The respondents indicated that most important factors were travelling to somewhere new, a relaxing getaway and great value for money.
The data was collected by Booking.com from 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017.
Interestingly, 65 per cent of Thais said that they took a beach vacation in 2016 with 51 per cent opting for a city break.
So whether you’re planning ladies nights or some quality mother-daughter time for 2017, one of the destinations below could well be what you’re after.
For the Beach Lovers: Sydney, Australia
A getaway to the sun-drenched capital, Sydney is a must on the wish list. Check out the most photographed ocean pool in Australia, Bondi Icebergs, have a picnic in the Botanic Gardens, take a hike through the Royal National Park, stroll from Bondi to Coogee or savour a cocktail or two with a view at the impressive Hacienda Bar.
Where to stay: Bounce Sydney is the perfect scene for travellers on a budget but who do not want to compromise on style. Bounce Sydney boasts an onsite restaurant, bar, BBQ facilities and a rooftop terrace offering views of Sydney. You and your girl squad can choose from shared dormitories to private rooms and can meet fellow travellers in the three communal lounges and the fully equipped kitchen.
For the City Girls: New York City, US
The Big Apple is the perfect fun-fuelled getaway for you and your friends, from the neon lights of buzzing Times Square, the famed Broadway theatres to the sprawling beauty of Central Park.
Where to stay: Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is Sanctuary NYC Retreats. Offering retreat-style accommodation complete with an onsite yoga studio, Stanton Street Yoga and free unlimited classes for guests, this is the perfect scene to recharge your batteries after hitting the town.
For the Zen Seekers: Ubud, Bali
Bali is the perfect beach getaway. Discover tropical rainforests, terraced rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines, ancient holy sites and breathtaking coastlines fringed by swaying palm trees. Be sure to check out the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave and the Ubud Monkey Forest!
Where to stay: Alam Ubud Culture Villa and Residence boasts two spring-water swimming pools and stunning views of the river valley and forest. The spacious villas are set on the hillside and come with modern Balinese decor.
For the Partygoers: Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Dubbed the party island of the world, the White Isle is a must visit destinations for the ultimate girls’ getaway. From the infamous “booze cruise” boat parties to the legendary nightclubs and beachfront events, you and your girlfriends will have the time of your life.
Where to stay: The stylish Villas S’Argamassa offer self-catering accommodation, a private garden, a seasonal outdoor pool and are a short stroll away from the sandy white beach of S’Argamassa. This chic setting boasts an unrivalled location with the famous Nikki Beach a mere 200 yards away.
For the Adventure Seekers: Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo has it all, from the bustling izakayas and beer bars, to the neon lights, looming skyscrapers and the infamous Robot Restaurant. Tokyo is a great destination to experience the best of both worlds. After hitting the town, discover the other side to Tokyo and visit Sensoji, which enshrines a golden image of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.
Where to stay: Located in Shinjuku’s skyscraper district is the luxurious Keio Plaza Hotel offering sweeping views of Shinjuku and an impressive 21 dining options. The comfortable rooms at Tokyo Hotel Keio Plaza offers panoramic views of the Shinjuku skyline.
For the Champagne Lovers: Champagne, France
The picturesque rolling vineyards of Champagne are now on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites and produce some of France’s finest grapes. Take a tour along Champagne Avenue and learn the mysterious art of champagne making. And there’s more to Champagne than sparkling wine – this bubbling region offers an array of luxurious dining experiences, the historic Cathedral of Our Lady of Reims and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Where to stay: The contemporary country house of Le Mas Champenois is nestled in the picturesque hillsides of Champagne and offers a garden, seasonal pool and fresh daily continental breakfasts. A short drive away you will find Epernay, which is famous for its champagne houses and the ancient town of Vitryle-Francois is nearby too.
Published : June 09, 2017
By : THE NATION