The Top 10 Destinations to Watch in 2013

By Kate Mulcrone

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Conde Nast Traveler has dreamed up a list of hotspots that should be on your radar this year. We've also included some stories to help you plan.

1. Brazil
Olympic fever is already beginning three years ahead of Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Games, and beaches in the southern part of the country have never been more inviting.

2. The Philippines
These islands are the drawing more and more divers every year, either to the archipelago of Palawan or tiny islands with private diving resorts.

3. Amsterdam
 
Amsterdam is celebrating a whole host of destinations, so expect fabulous gallery exhibitions in addition to the debut of the cleaned-up Red Light district.

4. Hvar
This Croation isle in the Adriatic is a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll: visitors can choose between balmy beaches or explore the pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields farther inland.

5. The Galapagos Islands
Travel to these remote Edens is about to get a whole lot fancier! Late this year Silverseas will roll out its Galapagos Explorer II, an all-suite vessel, for luxury cruises departing from Ecuador.

6. Kashmir
Recent political stability has made Kashmir a chic ski destination. The city of Sochi will host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

7. Mexico
The Riviera Maya will see some hip new hotels this year, among them the decidedly funky Papaya Playa, where groups can make use of a "pop-up ashram."


8. New Zealand
Hobbits are so 2012 -- this year, head to the South Island to see how Christchurch is reinventing itself with new bars, galleries, and restaurants.


9. Panama
At the end of last year the nation's Biomuseo opened -- an institution dedicated to showcasing biodiversity. The museum was designed by Frank Gehry and exhibitions will be jointly curated by the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama.


10. Oman
Oman is fast gaining the attention of luxury hotel developers. Resorts are opening along the coastlines, as well as in the mountains and desert. The Alia Jabal Akhander Hotel, which will open later this year, is perched 2,000 feet up on a mountainside.

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