As editors who write about travel, we're constantly learning about beautiful destinations and discovering cool new spots to visit around the world. This also means we have long travel bucket lists with detailed (albeit hypothetical) itineraries. Curious to find out which destinations are sitting at the very top of MyDomaine editors' bucket lists—and because we can't feasibly visit every single one of them in the foreseeable future—I asked them to share their number one dream vacation.
Whether you're trying to narrow down your own travel bucket list or you're looking for some regional guides and beautiful visuals to fuel your wanderlust, you're in the right place. Read on to see which places our editors are dreaming of visiting, where we'd stay, and what we'd do there for an epic adventure. And since I wrote this (and because I can't make up my mind), I cheated and included three destinations around the world instead of choosing just one.
THE DESTINATION: Rajasthan, India
"I'm dying to go to Rajasthan, India—specifically Jaipur and Udaipur. Jaipur's rose-hued city looks so majestic with its 17th-century ornate palaces, while Udaipur's lakes are peppered with floating palaces that seem to glisten in the sunset. Of course, a stop at Jaipur's stunning Bar Palladio would be a must, as would be a short stay at Taj Lake Palace in or Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. The region is also rich in natural beauty, so a stay in a more rural location like Amanbagh or Chhatra Sagar would also be high on the itinerary."
THE DESTINATION: Florence, Italy
"A trip to Florence for me would be all about the food, wine, and art. I'd explore the Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell'Accademia, Palazzo Pitt and Boboli Gardens, and the Gucci Museum. I'd eat and drink at local haunts like Mercato Centrale, upscale eateries like Il Palagio, and, of course, have gelato from Vivoli for dessert. I also imagine myself hopping on the back of a Vespa and seeing the city by scooter. I'd stay at the Belmond Villa San Michele."
THE DESTINATION: The Maldives
"The Maldives has topped my bucket list for years, and I'm still yet to visit! I love that many resorts are located on their own tiny private islands, that most spots have to be reached by seaplane, and that it's close to a few other destinations I've been dying to visit, like Sri Lanka. I've quizzed a lot of travel writers about the best way to explore the Maldives, and they all recommend staying at a few different resorts and island-hopping. Given how remote each spot is, you'll be confined to the restaurants and activities on that island, so variation is key. There are two resorts on my list: Six Senses Laamu for its incredible infinity pools and sustainable approach, and Soneva Jani for its unbelievable overwater bungalows and private waterslides."
THE DESTINATION: Newfoundland, Canada
"I love exploring small hard-to-reach places. I find them most charming, especially when they happen to be home to design-oriented hotels. That's why Newfoundland, Canada, is high up on my list. Though the charming cliffside towns (see St. Johns above) are reason enough to make the trek, I really just want to go take in the views at Fogo Island Inn. I've been eyeing this architecturally divine hotel for a couple of years now. It's exactly what I imagine a cool modern art gallery would look like if it collaborated with an avant-garde spacecraft architect and a sweet grandmother with an eye for comfortable knits and florals. Perched on stilts overlooking the ocean, the inn's architecture is bold, whimsical, and distinctive of the locale. But these sentiments extend beyond the aesthetics, with all locally sourced ingredients and location-specific activities based on its seven seasons. If you need me, I'll be perusing the library, iceberg watching, or stargazing from the rooftop sauna."
THE DESTINATION: Kyoto, Japan
"I've been dying to visit Japan for as long as I can remember, and if I had to pick just one city to visit, it'd be Kyoto. I'm drawn to the cherry blossom trees, waterfalls, bamboo forests, mountains, and calm cities. Slightly smaller and more manageable than Tokyo but with just as many cultural excursions and outdoor activities, it'd be the perfect balance of a relaxing vacation and an exciting adventure. While there, I'd definitely spend some time in Arashiyama Bamboo Forest as well as the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Gion. Then I'd enjoy a kaiseki dinner, a tea ceremony, a bowl of ramen, and a traditional Japanese breakfast (food would be the major theme of the trip). For hotels, I'd book a room at Hoshinoya, Hiiragiya, Amanemu, or Suiran."
THE DESTINATION: Canyon Point, Utah
"I grew up by the ocean, and as much as I love to be near water and can't imagine living full time away from it, there's something about desert landscapes that lures me in. Having an impeccably designed hotel room to retreat to in the wouldn't hurt either… As such, I have been dreaming of checking into the Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah. Designed to embody the natural beauty of the surrounding boulders and planes, it's the definition of luxe done right. Located in a cliff curve that overlooks expansive desert mountains awash in a rainbow of ochre, yellow, and pink. Though it would definitely be difficult to leave the property, I'd also want to enjoy all the adventures unique to the location, like hot-air ballooning, paleontology expeditions, kayaking, and hiking through the canyons. It'd be especially amazing to do a road trip throughout the state so I could stop in the Old West ghost towns."
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