10 hot destinations to visit in 2018
From sun-drenched islands to bustling souks, we ask the local team from luxury operator Scott Dunn where we should go on holiday in 2018. Here's to another year of enriching experiences
Go forth and conquer

Iceland's phenomenal landscapes tempt visitors to experience an array of outdoor activities, from a puffin safari to heli-skiing from summit to ocean on the Troll Peninsula. What's even better? A new pop-up glamping camp, Trollaskagi Camp, is set to open in Iceland from March to May this year — you'll be watching the Northern Lights from the comforts of your own bed.

It's high time we explore this relatively undiscovered corner of the world. Well-known for the world-famous Nabatean city of Petra, the roman ruins of Jerash, the epic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and a float in Dead Sea, Jordan makes for a culturally rich experience. Best time to visit? March to May.

Home to some of the world's best ski conditions, Niseko boasts pristine deep dry snow on picturesque volcanic and alpine mountain ranges. New for the 2017/18 ski season is the Niseko-Hirafu's high-speed detachable quad chair lift, which will more than double lift capacity and cut waiting time during peak periods.
New Zealand

This stunning country continues to be a popular destination for travellers from Singapore, thanks to its dramatic mountain ranges and majestic lakes. This year, book in at one of New Zealand's fabulous luxury lodges for a complete digital detox.

Due to open in early 2018, the Six Senses Bhutan circuit is one of Asia's most anticipated openings. Located in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang, guests will be able to embark on a 'Six Senses Journey' between each lodge and explore this hidden kingdom in style.

Twinning brilliantly with Bhutan, Nepal remains one of the world's most wildly beautiful countries despite its recovery from the 2015 earthquakes. Intrepid adventurers will take delight in its plunging ravines and spectacular landscapes, while foodies will love the rich colours and flavours in its food options.
Bawah Island

Accessible from Singapore by ferry and seaplane, Bawah is a group of six tropical islands that feature 35 beautifully designed suite and bungalows. Think Nihiwatu meets Song Saa or Soneva Kiri when it comes to this private island experience surrounded by lagoons, coral reefs, and mangroves.

With the exciting openings of Shinta Mani Wild, a gorgeous tented camp complete with its own zip line, Alila Villas Koh Russey, and Rosewood Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia looks to be the new hotspot for busy Singaporeans to fully unwind and recharge.

Oman is a country that seemed to escape the notice of all but the most daring of travelers until a few years ago. You'll be surprised by their renowned Arabian hospitality, lively culture, rolling sand dunes, and colourful souks, making it a captivating destination for both couples and families alike. Oman can also be paired with Nepal or Jordan for the ultimate adventure itinerary.

If you're hoping to give Japan a miss this ski season and head further north, Courchevel in the French Alps is where the European it-crowd flock to. Book early and travel over Christmas, where the charming ski resorts in the French Alps come to life with twinkling fairy lights amidst powdery snowfall.
Text: Amelia Chia