Summer 2022: The best spots to visit


Edinburgh, Scotland:

Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, and while that might be reason enough to travel to London to attend all the official celebrations that will swirl around Buckingham Palace in June, how about paying homage to the Britain’s longest reigning monarch with a pilgrimage through her beloved Scotland? It’s not hard to see why she retreats to the Highlands every summer to rest at Balmoral Castle, considered her favorite palace. The Auld Reekie is buzzing with new energy. The highly anticipated Hotel W, designed by Jestico and Whiles in collaboration with Allan Murray Architects, will open next winter.

Doha, Qatar

As we ask ourselves what the cities of the future should look like, we naturally look for examples. Places like Shanghai, Tokyo and New York seem to fit the description on paper, but I would say that no city sums up this definition better than Doha, the capital of Qatar. There is so much to discover; from east to west/west to east, a series of four steel monoliths created by sculptor Richard Serra at the Museum of Islamic Art, the sprawling 560,000 square foot gallery. Eat at comforting Syrian restaurant Damasca One, Em Sherif, a rooftop spot that serves authentic regional dishes, and bustling corner restaurant Nourlaya Contemporary for Sri Lankan cuisine. Stay at Mandarin Oriental Doha or Banyan Tree Doha.

Jordan

A few years ago, the spectacular rock-carved ancient city of Petra in Jordan risked becoming a victim of its own success as the tourism industry threatened its delicate structures and alienated Bedouin residents from their traditional ways. Years of regional unrest followed by the pandemic mean Petra is now crying out for crowds. Visitors will surely return to this gem, but there are opportunities to explore Jordan in a more sustainable way. Other archaeological treasures, such as the ruins of Jerash and Umm Qais deserve to be seen. There’s also the vast expanse of the desert of Wadi Rum, best enjoyed with Bedouin guides who can share their knowledge of working in harmony with the epic landscape. A side trip to a salty float in the Dead Sea is also worthwhile, especially to observe another delicate ecosystem under the onslaught of modern life, this time rampant water extraction.

South Africa

We’ve all had a bad year. Damn, we’ve all had two bad years. Yet it is hard not to feel a strong surge of empathy for South Africa. While many destinations have at least taken advantage of summer lulls in COVID-19 to boost traveler numbers, South Africa’s November-March peak season has meant most of its potential visitors have been stuck at home, struggling against winter virus peaks. To top it off, in thanks to the South African scientists who quickly identified and warned of the Omicron variant, much of the rest of the world cut off all contact with travel, dealing an unnecessary blow to the tourism industry. already besieged country. For these reasons alone, if it’s safe to visit in 2022, South Africa deserves to be at the top of anyone’s wish list. All those things that make it special; from beaches to big game safaris, from wine to whale watching, from township tours to hiking trails; are all still there. And there are plenty of unexplored gems to discover if it’s busy: the seaside town of Gqeberha, the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu Natal, the scenic Panorama and Garden Route driving trails.

Madrid, Spain

When it comes to European cities, it’s hard to beat Madrid’s many charms. The Spanish capital has it all: beautiful old-world architecture, top-notch museums, incredible cuisine, beautiful parks and gardens, great shopping, a wonderful local vibe and royal influence. Just as the iconic Ritz near El Retiro Park was recently converted into a Mandarin Oriental property, so too is Villa Magna, another aging grande dame in need of a refresh, thanks to Rosewood – in October , it officially reopened as Rosewood Villa Magna. Located in the chic Salamanca district, the hotel has 154 rooms, all designed to evoke the ambiance of a contemporary Spanish villa, and an exclusive restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jesús Sánchez.

Palm Beach Florida

You could say that Palm Beach is east of Florida, like Cannes is the Riviera. It is the holiday home and the lair of the swans; with a capital S, for a good part of a hundred years. And with the recent infusion of New York hotspots such as Le Bilboquet and La Goulue over the past few years, it almost feels like NYC has been transported to sandy beaches. Known for its low-key vibe and laid-back luxury, Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect place to take a break. Not only is the property a hop, hop, and hop from must-see performing arts venues, but the nearby area is packed with fantastic shopping and dining if you need a break from the hotel’s five-star spa and from the private seven-acre beach. It’s the kind of place that once you visit, you can’t help but make a plan to come back for more.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the most exotic, mystical and beautiful tourist destinations in the world. It is the perfect vacation spot for traveling nine months of the year. The place of breathtaking beauty offers luxury, comfort, culture, history, relaxation and knowledge! Zanzibar’s beaches offer remarkable panoramic views, with crystal clear water, white sand and swaying palm trees. At beaches such as Nungwi, Kiwengwa, Pongwe and Paje Beach, visitors can relax in the sun, take soothing walks on the beach or enjoy experiences such as surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and diving. with snorkel. The coastal areas provide comfortable weather with a soothing ocean breeze. The culture and heritage of Zanzibar is rich and admirable. Its culture is a mixture of African, Persian, Arab, Indian and European influences. A trip to Zanzibar allows tourists to interact with the locals, learn their language, eat their delicious food, and observe their religion, literature, clothing, and way of life. For those who enjoy learning and gaining knowledge, Zanzibar should be on their travel wish list!

Lagos, Nigeria

One of the natural resorts that has created opportunities for families to have a healthy and fun summer holiday is La Champagne Tropicana, Ikegun Village, Lagos a few kilometers from the proposed Dangote Refinery and that of Lagos Free Trade at Ibeju Lekki. Others include Casa Ilashe, La Manga Luxury Beach Villa, Sencillo Beach House all located on Ilashe Island, Lagos. However, The Campaign seems to be creating a bigger buzz in the entertainment community. It is an African-themed beach, lagoon and forest resort located in Lagos, Nigeria. With over 65 acres of palm-fringed white sand beach, lagoon and mangrove forest offering visitors plenty of opportunities to observe, up close, a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna including palm trees, mangroves, various species of epiphytes, monkeys, squirrels, bats and various species of birds such as kingfishers, sea hawks, egrets and ducks, our resort is undoubtedly a paradise for nature lovers. nature.

Dubai:

Summer holidays in Dubai are all about adventure, food and cultural celebrations. Dubai’s skyline is teeming with shopping festivals, indoor family entertainment, a serene religious vibe, and an array of exciting and unforgettable dining experiences across the city. Dubai’s many shopping malls are the centerpieces of any UAE holiday, but in the summer they come alive with the unmistakable bright colors of the retail displays. While the midday heat may turn some away from Dubai’s pristine coastline, the early morning sees temperatures of just over 30 degrees, just perfect for morning exercise. Plus, summer chokes eliminate the crowds lining the shores, which not only makes for enjoyable sunbathing, but also clearer waterways in waters patrolled by jet skis, cleaner seas for swimming and even more potential if you go to the deep sea to fish. .

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