11. Sicily, Italy
“Italy is always on the top of the list,” says F1S advisor Liora Manilof, who says Sicily in particular is skyrocketing in popularity lately. F1S advisor George Alexandrou agrees: “With its unique cultural roots, changing landscapes and real cuisine, Sicily is always a great time.” Plus, there are a number of new hotels opening on the Italian island, including two of our favorites: Four Seasons San Domenico Palace in the pretty town of Taormina and Rocco Forte’s Villa Igiea on the coast of Palermo.
12. Dar Ahlam, Ouarzazate, Morocco
“Dar Ahlam which translates to ‘House of Dreams’ is one of Morocco’s hidden gems. This house is one of the most magical places I’ve ever stayed in,” says Wonnie Baik, VP of Sales and Partnerships at F1S. “Particularly interesting is that there is no official dining room. During your stay, every meal is served in a new setting. So when we arrived, they set up a picnic in the garden, and another night it was in a cozy alcove. The element of surprise that comes with every meal was amazing!”
13. Namibia, Africa
“It’s a different, unspoiled Africa. An Africa of long vistas, of distant horizons, clear skies and unspoiled wilderness, safe, and off the beaten path. The Skeleton Coast is unlike anything you have ever seen,” says F1S Toronto advisor Derrick Bloch, who hails from Namibia.