1. Palma de Mallorca, Spain


With its awe-inspiring Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, medieval streets, looming baroque churches and bohemian neighbourhoods, Palma is the Spanish island of Mallorca’s greatest gem.

Whether you want to take it easy or party hard, there’s something for all.

Head to the galleries, craft studios and markets.

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Stroll along the promenade and breathe in the sea air. Hit the wine bars and nightclubs.

Whatever you do, make sure you schedule enough time to simply soak up the supernatural Mediterranean light.

Stay: Leave the children at home and head to the adults-only Gran Melia de Mar.

Set in an exclusive cove, this glamorous hotel sits against a coastal backdrop and oozes film-star status.

The pool at Bardot – the hotel’s chic pool club – is the star here with Balinese loungers, a glittering pool and classic cocktails served to your seat.

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2. Hobart, Tasmania

Hot on the heels of its more confident counterparts, Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is having a moment with its heritage charm, world-class activities and modern lifestyle.

Today the vibrant waterfront is iconic, the cuisine is making a mark with award-winning restaurants like Franklin, and the culture and art scene is soaring, centred as it is on the Museum of Old and New Art, known simply as MONA and located beside the Berriedale peninsula.

Hobart is something of a beauty, too, with wild coastlines, mountains and wildlife parks that are ripe for exploration.

Stay: Henry Jones Art Hotel is a former waterfront warehouse that dates back to the 1800s and is now a fabulous 56-suite art hotel.

Along with sleek rooms, jazz nights and magnificent views of the harbour, it plays host to an ever-changing line-up of 300 Tasmanian works of art.

3. Havana, Cuba

If you’re looking for lively nightlife, you won’t have to try hard to find it in Havana.

This is the home of the Cuba libre, mojito and daiquiri, after all.

Take in the colonial architecture during the day, then visit some of American author Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drinking haunts such as Floridita.

Sounds too much like hard work? Then, head to a shady sun lounger at one of the five beaches that can be found in the city.

Stay: Gran Hotel Kempinski La Habana will offer plenty of character, sparkle and glitz to your trip. Rooms look out onto daily life, chandeliers swing from the ceilings and the twinkly rooftop with infinity pool and terrace bar is the place to be seen, especially when the tables glow pink after dusk.

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4. Galle, Sri Lanka

Step into a world of history, charm and immaculately preserved beauty as you enter the Unesco World Heritage Site of the old Galle Fort on the southwest coast Sri Lanka.

Spend your time enjoying the 18th-century Dutch architecture: visit the many churches, marvel at the crumbling warehouses and mansions, and stop off at the quaint library and maritime museum.

In the evening, join the locals to watch the sun go down at the fort before savouring a traditional Sri Lankan curry.

Stay: The resplendent Amangalla is a stunning hotel housed in what was once the residence of the Dutch governor, where the chic colonial styling, grand original furnishings and indulgent afternoon teas on the veranda evoke memories of a bygone era.

5. Singapore

Not only did the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians highlight how fabulous the city is, but Six Senses has opened its first city hotel there, and acclaimed chefs such as Marco Pierre White are also launching restaurants.

There’s a lot to see and do in Singapore, known by many as the “Red Dot”.

The Zoo and Night Safari are ideal for wildlife fans; the Botanic Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage Site, are a lush green space for children; Sentosa is the spot for beach and bar lovers; and Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam gratify history buffs with exotic tales.

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Stay: Six Senses launched its first urban hotel in Singapore and it does not disappoint.

Located in a block of heritage shophouses, Six Senses Maxwell is a sanctuary of wood panelling and colonial touches.

The swimming pool offers cool respite from the heat, while the Rose Lounge & Bar is an elegant choice for a signature Rose Bellini.

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