The Hot Springs Feel!
Move over, Blue Lagoon – Iceland‘s latest geothermal spa, Hvammsvik Hot Springs, is now open to visitors. It was launched in 2022 for locals; this breathtaking spa is a must-visit destination this year. The spa boasts eight new hot springs situated along a picturesque black-sand beach in the Hvalfjörður fjord, only a 45-minute drive from Reyjkavík. The pools provide an immersive natural experience and are sketched to work in harmony with the nearby Atlantic Ocean, which cools the geothermal water to the perfect soaking temperature. Moreover, there’s even an opportunity to swim with seals! So, what are you waiting for?
On a High-speed Train!
Mexico is a popular destination for travellers, but it can be a challenge to visit both the ancient ruins and the vibrant beach resorts in one trip due to the expense and logistics. Fortunately, that’s about to change with the launch of Mexico’s long-awaited scenic train, Tren Maya, in December of this year. Starting from Palenque, known for its ancient Mayan sites, the train will make stops in the Yucatán capital of Mérida, Chichén Itzá, and finally, Cancún. For breathtaking views of Mexico, choose to sit in the “Xiinbaal” carriage, which features massive panoramic windows.
A Pop Legend’s Home!
The widely anticipated and yet perpetually delayed La Maison Gainsbourg will eventually open at Number 5 bis Rue de Verneuil in Paris this year, we can (tentatively) inform you. The mansion in Paris where the celebrated French musician Serge Gainsbourg lived for his last 20 years is already an unofficial temple to his memory. Still, in 2024 it will open as a museum devoted to his life and work. You can peek into Serge’s spacious living room, which features a piano, an art deco bar, and a sizable collection of sculptures.
Crystal Cabin – Vibes and Views!
Ngong Ping 360 has been offering breathtaking views of Hong Kong‘s iconic skyline and harbour from a sky-high gondola for over a decade. Now, they have introduced a new experience: the Crystal+ cabin. This fully transparent carriage, which can accommodate up to ten people, takes you on a ride from Tung Chung to the summit of Ngong Ping, providing a thrilling view of the mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, Tung Chung Bay, and the South China Sea directly beneath your feet.
New Bird Park – Enormous!
Jurong Bird Park, a beloved attraction in Singapore for over half a century, has closed its doors. But don’t fret! A bigger and better park called Bird Paradise is set to open in spring 2024. This new 17-hectare park will feature eight massive aviaries with over 3,000 birds from 400 species, each representing different ecosystems from around the world. Stroll through the misty African rainforests or the tranquil Southeast Asian bamboo forests. And don’t miss the chance to dine with penguins in an underwater sustainable dining experience. This is all part of an upscale plan to integrate five zoological parks and an eco-resort at Mandai Wildlife Reserve, promising even more exciting things to come.
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The Largest Anime Store!
If you’re an anime and manga fan, get ready for the ultimate shopping experience at the new flagship store of Animate in Tokyo‘s Ikebukuro district (Japan). This massive ten-floor store will feature everything from shops to event spaces, character cafes, and even a theatre.
The Magic of Childhood!
If you’re a Londoner, you might have fond memories of the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, with its vast collection of toys and childhood memorabilia. After a long refurbishment costing £13 million, the museum is set to reopen with three new galleries, including a collaborative open studio to inspire young creatives. It’s sure to be a fantastic spot to visit this summer!
The Mushroom Kingdom is Here!
After more than five years of anticipation, Super Nintendo World is finally opening its doors on February 17 at Universal Studios Hollywood in the United States. Visitors can plunge themselves into the enchanting world of Mario by entering through the iconic green pipe, exploring Peach’s Castle, and experiencing the thrilling Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride, which incorporates augmented reality. The Toadstool Cafe, run by a charming, animated Chef Toad, and the 1-UP Factory, which offers an array of plush toys and memorabilia, add to the excitement of this Mario-themed land.
The Time in the Rime Out Market!
If you’re a foodie and a culture vulture, then you’ve probably heard of Time Out Market. They take the best of a city’s food and culture and bring it all together in one stylish location. Time Out Market has been successfully launched in Lisbon and across North America, and now they’re bringing their expertise to Africa with a brand-new location at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. Featuring 14 kitchens, 750 seats, and breathtaking views of Table Mountain, it’s sure to be a popular spot. And if you can’t make it to Cape Town, don’t worry – Time Out Market is also opening a new location in Porto, Portugal.
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