Virtuoso, with 20,000 top travel advisors worldwide, is the leading authority when it comes to luxury advice. Here are Virtuoso’s Luxe Report suggestions for the coming year:
Surf Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach: Bondi is just outside the city center and extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. Serious surfers hang out at the southern end of the beach, while novices occupy the northern stretch, where waves are often smaller.
Head to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics: Taking place July 24 to Aug. 9, the Olympics are part of an overall trend of travel to Japan, which continues into 2020, finding itself on two Luxe Report lists for global and emerging destinations. Beyond the Games, travellers will be enamoured with Japan’s gorgeous scenery, dynamic cities, culinary delights and cultural heritage.
Witness the Great Migration in Tanzania and Kenya: Each year, millions of zebras, wildebeest and antelope traverse the landscape in search of food and water while attempting to elude predators such as lions and crocodiles.
Live like a local for a month or more in Italy: Italy continues to be the Luxe Report’s top global destination for 2020. With authenticity being one of the year’s top trends, travellers can immerse themselves in the lifestyle of this country. Rent a villa, find a favorite espresso or wine bar, learn the language, master the cuisine or just savour it.
Support the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian: After this storm severely damaged Grand Bahama and Abaco islands in September, many have expressed a desire to help the region recover. Tourism comprises 60 percent of the nation’s economy and revenues from visitors boost recovery efforts.
Fly around the world via private jet: With a private jet you can touch down at such legendary destinations as Easter Island, Petra, Jordan and the Taj Mahal. You can country-hop in style on a specially outfitted aircraft while relaxing comfortably in a leather seat with an attentive on-board crew assisting with every need. And yes, you can bypass commercial airports while avoiding jet-lag.
Explore the pristine landscape of Antarctica: This continent was voted the top adventure destination in the 2020 Luxe Report, proving that cold-weather spots are hot. As travellers seek out destinations with unspoiled scenic beauty. With the rise of luxury expedition cruising, travellers can kayak with humpback whales, watch penguins in their natural habitat and even take a dip in the frigid waters.
Sail through the Panama Canal: This remains one of the seminal once-in-a-lifetime experiences that many have still not done. This century-old engineering marvel is even more impressive up close on a full transit cruise, where the ship sails though the canal. It takes a day to traverse the 50 miles of locks as the vessel makes its way from ocean to ocean.
Enjoy the slow-down trend of rail travel: The majesty of the Canadian Rockies unfolds before passengers with a train journey aboard the incomparable Rocky Mountaineer. Gaze at panoramic surroundings through the glass-dome coaches, savour local cuisine, and learn about natural and historic sites along the way through the stories from expert hosts.
Venture to an uninhabited island in Tonga: Positioned as the ultimate unplugged escape, this Polynesian kingdom is comprised of 140 islands without residents as well as a wonderfully temperate climate and tropical scenery. Guest can soak up on the sun on a private beach, snorkel in crystal-clear waters and explore jungles.