The Hot List: 7 top travel trends for autumn/winter 2021

Let MCC take care of all your vacation plans this autumn/winter. All you need to do is choose where to go… Check out our pick of this season’s top travel trends

 

The summer holidays may be over, but there’s lots to get excited about this autumn/winter. We’ve collaborated with our trusted travel partners to bring you the crème de la crème of this season’s top destinations and new openings to inspire your next trip. From indulging your inner snow bear or bunny on the slopes, to marvelling at the Northern Lights, or simply chilling out on a luxurious sunshine break, we’ve got you covered.

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Here’s our pick of this season’s hottest destinations:

 

Safari in Botswana / Shutterstock

1. Safari and the Seychelles

Combine the best of both worlds with a safari experience in Botswana or Tanzania followed by a luxury getaway in the Seychelles. A dual destination break is the perfect compromise for time-strapped travellers who want to make the most of their vacation and can’t decide between adventure or the beach. Botswana and Tanzania are home to some of the world’s best game reserves while the 115 islands that comprise the Seychelles are famed for their diverse natural beauty and laid-back way of life. 

 

Northern Lights, Norway / Shutterstock

2. See the Northern Lights in Norway

Chase the Northern Lights – or aurora borealis – on a getaway to Northern Norway between late September and March when conditions are at their peak to experience nature’s spectacular light show. Norway’s otherworldly landscape is a fitting backdrop for this incredible natural phenomenon, with deep fjords and snowy mountains ensuring a truly magical experience. While you’re there, try a whale safari or dog sledding, and discover more about the indiginous Sámi people and their culture.

 

Courchevel, French alps / Shutterstock

3. Hit the slopes in the French Alps

Perennially popular, and with good reason, the French Alps are home to dozens of world-class, high-altitude ski resorts including Chamonix, Portes du Soleil, Tignes, Val d’Isere, Meribel and Courchevel, to name a few. Add to this quick transfer times and a super-efficient ski lift network, it’s no wonder visitors return time and time again. There’s something for everyone, as well, with families favoring the wide pistes of the Three Valleys while more serious skiers head for the challenging terrain of Chamonix and La Grave. 

 

The Woodward Hotel, Geneve

4. New opening: The Woodward Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland

This impressive property, perched on the shores of Lake Geneva with glorious views of Mont Blanc, was ​​originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel. Its latest incarnation is the handiwork of renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon and the result is suitably awe-inspiring. Comprising 26 elegantly designed suites, The Woodward is home to restaurants from Michelin-Starred L’Atelier Robuchon and plant-based Le Jardinier by Alain Verzeroli, as well as a state-of-the-art Guerlain Spa. Perfect for a pre or post-ski treat. 

 

City break in Paris / Shutterstock

5. City break in Paris: new hotel openings

Crisp autumn days in Paris are less frenetic than the summer months, with many of the city’s famous attractions mercifully free of tourists. And should inclement weather set in, you’ll also feel less guilty about spending most of your time in the hotel. Especially when they’re this fabulous…

Le Grand Controle Hotel / Paris

There are two noteworthy new openings in the city this autumn, the first of which is Les Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle. Set within the impressive grounds of Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle was built in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favorite architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Now sumptuously restored, the hotel has just 14 rooms and suites, exquisitely designed to evoke the 18th-century splendour of its heyday.

Cheval Blanc Paris

Overlooking the Seine and just moments away from the Louvre, the recently opened Cheval Blanc Paris, part of the LVMH portfolio, is already garnering rave reviews. Unashamedly luxurious, the renovated 19th-century former department store has been transformed into 72 rooms and suites over 10 floors. The building has been restored to its Belle Epoque glory, while the decor, boldly designed by Peter Marino, has been described by Vogue as ‘1930s meets 1970s, cool elegance with a bit of grooviness’, and ‘a symphony of beige and white with flashes of gold.’ 

 

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, St Vincent & the Grenadines

6. Caribbean luxury at the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

For those who prefer a slower pace on holiday, St Vincent and the Grenadines provides the perfect hideaway for families and friends. The tiny chain of islands is famed for its warm waters and powdery beaches as well as rare black coral reefs and shipwrecks for divers to explore. The Mandarin Oriental, Canouan opened in 2019 and overlooks Gondahl Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the region, while Canouan island is earning itself a reputation as the Caribbean’s next ‘it’ destination. The hotel, meanwhile, is unashamedly luxurious, offering just 26 suits and 13 villas, with top-notch service as well as a championship golf course and world-class spa facilities. And did we mention the jaw-dropping sea views?

 

Le Sereno Hotel, St Barth's

7. Indulge yourself in St. Barth’s

As far as tropical retreats go, it’s hard to imagine anywhere quite as sophisticated as the Caribbean island of St. Barth’s. It’s unique brand of laid-back luxury continues to attract the world’s glitterati, but it’s just as welcoming for families and friends. The newly renovated Hotel Le Toiny St. Barth is a good choice for those seeking quiet and seclusion, while the Christian Liaigre-designed Le Sereno is perfect if you prefer more hip and trendy surroundings. The Le Guanahani is another popular choice for those with families in tow.  

 

 

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