Gold at the Great Pavilion awards at the Chelsea Flower Show for the 14th time in 2018. 2019 will see the 50th Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament – a premier four-day competitive fishing and sportsmanship event – held in January on the island. The Island will also celebrate its 45 years of independence from the UK. The Grand Anse beach already has one of the smartest places to stay on Grenada. Just opened and joining the Spice Island resort on the silky white-sand beach is Silversands, a luxury new 43-suite, penthouse, and nine villa boutique property. The first major hotel project on the island in over a quarter of a century, Silversands will try to seduce travellers who usually opt to spend time on St Barts or Barbados. The resort has been brought to life by Paris-based, award-winning architects AW2. The aesthetic created is pared-back, based on a white palette and pale wood, highlighting the play of light and shade in the spaces, including in the spa, beach club (with resident DJ), and rum and cigar bar. 

Turkey

Turkey is a cultural marvel, where the east meets west. It’s a richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste and stunning scenery from mountains to the beaches of Bodrum. New hotel openings have brought it back to the top of the agenda from a recent downturn. Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum has teamed with a pioneering name in healthcare the Mayo Clinic. Their programme is set to open in 2019, further highlighting travellers attraction to wellness holidays. Mayo Clinic is ranked the number-one hospital in the USA. The wellness programme will focus on preventive wellness and designed to inspire a more balanced lifestyle. Guests will have the choice of tailor-made experiences from one-day assessments to five-day retreats. The new Six Senses Kaplankaya has a breath-taking position on the Aegean coast, surrounded by olive groves and cypress trees. This is a perfect destination for families wanting to take advantage of activities, classes and cultural trips, while also delivering relaxation and luxury in its spa and dining experiences. Aman’s Amanruya once again opened its doors to its secluded spot on the scalloped Aegean coastline. The isolated resort, a scenic 30-minute drive from the bustling town of Bodrum, rests in seclusion on 24 hectares of forested hillside. It overlooks a private bay – a rare privilege on the Bodrum Peninsula.

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*Whichever is cheapest

This offer is valid for bookings made between 01 November – 24 December 2018. Some exclusions may apply on peak season travel but you will be notified of any higher deposits before making payment. Full payment due 60 days before departure.