IDEAS FOR LATE 2020

IDEAS FOR LATE 2020

We are aware of the rapidly changing outlook for travel in the current climate and appreciate that this global crisis is evolving too fast to keep updated with.  Our travel plans are therefore to be briefly curtailed, but the travel industry is resilient and has faced major challenges to world travel before. 

In the meantime, we leave our suggestions in tact so that we can all dream and plan and be ready to travel again, once all the restrictions have all been lifted:-

"This too shall pass"

Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar

Qatar's largest wellness destination, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellbeing resort and first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine in the world is set to open in 2020. The Zulal Wellness Resort draws on the brand's many years of expertise catering to an exacting global audience whilst retaining an inextricable connection with the local culture. Located on the coast in northern Qatar, Zulal Wellness Resort will offer the highest international service standards rooted in traditional Qatari hospitality. The estate will feature a Family Wellness Resort with 120 guestrooms and suites which will welcome guests of all ages. The adjacent Wellness Resort with 60 suites and villas will cater for individuals, couples and groups of adult wellness travellers. Specially developed unique wellness therapies will combine traditional healing principles, which together with services inspired by local heritage, will ensure Zulal Wellness Resort is a true showcase of Qatari culture, both traditional and modern. For more information, visit: www.visitqatar.qa

New year, new stadium, new home. 2020 sees the Oakland Raiders relocate to Las Vegas’s latest attraction

The Oakland Raiders will become the Las Vegas Raiders. Their move is a milestone for sporting fans in the city as it will be the first time a major sports team will have taken up residency there. The venue promises to be one of the most advanced arenas in the world with retractable doors and a glass-domed roof giving it an outdoor feel whilst delivering an exceptionally comfortable climate for fans. The arena will also boast a number of nightlife and dining options on site to provide a truly unforgettable experience for existing fans and those living in the city.  For more information, please visit www.visitlasvegas.com

Peru named one of the world’s best food destinations to visit 

Peru has again proved its status as one of the world’s best food destinations to visit by securing two spots in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Lima, Peru’s capital city, is home to two of the restaurants in the top 10: Central by Virgilio Martínez was recognised as the sixth best restaurant in the world, whilst the Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant Maido secured the number 10 spot. Central was also recognised as the #1 best restaurant in South America, with its strong focus on Peruvian produce such as the country’s many varieties of corn and potato, as well as much more obscure products offered by Peru’s vastly biodiverse landscape. www.peru.travel

Astro-tourism in Chile - Total Solar Eclipse December 2020

Chile’s pristine dark skies make it one of the premiere astro-tourism destinations in the world, ideal for amateur and professional stargazers alike. Following the total solar eclipse in July 2019, best viewed from Chile’s Elqui Valley, the phenomena is set to continue in 2020. The Chilean Lake District, south of Santiago will be the best place to view the total solar eclipse due in December 2020. In addition, the evening before the eclipse aligns with the peak period of activity of the Geminid meteor shower, where observers have the chance to see a stunning 120 meteors per hour in the starry sky. Visitors to Chile can also delve into deep space at the ALMA observatory in the Atacama Desert, home to the largest radio telescope on Earth. For more information visit: www.chile.travel/en

Hot new hotel openings to sing about in Nashville

Nashville, famed for its multi-genre music scene, creative neighbourhoods, local cuisine and southern hospitality, is home to a host of hotel openings hitting the scene. The boutique hotel boom in Music City has seen the likes of The Russell, a 115-year-old church conversion in East Nashville and Van Dyke’s Bed and Beverage, with first floor bar and top shelf tipple inspired luxury rooms to open their doors in 2019. Set to hit the streets of Music City, Nashville’s Margaritaville Hotel will open in December 2019. Richard Branson commented on the brand’s latest expansion, “Nashville’s time is now and we want to be part of that excitement”. For more information, visit: www.visitmusiccity.com

Bear Grylls Survival Academy to open in Ras Al Khaimah

Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, will welcome its very own Bear Grylls Survival Academy adding to its existing rich portfolio of adventure tourism activities. This unique Academy offering a variety of courses and events on Jabel Jais has really set the bar in Ras Al Khaimah’s ongoing effort to develop its adventure tourism. The adventure destination, already home to the world’s longest zipline, is constantly finding ways to provide thrill seekers from all around the world with opportunities to get the heart racing with plenty of adrenaline-packed activities on offer. With some of the world’s most adrenaline-packed and memorable activities suitable for families and adults; corporates as well as outdoor enthusiasts, Ras Al Khaimah is certainly on the map as a top destination en.rasalkhaimah.ae/

Brand new OZO Maldives opening in 2020

This 200-villa private island resort will occupy a secluded island in the Raa Atoll. Featuring design elements inspired by a fictitious castaway explorer named Sebastian King III, an artist and amateur sailor who was shipwrecked on the island. OZO Maldives will immerse travellers in a reinterpretation of the legacy he left behind through a series of structures, shelters and landmarks Sebastian creatively constructed from island-sourced raw materials. Of the 200 villas at OZO Maldives, 60 villas will be located overwater while 140 villas will be located on the beach, with 50 beach villas offering larger family-friendly layouts and private plunge pools. Positioned as a family-oriented resort, OZO Maldives will bear all the signatures which define an OZO including an enhanced sleep experience, smart connectivity of personal devices in both private spaces and public areas, and curated destination and activity tips by enthusiastic team members. www.onyx-hospitality.com