SINGAPORE, 21 November 2017: A tour operator that started its career specialising in luxury ski tours has branched out into naming the top hottest destinations in 2018.
Scott Dunn opened for business in 1986 in the UK offering sky holidays in Europe. The tour operator has since branched out to offer the full gamut of luxury “tailored holidays” and opened a base in Singapore.
Claiming there is a growing demand for authentic experiences the company identifies 10 hidden gems and with just two exception they have nothing to do with ski slopes. Scott Dunn identifies its top trending luxury spots.
Hot destination Cambodia offers more reasons to visit in 2018 with the openings of Shinta Mani Wild (new luxury tented camp, complete with zip lines), Six Senses Koh Russey, Alila Villas Koh Russey, The Beige in Siem Reap, Rosewood Phnom Penh and Rosewood Siem Reap.
The company says it can organise treasure hunts around Angkor Wat, (a gasp of despair from art and heritage lovers), helicopters jaunts and private dinners in the jungle.
Due to open in early 2018, the Six Senses Bhutan trek circuit is one of Asia’s most anticipated openings. Stopping at lodges located in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang – guests will be able to embark on a ‘Six Senses Journey’ between each lodge, trekking Bhutan in style.
Lodge locations boast incredible views, in particular the lodge in Punakha, which overlooks the Mo Chu River, and Gangtey, which has views of the Phobjika Valley.
Guests will have the option to visit all five lodges, or a combination, with itineraries designed around the various experiences unique to each location. Scott Dunn says it is excited about the new Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary near Paro, which will provide a respite for the mind and body, connecting its guests with the Buddhist spirituality of Bhutan.
Iceland is a destination that continues to see a huge surge in popularity with more exciting luxury accommodation options opening. The country’s most popular tourist attraction, The Blue Lagoon, is set to go one step further and open ‘The Retreat at Blue Lagoon’ with 62 rooms offering exclusive access to the man-made geo-thermal pool.
Iceland’s phenomenal landscapes tempt visitors out into the wild to experience an array of outdoor activities, from a puffin safari to a heli-ski from a mountain top to ocean. The stay is based at Troll Peninsula in the luxury Nordic retreat, Deplar Farm.
Trollaskagi Camp, a new pop-up luxury camping experience, will open March to May 2018 overlooking Eyjaörður.
Boasting six luxury guest domes with double beds and wood stoves, guests will be able to watch the Northern Lights from their bed and relax after a day outdoors.
Nepal isn’t at the forefront of new openings for the forthcoming year, but Scott Dunn claims the destination will make a comeback, after healing its wounds post 2015 earthquakes.
While tourist arrivals have been low during the last two years, the luxury tour operator has seen interest improve 50%. This has been helped by Meghauli Serai opening in Chitwan, last year. Nepal also twins brilliantly with Bhutan.
Going through its soft launch at the moment, Bawah Island is located in the Anambas Islands of Indonesia. Accessible from Singapore by ferry and seaplane, Bawah is a group of six tropical islands that feature 35 beautifully designed suites and bungalows. Surrounded by lagoons and coral reefs, as well as dense jungle canopy and mangroves, this eco-hideaway is an explorer’s dream.
Scott Dunn believes that this will be one of the hottest holiday destinations for 2018, especially for Singapore-based travellers, as it offers a brand new private island experience for those looking for something more up –market than Thailand or Bali.
Similar to Nepal, Scott Dunn sees Jordan as an emerging destination for 2018.
Despite there being less of a focus on Jordan in the media, people are beginning to explore this relatively undiscovered corner of the world.
Jordan is well-known for its world-famous Nabatean city of Petra, the Roman ruins of Jerash in the north, the epic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth and the best place for a float. Guests can also combine a trip to Jordan with Oman. What’s more, it is an ideal destination for Easter, May and October half-term holidays thanks to the weather.
There isn’t anything new to report for New Zealand, but it continues to be a popular destination for travellers from Singapore. Not only does it offer a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, but it also gives guests the chance to revive themselves in the great outdoors with exhilarating activities.
For 2018, Scott Dunn will be promoting New Zealand as somewhere to go for a digital detox, without having to forfeit on luxury, thanks to the country’s collection of luxury lodges.
Oman is a country that seemed to escape the notice of all, but the most intrepid of travellers until just a few years ago. It now welcomes visitors with renowned Arabian hospitality and is eager to share its lively culture, rolling sand dunes, bustling souks and majestic mountains making it a captivating destination for couples and families.
The tour firm is especially excited about the lesser known region of Salalah in the south where the Anantara Al Baleed Resort sits on an untouched stretch of white coastline.
The resort brings a new level of luxury to the Salalah region and, with its fantastic kids and teens club, it is a great option for families as a start or end of a trip through Oman. There are two exceptional luxury camping options. Canvas Club is the most glamorous camping option in Oman, whilst Hud Hud’s authentic Bedouin style tents continues to be a firm favourite. Oman can also be paired with Nepal or Jordan for the ultimate adventure itinerary.
Scott Dunn launched its brand-new ski portfolio in Japan’s renowned Niseko resort for the 2016/17 ski season. Home to some of the world’s best ski conditions, Niseko boasts pristine deep, dry snow on picturesque volcanic and alpine mountain slopes.
New for the for 2017/18 ski season is the Niseko- Hirafu’s high-speed detachable quad chair lift, which will more than double lift capacity saving long waits at peak times.
Courchevel has long been the ski-resort of choice for European skiers, but with new openings like the Scott Dunn at Six Senses Residences Courchevel, the resort will be firmly planted on the map as the go-to ski destination for Asia-based travellers. The Residences will be home to a brand-new on- site Scott Dunn Explorers kids club as well as the first ever Stargazers club, allowing parents to have evenings off to enjoy the resort’s après ski!
Scott Dunn is a luxury tour operator specialising in ski, catered villa, family and tailor-made holidays. The company has offices in London and Chichester in the UK, San Diego in the USA and Singapore. Scott Dunn was founded in 1986 by Andrew Dunn and is headquartered London.
(Source: Scott Dunn)