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6 Dream Travel Destinations For 2024, Chosen By The PORTER Editors

Dubai’s Magic Camps offers a glamping experience with a difference in the heart of the Arabian Desert

From first-time trips to long-time loves and bucket-list destinations, these are the vacations the PORTER team are dreaming of for the year ahead…

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SHARJAH DESERT, DUBAI Charlie Boyd, jewelry editor

“With every destination we travel to with our small boys, I always try to sprinkle a little magic. This is where Magic Camps Dubai excels – it’s a luxurious private camp in the untrodden dunes of the Sharjah desert. Whether sandboarding, quad biking or riding camels at dawn, this is an experience they would never forget. With no access to mains electricity, the camp mainly uses solar energy and candles for lighting, enabling the kids to stargaze instead of having screen time. Those accustomed to life’s finer things need not fear, either: a private chef, opulent Berber-style tents and sundowner cocktails are all on hand, too.”

Six Senses Kyoto (which opens in 2024) will be an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the Japanese city

JAPAN Katie Berrington, senior editor

“Japan has been on my bucket list for a long time – it’s one of those places you always hear people returning from utterly enraptured and already desperate to go back. Now on the cards for the near future, I’ve started considering my dream itinerary. I want to immerse myself in the country’s majestic natural beauty (spring or fall being the ideal times to enjoy the iconic shades of foliage when they’re most vibrant), as well as the vivid culture. I want to experience the world-renowned culinary scene of Tokyo and stay at the serene, cloud-skimming Aman Tokyo – and swim in its 33rd-floor panoramic pool while marveling at the breathtaking views. Next, I’d like to soak up the history of Kyoto (via bullet train, of course), where Six Senses is opening a spectacular urban sanctuary in 2024. Hakone, Hiroshima and Naoshima are all on the list, too, staying at traditional Japanese ryokans and experiencing the hospitality that Japan is so famed for along the way.”

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world

SAN FRANCISCO Malena Harbers, beauty editor

“When it comes to planning vacations, I’m often torn between a city break and a more rural, nature-filled adventure, but San Francisco ticks both boxes. If it’s art galleries, boutiques and cafés you’re after, head to the city’s historic Jackson Square, which is filled with elegant brick buildings and a timeless ambience. Equally, I could spend a whole day in the Museum of Modern Art – the gift shop’s exquisite edit is nearly as inspiring as the exhibits themselves. A ride in the tram to take you past Lombard Street, famed for its labyrinth of hairpin turns, is a must, as is a trek across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Tired of the city’s bustle? Refreshing hikes through nature (some of the oldest and tallest trees on earth, the California redwoods are a sight to marvel) and walks along the coastal beaches not only offer some calming respite, but are a great way to walk off the indulgences of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants, too.”

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum is a Marrakech must-visit
Marrakech’s vibrant souks are a veritable kaleidoscope of color

MARRAKECH Chloe Street, head of fashion content

“I visited Marrakech for the first time a couple of years ago for a friend’s wedding, and I was blown away by its vibrancy and contrasts; the bustling souks and serene, sun-soaked gardens. I’ve been hoping to book a trip back ever since, ideally for a week. I’d kick off with a night or two staying in the heart of the Medina in one of its super-chic riad hotels, such as Jasper Conran’s L’Hôtel Marrakech, the tiny, five-room P’tit Habibi, or the ultra-Instagrammable El Fenn – from which I would explore the souks, check out the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, and have drinks on the Nobu Hotel rooftop. I’d then move out to the leafy suburbs for a few nights at one of the mega-luxe resort hotels located among gardens and golf courses. The Mandarin Oriental, with its luscious gardens filled with 100,000 roses, villa-only accommodation (each with its own private pool) and sparkly new spa, looks very appealing.”

The Peligoni Club is a barefoot luxury beach club that provides laid-back vibes, delicious food and serene settings

ZAKYNTHOS & PATMOS, GREECE Alice Casely-Hayford, content director

“I visited Greece for the first time a few years ago for my best friend’s wedding. We island-hopped between Mykonos and Andros, and I was completely enchanted by the food, the vistas, the atmosphere and the people. Last summer, we returned to Greece but headed to Zakynthos. This vacation was slightly different to the trips my husband and I used to take; now that we have a two-year-old son, the constant quest is to find a location that is family-friendly yet doesn’t compromise on style, relaxation and good food. For that reason, we chose The Peligoni Club, which was highly recommended by friends looking for fun for parents and kids in equal measure. A beautiful boutique hotel with plenty of activities for everyone, The Peligoni Club provided the most glorious stay, and we have already booked to go back next year – we'll be making a pit stop to Patmos for a friend’s wedding and cannot wait to discover more of Greece’s island magic.”

SRI LANKA Victoria Newton-Syms, content manager

“Sri Lanka is the next destination I want to tick off my bucket list, and I’m hoping to finally make that dream a reality in 2024. It has everything I’m looking for in a vacation – from the incredible beaches of the south coast and historic sites of the Cultural Triangle, to amazing wildlife (Sri Lanka is the best place for big-game safaris outside Africa) and delicious food. Wild Coast Tented Lodge and Uga Chena Huts look like the perfect mix of luxury and romance off the beaten track – my idea of heaven. After a jam-packed itinerary of excursions, a few days of total relaxation at a beach resort such as Cape Weligama or Amanwella would be paradise.”

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge, situated in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, offers the perfect mix of luxury, nature and serenity off the beaten track