Top 5 up and coming destinations

Croatia

We’re seeing a real rise in bookings for Croatia, and this must be due in no small part to the emerging presence of impressive design hotels like the dramatic Monte Mulini in Rovinj and the stunning Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik. I visited Pula many years ago when it was part of Yugoslavia, and you could see the potential back then. With the charming Miramare Bay, miles of stunning beaches and bays and the azure blue of the Adriatic as your companion, you’ll find Croatia an accessible delight with underrated fishing waters.

Jordan

Jordan’s appeal is historical, mystical and timeless. But the chance to float in the Dead Sea won’t always be available – the sea is evaporating at a rapid rate. Petra however is going nowhere – and its mere presence is a living example of the miracles man can achieve. Carved by the Nabotean people some time in the 6th Century BC, this amazing walled city within a city on the slopes of Mount Hor has to be seen to be believed – and is rightly attributed the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vietnam

Heading East, Vietnam has made giant strides to re-invent its appeal to holiday makers. This is a beautiful country of glorious natural beauty – scenic countryside, quiet beach retreats and rustic towns all with exquisite cuisine and charming locals. To experience the ‘real’ Vietnam you can pick up a bicycle in quieter less commercial resorts like Hoi An and explore on two wheels – the best and easiest way to get around. Don’t forget to take a kayak trip through the Mekong Delta or the mangrove forests of Halong Bay to really connect with the Vietnamese way of life.

Beirut

Who would have thought just a few years ago that Beirut would take pride of place on this list? The town centre of this Lebanese capital city is completely re-built whilst the downtown area still oozes charm with Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman influences highly prevalent. Locals and tourists are passionate about horse racing which is popular on Sundays at the race track (gambling permitted and international currency can be exchanged) and a trip out to Raouche to see the landmark sea moored Pigeon Rocks and sample the cliff side cafes serving international and local cuisine is recommended.

Prague

Holidaymakers are slowly realising that there’s much more to Prague than just a stag do hotspot. In fact, Prague is better suited to cultural breaks– prices are not as cheap as they were 5 years ago, meaning the destination has evolved. The sight of the breathtaking, gothic Charles Bridge is an iconic one, and crossing this over to the Jewish Quarter will unite you with authentic pavement cafes, art displays, cobbled streets and shops with unique character. A trip to the Franz Kafka literature museum just a stone’s throw from the bridge is well worth the experience, whilst another nearby museum catering for more ‘nocturnal’ activities is recommended for those not easily offended!

Carole Booth is Commercial Director at Destinology.

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  1. Chloe Waterfield says:

    Some great destinations here, not all what I would have intitially thought as top luxury destinations.

    Europe is becoming a luxury hotspot at the moment,I mean, already two in the top five list.

    I think Malta really deserves a mention too! It has such a rich history and a fantastic climate, not to mention a growing trend in luxury properties.

  2. Mark says:

    I would mention that the Czech Republic is not only Prague, but more impressive is the city such as the Czech Krumlov. Just as stunning Charles Bridge is a beautiful castle Karlstejn, which is also outside of Prague.

  3. These destinations are great but I will like to add others, for example Dubai, Atacama, Central Valleys and the Lakes Region in the South of Chile, Hotels Boutiques in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este (Uruguay), Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. These destinations in Latin American and other emerging countries are today good options for vacations and offers excellent opportunities to travel and discover the countries.

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