10 hot travel destinations you should visit in 2018; Kate Lough; Evening Standard

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Malta – City of Valletta

From road trips through Arizona to Portugal’s most unspoilt region, Kate Lough shares her predictions for where you’ll be holidaying next year

1. Andaman Islands 

Think of the Andaman Islands as the new Maldives – except much more off-grid. The Indian archipelago consists of 300 uber remote islands characterised by palm-fringed sandy beaches and lush rainforest.

Whereas the Maldives now has hundreds of resorts vying for your attention, the Andamans are only set to get its first luxury resort in March 2018 when the Taj Exotica opens. The 75-villa beachfront hotel will be set on the crescent-shaped Radnanagar Beach on Havelock Island, which is perfectly perched between dazzling coral reefs and jungle.

2. Belfast, Northern Ireland 

Belfast has been quietly reinventing itself in a post-Troubles era as a city break destination with clout. Its starring role in HBO phenomenon Game of Thrones no doubt contributed.

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