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The 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017

DECEMBER 30, 2016 12:00 PM

Last year, savvy travelers flocked to Rio for the Olympics; Cuba, because they could; and America’s national parks, to celebrate the 100th birthday of the natural wonders in their own backyards. In 2017, we’ll see hot spots like Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Oman remain popular, but travelers will venture off the beaten path, beyond each country’s tried-and-true holiday escapes. Remote parts of the world will become more accessible than ever, thanks to new heli-skiing operations in the mountains of Georgia and a new walking trail that crosses the length of Jordan. Malaysia’s beaches are primed to become the new alternative to island getaways in Vietnam and Thailand, and there’s a Caribbean destination with just as much culture as Cuba, minus the crowds. You’ll want to get your passport ready to experience a fresh take on the African safari in Madagascar and the new capital of Nordic cool in Europe, and for something close to home, there’s a U.S. mountain town you’ll want to experience now, before the secret’s out.

1. Georgia
Georgia (the country, not the state) has gotten buzz in recent years for its surprisingly great wine scene. But a stellar bottle of vino is just one reason to visit. The capital, Tbilisi, with its young, creative class and Brooklyn-esque undertones, has emerged as a hub of cool. The super design-y Rooms Hotel should be your base for exploring the city’s exciting art, music, and food scenes. Bassiani, a favorite local music venue, brings in the best electronic music performers from around the globe, while Fabrika, a Soviet-era sewing factory turned multiuse cultural space, highlights Tbilisi’s urban artists. Georgian food has begun to come into its own right, due to innovative restaurants like Le Montrachet, a neo-bistro run by former French Laundry alum Francesco Manalo. And thanks to a new partnership between Rooms Hotel and Kazbegi Helicopters, Georgia is primed to become a new winter playground for hard-core skiers and snowboarders looking to access untouched terrain in the Caucasus Mountains.

2. Oman
For years, Europeans, particularly Brits, have known Oman as the Middle East’s ultimate holiday escape. Only recently have Americans caught onto the country’s natural and cultural attractions. The antidote to the bling of Dubai, Oman offers incredible natural beauty in the form of the vast desert, pristine coast, and rugged mountains. For the past year, the dramatic sandstone mountains and empty beaches of the north have gotten most of the attention, thanks to luxe hotels like Six Senses Zighy Bay, Alila Jabal Akhdar, and most recently Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, which opened this October with a stunning location nestled into the Saiq Plateau.The November opening of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, bordering the historic Al Baleed UNESCO archaeological site, is a sign that travelers are ready to explore the south. And Oman experts HudHud Travels can coordinate incredible desert experiences between the north and south.

3. Langkawi, Malaysia
Thailand and Vietnam have traditionally stolen the spotlight in Southeast Asia, even though Malaysia’s cuisine, art, architecture, and beaches are just as fantastic. Langkawi, an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast, is about to put the country on the travel map. The St. Regis opened the country’s first all-suite resort here, complete with a Bill Bensley–designed restaurant and the largest swimmable lagoon on the island. Next summer, the Ritz-Carlton is scheduled to open a 90-room, 30-villa property with a destination spa that will rival even Thailand’s famous wellness retreats.

4. Madagascar
The Big Five aren’t the only wildlife worth seeing in Africa. About 75 percent of the species found in Madagascar live nowhere else on the planet, making the island Africa’s version of the Galapagos. Next year’s opening of Miavana on the island of Nosy Ankao finally gives the country its first plush base for exploring the wildlife and wilds. The conservation-minded property will reinvent the traditional safari experience, offering lemur treks on land and “blue safaris” in the surrounding marine preserve. More adventurous types can island-hop the Nosy Be Archipelago on a seven-night cruise with the Sailing Collective. Stops include epic dive sites; traditional villages; lemur colonies; and dreamy, empty beaches.

5. Sri Lanka
We’ve been calling Sri Lanka the next It destination for the past five years, however, tourists have always flocked to the coast (and with good reason). Sun and surf will remain a big draw, especially with new beach retreats, like the recently opened KK Beach on the south coast near Galle. But in 2017, we’ll also see Sri Lanka emerge as the next hot wellness escape, ranking up there with India, California, and Thailand, thanks to forward-thinking retreats like Santani and Tri. The country’s wildlife and interiors will also become a draw, particularly when Resplendent Ceylon’s Wild Coast Tented Lodge opens at the edge of Yala National Park next October.

6. Trinidad and Tobago
Cuba will, of course, remain hot throughout 2017 but, also, logistically complicated. Yes, change will come but not overnight. Rather than join the “mad rush” to experience Cuba now, head to Trinidad and Tobago. The islands’ unique mix of wild nature and distinct culture make them a refreshing alternative to the typical Caribbean beach vacation. Katalina Mayorga, the trendsetting owner of El Camino Travel, was so blown away when she visited Trinidad and Tobago last year that she immediately developed a trip for 2017. The weeklong itinerary mixes cultural experiences (dancing to soca music and tasting that national dish, roti) with jungle adventures and beach lazing.

7. Idaho
Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel + Bar, indie coffee shops, creative hubs, distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills. Hemingway’s beloved Sun Valley, while often overlooked for glitzier mountain towns like Telluride, Park City, and Jackson Hole, is having a renaissance. America’s first destination ski resort area offers some of the best slopes in the U.S. and still maintains a laid-back mountain-town feel (think Aspen in the ’60s). The December 30 opening of the Limelight Ketchum, the first new hotel in more than two decades, will bring some youthful energy to the mountains. And this March, the Sun Valley Resort will host the U.S. Alpine Championships for the first time since 1951. Beyond the resort, Selkirk Powder Company recently announced it will be offering heli-skiing trips to the Idaho panhandle beyond the Schweitzer Mountain backcountry, giving adventurers access to the rugged and untapped American Selkirk Range of northern Idaho.

8. Jordan
Outdoor lovers, trekking enthusiasts, and pilgrims looking for an alternative to Spain’s legendary Camino de Santiago should consider a trip to Jordan. After five years of work by 40 volunteers, the 370-plus-mile Jordan Trail was recently completed, connecting the country’s very diverse landscapes, from the Mediterranean-feeling villages of the north to the dramatic Jordan Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Lodging options along the trail range from cushy lodges like Feynan Ecolodge to homestays and camping. Three Jordanian women recently completed the entire trek in 33 days. If you don’t have time to walk the entire route, which spans the length of the country, choose one section, like a seven-day one from Petra to Wadi Rum.

9. Aarhus, Denmark
Aarhus has never gotten the hype of Nordic cool cities like Copenhagen or Stockholm, but Denmark’s second largest city is primed to be the new Nordic star. Crowned the European Capital of Culture and Region of Gastronomy in 2017 (the first time that one city has held both titles), Aarhus will have the stage to show off its riches: restaurants, museums, and galleries; some of Denmark’s best beaches; and Mols Bjerge, one of Denmark’s four national parks, is just a short drive away. Be sure to have Hærværk, Substans, Såårt, and Frederikshøj on your restaurant cheat sheet. The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum has a stellar collection, plus a seriously great new restaurant that also affords some of the best city views. When it opens in the summer of 2017, Carmel, a 1920s-inspired boutique hotel, will be the city’s coolest new

10. Colombia
Bogotá and Cartagena have been buzzy for the last few years, but the recent signing of the peace accord ending the country’s 52-year war with the FARC guerilla army will attract tourists to cities like Medellín and Cali. Coffee aficionados should head to the interiors and explore Colombia’s coffee triangle. Plan a visit from November to March so you can partake in the coffee harvest. The best bases include Casa Galavanta, located in the heart of the lush Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, and the eight-room Hacienda San Jose Pereira.
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Cenang Resort and Wanda Hotels & Resorts ink strategic partnership for Wanda Realm Resort Langkawi

PETALING JAYA: Aug 8 2017 saw property developer Cenang Resort Sdn Bhd (“Cenang Resort”) announcing its strategic partnership with Wanda Hotels & Resorts, a world-renowned hotel management company that will manage Wanda Realm Resort Langkawi placed inside the resort-themed Tropicana Cenang mixed-development.

Through the strategic partnership, both Cenang Resort and Wanda Hotels & Resorts will spearhead new direction in resort management given Wanda Hotels & Resorts’ extensive experience in providing high-quality, international standard hotel management that will further boost the uniqueness of Tropicana Cenang.

Poised proudly along one of Langkawi’s most vibrant pristine beach stretches, the development has a gross development value of RM1.55bil.

Tropicana Cenang is comprised of a hotel, two 40-storey residential towers and commercial components tailored for the tourism and services industry.

Tower A is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, while Tower B is targeted for completion by the end of 2022.

Holding a GDV of RM1.2bil, the 1,102 fully furnished units of serviced residences offer three design options with scenic views – two, three and four bedroom units presented in built-up areas ranging from 771 sq ft to 1,294 sq ft.

This upscale property will meet the needs of a myriad of market segment with the two-bedroom units’ perfect for young couples or small families while the three and four-bedroom units are better matched to larger families.

The commercial component that would service the development holds a GDV of RM49mil, offering a total of 16 units with built up areas that range between 479 sq ft to 1,453 sq ft expected for completion by the end of 2022.

A pioneer and iconic addition to the Langkawi skyline upon its completion, the development located on a 5.28-acre of prime freehold land fronting the Andaman Sea hopes to rise as a key tourist destination and family hub for leisure and entertainment, catered to locals and tourists from across the globe.

“Given this positive outlook, we believe that this development will further spur socio-economic development of the local communities with the creation of more employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities,” said Kedah president Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

The agreement was signed between Cenang Resort chairman Datuk Wira Abdullah Hasnan Kamaruddin, and Wanda Hotels & Resorts vice president Ilja Peopper.

“We are proud to collaborate with Wanda Hotels and Resorts, a company with a strong history of managing world-class hotels and resorts hoping that this project will meet not only the demands and requirement of luxury tourism on the island but also raise the standard of the facilities and services”, the Cenang Resort chairman said.

The signing event also saw Cenang Resorts announcing a separate strategic partnership with Sino Great Wall Co Ltd who will act as the contractor of the seafront mixed development.

The jewel of this development is Wanda Realm Resort Langkawi which is also the first Wanda Realm brand overseas.

Wanda Realm Resort Langkawi offers a luxurious sea fronting resort experience with 350 hotel rooms, restaurants, conference, entertainment as well as fitness facilities.

As a fast-growing premium hotel brand, Wanda Realm aims to provide quality service with the highest international standards for savvy business travelers and vacationers.

In fact, the management of the hotel will be crafted according to the guidelines stated in the Langkawi Local Planning Blueprint 2020, which focuses on delivering spacious rooms, quality infrastructure and enhancements.

Commenting on the development of the hotel, Ilja said, “Malaysia has developed a reputation for its excellent set standard of hospitality and customer service.

Wanda Hotels & Resorts is proud to contribute towards the continued growth of Langkawi as a key leisure destination.

We seek to redefine the meaning of hospitality in Langkawi, introducing new standards of services that will enhance Langkawi’s allure and potential as a global tourist destination in the long term.”

Tropicana Cenang’s newly opened 7,531 square feet Property Gallery will showcase the various components of the development, and serve as a one-stop centre for customer queries.

Located on the development site, it will also house a lifestyle café, open to the public and interested customers visiting future show units.

The property gallery will be open to the public starting on Aug 9 2017, from Monday to Sunday at 10 am till 7 pm. For more information about Tropicana Cenang, Langkawi, please visit
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Langkawi in line for huge beachfront development
Two 40-storey towers and Wanda hotel to rise on island's Cenang Beach

The landscape of Langkawi will change significantly in the coming years following the development a huge new tourism and residential complex.

Earmarked for Cenang Beach, a popular tourist area in the south of the Malaysian island, the new Tropicana Cenang complex will include twin 40-storey towers, a 350-room hotel operated by China’s Wanda Hotels & Resorts, plus retail space and other facilities. The total project will cover an area of 2.1 hectares and will overlook the Indian Ocean.

The governor of Kedah state, which includes Langkawi, said he believes the new development will elevate the island’s status as a major tourism destination.

“The development is expected to bring growth opportunities to both the tourism and property industry at this island,” said Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah. “Tourism has emerged as a powerful vehicle for economic transformation, job creation and infrastructure development in Langkawi. A main tourist destination and the third largest island in Malaysia, Langkawi has emerged as an attractive option for property development and property investment. Given this positive outlook, we believe that this development will further spur socio-economic development of the local communities with the creation of more employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities.”

Tropicana Cenang will be developed at a cost of approximately MYR1.55 billion (US$361 million) and will be completed in phases. The first residential tower is expected to be finished by the end of 2021, with the second following 12 months later. These will comprise a total of 1,102 furnished serviced residences with two, three and four bedrooms.

The hotel, which will be known as the Wanda Realm Resort Langkawi, will offer 350 rooms and suites, plus restaurants, conference space and leisure facilities.

“We believe that this development meets the needs for high-end, seafront resort-living lifestyle, one that is tailored to further boost the tourism and services industry here,” said Wira Abdullah Hasnan Kamaruddin, chairman of Cenang Resort. “Together [with Wanda Hotels & Resorts], we hope that this project will not only meet the demands and requirements of luxury tourism on the island but also raise the standards of the facilities and services offered.”
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Langkawi Premium Outlet bakal dibangunkan
Oleh Siti Zaleha Nadzim
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LANGKAWI: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) menerusi anak syarikat, Uniutama Management Holdings Sdn Bhd (UMHSB), dengan kerjasama Amtel Mega Sdn Bhd, iaitu anak syarikat Amtel Holdings Bhd bakal membangunkan Premium Outlet di Bandar Kuah, Langkawi.

Sehubungan itu, satu memorandum persefahaman (MoU) dimeterai kedua-dua pihak bagi merealisasikan cadangan projek pembangunan terbabit.

Majlis pemeteraian MoU itu ditandatangani oleh Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah UMHSB, Datuk Megat Fairouz Junaidi Megat Junid, manakala Amtel Mega diwakili Pengarahnya, Megat D Shahriman Zaharudin dengan disaksikan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan UMHSB, Suardi Mohamed Zakaria dan wakil Amtel Holdings Sdn Bhd, Khalid Ahmad Husni.

Pemeteraian itu turut disaksikan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Naib Canselor UUM, Prof Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, selepas pelancaran Digital Langkawi di Pusat Pameran Antarabangsa Mahsuri, Langkawi, di sini.

Projek Premium Outlet yang bakal dikenali sebagai 'Langkawi Premium Outlet' akan dibangunkan di tapak berkeluasan empat hektar milik UUM yang dijangka menjadi satu lagi mercu tanda ikonik, seterusnya daya tarikan baharu kepada pelancong ke Pulau Langkawi.

Sebagai sebahagian daripada komitmen perjanjian usaha sama kedua-dua pihak, UMHSB dan Amtel Mega Sdn Bhd akan bertindak selaku Joint Master Developer bagi pembangunan projek yang mana pihak Amtel Mega Sdn Bhd akan membiayai dan melabur sepenuhnya dalam pembangunan projek itu.

Cadangan projek itu adalah inisiatif penting UUM untuk meningkatkan penjanaan kekayaan dan sumber pendapatan jangka masa panjang kepada universiti.
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