Where will your travel adventures take you in 2019? At Coco Bay we are always on the look out for the next destination that will entice us to book a trip and we love to hear about the latest travel trends. While catching up with our friends at BushBaby Travel (specialists in worldwide, family friendly travel) we were keen to hear where people are booking their holidays for this year and we can now officially confirm these top trending, long haul travel destinations for 2019:
Cambodia’s Islands are hot! Featured in The Wall Street Journal as “The World’s Hottest New Beach Destination”, hotel openings include Alila Villas Koh Russey on a gorgeous beach, Six Senses Krabey Island, and a new Tamu Resort on spectacular Koh Rong. With room rates from around $550 for a Hideaway Pool Villa at the Six Senses and a Garden Suite at Alila Villas coming in at under $300 in low season (our Spring/ Summer) this is tropical resort living that seriously rivals the Indian Ocean. Combine with Siem Reap, an easy one-hour flight away, for a cultural extravaganza and this is a destination that really does offer it all. For more ideas visit bushbaby.travel.
Our Suitcase Essentials for Cambodia:
The Chinese have been visiting our shores for many years and yet China hasn’t really featured as a key holiday destination for UK tourists, but that’s changing. Yes, there are all the famous sights to see – how could you miss the chance to see the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square or the Terracotta Army? But the country is opening up and improving its tourism infrastructure all the time – hence a new daily flight from Heathrow to foodie-capital Guangzhou. For more ideas visit bushbaby.travel.
What to pack for China:
Sport aficionados won’t want to miss rugby’s biggest tournament from 20 September to 2 November, followed soon after by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With venues located across the land it’s the perfect opportunity to explore this Asian powerhouse. The Japanese are gearing up for the anticipated deluge of visitors and this spring sees BA resume flights to Japan’s second city, buzzing Osaka with its fabulous foodie scene. Don’t miss the chance to experience the iconic bullet train – surely the best way to get around. For inspiration, visit bushbaby.travel.
For out-of-season sunshine that’s within easy reach, Oman ticks lots of boxes. After a spot of pampering at Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa, opt for self-drive to explore further afield, perhaps with a desert camp adventure for the ultimate contrast. For those who love to horse-ride, it’s the perfect way to explore the Hajar Mountains, Wadi Gorge and of course the rolling dunes and long stretches of beach for which Oman is famous. For inspiration visit bushbaby.travel.
Ranked top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet, this gem of a country is perfect for touring. With some enviable surfing spots, wellness and eco-tourism in spades plus a foodie scene that will make you salivate, for a ‘beyond the beach’ holiday Sri Lanka delivers. Don’t miss the 300-strong elephant gathering at Minneriya, the Buddhist monuments and old school train travel in the Hill Country. Round things off perfectly with a beach stay at one of the top-end resorts such as the Shangri-La. For lots of ideas visit bushbaby.travel.
Packing ideas for Sri Lanka
Vietnam is enjoying its time in the spotlight and deservedly so – it’s a country that offers a beguiling mix of beach, history, culture and adventure. Visitors to Hoi An should definitely sign up for a street food bicycle tour – eat and get fit! Or hop on the back of a vintage Vespa – the perfect way to soak up the rustic scenery, with stops en-route to sample and cook-up local delicacies like banh dap and learn local crafts such as the art of mat-weaving. That said, with stunning hotels such as the Four Seasons Nam Hai an option it might be hard to pull yourself away from your sun-lounger! For more tempting Vietnam ideas see bushbaby.travel.
Suitcase Essential for Vietnam
Perth, the world’s most remote major city, is one of those off-the-radar places and a well –guarded secret for those who’ve already discovered its stunning beaches, wineries, water-front quay and uber-chic hotels. With new non-stop flights from the UK with BA, now is definitely the time to visit. For itinerary ideas visit bushbaby.travel.
Zimbabwe is back on the tourist map with the number of foreign visitors to Victoria Falls on the up. Expect stand-out safaris – 4WD, riding, cycling and walking safaris are all on offer and wherever you go, you’re assured of a warm, friendly welcome from the locals and great value – now is definitely the time to visit before the tourist offering matures and prices rise. Combine a stay at Zambezi Sands near Vic Falls – perfect for airing your new beach-wear, with a sojourn under canvas in a luxury tented suite at Bomani Tented Lodge. For safari inspiration visit bushbaby.travel.