Travel in 2018 was all about far-flung, unexpected experiences—and 2019 is no different. But rediscovering the world's must-sees, delving deeper into already-trendy destinations, and visiting countries worthy (and in need) of tourism are only some of the ways to travel well this year. Sometimes the new year is not all about novelty, and travel in 2019 will require taking another look at destinations already on your radar. Here, BAZAAR's 19 places to visit in 2019—whether you're looking to adventure, or indulge in some much needed self-care.
This small but dynamic destination has been on our best list for three years running–and for good reason. What was once viewed as a beachfront city destination, perfect for foodies with a side of historic tours (Tel Aviv + Jerusalem)—has now going primetime, according to luxury trip planner, Embark Beyond, a Virtuoso Agency.
“Iconic brands are bringing serious sophistication to this fascinating country,” says Embark founder, Jack Ezon. “Tel Aviv has become a cool capital of the world over the past 5 years, with fantastic food, incredible nightlife, and a unique joie de vivre. Joining the game-changing Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Setai, and The Norman in Tel Aviv, The Jaffa, an oceanfront resort by Luxury Collection, will open in 2019 on the edge of Tel Aviv in the artist-laden, charming, cobblestone alleyways of Jaffa.”
It doesn’t stop there in Tel Aviv, with White Villa and Hotel Montefiore also serving up fantastic guest experiences in the country’s bustling, must-visit city. But while it’s easy to get lost in the standout hotel, food, nightlife, beaches, and cultural scene in the city’s hub, 2019 is about delving deeper, and the hospitality offerings support said need to explore.
Eilat, Israel’s southern surf town, is gaining new traction with the opening of Six Senses Shaharut, a luxury property with a destination spa, set in a desert next door to a local Kibbutz (where you can partake in wine and cheese making). Aside from the hotel opening, Eilat is home to one of the most stunning arrays of marine life on the planet. Scuba dive here and expect dozens of species of fish, sharks, stingrays, coral, and more.
While a visit to Israel has always included a trip to Tel Aviv (the city is home to the country’s only airport), the opening of the Ramon Airport in the Timna Valley—Israel’s most stunning desert region—gives travelers a more direct way to access Eilat, aside from the usual desert drive through the Negev.