Kempinski Blog Article
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, the Masai Mara is the place to immerse yourself in nature against the beautiful backdrop of the savannah.
To make your trip even more special stay at Olare Mara Kempinski. With a range of luxury tented accommodation, you can venture out into the wilderness by day then relax and indulge in five-star service in the evenings as you recount your day’s adventures.
Be happy in Bhutan
Located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a destination that is filled with natural beauty, welcoming locals and unique culture. The country measures its development in terms of Gross National Happiness (GNH) putting its population’s wellbeing before anything else. When visiting this amazing country you will definitely understand why this is.
Described as a living Shangri-La, Bhutan’s mountainous landscape is home to a huge number of temples and monasteries – many of which cling to cliffsides – colourful towns, forests in the clouds, and a culture that is quite unlike any other in south Asia.
Enjoy exclusive Dubai
Dubai is unrivalled when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A place where gleaming skyscrapers reach into the sky and incredible man-made islands stretch along the shoreline – where luxury experiences exist all around the city.
Dubai’s world-class restaurants, shopping malls and hotels draw people from across the globe, and the city has an amazing nightlife known for its glamourous and show stopping events. Despite being a modern metropolis, the city is rich in culture, due to the historical souks and the beautiful Old Bastakia Quarter. Outside of the city you can enjoy all sorts of activities in the desert including camel riding and a 4x4 safari through the dunes.
Visitors can stay at any one of the three Kempinski Dubai locations: Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, overlooking the slopes of Ski Dubai; the relaxing Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah; or Emerald Palace Kempinski, where the hotel’s opulent interiors are receiving their final finishing touches. If you value the finer things in life, Dubai is a must-visit in 2018.
Book a ticket on the Silk Road Express
The legendary merchant trail might be associated with silk and great medieval empires, but is not completely consigned to history, and today anyone can book a ticket by private train to chart the route of this legendary trail, exploring the empires that once lined the route, and the interesting nations that sit alongside it today.
Starting in Almaty in Kazakhstan, travellers head to Tashkent, then through Uzbekistan through ancient cities like Samarkand and Bukhara, before finishing their journey in Turkmenistan. Travelling through dramatic scenery and stopping at regular intervals to visit abandoned ancient sights, the trip is unlike any other, and a must for history enthusiasts and those looking for adventure.
Relax in the Seychelles
Planning a visit to a beautiful beach destination, more specifically the Seychelles, is a must for 2018. Staying at the luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort, you can soak in scenery of white sandy beaches, colourful tropical forests and the clear blue ocean. The island has a range of exquisite restaurants for visitors to try, and in terms of activities, travellers can experience snorkelling or scuba-diving to discover the fascinating and stunning underwater life.
If you want to see some more once-in-a-lifetime locations to visit in the year ahead, click here to see our other destinations.