From Bhutan to Jordan Scott Dunn’s travel forecast veers off the beaten track
With more than 30 years of experience in tailoring bespoke holidays, leading luxury tour operator Scott Dunn unveils their predictions for the hottest destinations for 2018. The increasing demand for authentic experiences is reflected in the list, which shuns well-trodden destinations to uncover hidden gems – from visiting a spirit sanctuary in Bhutan to exploring Jordan. We bring you some of destinations to look out for this year.
Due to open in early 2018, the Six Senses Bhutan circuit is one of Asia’s most anticipated openings. Located in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang – guests will be able to embark on a ‘Six Senses Journey’ between each lodge, exploring Bhutan in style. Bhutan remains one of Asia’s most unspoiled and majestic locations, a hidden kingdom that retains a unique charm. Each of the Six Senses lodge locations will boast incredible views, in particular the lodge in Punakha which overlooks the Mo Chu River, and Gangtey, which has views of the Phobjika Valley. Architecturally, Six Senses have blended local design styles with modern luxuries and all lodges are inspired by the colourful Kingdom’s reputation as the ‘happiest place on earth.’ Guests will have the option to visit all five lodges or a combination, with itineraries designed around the various experiences unique to each location. Scott Dunn is also really excited about the new Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary near Paro, which will provide respite for the mind and body, connecting its guests with the unique Buddhist spirituality of Bhutan.
Despite there being less of a focus on Jordan in the media, people are beginning to explore this relatively undiscovered corner of the world. Jordan is well-known for its highlights such as the world-famous Nabatean city of Petra, the Roman ruins of Jerash in the north, the epic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth and the best place for a float. Offering a polar opposite experience to that in Asia, guests can also combine a trip to Jordan with Oman to really explore the wonders of Arabia. What’s more, it is an ideal destination for Easter, May and October half term thanks to the weather.
Home to some of the world’s best conditions, Niseko boasts pristine deep dry snow on picturesque volcanic and alpine mountain ranges. New for the for 2017/18 ski season is the Niseko-Hirafu ’ s high -speed detachable quad chair lift, which will more than double lift capacity saving long waits at peak times. This season also brings three new additions to Scott Dunn’s property portfolio –
o Hakuchozan: a fully luxury serviced chalet perfect for large groups and families situated in the heart of Hirafu village of Niseko
o Aspect Niseko: a collection of luxury self-catered apartments located on the slopes, in the heart of the skiing action
o Aya Niseko: a great ski-in ski-out hotel offering luxury apartments, residences and penthouses, a great option for families as it features a kid’s club.
Courchevel has long been the ski-resort of choice for the European it-crowd, but with new openings like the Scott Dunn at Six Senses Residences Courchevel, the resort will be firmly planted on the map as the go-to ski destination for Asia-based travellers. The Residences will be home to a brand-new on- site Scott Dunn Explorers kids club as well as the first ever Stargazers club, allowing parents to have evenings off to enjoy the resort’s après ski!
For more information, visit www.scottdunn.com or call +65 3158 6530.