Our luxury travel partner Virtuoso has revealed everything you need to know about travel in 2020! Virtuoso annually surveys its industry leading travel agency members across 50 countries to predict what lies ahead in the coming year. Our fellow Australia/New Zealand members ‘carpe diem’ travel is fuelling the desire to savour as many new destinations and experiences as possible and in more authentic ways. Travellers still want to journey in comfort, with the definition of luxury being personalised adventures shared with family and friends. So here’s some of the findings:

Top emerging destinations:

  1. Japan
  2. Croatia
  3. Iceland
  4. Antarctica/Arctic
  5. Egypt

Top travel trends:

  1. Adventure cruising
  2. Ocean cruising
  3. Multi-generational travel
  4. Active or adventure travel
  5. Authenticity

Top family travel destinations:

  1. Fiji
  2. Hawaii
  3. Italy
  4. Japan
  5. Australia

Top solo travel destinations:

  1. Italy
  2. Japan
  3. US
  4. France
  5. New Zealand

Top honeymoon destinations:

  1. Maldives
  2. Fiji
  3. French Polynesia
  4. Greece
  5. Bali

Top cities to visit in 2020:

  1. New York
  2. Tokyo
  3. Kyoto
  4. Lisbon
  5. Budapest

Malik Fernando from the Dilmah Tea family dropped into the office last week to bring us up to date with the developments of their accommodation offerings within the tea plantations and on the coast in Sri Lanka.  We recommend a 10 day break whereby you can cycle, hike or drive between the 5 colonial tea plantation houses branded at Ceylon Trails - choose 2 to stay in for a couple of nights each, then move onto the Yala National Park tented village property to see the wildlife before heading to the Cape Welligama cliff-top resort on the contrasting southern coast to enjoy some R&R or additional sightseeing for the balance of your Sri Lanka experience. You get 3 contrasting Sri Lankan experiences. In our image is Tanya, Malik and Kristin together with Norman from Relais Chateaux, the Ceylon Trails representative for Australia/NZ.

We were pleasantly surprised by a recent visit to New Caledonia’s Sheraton Deva Spa & Golf Resort. Located a two-hour drive north of Tontouta, New Caledonia’s International airport the resort features a challenging golf course designed by famed course architect Pete Dye. Set amidst the lagoon and edging the National Park the course provides lots of testing times! The resort has a combination or spacious rooms, suites and charming bungalows. Food and beverages are about the same price as you’d find in New Zealand cities. Located on a National Park there is easy access to short and long hikes as well as mountain bike adventures. This is a perfect place for a flop and drop but should also be considered for a conference or for the Board or Executive Team’s business planning pow wow.