We might only just be going into January, but we’re already thinking about where the year ahead will take us. After hunting down the most popular travel trends for 2019, we’ve rounded up the ‘must-visit’ destinations for your holidays to come. Whether you’re seeking wild mountain adventures, hunting down undiscovered hideaways or uncovering new sides to cities you love, there’s plenty of travel inspiration to sink your teeth into here…
Electric-blue seas caress laid-back beaches, restaurants are filled with creatives serving up new Mediterranean fusions and Greek boutiques are stuffed with artisan ceramics and textiles. Whether you’re craving Cretan luxury (looking at you, Serenissima Boutique Hotel) or a forest-based stay in a hotel partly designed by Salvador Dali (look no further than Villa Galini), it’s small wonder travellers have their hearts set on Greece in 2019.
For special getaways such as honeymoons, the star-studded islands such as Mykonos and Santorini blend the perfect mix of seaside serenity and ramped-up partying. Aigialos Hotel Santorini sits between earth, sea and sky in a picture-perfect blend of old-world glamour and modern luxury. Then there’s Esperas Santorini boasting serious Instagrammable spaces with its enchanting swimming pool carved into a rock. Both hotels have been awarded the ‘Most Romantic Historic Hotel’ in our own annual awards respectively.
Dublin, naturally, remains the perfect place to spend a long weekend. If you want a right royal knees-up, visit during St. Patrick’s Day to see where it all began and dine at Chapter One Restaurant, awarded a Michelin star in 2007 for its top-drawer chefs, high-end experience, dazzling surroundings and famed dishes.
Outside of Dublin’s buzz, but not too far away, are places such as Gorey. The Wexford-based town is home to pristine golf courses and one of Ireland’s finest Regency period houses, Marlfield House. With its croquet lawn, tennis court, rose garden and lake, it’s like stepping into an old novel.
Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, it’s impossible not to smile in the Portuguese capital. Lisbon is rivalling Berlin for its ever-thriving art scene, innovative foodie hotspots and hip co-working spaces. From the lovely yellow trams to even lovelier custard tarts, there’s almost too much to take in wandering its streets. Read our insider’s guide to Lisbon to squeeze as much out of the cucumber-cool city as you can.
The hotels are just as dazzling: from 18th-century award-winner Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel to 1950’s boutique gem Hotel Lisboa Plaza and even the eclectic Solar Do Castelo (situated within a medieval castle village with resident peacocks – yes, really), there’s a perfect stay for all tastes and budgets.