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2017’s top travel destinations and experiences

What travel destinations and experiences are you planning for 2017? Maybe deep-powder skiing in Japan is your next big trip? Or perhaps you just want to relax in style – at a stylish beach club in Sri Lanka, for example. For a range of exclusive journeys for people of all ages – from tropical cruises to surfing escapes – we asked the team at luxury tour operator Scott Dunn for some aspirational itinerary ideas. Read on to get those travel taste buds tingling!

SOUTHEAST ASIA – Cruising exotic islands

Cruise Indonesia on the Lamima
Fancy a few days on this fine vessel? You’re not the only one!

Combining the elegance of a traditional phinisi (Indonesian two-masted sailing yacht) with the latest modern technology, the 65-metre Lamima is the world’s largest timber sailing yacht, accommodating up to 14 guests in spacious suites. Seven-day private charters on Lamima explore Indonesia’s Eastern islands, taking you from Lombok to Timor, and to the hilly and desolate island of Komodo. The reefs offer fantastic snorkelling and diving, especially for seeing manta rays. Dolphins and whales are regularly sighted, too, while the most remarkable land attraction is of course the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest living lizard, found only in Komodo, Rinca and Western Flores Island.

How: Book a luxury tailor-made trip to Indonesia incorporating a stay on the Lamima, here.

JAPAN – Skiing in Niseko

Niseko skiing resort in Japan
Day after day of deep, deep powder

Scott Dunn has launched a brand new ski portfolio in Japan’s world-famous Niseko resort, home to deep, dry snow and picturesque mountain ranges. Ideal for skiers and snowboarders alike, Niseko’s 40 runs and 25 lifts are located between 260 and 1,200 metres, with stunning views of Mount Yotei. The accommodation here is world-class, and it includes Ki Niseko, a boutique ski-in ski-out property with doorstep access to the slopes, or, for a change of pace, The Kasara Niseko Village Townhouses, eight luxury three-bed residences in a quieter area of Niseko.

How: Book 7 nights at Ki Niseko from $3,995 per person, here.  

SRI LANKA – Relaxing in a beachside club

KK Beach boutique hotel and club in Sri Lanka
Tropical bliss by the Indian Ocean

Newly opened KK Beach is a contemporary beachfront boutique hotel and beach club near Habaraduwa, just 12km from Galle on the south coast. Owned by renowned interior designer George Cooper, the latest addition to the KK portfolio complements the jungle experience at beautiful Kahanda Kanda. KK Beach features six stylish air-conditioned suites with supremely comfortable beds, well-appointed bathrooms and incredible ocean-front vistas from full-length sliding glass panels. A ground-floor restaurant serves fresh seafood and traditional curries, and an oceanfront swimming pool and ambalama (traditional resting pavilion) provide a perfect spot for al fresco dining and sunloungers.

How: Book a tailor-made trip to Sri Lanka, incorporating a stay at KK Beach, here.

CROATIA – Sailing a luxury yacht

Luxury sailing in the Mediterranean
Explore the Dalmatian Coast on this beauty

This year, Scott Dunn is offering trips around the pristine Dalmatian Coast aboard some of the Mediterranean’s finest crewed yachts. These include a beautiful five-cabin catamaran, with spacious accommodation for up to 10 people, a fly bridge offering panoramic views, a wet bar and chill-out area, and an on-board chef. From April until October, the state-of-the-art catamaran will travel the Adriatic to the stunning Dalmatian islands, whose perfect climate and scenery make them among the most engaging of Mediterranean destinations. Departing from Agana, you’ll discover a world of ancient castles and fortresses, chic island villages and deserted coves.

How: Book a 9-night luxury yachting experience from $4,100 per person, here.

INDONESIA – Surfing on Sumba

Nihiwatu resort on the Indonesian island of Sumba
Sublime times on Sumba

Nihiwatu is a remote hideaway on the Indonesian island of Sumba, boasting tropical jungles, an ancient tribal culture, and pristine, private beaches. Among the latter is Rua Beach, accessed only by jeep safari or boat. Now, Scott Dunn guests staying at Nihiwatu can share in this secret oasis through the brand new Coconut Cove surf school and boathouse. The waves here are ideal for novices, and resident surfing expert Chad Bagwell teaches all the skills you’ll need to ride waves like a pro. Nihiwatu’s unique accommodation includes the Mamole Treehouse, elevated on wooden stilts between the island’s ancient trees – perfect for the fun-hearted adventure lover, for families and friends, or for honeymoon romance.

How: Book a tailor-made trip to Indonesia, incorporating a stay at Nihiwatu, here.

MALDIVES – Keeping the kids entertained

Per Aquum NIYAMA in the Maldives
Every travel dream you’ve ever had, all rolled into one

Scott Dunn has expanded its hugely popular Explorers kids club portfolio with its first club in the Maldives, at Per Aquum NIYAMA. It’s also the first club in the Maldives to offer care for children under three years of age. Run by Scott Dunn’s highly qualified childcare professionals, it’s open seven days a week to all guests and is free for children aged three and up. Activities include fun excursions, theme days (think Jungle Safari or Pirates & Princesses), and naptimes for younger children in specially built sleep rooms. Older children in the Pioneers and Voyagers age groups will meet new friends and have fun with beach cricket, pool Olympics, snorkelling safaris and master chef sessions.

How: Book 7 nights at Per Aquum NIYAMA, from $5,095 per person, here.

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