However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please, with architectural acrobatics, spectacular renovations and innovative technologies colluding to produce some fantastic new accommodation offerings.
More Australians than ever are passing through Dubai's rapidly growing airport.
They've journeyed to all corners of the globe (and back again) this year to hunt out travel's treasures. Now, with 2014 near its end, it's time for Traveller's writers to name their favourite hotels, bars, gadgets, museums, metros and more in this, our first-ever Best Finds special.
Ute Junker looks back on the hottest destinations of 2014 and explains why they are the sizzling places to be.
Ute Junker discovers that bigger really is better in Dubai.
Take the Garden Route which runs along the coast from Plettenberg west as far as George.
Never mind climate change, appalling customer service will kill off the Australian ski industry.
Dubai's second airport and the world's biggest, is expected to handle more than 200 million passengers per year
Dubai is fast changing its economic focus away from oil to tourism while positioning itself as one of the world's major air travel hubs. Incredible architecture (including the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa) and amazing experiences await. For those seeking something beyond the glitz and glamour of the modern city, there's also the traditional souks and outdoor adventures of the surrounding desert.