We just got back from a trip to Baku & I am seriously thinking why is Baku not on many bucket lists. Its a delightful place & ever since obtaining visa has been made simpler for quite a few nations, I think tourism is definitely on a rising trend. There's something for all ages there - even my 8 year old daughter had a great time. We were there for only 4 days so we decided to concentrate mostly on Baku & surrounding areas. Here are my recommendations:
1. Places to visit - Old Town, Sirvanshah Palace, Heydar Alive Centre (architect - Zaha Hadid), Carpet museum, the Bulvar, Qobustan Rock Art, Mud volcanoes, Oil fields ( as made famous by 007 'Th eWorld is not enough")
2. We stayed at the JW Marriott, Baku. Would definitely recommend it as its a great hotel, has some good restaurants & has a fabulous spa
3. And lastly if you need a car to take you around the places outside of Baku - would recommend a gentleman called Kanan ( WhatsApp +994 50 231 12 42) - very helpful and professional, knows his way around Baku & has some fabulous anecdotes & stories to tell. He made several helpful suggestions to fine tune our itinerary & his local knowledge was very helpful.
We had a great trip to Baku & would definitely recommend a trip there. Will not be surprised if it becomes a trending destination in the coming years