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15 Luxury Travel Hot Spots to Visit in the Year Ahead

15 Luxury Travel Hot Spots to Visit in the Year Ahead

travel hot spots: portofino buildings and water

Italy took three categories in this year’s Luxe Report: international destination, family destination and honeymoon

Where are the luxury travel hot spots for the coming year?

Virtuoso has the answers with the latest Luxe Report. Published each year, the report polls its expert travel advisors around the world on where their clients plan to roam in the year to come.

Some of the travel hot spots that ranked highly this year are traditional favorites. And some are newly emerging preferences. Discover the 15 destinations that everybody’s buzzing about for next year:


An eternal favorite, it topped three Luxe Report lists. It’s the most popular destination for international travel, honeymoons and family trips.


This year’s top pick for emerging destination was a dominant choice, likely the result of warming relations between the U.S. and the island nation.

South Africa

The most popular adventure travel destination was also #3 on the international destinations list. It’s also coming on strong as a family travel destination.


The appeal of the island is so magical that it finished strongly in two categories. Maui is #2 for U.S. destinations and honeymoons. Overall, Hawaii finished in the top 5 for family travel destinations.

Mexico rated strongly as a international and family destination as well as a honeymoon location


Another strong destination each year in several Luxe Report categories. This year Mexico was #3 for family travel, and finished in the top 5 for both international destinations and honeymoons.


Always a top choice, it finished second for international destinations. France is also popular for honeymooners and traveling families.

Costa Rica

Adventure is a hot trend among luxury travelers, and this Central America country is their #2 pick for an active destination. Costa Rica also scores highly as an international and family destination.


Luxury travelers love the allure of remote places, so the continent cracked the top 5 emerging destinations list. It’s also popular for adventure travel and a cruise itinerary.


Another chilly, remote destination scores as the #2 emerging destination. It’s also popular for adventure travel.

Galapagos Islands

Its diverse flora and fauna make the islands the #3 destination for adventure travel. The broad allure of the Galapagos placed it highly as well on lists of emerging destinations, family destinations and cruise itineraries.

travel hot spot: alaska glacier and water

Alaska is popular with cruisers and adventure seekers, as well as being a top U.S. destination


Always a top cruise destination, the state finishes third on that list. It’s also strong in the U.S. destination and adventure travel rankings.


In the top 5 adventure destinations, the country is also seen as an emerging destination and popular among international travelers.


The continent Down Under takes a spot in the top five international destinations list. It’s also popular with adventure-seekers.

New Zealand

This year’s #4 adventure destination, the country also scores highly for international travel.


In the top 5 for family travel, it’s also a timeless favorite for international trips.

Luxe Report Photo Gallery

For a breakdown of the top five travel hot spots in specific Luxe Report categories, view the photo gallery:

travel hot spots: milan cathedral in italy

The top international destination is Italy, followed by France, South Africa, Mexico and Australia.

Travel hot spots: couple posing in front of Statue of Liberty

New York is the U.S.’s most popular destination, with Maui, Napa/Sonoma, Las Vegas and Miami/South Beach following.

travel hot spots: children dressed in Carival masks and costumes in Italy

Italy takes the top spot as best family destination, with runners-up Orlando, Mexico, Hawaii and England.

travel hot spots: lions in wild in south africa

The #1 adventure destination is South Africa, followed by Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand and Peru.

travel hot spots: couple with water and scenic Italian building in background

Italy is the top honeymoon destination, with Maui, French Polynesia, the Maldives and Mexico rounding out the top 5.

Travel hot spots: old cars and palm trees in Cuba

Cuba is the most popular emerging destination, with Iceland, Croatia, Myanmar/Burma and Antarctica following.

travel hot spots: two cruise ships off coast of France in Mediterranean

The Mediterranean was the top cruise itinerary, followed by European river, Alaska, the Caribbean and the Greek isles.

Booking Your Trip to This Year’s Travel Hot Spots

Now’s the time to plan your travel for the coming year. Do you have a professional travel advisor who can be your partner in this? If not, find an expert knowledgeable about these travel hot spots and more at

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