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The world’s 7 must-see travel destinations for 2016

May 04 2016 07:47

Can’t decide where to take your next city break? TripAdvisor, the travel website, sliced and diced millions of user reviews to select the most beloved and talked about travel spots of the year creating the Travellers' Choice winners for the ‘World's Top Destinations’. It’s the ultimate 2016 hotlist of travel!

Whether you’ve sipped coffee in Rome before or been pampered in a Moroccan spa, these cities have boundless experiences and sites to offer. With our luxury list of “must do’s” to indulge in and exclusive experiences to uncover, we guarantee you’ll be booking your tickets by the end of this post!

7. Rome, Italy

The city that was not built in a day cannot be explored in one (or even several)! Rome boasts a rich history, beautiful architecture and tasty food. As the nickname implies, the Eternal City never goes out of fashion, but all roads definitely lead there in 2016. Pope Francis has decreed this year an official Year of Mercy with a Jubilee celebration scheduled for November, the Colosseum, Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain have undergone restorations and new attractions like the aquarium have just been opened.

Where to stay? The First Luxury Art Hotel – A 5 star hotel that is located just a stone’s throw away from Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna, it is a restored nineteenth century aristocratic palace transformed into an elegant hotel.

Where to shop? Degli Effetti – An exclusive Roman fashion boutique located between Piazza di Monte Citorio and the Pantheon, which actively seeks out unique and unusual styles. The rack boasts collections by Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Balmain and Ralph Lauren.

Where to eat? Ai PianiWhen it comes to good seafood in Rome, there’s Ai Piani which is situated in the elegant Parioli district. The menu includes a selection of the best fish from the coasts of Lazio and a great variety of traditional specialties.

Where to explore? Tramjazz RomaWhat’s a better way to explore Rome then to enjoy good music, delicious food and a tour all at the same time? Tramjazz is a historic tram from the Atac collection which serves as a travelling concert hall and restaurant where you can listen to live jazz enjoy dinner by candlelight all while exploring the sights of the city.

6. Prague, Czech Republic

With the Prague Castle watching over the city since the 9th century and the historic Jewish Quarter, Prague is on most travellers’ must-see lists. Even with modern day additions, from the upscale shopping to the sophisticated nightlife, the city has maintained its European charm with endless winding cobbled stoned streets to explore.

Where to stay? Mandarin Oriental HotelA former monastery which dates back to the 14th-century, the Mandarin Oriental is a luxury hotel that has the most spacious rooms in the city. From the Presidential Penthouse you have a stunning panoramic view of Prague Castle, and every room has LCD televisions and high-speed internet.

Where to shop? Parížská or Paris Street– Located in Old Town, Paris Street has been a hub for all the best names in international design such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Where to eat? Wine O’Clock ShopRenowned as the best restaurant in Prague, Wine O’Clock Shop stocks quality Southern Italian and Czech wines as a selection of traditional Czech meals.

Where to explore? Old Town (Stare Mesto)Discover the origins of the city of Bohemia and the great Jewish Quarter with the oldest and most beautiful synagogues. Also learn about the history of the people of Prague and how they revolted against communism.

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia

A city that is fast becoming a must-see destination and not just for the backpackers anymore! Siem Reap is rapidly reinventing itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia, with everything from hip hotels, world-class dining and sumptuous spas on offer, alongside the stunning almost 900 year old temples and ruins of Angkor.

Where to stay? Belmond la Residence d’AngkorLocated in the heart of Siem Reap, this intimate hotel is close to many of the tourist attractions. Built in traditional Khmer style, guest rooms in the hotel are spacious with large bathrooms and overlook the gardens or the swimming pool.

Where to shop? Artisans d’AngkorArtisans d’Angkor is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Khmer skills in silk-making, stone and wood carving, amongst other skills while promoting development and education of individuals. This is the best place to find local goods and souvenirs.

Where to eat? Georges Rhumerie RestaurantA must go to is this family restaurant with different recipes inspired by the meals from the island of La Reunion with a Cambodian touch.

Where to explore? AngkorThe biggest tourist attraction in Cambodia and the largest religious monument complex in the world. It’s awe-inspiring in any light but breathtaking at sunrise so have your tuk tuk driver get you there early!

4. Paris, France

Paris is known for its’ luxury shopping, decadent meals, beautiful people and long list of attractions from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre. Whether you're a first-time or repeat visitor, it's perhaps never been a better time to book a trip to Paris. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the "city of light", with several events and exhibitions on the horizon, including the French open and the UEFA championship.

Where to stay? Le Bristol ParisLocated on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Le Bristol Paris has unrivalled elegance and exemplary service. It is decorated in 18th-century-style and has been admitting guests since 1925. It is the only European hotel to have four Michelin stars – three for the restaurant Epicure and one for the luxury brassiere 114 Faubourg.

Where to shop? Avenue MontaigneThe best place in the city for high-end shopping is Avenue Montaigne, where you can find the stores of Chanel, Fendi, Valentino and Bulgari. You can find the latest in luxury clothing, jewellery and beauty products.

Where to eat? Angelina TearoomsOne of Paris’ finest spots for gourmet confectionaries and gourmet treats, Angelina was founded in 1903 by the Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer and has been enjoyed by the French aristocracy for over 100 years. Enjoy the elegant décor, the delicious pastries and the legendary hot chocolate.

Where to explore? Paris Merveilles at the LIDO de ParisThis not-to-be-missed new show at the LIDO cabaret, which was created and directed by Franco Dragone, allows you to indulge in the best of French culture while enjoying dinner and a night of unrivalled entertainment.

3. Marrakech, Morocco

Travellers love Marrakech. The Moroccan city took the No. 1 place to visit spot in 2015 and remains in the top 3 for 2016. From food stalls and world famous markets to classical mosques, palaces and gardens, Marrakech is a beautiful and intriguing city that will inspire your desire to keep coming back to explore more.

Where to stay? Mandarin Oriental MarrakechMandarin Oriental is set among landscaped rose gardens, the interiors were designed by Gilles & Boissier and is a combination of Berber and Spanish Arabic patterns. Each of the luxurious villas has its own garden and private heating swimming pool.

Where to shop? BeldiOne of the best-known clothing boutiques in Marrakech, Beldi specialises in subtly Westernised Moroccan cuts for men and women, in vibrant colours. It’s a great place to get top-of-the-range original Moroccan designs.

Where to eat? Gastro MK at Maison MK RestaurantWell-known for their modern 5 course tasting menu, Gastro MK is the most exclusive restaurant in Marrakech. They only take 20 external guests for dinner each evening so booking is essential.

Where to explore? Jardin MarjorelleOne of the biggest tourist attractions in Marrakech is the Majorelle Gardens which is a twelve-acre botanical garden that was designed by French artist, Jacques Majorelle.  The Gardens contain the archaeological Islamic Art Museum.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

The perfect combination of Europe and Asia, Istanbul has a balance of historical architecture and modern day nightlife attractions. From mosques to bazaars, and Turkish baths, Istanbul could keep you happily occupied for weeks.

Where to stay? Raffles IstanbulA beautiful hotel that that is renowned for its’ architecture, it offers 136 guest rooms and 49 suites that lead to private balconies that give you a picturesque view over the city.

Where to shop? Bagdat CaddesiBagdat is considered to be among the world’s liveliest shopping avenues. The retail stores boast numerous prestigious brands as well as upscale restaurants and cafes.

Where to eat? Veranda Pera Located in Pera, Veranda Pera offers a good mix traditional and modern local cuisine. The restaurant has breathtaking views of the historic Istanbul scenery and has an ambiance that will strike a chord with the patrons.

Where to explore? Hagia Sophia Museum/ChurchThis former Greek Orthodox Church turned imperial mosque turned museum is a landmark attraction for anyone visiting Istanbul. Constructed in the 6th century it is an architectural marvel and has about 30 million gold tiles throughout the interior.

1. London, United Kingdom

And the World's best destination for 2016 in the Travellers' Choice awards is … London!

Described as "one of the world's most admired destinations" the city climbed five spots to become the favourite this year, thanks to its mix of culture, music, history, fashion, food and beer. The Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House, Harrods and Abbey Road were mentioned as attractions that distinguish the English capital and with many historic anniversaries, inspiring art exhibitions, nail-biting sport tournaments and top theatre shows coming up this year there’s never been a better time to enjoy a pint by the Thames!

Where to stay? Cheval Gloucester Park Cheval Gloucester Park is ranked as one of the best places to reside in London, enjoy a spacious serviced apartment that is available from one night until whenever you want, it even comes with a 24 hour concierge.

Where to shop? HarrodsEurope’s best-known department store, Harrods offers brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Stella McCartney as well as special services as well as a Stylist Team who will help you shop for whatever you might need from clothing to jewellery to home-ware.

Where to eat? Buddha Bar LondonOffering the best in new age Pacific Rim cuisine, Buddha Bar has a vast menu, excellent champagne and offers classes in sushi and sake making.

Where to explore? London EyeSee all the beautiful sights of the city from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace to St. Paul’s Cathedral from a great height when you take a trip of the London Eye, an iconic landmark. This humbling and breathtaking experience is a London highlight to be considered.

Picked your next holiday destination? Imagine a luxury vacation with world-class opportunities and exclusive experiences to truly relax and enjoy in one of these top rated cities. 

If you own a World MasterCard, make your way to these dream destinations by booking your ticket on Cleartrip and enjoying a 10% discount on selected international roundtrip flights. Ask your bank for a World MasterCard or visit the website to find out more.

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