While the forthcoming festivities may be at the front of your mind, don’t forget CNY! There’s still availability, but the best destinations are filling up fast. Here, Little Steps in collaboration with Lightfoot Travel reveal their favorite holiday options so you can begin 2019 with a bang.
For a Zen CNY, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang is peaceful, pretty, and comes with plenty to do. Wander the colorful markets, swim in the Kuang Si Waterfalls, cycle through the streets and enroll your kids on a cookery course so they can reignite your holiday memories with a few local dishes when you return to Hong Kong. Rosewood Luang Prabang lies on the outskirts of town, and it’s a great intimate escape away from the busy center. A swimming pool in the gardens will keep children happy during your time in the spa - featuring glass panel floors so you can gaze at the river while being massaged - is a must for the grown-ups!
Introduce your little monkeys to the little monkeys of Sri Lanka at Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's oldest nature reserve, where animal lovers can hang out with an array of wildlife. Safaris take place twice a day, bumping you along the dusty tracks in jeeps as you search for leopards, elephants, buffalo, mongoose, and exotic birds. Stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge where there’s a section especially for families featuring a mini-cocoon for kids (up to 12-years old) and a suite for parents. There’s also a gorgeous open-air restaurant, an infinity pool, a spa, and knowledgeable naturists on tap.
Chinese New Year is the perfect time to travel to Oman when the temperature is cooler. Start in Ras al–Jinz Turtle Reserve where you can stay in a luxurious eco-tent and head out with an ecologist to observe endangered green turtles nesting and swimming. Continue with a desert safari experience in the Wahiba Sands where daredevils can enjoy quad biking, sandboarding, and camel trekking before bedding down in a Bedouin house. Complete your travels on the pristine sands of Six Senses Zighy Bay where you can practically have the beach to yourself. All villas come with a private pool and generous deck, and plenty of space for your own personal CNY party!
Celebrate CNY with a dancing sky in the shape of the famous Northern Lights. While sightings can never be guaranteed, hot-footing it to Iceland in February should provide an excellent opportunity. Land in vibrant Reykjavik where you’ll find leading art galleries, a buzzy nightlife scene, and super-friendly locals, then move onto The Retreat at Blue Lagoon. Carved into an 800-year old lava field and surrounded by thermal pools, it not only occupies a fascinating landscape but it’s also a design marvel. Away from the sleek rooms, cozy restaurant and the broody underground spa, soak up the magical mineral-rich waters that circle the hotel. Suitable for children 12+.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of Africa’s most intriguing wildlife destinations where you can embark on morning and afternoon game drives to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, antelope, leopards, hyenas, zebras and crocodiles. Stay in the Meru-style tents of Chitabe Camp, a fabulous place situated in a private concession and surrounded by woods, wetland, and grassland. Relax by the pool, discover the cute library, enjoy meals under the stars and - for something extra special – wake the kids early and witness the sunrise from the wonder of a hot air balloon. Find out more here!