From Africa and Asia’s hottest beachfronts, to the most popular destinations in the region; we tapped our bucket list and insider knowledge for the top 7 destinations you must visit before the end of the year and next year.
1. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is not only one of the most picturesque cities in the world, but is also one where you can have the most fun! Beyond its iconic mountain backdrop and cinematic beaches, the city has a compelling art and design scene. As a holiday destination, Cape Town is hard to beat; there is something gorgeous to look at every turn. For all history seekers, visiting Robben Island is an incredibly moving experience, or if you are looking for outdoor activities there are endless options, such as hiking up Table Mountain, kite surfing and swimming with sharks.
Book an unforgettable stay at Marriott Cape Town Hotel and enjoy the stunning views of Table Mountain. Marriott Rewards members get the lowest rates once they book directly through Marriott.com, the Marriott mobile app or via the call centers. The best time of year to visit is from November through to January, the peak of Summer in South Africa.
2. Mauna Kea, Hawaii
November is one of the best months to go to Hawaii. Kids are back in school, the crowds are gone and the weather isn’t too rainy or too hot. Since it’s technically off season, go ahead and book a premier oceanfront deluxe room at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Autograph Collection and enjoy an oceanfront setting of dreams on a stunning soft white sand beach. Mauna Kea is one of the most celebrated locations in Hawaii and is one of the only places in the world where you can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in about 2 hours.
3. Tokyo, Japan
There’s never been a better time to visit Tokyo. The city has so much to offer, from historic temples and traditions to modern skyscrapers and outstanding food. Thanks to cherry blossom season, spring gets most of the attention in Japan. But fall is equally as gorgeous, when the maple and gingko trees start to change color in Tokyo’s city parks.
Get a city-facing room at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo to see the fall foliage from high above while enjoying the vibrant night life and centuries-old attractions of the Roppongi District, Tokyo’s cultural, diplomatic and entertainment heart.
4. Rome, Italy and The Vatican City
Summer in Rome is very crowded. The humidity is overwhelming, and drinking and eating in public places was banned this summer to help crowd control. That’s why you should consider visiting Rome during fall. All the locals return and the weather cools off. Thus, you will be able to stroll through the city with plenty of room to breathe and enjoy Rome’s finest seasonal dishes. Immerse in your personal “Dolce Vita” at the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, right on top of the noble Via Veneto and next door to the Villa Borghese gardens and the 2000 year old historic Roman walls.
5. Petra, Jordan
Petra, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and widely considered to be Jordan’s most popular attraction, is a historical and archaeological city located in the south of Jordan. Once home to the ancient Nabatean people, Petra is estimated to have been around since as early as 312 BC and has been described by UNESCO as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage’. Mid-autumn through mid-spring is the most comfortable time to visit with pleasant temperatures day and night. Embrace the traditional hospitality at the Petra Marriott Hotel and enjoy the spectacular views of the valley.
6. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Popular with holiday-makers from all over the world, Sharm El Sheikh is the place where you can enjoy year-round sunshine and all-inclusive hotels to put your mind and wallet at ease. With great diving experiences, beautiful beaches and year-round sunshine, Sharm El Sheikh has plenty going for it. Explore the splendid marine life of Sharm EL Sheikh at the Renaissance Golden View Beach Resort and enjoy one of the world’s best diving & snorkeling spots.
Marriott Rewards members can use instant redemption during their stay at Renaissance Golden View Beach Resort for cocktails, meals, spa experiences and a lot more.
7. Khao Lak, Thailand
Thailand, the ‘land of smiles’ is one of the most popular travel places in Asia among the travelers. The country is popular for its delicious food, friendly local people and sunshine all year long. Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world that come with an abundance of things to see and do. Find an island escape at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa and explore the dramatic beauty of Thailand’s beaches. It is recommended for you to travel to Thailand during the cool and dry season between November and early April.