With ever-changing geopolitical climates and awareness surrounding hidden gems throughout the world, the luxury travel scene changes every year. For those who like to plan an annual getaway, this creates an incredible opportunity to do something a little different.

2019 is expected to be a great year for luxury travelers around the globe. From exotic locales to urban delights, here are the top five luxury vacation destinations of 2019.

New York City, USA

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a luxury retreat necessitates white sand beaches and panoramic vistas. According to the experts at luxuryretreats.com, more and more consumers are choosing to spend their luxury vacation taking in the finer things offered by an urban setting.

Naturally, New York City is one of the top choices for luxury urban travel. With incredible architecture, the world’s best chefs, and some of the most exclusive parties in the world, the city that never sleeps is a top destination for 2019 luxury travelers. Rooftop dining and drinks at the Grand Central Oyster bar and shopping on Fifth are just a few activities that capture the essence of the Big Apple.

The Maldives

The Maldives has long been the proverbial poster child for luxury vacations and remains on the list for 2019. It’s expected that with the changing world, The Maldives are unlikely to exist in a few decades, making them even more desirable as time goes on.

Mirihi Island remains one of the most popular destinations in The Maldives, offering a balance between rustic and elegant, with private accommodations on the shores of the scenic Indian Ocean. Calm, clear waters and exclusivity make The Maldives a top contender once again in 2019.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Over the past decade, Iceland has invested heavily in its tourism industry, earning it a spot on the map. This isolated country offers something for everyone, from budget travelers interested in camping under the stars to luxury tourists looking to be catered to.

Float around the rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon and experiencing fine dining at Lava Restaurant when you’re done. Stay at one of the many luxury hotels and tour around the Golden Circle or rent a private cottage on a glacial lake and watch the northern lights from your private hot tub.

Colorado, USA

Unlike the other US hotspots on this list, Colorado offers an unforgettable experience for those who prefer a more rural setting. Lose yourself in the mountain setting of Telluride, in a luxury chalet overlooking the town. Spend your days on the slopes and your evenings sipping champagne in a hot tub or curled in front of a rustic fireplace.

Set yourself apart even more by staying in a luxury cabin in Breckenridge with a private chef, surrounded by trees and your closest friends for a memorable shared experience away from it all.

Tanzania, Africa

For those who have long dreamed of doing an African safari but rebel against the idea of hard travel in an often tumultuous country, Tanzania offers the best of both worlds. Offering the perfect balance between high-end accommodations and natural settings, Tanzania offers cultural delights, local flavors in a gourmet delivery, and luxury rentals and resorts overlooking the incredible landscape.

Tanzania is the perfect location for those who wish to fill their days with action and adventure before retreating to their own private oasis to while away the evenings. Volunteer at one of the many wildlife conservations to give back and work with elephants, dolphins, and more amazing animals.

Honorable Mentions

There are endless options when considering a luxury vacation in 2019. Honorable mentions for 2019 include Turks and Caicos, Maui, and Bali. Whether you choose to explore the Rainforest, watch the city streets from a penthouse suite, or relax on a white sand beach, there are endless ways to see the world while reveling in luxurious surroundings. The hardest part is choosing where to go first.