Abercrombie & Kent, founded in 1962 by Geoffrey Kent when he set off for Kenya’s bush country in a Land Rover, now has a network of 52 offices around the world, helping you to arrange your holiday with exacting precision. For 2017, Abercrombie & Kent experts based at your local travel boutique in Harrods have assembled a list of must-visit destinations for 2017…
Why it’s hot: It’s all happening up in the air
The furthest Latin destination from the UK, gets more accessible in January 2017. BA’s new London-Santiago route – the first direct connection between the two – means you can take off from Heathrow and be sipping a local merlot in sight of the Andes in less than 15 hours. This isn’t the only development in the Chilean skies. Balloons Over Atacama has just launched sunrise hot-air balloon flights in the world’s driest desert. Now, you can drift above the Valley of the Moon, gaining a bird’s eye view of the strange and spectacular rock formations and the distant snow-frosted volcanoes, before landing for a champagne breakfast.
2 OKINAWA ISLANDS, JAPAN
Why it’s hot: Try tropical isles and breathtaking trains, before the rush!
We’ve always know Japan is an ultra-cool destination and Joanna Lumley’s recent hit series only confirmed this. But Okinawan Islands is the best kept secret Japan has. It fits perfectly with the growing trend for slow-paced, wellbeing-focused travel. Life is more laid back on this offbeat archipelago, which is renowned for its excellent beaches, snorkelling and diving (especially with manta rays from June to October) – not your typical trip to Japan. This with the added bonus of being one of the world’s healthiest destinations, with unique, wholesome cuisine and more centenarians here than anywhere else on the planet.
Why it’s hot: Ecotourism options are ever expanding
With a recent uplift in tourism attractions and a focus on bringing the National Park back to their former glory, Rwanda is now set to be one of Africa’s most exciting wildlife destinations. Following years of decline, Akagera – one of Africa’s oldest national parks, in the country’s north-east – was given a new lease of life in 2016. Facilities have been upgraded and animals reintroduced, making this a Big Five reserve once more, with new lodging options opening too. Then of course there is the country’s main wildlife attraction, the mountain gorillas. Rwanda still remains the premier place to see these endangered apes.
Why it’s hot: It’s celebrating a year of culture
Indian travel experience is modernising apace. Airports are slicker. Many trains are getting faster. And in summer 2015, e-Tourist visas were introduced, making entry a whole lot easier, and cheaper too. And yet, this remains a place in which to revel in the past, especially in 2017. This year marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from British rule, and has been designated UK-India Year of Culture. Many events will celebrate the ties between the two countries.
5 OREGON, USA
Why it’s hot: New flights and celestial sights
California is the USA’s most-visited state. But those in the know are increasingly looking north for a more offbeat Pacific Coast adventure. In Oregon you get wild beaches, whale watching, wine tasting and mighty mountains but far fewer people. Then there’s Portland, often voted one of the coolest/greenest/most liveable cities in the States; many fall for its laid-back, alternative, bike-friendly vibe and profusion of farm-to-table restaurants. The whole state’s food scene is thriving. Oregon is also extremely outdoorsy, with abundant hiking, biking, rafting, skiing and more, so it’s easy to indulge guilt-free. The region is getting easier to reach too. A new Delta/Virgin flight between London and Portland starts in May 2017, adding to the numerous flights via Iceland.
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About Abercrombie & Kent
Abercrombie & Kent, founded in 1962 by Geoffrey Kent when he set off for Kenya’s bush country in a Land Rover adapted with refrigeration and his mother’s silver ice bucket, now has a network of 52 offices around the world. The company’s reputation, contacts and preferred partner status with many hotels and airlines means that they able to provide those little extra touches that can make a big difference. Expert consultants are also on hand to provide insider knowledge that will get you exclusive access to some of the world’s most sought-after locations, as well as take you to some truly fascinating, unspoilt treasures off the tourist radar.