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What's new in travel for 2020?

New hotels, flight routes and cruise ships to watch out for

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19 December 2019 by Emily Newton-Smith

A new decade is here, and in celebration of the New Year, we've rounded up some of the most exciting new offerings for travel in 2020. There's everything from new cruise ships to unique hotels in incredible places. And remember, our travel specialists are always available to help you plan your perfect trip.

Arctic Bath, Harads

Arctic Bath is the epitome of innovative Swedish design. A bold, contemporary aesthetic is what makes this new hotel so special, set in the wilds of Swedish Lapland. It's a floating hotel, poised in the middle of the Lule River – meaning in winter, it's dramatically suspended in ice. The main building, designed to look like a nest, surrounds a central cold bath where guests can take a dip between sauna sessions and spa treatments. And, away from the main structure are six romantic guest rooms, each accommodating two people. This is not a family resort; more of a wellness retreat, where chefs serve up menus featuring regional, seasonal ingredients – think river-caught fish, tender reindeer meat and fresh forest berries. We recommend an itinerary that features Arctic Bath alongside two other Swedish design icons – ICEHOTEL and Treehotel.

Aerial view of Arctic Bath in Sweden
Arctic Bath, Harads

Icons of Swedish Design: ICEHOTEL, Treehotel & Arctic Bath

S.S. La Venezia

Newly renovated, the former River Countess debuts as S.S. La Venezia in 2020, offering unparalleled luxury on the Italian coast. There are three dining venues onboard, a host of elegant staterooms and six exquisite suites. We recommend pairing a river cruise on S.S La Venezia with an iconic rail journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. You'll be treated to gourmet multi-course dining and free-flowing drinks as you glide through France and Switzerland towards Venice, where after a two-night city stay, you'll board the ship for a river cruise through the Venetian Lagoon. From the brightly-coloured buildings of Burano to the gastronomical delights of Bologna, you'll see the treasures of Northern Italy via a host of included excursions.

Colourful boats and buildings in Burano, Venice
Burano, Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the gems of Northern Italy

One&Only Gorilla's Nest, Rwanda

This incredible property is newly opened, nestled at the foot of the misty Virunga Mountains. For those who dream of getting up close to the majestic mountain gorilla, the resort is perfectly placed for wildlife encounters, with expert guides on hand to take you trekking through the jungle. The resort itself is a reflection of the region, a collection of luxurious Forest Lodges furnished in fabrics and textures inspired by traditional Rwandan design. In the restaurant, guests can enjoy a menu centred around fresh local produce, including seasonal vegetables from the hotel’s own gardens. For a truly experiential holiday, pair a stay at Gorilla's Nest with One&Only's other Rwandan propertyOne&Only Nyungwe House.

Mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, Rwanda
Mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains at One&Only Gorilla's Nest

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

Silversea's Silver Origin

Silversea's newest ship, Silver Origin, has been carefully designed with its destination in mind – the spectacular Galápagos Islands. Because of the nature of the waters and the wildlife here, this brand new ship is the greenest in the Silversea fleet, showcasing the latest innovation in marine technology to minimise its impact on the sea bed. With this in mind, guests will be immersed in the remotest and most picturesque regions in the Galápagos, enjoying Silversea's impeccable service, all-inclusive dining and luxurious all-suite accommodation along the way. Choose from an itinerary in the Western Galápagos or the North & Central Galápagos – both are equally special.

Silversea in the Galápagos

Western Galápagos on Silver Origin

New flight routes

It's always exciting when airlines introduce new routes, and in 2020, British Airways has announced flights to Montenegro, Perugia, Dalaman and Bodrum, with additional services to Larnaca, Brindisi, Nice, Tenerife and Kefalonia. Perhaps most exciting is the direct service from London to Portland, five times a week from June 2020. From Portland's thriving arts and dining scene to Oregon's picturesque wine country, there's so much to see here – including drives along the Pacific coast and the wonders of Crater Lake National Park. Our Oregon Fly-Drive is a great way to make the most of it all.

Portland, Oregon

Ones to watch

We're also looking forward to the opening of some new hotels in 2020. Here are some of our ones to watch for the year ahead – while these aren’t featured on our website just yet, we’re working on some exciting new itineraries, which we hope to bring you soon. Watch this space and, in the meantime, call our specialists for information or enquire here.

Reefsuites, Whitsunday Islands

Reefsuites, Whitsunday Islands

The all-new Reefsuites in the Whitsundays will offer guests the opportunity to sleep in a spectacular glass-walled underwater room on the Great Barrier Reef.

Aman Kyoto

Exterior view of Aman Kyoto

This luxury resort in Kyoto, Japan, is set among secluded grounds that were once part of an artistic community.

Mt. Mulligan Lodge

Mt. Mulligan Lodge in Far North Queensland

This stunning resort is set on a secluded 28,000-hectare heritage property in remote Far North Queensland, in the shadow of a sandstone tabletop mountain.

Rocco Forte Villa Igiea, Sicily

Pool at Rocco Forte Villa Igiea, Sicily

Rocco Forte Hotels will expand its Sicilian portfolio in 2020 with the addition of Villa Igiea, a historical Art Nouveau palazzo overlooking the Gulf of Palermo.

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Related offers

Galápagos with Silversea

Western Galápagos on Silver Origin

11-day expedition cruise from £8,100 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Early booking offer - save up to 10%
Book by: 30 June 2021

When it comes to the great wonders of our natural world, there are few to rival the unique beauty and diversity of Ecuador's Galápagos islands. And, this itinerary on Silversea's newest ship, Silver Origin, is perhaps its ultimate showcase.

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

Contemporary lodge

This stunning sanctuary, nestled at the foot of the Virunga Mountains, is a wonderfully luxurious base from which to experience one of the world’s great wildlife encounters – a meeting with Rwanda's mountain gorillas.

Beautiful view of traditional Gondola on Canal Grande with historic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background on a sunny day in Venice, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Gems of Northern Italy river cruise

11-day luxury rail journey & river cruise from £5,500 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive offer on selected 2022 departure dates – Save up to £835pp
Book by: 30 June 2021

Experience the world’s most iconic train, a stay in Verona and an all-inclusive, Italian river cruise, all wrapped up in one luxury holiday. Expect the finest service throughout.

Arctic Bath Harads

Icons of Swedish Design: ICEHOTEL, Treehotel & Arctic Bath

5-day tailor-made holiday from £1,565 pp incl. flights

Explore three of Sweden's most iconic hotels, from the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL to the stunningly modern Arctic Bath.

Galápagos with Silversea

North & Central Galápagos on Silver Origin

11-day expedition cruise from £8,100 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Early booking offer - save 10%
Book by: 30 June 2021

Sail in unmatched style aboard Silversea's newest ship, designed specifically for exploring the wildlife rich waters of Ecuador's Galápagos Islands. Enjoy all the trappings of a Silversea cruise, from fine dining to a full range of included experiences.

Gorilla, Rwanda

Highlights of Rwanda: Gorillas and Chimpanzees

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,530 pp incl. flights

This spectacular independent tour sees you come face to face with mountain gorillas deep in the jungle. You'll start in Kigali before heading to Nyungwe National Park where you'll track chimpanzee. Then, relax on Lake Kivu before trekking with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

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