What's hot right now in the Five Star world of travel? Here is a round-up of the destinations making the headlines for travel writers internationally:
Paradise in Perth
Perth in Western Australia is the riverside capital of the wild West Coast and has really opened up as a destination this year with the arrival of the new direct 17 hour London-Perth route from Quantas. There is amazing choice for foodies in the Margaret River region which is abuzz right now. It's a great stopping off point for adventures in to the Ningaloo reef where you can swim with white sharks and the dramatic area of Kimberley and the wilderness or a new 2019 trip to see killer whales at the feeding grounds of Bremer Canyon. Some of the hottest hotels include the new Ritz-Carlton Perth on Elizabeth Quay which is new for 2019 and the newly opened Westin Perth which has a stunning rooftop pool for instagrammable perfection.
St. Barth's – Firmly Back on the Map
The playground for Pippa Middleton, royals and international guests, the legendary Eden Rock St. Barths is reopening after a total face-lift. This stunning Caribbean island is now ready for its comeback following the powerful Hurricane Irma followed by the Hurricane Maria which destroyed homes and infrastructure. The stunning Hotel Le Toiny has just opened with eight new suites with pools and ocean-view terraces and a buzzing beach club. Villa Marie Saint-Barth has also been restored with two brand new villas and this location is the place to see and be seen in right now.
Try Tahiti – Sunseeking and Glamour
This March Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté opens a luxurious private island – Nukutepipi - with 16 beachfront bungalows and villas that can be taken exclusively. The location is Tahiti – this stunning French Polynesian island which is truly having a moment – this spot is now very much on the radar for the coolest sun-seekers in the world.