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Top 3 luxury destinations to visit in 2016

The new year is here and what better time to start thinking of new adventures for 2016! Luxury trend-setting travel clients are always keen to discover interesting or new and up and coming destinations. There are plenty of great destinations to visit but here are our top three recommendations: South Africa We’re noticing that the popularity of food and wine gourmet experiences are driving travel trends as people use that as a reason to explore a new destination –  for this alone South Africa has to be on top of the list. A visit to the Winelands and the regions of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek offer the backdrop of expansive mountain ranges and winding valleys which inside nestle in a colourful world of wineries all brimming with character and flavour. Take a wine tour which are delightfully informal yet educational but most importantly very delicious!! The great aspect of this region is that along with great wine comes discerning palettes which mean the food in the region is equally mouth-watering.  With fresh produce and inventive creative flair the food found in hotels or restaurants can be assured of the finest standards. Image of grape valley South Africa resized Italy (Puglia) This beautiful region is becoming a great alternative to the more popular and busy regions of Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast.  Its natural evolution is starting to garner some well-deserved attention which is indicative of the quality hotels which have opened recently. Masseria Trapana, Puglia’s newest boutique hotel and one of the leading design led properties which recently opened in late 2015.  This completely renovated 16th century country farmhouse, complete with its original frescoes, offers nine elegant and stylish suites, each with its own four poster bed.  Offering a wonderful luxury escape set amongst 60 hectares of citrus and olive groves and the privacy within its six walled gardens. San Felice arch on the gargano sea Puglia Italy Sri Lanka Growing even more in popularity through strong media attention, word of mouth and social media, Sri Lanka continues to promise itself as an amazing destination having been overlooked for so long. Culturally rich Sri Lanka offers many gems for explorers including no less than eight Unesco World Heritage Sites packed into this tight destination, along with ruins and temples spanning over its 2000 year history.   Its rain forested peaks are cradled by the stunning white beaches suitable for surfing and diving.  Nature lovers will enjoy the safari tours or the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in the afternoon sunshine. With direct flights there is a wonderful range of luxury properties available for the more adventurous discerning traveller including small, privately owned, super-stylish boutique hotels gently away from the main areas for a more calming experience.  We would certainly take the opportunity to discover this gem before its popularity hits the tipping point – with some notable new opening slated for 2016, this is definitely one to watch. Sri Lanka fishermen Diana Cherry is Director of Operations at Oxford Private Travel. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Diana Cherry

Diana Cherry is Director of Operations for Oxford Private Travel which delivers a personalised concierge style service to its international discerning clientele looking for the finest in luxury travel. Offering a stunning portfolio of exclusive villas, luxury hotels, deluxe superyachts and private island, no detail is overlooked for a truly memorable holiday experience.

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  1. recently I returned from Sri Lanka, the trip was amazing. its a tropical country with a rich ancient culture and of course, full of cricket lovers. I love their kottu roti and rice and curry which you need to try when you visit Sri Lanka.

  2. So glad to see my country(Sri Lanka) in the list!

    2500 years old history, culture, amazing nature, free roaming wildlife including elephants and leopards, mountains and the wide range of water sports in peaceful beaches give opportunities for visitors to stay active and relax at the same time.

    Now Sri Lanka concentrates more on Luxury travel offering tourists new luxury experiences accompanied with it’s rich hospitality and SriLanakan cuisine culinary…

  3. Great list! I fell in love with South Africa in both Cape Town and the luxury safari! Sri Lanka is next on my list! The resorts there look incredible.

  4. Very nice post in these destinations sri lanka is on high on my bucket. South Africa is also on my list but my budget is not high so I will go sri lanka first

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