With the arrival of the new year comes a time of reflection on the past year’s events and also a shift towards looking to the future. 2018 is here and so is the time to make new memories and challenge yourself to visit new places to make this new year your best one yet! View our picks of once-in-a-lifetime destinations to help make your 2018 travel dreams come true.
Safari in the Masai Mara
A visit to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which spans over 1,500 sq km should be on your list of potential destinations to make 2018 memorable. Known for its biodiversity and being home to some of the world’s most amazing animals including lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, cheetahs and elephants ...
Drawing on the aesthetic history of East and West, two gems in Kempinski’s constellation of hotels present a new vision of world leisure architecture. These palatial new hotels in the Gulf States blend seamlessly into architectural elements of 17th and 18th-century Europe and Islamic art, fusing breath-taking aesthetic history with comfort, rounding up the transcendence with today’s newest technology.
As an ode to luxury and a historical link between East and West, the City of the Doges inspired the ultra-luxe Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha. With its architectural language drawn partly from Venetian palaces with its characteristic Gothic arcades, such as the Ca’ d’Oro, and a few ...
Sometimes, it is nice to spend time looking after both your body and soul, and there is nothing quite as relaxing as being pampered in a luxurious spa. If you are planning on taking a trip this year, whether it’s alone, with a partner or with family, don’t forget to incorporate some downtime into your travels.
If you are looking for some inspiration, below you will find some of the most picturesque destinations across the globe, each home to world-class spas, unforgettable sights and areas filled with natural beauty.
Soma Bay, Egypt
Surrounded by tranquil waters, Soma Bay is perfect if you are looking for an escape. Home to some of Egypt's most stunning beaches, this coastal resort by ...
With its beautiful Alpine landscapes, dynamic culture and reputation for embracing the new, Switzerland is truly a country like no other. With four official languages and bordered by France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, a visit here is sure to be wonderfully diverse.
Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or wish to immerse yourself in city life where historical architecture is met with modern living, Switzerland has something for everybody. Known for being one of the most developed countries in the world, and with the cities of Geneva and Zürich ranked highly for the quality of life they offer, it truly is a beautiful place to experience ...
The arrival of a new year is an event that has been celebrated all around the world for centuries. It is a chance to reflect on the year that has passed, and whether you were able to enjoy it or you feel glad to see it depart, it is also the occasion to get the next year off to the best start possible.
While it is a largely global tradition to mark the new year with a party, there are some amazing cultural traditions when it comes to celebrating December 31st. From smashing plates in Denmark to dressing up as bears in Romania, join us as we take a look at some New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world!
Enjoy the fireworks in Dubai
Explosive – certainly one of the only words that ...
It is no secret that the Christmas period is filled with overindulgence. From the selection of rich foods to the frequent consumption of alcohol, combined with a lot of socialising with loved ones there is no denying that it is the season to enjoy the festivities in all manner of ways!
As much fun as Christmas can be, it can also be nice to have something to look forward to once all the celebrations end. Something to help cleanse both body and mind of all the overindulgences - and there is no better way to do just that than with a post-Christmas detox trip.
Here, we explore what we think are the best locations in the world to help you feel more ‘you’ once the festivities are over.
Few delicacies evoke the spirit of the European winter season and Christmas quite like the smell of freshly baked German stollen. It conjures up delightful memories of roaring log fires, beautifully decorated trees, glistening white snow, and of course the warming aroma of spices and fruits.
But while Germany will forever be the home of stollen, people around the world now enjoy this delicious Christmas treat. In fact, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center and Mall of the Emirates Kempinski Dubai have created their own stollen traditions that reflect their local culture.
The home of Kempinski Christmas stollen
The first day of Advent is eagerly anticipated at Hotel Vier ...
An extensive port city with a long history, Fuzhou is one of the largest cities in China’s southeast, and the capital of Fujian province. With its Banyan trees, famous gardens and ancient temples, Fuzhou is an exciting city, surrounded by amazing natural scenery.
The city has long been a place of high importance in China, and over the centuries the wealth of the city has led to it becoming a destination for artists and their followers.
Any visitor to Fuzhou should take some time to seek out the Three Treasures of Fuzhou – lacquer work, shoushan alabaster sculpting and cork cutting. All involve incredibly intricate work by artists with the most skilled of touches ...
With a history stretching back to the founding of the Xia dynasty in 2070 BCE, and a human history dating back to 125,000 BCE, China has been home to a huge number of civilisations, states and dynasties throughout its esteemed past.
Every visitor to China should take advantage of the opportunity to explore the country’s notable history, touring the many sites that can be found across the country. Here are some of the best lesser-known places to visit, where one can gain an understanding of the ancient civilisations and mysterious inhabitants that lived in China long ago.
The Han dynasty was one of the most powerful and influential in China’s history, consolidating ...
Located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Al Khobar is one of Saudi Arabia’s prettiest cities. As well as its wealth of parks and waterfront restaurants, it is rapidly becoming an important business centre, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Bustling Al Khobar
Along with Dammam and Dhahran, Al Khobar is one of Saudi Arabia’s “triplet cities” on the Persian Gulf, and is the one that has the longest coastline. Known as a town of fishermen and traders for many centuries, Al Khobar grew rapidly from a small fishing port in the 1930s to the metropolis it is today thanks to the discovery of vast oil reserves.
This increase in wealth helped the city to transform its beautiful ...