Hot List ... the best of what's new in 2017

| June 7, 2017

Cox & Kings’ Katie Cosstick picks the best of what’s new this season.

Peru-se the views by rail

The first luxury train in South America, crossing one of the world’s highest routes, launches in May 2017 in Peru. Taking in dazzling scenery and Unesco-listed sites over one or two nights, the Belmond Andean Explorer will travel between Cuzco and Puno, then on to Arequipa.


Tracks of the Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru

Carrying just 48 passengers, accommodated in well-appointed en suite bunk, twin or double-bed cabins, guests can relax with a pisco sour in the open deck observation car and watch the magnificent Peruvian highlands pass by.

Inside Belmond Andean Explorer

Inside Belmond Andean Explorer

See more about the new Belmond train journey here.

A beacon on the waterfront

Reaching a dizzying height of 57 metres, when Cape Town’s grain silo was opened in 1924 it was the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa. Closed since the turn of the 21st century, the iconic building has just reopened as a world-class art gallery and stunning boutique hotel.

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Deluxe Superior room, Silo Hotel

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the 28-room Silo Hotel sits in the former grain elevator section of the silo, above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). A stunning glass and metal structure, the waterfront hotel’s rooms offer views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill, and by night its glass panels glow like a huge lantern.


Silo Hotel and the Table Mountain

See more about Cox & Kings' South Africa holidays here

On top of the world

Travel from Lhasa in Tibet to Urumqi in China on a spectacular, one-off journey across the ‘Roof of the World’. Highlights include traversing the 5,072-metre Tanggula Pass – the world’s highest railway pass – and visiting Jiayuguan, the first pass at the western end of the Great Wall of China and one of the largest and most intact sections.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

Potala Palace, Lhasa

The 12-day trip includes six nights on board the private Shangri-La Express. Originally built for Chairman Mao, it guarantees comfortable accommodation in some of the most remote regions along the Silk Road.

The Shangri-La Express

Shangri-La Express

See more about the Shangri-La Express here

Hear the Lions roar

No, not those lions. The British & Irish Lions travel out to New Zealand in June and July, and following last year’s World Cup and the recent Six Nations Championship, it’s set to be an exciting tour. Stadiums in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Whangarei all feature: why not hire a car and follow in their footsteps on your own tour around the islands’ beautiful landscapes. Discover spectacular coastlines, glorious beaches, rolling vineyards, steaming geysers, diverse marine and birdlife as well as vibrant towns and cities.

Cityscape, Auckland


See more about Cox & Kings' tours to New Zealand here

Rock to the top

Many of India’s forts and palaces have been sensitively restored and transformed into luxury hotels, and the new Alila Fort Bishangarh – due to open in May 2017 – is no exception.

Alila Fort Bishangarh

Alila Fort Bishangarh

Influenced by both the Mughals and the British, the 230-year-old fort has 2-metre thick walls with openings for firearms and turrets. The fort has been painstakingly restored, with the hotel built above and outside the original structure. Under an hour’s drive from Jaipur, the 59-room hotel is well located for exploring the famous Amber Fort and city itself, with dramatic 360-degree views over the Aravalli Hills.

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Royal Heritage suite of the Alila Fort Bishangarh

Stay at the Alila Fort Bishangarh on Cox & Kings' new Boutique Rajasthan private tour.  

Cruising Halong Bay

The newest boat in the Paradise fleet, the luxurious Paradise Elegance wends its way around the stunning karst limestone islands of Halong Bay, offering unparalleled perspectives of this Unesco-listed world heritage site where towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters.

Paradise Elegance Cruising

Paradise Elegance

The overnight cruise visits some of the picturesque inlets where guests can disembark to explore the stunning caves and floating villages. While on board, there is time to relax on the sun deck or simply watch the scenery pass by.

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Paradise Elegance Cabin

See more about cruises on Halong Bay here

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