Andrew Harper members started planning 2024 trips months ago, and those of us on staff have likewise been plotting our next forays. Somehow, the more we travel, the more our wish list seems to grow! It’s a paradox that we suspect many members have also experienced.
This city-state’s renowned Jewel Changi Airport boasts a seven-story indoor waterfall, a cloud forest of more than 900 trees and 250 retail locations. Fantastical gleaming skyscrapers crowd the central business district, yet almost half of the country’s acreage across 64 tropical islands is green space. There are also ancient temples, vibrant food markets (some with Michelin-starred stalls) and an atmospheric Arab Quarter. We look forward to reviewing new luxury hotels like the COMO Metropolitan Singapore and the soon-to-open Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore, along with the original Raffles Singapore, which we haven’t seen since its 2019 overhaul.
We love exploring cities and hiking up mountains and haggling in exotic markets, but sometimes, we just need a spell of utter relaxation amid scenery of extraordinary beauty. Few places feel as far from the cares of the world as French Polynesia. Resorts scattered around the atolls — Bora Bora foremost among them — provide vistas that look like the definition of paradise, and the m/s Paul Gauguin offers romantic cruises in the archipelago. Admittedly, we nearly gave our accountant a stroke when we presented the bill after our last trip, but it was worth it. We can’t think of where we’d rather be during an election year.