Inescapable classics reinventing themselves, new eldorados revealed: the best destinations are ready to welcome travelers. With a variety that has something for everyone. A quick tour of the best spots of this year.
While Paris prepares to welcome the treasure of Tutankhamun, why not (re)discover the original country of the Pharaohs? Especially since the latest archeological discoveries—the Luxor Sphinx, the throne of Ramses II—will give all those budding Indiana Jones shivers. Cairo and its 14th century souks are also worth a visit. For diving enthusiasts, Egypt offers remarkable spots like Sharm el-Sheikh. It is there, on the edge of the famous Naama Bay that the Novotel Sharm El Sheikh awaits you.
Jordan, the Jewel of the Middle East
Given peace in the region, it's a good time to enjoy the Nabatean site of Petra, the crusaders' castles, and emblematic sites from the beginnings of Christianity. Not to mention the majestic landscapes of Wadi Rum or the waters carrying the Dead Sea. All sites are easy to visit from Amman where the hotel has something for all budgets. The Mövenpick Resort Petra offers unforgettable sunsets from rock pink to blazing red.
Still unknown, Perth is a rising destination in Australia with its trendy bars in the suburb of Northbridge, as well as art galleries, theaters and excellent restaurants. If you like contrasts, wilderness is found around Cottesloe Beach, popular with divers, or Rottnest Island where you can cycle and observe the marsupials. The vineyards of Swan Valley and the colonial city of Fremantle are just a "kangaroo" jump away. Try the Tribe Perth, a brand-new hotel concept by Accor whose design sets the tone for the trip.
The capital of the Kingdom of Thailand will be at your feet if you stay at the Orient Express. This new luxury hotel will open in late 2019 in the largest tower in the country, the King Power Mahanakhon, 314 meters high. Architect Tristan Auer designed the Art Deco interiors and plant motifs of the original cars of the Orient Express. A panoramic platform on the 74th, 75th and 78th floors and a rooftop bar will offer you breathtaking views. A new way of discovering a mega-city that is both modern and proud of its traditions with its palace, its countless temples and markets, some of which float on the Chao Phraya River.
The Maldives in Paradise Mode
This small archipelago of the Indian Ocean prides itself on having some of the most beautiful lagoons. Its crystal clear waters and rich seabed are a paradise for divers. The hotels are charming with its real oases built on pillars in the water, while offering, of course, upscale service, like the Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, the Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi or the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort. The perfect destination to let go and recharge your batteries!
South Africa: The Big Adventure
Better than in a Hollywood movie, the rainbow nation offers majestic landscapes. From the mountains, to inland, to the shores, all aspects making it a trip with a capital "T". Not to mention a detour to the famous Kruger Park to see the "Big Five". With Mantis, Accor offers exceptional hotels and eco-getaways off the beaten path. So do you go on an adventure this year?
Bored of New York City? Is California do "last year"? Dare to try the Midwest, where the heart of America beats among the farmers and pioneers. With 21c Museum Hotels, visit the new acquisitions in the MGallery collection or follow in the footsteps of the Indians to Oklahoma City. From there, go to Cincinnati, the professional baseball melting pot. Going farther to Lexington, discover the capital of horses... and bourbon. Or why not Nashville, the home of country music, dancing to the chords of a Johnny-Cash style guitar. The bonus? 21c Museum Hotels is one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the United States. The discoveries never end!
Capitalize on Switzerland
A bone fide sanctuary for mountain lovers and unspoiled nature, Switzerland is a pearl just waiting to be revealed to visitors. With its cantons and different traditions, Switzerland is multifaceted, from medieval towns such as Basel or Fribourg, to the Valais or Grisons passes. Just like its chocolate, Switzerland is known for its warm welcome based on certain values and traditions, reflected at our Mövenpick or Swissôtel hotels. All the ingredients are there to create unforgettable moments!
Riga: Discreet Baltic Charm
Not as well known as its Baltic cousins, the capital of Latvia is a must-see destination in northern Europe. Stroll through the streets of the UNESCO-protected old town or admire the colorful facades or Art Nouveau by canal before tasting—in moderation, of course—the "Black Beaume", the typical alcohol of Latvians. A few kilometers away, treat yourself to a breath of fresh air with its sandy white sand beaches and the wooden houses of Jurmala. We await you wtih hotels for all budgets right in Riga.
Columbia: The New Eldorado
Since the situation calmed down, tourism is booming again in Colombia. Travelers will find unspoiled sites, from tropical forests, to sand beaches, natural parks and even the Tatacoa Desert. Colonial heritage and Mayan archeological remains are just some of the attractions to explore. In the capital of Bogota, the Gold Museum reveals treasures from pre-Columbian civilization. And to awaken your senses, head to the new wellbeing center, Relax by Germaine de Capuccini, at the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia.
For more information on these 2019 "must-see" destinations, see all our travel guides.