Say you only read one travel magazine. This magazine should be Condé Nast Traveller. Following the motto “truth in travel” – which promises that contributors are only paid by the magazine and not from the tourist industry – the publication is an ace at spotting new trends and hot destinations. Although their unbiased opinion is what we value the most.
Among their regular features is one on hot destinations. We have selected from this Condé Nast article, and digested for you, three hot destinations to watch in 2013:
Hot Destinations 2013: Oman
According to Condé Nast, Oman is a wilder alternative to Jordan or Morocco. They describe it as an ideal country for those seeking a holiday off the beaten track. So, if you’ve already been to the Middle East or North Africa, visiting this up-and-coming destination is a no-brainer.
One of the highlighted hotels in the review is, unsurprisingly, the Six Senses Zighy Bay in the Musandam Peninsula. An isolated super resort of sheer luxury and impeccable views of the Persian Gulf, Six Senses Zighy Bay is an authentic oasis in the emirate.
Hot Destinations 2013: Philippines
It’s been a while since Francis Ford Coppola set fire to some large stretches of forest in the Philippines. It was for a reason, though. Some might say the spectacular opening sequence of Apocalypse Now is worth an environmental disaster.
Back to the destination, the Philippines – Napalm-free since 1979 – is a place to watch in 2013, says Condé Nast. Mainly because it has thousands of unspoilt islands, which means that chances of finding a deserted beach are quite high.
The island of El Nido, for instance, can be as enchanting as anywhere in Halong Bay, Vietnam, but with far less tourists around. No helicopters blasting out Wagner either.
Hot Destinations 2013: Mayan Riviera
Hold on, we know what you’re thinking: “Cancun a destination to watch? You must be kidding.” No, we are not. And Condé Nast isn’t either. Because Mayan Riviera is not only Cancun – which is popular for a reason, by the way.
So the idea is, firstly you take advantage of the new direct flights with BA and Virgin from London to Cancun (only ten hours!). Once you are there you decide if you want a comfortable, no-messing-about holiday in an all-inclusive resort in Cancun itself, or something more adventurous. If you prefer the second option, there are many new properties around Tulum boasting “rustic chic” says Condé Nast. What are you waiting for?