Ready to experience something new? Venture to one of these lesser-known destinations to experience authentic cultures and reduce the footprint at overly visited places.
Kazakhstan’s buzzing financial and cultural capital, Almaty, is home to stunning and sleek modern architecture and bustling streets made for meandering — the city is a fascinating blend of its thoroughly contemporary side melding with the ancient heritage of the Silk Road. The nearby mountains offer plenty of opportunities for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
Home to green mountains and white sandy shores, Yalong Bay is considered the best beach destination in China for a reason. Nature lovers won’t want to miss a guided trip to Yalong Bay Tropical Rainforest Park, with 15 square kilometers of protected tropical and sub-tropical vegetation. The views are nothing short of spectacular.
Nicknamed China’s “Port of the Emperor,” Tianjin is a dynamic city that attracts business travelers from all over the globe. Explore Chinese history through pottery at the beloved Porcelain House museum. A colonial-era French mansion has been covered in pieces of porcelain from base to roof — combined with the interiors, the museum features more than 400 million ancient Chinese ceramic chips.
Consider this your oasis in the desert. The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya is perched on the edge of the marina in town, giving the hotel unique views of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea from each room’s private balcony. Just a short distance from bustling Tel Aviv, feel as if you’re worlds away as you hit the famous beaches for surfing and sun — stay for a drink as the sun sets on the Herzliya coast.
The history of Indonesia’s capital city stretches back centuries, but its current incarnation makes it uniquely family-friendly. You’ll find something for travelers of all ages at Fantasyland, located within Jaya Ancol Dreamland, a massive entertainment complex. And at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan, the little ones can try their hand at making their own meal in a chef-led cooking class.