Is there anything more exciting than visiting a place you’ve never been before? A place you’ve read about, heard about from friends, or seen on social media? Jeremy Jauncey, founder of Beautiful Destinations, takes us on a tour of stunning spots in these beautiful countries that cater to the very best in luxury travel
There is nothing more important in life than travel. It is a force for good in the world, which motivates and inspires people to get acquainted with new cultures, expand their horizons, and connect with others in a way no other experience can.
The right kind of travel (respecting the environment and the people you meet) can break down barriers of race, age, and religion, among others, making the world a better and more enjoyable place. It is with this mindset that I am excited to be joining the Tatler family in Asia to share my experiences with you and, I hope, spark a moment that will excite you to look outside your day to day and get out into the world and explore.
Arguably the coolest place in the world, it has a vibe so unique it transcends sport, music, culture, and food—some of this nation’s most famous exports. Long famed for its all-inclusive resorts, the island has seen an exciting revival amongst luxury travellers in the know. It is home to three stunning properties: Roundhill, Golden Eye, and Half Moon—icons with decades of history that have been rediscovered by jetsetters.
The real Jamaica, however, is to be found outside the hotels, sipping a Red Stripe at Dougies Bar, enjoying Caribbean gastropub food at The Summer House in the Liguanea Club, or floating down the Martha Brae on a river raft with Captain Murphy. For those looking for a beach destination rich in culture and people as warm as the climate itself, Jamaica is the place to be this year.
Close(ish) to home is an island paradise that has been voted the World’s Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure for two years in a row. A short flight from Bali into the Sumbanese jungle, Nihi Sumba is the definition of rugged luxury. With a unique surf break, swimming horses, and completely unspoilt marine life just a stone’s throw from a huge expanse of private beach, active travellers are spoilt for choice.
For those looking to relax, the Spa Safari is the only one of its kind in the world and when coupled with sunrise walks on the beach or yoga atop the cliffside ridge, creates a wellness experience second to none. Nihi Sumba is couple and family-friendly—there’s even a chocolate factory for the kids!
See also: 48 Hours In Bali
Don’t let the doom and gloom of Brexit put you off from visiting Scotland, an hour’s flight from London and home to some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles. Recent years have seen significant investment in luxury accommodation from Borthwick Castle just outside Edinburgh to the highland hotels of Killiehuntly Farmhouse or The Fife Arms, “Scotland’s Hottest Hotel.”
Country pursuits have been a long time favourite of visitors to Scotland and whisky tasting at the Macallan Estate or at Lindores Abbey Distillery is a must. With the pound falling to its lowest level in two years amidst Brexit uncertainty, there has never been a better time to visit due to more affordable costs.
On the eastern side of the Himalayas, nestled between India and China, lies the quiet yet magnificent Bhutan. The country is known for its striking landscapes, ornate monasteries, ancient temples (such as Tiger’s Nest), and an incredible commitment to sustainability.
Many don’t know the extent to which it treasures the land—currently, 60 per cent of Bhutan’s forests are protected under constitutional law, making it the only carbon-negative country in the world. As a conservation focused company, Beautiful Destinations has partnered with local creators and the Bhutanese government to capture the beautiful mindset and scenery of this country.