Let’s see the hot spots where you should head to in the New Year
Why Go: The world’s best sailors head to the island for the 35th America’s Cup from May 26 to June 27.
Pink Pursuits: Bermuda’s pink-sand beaches are “the perfect place to spend time between yacht races. Other suggestions: the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo; Crystal and Fantasy Caves; the historic town of Saint George’s; and a walk or bike ride along the 18-mile-long Railway Trail.
Where to Stay: Many hotel packages include tickets to various cup events. Top choices: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, the event’s official host hotel, and Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa: It’s close to the Royal Naval Dockyard, the teams’ home base.
Why Go: With the conclusion of its 26-year-long civil war in 2009, this unexplored gem is just beginning to appear on many travelers’ wish lists, so get there before the crowds arrive.
In Ruins: The island’s archeological ruins, such as the UNESCO-designated Sacred City of Anuradhapura, rival historical sites anywhere. We also recommend Abercrombie & Kent for its comprehensive tours, which also include tea plantations and the rich culture in Kandy.
Double the Pleasure: Given Sri Lanka’s close proximity to the Maldives, Bemis suggests that travelers pair the two destinations: They make a great combination for both exploration and relaxation.