Where to travel in 2017
City, beach or safari, these up-and-coming destinations are off the typical tourist track
To help you stay ahead of the holiday curve, we've compiled four travel destinations set to be firmly in vogue during the next 12 months. So, quick: get booking now, before everyone else catches on.
Denmark's second city normally gets overshadowed by Copenhagen – but not next year. Aarhus is one of Europe's co-Capitals of Culture for 2017 and a smorgasbord of modern ballet, sculptural ships, pyro artists and much more will be showcased over the 12 months, supported from May onwards by gleaming new trams. Culinary smorgasbords are trending, too, with Aarhus boasting three starred restaurants in Michelin's first-ever Nordic Cities Guide. Work up an appetite by strolling about the regenerated harbour, where Scandinavia's largest public library, the just-debuted Dokk1, typifies the eye-catching architecture.
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Travellers are expressing an increasing desire to escape other travellers and go remote, especially in safari circles. So step forward Ruaha National Park, on Tanzania's quieter (but closer to Zanzibar) Southern Circuit. Despite forming the country's largest park and boasting some ten per cent of the world's lions, its beautiful miombo woodlands, plains, tranquil sand rivers and rocks contain just ten lodges – a number recently swelled by the plush Ikuka Safari Camp. A plusher-still property, Jabali Ridge, will open on a scenic perch in autumn 2017; until then, its sister residence, Kwihala Camp, enjoys the best guides.
The America's Cup, international sport's oldest trophy, has never been won by British sailors in all its 165 years. Sir Ben Ainslie is determined to correct that during next year's 35th instalment, however, having establishing a brand-new Land Rover BAR team and headhunted fellow Olympic gold-medallist Giles Smith. Bermuda's Great Sound hosts the action in late May and June. Alongside lots of indulgent hospitality packages, attention will also focus on the ever-sunny Atlantic island's pink-hued beaches, quaint cottages, greenery and golf courses.
Cape Town, South Africa
With its bargainous rand worth approximately half what it was five years ago, you really shouldn't need any encouragement to visit South Africa. Yet there is added incentive when it comes to Cape Town: joining the same luxury-hotel family as La Residence and Birkenhead House, The Silo and its 28 rooms launch in March amid a historic, 1920s-built grain tower on the buzzy V&A Waterfront. Redesigned by none other than Thomas Heatherwick (he of London's new Routemaster buses), that same silo will also host the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa from September; few gallery openings have generated as much art-world buzz in years.