The start of a new decade deserves a fresh look at where to go. T&C has you covered—from the first luxury wellness hotel in the Champagne region of France to what is poised to become the next Mediterranean hotspot (Montenegro) to North America’s most exciting food destination (hint; it’s in Canada), and even a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica that involves first tracks skiing aboard a super luxury yacht. And that’s to say nothing of Armenia and the most fabulous private jet tour, courtesy of Aman, that launches in 2020. Oh, and Africa in 2020 is all about Madagascar and the unspoiled beaches and wildlife. Start packing, you’ve got places to go!
If you thought the region of Champagne couldn’t get any better, think again. The area recently got its first-ever luxury wellness destination: The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. So you can recuperate from all the bubbly at their 16,000 square foot spa and get a Biologique Recherche facial while you’re at it. Make sure to ask about visiting Leclerc Briant, the hotel owner’s own cellar, whose vineyard was a pioneer of the biodynamic champagne production process. Plus, the hotel has the first-ever champagne concierge and ‘royal package’ that plays on The Crown and the queen’s favorite bubbly, Bollinger.
RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Those who have their pulse on the food scene know that Richmond, British Columbia, basically a suburb of Vancouver, is one of the ultimate eating destinations. In 2020, two new food tours are planned for Richard. The Richmond Dumpling Trail Tour by Vancouver Food Tour will take guests on a two-and-half hour guided walking tour to sample six of the 20+ restaurants serving this delicacy. Vancouver Foodie Tour is offering an Authentic Asian Eats tour due to launch in May 2020. And Richmond boast the largest night market in North America. In the spring, OPUS Hotel Group will bring their award-winning Forbes Four-Star rating boutique experience to Richmond with the city’s first luxury boutique property, OPUS Hotel Versante.
In March, Curated Touring, which is run by two Art History professors who are now some the travel industry’s most well-connected tour leaders in Europe, is taking a small group to Alsace. The area is home of the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. Guests will start their journey in the UNESCO heritage site of Strasbourg and explore the winding streets and canals of colorful Colmar. As part of Curated Touring’s exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the region’s most storied sites, guests will have a completely private, after-hours visit to the Unterlinden Museum. Everything here is curated down to the second, including private tastings led by legendary sommeliers.