What’s new in 2017
With a buoyant and fast-changing travel market, 2017 is hotting up to be one of the most exciting years yet. While sun-seekers will be given more opportunity than ever to get away from it all thanks to increased and cheaper flights, the good news for explorers of the world is that there are still untouched areas ready to experience.
Of the many new openings and changes this year, here are a few of the top options that are already on the Flexicover team's radar.
From family adventure holidays to aquarium sleepovers, we reckon 2017 will have it all.
New active family holidays, Slovenia
If you’re looking for a family getaway with a difference, Intrepid Travel has an expanded range of new tours which includes an all-ages exploration of Slovenia, the hidden gem of Eastern Europe. With hikes on Mount Vogel or bike rides in the Triglav National Park offering breathtaking views of unspoilt landscapes, adventurers will also get their breath taken away while climbing inside the famous Postojna Caves. Best of all, the holiday ends with a bit of a bonding session where families enter a room and then work together to solve puzzles to find the key that enables them to escape - perfect for bringing the family together both physically and mentally!
Gold Coast, Australia
In preparation for hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018, the Gold Coast sees a slew of hotels, restaurants and attractions open in 2017, so it’s an ideal time to take advantage of the new facilities before the crowds descend. As well as some luxury hotels (including a six-star W Hotel in Queensland), those looking for a unique experience won’t be disappointed. The Mount Mulligan Station, opening in mid-2017, is a premium outback lodge with expansive views of the 400m cliff face. Water babies can find rest at the Cairns Aquarium, which will offer a sleepover experience when it opens in April, while nature lovers will have plenty to write home about at the Green Mountain Campground: safari tented grounds in the impressive World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
Nobu Hotel, London
Thanks in part to sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Japanese-Peruvian background and Robert de Niro’s investment money, Nobu is indeed a brand that exudes decadence. That's why it’s no surprise that their first venture into the hotel industry in Las Vegas was a success, with revellers coming for the restaurants and staying for the luxury. The group aim to emulate this with the new Shoreditch residence, opening in spring 2017. Adding five-star finesse to this already buzzing area, the Willow Street hotel will feature a chic interior design, but all eyes will be on the impressive, five-metre high restaurant, serving Nobu's signature cuisine.
Universal Orlando, USA
At a time when the American market is doing its best to attract foreign visitors, Universal Orlando is doing plenty for the cause with a slew of additions to explore. New water park Volcano Bay will open in June, with imaginings of tropical islands, adrenaline-pumping attractions and smarter technology to ensure short queues – the bane of most theme parks. There's also Pandora, the wondrous world of Avatar, which surrounds guests with bioluminescent rainforests and after-dark entertainment to capture the imagination. Conversely, the Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is set very much in this world: guests navigate through a virtual Big Apple for a seat in the chat show king's audience.
The War & Peace Museum, France
History buffs can mark the 100th anniversary of The Great War with a visit to the newly-refurbished War & Peace Museum in the French Ardennes. After a nine-year restoration, the museum opens in September with enough to make it worth the wait. With exhibitions to mark the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the two world wars, the weaponry, uniforms, packs and supplies give visitors a chance to experience what life was really like in the trenches. There's also an English-speaking guided tour of the Maginot Line, the concrete defence snaking its way across France and a significant artefact.
So wherever you end up heading in the new year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
As Flexicover has no control over the options presented in this article, dates and details may change so please double check online before you book.