Stay: Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, Aman Tokyo
If you haven’t yet put this Rwandan city on your to-do list, add it now. You can enjoy endless culture experiences that will be the envy of all your friends. You can take a tour of the vibrant fabric markets then visit the fashion boutiques and artisan workshops in the city. Or take a look at the capital’s amazing art scene and visit galleries and studios featuring contemporary Africa artists. If you are feeling active you could hike up Mount Kigali. If you need an energy boost to keep you going you can always get a java jolt at a coffee master class.
Stay: The Retreat, Kigali Serena Hotel
Another city that ticks multiple boxes. Of course there is a great coffee scene, but there is so much more to explore. You have New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa (“Our Place”), which showcases its national treasures, including items from the 16th century. You also have the ground-breaking Zealandia eco sanctuary set around a picturesque reservoir that has helped reintroduce 18 native species back into the area. And then you have the Weta workshop, which brought Lord of the Rings to the big screen. Ask your Lightfoot Travel Designer to organise a sculpting workshop for you with the Weta team or if you want to perfect your Halloween makeup you could take a class with the makeup artists too.
Stay: Museum Art Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel Wellington
If you really want to make your Instagram pix pop, visit the coastal city of Cape Town. From its pastel-coloured houses to the famed Table Mountain, it has to be one of the most picturesque cities on Earth. Hungry? Join a food tour of the City Bowl (city centre) where you can enjoy some of the country’s award-winning dishes and vintages. Looking for a souvenir? Check out the antique “clusters” around Cape Town. Who needs a fridge magnet or tea towel when you can have an antique?
Stay: The Silo, One&Only Cape Town
Take in panoramic views of the city after enjoying a hike up to the Peak. Then top up the calories that you burnt off by visiting a dai pai dong (open air restaurant). There are only a few of these traditional eateries left in the city, but they give you the chance to sample some of Hong Kong’s famed noodles while doing some serious people watching. One you could try is Bing Kee in Tai Hang. You can burn off some calories by taking a tour of this hip little neighbourhood afterwards.
Stay: The Murray, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong