We’ve noticed a rise in our Members forgoing popular destinations for more under-the-radar locations. To give you some inspiration for your next trip, we’ve pinpointed the top destinations that will give your holiday a unique edge.
Chicago and Lake Michigan
Move over New York: 2020 is all about the Windy City and the 26 miles of shoreline skirting Lake Michigan. Savvy travelers have come to appreciate the metropolitan perks the city offers, minus the stress and overcrowding.
The many jazz and blues clubs are unlike any other and have spawned careers of legends including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Nat King Cole. Likewise, its theatres are famous for shaping Broadway hits before they hit the Big Apple, meaning you can enjoy top entertainment for a fraction of the price.
With 10% of the city consisting of lush parkland, it’s easy to escape the urban sprawl. In summer, you can even hit the beach, backed by sand dunes and dramatic cliffs. Reflecting the city’s multicultural population, the diverse restaurant scene doesn’t disappoint either.
Where to stay?
The Peninsula Chicago
Regularly hosting A-listers, this art deco retreat is a Chicago staple and sits in the middle of the commercial district just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. The views, spa and service rank among the finest in town, and guests can sample a contemporary American menu at the excellent Lobby restaurant.
Book a stay through us to enjoy a complimentary full American breakfast each morning, a room upgrade*, flexible check-in/check-out times, free wi-fi, and welcome amenities.
Grenada, West Indies
Dubbed the Spice of the Caribbean due to its rich local produce that informs its island-style cuisine, Grenada has been at the forefront of the recent Caribbean tourism upsurge thanks to its stretches of soft-sand beaches, virgin rainforest and impressive volcanic lakes. The island has the edge over other exotic escapes due to the government’s investments in the protection and preservation of the island’s natural beauty, an ambitious project called Pure Grenada. It allows visitors to explore the nation’s natural treasures and impressive historic heritage without endangering them, responding to the growing environmental consciousness among travelers.
Where to stay?
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel and Spa, St. George’s
True to its environmental pledge, the island eschews high-rise developments, opting for locally-inspired accommodation such as the luxury suites at Calabash. Thanks to its proximity to the beach, you can enjoy a range of water sports and indulge in spa treatments while taking in bay views. The superb staff provides a personalised service, topped off with one of the finest restaurants on the island.
Book a stay through us to enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, a room upgrade*, free wi-fi, early check-in/late check-out*, a complimentary private airport transfer, a bottle of rum punch, and a cookie jar upon arrival.
This subtropical prefecture should be on everyone’s bucket list. Dotted with sun-drenched beaches, its shores are teeming with rare marine wildlife, making it one of the world’s best – and most overlooked – diving destinations. Home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites including several ancient castles, Okinawa prides itself on its intriguing history which includes its mantle as the birthplace of karate. Uncharted jungle, cascading waterfalls and rare wildlife are abundant on the island chain and, with the cherry-blossom season kicking off as early as January, this idyllic destination offers the perfect alternative to Japan’s better-known tourist hubs.
Where to stay?
Iraph Sui, a Luxury Hotel Collection, Miyako
Overlooking Irabu Island’s picturesque beachfront framed by striking primeval forests, this Marriott retreat offers plenty of tranquility. Elegant rooms come with ocean views and private pools, and guests are encouraged to try one of the many spa treatments incorporating Okinawa’s sand, sun and sea. The beach club is the perfect spot to witness the dazzling sunsets. Book a stay through us to enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, free wi-fi, and a personalised welcome amenity.
A Mediterranean holiday usually means a trip to popular countries such as Spain, Italy or Greece, but Israel is stepping things up. Several reputable airlines have pinpointed the bustling beach city of Tel Aviv as one of the top holiday destinations of 2020, and with its year-round warm temperatures, you can hop on a plane whenever it suits you. Its golden beaches are perfect for sun-seekers and water sport enthusiasts and cater to party revellers and peaceful family getaways alike. The city is steeped in history, boasting one of the oldest ports and collection of Bauhaus-styled buildings in the world, as well as plenty of museums. And that’s before we even mention the food… which is incredible.
Where to stay?
The Vista at Hilton Tel Aviv
This luxury bolthole is elevated high above the city, making for unbeatable cityscape views. Blending European and Eastern influences, each room comes with startling sea vistas. The service is impeccable, and we’d advise indulging in one of the lavish spa’s traditional Thai treatments.
Book your stay through us to enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, a room upgrade*, early check-in/late check-out, and free wi-fi.
*Subject to availability