Two centre travel is a remarkably efficient way to holiday. And with plans on hold once again, we’re falling behind on the five year travel plan. We need to travel smart – revisit that plan and work out where to double up and catch up. Two centres also means that you can arrange to meet with friends and family at different points of your journey. Perhaps stay in Oman as a couple, but join with wider family for a week in a villa residence in the Maldives. If you are going to pack for one week, you may as well pack for two and use that hotel laundry service!
We’ve put together some terrific two centre combinations that will hit the bucket list and give you some awesome travel to look forward to in 2022 …
JORDAN & ISRAEL
Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is famously one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and quite rightly is the main draw to this part of the world. Yet Jordan offers so much more than this. Explore Roman remains, sleep under the stars of the Wadi Rum, swim, snorkel and scuba dive in the Red Sea and float in the Dead Sea.
Continue your middle eastern adventure over the border in Israel. Stay in the cosmopolitan coastal hub of Tel Aviv from where you can explore the ancient streets of Jaffa. Take an overnight or day trip to Jerusalem and hike at sunrise to the peak of Masada for an unforgettable experience.
OMAN & MALDIVES
Oman remains largely undiscovered yet boasts long golden beaches, a beautiful interior and spectacular fjords on the Musandam peninsula. Take a city tour of Muscat and camp in the desert at a Bedouin tent under the stars. Stay at the Six Senses Zighy Bay for an incredible 5* luxe experience, restorative for body and mind. Or for more city life, stay at the Ritz-Carlton Al-Bustan Palace with its private beach, where one can wade in the crystal-clear water.
Double up your trip with a four hour flight from Oman to the paradise islands of the Maldives. Stay in barefoot luxury at Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences, perfect for families, or for pure romance at Anantara Veli.
US EAST COAST & DEEP SOUTH
Start with a classic Boston city break before driving on to Cape Cod to look out for humpback whales. Continue to Burlington for craft beer tasting, followed by few days to hike through Acadia National Park. Eventually finish in Portland for a gourmet seafood feast.
Then head to the Deep South to discover the thriving country music scene of Nashville and visit the world-famous Jack Daniels Distillery. Explore the birthplace of The Blues in Memphis. Gorge on Cajun delights in Lafayette and end your trip in the buzzing, bourbon-soaked, jazz bars of New Orleans.
NEW YORK & THE CARIBBEAN
The newly opened Aman New York is the hotel that our North America specialist Louise Lupton is most excited about. Located on 5th Avenue in the iconic Crown building, the original setting for the Museum of Modern Art, this hotel takes the New York City luxury offerings to the next level. Relax on a daybed by the 20 metre indoor pool surrounded by fire pits and enjoy the exquisite Aman signature spa treatments after a hard day pounding the NYC streets. Then later have a cocktail in the subterranean Jazz Bar before heading out again into the city that never sleeps.
Then fly away from the city to the Caribbean paradise luxury of Eden Rock – St Barths. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, clear turquoise sea and amazing coral reefs full of colourful wild sea life. Eden Rock has echoes of the golden age of Hollywood. It is the epitome of French art-de-vivre in the heart of the Caribbean.
SINGAPORE & VIETNAM
An incredible city of contrasts, Singapore is on the bucket list for many travellers. From the bygone colonial era to the ultra modern current day, you will easily fill a few days with amazing experiences. Stay at the iconic heritage hotels The Fullerton or Raffles (possibly the most famous hotel in Southeast Asia) for the ultimate Singapore experience.
From Singapore it’s an easy two hour fight to Saigon in Vietnam. Perhaps the most diverse country in Southeast Asia, Vietnam offers everything – bustling cities, tropical beaches, excellent food and charming hotels and resorts. We love the resorts of Six Senses Ninh Vanh Bay in Nha Trang and Six Senses Con Dao, both inspiring hotels with a phenomenal lush green backdrops and golden sand beaches.
DUBAI & MAURITIUS
A glittering jewel in the United Arab Emirates offering wonderful beaches, masses of activities and year-round sun, Dubai is cosmopolitan, glamorous and luxurious. Shop in the spectacular Dubai Mall and explore the streets of the old town with a hospitable private guide. There is so much to discover in Dubai. Stay at The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah for luxury private beachfront accommodation in an incredible setting.
Then in around six and a half hours, fly on to the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius for the ultimate in luxury at the stunning Constance Le Prince Maurice on the north east coast. This resort is a gorgeous colonial-inspired hideaway with a distinct air of refinement, perfect for couples and family groups. 60 acres of lush unspoilt private land offers plenty of space to relax, while wine connoisseurs will love the selection of over 25,000 bottles of wine from around the world.