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Top Vacation Destinations for Global Architecture

The first few snowflakes have made their appearance and local ski hills are gearing up! Architecturally Distinct Solutions knows that Canadian winters provide many exciting travel opportunities. Global architecture is ripe with opportune low season rates for certain areas. From Bali to Bhutan, hidden island gems or the perfect family getaway, there is always something amazing to discover. Here are some of our favourite global architecture travel destinations to consider on your next big getaway:

  • Dubai
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Shanghai
  • Paris
  • Belize


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has surpassed many architects’ wildest imaginations. One of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, the Burj Khalifa is a majestic 2723 feet tall. The World is a popular man-made archipelago of private islands for sale, created to resemble the globe. Of course, no stay in Dubai would be complete without at least one night in the epic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel.


Valletta, Malta

Elegant beyond words, Valletta has been recognized as the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Rich with the history of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, take in the 16th century architecture from your cruise ship or arrive by plane. Feasts and festivals are celebrated continuously throughout the year to celebrate ancient ceremonies with food and local wine. You’ll love being in the middle of the Mediterranean on this friendly island.  You are only a hop, skip and jump away from Sicily, so plan to spend some time visiting Taormina, Sicily a delightful hilltops city that has become the hallmark of Sicilian vacation spots.


Modern architecture mixes with traditional elements to create the unique city of Shanghai. Architect Arata Isozaki’s Himalayas Centre, the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai Grand Theatre are among some of the eye-catching favourites. Consider staying at the recently opened Bellagio Shanghai, a member o the Leading Hotels of the World. Be sure to visit the Power Station of Art, a museum dedicated to contemporary art.



Take in a variety of gorgeous cafés overlooking some of the most sought Gothic French Architecture. From the bewitchingly beautiful gargoyles on the Cathedral Notre Dame, to the endless roundabout celebrating the war dead at the Arc de Triomphe, there are so many intricate sights to take in when visiting Paris. Shop until you drop if you like, or simply spend the days walking through this bustling city, breathing in the defining design.


Tucked oceanside and sharing a border with Guatemala and Mexico, Belize offers the lush jungle escape to the tropics your adventurous soul craves! Traverse through Mayan ruins and discover some exhilarating ancient architecture like never before. This is a great destination for active travelers who love to hike. Consider staying in an eco-tourism option if you prefer an alternative to the giant resorts. In Belize, you will be able to relax and enjoy white sand beaches and the world’s second largest barrier reef!

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We invite you to meet with us and discuss your latest architectural dreams. Residential, commercial and industrial spaces function happier and healthier with key design components taken into consideration. We’d love to help you create the reality that’s been keeping you up at night. Architecturally Distinct Solutions in Kelowna can’t wait to hear what you have in mind.