Don’t miss in 2018: Festivals, food and furry friends

In Top Lists by The H4C Team

Get out that schedule planner, dig out that calendar – you’re not going to want to miss these seriously incredible experiences in 2018…

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Take it easy like the sloths at Nayara Springs

Hang with sloths at this new adults-only Costa Rica resort

If you’re a fan of the ridiculously cute creature that is the sloth, book a stay at Nayara Springsin Costa Rica. Tucked away in the lush jungles of Arenal Volcano National Park, the adults-only luxury resort has recently created a sloth sanctuary, planting 300 cecropia trees to accommodate the laid-back locals. They like it so much, their numbers have grown from two to 15. Take us there now! 

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Taste the best of Bali’s flavours at this exciting festival

Eat up in Ubud, Bali

In case you needed a reason to visit Bali’s scenic Ubud region, the Ubud Food Festival (13-15 August) will tempt you there. Showcasing Indonesia’s diverse cuisines and local produce, the festival will include cook-offs, culinary competitions, masterclasses and, of course, masses of stalls serving up tasty dishes. 

Make 2018 the year you finally go to Mardi Gras

Party at Mardi Gras the year New Orleans turns 300, USA

Already famous for its joyful spirit, New Orleans is set to become party central when it turns 300 in 2018. Mark the milestone by soaking up all the colour and excitement of Creole culture at The Big Easy’s most famous festival, Mardi Gras on 13 February. Expect parades of gigantic proportions, plenty of glittering sequins and mountains of delicious, doughy beignets. 

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Indulge your film fandom at Mountain Lake Lodge, aka the real Kellerman Resort

Have the time of your life at Mountain Lake Hotel, USA

Yes, it’s been 30 years since Dirty Dancing first rocked our worlds. To celebrate, head to the real Kellerman Resort, the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia for a Dirty Dancing-themed weekend of group dance lessons, watermelon tossing and film screenings. You can even rent the Housemans’ cabin for yourself. 

Be mystified by the lights at Nabo no Sato

See the light at Nabana no Sato, Japan

The flower park of Nabana no Sato is usually known for its beautiful blooms, but during winter (mid-November to early March) it’s transformed into an equally romantic sight, illuminated with spectacular light displays. The annual Winter Light Festival features millions of tiny LED lightbulbs in a rainbow of colours, and the extravagant displays vary from light-filled tunnels to grand scenes depicting icons like Mt Fuji. It’s a brilliant light show that’d give Las Vegas a run for its money.  

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