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My 10 journeys in 2024 that I’m most enthusiastic about


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Right this moment: My 2024 journeys that I’m most enthusiastic about

I want you all a contented, protected, wholesome and affluent 2024! In these difficult and divisive occasions, all of us may gain advantage by reminding ourselves of the highly effective phrases of Martin Luther King Jr: “Darkness can’t drive out darkness; solely gentle can do this. Hate can’t drive out hate; solely love can do this.” On the finish of the previous 12 months, I mirrored on my most memorable journey experiences of 2023. However now that 2024 is lastly right here, it’s time to look ahead and share with you 10 nice journeys that I’m planning for the approaching 12 months and that I’m trying ahead to share with you in my Wednesday weblog posts (which at all times characteristic a flight journey reviews or luxurious resort opinions) and on my YouTube channel.

When you have some ideas and recommendations for my upcoming 2024 journeys, please share them within the feedback part beneath!

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10. FLYING UNITED AIRLINES’ POLARIS BUSINESS CLASS (FINALLY)

United Airways was my provider of selection for transatlantic flights, though I shifted to Delta because the introduction of Delta’s superior Delta One suite (which I reviewed right here). I’ve flown a dozen of occasions on United’s Boeing 777s and Dreamliners, however to this point, I by no means acquired an opportunity to check out the provider’s new Polaris Enterprise Class seats. I used to be alleged to fly to New York on a United Boeing 787-10 that includes the brand new Polaris seats in 2020, 2021 and 2022 , however sadly, all three journeys have been cancelled due to COVID19. I now have a visit deliberate to Washington D.C. onboard United Airways’ flagship B777-300ER, that includes the ‘new’ Polaris product. Named after the North Star, Polaris is promoted as a “reimagined, sleep-enhancing, departure-to-landing expertise.” Every suite-like pod includes a do-not-disturb signal, temper lighting, one-touch lumbar help, a number of storage areas, a number of surfaces for simultaneous working and eating, a HD leisure display screen, direct entry to the aisle, 180-degree flat-bed recline and digital privateness dividers.

FLYING UNITED AIRLINES’ POLARIS BUSINESS CLASS (FINALLY)


9. STAYING AT DUBAI’S WORLD-FAMOUS BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL

My 2024 journey plans will carry me to the Dubai, the place I’ll spend a few nights in one of many world’s most well-known and iconic resorts, the self-acclaimed 7 star Burj Al Arab, flagship resort of the Jumeirah Resort Group. I’ve at all times been intrigued by the resort’s repute and its distinctive sail-shaped silhouette, which represents a glittering architectural marvel in the course of the Arabian Gulf and an emblem of recent Dubai. In keeping with the resort’s web site, the Burj Al Arab options “outsized suite-only lodging the place you possibly can glide between the suite’s two flooring alongside a marble staircase and soothe your soul in a spa-like toilet with Jacuzzi, mosaic ground, and full-size Hermes merchandise.” Just a few years in the past, the resort additionally unveiled a brand new artifical out of doors deck space – the so-called North Deck – which contains two swimming pools, a restaurant and a bar. Throughout my Dubai journey, I’ll additionally discover the model new Atlantis The Royal Resort. The 795-room resort is housed in three 43-storey towers. Services embody 17 eating places together with outposts from blue-chip cooks like Heston Blumenthal and Jose Andres, an unlimited spa, an infinity sky pool, and the most important non-public seashore within the United Arab Emirates.

VISITING DUBAI’S WORLD-FAMOUS BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL


8. A WINTER GETAWAY AT ALPINA GSTAAD IN SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is a small landlocked nation proper within the coronary heart of the Alps, bordered by Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Liechtenstein. The nation’s ravishing mountain surroundings, rural villages, glitzy ski resorts, pristine lakes, and inexperienced rolling pastures provide unbeatable winter adventures and summer season out of doors experiences. The number of completely different sights to see in Switzerland is unbelievable, starting from big glaciers, epic mountains, and wild rivers, to vibrant cities, world-class museums, and scenic practice journeys. Luxurious resorts are in considerable provide in Switzerland, and embody Alpine retreats and classy lakeside resorts. I’ve beforehand stayed at The Dolder Grand (Zurich), The Chedi Andermatt (Alps), and The Gstaad Palace (Alps), and in 2022 I’m going again to Gstaad village to check out one other elegant 5-star resort that has single-handedly redefined luxurious and alpine stylish: Alpina Gstaad. In keeping with the resort web site, the cosmopolitan The Alpina Gstaad is a discreet, unique icon and a singular institution the place authenticity combines with Swiss refinement to create an alpine expertise like no different. The property is residence to 55 rooms, a Six Senses Spa, and three eating places, together with a Michelin starred restaurant.

A WINTER GETAWAY AT ALPINA GSTAAD IN SWITZERLAND


7. SPENDING A WEEKEND AT AMAN NEW YORK

It’s no secret that I’m a devoted ‘Amanjunkie’ (along with being a Soneva addict). Aman is thought because the world’s most unique resort model, working uberluxurious resorts and resorts in 21 locations. Early 2024, I’ll keep at Aman New York, which opened its door two years in the past contained in the Crown Constructing on Fifth Avenue constructing, overlooking Central Park. The constructing is designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of a few of New York’s most influential buildings, together with Grand Central Station and the Helmsley Constructing. Previously the primary residence of the Museum of Fashionable Artwork, the 100-year-old constructing has undergone a monumental transformation, which has seen it totally restored to its unique splendor, marking its subsequent chapter as an city Aman sanctuary. With 83 suites and 22 residences, the Aman group has lastly brough the peace promised by Aman’s Sanskrit-derived title to the center of Manhattan. The resort is the second in a brand new, pioneering technology of Aman properties in city settings, following within the footsteps of Aman Tokyo and taking the model to 34 properties worldwide.

AMAN JOURNEY IN THE CARIBBEAN & NEW YORK


6. A BEACH HOLIDAY AT MEXICO’S RIVIERA MAYA

Mexico is without doubt one of the world’s most stunning nations, with a various cultural scene, spectacular nature, a wealthy historical past, and a vibrant society. The sunny nation can be identified for its beautiful white-sand seashores and turquoise waters, that are the playground of Europeans and People through the northern hemisphere’s colder winter months. Mexico’s privileged location permits it to be “bathed” by the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, which make the nation a paradisiacal vacation spot for vacationers in search of solar and sand. The marine wildlife additionally make Mexico a magnet for guests from everywhere in the world. My 2024 journey to Mexico will take me to the Riviera Maya, the well-known resort district south of Cancun within the jap portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. The Riviera Maya options fantastic seashores, turquoise waters, archeological websites, freshwater lagoons, and underwater caves and cenotes. The Riviera Maya can be well-known for its resorts – together with massive scale all-inclusive resorts, – and through my 2024 journey, I’ll keep on the three greatest resorts within the space: the Belmond Maroma (which simply reopened following an enormous refurbishment), the Rosewood Mayakoba, and the model new St. Regis Kanai.

A BEACH HOLIDAY AT MEXICO'S RIVIERA MAYA


5. FLYING ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS’ FABULOUS BUSINESS CLASS

In 2010, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, collaborated with famed architect Kengo Kuma and main British designers Acumen to roll out a complete of twelve utterly redesigned Boeing 777-300ER plane. On the coronary heart of ANA’s new product funding is a model new seat design for Enterprise Class known as “The Room.” Impressed by trendy, multifunctional Japanese residing areas, The Room presents versatile doorways for private privateness that may be adjusted to share the house with fellow journey companions – from eating along with the household to conducting conferences with colleagues. With its daring ahead and rearward seat format, The Room presents one of many largest Enterprise Class seating environments on this planet – with a large couch which is double the width to earlier Enterprise Class seating. With a design concentrate on minimization and de-cluttering, the Enterprise Class seat presents a ‘place for every thing’ together with discreet areas for all private belongings, with deep blue accent hues exactly positioned inside every compartment. After my earlier journeys onboard The Room have been cancelled due to the pandemic, I’ll now check out THE Room this summer season on the London to Tokyo route.

FLYING ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS’ FABULOUS NEW BUSINESS CLASS


4. VISITING THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ST BARTHS

The French Caribbean island of St Barts (or St Barthélemy) is a volcanic island totally encircled by shallow reefs, about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of the island of St Maarten. Whether or not in quest of unique surroundings or in search of unique journey, this prestigious jewel within the French West Indies is internationally famend for its laid again refinement and its French ‘artwork de vivre’, particularly amongst celebrities and jetsetter. However the island is much from snobby and likewise extra accessible than you may assume as St. Barts’ (or St. Barth’s) 14 seashores are all open to the general public. The island is right for these in search of a Euro-themed utopia with loads of shoreline to unwind and luxuriate in toes-in-the-sand lunches and quiet dinners below the celebrities – with a bottle of advantageous French wine. These searching for an island with thrilling nightlife and off-shore actions ought to take a look at St Barts’ neighbors Martinique or St Martin. The small island can be residence to a number of ultra-luxe resorts and through my upcoming journey, I’ll keep at a number of of them, together with Le Sereno Resort (sister resort of Il Sereno Lake Como, which I reviewed right here) and Rosewood Le Guanahani.

VISITING THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ST BARTHS


3. EXPLORING PERU

Though nothing is booked but, I’m presently planning an enormous journey journey to Peru in summer season 2024 (a rustic which I’ve already visited as a pupil 20 years in the past). With none doubt, Peru’s best attraction is the mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Website which was solely found in 1911 and is believed to have been utilized by the Incas as a secret ceremonial metropolis. Irrespective of what number of occasions you’ve gotten seen {a photograph} of the long-lasting Inca ruins, nothing prepares you for the sense of awe that this magical place elicits in its Andes mountain setting, clinging because it does to rock and jungle. And there’s nothing just like the satisfaction of approaching Machu Picchu by ft, which is why the extremely scenic Inca Path is again on my bucket record for 2014. After all, Peru is a lot extra than simply Machu Picchu and I additionally plan to incorporate the next inn my Peru intinerary: Lima (the culinary capital of South America), Ballestas Island (sometimes called Peru’s Galapagos), the Nazca Strains (a set of big geoglyphs), the Colca Canyon (the world’s deepest land canyon), the gorgeous metropolis of Arequipa, historic Cusco with the Sacred Valley, and magical Lake Titicaca (the best navigable lake on this planet).

EXPLORING PERU


2. A ROAD TRIP IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

In spring 2024, I am going on a road trip and travel adventure in the American Southwest (Arizona, Utah and Nevada). The aim is to visit some of the major National Parks in the Colorado Plateau, such as the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. En route, I’ll stay at several luxury hotels, including two very exciting properties. The first one is Ambiente, a Landscape Hotel, a new  property uniquely designed to blend in with the mystical red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Ambiente is comprised of 40 cubed-shaped guest Atriums that are elevated above the ground by steel piers and constructed using floor-to-ceiling, bronze-tinted glass and matte-charcoal and rusted metal (the photos look stunning). The second property I’ll stay at is Amangiri, the iconic Aman resort tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the stunningly beautiful resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. Amangiri also features a high-end ‘glamping’ site – called Camp Sarika – which is linked to the main resort.

A ROAD TRIP IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST


1. STAYING AT THE MALDIVES’ NEWEST ULTRA-LUXE RESORT: SONEVA SECRET

Glamorous overwater resorts, pristine white-sand beaches, and a spectacular underwater world make the Maldives one of my favorite holiday destinations in the world. The archipelago – positioned in the Indian Ocean southwest of India – consists of 1192 coral islands and sandbanks (200 inhabited islands, plus 100 islands with tourist resorts), which are the visible tips of an oceanic volcanic mountain range whose outer edge at some points plunge to depths of over 3 km (10,000 ft). The tiny islands are encircled by magnificent beaches and incredibly beautiful lagoons, blessed with crystal clear waters and protected by reef structures. Every resort in the Maldives is built on its own private, picture-perfect palm island, with all of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands competing with each other to offer their guests unprecedented levels of mind-blowing luxury. During my 2024 trip, I will return to Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, my favorite resorts in the Maldives, and I’ll also stay at the brand new Soneva Secret, which will open its doors in February 2023 and aims to become the Maldives’ most exclusive resort. Besides the Soneva properties, I’ll also try out some other resorts such as the Patina Maldives and The Ritz-Carlton Maldives.

STAYING AT THE MALDIVES' NEWEST ULTRA-LUXE RESORT- SONEVA SECRET


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