Each year brings new travel opportunities, and 2018 is all about authentic, challenging and immersive experiences. Have you ever wanted to find our own solitude corner of the earth? A private tropical beach? Or an untouched heritage site? Finding these hidden gems among the plethora of tourist destinations can be difficult, which is why OROKO travel have recommended this year's perfect getaways starting with beautiful and serene Sri-Lanka.
Amanwella Resort, Sri Lanka
Dangling from India's southern tip, Sri-Lanka is bursting with beaches and temples, packed with UNESCO-listed sites and filled with fascinating culture. The landscape of lush jungle and beaches is only the start of your journey. Often described as India-lite, its small size means you can fit a lot into a short space of time. Explore the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle, travel to the national parks to experience spectacular wildlife, stay on a tea plantation or visit a Buddhist temple. Offering a wealth of beautiful and characterful boutique properties, from renovated colonial homes to luxury resorts and modern properties, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from whatever your style.
Topas Eco Lodge, Vietnam
Amazingly diverse, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling. With a remarkable history and rich culture, Vietnam has effortlessly embraced luxury without losing any of its authenticity. Beyond the intriguing history of Hanoi, the cosmopolitan buzz of Ho Chi Minh City and the dramatic limestone karsts of Halong Bay, visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta or meet the tribes that inhabit the country's mountainous north. Explore Hue, the former imperial capital and relax on the glorious beaches of Danang. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is home to an astonishing number of cave systems, including the world's largest cave, Hang Son Doong. Vietnam is filled to the brim with culture and colour, if this destination is on your list, then we'll create the perfect bespoke holiday.
Phum Baitang, Cambodia
Once merely a tourist thoroughfare for those keen to visit the spectacle that is Angkor Wat, Cambodia is growing steadily in popularity. Still surprisingly untainted by tourism its stunning landscapes, friendly people, uncrowded beaches and outstanding tropical islands make it a deeply rewarding holiday destination. The burgeoning ecotourism scene has led to the growth of some exceptionally high quality and ethically run hotels. A great example is the untouched Song Saa Resort, pioneering conservation-based luxury tourism in Cambodia's Koh Rong archipelago.
Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
Offering a truly unique experience, Norway is ranked "the happiest country in the world", based on criteria such as generosity, freedom, health and honesty. From rugged wilderness and serene fjords to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Arctic islands illuminated in summer by the Midnight Sun and in winter by the Northern Lights, every season has something to offer. The capital city, Oslo, is a great starting point for any journey or makes a wonderful destination in its own right for short breaks.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The 2008 financial crisis and the crash of the krona transformed Iceland into a highly attractive tourist destination. Whether chasing the Northern Lights, scaling glaciers or "Game of Thrones" fans flocking to filming locations, tourism is now its biggest industry. Not only that but it is also the country's biggest employer, with significant investment going into developing new services and accommodation. The luxurious Moss Hotel will open later this year; its 62 luxurious rooms will overlook its own lagoon, offering direct access via private terraces, and a private spa for rent boasting a private chef, butler and masseuse. The beautifully rugged landscape of Iceland is one only few can imagine without having seen it for themselves. It is truly magical. Discover why Iceland is one of our favourite travel destinations.
OROKO Travel is Ireland's first luxury travel specialist that works with you to create a unique tailored travel experience unlike any you've encountered. They can take you to any destination around the globe. Maybe you’ve dreamt of disconnecting from the digital world beneath swaying palms on a remote beach, resting your head in a luxurious private camp in an exclusive piece of desert, or soaking up vibrant colours and exotic spices with a private tour through Rajasthan. OROKO can make that happen and will work with you to create a completely unique experience; from initial idea to sipping piña coladas by the beach.