Travel Bureau’s Top Five Destinations for 2017

Kuoni’s list of 2017’s top 20 destinations (click here for full list) contains an exciting mix of firm favourites and rising stars. Here we give you our pick of the bunch with some tips on what to look out for when planning your holiday.


Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of its confederation this year and what better way to kick off the celebrations than making into Kuoni’s top 20 for the first time! One of the ways in which the nation is marking the landmark year is by making entry to all of Canada’s national parks free. Voted best travel destination for 2017 by Lonely Planet it certainly seems like this is the year for a Canadian expedition.


With good value flights and low day-to-day living costs once you get there, Malaysia is a popular choice for budget-conscious travellers looking for that long-haul adventure. The Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in northern Borneo has the balance of relaxation and amazing experiences just right. Surrounded by white sand beaches and a nature reserve there are plentiful opportunities for sunbathing, swimming and marvelling at the beauty of nature but if you feel more energetic, the resort offers cooking classes and you can even climb nearby Mount Kinabalu.


Still number one for romance and a long-time favourite for honeymooners, the islands of the Maldives are starting to diversify. No longer just the preserve of couples looking for a secluded hide-away, Maldivian resorts are now catering more towards families too and giving their guests more to do than just sunbathe and snorkel, with activities such as cookery classes, fishing excursions and boat-building workshops in ever higher demand.

Another factor that might bring a more diverse clientele to the Maldives is the new trend of ‘setjetting’ (visiting film locations on holiday) as legions of Star Wars fans saw the beaches of the Maldives stormed by imperial and rebel forces in the franchise’s latest offering Rogue One last December.


This Indian Ocean gem is keeping up with the trend and getting its share of the experiential travel pie! Several hotels in Mauritius now allow guests to get to grips with authentic living providing local activities such as cooking classes, dinner in a native home, market visits and culture and heritage tours.

Sri Lanka

Idyllic beaches complete with azure waters, white sand and swaying palms are drawing visitors to Sri Lanka’s east coast. Passikudah beach is one of the island’s best where guests can soak up the sun, fish in the clear waters, or even catch a glimpse of WW2 wrecks when diving off the reef. For that extra cultural element, the 13th-century capital, Polonnaruwa, is home to giant Buddha statues which are reminiscent of Angkor Wat.

The South Coast also has its fair share of attractions; from turtles nesting on the beach at night to elephants playing in the surf by day, this area is a haven for wild-life. Animal-lovers must visit the Yala National Park where you can see rare Sri Lankan leopards.

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