As winter sets in across the Northern Hemisphere, a good portion of the world is completely unaware of polar vortexes and icy windchills. For that reason, this year, instead of visiting the overcrowded beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean, you should try heading further afield in search of culture, beauty, and adventure. From the Middle East and Africa to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, these destinations satisfy wanderlust—and aren’t totally overrun by snowbirds. What’s more, in some cases, it might even be more economical to travel to these far-flung locales than staying closer to home. Take a look now at our 5 Breathtaking Destinations for Warm-Weather Vacations
Still relatively untouched by tourism—Myanmar only just introduced ATMs in many of its cites—this beach area is filled with quaint fishing vessels, local handicrafts (weaving and clay pottery being the most popular), and pagodas and monasteries. Jaunts to the nearby islands of Zalat Htone, known for its black-sand beaches, and Pearl Island are an essential part of any trip to this gem of a nation.Where to Stay: Hilton Ngapali Resort and Spa, around an array of lush gardens and lagoons.
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The complete antithesis of its flashy neighbour, the United Arab Emirates, this Persian Gulf nation is replete with pristine beaches, lush green oases, breathtaking mountain springs, and a true glimpse into centuries-old Arabian culture. Architecture buffs will love the 500 castles, forts, and historic buildings spread out over this rich country perched on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.Where to Stay Anatara just opened two stunning properties—the mountainside retreat of Anatara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and the romantic seaside Albaleed Resort.
Derived from the Sanskrit words mala (garland) and dvipa (island), the Maldives is a double chain of 26 atolls. Male, the country’s capital city, features historic sites such as Hukuru Miskiiy, a mosque built in 1656, and Muleeaage, an early-20th-century palace.Where to Stay Nearly every luxury resort is set on its own island. Perhaps one of the most memorable of these is the One&Only Reethi Rah, accessible by a private yacht charter from Male.
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Although it comprises 115 islands, the Seychelles has the smallest population of any African nation. That, of course, means miles and miles of pristine, nearly deserted beaches. Its charming capital city, Victoria, located on the island of Mahé, is lined with art galleries, a stunning botanic garden, fascinating temples, and a vibrant market.Where to Stay Reachable from Mahé via a 15-minute flight or 55-minute catamaran trip, the 86-villa Raffles Praslin is the ultimate luxe seaside resort.
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Teti’aroa, French Polynesia
This idyllic atoll located near Tahiti and Moorea was adored as the home of the Tahitian royals for centuries. There are 12 islets (or motus, as they are referred to by locals), which were the key recruiting ground for mutineers for the HMS Bounty. Centuries later, when Hollywood actor Marlon Brando was scouting locations for Mutiny on the Bounty, which told the story of the ill-fated ship, he fell in love with Teti’aroa and raised his children with his wife Tarita Teri’ipaia here.Where to Stay The Brando, a 35-room eco-hotel on Motu Onetahi, named for the Godfather actor and developed in part by eight of his 16 children.
Source: Architectural Digest
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