January 2017: Travel
Top luxury travel agents recommend:
–India’s Himalayan Foothills & Andaman Islands. Start in New Delhi and head east to the world-famous tea plantations in Darjeeling. Or visit Rajasthan State, India – Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur – take a safari in Jaisalmer, transverse the desert on a camel, and sleep under the stars
–Argentina. Time for tango and cocktails with the locals in Buenos Aires! Or sip Malbec in the wine capital of South America, Mendoza.
–Zanzibar, Tanzania. This month is the start of high season: experience East African landscapes and wildlife, see the Serengeti by hot air balloon, and camp in the Ngorongoro Crater (16 kilometers in diameter and considered the eighth wonder of the natural world).
–Nicaragua. Rainforests, beaches, and eco-lodges – this is the month with the least rainfall all year. Sandboard down an active volcano, and stay on Jicaro Island amidst crystal clear waters, majestic volcanos and dense jungle.
–Barbados/Caribbean. Island-hop on a yacht from Petit St. Vincent and explore several secluded little islands, such as Petit Mustique, Canuoan and Mayreau. Go windsurfing or take a diving lesson. Swim with turtles, and take a catamaran cruise around Barbados.
Notable luxury resort and hotel openings this month:
–The Lalit, London, a luxury boutique hotel “blending the best of Indian culture, hospitality and cuisine with the finest Victorian architecture” opens Jan 1
–Las Alcobas, St. Helena opens in California’s iconic wine country – Jan 24
–The Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square opens Jan 26
–The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa in New Chandigarh, India debuted last month; the Spa opens this month
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