02 Nov 2020
Avani Hotels Reveals Bucket-List Travel Destinations to Inspire Wanderlust in 2021
As we are bidding goodbye to the year of armchair travel, Avani travel experts are counting on 2021 to deliver bucketfuls of adventure and excitement.
Providing access to some of the most sought-after travel destinations, the world of Avani is brimming with experiences that will fill you with awe. Some are mystical, some are medieval, and some are just undeniably Instagram-friendly. They do have one thing in common, though. All will have you dreaming about them long before you arrive and will stay with you long after you leave.
Here Avani experts share tips to help you make the most of your time in Namibia, Zambia, Portugal, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Scaling the world’s highest dunes – Namibia
Namibia is a place of extremes, from the verdant Fish River Canyon to the moonscape formations of the Skeleton Coast, to the stunning red dunes of Sossusvlei. Towering up to 325 metres above the valley floor, these surreal dunes, seemingly belonging to another galaxy, are some of the highest in the world. Capture the eerie, stark beauty of DeadVlei.
WHERE TO STAY: Windhoek is home to the only international airport in Namibia, and it is inevitable and wonderful that you will spend some time in this chilled, vibrant city during your Namib safari. At its heart is Avani Windhoek Hotel which boasts impressive views of the city and the distant Auas Mountains and Khomas Hochland escarpment.
Swimming on the edge – Victoria Falls, Zambia
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list adventure in Devil’s Pool, a naturally formed rock barrier on the very edge of Victoria Falls. Take a seat in the Devils armchair and peer over the falls, surrounded by the spray and the roar of Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”. To reach Devils Pool (only accessible from August to January from Livingstone Island), you need to swim a short distance across the Zambezi River – don’t worry, there are guides to see you get across safely.
WHERE TO STAY: Zebra and giraffe roam freely in the gardens of Avani Victoria Falls Resort which is highly sought after for its beautiful World Heritage location, adventurous outdoor activities and lively pool scene.
Exploring Lisbon’s most photogenic spots – Portugal
Picture-perfect with its cobbled streets, Pink Street and vintage yellow trams, there are lots of ways to explore the “city of the seven hills”. Set out on foot, take a tuk-tuk or simply take a tram – the most scenic route is the 28, which crosses the Alfama district. While you’re there, check out street art by Vhils, the 12th-century Sé Cathedral and Miradouro das Portas do Sol viewpoint for sweeping views of Lisbon’s iconic terracotta-tiled rooftops. Venture west to the riverfront to capture the 16th-century Belém Tower, the futuristic architecture of MAAT and the infinitely instagrammable LX Factory. Enjoy rooftop cocktails at Rio Maravilha with shimmering views of the Tagus River and 25 de Abril Bridge.
WHERE TO STAY: Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel is a short stroll from the cobblestoned neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto, Príncipe Real and Chiado. Foodies will drool over the octopus and beef carpaccio at the hotel restaurant, Olivier Avenida.
Living the Angkor Wat dream – Cambodia
Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, take in the magnificent stone faces at the Bayon Complex, and photograph giant Banyan tree roots strangling ancient stonework at Ta Prohm where both Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones’ Temple of Doom were filmed. You can also discover the wonders of the ancient Kingdom of Angkor by cycling hidden paths through the Angkor Archaeological Park, seeing the most famous temples and then escaping the crowds to pedal jungle paths to hidden shrines.
WHERE TO STAY: FCC Angkor by Avani is a stylish base in the French Quarter of Siem Reap. Its extraordinary setting, where nature and modernist design meet, harbours memories of Cambodia’s storied past.
Sightseeing by rail, in grand style – Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Sip on hand-shaken cocktails as a slideshow of stunning natural beatify outside washes over you. Embrace the epic romance of rail travel with a deliciously luxurious railway adventure through the lush landscapes and spectacular coastlines of Central Vietnam aboard The Vietage. The exquisite journey links the UNESCO-listed town Hoi An and the sparkling shores of Quy Nhon while combining old-world comfort, breath-taking views and gourmet dining to leave you inspired, refreshed, and ready for your next adventure.
WHERE TO STAY: Nestled between beach and mountains is Avani Quy Nhon Resort. A top-notch restaurant serves local seafood cliff-side, while the jungle spa promises coconut milk bath soaks in an alfresco pavilion, the ocean spread out before you.
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