Peruse our top travel gems, cherry-picked from across the globe by the Pippa Rose Travel team. This year, our curated list of where to travel takes you from the royal palaces of Rajasthan, to the icy fjords of Patagonia, via the sensational sunsets of Santorini. So, buckle up and let’s embark on a globe-spanning journey through 2024’s most enchanting destinations.
India is a kaleidoscope of colours, cultures and unforgettable experiences. From the majestic Taj Mahal to the royal palaces of Rajasthan, India is steeped in rich history and architectural marvels. Kerala’s backwaters offer a serene escape, while Goa’s beaches promise sun-soaked relaxation. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street life of Mumbai, or seek tranquillity in the Himalayas. With some of the most luxurious resorts in the world and atmospheric heritage hotels, India caters to discerning travellers seeking a blend of spiritual travel and regal luxury.
The spirit of the Olympics adds to the timeless allure of France this year as it gears up for the Paris Olympics in summer 2024. Aside from the excitement of the games, discover the romantic streets of Paris, the lavender fields of Provence, and the fairy-tale chateaux of the Loire Valley. France’s gastronomic delights, from Parisian bistros to the wineries of Bordeaux, offer a feast for the senses, whilst her grand luxury hotels and chic boutique boltholes promise to pamper you in true French style.
Mexico, with its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and culinary delights, is a favourite for 2024. Explore ancient Mayan ruins in Yucatan, unwind on the pristine beaches of Tulum, or immerse yourself in the colourful chaos of Mexico City. Indulge in world-class resorts in Los Cabos, where desert meets sea, or discover the charming towns of Oaxaca and Guanajuato. Mexico’s blend of luxury accommodations and authentic experiences offers a perfect escape for those seeking cultural richness and relaxation.
Italy continues to enchant with its timeless beauty, making it a near permanent fixture on our ‘Where to Travel’ lists! From the romantic canals of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the historical richness of Rome and Florence, Italy offers a journey through history, art and gastronomy. Relish the country’s world-renowned cuisine, from rustic trattorias to Michelin-starred restaurants. Italy’s luxury villas and boutique hotels provide the ideal backdrop for a trip filled with culture, beauty and indulgence.
Vietnam is a captivating mix of natural beauty and cultural complexities. This year, explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay, and traverse the terraced rice fields of Sapa. The historic charm of Hoi An and the dynamic energy of Ho Chi Minh City offer wonderfully contrasting experiences. Vietnam’s luxury resorts and spas, set in stunning locations, provide a serene retreat for travellers seeking an immersive and rejuvenating journey.
Bhutan, the kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, is a serene and spiritual haven perfect for getting off grid in 2024. This Himalayan paradise offers a unique blend of monastic culture, majestic landscapes and sustainable tourism. Trek to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, explore ancient fortresses and immerse yourself in the local culture. Bhutan’s commitment to eco-friendly practices and high-value, low-impact tourism makes it an ideal destination for those seeking an authentic and mindful travel experience.
Kenya is the dream African destination, offering unparalleled wildlife safaris and cultural encounters, and the best-of-the-best in luxury travel. Experience the legendary Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration, and explore the diverse landscapes of Amboseli and Tsavo. Luxurious safari lodges and tented camps provide the perfect blend of adventure and comfort. Beyond safaris, Kenya’s coastline boasts idyllic beaches and historic Swahili culture, making it a complete and enriching African adventure.
Greece remains an enduring love for us, with its idyllic islands, ancient ruins, and Mediterranean charm. The Cyclades, with their iconic white-washed buildings and stunning sunsets, offer a dreamy escape and they are a top choice for our honeymooners. Explore the rich history of Athens, relax on the beaches of Crete, or sail the Aegean Sea. Greece’s boutique hotels and luxury villas provide a stylish and comfortable base for exploring this glorious country.
Mauritius is a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, ideal for sun and luxury seekers. Known for its stunning beaches, turquoise waters, lush landscapes and Creole culture, Mauritius offers a unique and alluring retreat. Enjoy world-class golf courses, indulge in spa treatments, and explore the island’s multicultural heritage. With its upscale resorts and exceptional service, Mauritius is a top choice for a relaxing and spoiling holiday.
Guatemala, with its rich Mayan heritage and stunning landscapes, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered 2024. Unearth the ancient ruins of Tikal, wander the cobblestone streets of Antigua, and explore the vibrant markets of Chichicastenango. Guatemala’s natural beauty extends from Lake Atitlán to its volcanic landscapes. Boutique hotels and eco-lodges offer a unique and authentic experience for travellers seeking culture, history and natural beauty.
Sri Lanka offers an enchanting blend of cultural heritage and natural splendour. Dive into the ancient world at Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Experience serenity in the Hill Country’s tea plantations, explore the wildlife rich biodiversity of Yala and Udawalawe, and unwind on the sun-kissed beaches of Mirissa and Trincomalee. Luxurious accommodations, from colonial bungalows to modern resorts, coupled with its renowned hospitality, make Sri Lanka an irresistible choice for a unique, pampering journey.
Colombia is a country of incredible contrasts. Discover the historic charm of Cartagena, the vibrant life of Bogotá, and the coffee culture of the Zona Cafetera. Colombia’s diverse landscapes range from the Amazon rainforest to the beaches of the Caribbean coast. Boutique hotels and eco-lodges offer a unique and authentic experience, perfect for those seeking a blend of adventure, culture and natural beauty.
Norway, with its dramatic fjords, Northern Lights, and vibrant cities, is a top destination for 2024. Cruise the stunning Norwegian fjords, experience the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle, or explore the cultural offerings of Oslo and Bergen. Norway’s outdoor adventures, from hiking to dog sledding, appeal to nature enthusiasts. Upscale hotels and cosy cabins provide a comfortable base for exploring this breathtaking country.
Morocco is a sensory feast, with its vibrant souks, historic medinas, and stunning landscapes. In 2024, explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes, and venture into the Sahara for a night under the stars. Relax in the coastal town of Essaouira, hike in the Atlas Mountains, or unwind in a traditional riad. Morocco’s fusion of culture, history, and luxury makes it an unforgettable destination.
Chile’s diverse landscapes make it a wonderfully alluring destination. From the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert to the glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, Chile offers breathtaking natural wonders. Explore the vibrant streets of Santiago, taste world-class wines in the central valleys, or stargaze in the clear desert skies. Chile’s luxury lodges and boutique accommodations are perfectly situated for an adventurous yet comfortable journey through this long, narrow country.