Founded in 2008 by David Ox and Colin Burr, Winged Boots is a personalised travel management company that provides luxury trips for both business and pleasure. Whether you’re looking to book a romantic honeymoon or tick off your holiday bucket list, Winged Boots have shared their top holiday hotspots for 2023.
For all-inclusive family fun, the Ikos brand’s collection of Greek resorts (and one in Marbella, Spain) should be at the top of your list. And new for 2023 is Ikos Odisia, located in Corfu and opening in May. Combining five-star service with an unmatched level of luxury and the brand’s renowned Infinite Lifestyle concept, this resort has it all.
With Michelin-starred chefs' menus, signature cocktails shaken by expert mixologists, and access to a range of local restaurants all included in your stay, you'll have plenty to choose from when it comes to dining. What’s more, you can also explore the surrounding area with the hotel’s fleet of MINIs and an Ikos Culture Card that will grant you access to local museums and historic monuments at no extra cost. There’s also plenty to entertain all ages, from tots to teens, with dedicated spaces just for them, as well as a host of sports and water-based activities for you to enjoy as a family. Oh, and the revitalising spa is there to offer you a little respite from the gorgeous sunshine and cries of mum and dad.
Always making the top 10 of the bucket list is seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan, and we predict that this will edge its way closer to the number one spot this year. The blossoming of the Sakura (cherry blossom trees) is a spring tradition that sparks a nationwide celebration, with friends and families gathering for picnics and sake beneath the pink petals. For peak viewing opportunities, visit the main tourist spots from the end of March until early April. However, it is important to note that cherry blossoms are found in more than 1,000 locations around the country, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Hokkaido and Kyushu.
During your trip, we highly recommend you visit as many cities as possible. But for a slower pace, head to the east coast, where the resort of Amanemu stands proud within the Ise-Shima National Park. Overlooking the pearl-studded Ago Bay and surrounded by forests, the resort offers contemporary, spacious suites and luxurious villas with every modern comfort you could wish for.
Known as the Maldives’ Indian Ocean cousin, Seychelles is also moving its way up the ladder of trending 2023 travel destinations, and it’s easy to see why.
A fantastic option for adventure seekers and perfect for island hopping, the Seychelles' scenic landscapes will steal your heart. From romantic La Digue to the magical underwater world of Praslin and the secluded private island resorts, there’s so much to see and do. The best time to visit is between March and May or October and December, when you can expect a balmy temperature of 30°C.
When it comes to hotels, you’re simply spoilt for choice. The North Island is best for newlyweds and privacy seekers, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, who headed there for their honeymoon back in 2011. For culinary delights, foodies should check out Constance Lemuria, while water lovers should try the remote Alphonse Island, where you can try fly fishing, get active with paddleboards and kayaks, or go beneath the waves on a blue safari. Sightings may include spinner and bottlenose dolphins, migrating humpback whales, and many other cetaceans, as well as yellowfin tuna, milkfish and manta rays.
After being starved of travel during the pandemic, 2022 was the year to make travel count, with many ticking something off their bucket list or taking that once-in-a-lifetime trip with all the family. We don’t see this trend ending anytime soon and predict that African safaris will continue to be popular in 2023.
Why not explore South Africa, starting in Cape Town, driving through the winelands and enjoying seeing the big five in Kruger National Park? Of course, no visit is complete without a trip to Boulders Beach to see one of the largest colonies of African penguins.
Or you could enjoy breakfast with the tallest mammals in the world at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest, Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The manor house dates back to the 1930s and offers a stately stay, one which you’ll share with some larger-than-life residents. With just 12 rooms, enjoy an intimate encounter with the friendly giraffes, including breakfast, where they will poke their heads in to say hello and await a treat. From here, we recommend a visit to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Nature Reserve at one of its many eco lodges. Oh, and if you're lucky, you might see the Big Migration, which occurs every year from June to October during the dry season.
Not just a party destination for the under 30s, Ibiza is also extraordinary for couples and families looking to explore the beauty of the Balearics picturesque white isle. And the best part? It’s just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from London.
Away from the world-famous nightlife and high-rise hotels, it boasts a wealth of luxury boutique resorts which are spread across the breadth of the island. Known for attracting free spirits, the bohemian side of Ibiza is typically on its north coast, where you can shop the Sunday craft market in San Juan, paddle around the fishermen’s huts at Cal Xuclar and practise sun salutations within dedicated yoga retreats. At the heart of it all is Six Senses Ibiza. A modern property built into the rocky cliffs, it boasts a spa that pioneers wellness and a vast range of luxury accommodation, including cave suites, residences and mansions that boast up to 10 bedrooms and four dining destinations.
On the east coast is Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, just 10 minutes from Ibiza Town and its hordes of shops and restaurants (try La Olivia and thank us later). Meanwhile, the Ibiza Gran Hotel is a hotspot for dining and sophisticated evenings, boasting Zuma, Cipriani Downtown Ibiza and Park Chinois.