Destination hotspots

From ‘the last Shangri-La’ to the European Capital of Culture 2013, here are some recommendations on where to jet set to this year

Visit: Lima, Peru
About: This city’s historic centre is bedecked with magnificent churches and convents, yet still boasts modern facilities for any luxury trip. Well-known chefs like Gastón Acuriois have revolutionised Peruvian food by combining homegrown products with modern cooking techniques, making Lima one of the most exciting gourmet capitals in the world.

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Visit: Thimphu, Bhutan
About: This mountainous kingdom in the Himalayas is home to a population of a mere 750,000. With its unspoilt forests, magnificent monasteries and friendly locals, the raw beauty of Bhutan makes it easy to see why many have christened it ‘The last Shangri-La’.

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Excerpt from the February 2013 issue of epicure.