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Travel trends for 2010

22nd January 2010 Print

Those “in the know” people at Virgin Holidays and Hip Hotels have imparted more travel wisdom within the pages of the new 2010 brochure.

The hottest picks for 2010 include Caribbean boltholes, Far Eastern retreats, skiing in the USA and adventures in South Africa.

But stylish staples are not forgotten with the addition of four extra New York hotels to the VHip portfolio, including the brand new and truly individual Ace hotel in the Flaitron District and Robert Di Niro’s, The Greenwich, as well as Gramercy Park Hotel and The Standard in the heart of the Meatpacking District. New York holidays with VHip start from £699 for stay at Ace or Hotel on Rivington.

The Caribbean is tipped by VHip insiders as the place to be seen in Summer ’10, with four new hotels in the region including Geejam in Jamaica, One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, Cap Juluca in Anguilla and Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, adding to the already iconic Caribbean collection including The House in Barbados and Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos. Caribbean experiences with VHip start from £799 based on seven nights at Hotel Santa Isabel, Havana.

Brand new to VHip is a Himalayan Adventure, ideal for intrepid travellers wanting to experience the best the region has to offer. The adventure, comprising two nights in the unapologetically modern Metropolitan in Bangkok followed by five nights in the fabulous Uma Paro retreat in Bhutan starts from £3,099.

Snow bunnies are well catered for in 2010 with the addition of Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn in Lake Tahoe where five night ski breaks start from £1,099 and Aspen Meadows in Colorado – situated on the outskirts of town, this retreat is close enough to nip in for dinner or shopping but far enough away for VHippers to be conscious of why Aspen is such a magnet for skiers. Seven night ski breaks at Aspen Meadows are from £1,279.

Fresh for 2010 is a collection of South African hotels and retreats, including Ellerman House and bohemian bolthole, More Cape Cadogan & More Quarters in Cape Town. Phantom Forest in Knysna is also new to the portfolio - a collection of eco-sensitive treehouses nestled in the Afromontane Forest. The Garden Route, VHip style, is from £1,699 including three nights in Cape Town, two nights in Hermanus and two nights in Phantom Forest.

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