Cartagena's colonial old town is a maze of colourful alleys and bougainvillea-draped balconies. Tonight, the New Year will be welcomed by locals with La Maleta, a dash around the block with an empty suitcase – believed to bring travel into the coming year. Start 2017 with a booking to bring travel into yours.
It might be close to Weligama, a Sri Lankan surf and snorkeling mecca, but Eraeliya Villas specialises in a slower pace of life. Between its garden spa, infinity pool and coral-fringed slice of Indian Ocean, there are plenty of spots for doing nothing but taking it all in.
The Leela Goa, the ultimate de-stress destination. Pick a chill spot – in lush gardens, on golden sand or beside the lagoon. Slot in a yoga class, an Ayurvedic spa treatment and finish at the poolside bar. We’ve had worse days.
The Malostranská apartments each have their own personality, from the traditional four-poster beds of one, to the sleek modernity of another. They offer epic views of Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and St Nicholas Church.