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The Dupe Destination Guide for Alternative Travel Gems


In the world of travel, the allure of renowned destinations is undeniable. Popular tourist destinations like Paris, London, and Prague conjure images of thrilling experiences. However, the quest for new landscapes and unique experiences encourages even the most seasoned travellers to explore beyond the well-trodden path. This is where "dupe destinations" come into play — offering you the essence of famous locales, often without the crowds and at a better value, all while staying in luxury and comfort.

Whether it's the historic charm of European cities or the tranquil beaches of tropical islands, we have curated a list of destinations that promise the same allure as their more famous counterparts. From the architectural splendour of Budapest mirroring Paris to the serene beaches of Koh Yao Yai as a stand-in for Fiji, each Anantara property offers a unique gateway to discovering less explored but equally enchanting destinations.

Join us as we explore these alternative gems, showcasing how each destination holds its own against the giants in the travel world, making every journey with Anantara not just a trip but an unforgettable exploration.

Dublin Instead of London

A Dublin city street with a small-sized crowd .

When it comes to vibrant city life, rich history, and cultural treasures, Dublin presents itself as an attractive alternative to London. This dynamic Irish capital offers visitors a unique blend of historical sites and a lively contemporary scene, making it perfect for travellers looking for a destination with both traditional and modern experiences.

Dublin, with its historic charm and flourishing arts scene, embodies a quieter, more relaxed version of London's bustling atmosphere. The city’s compact size allows for easy exploration, inviting visitors to wander through cobblestone streets, discover its famous literary haunts, and experience the warm hospitality Ireland is renowned for. Unlike the overwhelming sprawl of London, Dublin’s attractions like St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, and the storied Guinness Storehouse are all within a leisurely walking distance of each other.

Located in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, the Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel merges contemporary luxury with easy access to the city's top attractions. The hotel is a stone's throw from tech giants and trendy eateries in the area known as the "Silicon Docks". Guests can enjoy stunning city views from the rooftop bar, relax in the award-winning spa, and indulge in modern Irish cuisine at the hotel's acclaimed restaurant. This hotel offers a perfect blend of luxury and location, making your Dublin visit unforgettable.

Budapest Instead of Paris

A couple walking on the streets of Budapest.

Budapest, often hailed as the "Paris of the East", rivals its French counterpart with a unique blend of classical grandeur and contemporary cultural vibrancy. This Hungarian capital is a treasure trove of architectural marvels, from the Gothic spires of the Parliament building to the grandeur of the Chain Bridge, mirroring the historic charm you'd expect from Paris.

Beyond architecture, Budapest's café culture and burgeoning art scene offer a lively, bohemian counterpart to Paris's famed arrondissements. The city's world-renowned thermal baths, a tradition stemming from both Roman and Turkish influences, provide a unique wellness experience that Paris cannot match, making Budapest not just a mere alternative but a destination worth seeking out in its own right.

Stepping into the Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel is like entering a scene from Europe’s glamorous Belle Époque era. The hotel's opulent façade, complete with a clock tower and marble carvings, houses an interior adorned with grand columns, glittering chandeliers, and elaborate frescoes. Situated on the prestigious Erzsébet Körút, the hotel is perfectly placed to explore the historic and vibrant Pest side of the city. The Danube is just a stroll away, surrounded by the city’s dynamic cultural life. Relax in the legendary New York Café, a beacon of artistic life for over a century, known for its lavish décor and as a meeting place for poets and artists. The café serves sumptuous coffees gilded in 24-carat gold, alongside an array of fine pastries, offering a taste of old-world luxury amidst the buzz of modern Budapest.

Vienna Instead of Prague

A street view in Vienna.

Vienna and Prague often captivate those who cherish rich history and culture. However, Vienna offers an elegant alternative with its majestic streets and imperial landmarks, mirroring Prague’s romantic charm but steeped in a distinct Austro-Hungarian legacy. Famous for its classical music and prestigious opera houses, Vienna competes with Prague’s picturesque scenes by offering an equally profound cultural immersion. Here, every corner tells a story of former empires and artistic triumphs, making it a treasure trove for those fascinated by European history and arts.

Situated on the iconic Ringstrasse, the Anantara Palais Hansen Vienna Hotel captures the essence of Vienna’s imperial past and modern luxury. Designed by the famed Baron Theophil Edvard von Hansen, the hotel mirrors the architectural excellence that defines the city. Each element of the hotel, from its Neo-Renaissance exterior to its elegant interiors, reflects the opulence that Vienna is famous for. Explore nearby cultural landmarks, indulge in local culinary delights, or unwind in the luxurious spa. It's an ideal spot for those seeking a taste of Viennese luxury and comfort.

Ras Al Khaimah Instead of Marrakech

An aerial view of overwater villas at Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort.

While Marrakech is famed for its lively souks and illustrious past, Ras Al Khaimah offers a serene alternative with its unique blend of cultural authenticity and natural beauty. Unlike the bustling city life of Marrakech, Ras Al Khaimah provides a quieter, more nature-oriented experience. It boasts stunning landscapes, from the majestic Hajar Mountains to tranquil golden beaches, offering a perfect escape for those looking to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Choosing Ras Al Khaimah over Marrakech invites travellers to discover a different kind of retreat. Here, the focus is on serene landscapes and cultural authenticity without the overwhelming hustle of a busy city. It’s ideal for those seeking a mix of adventure and relaxation in a setting that offers both luxury and a deep respect for the environment.

Located on a private peninsula, the Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort offers a serene escape in an eco-sanctuary setting. Guests can choose from luxurious rooms, suites, and Ras Al Khaimah's first overwater villas, all built with eco-friendly principles to ensure minimal environmental impact. The resort offers a journey across the culinary world, from Asian delights to Mediterranean feasts, alongside enchanting sunset views accompanied by cocktails and shisha.

Salalah Instead of Tenerfie and Hurghada

An aerial view of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara.

Tenerife and Hurghada are beloved for their sun-soaked beaches and vibrant holiday atmospheres, but Salalah offers a compelling alternative with its unique climate and verdant landscapes. Known especially for the Khareef, or monsoon season, Salalah transforms into a refreshing oasis, providing a lush escape from the typical beach vacation.

Salalah invites you to experience a different kind of natural beauty — lush greenery during the Khareef contrasts sharply with the arid environments typical of most Middle Eastern destinations. This season offers a cooler, more lush retreat, ideal for those seeking tranquillity in a unique setting, combining luxury with exploration of less-trodden paths.

The Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is the first and only luxury pool villa resort in Salalah. Its design echoes Oman’s coastal fortresses, with majestic architecture and palm-laden garden walkways. Luxuriate in the infinity pool, lounge on white sands, or engage in exclusive spa rituals featuring the region's renowned frankincense. The proximity to archaeological treasures also makes it a culturally enriching stay.

Koh Yao Yai Instead of Fiji

An aerial view of Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas.

While Fiji is renowned for its pristine islands and exotic allure, Koh Yao Yai emerges as a captivating alternative, offering a blend of seclusion and adventure just a stone's throw from Phuket. Unlike Fiji, which requires extensive travel from most parts of the world, Koh Yao Yai is easily accessible, making it a practical yet equally stunning choice for travellers seeking peace and relaxation.

This is particularly true for those travelling from Europe or Asia. Its proximity to international hubs like Phuket enhances accessibility while maintaining the allure of an off-the-beaten-path destination. The island's diverse ecosystems and local experiences offer a refreshing contrast to the more commercialised island getaways, providing a rich blend of relaxation and adventure amidst breathtaking natural settings.

Set on the scenic shores of Phang Nga Bay, Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas serves as a luxurious gateway to an unspoiled paradise. A mere 35-minute boat ride from Phuket, this resort promises an escape to a world of serene landscapes and expansive serenity. Guests can indulge in a range of activities, from kayaking around the dramatic coastline to diving into the vibrant underwater world.

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