When it comes time to put together that 2019 travel wish list, you may want to skip over some popular spots in favour of hidden gems. Think spots like the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, the sand dunes in Ica, Peru or maybe a trip to the Balkans to wander around the beautiful cities in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Some of the world’s most surprising destinations are found just off popular islands, and boast breathtaking views without the crowds. Here are some of the best exotic destinations to visit next year.
Angra Dos Reis, Brazil
Hidden from human life and the clutches of the internet, not many are aware of this beach’s shores which are particularly astonishing thanks to its vibrant aqua-marine hued waters and brilliant white sand surrounded by tropical forests. Be sure to drop by Leaf House, an architectural marvel right on the Brazilian beach.
Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Considering the Seychelles is made up of 158 islands, it’s easy to find your own stretch of sand in this African country. If you only have to pick one, make it the rarely-visited Anse Source d’Argent beach. Its rock formations, swaying palm trees and crystal clear waters make this the ultimate romantic destination, and the soft, brilliant white sand is the perfect place to lounge and laze the day away.
Horseshoe Bay Beach – Bermuda
Not only does Bermuda have a laid-back island vibe, a popular sailing scene and luxe accommodations, but visitors love the sand’s pink hue. A favourite spot is Horseshoe Bay Beach, which is shaped like…you guessed it…a horseshoe. Found in the parish of Southampton on the south coast, it’s consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in the world and has activities like snorkelling and beach volleyball which makes it particularly popular with the cruise ship crowd. To escape the masses, walk over to secluded Port Royal Cove to the west, Peel Rock cove or Wafer Rocks beach to the east.
Hotel Moulin de Roc – France
The 17th century hotel near Brantome, France boasts 15 rooms, divided into three buildings which allows for a rather intimate feel set against a beautiful backdrop of trees and natural views. A river ebbs through the building itself, creating a serene scene for visitors. Those who do manage to tear themselves away from the sights can entertain themselves with shopping, online hobbies, playing a game of tennis on the outdoor courts or even taking a dip in the property’s infinity pool. Guests also have complimentary use of the hotel’s electric car, which makes it easy to explore the surrounding French countryside.
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