Whether you're seeking a hot spot for your honeymoon or a dreamy destination-wedding locale, 2012 is a great year for your travels. We've uncovered the top dozen must-go getaways, from A to Z.
1. Jumba Bay, Antigua
Dubbed the gateway to the Caribbean, Antigua's long represented the ultimate Caribbean island destination. And with nearby Barbuda, a best-kept Caribbean secret that is still so undeveloped it nearly seems uninhabited, Antigua stands apart as a must-see spot for your Caribbean locale 2012. Then consider its Jumba Bay , a Rosewood Resort that is only accessible by boat and on a private 300-acre island.
2. Cayo District, Belize
Say you're seeking adventure as well as world-class accommodations? Look no further than Belize, a Central American country that offers the rare mix of Mayan ruins, amazing luxury and turquoise water. In particular, the Kaana property (www.kaanabelize.com) in the Cayo District stands apart. With just 15 suites and 2 private villas, this intimate accommodation mixes Mayan sites with the largest wine cellar in all of Belize.
3. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
In the heart of Africa is Botswana and in the heart of this country is Jao Camp, an amazing safari experience that blends both land and water activities. Situated on a remote island in the Moremi Game Reserve of the Okavango Delta, be prepared to go on game drives to spot lion at dawn, get a massage in its spa midday, and then dine in its elegant outdoor restaurant by night.
4. Shanghai, China
If sand and beach isn't your idea of excitement, then read on as we applaud Shanghai for making our 2012 list. Set on the Huangpu River, Shanghai has come into its own as a vibrant mix of couture fashion, exceptional dining and vibrant night life. For your jaunt to the Orient, we suggest the Fairmont Peace Hotel, an opulent property that makes it easy to say Ni-Hao, Shanghai!
5. Paphos, Cyprus
East of Greece in the Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus held some of the oldest civilizations, dating back to the 10th millennium B.C. Today it has some of the most modern elegant properties imaginable, like the Thalassa Boutique Hotel & Spa that is re-opening March 2012.
6. London, England
No chic, high-profile couple has brought back romance and commitment as swiftly as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. So for 2012, we celebrate London with all its sophistication, excitement and style. Whether it is your final honeymoon destination or a stop along the way to a more remote locale, staying at Dukes, the birthplace of the famous phrase by James Bond, â€œshaken, not stirred,â€ is sure to satisfy.
7. Holbox Island, Mexico
Close enough to Cancun to make this this part of Mexico accessible, Holbox Island makes the list because it seems light years away in terms of lifestyle. Set where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico, this island is a mix of secluded beaches, quaint fishing villages and Mestizo culture. And Casa Sandra with just 12 rooms that all face the sea, makes sure your visit is as natural as your environs.
8. Upolu, Samoa
When it comes to venturing to the South Pacific, nothing compares to Samoa, a group of islands that encapsulates the essence of Polynesian culture. Luckily, The Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa, located on the south coast of Upolu, embodies everything that this rich culture that this cluster of islands have maintained for thousands of years.
9. Palm Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
If one trend has emerged for 2012's hottest destinations, then the private island escape sums up the ideal. Nevertheless, every idyllic hideaway is a unique paradise in its own special way and the archipelago of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is no different. Still, we must give a special nod to its Palm Island. With just 43 rooms on the entire isle, what more can we say?
10. Phuket, Thailand
If palm-fringed lagoons and pristine beaches are your scene, then look no further than the serenity of Phuket Island in southern Thailand for your most romantic getaway. And the debut of the Angsana Laguna Phuket, a brand-new resort that just opened in December 2011, will make your Thai experience all the richer from its luxurious spa to elegant on-site restaurants.
11. The Florida Keys, United States
For a low-key escape that has captivated celebs, former U.S. presidents and the famous alike, the Florida Keys has always been an American favorite. But what makes it one of this year's hottest beach destinations, besides its tried-and-true consistency, is partly due to the Little Palm Resort & Spa, an island retreat (it can only be reached by sea-plane or boat) that offers no televisions, no telephones but just crushed seashell paths and a mere 30 oceanfront bungalows.
12. Livingstone, Zambia
There's something about waterfalls that just exude romance, don't you think? So that's why the African country of Zambia makes our list. And just upstream from the famed Victoria Falls on the banks of its Zambezi River is the luxurious safari lodge, Tonabezi. With its careful mix of outdoor activities (Shall we watch a baby rhino play or take a water ride today, dear?), hardly any far-flung locale can compare to this escape in 2012.
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