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Kate Herz, Rachel O'Leary, Jennifer Richt, Lily Bunker, Jody van Merode, Iain McConachie & David Corvacho Puente

The past few years have turned the travel industry on its head – but 2023 is looking like a year of limitless possibilities. Our travel designers are dreaming of bucket-list trips to far-off locales, as well as long-awaited returns to beloved spots.

With a whole world of options to explore, planning a luxury travel adventure is no simple task. That’s why we’ve turned to our team of experts. They’ve shared their top picks for the places to see in 2023, highlighting the best places for families, foodies, culture vultures, wildlife enthusiasts and more.

1. Ecuador and The Galápagos Islands

Ecuador is paradise for adventurous travellers, from the vibrant capital of Quito to the stunning Ecuadorian Amazon. One of the best spots for sustainable travel in Ecuador is the legendary Cloud Forest. Here you can immerse yourself in a mystical landscape that also happens to be one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

We can’t mention Ecuador without bringing up the Galápagos Islands. According to two of our team members who recently travelled there, it’s a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts and explorers. They recommend a cruise on the Aqua Mare or Endemic to see as much as possible. If you’d rather be based on dry land, go for the luxurious Galápagos Safari Camp – the perfect place for adventurous families to stay.

2. Patagonia

Not a country, we know, but we couldn’t leave Patagonia off the list. If you want 2023 to be a year of exploration, we suggest looking south to the epic landscapes that stretch across Chile and Argentina, ranging from glacial lakes to windswept islands. We can’t recommend a cruise through Tierra del Fuego enough.

One of our all-time favourite places in Chile is the Explora Patagonia, an understated hotel whose massive picture windows make you feel fully immersed in the surroundings. Patagonia is best for those who love activity and adventure, and it works brilliantly as part of an epic expedition.

3. Brazil

Latin America’s largest country, Brazil, has it all; vibrant cities, varied culture, delicious cuisine and a thriving art scene. It’s not short on natural wonders either. Don’t miss the crashing waterfalls of Iguassu and wildlife lovers can go on safari in the Pantanal or Cerrado to find jaguars, wolves and the rest of Brazil’s big five.

If your 2023 calls for a beach break, we recommend following Brazil’s coolest crowds to Trancoso’s Uxua for effortless style and stunning beaches. For a sleek, exclusive stay on a private peninsula then Florinopolis’s Ponta dos Ganchos promises unparalleled luxury. We think Brazil’s combination of cool culture, iconic landmarks and romantic beach stays makes a pretty amazing Honeymoon.

4. Colombia

Featuring on our  list year after year – Colombia remains a marvellous less-travelled-to gem. Barichara is one of our favourite destinations for local culture and, because there’s very few hotels here, you’ll get the chance to stay in a private villa. One of our favourites, complete with a private pool and beautiful gardens is Casa Miajara

Colombian coffee is some of the best in the world and we highly recommend a stay in traditional hacienda in the coffee triangle. Experience more than coffee with hot air ballooning, hiking trails, kayaking, rafting and horse riding activities too. For more Colombian culture be sure to stop off in Cartagena for salsa, shopping, sipping on rum cocktails and some seriously beautiful hotels, check out one of our favourites, Casa San Agustin.

Colorful buildings in a street of the old city of Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias) in Colombia, South America

5. Guatemala

Volcanoes shrouded in mist, ancient mayan sites rising out of lush rainforests and pretty villages all around – there’s plenty of reasons to put Guatemala on your list for 2023. As two of our intrepid colleagues found out, it’s also a country full of culture and ancient tradition, perfect for those who like to get off the beaten path and really get under the skin of a country. 

For an authentic peek inside the Dios de los Muertos festival, without a painted skeleton nick-nack in sight, head to Lake Atitlan’s Chichicastenango at the start of November. Solemn traditions are observed as brightly coloured kites fly above cemeteries at what’s known colloquially as, Kite Festival. Stay at Casa Palopo for stunning lake views and close proximity to the festivities.

6. Vietnam

South East Asia is certainly one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful regions, and Vietnam is among its crown jewels. As far as cities go, the top two choices are Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Both are bursting with unique culture and delectable dining, making it one of the ultimate destinations for foodies – we think the street food tours in Vietnam are some of the best in the world.

For a calmer vibe, head to Hoi An: a charming historic town known for its monthly lantern festivals. Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s natural beauty on a Mekong River cruise, a stunning hike through the hills of Sapa or any of our other favourite things to do in Vietnam. And don’t miss La Festa Phu Quoc: the country’s first Hilton resort, which will open its doors in 2023.

7. Bhutan

The land-locked nation of Bhutan is perhaps one of South Asia’s best-kept secrets. Wonderfully remote and rich in cultural heritage, the ‘Land of the Dragons’ offers a dreamy combination of dramatic landscapes, stunning architecture and distinctive traditions. Scale its peaks, explore its villages and marvel at its monasteries and dzongs (fortresses). 

Our team suggests the Six Senses Paro for a relaxing and scenic stay. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more exhilarating, set out on Trans Bhutan Trail: an ancient pilgrimage route that has just reopened after several decades of disuse. Without doubt, Bhutan is best for adventure and activity combined with unforgettable historical and cultural experiences.

8. Japan

If you want to immerse yourself in mesmerising landscapes and a culture unlike any other on earth, start planning a trip to Japan. This East Asian volcanic archipelago is home to plenty of unexpected delights –  did you know the autumn leaves are just as breathtaking as cherry blossom season and that Japan makes a fantastic family vacation destination too? 

Don’t miss out on the cultural clash between old and new in Kyoto, the shimmering metropolis of Osaka or the tranquil lakes and forests surrounding Mount Fuji. And then of course there’s Tokyo, the futuristic city that claims more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world. In case you need any other reason to visit, the exquisite Bulgari Hotel Tokyo will open in 2023.

9. Indonesia

A chain of over 17,000 enchanting islands, between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Indonesia offers seemingly infinite wonders. From the crater lakes and black sand beaches of Bali to the legendary reptiles of Komodo National Park, there are endless things to do in Indonesia.

This country is also home to some of the most fantastic hotels our team has ever seen. They’re especially partial to the secluded Nihi Sumba Island eco-resort and the Amanjiwo in Java, which provides privileged views of the 9th-century Borobudur Temple. For anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion why not glide through the sparkling waters of Raja Ampat or Komodo on a private, luxury cruise. 

10. Greece

Greece has long been one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, but there are still plenty of hidden gems to discover. In Athens you can taste the best Greek cuisine on a food tour, visit the iconic Acropolis and experience timeless luxury at the Hotel Grande Bretagne


The Parthenon temple in Athens

Just a short flight away, and best for romantic trips and honeymoons, is the idyllic island of Paros and the incredibly chic Cosme. Take a five-minute ferry ride from there to Antiparos for an exclusive wellness retreat at The Rooster. Spend a magical evening on a sunset cruise around Santorini. And on the intriguing island of Crete, explore Spinalonga before settling into a suite or villa at Blue Palace.

11. Portugal

The westernmost country in Europe has recently made its way onto the maps of travellers the world over – and for good reason. Portugal is a truly special place, with a welcoming atmosphere that can make absolutely anyone feel at home. The capital of Lisbon offers a bit of everything, from food and wine to culture and history.

Farther south is the picture-perfect Algarve, where fresh seafood and coastal caves await. Up north, Porto provides an artsy atmosphere and plenty of Port wine. But true oenophiles should head to the nearby Douro Valley, where the country’s prestigious winemaking culture can be experienced up close. Portugal is a must-visit destination for all foodies.

Douro river vineyards, Portugal

12. Croatia

This is yet another up-and-coming destination that our travel designers are raving about. Our advice: plan a trip to Croatia before everyone else catches on. That way you’ll be able to explore its fascinating cities, medieval villages and picturesque coastline in peace.


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Best for culture, and those looking for a bit of downtime too – you can’t go wrong with the grand and elegant city of Dubrovnik, perched right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Split is also among our favourite spots, set conveniently close to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and full of its own unique cultural charms. Finally, any tour of Croatia has to include Hvar: a glamorous island that’s bathed in sunlight and the scent of fresh lavender.

13. Italy

It’s pretty much impossible not to fall in love with Italy – from the rainbow-hued hillsides of the Amalfi Coast to the awe-inspiring ruins of Rome. In 2023, you could even be one of the very first guests at the exquisite Six Senses Rome hotel.

Ancient Tower guard on seaTo see more photos of the beautiful Campania region in Italy CLICK HERESIMILAR PHOTO CLICK HERE.

But as our teams look to the year ahead, they’re also picturing the whitewashed towns of Puglia and the snow-capped summits of the Dolomites. This is the kind of place where getting off the beaten path is always a good idea. And if you’re travelling with little ones, check out our guide to a family vacation in Italy, complete with kid-friendly cuisine and educational fun. 

Mountain valley in the Italy alps. Beautiful natural sunset in the summer time

14. Switzerland

Switzerland is much more than the Alps, chocolate and cheese – although to be honest, that’s enough to convince us. Another destination that offers a bit of everything and can certainly create magical family adventures. Our travel designers can’t get enough of Basel’s art and architecture or Gstaad’s serene sense of splendour. You can reach the latter on one of the world’s most spectacular train trips

landvasser-viaduct-switzerland A train passes over the Landwasser Viaduct.

Venture into the canton of Vaud, a mountainous region where you’ll find charming towns like Lausanne and Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. Or ski straight into the beautiful Six Senses Crans-Montana Hotel & Spa; its highly anticipated grand opening is set for February 2023.

15. Namibia

If Namibia isn’t on your travel radar yet, we’ll forgive you – as long as you immediately add it to your list. This country in South West Africa is one of the best lesser-known destinations we’ve ever experienced. From the striking red dunes of Sossusvlei to the eerie beauty of the Skeleton Coast, every experience will be permanently etched into your memory.

Namibia, Africa.

Our travel designers highly suggest a safari in Etosha National Park, especially during the dry season from July to November. However, the green season offers its own advantages: fewer crowds and lusher landscapes make it ideal for photographers. Relax and unwind at Wilderness Little Kulala, hands down one of our favourite places to stay in Namibia


Elephant spraying zebras with water to keep them away from waterhole

16. Rwanda

Rwanda is a land of stunning natural environments and one-of-a-kind wildlife. Despite a difficult past, today this Central African country is a shining example of hope. It’s a testament to what can happen when government authorities, local communities and travel operators work together in the spirit of conservation and growth, a must-visit for anyone interested in positive impact trips.

To see this up close, there’s no better place to stay than Wilderness Bisate Lodge. Settle into one of its spherical thatched villas, perched on the edge of Volcanoes National Park – one of the only places on earth where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild. Or immerse yourself in the incredibly lush rainforest that surrounds One&Only Nyungwe House.  

17. Tanzania

A trip to Tanzania is the perfect opportunity to tick off some boxes on your travel bucket list. Here you can see the Great Migration across the Serengeti, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or meet wild chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains. Our travel designers also suggest a visit to the enormous Selous Game Reserve and the staggering Ngorongoro Crater.

Wildebeests are crossing Mara river. Great Migration. Kenya. Tanzania

This country is packed with elegant lodges and superb safari camps. Some of our favourite places to stay in Tanzania include the seaside oasis of Zuri Zanzibar, the exclusive escape of Crater Lodge and the mobile tents of Nyasi Migrational Camp.Tanzania is also one of our favourite family safari destinations, check out Forest Chem Chem where family connections are treasured.

18. Botswana

It’s pretty difficult to pick our top spots for a safari, but Botswana is high on the list and a must-visit place for all wildlife enthusiasts. The combination of abundant wildlife and a culture of conservation make it an ideal place to see Africa’s most elusive species. We can’t get enough of the Okavango Delta, which attracts enormous herds of animals during its annual flood.

You can stay right in the heart of the delta at Wilderness Vumbura Plains, a gorgeous oasis that’s seamlessly integrated into the environment. Our team also recommends Wilderness DumaTau in the Linyanti Reserve and Wilderness Mombo Camp in the Mombo Concession. For even more fantastic safari camps, check out our favourite places to stay in Botswana


19. Zimbabwe

Once the quintessential safari destination, Zimbabwe has fallen off the radar in the past few decades – but it’s poised for a comeback. This landlocked nation in South East Africa promises all the majestic wildlife and untouched nature of its neighbours, without the crowds of tourists.


Our team highlights the remote Mana Pools National Game Park, where you can watch elephants in the wild, or even spot them from your tent at Wilderness Ruckomechi Camp. In the Hwange National Park, Wilderness Little Makalolo also puts you in the centre of the action – in this case, right beside a bustling watering hole. Zimbabwe is great for adventurers, those who want to get off the beaten path and immerse themselves in nature.

20. Antarctica

We’re not sure there’s anything more adventurous than a trip to Antarctica. This is certainly one of the most epic expeditions you can undertake, and believe us when we say it’ll be the journey of a lifetime.

To make the most of your time on the White Continent, book a luxury Antarctica cruise. You’ll sail through the pristine and untouched wilderness, encountering only arctic wildlife and a few brave scientists along the way. For an even more exclusive experience, you can opt for a private yacht charter. This destination, without a doubt, is for the most adventurous and serious lovers of nature.

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