Not sure where to plan your next holiday in the New Year? From the shores of the Adriatic Sea to Africa’s southern tip, our 2016 destination guide has an adventure to suit every style. Whether you choose to indulge in a world-class luxury retreat or embark on an authentic, off-the-beaten track adventure, these eight travel hot spots all promise a memorable experience for 2016.
A bohemian borough mere kilometres from the world’s most isolated capital city, Perth, this humble portside town is a haven for nature lovers, culture purveyors and socialites alike. While Australia’s remote west has traditionally taken a backseat to cities on the country’s east coast, Fremantle’s bourgeoning arts and culture scene, vibrant fine -dining precinct and laidback lifestyle has put Western Australia back on the map. Stay in one of Pan Pacific Perth’s luxurious, 5-star rooms, located less than 30-minute drive away, to explore the ultra-trendy sights of ‘Freo’ by day and by night.
A little-known township in Europe’s east, Ljubljana’s collection of stone bridges and buildings are akin to the most charming sights in Prague – all without the throngs of tourists the continent’s more popular destinations have come to expect. Explore the city’s cobblestone footpaths and acquaint yourself with the welcoming locals before venturing to the nearby Lake Bled – a stunning glacial wonder nestled between the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps.
Another of Eastern Europe’s hidden gems, the medieval walls of Budva’s Old Town encapsulate a sanctuary of old-world charm, modern nightlife and unrivalled hospitality. Enviably perched on the golden cliff edges of the Adriatic Sea, this quaint, coastal town sees some of the world’s most spectacular beaches combine with ancient relics and modern convenience to create one of the most idyllic holiday destinations on earth.
Seattle, United States
While it is often more famed for its notoriously wet weather than its myriad of attractions, there is no better time to visit The Rainy City than 2016. Perfectly positioned to celebrate the centenary of America’s National Park Service, Seattle’s proximity to some of the country’s most impressive nature reserves is an ideal way to get out amidst the wilderness. Begin your trip with a stay at the 5-star Pan Pacific Seattle before taking your pick from the breath-taking outdoor escapes that surround. Whether you prefer to scale the towering peaks of Mount Rainier or explore the glaciers of North Cascades National Park, you will soon see that there is more to this cosmopolitan mecca than meets the eye.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Set to host The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in August, this bustling seaside city is a top contender for the year’s must-visit destinations. Already established as one of the most sought-after places in the world for football fans, Rio is expected to become an even greater hive of sport-fuelled excitement as flocks of spectators make their way to the region during the summer season. While visiting, be sure to leave time to venture west of the city to Costa Verde – a lush, green coastline seemingly world’s away from Rio’s concrete jungle.
A quintessential destination for technology lovers and history buffs alike, a trip to this old-meets-new destination is the best way to step back in time in 2016 whilst still enjoying all the convenience of modern life. Enjoy the style and sophistication of Pan Pacific Suzhou before exploring the canals, bridges, gardens and buildings this historic Chinese city has become known for.
The crowning jewel of the United Kingdom, London is a continual fixture on the list of must-visit destinations – and 2016 is shaping up to be no exception. Slated to be a landmark year for art and culture, this world-famous city will pay tribute to the 400-year legacy of poet and playwright, William Shakespeare, with a 12-month roster of events. To commemorate four centuries since the death of this literary icon, London’s most prestigious institutions will play host to inspiring exhibitions and performances, providing the perfect getaway for literature enthusiasts and theatre buffs alike.
Named the number one country to visit in 2016 by the world’s leading travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, this unconventional destination promises a diverse desert landscape brimming with luxury wilderness retreats and unforgettable safari adventures. With 2016 also marking the country’s jubilee year of independence, Botswana’s capital of Gaborone is guaranteed to be abuzz with festivities all year round.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure in 2016. Plan your stay at one of Pan Pacific’s luxury, 5-star hotels today.