Any excuse to pack a bag and travel is a good one — especially where the hottest destinations of the year are involved. From the swirling, ethereal colors of Iceland’s Northern Lights to London’s newest (and only) distillery hotel, here are our top picks for vacationing in 2017.
Reykjavik is straight out of a wintry storybook — clusters of picturesque shops, cafés, and restaurants line the streets of the city center, and venturing outside the city for day trips and tours of neighboring sights to see together make for a visit full of adventure and photo opps. You’ll want to stay at the lovely harborside 101 Hotel (a monochromatic ‘60s dream sequence), head to the Blue Lagoon for a night session in hopes of catching the Northern Lights from the steaming baths (two birds, one stone), and dine at Dill, a foodie favorite offering elevated Icelandic fare from Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason. Ask your concierge to design a fully customized Iceland itinerary for your next trip.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan’s proximity and accessibility makes Puerto Rico a perfect long weekend beach getaway, especially given its sunny disposition and affinity for daiquiris. The historic Condado Vanderbilt is the perfect place to call home during your visit, and you’ll want to make time for a mini-trip to Ponce for a tour of Destilería Serrallés, where the pride of the island, Don Q rum (amongst several other brands) is made. Contact your concierge to arrange for your accommodation, transport to and from Ponce, tour of Distilería Serrallés, and everything in between.
London is always a good idea, especially considering its most recent gin lovers’ attraction: The Distillery, a boutique hotel/distillery/culinary mecca hybrid perched proudly on Portobello Road. Wake up in one of the hotel’s four beds, head to The Resting Room for breakfast, explore the neighborhood, come back for a lunch of wood-fired specialties and inventive gin and tonics at Gintonica on the second floor, and proceed to kill time before your evening class at The Ginstitute, where you’ll learn all there is to know about gin’s long history, taste cocktails made with the house’s own brand (Portobello Road Gin), and design your own blend. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget (unless the gin gets the better of you).
Images via Bustravel.is, Condé Nast Traveler, and The Distillery London
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