Best Places to Travel in 2015

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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.

Jakarta, Indonesia

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It used to be that the reason for leisure travelers to stop in the teeming Indonesian capital was a layover on the way to more glamorous Bali. But times are changing, as hospitality power-players including Fairmont, Raffles, and St. Regis—slated to open in January 2015, February 2015, and January 2016, respectively—elbow their way into Jakarta. Airlines are getting in on the action too: a second airport just opened, and local carrier Garuda now offers direct flights from London’s Heathrow. Why all the fuss? This underrated Asian capital showcases Indonesia’s staggering diversity—most of the nation’s 300-odd ethnic groups are represented here—and warm hospitality, without Bali’s price tag or 3 million–plus annual tourists. Throw in some top-notch restaurants, including Eastern & Oriental from superstar chef Will Meyrick and the industrial-chic Union by Gordon Ramsay alum Adhika Maxi, as well as a lively nightlife scene. —Diana Hubbell

Best Places to Travel in 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia

It used to be that the reason for leisure travelers to stop in the teeming Indonesian capital was a layover on the way to more glamorous Bali. But times are changing, as hospitality power-players including Fairmont, Raffles, and St. Regis—slated to open in January 2015, February 2015, and January 2016, respectively—elbow their way into Jakarta. Airlines are getting in on the action too: a second airport just opened, and local carrier Garuda now offers direct flights from London’s Heathrow. Why all the fuss? This underrated Asian capital showcases Indonesia’s staggering diversity—most of the nation’s 300-odd ethnic groups are represented here—and warm hospitality, without Bali’s price tag or 3 million–plus annual tourists. Throw in some top-notch restaurants, including Eastern & Oriental from superstar chef Will Meyrick and the industrial-chic Union by Gordon Ramsay alum Adhika Maxi, as well as a lively nightlife scene. —Diana Hubbell

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