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News / Travel trends 2020: 5 luxury holidays for the year ahead

2019 saw a variety of trends come and go; some that will be around for a while and some that are already a distant memory (thankfully). With a new year comes a new wave of travellers seeking the freshest places and experiences the world has to offer – and that’s what we do best.

From underdog destinations on the rise and a more zen take on daredevil endeavours, to expanding sustainability knowledge beyond the recycling bin, here are 5 travel trends and destinations for 2020 to keep you on top of your travelling game.

The destination... Eden Rock, St Barths / The trend... lo-fi sophistication

It’s time to indulge your luxurious side without all the fuss. Exuding French glamour with an air of heady nonchalance, St Barths is the ultimate destination to do this and, for us, the stylish yet intimate Eden Rock can’t be matched for unashamed and carefree relaxtion. Oh, and did we mention it’s reopening with fresh newly designed suites just in time for your winter sun getaway?

Eden Rock

The destination... Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives / The trend... light touch trips

Becoming more knowledgeable about ocean safeguarding is set to get even bigger and more prevalent when it comes to choosing where to travel. With their eagerly awaited reopening this month, marine conservation is still high on Gili Lankanfushi’s agenda with wildlife talks at their marine biology centre; while a science scuba dive below the waves helps to collect data for local ocean preservation trusts.

Gili Lankanfushi

The destination... Los Cabos, Mexico / The trend... the destination underdog

With a surge of the farm-to-table dining scene and luxury tourism, the rugged landscapes and infamous nightlife of Los Cabos are tempting in big names the likes of Nobu, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons; elevating it high onto traveller’s lists for 2020. There's a wealth of new openings scheduled for the New Year onwards, so the only dilemma here will be choosing where to stay.

Mexico

The destination... One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda / The trend... adventure's softer side

Exploration and discovery need not be reserved for just the hardcore risk takers, but with the rapid rise of the soft adventure trend, a world of exhilarating experiences is open to almost anyone. To get that rush of adrenaline in a more accessible way, nowhere beats the treetop canopy bridge walks and expert lead gorilla treks through dense jungle of One&Only Nyungwe House.

Rwanda & Uganda

The destination... Song Saa, Cambodia / The trend... giving is the new receiving

Looking after our planet is high on everyone’s priorities, but so is caring for the ecosystems and people who live on it. Not your average villa-framed private island, The Song Saa Foundation encourages guests to join them in giving back to their local community and surroundings. Including helping to provide medical care and education programmes to residents and rehabilitating the island’s sea turtles.

Song Saa

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