With some of the best beaches in Europe, rugged landscapes and a rich and interesting past, Sardinia is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. Hire a car and explore the second largest island in the Mediterranean, seeking out hidden coves and sand so white you won’t believe your eyes. There are lots of luxury villas in Sardinia which will guarantee a memorable stay. With over 1000km of coastline, you’ll never get to visit every cove and beach, but there are a couple that you shouldn’t miss. The southerly town of Chia has 5 beautiful beaches and a little further north, the wild beach of San Giovanni di Sinis is a snorkelers delight. So instead of heading to the crowded shores of Italy’s mainland, make 2020 the year you venture further afield to Sardinia.
A truly modern metropolis, Singapore is unlike anywhere else on the planet. The island nation is north of Indonesia and south of Malaysia and nothing like either of its neighbours. It used to be all finance and business, and a place just for stop overs on the way to other places, but it has had something of a makeover in the last few years, emerging as a destination in its own right. So don’t just stay for 36 hours on a layover, make 2020 the year you stay for a little longer. Stay in a luxury vacation rental in Singapore to give you a taste of local life. Explore the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods of Little India and China Town and enjoy eating Michelin star cuisine for less than a dollar at the Hawker centres.
Ok, so it’s hardly Thailand’s best-kept secret, but there’s actually more to Phuket than the beach bars of Patong. It's a beautiful island (Thailand’s largest in fact) with dozens of deserted beaches, miles of thick rain forest and mountains, and an old town to rival some of the prettiest in South East Asia. From luxury resorts to stunning private villas in Phuket, you’ll find somewhere to stay. The surrounding waters of the Andaman Sea are rich with stunning sea life, making this one of the most famous diving destinations in the world. In 2020, travel to Phuket and avoid the usual tourist trail and seek out a more relaxing side of the island.
London is always a rewarding place to visit thanks to its rich cultural calendar of events. And 2020 is no exception. Check out David Hockney: Drawing From Life at the National Portrait Gallery from February. In March Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk comes to the V&A, with an impressive collection of Japanese fashion and archive kimonos. Later on in the year, an Andy Warhol retrospective at the Tate Modern will delight pop art fans. London is one of our favourite places to visit in July because of the sunny weather and busy beer gardens, but it’s an exciting destination at any time of year. There are lots of luxury apartment rentals in London to choose from, as well as many apartments near Oxford Street which are perfect for shopaholics.
You’ve been to Paris. You’ve been to the French Riviera. And you’ve even been to the Alps. So make 2020 the year you visit Brittany. This department of France on the country’s north western tip is all about rugged beauty, old-world charm and wild, dramatic coastlines. The fiercely independent locals and historic mysticism give Brittany an identity completely separate to the rest of France. Apart from the beautiful walled city of St Malo and the neighbouring town of Dinan, the whole area is still pleasingly undiscovered. So you can rent a luxury Breton house and spend your days exploring this area of relatively untouched beauty. Go in 2020 before everyone else finds out about it.
The once strictly Bohemian Greek island of Hydra used to be a stop off for artists and poets on their euro trips. The island has a fashionable, arty vibe with New York film makers showing their work here in cliff top viewings and art dealers wafting in and out throughout the year. Head to Hydra too soak up this arty atmosphere but also enjoy the stunning scenery. Hire a boat and venture out beyond the beaches for undiscovered paradises. Stay in one of these luxury apartments to rent in Hydra, bring a notebook, a let your own creative juices flow.
People have been visiting Florida for decades, staying around Disneyland and taking a 2 week vacation visiting all of the surrounding theme parks. But there’s more to Florida than Mickey Mouse. Florida Keys has been a popular choice for pensioners for a long time, but it’s shedding that OAP image and has emerged as one of the trendiest places to visit in 2020. The most southerly tip of the USA is closer to Cuba than it is New York and has a completely unique, almost Caribbean vibe that you won’t find anywhere else in America, or even Florida for that matter. Stay in a luxury villa to rent in Florida and slip into the laidback local life.
The Bahamas have emerged in 2020 to become not just a playground for the rich and famous, but also a stylish and fashionable destination for creative types and travel trend-setters. The archipelago of over 700 islands is a beach bums dream, with miles and miles of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and coral reef. Soak up the chilled out local life and stay in a villa to rent in the Bahamas and enjoy rum punch from the comfort of your own porch. The historic towns painted in candy-box colours are also not to be missed.
That magic mix of French and Italian, yet with a whole identity of its own, Corsica is a wonder to discover. Adventure-lovers will have a ball exploring the many hiking and mountain bike trails on the island and those who live life in a slower lane can enjoy the sandy beaches and glistening sea. It’s often been overshadowed by more glitzy Mediterranean islands like Ibiza, but 2020 is the year corsica will come into the spotlight.