What’s your New Year’s resolution? To travel more? To live life to the fullest every waking moment? Here at FROSCH, we’ve resolved to make your dreams come true. These are our suggestions for hot travel destinations in 2011.
What to do: Go hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, sail in a gulet off the Turquoise Coast, explore the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.
Where to stay: In Istanbul, the Four Seasons Sultanahmet. For a truly unique experience, stay at the Cave Hotel Gamiraisu, where rooms are carved out of the soft volcanic stone.
When to go: April or May, to take advantage of the climate and to beat the summer crowds.
What to do: Go ice diving off the Izu Peninsula (or try warmer waters near Okinawa). Take in a tea ceremony, watch a sake brewer demonstrate his craft, or eat sushi, tofu and grilled eel at a baseball game.
Where to stay: Tokyo’s newest ultra-luxury hotel, Shangri-La.
When to go: Cherry blossom season lasts from March to mid-April, depending on latitude, but fall foliage season (late September-November) is equally photogenic. Avoid the Golden Week holiday in May as domestic travel will be heavy during this period.
What to do: Go on a 4WD glacier tour, bathe in the hot springs, go sport fishing, learn how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull.
Where to stay: Hotel Borg in Reykjavik.
When to go: Near the spring or autumn equinox to maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.