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The world is getting smaller, but the chances of having an extraordinary new experience are only increasing. Whether it's an emerging style hub in North Africa or a quiet stretch of sand in the Caribbean, this year's standout destinations are changing the travel map.
Best Places to Travel in 2015
Chilean citizens no longer require a visa to enter the U.S., and in turn, Americans no longer need to fork over a $160 “reciprocity fee” to visit Chile. Many travelers touch down in Santiago, then go for the extremes, either the Atacama Desert to the north or the Patagonia of the far south. But there’s a lot brewing in between. Santiago Adventures has launched a new six-day outdoor adventure through Northern Patagonia’s lake region, with overnight stays in private cabins and kayaking on the turquoise waters of Lake Tagua Tagua. In Pucón, the all-inclusive Vira Vira Hacienda debuted in fall 2014 on 100 acres of forest and lagoon, along with a dairy farm where guests can learn to make cheese; hiking the surrounding lakes and volcanoes is one of many other activities. Farther south, in Millahue Valley’s wine country, the 22-suite Viña Vik caters to oenophiles, with vino bottled on property and a wine spa. And save a few days for the underrated city of Santiago. Check in to the new Singular Santiago, with a rooftop pool and lounge in the hip Lastarria neighborhood, and put Minga, Chile’s brand-new wine and food festival, on your to-do list (September 25–27, 2015). —Nora Walsh
“Fez is multilayered, multifaceted,” says resident Tara Stevens. “Every time I go out the front door, I discover something. This is a city on the cusp of change—and it’s exciting to be a part of that.”
Stevens, a British food writer, and American Stephen Di Renza are behind Fez’s stylish Restaurant No. 7, which hosts a rotating series of guest chefs. They’re part of a group of expats restoring riads and encouraging experimentation—along with enterprising locals like Anis Sefrioui, who recently unveiled Hotel Sahrai, with 50 contemporary rooms overlooking an infinity pool and a light-filled spa with elaborate latticework.
The world is getting smaller, but the chances of having an extraordinary new experience are only increasing. We’ve identified 50 standout destinations, based on industry news and trends, with input from contributing writers, A-List travel agents, and our new local experts. These are the places changing the travel map, whether it’s an emerging arts hub in Germany or a quiet stretch of sand in the Caribbean.
So where else can 2015 take you? The panda capital of Chengdu, China, is appealing to a broader range of travelers with a new 72-hour no-visa policy and a packed lineup of hotel openings: Six Senses, Fairmont, and Swire’s Temple House. In Japan, meanwhile, the dollar has hit new highs—good timing for powder buffs who can also now use Vail’s Epic Pass at Hokkaido’s Niseko United resort.
And you may be surprised by what’s brewing close to home. We selected a dozen destinations in the U.S., including Houston, for its ambitious food scene, and Miami, where the spotlight has turned to the Mid-Beach neighborhood. The latest art-centric 21c Museum Hotel will open its doors in Durham, NC, a once-sleepy college town that now thrums with fair-trade coffee shops, micro-distilleries, and some of the best barbecue around.
What inspires a trip varies from person to person, of course. But as a head start, we’ve mapped out 12 months' worth of places with the kind of "it" factor that Fez's Tara Stevens describes.
Read on for our picks, and join the conversation with hashtag #bestplaces2015.