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FAR EAST


WE’VE BEEN CREATING AMAZING TRAVEL EXPERIENCES FOR OVER 20 YEARS And when we say creating, we don’t mean simply booking a few hotels and flights, or cobbling together a package deal. We mean genuinely creating unique trips that match every individual wish or whim of our clients to give them memories that last a lifetime. We don’t rest at finding them the perfect beachside hotel or the most authentic cowboy experience, or the liveliest nightspots. We want everything to be exactly right. We’ve been able to do that for so long thanks to our team of destination experts. Actually, ‘experts’ is too vague a term for people who live and breathe these incredible destinations. These people have spent years falling in love with travel before turning their passion into their profession. Which means your travel experience will be put together by someone who knows every nook, every cranny and every five star restaurant, remote beachside shack or temple tour that will make your trip something special. We’ve scoured the world for interesting angles on some of the most dramatic, beautiful and exotic places you’re ever likely to visit. From the wild horses of the mid West to a tall ship sailing voyage around the Far East, from the graceful tigers of India to a beautiful sunset in the Caribbean, our travel experiences have it all. Whether you want to shop till you drop or relax as you’ve never relaxed before W&O travel experts know the best possible way to indulge you, your family, or your friends. In short, we guarantee you a W&Onderful experience.


CONTENTS Far East

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Thailand

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Bangkok

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Ayutthaya, Khao Yai National Park & Kanchanaburi

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Chiang Mai

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Chiang Rai

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Khao Sok

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Khao Lak

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Phuket

28

Krabi & Koh Lanta

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Koh Samui & Koh Phangan

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Hua Hin

44

Hidden Thailand

46

Bali Ubud

55

Lombok & Gili Islands

62

Southern Bali Beaches

68

Hong Kong & Singapore

80

Malaysia

84

Kuala Lumpur

87

Langkawi

92

Penang

96

Borneo Vietnam

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Northern Vietnam

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Central Vietnam

116

Southern Vietnam

124

Cambodia & Laos

130

Myanmar

142

Booking Conditions

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WHAT’S YOUR KIND OF W&ONDERFUL? If the Far East is what you’ve set your heart on, then you’ve already chosen somewhere pretty amazing. But at Western and Oriental we want to improve on amazing by making sure your experience is unique to you. We’ll help you create a holiday that is your kind of W&Onderful. We’ll find you an exotic beach retreat that suits you down to the ground. Or arrange a spiritual pilgrimage through ancient Siam that’s truly out of this world. Or direct you to a National Park where you’ll discover the secret heart of this beautiful region. Whatever it takes to make your trip special is what we’re here for. A MADE TO MEASURE EXPERIENCE

EXPERTS WHO LOVE THE FAR EAST

The Far East has so much to offer it can

Everything we suggest or recommend

be hard to know where to start, or stop.

is based on the real experiences of

So when you talk to our experts you’ll

our Far East experts. Our team have

find they’re full of ideas that help you

visited every hotel, bar, restaurant and

create an experience that indulges every

UNESCO world heritage site. They’ve

ambition or desire.

travelled to every island, through jungles, up mountains and up rivers to find

We don’t believe you should be limited

you highlights above and beyond the

by rigid itineraries or schedules. You

ordinary.

tell us what you want and we’ll tell you when, where and how to make that a

What our experts bring to each

reality, whether that’s a safari through

destination apart from a fountain of

the dense forests of Borneo, or a

knowledge is a passion for the Far

sensual journey past the street vendors in

East. They love this extraordinary region

Bangkok.

of colour and want you to share the pleasure they’ve found here. We don’t

If there’s something particular you

think you’ll find that too hard to do!

want to see or do, such as see more wildlife, explore more islands, or visit

REASSURINGLY SECURE

more restaurants, we can arrange pretty

We want you to enjoy every aspect of

much anything. If you want to mix and

your holiday, even before you go. As

match experiences, cities or even other

members of ABTA and ATOL, you have

countries, then we can do that too.

the reassurance that your holiday is financially protected.

THE ONLY LIMIT IS YOUR IMAGINATION.

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FAR EAST TAKE IN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF HONG KONG, EXPLORE THE STUPPAS OF MYANMAR OR HEAD TO THE JUNGLED RUINS OF CAMBODIA’S ANGKOR WAT. WHATEVER KIND OF ADVENTURE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO FIND IT IN THE FAR EAST. Whether you’re looking for relaxation on far-flung Balinese beaches, or to get up close to some of Borneo’s iconic wildlife, this incredible part of the world is as diverse as it is beautiful. Dive into the bustling night markets, discover ancient Buddhist temples and feast on vibrant regional street foods. Experience the magic and fall for the allure of the Far East.

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FOOD

NATURE

One of the most exciting elements of

Orangutans, elephants, Komodo

the Far East is undoubtedly the food.

dragons, there’s an abundance of

Rice and noodles form the base staples

endemic wildlife throughout the Far East.

of cuisine in these countries with the

There are many opportunities for walking

addition of meat, fish and vegetables.

and hiking throughout national parks and

The fragrant aromas of fish sauce, lime,

the stunning rural landscapes the Far East

lemongrass and coconut all meld together

is renowned for. One of our most popular

to make the flavours of south east Asian

treks is climbing a Balinese volcano to

food. Explore the variety of restaurants

watch the sun rise over Mount Batur. In

and street vendors, or take a cookery

the waters that surround Thailand and

class and learn how to make these

Bali, you’ll find some of the best diving

vibrant dishes yourself.

and snorkelling sites in the world.

CULTURE

SHOPPING

With the dominant religion across the Far

The cosmopolitan cities of Singapore and

East being Buddhism, many of the most

Kuala Lumpur offer exceptional shopping

popular sites are temples. From Angkor

and are home to vast, air-conditioned

Wat in Cambodia, through to the stuppas

malls that provide a perfect place to

scattered across Bagan in Myanmar, you

escape from the humid afternoons.

see a variety. You’ll find stunning French

Defined by modernity and innovation,

architecture throughout Laos, Vietnam and

Hong Kong is a great place to purchase

Cambodia along with reminders of the

electronics and the busy markets of

countries’ troubled pasts. Come to the Far

Kowloon are not to be missed. Pick up

East to experience some of the festivals

souvenirs and handicrafts in the colourful

such as Songkran in Thailand, or the Hoi

markets of the Far East, feasting on tasty,

An Full Moon Festival in Vietnam.

local street food along the way.


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THAILAND

KNOWN AS ‘THE LAND OF SMILES’, THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND HAS A LEGENDARY LANDSCAPE OF WILD JUNGLES, TEMPLE-STREWN CITIES AND IDYLLIC WHITE-SAND BEACHES. ADD TO THAT THE WORLD-FAMOUS THAI HOSPITALITY AND IT’S NO WONDER THE COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE MOST VISITED IN SOUTH EAST ASIA.


THAILAND Discover the golden temples of ancient Siam, experience the bustle of Bangkok, or relax on beaches dotted between dramatic mountains around the gulf. We love taking people through this beautiful country. We can put together bespoke tours and itineraries to make sure you get the most from your trip to one of South East Asia’s most diverse countries. SPIRITUALITY AND HISTORY COME TOGETHER Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, making it a very spiritual place. You can smell the sweet incense burning day and night as locals pray at the shrines spread throughout the country’s landscape. The best places to experience the sheer opulence of Bangkok, are the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Outside the city, the temple ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital, are fascinating reminders of Thailand’s varied past. VIBRANT CITY LIFE AND STUNNING WILDLIFE Drift through the colourful and energetic markets of Bangkok and sample street food from the eclectic vendors of the city. From traditional festivals to modern bars, life is colourful and fast paced in this exciting metropolis. When you’re done with city life, head to exotic forests and beaches. Introduce yourself to the elephants at Koh Sok National Park or climb up the limestone cliffs in Krabi for breathtaking views across the south coastline. A BEAUTIFUL OCEAN RETREAT Those who return from Thailand are forever spoiled by the intense beauty of the beaches. Nothing can compare with her turquoise ocean and virgin white sands. The lively beaches in Phuket and Koh Samui promise excitement and fine dining, where visitors can enjoy fresh local food and gaze across the sparkling seas of the Andaman. For a more secluded beach experience, head to the peaceful shores around Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Koh Samet and Koh Yao.

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THAILAND WHEN TO VISIT The climate differs from the west to the east. The Monsoon hits the west coast first from May to October. Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak get the worst of the rainfall, so if you want to visit the west coast, it’s best to visit during the dry season, running from November to April. The east coast is more sheltered from the heaviest rainfall and is best visited between February and September. JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS DURING THE FESTIVALS Celebrate with the locals during Songkran: the Thai New Year. The festivities take place in April, so you can enjoy clear skies during the dry season.

OUR TOP THAILAND EXPERIENCES 1. Ride a tuk-tuk, these three-wheeled vehicles are a speedy alternative way to travel. 2. Whether on the beach or at a five-star spa, you can be pampered with a Thai massage. They’re legendary (and are apparently 2,500 years old). Don’t miss out. 3. Tend to elephants at the Elephant Hills National Park in Khao Sok. These graceful animals are revered throughout Thailand and a visit to this sanctuary should not be missed. 4. Learn Muay Thai (kick boxing) in an authentic Thai gym. 5. Taste the diversity of Thai cuisine in Chiang Mai, then learn how to cook some of these amazing dishes at a local cookery school.

EXPERIENCE THAILAND THE W&ONDERFUL WAY Mix and match the exciting locations of Thailand with a multi-centre holiday. Combine the culture of Bangkok with the serene beauty of the southern beaches. Or take your family out for a wildlife adventure in Northern Thailand or the National Parks. En-route to Thailand, it’s easy to make a stop in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore or Hong Kong. Exciting cities for serious shopping and sightseeing. Alternatively, you could head deeper into the Far East and travel to Cambodia or Vietnam for some culture and temples.

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BANGKOK A city of contrasts, Bangkok is where temples mingle with buzzing bars, traditional markets and the bright lights of city shopping malls. Whether you flit through the streets by tuk-tuk, or cruise around them in a flash Mercedes, you’ll experience old and new in every corner of this vibrant capital. ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO (OR BUY) Bangkok is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, which means ‘city of angels’. It’s true enough, as you won’t meet nicer people anywhere. Hop aboard a boat and float through the markets to pick up weird and wonderful souvenirs. You’ll be mesmerised by the smells and tastes of Bangkok’s street food, arguably the finest in the world. DISCOVER STUNNING TEMPLES AND GOLDEN MANSIONS Temples in Bangkok go beyond opulence with their gold leaf spires and intricate decorations. We will take you through some of the most beautiful man-made structures on the planet on our Temple Tour. You’ll visit the Grand Palace where the Temple of the Emerald Buddha lies, the most sacred temple in Thailand. At Wat Po, you can marvel at the world’s largest reclining Buddha, or gaze at the huge Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), that stands on the Chao Phraya river.

OUR TOP BANGKOK EXPERIENCES 1. Take a dinner cruise aboard a rice barge on the “River of Kings” Chao Phraya River. 2. Sip a cocktail at Vertigo, a bar that sits on the roof of Banyan Tree, Bangkok. 3. Take in Bangkok’s transport system, whether it’s floating down a river on a long-tail boat or hovering above ground on the Skytrain. 4. Visit Jim Thompson’s House, a marvel of traditional Thai architecture and home to the founder of the modern Thai silk industry. 5. Visit Tha Kha Floating Market – local floating shops and restaurants just outside of Bangkok.

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ANANTARA RIVERSIDE BANGKOK RESORT This luxury resort and stunning retreat is located right in the heart of the sprawling and exciting city of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Boasting swaying palm trees, lantern-lit pathways, and manicured gardens and suites in secluded hideaways, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a super choice when in Bangkok. Each day the hotel organises a range of activities outside the complex This resort sits only 10 minutes from the city centre and right opposite

including a trip to The Grand Palace, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), The

Asiatique, the largest night market and entertainment area. Bangkok’s

Jim Thompson House, Chatuchak market and many other excursions that

other attractions can easily be reached by the hotel’s complimentary boat

allow guests to explore the exciting city of Bangkok.

service, by cab or skytrain ride. Each of the rooms embodies a traditional

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Asian feel and offers stunning views of the river or cityscape. The rest of the complex offers a plethora of activities from taking a dip in the tropical

Anantara Cruises: Step aboard a 100-year-old rice barge to journey

swimming pool and Jacuzzi to enjoying an indulgent treatment in the spa.

back to a time when the majestic Chao Phraya River was the heart of

For the little ones a dedicated Kids Club is also available. Each room

Thai life.

comes with its very own “Handy” phone offering complimentary calls to the UK and city-wide Wi-Fi connectivity.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Asiatique, Asia’s largest night market for shopping and nightlife is

The dining scene is vast and there are 10 options to choose from ranging

located just moments from the hotel by complimentary shuttle boat

from Thai and Japanese, to European and Polynesian. Whatever your

and is well worth an evening out. The riverside market has more than

taste there is an outlet to suit.

1,500 boutiques and restaurants.

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ANANTARA SATHORN BANGKOK Set in the midst of the busy city of Bangkok, the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok is ideal for those who love to shop and provides easy access to the city’s most popular attractions. Boasting a number of different room categories each offering stunning cityscape views, the accommodation is contemporary utilising clean lines, minimalist furniture,

courts with a fully-qualified instructor, and

A real magnet for this hotel is the Anantara

and neutral hues accented with pastel shades in its soft

making the most of the glorious weather in

Spa. With its vast therapy menu, guests

furnishings. Guests will enjoy the balcony and floor-to-

the infinity pool, which stretches between

can indulge in some traditional Thai rituals

ceiling windows that each room and suite offers, while the

the two towers of the hotel. The sun deck

following a hard day exploring or working.

mod cons including Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning

and poolside bar are firm favourites too.

will provide a home-away-from-home feeling.

For something a little more educational,

There are a number of restaurants to

head to the Spice Spoons, Anantara’s

choose from that serve regional delights

Although there is plenty to do outside the hotel, inside,

cooking school, for a guided tour of the

and western classics. Experience ZOOM

guests can make use of the plethora of activities on offer.

local markets and the chance to learn how

Sky Bar and Restaurant, the chic rooftop

Our favourites include perfecting your game on the tennis

to make some Thai delights.

bar with 360-degree views of the city.

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BANYAN TREE BANGKOK

Take to the waters of the Chao Phraya River on board Banyan Tree’s own boat. Bringing restaurant Saffron’s award-winning cuisine to the water – this is the ideal romantic night out.

Soaring in the heights of one Asia’s busiest cities, Banyan Tree Bangkok is an oasis of sophistication and tranquillity – offering excellent viewpoints, an award-

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winning spa and truly delectable dining. Set right in the heart of the city on South Sathon Road, this hotel offers 327 rooms each boasting mesmerising cityscape views. Designed for both business travellers and tourists alike, a stay here means you are never too far from the city’s main attractions. Each room conforms to

in the city; Vertigo restaurant offers rooftop dining at

an earthy colour palette utlising deep reds, browns, golds

its finest – being alfresco and affording 360-degree

and beige. The large floor-to-ceiling windows allow its

views across Bangkok. It serves seafood and premium

guests to witness the ever-moving city – day or night.

steaks. The other restaurants in the hotel, may not have the pull of being on top of the city but they shouldn’t

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The hotel’s attractions are its main pull though. The rooftop

be overlooked. Choose from award-winning Bai Yun

bar and restaurant is often credited as one of the best

serving Cantonese, or the signature restaurant, Saffron.

Located just an hour’s drive from Bangkok, the Floating Market is an ideal place to get a taste of authentic Thailand. Witness the daily routine of everyday life as vendors and locals barter for deals.


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REMBRANDT HOTEL BANGKOK

DON’T MISS A traditional Thai massage at Sanctuary Wellness and Spa. Treat yourself to as many as you like and as often as possible whilst in Thailand.

Offering a touch of European elegance with an unrivalled location in the heart of the Thai capital,

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Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok is a modern escape from the bustle of busy Bangkok life.

The hotel runs a free tuk-tuk service that takes guests to the famous Sukhumvit Road – Bangkok’s most fashionable road for shopping, bars, restaurants and clubs.

The contemporary hotel is close to Bangkok’s major shopping areas, parks and city landmarks. The guest rooms are modern and fashionable, with clean lines and touches of orange throughout. Ranging from the spacious Superior Rooms on the hotel’s lower floors, to Family Rooms with bunk beds and the luxurious Rembrandt Suite with a separate kitchen and dining area, there’s a room to suit your every need. The hotel has four restaurants and a range of cuisines on

traditional Thai at Flavours. A cooling dip in the large

offer, from spicy Mexican at Mexicano, to award-winning

rooftop swimming pool is complemented by cocktails

Indian at Rang Mahal, modern Italian at Da Vinci and

and light snacks at Pool Bar.

SALA RATTANAKOSIN Set alongside the Chao Phraya River with views of the spectacular Wat Arun (temple of the dawn), Sala Rattanakosin provides chic boutique accommodation in the heart of bustling Bangkok. Located on the urban island of Rattanakosin, a former walled town once bordered by the famous river and a moat, Sala Rattanakosin is a memorable lodging

Also overlooking the river, the award-

cocktail in the open-air bar. Yet again, the

experience in this popular city. Consisting of just 15

winning Eatery and Bar is headed up

views of the river take pride of place.

spacious rooms, most with unsurpassed views of the

by an English chef who fuses fresh,

river and the striking visage of Wat Arun, the hotel

local flavours with contemporary

offers style and luxury within easy distance of many

cooking techniques to create some of

Nearby, the sumptuous Aksra Theatre

of Bangkok’s most popular attractions. For a complete

the finest food in the city.

is known for its traditional and

luxury experience, we recommend staying in an Arun River View Suite which is open plan with a king-size

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contemporary cultural shows including

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orchestral showcases, classical dance

bed, a state-of-the-art entertainment system and first-class

Head up to The Roof at Sala Rattanakosin,

and a permanent troupe of traditional

views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

for a light snack, a glass of wine or a

puppeteers.

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AYUTTHAYA, KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK & KANCHANABURI KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK Three hours north of Bangkok, Khoa Yai is Thailand’s oldest and most visited National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the largest remaining monsoon forests in Asia. Come here to explore the diverse wildlife that live in this expansive nature reserve. Khao Yai is home to over 200 wild elephants as well as bears and macaques. You’ll see one of the largest populations of hornbills in Thailand and witness this tropical rainforest in all its natural splendour. Stay at Kirimaya Golf Resort overnight to make the most of your visit to Khao Yai. KANCHANABURI Best known for its World War II heritage, Kanchanaburi is the famous site from ‘Bridge over the River Kwai.’ Located less than two hours from Bangkok, this iconic destination is also home to the War Cemetery of Allied Prisoners who lost their lives constructing the “Death Railway”. Aside from Kanchanaburi’s troubled past, it is an area surrounded by beautiful landscapes of limestone hills, caves and rivers. Come here for rafting trips, river cruises on bamboo rafts and the stunning waterfalls in local National Parks.

AYUTTHAYA One of the most impressive ruined cities in Asia and once capital of Thailand from the fourteenth century. The surviving ruins are a testament to the former glory of this magnificent city. The most impressive temple of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is Wat Phra Si Sanphet, with its three large Chedis and numerous smaller wats. Hire a bike and visit the lesser-known Wat Lokkayasutharam, home to the largest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya. You can visit on a day trip from Bangkok, but we recommend staying overnight at Sala Ayutthaya so you can visit the temples on the outskirts of town and enjoy the city’s local charm. 16


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SALA AYUTTHAYA Boasting just 26 guest rooms including a two-level riverfront duplex and a one bedroom pool suite, this boutique hotel has been wowing guests since opening in 2014. The cool, exposed brick outside walls and courtyard, border the clean whitewashed rooms, and the minimalistic style leaves the views across the river to take centre stage. The hotel has been designed to reflect local history, culture and architecture, and the works of local artists are featured in the on-site art gallery. The signature riverside restaurant is a romantic offering drawing both locals and tourists alike. Serving traditional Thai favourites along with international cuisine, the idyllic setting can be enjoyed on the terrace or in the cool air conditioned interior. The bar is also the perfect place for a sundowner pre-dinner, or before you head out on the town. The hotel is surrounded by a number of temples in the heart of Ayutthaya, along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, leaving guests with a wondrous chance to explore ancient Thailand.

‘THE MINIMALISTIC STYLE LEAVES THE VIEWS ACROSS THE RIVER TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE’

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CHIANG MAI Away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, lies the “Rose of the North”, as Chiang Mai is popularly known. With fertile valleys, elephant camps and ethnic hill tribes, this historical city has been reclaimed by nature and tradition. Up here you’ll certainly see the spiritual side of Thailand, as there are over 300 Buddhist temples in the city. Chiang Mai is a perfect place to learn new skills, whether it’s creating handicrafts, the art of Thai cooking or traditional Thai massage. You can see the masterpieces in the centre of the town where handicrafts from all over the north are on sale. The best time to visit is between November and March, although it can be enjoyed at any time of year.

OUR TOP CHIANG MAI EXPERIENCES 1. For a bird’s-eye view of Chiang Mai, climb to the hilltop temple of Doi Suthep. 2. See elephants in their natural forest habitat enjoying a bath. 3. Take a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Taeng River. 4. Trek to see the hill tribes of Chiang Mai including the Long Neck Karen tribe. 5. Explore inside the ancient walls of Chiang Mai’s Old City to see some of the city’s most ornate temples.

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FOUR SEASONS CHIANG MAI Capturing the grandeur of the past, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai embodies the essence of old Siam. Located in the Mae Rim Valley, just 20 minutes from Chiang Mai, the natural landscape is awe-inspiring. This newly renovated resort offers 98 spacious villas and suites each embodying a colonial feel with polished teak floors, rich Thai cotton furnishings and stunning Siamese artwork. The pavilions feel more

the 66-foot infinity pool which offers

From northern Thai delicacies that are

like an old country home with a wide veranda, sun

extended views across the rice terraces

complemented by incredible vistas

decks and amazing views across the lush landscape,

to the floodlit tennis courts, or a short

across the valley, to a traditional

whereas the villas boast a private plunge pool with

drive takes you to a nearby golf course.

afternoon tea or sunset cocktails in the

sprawling views over the Suthep mountain range and

The state of the art gym is perfect for

Elephant Bar, there are many dining

tropical gardens.

those who like to keep up the fitness

options here. Choose from Thai, Italian

regime on holiday, and as a reward the

and other international delights, and an

Spread around the grounds of the complex lies a

massage therapists are world class and

incredible array of locations in which to

plethora of activities waiting to be explored, from

offer poolside treatments and rituals.

enjoy them.

ANANTARA CHIANG MAI RESORT

DON’T MISS Savour the occasion in a dining pavilion in a quiet corner of the waterfront lawn, or relish an elevated pool and river view as you dine by candlelight on a rooftop deck. Be assured the food will be exquisite and the cocktails, delicious.

Perfectly positioned in a quaint setting nestled next to the peaceful Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a boutique resort with just 84 rooms making it the ideal northern Thailand retreat.

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The whole resort embodies a contemporary design accented by traditional Thai and colonial elements and guests are invited to relax in the well-manicured gardens, in the serene courtyards or on the balcony daybed overlooking the river. treatments are performed by highly-qualified therapists There is an abundance of activities on offer including

and there is an extensive menu to choose from.

yoga, massage, cooking and Thai boxing classes. For those who wish to be pampered, spend an afternoon

The large swimming pool sits at the heart of the resort

at the spa where teak doors invite you into a sanctuary

and guests see it as an oasis of calm in the busy city

of minimalistic design that utilises earthy colours. The

of Chiang Mai.

Discover Chiang Mai’s traditional Thai culture and colonial past with a fascinating tour that explores nearby temples, Buddhist rituals and ageold Thai customs.

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CHIANG RAI Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos in this remote corner of the country. From the diverse province of Chiang Rai, you can boat trip through all three countries, meandering through the awe-inspiring mountain scenery of the region. Chiang Rai is also known for being home to many hill tribes, it is possible to visit several of these including the Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Mien. Be sure to take in the thirteenth century Chiang Sean’s Buddhist sculptures, a landmark not to be missed.

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ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE ELEPHANT CAMP & RESORT Perched on a ridge overlooking Myanmar, Thailand and Laos sits a stunning retreat dedicated to the great outdoors and the conservation of elephants. This world renowned elephant sanctuary invites guests to explore the rugged beauty of the region while learning

resort’s amenities include the Elephant

wine menu and the Elephant Bar is a great

about these magnificent animals. The onsite elephant camp,

Camp, a large infinity pool overlooking

place to meet at the end of the day for

designed to look like a traditional Mahout Village allows

the Mekong Valley, a fully-equipped fitness

snacks and sundowners.

guests to help feed and bathe the elephants, learn about

centre and an indulgent spa.

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their behaviour and walk through the jungle at their side. The cuisine here is a contemporary mix

Trek to the private Golden Triangle

The resort offers just 63 rooms, each with breathtaking

of flavours from the region. Sala Mae

viewpoint and soak in the panoramic

views extending across all three countries. The style is

Nam offers traditional Thai in an alfresco

views of three different countries while

traditional Thai and guests can expect teak floors, Thai

setting; Baan Dhalia introduces Italian and

enjoying a refreshing Thai wine, cold beer

silk soft furnishings and bright and breezy rooms. The

Mediterranean flavours with an extensive

or a snack.

THE LEGEND CHIANG RAI BOUTIQUE RIVER RESORT & SPA

DON’T MISS Spend some time admiring the architecture of the resort which pays homage to the local Lanna people, an ancient race dating back to the seventh century. Their culture is rich in architecture, paintings and pottery.

Nestled on the banks of the Mae Kok River, The Legend

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Chiang Rai offers reminders of its Lanna heritage blended with northern Thai architecture and local artwork. Around the resort, ancient rain trees, serene ponds Boasting just 78 studios and villas scattered around

filled with lotus flowers and lush flora and fauna leave

the resort, each room embodies a sense of nature and

a tranquil feeling. Further adding to the ambience is the

blends effortlessly into the natural environment. The

dramatic infinity pool offering incredible views of the

interiors are furnished with a huge bed, traditional teak

surrounding landscape.

Visit the Wat Rong Khun, a unique white Buddhist temple created by a famous Thai artist – Ajarn Chalermchai.

wood furnishings and a generous alfresco seating area. The villas are the largest of all accommodation types

The Chiang Saen Spa offers a host of traditional

and come complete with a private pool and garden,

treatments and massages utilising age-old techniques

generally perched on the river’s edge.

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KHAO SOK KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK Just two hours north of Phuket airport, Khao Sok National Park takes up 120,000 hectares of limestone cliffs and spectacular rainforest. You’ll discover plenty of wildlife in the park and you can board a long-tail boat to visit Cheow Lan Dam and explore the emerald hues of this man-made lake.

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ELEPHANT HILLS Offering Thailand’s first luxury tented camps, Elephant Hills boasts two sites situated in Khao Sok in Southern Thailand’s stretch of virgin rainforest. The mantra is to match the traditions of an authentic safari experience with the traditions of the Thai culture. The two camps, The Elephant Camp and the floating Rainforest Camp both embody a luxurious environment in which to get closer to nature. Firstly, The Elephant Camp comprises 35 luxurious, tailor-made tents and offers guests true experiences of living with once wild elephants in their

The floating Rainforest Camp, one of the world’s only luxury floating

natural environment. The rest of the resort offers a semi open-air restaurant

tented camps is situated on the emerald green waters of Cheow Larn

serving authentic Thai cuisine, a well-stocked bar, a fireplace for when

Lake. The local area is inhabited by wild elephants, hornbills, rare Asian

the temperatures plummet at night, and a swimming pool with a superb

oxen (gaurs), various monkey species, reptiles, amphibians and floral

view of the spectacular limestone cliff backdrop.

species that offer guests the chance to get closer to nature. Guests can also kayak through the warm water of the lake, take a dip or simply relax under the stars in the evening. Both campsites feature tents boasting a range of luxurious offerings including comfortable solid beds, a fan and a luxurious bathroom. The furniture is authentic and handmade by both of the resort’s skilled craftsmen.

DON’T MISS The Elephant Experience at The Elephant Camp where you can wash, feed and interact with these magnificent creatures.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Trek through the jungle learning about the natural environment guided by one of the experienced tour leaders. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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KHAO LAK An hour north of Phuket, Khao Lak offers a beautiful stretch of beach and secluded bays. It’s a resort perfect for those seeking a quieter alternative to Phuket, yet still offers a variety of restaurants and bars. Khao Lak borders five National Parks and is an ideal base for visits to the Similan and Surin Islands where you’ll find some of the finest snorkelling and diving in the country. The region is also famous as the home to five spectacular rainforest parks, three 18-hole golf courses and Phang Nga Bay, which is renowned for its dramatic limestone islands and captivating sea cave canoe journeys.

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THE SAROJIN The Sarojin is an award-winning boutique resort set in beautiful Khao Lak, just one hour from Phuket Airport. Offering guests the opportunity for an adventurous experience in a spectacular setting, the resort provides tailor-made excursions to the surrounding national parks where you can snorkel, dive, climb and explore to your heart’s content. Set on11kms of beautiful, secluded white-sand beach, the 56 luxurious residences of The Sarojin are set in one of seven two-storey buildings. Nestled among 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, each has direct beach access. Choose from a Pool or Garden Residence, or the truly luxurious Sarojin Spa Suites – each offers ample space, garden salas, king-size beds, spacious bathrooms with romantic couples’ baths, and total privacy. Personal guides create tailor-made experiences for the beautiful Taking inspiration from the story of Lady Sarojin, the daughter of a Thai

surrounding areas. Choose a romantic dinner by a candlelit jungle

nobleman whose hospitality to her father’s guests was legendary, The

waterfall, on a secluded white-sand beach or on a private sand island.

Sarojin provides exceptional personal services and top-class facilities.

There’s also a rejuvenating spa massage where you’re lulled by the

It’s ideal for couples, romantic breaks, honeymoons, weddings and

sounds of the Andaman Sea, a Thai cooking class by a river bank,

adult family groups. No children under 10 years are permitted to stay,

private charters on the luxury yacht Lady Sarojin or personal jungle

ensuring a peaceful and relaxing break.

adventures complete with champagne.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Just one hour away, the Similan and Surin Islands are renowned for their underwater beauty, marine life, coral, soft white-sand beaches, and lush jungle interiors.

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RAMADA KHAO LAK RESORT Idyllically set on the shores of Khao Lak, this resort offers deluxe rooms and pool villas in a central beachfront location. The resort is spread over well-manicured lush tropical gardens and fringed by a serene white-sand beach. The views from the resort reach across to the nearby islands and the towering limestone karsts that the region is

Around the resort, guests will find a large

For the little ones, there is a fully-

famed for. The feel is contemporary chic and each room

free-form swimming pool, and an extensive

equipped kids club where qualified

embodies this with airy and spacious sleeping quarters

treatment menu at the in-house spa. At

attendants entertain and tend to your

and a range of mod-cons at your disposal. Choose from

the centre of the resort sits a large green

child’s every need. Meanwhile, the

a Deluxe Lanai Room with a private terrace and sun

that is perfect for relaxing or for hosting

adults can take a break and enjoy a

loungers, a Deluxe Jacuzzi Room with an in-room Jacuzzi

special events. The resort’s dining scene is

drink or two at the pool bar or head out

and rain shower, or a chic Pool Villa with a garden

vibrant and diverse, with restaurants serving

on the water to make the most of the

sala and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a private

everything from international cuisine to

incredible diving and snorkelling to be

swimming pool.

traditional Thai food.

found in the area.

DON’T MISS

LA FLORA RESORT & SPA

Upon request, the resort staff will be glad to arrange a romantic sunset dinner on the beach, accompanied by assorted wine or exotic cocktails.

The four-star boutique resort La Flora Resort & Spa is

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perfectly positioned on a beautiful golden-sand beach in Khao Lak. The resort offers a range of accommodation, from exclusive villas to contemporary and chic deluxe rooms, all embodying a distinctly Asian theme. The décor

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utilises teak wood and the rich colours of the Orient –

To enjoy the stunning local area to the max, the resort

deep reds, golden browns and warm creams, to create

has an impressive list of outdoor activities to offer

an extremely welcoming environment. Some of the

including mountain bike rental, sailing, fishing, beach

beautifully designed villas come complete with a private

soccer, badminton and volleyball, and windsurfing.

plunge pool; others have a veranda and direct access

If you prefer just to relax, spend time lounging on the

to the beach and gardens. For something extra-special,

beach which is monitored by a fully-equipped lifeguard

opt for the Jacuzzi Villas, where supping champagne in

station. Other amenities include an infinity pool which

the privacy of your hot tub as the sun goes down is a

overlooks the beach, a pool bar and a chic spa with

truly romantic affair.

an extensive treatment menu.

Explore the surrounding jungle and townships on one of the resort’s wonderful excursions. A great option is the Khao Sok Adventure, where you paddle down the jungle-lined Sok River, visit a rubber plantation and meet the cute local inhabitants at the monkey temple.


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MAI KHAO LAK BEACH RESORT & SPA Located on a serene beach in the Khao Lak region of southern Thailand, this ultra modern hotel is an idyllic beach break. Set back from the white-sand beach and turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, this resort has taken its cue from large Mediterranean resorts catering to the needs of all the family. Each of the 200 rooms, villas

fancy being a little more energetic, opt for

The complex boasts three restaurants:

and suites boasts a sleek grey colour palette accented

a workout in the modern gym or use of the

The Mangrove, a contemporary

with vibrant turquoise touches in its soft furnishings.

water sports out on the beach – the area

venue which serves the international

However, the real focus is the view, which extends out

is famed for its underwater world, so make

breakfast buffet and is also home to

across the sea.

sure to don a snorkel and pair of fins. For

the cooking school; The Meal, which

the kids, a dedicated club will ensure the

offers international dishes and authentic

The resort’s facilities include two lagoon-style swimming

little ones are always kept amused while the

Thai cuisine, and The Sunset, which

pools and one child-friendly pool which makes for

adults can indulge in a little ‘me’ time at the

serves snacks, tapas and a range of

fantastic lazy days supping a cocktail or two. If you

resort’s spa.

delectable cocktails.

PULLMAN KHAO LAK KATILIYA RESORT & VILLAS

DON’T MISS Take the kayaks out for an exciting afternoon exploring the coves and beaches of the nearby area

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL For those who enjoy a spot of golf, test your game on the beautiful links of the nearby course.

This stunning hotel set in a tranquil location is ideal for families, couples and anyone who wants a relaxing break away from the crowds. The entire resort is set between the lush jungle interior of the region and the pristine white-sand beaches that fringe the turquoise-hued waters of the Andaman Sea. It has a

have the added benefits of Lavazzo coffee

the water for a spot of kayaking or simply

traditional Thai feel fused with contemporary designs.

machines, bluetooth soundbars and villa

relax with a good book on the sand.

host service. There is a range of accommodation types to choose from.

There’s also a variety of dining options

Lagoon and Pool Villas, Deluxe Rooms and Suites all offer

A plethora of facilities awaits each guest

on offer, from beachside and casual at

beautiful views across the resort grounds or out to sea.

from the huge lagoon-style pool to the

Bamboo, to authentic local dishes at Baan

Inside you will find a sizeable bed, modern bathroom

outdoor tennis courts and the dedicated

Thai, or exciting Italian in an alfresco

and a range of mod cons including air conditioning and

spa. The beach offers the chance to

setting at Mosaic. Dine as you please at

an LCD TV. Each comes with a balcony too. The Villas

explore the underwater world, get out on

this sprawling report.

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PHUKET Known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, Phuket is famous for its long sandy beaches and buzzing nightlife. Linked to the mainland by a narrow causeway, it’s easy to forget you are surrounded by water on this huge island. From secluded beach resorts to luxury lodgings right in the heart of the action, there’s something for everyone here. BANG TAO BAY Bang Tao is a large open bay with one of Phuket’s longest beaches. Luxurious resorts can be found along the four mile stretch of beach just a few minutes away from the town of Cherng Talay where local restaurants can be found. KARON BEACH A lively alternative to the happy chaos of Patong Beach, Karon Beach holds its own with plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. The long golden beach leads to some of the best snorkelling and diving spots on the island. PHANG NHA BAY Defined by sheer limestone karsts that rise vertically from the emerald water, this bay is home to quiet beaches and the famous James Bond Island. PATONG BEACH Big and busy, Patong Beach is the beating heart of Phuket’s famous nightlife. The perfect place to party and play, the streets are crowded and exciting, while the luxurious hotels and resorts provide respite for when you’re done with the day. OUR TOP PHUKET EXPERIENCES 1. Hunt for marlin and tuna on a big game fishing trip in the Andaman Sea. 2. Enjoy a relaxing round of golf at the Blue Canyon Country Club. 3. Take a boat trip to explore the outer islands of Koh Racha and Koh Phi Phi, the island where Hollywood film, The Beach was set. 4. The stunning landscape of Phang Nga Bay is best seen from the sky. We recommend taking a helicopter trip over James Bond Island where The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed.

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THAILAND DON’T MISS Sailing across the lagoon, learning to work a boat and exploring the waters around Laguna Phuket.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Discover Bang Tao bay with three kilometres of sandy shores stretching along the great Andaman Sea. The bay is home to more than 30 restaurants and bars and offers free use of inter-resort transportation by shuttle bus or lagoon boat..

ANGSANA LAGUNA PHUKET Snaking away from the Andaman Sea back through a series of lagoons sits Angsana Laguna Phuket. This resort is located in the beautiful Bang Tao Bay amidst lush tropical vegetation, a white-sand beach and turquoise lagoons. It boasts over 400 rooms, suites and villas with views over the stunning landscape. Its contemporary chic feel offers something for everyone. Each room has a neutral colour palette accented with vibrant reds, yellows and oranges in the soft furnishings. They are bright and breezy with all the mod cons associated with a luxury resort. The entire complex has an emphasis on outdoor living and making use

The resort offers an array of dining options including Baan Talay which

of the surrounding environment. Starting at the Activity Hut, indulge in

serves delicious Thai dishes with a focus on fresh seafood, Bodega

mountain bike expeditions, diving excursions, golf and other hiking

& Grill for Italian and Mediterranean dishes and Market Place for

activities – there is also a swimming pool and beach club with water

Asian fusion. In addition to this there are cafes and bars dotted around

sports. For the little ones there is a comprehensive kids club, family

the resort offering everything from tapas to a dedicated kids menu,

yoga and sailing lessons on the lagoon.

alfresco dining and intimate romantic settings.

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BANYAN TREE PHUKET This stunning resort is located in the enclave of Laguna Phuket and offers an all pool villa luxury experience with a backdrop of tropical greenery, sun-kissed sands and the sparkling water of Bang Tao Bay. Boasting casuarina- and palm-lined roads and fields bright with blooms, this newly-renovated resort offers tranquillity in a beautiful setting. Arranged in the style of a Thai Village,

with jet cannons, a pool bar and water

and international restaurants. There’s

the 173 pool villas are scattered around the resort’s 89-

rapids. The 3km-long stretch of beach is also

Banyan Café, which overlooks the golf

acre setting, offering privacy and beauty.

perfect for a romantic stroll, or relaxing in

course and offers everything from Thai

the afternoon sun with resort staff on hand to

to pizza, and elegant Saffron which

The list of extensive facilities ranges from a fitness pavilion

bring you whatever you desire from water to

has authentic Thai fare made from the

with state of the art gym equipment, to a golf course,

peppermint spray and cold towel service.

freshest ingredients. Nearby Tamarind

library, spa, tennis court, Turtle Club for kids, and Banyan

offers authentic Japanese delicacies in

Tree Gallery. For those that love the water, there’s a 40m

The dining options are vast too and guests

an alfresco setting, and Tré specialises in

lap pool as well as a separate free-form pool complete

can choose from an array of traditional

French-Vietnamese flavours.

DON’T MISS

SALA PHUKET RESORT AND SPA

Choose one of SALA’s ‘Intimate Dining’ options and customise your dining experience by combining a romantic location with your choice of the resort’s tantalising menu selections.

Set on a pristine white-sand beach at Mai Khao, the SALA Phuket Resort and Spa is the ideal place to relax

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and unwind. Boasting both an award-winning spa and an unrivalled wine menu, guests come away wowed. A wide variety of room categories await from romantic rooms to spacious villas. All offering warm, neutral décor, plus private pools in the villas. Whether you wish to

in a personalised treatment. Alternatively, go for a swim

socialise with the other guests or prefer to relax in the

in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea.

privacy of your room, it is all possible here. When the lights go down, choose beachfront dining

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The award-winning SALA Spa is contemporary and

at SALA Restaurant, which serves delicious Thai and

inviting with experienced therapists who will design a

international cuisine, or head to the rooftop for a

programme suited to your needs. Choose to relax with

romantic meal with a view. For drinks, simply relax with

a book in one of the bamboo swing seats, or indulge

a sundowner at one of the chilled bars.

Head to the Sirinat National Park on Mai Khao Beach in North Phuket to see some of the beautiful natural environment near to the hotel.


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CENTARA VILLAS PHUKET Perched on a dramatic incline with sweeping views over Karon Bay and the Andaman Sea, Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway surrounded by tranquil tropical greenery. Boasting just 72 Thai-style villas, each with its own private expanse of manicured garden and views of the sea, guests can escape from the world at this picturesque Phuket resort. Each villa comes with the option of a private plunge pool or Jacuzzi, plus floor-

Around the resort, guests have an ample

massages. For those who choose to dine

to-ceiling windows that make the most of the incredible

array of facilities to indulge in, from the

within the complex, there is a whole

views.

two-tiered swimming pool, to the use of the

host of options to keep you happy.

water park and water sports at nearby sister

The Bayview Restaurant & Bar serves

The luxury amenities include a flat screen TV with

resort Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.

Thai and international cuisine; The Cliff

international channels, air conditioning and Wi-Fi, plus

A fully-equipped spa, SPA Cenvaree, is

Restaurant has stunning ocean views

a large bathroom stocked with luxury bath products. The

available for guests too, with alfresco

and serves Mediterranean, and the

décor is bright and breezy with whitewashed walls and

treatment rooms and fully-qualified therapists

nearby Cliff Bar has spectacular views

sumptuous reds and purples in the soft furnishings.

performing traditional Thai rituals and

to go with your sunset cocktails.

DON’T MISS

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET

The array of morning fitness classes are a good way to start the day. Choose from Yoga, Abs, Bums & Tums, and Morning Stretch.

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The Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is set on one of Thailand’s most pristine coastlines. Its idyllic location

Try your hand at sailing and head down to the water sports club where the qualified instructors will take you out on the water and teach you the basics.

offers the tranquillity of tropical gardens and the beauty of the beach, all within easy reach of vibrant Phuket. There’s an array of accommodation on offer, all with amazing views out to sea. The Dusit suites and Laguna Pool villas are all located at ground level and give direct

fully-equipped fitness centre, water sports and bike

access to the beautiful beach. Each of the rooms offers

rental shop when you’re feeling more energetic. There

a full array of mod-cons intertwined with traditional Thai-

are also tennis courts and volleyball nets for those

style décor that leaves a peaceful haven to retreat back to

with a competitive spirit, and a dedicated kids club

after a day in the sun.

and play area including an arts and crafts room for the little ones.

Make the most of your time here by taking advantage of the array of entertainment options on offer. When a lazy

To simply escape it all, visit the beauty salon, hair

day is in order, visit the pool or Jacuzzi, or take on the

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KRABI & KOH LANTA KRABI The amazing seascapes of Krabi are just a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Bangkok, or 2 hours 30 minutes by road from Phuket. Stunning limestone karsts rise out of the clear blue sea and make for some of the best rock climbing in the world. The main town of Ao Nang is home to a variety of restaurants and bars and is the departure point for boat trips to the surrounding islands. Krabi is a great place to explore the outer islands of Chicken and Poda, and Ko Phi Phi, where you’ll find untouched beaches and some of the best snorkelling in Thailand. KOH LANTA An island south of Krabi that can be reached by road and boat, Koh Lanta offers a beautiful beach, lush green mountain backdrops and fantastic diving. It really is a peaceful setting; no water sports or long-tail boats are even allowed on the beaches. Koh Lanta is part of an archipelago made up of over 50 islands and a speedboat tour is a perfect way to get out and see these islands.

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RAYAVADEE

Spend the day cruising the area in one of the resort’s luxurious twoengine speedboats. Swim, snorkel and relax on beautiful Bamboo Island with a picnic. This is an exhilarating day out on the water exploring the local area.

Spread over 26 acres of lush tropical gardens and bordered by two National Park beaches, Rayavadee is a divine oasis that makes for a truly romantic base for exploring the region. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Ao Nang, this luxury resort can only be accessed by boat. The 98

The dining scene here is exquisite. Choose from a

pavilions and four villas are two-storey and secluded

range of restaurants including Raya Dining, which is

among the well-manicured gardens, coconut groves

open all day and offers the choice of indoor or alfresco

and limestone cliffs that the region is famed for. Built

eating. Serving international fusion cuisine, it is always

to resemble a traditional Thai village, the resort has a

a firm favourite. Alternatively, take a stroll along a

tranquil and natural feel to it.

moonlit path to the beach and find Krua Phranang, which serves traditional Thai food and is the resort’s

Facilities range from an excellent spa with an extensive

romantic, candlelit offering. For a sundowner or two,

treatment menu that draws on ancient Thai healing

The Grotto offers stunning views of Phranang Beach.

traditions, to a large pool and access to three stunning

Set into the limestone cliffs, it also serves light snacks,

beaches.

fresh salad and stir fries.

CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT & VILLAS KRABI

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Railay Phranang-Nai Cave or Diamond Cave, is a cathedral-like cave where you can see stalactites, stalagmites and bats. It’s a true wonder of nature and worth taking the time to find and explore.

offered where they can make new friends

and traditional Thai in a romantic setting.

while learning about the environment and

Deep Blu Bar & Lounge is underwater

the underwater world, and the chance

themed and offers an extensive list of

to attend kids’ discos and play computer

single malt whiskies and cocktails.

games. The spacious rooms are modern with The dining scene is extensive with four

Thai influences and all feature a furnished

Located in one of Krabi’s secluded bays, Centara Grand

restaurants to choose from ranging from

balcony or terrace. Family Rooms can

Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is only accessible via boat,

contemporary Japanese to seafood BBQ

have a connecting balcony on request.

ensuring privacy and seclusion for every guest, and an ideal break for couples and families. Laid-back and naturally beautiful, this resort sits directly on a stunning beach in Pai Plang Bay and offers excellent views of the verdant limestone formations that the region is so famed for. Activities are abundant at this large resort, which features a two-tiered swimming pool complete with a Jacuzzi and cascading waterfall. There are a multitude of water sports on offer including snorkelling, paddle boarding and canoeing. For the children, a kids and teens club is Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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PHULAY BAY, A RITZCARLTON RESERVE Located just 20 minutes from Ao Nang sits the charming Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Coupling sophistication with delectable dining and natural beauty, this resort is a luxury break at its finest. The hotel sits at the edge of a virgin forest, and each of the 54 villas and pavilions offers incredible vistas out across the gin-clear Andaman Sea or the immaculate

The dining scene has been carefully thought

With an emphasis on personalised,

grounds in which it is set. Guests are encouraged to kick

out too with six restaurants offering a range

experiences, guests can design their visit

back and relax making use of the incredible facilities –

of cuisines. Each restaurant has been

to perfectly suit their needs. A personal

ranging from the large lagoon-style swimming pool, to

designed to cater only to a small number of

villa butler can organise a light BBQ

moonlit yoga, the fitness centre or the beach. The spa

guests at a time ensuring that the experience

lunch on the beach, a meditation class

is world class and guests can indulge in a treatment

is intimate and memorable. Wherever

with local monks, a sea plane tour of

from the extensive spa menu which blends ancient and

you choose to dine, rest assured that the

the region’s dramatic scenery, or a boat

modern therapies and includes an exclusive treatment for

ambience will be romantic and the views

journey to surrounding islands – the

couples and honeymooners.

will be exquisite.

possibilities are endless.

DON’T MISS

THE TUBKAAK KRABI BOUTIQUE RESORT

Head down to the spa to experience true Thai rituals. One of the treatment rooms is designed exclusively for couples offering the ideal romantic treat.

Set amid stunning lush greenery and offering views of the mountains on one side and the coast on the other,

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this resort offers privacy, tranquillity and that famously friendly Thai service. Facing the Andaman Sea and the 13 islands that rise out of it, this boutique hotel offers just 59 rooms and pool villas that are spread out across the resort. The ambience

Tubkaak means ‘home for visitors’ and the resort’s dining

is traditional Thai with wooden interiors, balconies and

options make you feel exactly that. The Arundina is a

tropical-style outdoor bathrooms.

romantic beachfront restaurant that serves authentic Thai cuisine and sunset cocktails, while Di Mare combines

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After a day of exploring, chill out on the beach, relax

the local seafood with authentic Italian pizza and

poolside or visit the library which is well stocked with

pasta. For a private and relaxing dining experience,

books and international magazines.

meals can also be served in your room.

Take a trip to experience one of the many beautiful beaches in the region. A long-tail boat ride is a great way to experience the magnificent Hong Islands.


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LAYANA RESORT & SPA An intimate and refined resort nestled into one of Koh Lanta Yai’s finest beaches, Layana Resort & Spa is an adults-only resort that offers the ideal romantic break whether you want to relax or enjoy the activities on offer. Set on a mile-long stretch of pristine white-sand beach, this resort is ideal for lazy days. For the ultimate in relaxation, guests can head to the Linger Longer Spa where an extensive treatment menu awaits. Also there is the new wellness zone complete with a gym, wellness pool, half Olympic-size swimming pool and a brand new healthy juice bar. The resort offers 57 guest rooms, villas and suites all set around the glorious beachfront setting. The feel is island chic with neutral hues accented with turquoise and browns. Each offers spacious accommodation and an inviting place to retreat to after a day in the sun. The dining scene is exciting with the beachy vibe – Tides is set on the beachfront and offers formal restaurant dining with a range of Thai and International dishes. Later, Sundowner Bar is the ideal spot to watch the beautiful Thai sunset.

DON’T MISS Sundowner cruise – jump aboard one of the hotel’s sunset cruises to experience true tranquillity out on the water as the sun disappears for another day.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take a trip to the old town in Koh Lanta for a spot of shopping and local street food.

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KOH SAMUI & KOH PHANGAN KOH SAMUI Originally the backpacker’s destination of choice, Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island and now popular with honeymooners, couples and families. For shopping, dining and a wide array of nightlife, head to the busy resort of Chaweng, a hive of entertainment. If you’d prefer a quieter visit to the island, relax in the secluded bays around the resorts of Lamai and Bo Phut. The best time to visit Koh Samui is between February and September. KOH PHANGAN Koh Phangan is renowned for its pristine beaches and the lively Full Moon parties held in the south of the island. For a quieter stay on the island, head to the north-eastern side, where visitors are few. Here you’ll find Koh Phangan’s most luxurious resorts, which offer a serene atmosphere alongside white sandy beaches and the warm, clear waters of the Andaman Sea.

OUR TOP KOH SAMUI EXPERIENCES 1. Visit Bophut Beach, which is home to Big Buddha and the charming Fisherman’s Village, where you can experience authentic local cuisine. 2. Explore the 80 islands that make up Ang Thong National Marine Park, home to tropical rainforests and beautiful untouched beaches. 3. We recommend taking a boat trip Ko Tao where you’ll find some of Thailand’s best diving sites. 4. Take a trip to Na Muang waterfalls to admire the serene landscape and even take a swim in the cooling river waters.

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THAILAND DON’T MISS Enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars on the beach. A beautiful bamboo sala adorned with romantic white fabric draped over your table and decorated with candles and flowers with your very own private chef and top class cuisine.

TOP-CLASS CUISINE Get out and explore the local town of Lamai. There are many restaurants and bars, along with shopping to discover.

SHIVA SAMUI Located on a secluded bay just 10 minutes from Lamai, Shiva Samui is ideal for families, friends or for that romantic escape for just the two of you. This luxury all-villa resort has an array of dining options including all-inclusive packages. Shiva Samui offers 20 Luxury Pool Villas with 10 Ocean Rooms each boasting first-class amenities, plunge pools (one pool per two Ocean Rooms) and incredible vistas out to sea. The décor is chic and stylish showcasing local artwork and plush soft furnishings. As well as your own private pool, each villa comes complete with outdoor dining, relaxation areas for sunbathing or reading, and beautifully manicured garden borders that ensure total privacy. While staying here, guests needn’t leave the resort. There’s a 60m stretch of sand to enjoy, as well as The Beach Club, which is home to a waveinspired pool with a swim-up pool bar where you can sip a cocktail while admiring the ocean views. There’s also a beachfront restaurant, and new for 2016, a convenience store with everyday goods. The fully-serviced spa offers a wide variety of relaxation and pampering treatments plus luxurious spa products for purchase. 38


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ANANTARA BOPHUT KOH SAMUI RESORT

DON’T MISS For a romantic affair try Dining by Design, where you dine in a private setting anywhere around the resort. Choose from the beach, gardens, poolside or anywhere you fancy.

An elegant and chic resort, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort offers a tranquil space to enjoy the warm hospitality of the Far East, and is within walking distance

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of local bars and restaurants.

Take a stroll to the bustling Fisherman’s Village market street to get a taste of authentic island life.

The resort offers 106 luxury rooms boasting views of the well-manicured gardens or beautiful shoreline; some come complete with a private pool and all offer a spacious place to retreat to. One of Thailand’s biggest attractions is its culinary With a strong emphasis on outdoor activities, guests

scene and here, guests are treated to five dining

can indulge in a plethora of water sports, fitness

options. Full Moon serves contemporary Koh Samuian-

classes including beach yoga, tennis and cooking

style chargrilled cuisine; High Tide is authentic Thai

classes. The pool and spa areas are a huge draw and

and international; Eclipse bar is a laid back ultra-chic

guests can experience ancient Thai rituals performed by

cocktail lounge surrounded by the lush tropical gardens,

highly-qualified therapists ensuring that stress is soon

and the Pool Bar and Ocean Edge are for enjoying one

soothed away.

of the resort’s signature cocktails.

CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT SAMUI Set on Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui’s biggest town, this sprawling resort offers the best of both worlds: the vibrant lifestyle of Chaweng and the luxury living of a Centara Resort. The resort places an emphasis on relaxation and guests

relaxing with a massage, the kids are

Well-seasoned divers and beginners alike

are encouraged to relax poolside or on the wide

discovering the secrets of the local marine

will enjoy a choice of diving programmes

expanse of beach located just moments away from every

life, playing beach volleyball or making

from the PADI dive centre, while the other

one of the ocean-facing rooms. For those looking for a

new friends at the teens disco.

water sports available include kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, body boarding and

more action-packed break, get involved with the plethora of activities on offer – from watersports to beach games,

Guests can choose from a variety of

and diving to Muay Thai.

dining options. There are three restaurants,

paddle boarding.

three bars and two bakeries. Cuisine

Outside the hotel, the infamous Thai boxing

For the little ones, kids and teens, dedicated clubs ensure

ranges from authentic Thai to sumptuous

stadium and the main shopping centre street

everyone is well taken care of. So while the adults are

international cuisine.

in Samui are just a 10-minute walk away. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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THAILAND DON’T MISS For the ideal romantic touch, the resort staff will be more than happy to arrange a candlelit supper on the beach for you. Honeymooners and anniversary couples can also enjoy barbecues in the privacy of their pool villas with a private chef and butler to attend to your every need.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL The hotel is in an ideal base for exploring the whole of the island. The Big Buddha statue is close by as well as ferries to nearby Koh Phangan.

MELATI BEACH RESORT & SPA, KOH SAMUI Known for its charming atmosphere, Melati Beach Resort & Spa sits amid 15 acres of tropical land complete with a waterfall on a private beach setting, and is perfect for couples or families. Located on Koh Samui’s north east coast, the resort offers 77 spacious rooms where even the smallest can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children. All are decorated in neutral hues and have large windows. Out of the 77 rooms, 41 have a private plunge pool – ideal for added privacy.

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The facilities at the resort are extensive and guests are invited to relax

The dining scene is pretty special with Kan Sak Thong Restaurant

by one of the two swimming pools, or on the private white-sand beach

found adjacent to the cascading waterfall. It offers authentic Thai

where the famous crystal clear water gently laps the shores. The award-

dishes and Thai-French fusion cuisine in an opulent and romantic

winning Melati Spa sits by a soothing waterfall and pond, and boasts

setting. Down on the beachfront, The View offers casual dining

an extensive treatment menu that utilises the signature scent of jasmine

throughout the day, from breakfast to candlelit dinners, and has a

and coconut. For the little ones, a dedicated kids club is run throughout

fresh juice bar. Sit back and enjoy a sundowner while looking out

the day leaving adults to take some time out and indulge in water sports

over the bay at See View Terrace & Lounge, or take a dip in the

or pure relaxation.

pool with a cocktail in hand at See View Bar.


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BANYAN TREE SAMUI Nestled into its own private bay in the south of Koh Samui, this luxury hotel revives the tranquillity and beauty of traditional Thai hospitality. Spread out over a cascading hillside that gently slopes down to the resort’s secluded beach, each one of the stilted villas offers a taste of old-style Thai architecture. Nothing has been overlooked and the entire resort is

that offers a range of treatments by

restaurant, Saffron. The Edge offers an

beautifully camouflaged with the natural landscape.

highly-qualified therapists. There is also

international breakfast buffet and for more

Each of the 88 villas boasts its own private infinity pool

The Rainforest, Samui’s first and only

casual dining head to Sands right on the

along with amazing vistas across the bay or gardens.

hydrotherapy spa experience to opt for. For

beach for wood-oven specialties.

The décor is neutral with dark wood beams reminiscent

a more energetic stay, spend some time in

of a traditional Thai village.

the fully-equipped gym or yoga studio.

Aside from the white-sand beach, the resort has a

The resort’s restaurants range from

dining experiences for that romantic or

plethora of amenities including an excellent spa

authentic Thai at the signature Banyan Tree

special occasion.

DON’T MISS Destination Dining – specially-curated

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SALA SAMUI RESORT AND SPA

Indulge with a romantic private dinner on the beach or a barbecue in the privacy of your villa. The SALA staff will personalise the experience to suit your every need.

SALA Samui Resort and Spa creates an aura of calm and tranquillity through blending traditional Thai

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architecture with modern facilities and amenities.

Sitting just a few minutes stroll from the resort are many local restaurants and bars.

Located on the northeast corner of Koh Samui on the stunning Choeng Mon beach, SALA Samui sits in an idyllic location just 20 minutes from Bophut’s quaint Fisherman’s Village, and only 15 minutes from the shopping and

The bathrooms are vast, with some offering twin sinks,

nightlife of Chaweng Beach. Well-trained staff are on

rain showers and bathtubs.

hand to pamper guests with professional service. The complex boasts over 80 metres of pristine Offering 69 stylish and spacious villas and suites, 53

beachfront where guests can relax, check out the water

of which feature a private pool, the accommodation

sports or go for swim in the two oceanfront swimming

is luxurious, stylish and romantic. Each of the rooms is

pools. The spa features an extensive treatment menu

whitewashed featuring dark wood elements, a design

administered by top local therapists and is the ideal

which has taken its cue from a traditional Thai style.

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THAILAND DON’T MISS Simply perfect for couples, opt for a romantic private dinner on the beach with flowers and sparking wine.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL The region is famed for its underwater world so be sure to book a trip to Ang Thong Marine Park for snorkelling, kayaking and sightseeing.

SANTIBURI BEACH RESORT AND SPA Located on a pristine stretch of coastline on the Thai island of Koh Samui sits the luxurious and quintessential beach resort Santiburi Beach Resort and Spa. Boasting just 77 rooms, this resort has a beautiful boutique feel to it allowing guests to wallow in the tranquillity and serenity of the region. It is located on Mae Nam beach on a 23-acre site filled with tropical gardens and a white-sand beach. The feel is contemporary chic with a touch of traditional Thai. Each of the suites and villas is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and

For those wanting to keep active, the resort offers water sports, tennis,

indigenous ancient trees – the décor is sleek and modern with a touch of

Muay Thai boxing, football, jogging and cycling, a large free-form

contemporary Thai. All the mod-cons you would expect from a luxurious

swimming pool, and access to the rolling hills of the golf club.

resort are present too. Some of the villas boast a private pool whereas others offer direct access to the pristine beach.

There is a wide variety of dining options on offer with a range of cuisines. Guests are treated to hot cooked breakfasts at Breakfast

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The other amenities on offer for guests include an indulgent spa where a

Room, lavish seafood buffets and beachside ambience at Beach

plethora of indulgent treatments await. Each of the rituals are carried out

Restaurant and Bar, authentic recipes at Sala Thai, and alfresco

by fully-qualified therapists.

cocktails and snacks at Poolside Bar.


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BURI RASA VILLAGE KOH PHANGAN This intimate and stylish boutique resort sits among swaying palm trees on a slice of one the most stunning beaches on Koh Phangan. Boasting white sands and gin-clear waters, the 65-room resort mixes both contemporary and traditional design elements with the chic and sophisticated vibe associated The facilities at the resort include a

Outside the hotel, near the beach of

restaurant serving delicious local and

Thong Nai Pan Noi, Buri Rasa Village

Each room is equipped with a balcony or terrace, plus

international cuisines plus two cafes for

Square is the perfect place to wander

a host of mod-cons including a 32” flat screen TV with

lighter snacks, a stunning swimming

along the shaded cobbled street and

various international channels, a DVD player, free WiFi,

pool to relax and sunbathe around plus

absorb some local culture. Take a break

and an en suite bathroom complete with an indulgent

a fully serviced spa featuring a range of

and enjoy a glass of fine wine or a

hot water rain shower. The accommodation ranges from

treatments. A tour counter where all kinds

fresh fruit shake in a local restaurant, or

beachfront or poolside, each with incredible views via

of activities and tours can be arranged is

find the perfect souvenir in one of the

the large sliding glass doors and balcony or veranda.

also available on site.

traditional Thai shops.

with Buri Rasa resorts.

SANTHIYA KOH PHANGAN RESORT & SPA

DON’T MISS A Thai cooking class complete with a fruit and vegetable carving demonstration.

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Located on an 18-acre stretch of pristine tropical landscape, the boutique Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa is the ideal choice for a quintessential beach break. This eco-chic natural hideaway makes use of the lush tropical forests and picture perfect beach on which it sits,

Positioned around the resort is a range of amenities

ensuring minimal impact on the environment and guests

including a huge free-from pool, complete with

can enjoy the natural beauty of this corner of Thailand.

cascading waterfalls. There is a fully equipped fitness

Koh Phangan is the ideal place for hedonistic pleasures. Depending on the time of the month, indulge in one of the world’s most famous parties and head to Haad Rin for the Phangan Full Moon Party and Half Moon Party.

centre and Ayurvana Spa – where an extensive Each of the villas has something exciting to offer whether

treatment menu awaits.

this be the view, a private plunge pool or the uniqueness of the room. The rock room, for example, has been built to

The dining options here range from romantic in-room

accommodate natural boulders, which are incorporated into

dining to Chantara which serves authentic Thai and

the style of the room. The décor throughout is traditionally

fine wines, and By The Sea Restaurant and Bar which

Thai embodying a sense of tranquillity and beauty.

is open-air and casual. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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HUA HIN Once a fishing village, Hua Hin was later transformed into a resort for royalty and high society following the construction of ornate summer palaces. Today the area is home to a host of exclusive hotels and resorts. Despite this development, Hua Hin still carries its laid-back atmosphere and is the perfect place for a beachside walk.

OUR TOP HUA HIN EXPERIENCES 1. With the highest density of golf courses in Thailand, Hua Hin is the perfect location for playing golf. 2. Visit the royal summer residence of Klai Kangwan, which means Far From Worries Palace. 3. Pamper yourself and indulge in total relaxation at the Chiva-Som spa resort. 4. Explore the Sam Roi Yod National Park, home to caves, mountains and deserted beaches 5. Get out on the water on a kayaking adventure in Khao Daeng National Park.

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CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT & VILLAS HUA HIN Boasting a heritage of nearly 100 years, this grand resort retains an aura of elegance from a bygone era. Set on the beachfront, with a wide expanse of gardens and a central location ideal for exploring the local area, this large complex is ideal for those wanting a quintessential family holiday. The entire resort owns a colonial theme, which is evident in its teak staircase, plantation shutters and bright and breezy rooms. Each room boasts high ceilings, polished hardwood flooring and period furniture, which is softened by the rich, warm tones of Thai silk and other natural fabrics. Views extend out over the grounds and across to the sea. This sprawling resort offers a plethora of activities and facilities

Dining is a grand affair and guests can choose from a range of sleek

catering to families and couples alike. Choose from four swimming

restaurants and bars. The recently-opened Coast Beach Bar & Grill has

pools, a fully-equipped fitness centre, tennis courts, and myriad leisure

an ambience of sophistication where you can enjoy a light meal and a

opportunities that enable guests to perfect their golf on the putting

cocktail. Nearby Railway Restaurant serves international flavours all day

green, or take part in a Muay Thai or Tai Chi class. For the little ones,

long, while Suan Bua serves authentic home-style Thai, and Hagi offers

there is the Kids Club with Camp Safari and E-Zone.

contemporary Japanese cuisine.

DON’T MISS Indulge in one of the cookery classes offered by the excellent chefs at the resort to perfect your Thai cooking repertoire.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Hua Hin Night Market, situated in the Hua Hin centre between the Petchkasem Road and the railway line, comes to life from 18:30.

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HIDDEN THAILAND Discover some of the most beautiful seascapes in the world on some of Thailand’s more remote islands. From untouched beaches to coral reefs teeming with life, these picture perfect locations are worth the extra travel to get there. KOH YAO The Islands of Koh Yao are just a short boat ride away from Phuket and Krabi. In the middle of Phangan Nga Bay, these remote islands offer a true escape from the tourist fever of the mainland, a perfect hideaway to explore the wildlife and drink up the serenity of empty beaches. KOH PHI PHI The poster child for Thailand’s party scene, the Phi Phi Islands are among the most famous in Thailand. Defined by azure seas, craggy cliffs and fine-sand beaches, the islands are extremely popular and while they do have a reputation for being crowded, a trip to the main island’s east coast tells a completely different story. KOH SAMET Located three hours from Bangkok by road and boat, the charming island of Koh Samet, is a traditional backpacker destination that has evolved to attract a more sophisticated set. The island remains reasonably undeveloped, despite its proximity to the Thai capital, and the beautiful beaches provide an idyllic refuge from the bustle of the city. KOH RACHA The gin-clear water surrounding the Racha islands provides the perfect conditions for diving and snorkelling adventures. Once the exclusive domain of divers, the islands are now attracting beach lovers who come to stay in the resorts and wander in peace along the fine sandy beaches.

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ZEAVOLA RESORT

DON’T MISS The beauty of Phi Phi’s underwater world. Zeavola has a PADI dive school that offers training and guided dives.

The quintessential beach resort located on the northern shores of Thailand’s Phi Phi island in the Andaman

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Sea. Boasting authentic Thai-style accommodation, this resort is the ideal choice to escape the stresses of

Take a relaxing 45-minute long-tail boat ride to Ton Sai Bay to experience the more lively side of the island with local restaurants and entertainment.

everyday life. Offering 53 rooms and suites on a beachfront setting, guests can enjoy all the luxuries of a five-star resort with a breezy beach vibe. Disguised as a traditional Thai Village, the resort’s designers have cleverly hidden all mod cons to give the impression of rustic living. Of course the resort is anything but rustic – guests can enjoy a plethora of activities from the beautiful camouflaged pool, which is hidden amongst the flora and fauna of the area, to a fully-equipped spa with sauna, steam

Zeavola aims to make dining a culinary

seafood. For a casual beachside vibe,

room and cardio gym. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi,

experience, with the chefs working to

try Tacada for sundowners before dinner

telephones, TV complete with DVD/CD player and

provide authentic Thai flavours and Italian

and then head to Baxil for authentic Thai

luxury amenities including an outdoor rain shower.

favourites with a strong emphasis on

cuisine in a rustic atmosphere.

PHI PHI ISLAND VILLAGE BEACH RESORT

DON’T MISS Take advantage of the 5* PADI diving centre, providing snorkelling and excursions to nearby islands.

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Found among 70 acres of tranquil swaying palm trees

Take a boat trip to the nearby islands, especially Maya Bay and Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island).

and manicured gardens, Phi Phi Island Beach Resort sits on a half-mile stretch of white-sand beach fringed by the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. The resort offers a number of individually set bungalows each neatly camouflaged in the natural environment and offering gentle sea breezes and views across the beach

their private verandas or balconies. The

Back at the resort, there’s delectable

or gardens. The décor is bright and breezy, utilising dark

spa offers traditional Thai therapies, but

Thai food, international delights and

woods and whitewashed walls, and each room comes

for something a little more active, head

casual snacks on offer. Whether you

complete with a range of amenities including Wi-Fi,

to the onsite recreation centre where the

choose to take lunch alfresco at Marlin

cable TV and air conditioning.

knowledgeable staff can organise dive

Restaurant or Coconut Grill & Bar,

excursions and other boating tours that

or dine high in the hills at Ruan Thai

Guests can spend their days relaxing on the stunning

enable you to explore the region’s

Restaurant, the experience will be

white-sand beach, by the pool or with a good book on

soaring karsts, islands and marine life.

thoroughly enjoyable.

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SANTHIYA KOH YAO YAI RESORT & SPA Located just 20 minutes from the bustling resort town of Phuket, this intimate resort sits on a glorious stretch of coastline and can be reached by private speedboat transfer. Hidden in the tropical greenery behind a glorious white-sand beach, this eco-luxury resort offers 39 teak wood Pool Villas and 60 Deluxe Rooms that all blend harmoniously into the natural environment where guests

form pool to the sound of the cascading

Sea Restaurant & Bar, which serves BBQ

are invited to relax and unwind. A traditional Thai feel

waterfall, to relaxing in the Ayurvana

dishes, freshly caught seafood, meat and

encapsulates the entire complex and from each villa, the

Spa. The area is famed for its underwater

vegetarian dishes, as well as exquisite

mesmerising view that extends across the sea is ideal for

world too and guests can take diving and

cocktails. Nearby, Chantara Restaurant is

relaxation and contemplation.

snorkelling trips with qualified instructors.

a fine-dining affair with authentic Thai and

The resort’s fine facilities ensure there is always something

In the evening there is no better place

will enjoy burgers, hot dog and seafood

to do should you wish – from swimming in the giant free-

to watch the sun set than at the By The

in an alfresco setting at The Titan Grill.

views of the Andaman Sea. Meat lovers

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SIX SENSES YAO NOI

For true romantics, the villa butler can arrange a champagne breakfast, a private picnic or an evening barbecue beneath the stars with a personal chef and dedicated waiter.

Located on a tranquil island, Six Senses Yao Noi offers incredible views across the stunning limestone karsts and

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out to sea. The fantastical resort resembles something out of Alice in Wonderland. The resort boasts 56 villas with infinity pools, all perched on a hillside offering amazing views. Each villa utilises local materials in the design including teak wood, palm leaves for the roof and bright soft furnishings. This is a

much the world-renowned Six Senses Spa beckons

rustic yet luxurious escape in a stunning location.

and an afternoon of pure indulgence awaits. Treat yourself to Thai massages, couples rituals and facials.

Around the resort guests are treated to a beautiful

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infinity-edge swimming pool with mesmerising views out

The romantic setting is further enhanced by the

to sea. Other activities include water sports, diving and

exquisite dining scene. Choose from a number of

snorkelling, with an experienced team on hand to guide

clifftop outlets all offering Thai and international

you through the underwater world. When it all gets too

dishes and incredible vistas out to sea.

Sail around the Andaman Sea in style and visit some of the stunning local islands. A highlight will be the wonderful custom catering prepared by the Six Senses expert team of chefs.


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PARADEE RESORT Sitting on the southern tip of Koh Samet, on the idyllic white sands of the secluded Ao Kiew Beach, is Paradee Resort. Combining impeccable service with five-star luxury, this resort is the ideal hideaway beach break. The boutique resort, set in lush tropical rainforest on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand, is renowned for its peace and tranquillity. It offers just 40 luxurious and well-appointed villas, all boasting an incredible view of either lush tropical gardens, or the beach and the turquoise sea beyond. Each villa is built over a 100sqm plot and beautifully

While staying at this quintessential beach resort, guests can relax on

furnished utilising natural materials such as teak wood, rattan and

the picture perfect beach or around the 20ft infinity swimming pool

traditional Thai silk. A private pool with a Jacuzzi is a feature of most

which overlooks the beach. For those who wish, some water sports

of the villas.

equipment can be borrowed to explore the underwater world. Alternatively, perfect your wind surfing or kayaking, or simply head out

Set on a gentle incline overlooking the beach, Paradee’s restaurant

on a deep sea fishing or sailing adventure. The gym is also available to

has views of the resort’s infinity pool, the beach and the Gulf of

keep up your daily routine.

Thailand. Providing a new interpretation of Asian food in a distinctive

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circular dining pavilion, its all-day dining menu starts with a buffet breakfast and finishes with an a la carte dinner menu in an elegant

Listen to the waves crashing on the beach as you indulge in a massage

setting. Below, the Pool Bar keeps guests refreshed with fresh juice

at dusk. The resort has highly qualified therapists and this is a treat for

and a selection of exotic cocktails. For more casual dining you can

all the senses.

order items from the restaurant and be served poolside. Nearby Sunset Bar is a real treat for the senses with an elevated wooden

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terrace overlooking the beach and making the most of spectacular

Head out on an island-hopping tour armed with a packed lunch

panoramic views.

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THAILAND DON’T MISS Borrow a mountain bike for the day and explore the island of Racha Yai with its tropical jungle and hideaway beaches. Head to highest point for incredible views.

OUTSIDE THE RESORT The resort offers a fullyequipped PADI dive training centre complete with a three-metre instructional pool. Once you master this skill, head out with the instructors to explore the mesmerising underwater world of the Andaman Sea.

THE RACHA Set on the idyllic island of Racha Yai, The Racha is a luxurious hideaway resort around 12 miles south of Phuket. Featuring just 85 decadent villas, all positioned along the pristine Batok Beach, this is the ideal romantic escape. With a huge emphasis placed on the environment, each of the villas blends harmoniously with its verdant tropical surroundings. There is an array of accommodation from Deluxe Rooms with interconnecting doors to The LightHouse, an opulent five-storey apartment boasting 360-degree views, its own pool, private terrace and sundeck. In between there are Pool Suites with a private plunge pool. The décor throughout is neutral allowing the natural environment to pull focus.

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To enhance your luxurious stay further, indulge at the Anumba Spa – an

Scattered around the resort, there are five dining options to choose from,

alfresco spa utilising local techniques and drawing on ancient Thai

each offering a unique vantage point of the resort and delectable cuisines

traditions to perform relaxing massages and pampering sessions. Other

from around the world. Earth Cafe is home to an international buffet,

facilities on offer are a fully-equipped gym and tennis courts, and those

while Fire Grill serves Mediterranean and Ice Bar has cocktails. For the

wanting to venture further can take to the nature trails or borrow a

night owls, a couple of bars stay open late and you can enjoy a cocktail

mountain bike. For water lovers, it’s possible to canoe or snorkel right off

and listen to the resident band. Meanwhile, the Club Del Mar plays cool

of the beach, or simply relax by the pool with a good book.

chillout tunes poolside – it even has underwater music.


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AAVA RESORT & SPA This ultra-cool resort is located on the beautiful Nadan Beach, accessed via Surat Thani and famed for the rare pink dolphins that often visit. Dropped in the midst of the nine kilometre white-sand beach, Aava is the brainchild of a Scandinavian couple and this is evident throughout the complex. Cool design meets friendly Thai service leaving an incredible fusion of cultures. Aava has just 28 rooms, each romantic and cosy in style with flat roofs and neutral décor – some even have plunge pools. The real draw is the Aava Spa here though. Created to harmoniously fuse ancient Thai techniques with modern treatments, this spa has an ample treatment menu and all therapies are administered by fully-qualified and experienced therapists. There is also a weekly wellness programme offering yoga, Pilates, tai chi, Muay Thai, meditation and stretching classes. The onsite restaurant, Aalto, is a romantic and intimate fine-dining experience on the beach. Expect European influences mixed with Asian delights. For something a little more casual, try Aava Pizzeria & Bakery.

‘COOL DESIGN MEETS FRIENDLY THAI SERVICE LEAVING AN INCREDIBLE FUSION OF CULTURES’

The charming little restaurant provides traditional wood fired pizzas, freshly baked breads and scrumptious pastries.

DON’T MISS Explore the nine kilometre stretch of pristine beach lapped by blue waters. It is usually empty apart from a couple of fishermen out with their nets.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Head out on a long-tail boat for a full-day tour to see the pink dolphins and Koh Nui Nork, a sacred Buddhist island with an amazing story.

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BALI

FROM THE BEACHES OF BUSTLING SEMINYAK TO THE VERDANT TERRACED LANDSCAPES OF SLEEPY UBUD, BALI HAS HELD TRAVELLERS CAPTIVE WITH ITS MYSTIQUE FOR DECADES. FILLED WITH ROMANCE AND TRADITION, THE ISLAND DESTINATION PUT INDONESIA ON THE MUST-SEE LIST FOR MANY TRAVELLERS.


BALI Whether it’s the serenity of Bali’s beautiful beaches or the tranquillity of her terraced rice fields, the ‘Island of the Gods’ has the power to steal your heart and captivate your soul. This is a land woven with culture and religion, where monthly festivals and ceremonies are waiting for you to experience. EXPLORING THE OUTER ISLANDS Off the east coast of Sumbawa lies Komodo National Park, a group of majestic islands including Komodo, Rinca and Flores. Come here to encounter the largest and most powerful lizard in the world – The Komodo Dragon. This prehistoric reptile is unique to Indonesia and a major point of interest in the outer islands. With an unspoilt volcanic landscape and an abundance of wildlife, these islands are perfect for escaping back to nature. WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF BALI The driest months in Bali are between April and October. However, even in the winter months, rains are often only short, sharp bursts.

OUR TOP BALINESE EXPERIENCES 1. Discover the secrets of Balinese cuisine with a cookery class. You’ll unlock key techniques and styles of cookery after visiting a vibrant local food market. 2. For the adventurous traveller, climb the summit of a volcano and breakfast at sunrise overlooking the majestic Mount Batur. 3. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on Jimbaran Bay. Choose your fish from the catch of the day and take in the atmosphere as you dine on the beach. 4. Visit the spiritual temple of Tanah Lot. Accessed at low tide, the freshwater spring is said to be holy water and people come from all over the island to drink and cleanse their bodies. At high tide it’s a stunning place to take sunset photographs. 5. Marvel at the size of Besakih, Bali’s largest temple complex, where every day worshippers can be seen praying on the volcanic slope of Ganung Agung.

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UBUD Nestled in the uplands and interlaced with religious shrines, Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. The calmness and creativity of the area make it the perfect place to see traditional dance and buy ornate local handicrafts. Lose yourself in this peaceful oasis and let the spirit of Bali take hold. The iconic rice paddies cascade hillsides to meet small villages, dense jungle and some of the island’s most peaceful retreats. Come here to lose yourself in the tranquillity of Bali’s uplands and explore the local communities and wildlife that call this beautiful place home.

OUR TOP UBUD EXPERIENCES 1. Make friends with the cheeky Macaque monkeys at Monkey Forest in Ubud. Groups of these mischievous monkeys live in shaded forest areas, surrounded by temples. 2. Explore the stunning World Heritage rice terraces of Jatiluwih, 90 minutes north west of Ubud. We enjoy taking in the stunning views from the southern end of the village. 3. Take an exhilarating adventure white water rafting on the Ayung River. A journey that rides through class 1 and 2 rapids. 4. Hop on a bike and spend the day cycling through the surrounding paddy fields and experiencing local village life. 5. Get off road and spend a day exploring West Bali National Park by 4WD Jeep. You’ll delve deep into tropical forests, viewing Bali’s rare wildlife and stunning coastlines.

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BALI DON’T MISS Spa Alila offers unique outdoor treatments in inspiring settings like the sculpture garden and on the riverbank. There’s also Moonlight Remedies which are only offered under a full moon.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Visit Bali’s artistic centre of Ubud, a place where artists, writers and musicians from around the world find their inspiration. Here guests can visit a number of art galleries and museums, see temple festivals and dances, and take in the magic of the real Bali.

ALILA UBUD Located in a tranquil hillside setting on the edge of the verdant Ayung River Valley, Alila Ubud effortlessly combines contemporary design with traditional Balinese architecture. This charming boutique resort offers secluded courtyards, intimate gardens and wide terraces. Each of the 56 rooms and 12 villas offers stunning views of the lush tropical vegetation that blankets the valley below – leaving a feeling of serenity and peace. The 25-metre infinity pool has often been voted as one of the most beautiful in the world due to its extending views across the valley – it is the ideal place to relax. Along with the choice to sit in one of the gardens or courtyards, a few days in the central foothills of Bali will leave you feeling rejuvenated and revived. There are two restaurants to choose from – the Plantation Restaurant, which is set in a traditional-style pavilion complete with towering coconut pillar and thatched roof, has a brassiere feel and serves Asian and seasonal cuisines. The Cabana Lounge boasts a dramatic view over the floating emerald green infinity pool with the plunging valley in the background and serves seasonal beverages and comfort food all day. 56


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SAMAYA UBUD Designed as an extension of the Samaya Seminyak, guests can enjoy tranquillity and Balinese hospitality alongside the beautiful River Ayung. The Ayung River Valley is the backdrop for the 19 villas which sit nestled into five hectares of lush green landscape offering true privacy and stunning views. The entire resort has an aura of true culture with its dedication to the experiences that the local area provides such as cooking schools and local village tours. Each of the villas offers the mod cons you would expect

unrivalled. At dusk, enjoy a cocktail and

The spa directly overlooks the river, and

from a luxury resort, all enclosed within the confines of the

watch the fireflies play as the sun sets.

offers state of the art equipment and an

cool, contemporary villas. They all come complete with a

For extra romance, the ‘100 Candles

extensive treatment menu. It is the ideal

private pool and views over the river.

Dinner’ is a unique romantic experience

place to spend some time dedicated

with a breathtaking Balinese landscape

to you, with massages and traditional

The restaurant at the resort serves a range of cuisines

view complete with 100 candles and an

Balinese rituals that are perfect for private

catering to all tastes. Its setting next to the river is

abundance of flower petals.

relaxation or a romantic couple’s activity.

the valley, this resort expertly fuses the scenic, raw beauty

Take a wander around the resort to find

The award-winning resort has an

of Bali with iconic architecture and the luxuries of Four

the beautiful rooftop lotus pond which

abundance of dining options and can

Seasons service. In total there are 42 villas and 18

seemingly floats in thin air and has

cater for everything from a casual brunch

suites, each with a mix of contemporary and Balinese

unrivalled views. There’s also a 100%

to a romantic fine-dining affair. The elegant

décor, including rich teak furnishings and exotic hand-

bamboo yoga bale where you can take

Ayung Terrace serves pan-Asian favourites

loomed fabrics. The villas are tucked away in private,

an anti-gravity yoga class, a tranquil

all day in alfresco or indoor dining areas.

peaceful locations whereas the suites sit grandly in

riverside pool and a serene spa. Head out

Riverside Café serves rustic French bistro

the main house. There is a deep sense of serenity and

on a guided trek to explore the surrounding

fare, while Jati Bar in the open-air lobby is

positive energy across the valley and around the pretty

landscape or visit nearby Ubud for a dose

the ideal place to savour the views over a

manicured resort grounds.

of culture.

sundowner or two.

FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT SAYAN With an idyllic riverfront location deep in the heart of Bali, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan offers a holiday dedicated to nature. Accessed via a stunning suspension bridge high above

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ONE ISLAND: FIVE UNIQUE EXPERIENCES Discover the popular, beautiful Indonesian island of Bali in style, from the comfort of Alila’s luxury resorts. On this opulent tour, you’ll be met with expansive infinity pools, spa treatments and pampering throughout your Balinese break. In the south of the island, settle back to enjoy the blissful heights of relaxation at Alila Villas Uluwatu, before making a trip to the impressively located clifftop Pura Luhur temple. Moving on to the western coast, you’ll discover the tropical beachfront of Alila Villas Soori. As you journey between the resorts, you’ll enjoy the company of your own personal butler, who will serve a bespoke picnic. As you continue to move through the island, you’ll experience the best of Bali. Set off towards eastern Bali where you’ll stay at Alila Manggis, before returning to the island’s centre to stay at the serene and quaint hillside retreat, Alila Ubud. Round off your holiday in the sun-worshipper’s beaches of Seminyak, staying at the stunning new Alila Seminyak. A complimentary Alila Experience is included in each hotel.

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Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Manggis

ALILA MANGGIS

Alila Villas Soori

ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU

ALILA VILLAS SOORI

One of Bali’s best-kept secrets, Alila Manggis

Perched on the edge of an elevated plateau

This stunning retreat is located on the

sits beachside on Bali’s east coast at the foot of

uniting mighty limestone cliffs with the Indian

south coast of Bali around 45 minutes from

the majestic Mount Agung – Bali’s most sacred

Ocean, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the ultimate

Seminyak and 20 minutes from Tanah Lot

mountain.

luxury resort on the Bukit Peninsular.

Temple, one of Bali’s most revered temples.

Set amid a verdant coconut grove, this boutique

This environmentally conscious resort comprises

Set among UNESCO World heritage rice

resort offers 53 rooms and two suites, each

65 villas, each with its own pool and private

fields, a tawny-sand beach and rolling hills, this

designed to maximise the views across the

cabana overlooking the Indian Ocean. Inside

resort boasts a truly inspirational location.

swimming pool or out to sea. The design is

the villas, guests will be treated to an array of

traditional Balinese and all rooms are housed in

Alila’s signature items like the BathBox filled with

With an array of accommodation ranging from

old-style pavilions complete with thatched roofs

bubbles and the Alila signature scent.

romantic One-Bedroom Beach Pool Villas, to

and luxury amenities.

expansive ten-bedroom residences, there is The dining scene is truly decadent: The Warung

guaranteed to be something that will suit your

The dining scene is exquisite with the restaurant

presents wholesome traditional Indonesian

needs. Expect landscaped gardens, soaring

Seasalt set in a traditional Balinese pavilion

and Balinese fare and CIRE marries East Asian

views of the mighty Mount Batukaru, the beach

offering views across the Indian Ocean – it

flavours with western cooking techniques.

and rice fields, a stunning contemporary chic

serves a range of contemporary dishes

For those looking for true relaxation, head to

finish and all the mod cons expected in a five-

including Indonesian and Balinese favourites.

the awe-inspiring infinity pool that seems to

star luxury resort. Ombak, the resort’s signature

The Lobby Lounge and Pool Side bar are open

magically hover over the Indian Ocean, or

restaurant, serves international and local seasonal

daily serving light refreshments and cocktails.

indulge in some time at the dedicated spa.

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KOMODO DRAGON EXPLORATION This three-day wildlife adventure tour, starting in Bali, takes you to discover the small Indonesian islands of Rinca and Komodo where you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with the island’s oldest and most famous inhabitant, the Komodo Dragon. The world’s largest lizards, these giant reptiles grow up to three metres in length and can run at up to 18km per hour. We’ll take you to see them in their natural environment and explore the huge diversity of flora and fauna on these dramatic islands. During our tour you’ll get the chance to snorkel in the clear waters of the islands and swim among a variety of sealife including parrot fish, clown fish and, if you’re lucky, turtles.

SANG GIRI MOUNTAIN TENT RESORT Nestled into the cool mountains of Jatiluwih (a World Heritage site) and surrounded by dense, evergreen rainforest, this tented resort has just eight tents and offers guests an experience few others will get to have. Offering intrepid travel combined with decadent

rain shower with hot water available

and watch as their meal is prepared.

accommodation, each of the tents has an en suite

from the water heater.

Later, it’s an excellent place to enjoy an evening cocktail and socialise with

bathroom and large private terrace where guests can

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enjoy unrivalled panoramas of dense mountain and an

Built from traditional bamboo, The Pakis

outstanding sunrise at dawn. At night, a sky full of stars,

Restaurant offers an authentic Balinese

and the sounds of the jungle burst through to give guests

food experience using edible wild

The intrepid location means there are

a real sense of the uninterrupted Balinese world. Each

mountain vegetables, leaves and roots,

plenty of outdoor activities on offer.

tent is a semi permanent structure with a rustic yet chic

and a western-style BBQ menu. Guests

Guests can enjoy nature walks through

interior. Wooden floorboards with a canvas roof plus

take their meals sitting around the open

the mountains, bird watching, mountain

large, comfortable beds and a mountain spring water

kitchen where they can chat to the chef

biking and hiking.

other guests.


BALI DON’T MISS The unique ’Nihi Oka Spa Safari’ offers guests a 90-minute trek passing local Sumbanese villages before an alfresco breakfast in the rustic Nihi Oka treehouse. Then a day of treatments ranging from full-body massage to cooling and rejuvenating wraps – all using natural, local ingredients.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL A popular hike is the Blue Waterfall Trip, which includes a 90-minute hike through the National Park to the magnificent blue lagoon at the base of the waterfall.

NIHIWATU Located on the lesser-visited Indonesian island of Sumba, this remote, luxury lodge sits on 560 acres of unspoilt tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands. Bordering a 2.5km stretch of private beach with access to one of the world’s best left-hand surf breaks, Nihiwatu Resort provides tailor-made stays that combine adventure and luxury. Nestled throughout the trees are the 28 villas at Nihiwatu, each embodying a design dedicated to sustainable tourism. Utilising the skills of local craftsmen and indigenous materials, all the villas offer incredible vistas out to sea and feature spacious outdoor living areas, some with private bales. The emphasis is on open-plan living that reflects the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture. Dining is a refined yet relaxing experience featuring cuisine by an

Around the resort, guests will be spoiled for choice on how to spend

award-winning chef. Using the freshest of local ingredients, Nio Beach

their time. Head to The Boathouse for a host of water sport activities

Club has an open air setting just steps from the sea. It serves a lunch

like surf lessons, scuba diving and kayaking. Alternatively, relax by your

of freshly caught fish, delicious salads and items from the grill. Later,

private plunge pool or take a yoga class with 360-degree panoramic

dinner is served at Ombak, the resort’s main restaurant, and guests can

views at The Yoga Pavilion. The children will be thoroughly entertained

expect rustic cooking using fresh local produce including home-grown

too – the spacious Menara Bale is dedicated to families and offers

vegetables and fish caught on the day. Private dining can be arranged

books, games, table tennis, a pool table and a Sumbanese afternoon

for a more intimate and romantic occasion.

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LOMBOK & THE GILI ISLANDS The dramatic mountains and sweeping coastlines of Lombok are only a 30-minute flight, but a world away from Bali. For wildlife, world-class surf breaks and breathtaking turquoise bays, Lombok is the perfect location for a laid back escape and the gateway to the Gili islands. Here you’ll discover some of the world’s finest snorkelling and diving, or simply soak up the sun in this remote part of Indonesia.

OUR TOP LOMBOK & GILI EXPERIENCES 1. Explore the ocean on a diving or snorkelling expedition. The rich, clear waters of the Gili islands are home to turtles, manta rays and an abundance of colourful marine life. 2. Take a trek up Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s third highest mountain. The national park is home to stunning waterfalls and spectacular natural scenery. 3. Take a horse and cart around Gili Trawangan or rent a bike and explore the largest and liveliest of the Gili Islands. 4. Discover Lombok’s natural beauty and visit waterfalls, traditional villages and terraced rice fields. 5. Escape for a relaxing stay on Gili Meno; its peaceful surroundings are perfect for a romantic day trip.

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LOMBOK & THE GILI ISLANDS DON’T MISS Private dining: Enjoy a seven-course Indonesian dinner under the stars, on the sands of Medana beach.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Snorkelling and diving: Take a morning or afternoon excursion to the Gili Islands. Here, you will be given the opportunity to snorkel the beautiful reefs and observe the colourful marine life.

THE OBEROI LOMBOK Located in the stunning Medana Bay, offering exclusive beach access mixed with encapsulating views of Mount Agung in Bali, The Oberoi, Lombok sits in 24 acres of well-manicured gardens. Covering 24 acres of landscaped gardens, the resort is surrounded by towering indigenous trees, and flowering bougainvillea plants. A stunning infinity pool is at its centre, and the accommodation is a mix of traditional thatched villas and pavilions, all of which afford stunning ocean and garden views. The bar, restaurants and spa are traditional, open-air structures ensuring gentle sea breezes and the scent of indigenous plants and trees as it wafts by.

As expected in a five-star resort, the dining options are plentiful. The Sunbird CafĂŠ serves breakfast and lunch in an alfresco dining space

At the resort, guests are treated to a plethora of activities dedicated

featuring an outdoor kitchen and intimate tables shaded by parasols

to adventure or pure relaxation. The five-star PADI dive centre offers

or nestled under lofty palms. Located within the lush hotel gardens, the

underwater enthusiasts the chance to sample the stunning marine

award-winning Lumbung Restaurant includes an open-sided, thatched

world; alternatively they can keep their feet dry on a mountain biking

structure and an alfresco courtyard. Named after the native geckos that

expedition. Meanwhile, the wellness centre beckons when utter

you can hear at night, the open-air Tokek Bar serves fine wines, coffee

pampering is required.

and cocktails.

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JEEVA KLUI

DON’T MISS The Jeevaniya Spa offers fantastic views and a wide variety of traditional treatments perfect to help soothe away the stresses of everyday life.

Perfectly positioned along a stretch of white sandy beach, Jeeva Klui is surrounded by a beautiful fusion of turquoise sea and lush green jungle foliage.

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Overlooked by Bali’s two active volcanoes, this is an idyllic Lombok location. Jeeva Klui, the flagship of Jeeva Resorts combines the simplistic, yet traditional design of the company with the tropical natural beauty of Lombok leaving a modern

Designed to reflect the architecture of a traditional

luxurious resort with a hint of Indonesia. The entire

village long house, The Waroeng is a small open-air

boutique resort is built to reflect Jeeva’s commitment to

restaurant and the centre of daily life at Jeeva Klui. Set

the environment, it utilises recycled materials and where

on an open-air veranda that overlooks the swimming

possible supports the local communities. Each of the

pool and the beach, the restaurant has a relaxed

accommodation types whether Villas or Suites, all offer

atmosphere and cuisine that features fresh local

wide spacious verandas or balconies giving way to

ingredients. Guests can enjoy a selection of Western

stunning views across the resort or out to sea. Each room

and Asian dishes at the Waroeng long table or take

is grand in design with whitewashed walls, terracotta tiled

their meal on their own private terrace.

Take a drive around the island to admire cascading waterfalls, beautiful beaches and a rich jungle interior teeming with unique sounds and smells.

floors and flowing drapes creating a light and airy space.

QUNCI VILLAS Located on the island of Lombok, only 22 miles east of Bali, is the idyllic resort of Qunci Villas. Boasting a beachfront location, delectable dining, a choice of swimming pools and a luxurious pampering spa, this is the ideal romantic getaway. The rooms and villas dotted around the resort each offer

luxurious facilities include the Qamboja

serves sumptuous Mediterranean delights

picture perfect views across the sea, manicured gardens

Spa which boasts an array of treatments

or if Asian seafood is more your taste then

or pools. The exterior is traditional Indonesian and some

both traditional and western. Each of the

Quali Restaurant is the one for you. NooQ

come complete with a private pool. Inside the rooms,

private treatment rooms opens out on to

Bar sits directly at beach level giving way

guests will enjoy the array of modern facilities, private

its own courtyard enriching the whole spa

to stunning views as the sun sets – this

balcony or veranda, and a fusion of Indonesian meets

experience for each guest.

is a popular spot to enjoy a cocktail with a view. Each week the resort takes

western interiors.

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The two restaurants on site offer some of

advantage of its stunning location and

Around the resort, there are three swimming pools,

the finest cuisine on the island and guests

hosts a Beach BBQ serving locally caught

all infinity-edged and overlooking the ocean. Other

can choose from Quah Restaurant which

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MAHAMAYA Meaning ‘ultimate paradise’, Mahamaya lies on the rustic yet simple and chic island of Gili Meno. Offering a luxurious yet understated holiday alongside a coral-sand beach, the resort is hip, eco-friendly and the ideal place to unwind and experience the laid-back tropical life. This boutique resort has been built to ensure that it fits seamlessly into the natural environment – boasting only 18 simple but modern rooms it perfectly blends into the island feel of thatched-roof villages. Having said this though, the

resort, guests can enjoy the serenity of the

The well-equipped spa offers anything

hotel has its own unique feel – you will find quotes on the

adults-only plunge pool with its swim-up

from manicures to massages all in the

walls from famous people, such as Marilyn Monroe and

bar. The beachfront bar is also the ideal

turquoise-hued spa centre which takes

Mohammed Ali plus a true dedication to sustainability.

spot for a cocktail as the sun sets. The

its colour cue from the stunning natural

restaurant serves tempting Asian fusion

palette of the resort’s surroundings.

The two categories of room, Beach-Front Villas and

food, organically produced as much as

Pool-View Suites both offer comfortable living areas, hot

possible. The setting of the restaurant is

Enjoy the outdoors and relax on the

water showers, modern interiors and verandas where

beachfront and offers incredible vistas

coral sand beach or take to the water

you can relax and enjoy the stunning views. Around the

out to sea. A perfect romantic setting.

with a snorkel and fins.

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HOTEL OMBOK SUNSET

Try your hand at Indonesian cooking as the chef introduces you to age-old techniques still used today. The resort’s cooking school offers guests the chance to learn a new style of cooking with a signature dish to try at home.

Idyllically located on the quieter west side of Gili Trawangan, Hotel Ombok Sunset is the quintessential romantic beach break. Complete with a stunning shoreline and mesmerising sunset, dedicate your time

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here to sunbathing, reading and cooling off in the pool. With a beautiful coral sand beach, verdant gardens

Dining is a casual affair here and guests are encouraged

and traditional Indonesian-styled two-storey bungalows,

to grab a slouch seat on the beach to enjoy the dramatic

this resort carefully fuses modern luxury with rustic natural

hues of the sunset with a cocktail in hand before dinner.

beauty. Each room offers a chic contemporary interior,

Horizon Restaurant and Bar is open throughout the day

fitted with mod cons like Wi-Fi and embodying the South

serving a selection of international cuisines. Seabreeze

East Asian mantra of whitewashed walls, teak wood

is set on the beach and serves a la carte lunches and

and an emphasis on alfresco living. No matter the

then a seafood grill and buffet for dinner, it also offers a

category of room you choose, you’ll have a balcony or

huge selection of delectable cocktails, wines and beers.

terrace to relax on and enjoy views of the garden, pool

The pool bar, open throughout the day, serves refreshing

or ocean.

juices, cocktails and beers.

Borrow the bikes and head out on the island to discover the local setting. The staff will be happy to assist with maps and directions to local places of interest.

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BALI DON’T MISS Explore Bali Barat on foot, horseback or mountain bike. This perfect introduction to The Menjangan takes in the views of the forest and beach guided by the resort’s expert staff.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Seven world-class dive sites lie off the coast of Menjangan Island, a short boat ride from The Menjangan. At these local dive sites, magnificent coral gardens and dramatic reef walls are home to a vast range of marine life.

THE MENJANGAN The Menjangan is the ultimate hideaway resort. Nestled into the remote west coast of Bali on 382 hectares of the Bali Barat National Park, it has an emphasis on eco-living and a stress-free environment. This Eden-like resort itself boasts a number of rooms, 24 in total which all embody a tranquil feeling. From Monsoon Deluxe Rooms to Beach Front Villas, guests can rest assured that whatever category they choose, luxury and comfort will be combined. The whole resort has a casual, relaxed vibe set a in pristine environment. There are no TV channels here, DVDs are offered, but it is the natural environment that takes centre stage, from the marine life in the sea to the birdsong in the trees. The resort’s facilities include several restaurants, each offering picture perfect views and delectable cuisine. The Mangrove Spa, set beachside has a plethora of local treatments available. There’s also a library and media centre. The activities on offer ensure guests can do as much, or as little as they choose. From horse riding through the National Park to snorkelling off of the beautiful beach, or hiking and biking, the jungle offers ample opportunity to get back to nature. 66


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SPA VILLAGE RESORT TEMBOK BALI Located on the quieter north-eastern coast of Bali, this tranquil adultsonly resort offers a real sense of escape with daily complimentary spa treatments adding to your relaxation. Boasting just 31 rooms, suites and pool villas all embodying a simple Balinese décor, this spa resort owns a relaxing quality evident from the moment you arrive. Each of the rooms, set on ground or first floor level has a private balcony or terrace. The interior blends exotic colours with traditional wood furnishings leaving a breezy Balinese dwelling. The marble bathrooms are elegant and cooling – perfect after a day in the sun. The two villas offer space and luxury and come complete with their own private pool. Activities at this adult-only resort include yoga, cooking classes and The entire resort has an emphasis on wellness and lifestyle, so expect

meditation. You can also take to the water for a diving or snorkelling

a tailor-made programme incorporating a daily spa treatment and

adventure or experience the local lifestyle on a cultural excursion.

in-house activities.You will leave feeling invigorated and free from

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everyday stresses. The massage therapists offer a range of treatments all dedicated to your individual needs.

Witness a traditional Balinese dance and marvel at the elaborate costumes of the dancers as they perform accompanied by the sound of

The Wantilan Restaurant has a unique setting high above the sea

traditional gamelan music. Each dance is more than just a display of

with beautiful views of the ocean. Decorated with traditional artwork

skill; it’s also the story of the ancient battle between good and evil.

and rattan furniture, the restaurant has no walls, which allows the

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ocean air to drift through as you dine. Feast on sumptuous Asian and western delights made with locally-sourced vegetables and fresh-caught

Take to the local village on an Art Village Tour. The guides will share

seafood. The Taman Gili is also available for guests to take pre-dinner

with you the secrets to Balinese art – some of which is displayed

drinks as the sun sets on this beautiful island.

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SOUTHERN BALI BEACHES Whether you’re looking to relax and enrol in a yoga class, or take advantage of the most sought-after surf spots on the planet, the beaches of Southern Bali have it all. SPAS & SHOPPING IN SEMINYAK You’ll find some of Bali’s coolest bars and restaurants in this bustling beachside resort, including iconic hot spots such as Ku De Ta, Potato Head and The Living Room. Come here for exceptional dining, shopping in designer boutiques or to hole up in some of the world’s most luxurious spas. NUSA DUA & TANJUNG BENOA The white beaches of Nusa Dua make this a popular resort area. Tanjung Benoa, the northern beach, is renowned as the best place in Bali for water sports. Nusa Dua is also home to the Bali Collection restaurant complex, were you’ll find a diverse range of Balinese restaurants, a great alternative for those who don’t want to dine in their hotel each night. SANUR An outer reef protects the inside lagoon from rough currents, making Sanur an ideal location for families. There’s a village atmosphere to Sanur, which strikes a balance of quiet charm, without being too remote. You’ll find a mix of local restaurants and hotel resorts, and the calm shallow waters make it ideal for enjoying a variety of water sports.

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JIMBARAN The long alluring white sandy beaches of Jimbaran are home to some of the world’s most esteemed spa hotels and resorts. The waters of this fantastic wide bay are generally calm making it the perfect spot for beach relaxation and ideal for families. This idyllic location is also the place to go for some of the best seafood warungs in Bali; at night beachside restaurants serve the freshest catch of the day.

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BALI DON’T MISS Surfing the legendary waves. Bali is an ideal spot to perfect your surfing skills. There are a range of surf schools in the vicinity so don your wetsuit and go catch a wave.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Vibrant Seminyak is nearby and it’s well worth spending an evening enjoying this buzzing scene.

ALILA SEMINYAK The contemporary beach resort Alila Seminyak is brand new to Bali. Lying on the edge of the Indian Ocean with an idyllic beachfront location, this resort is sure to become a firm favourite. Comprising 96 rooms, 143 suites and one penthouse, guests are treated to a chic contemporary feel utilising a colour palette of browns, creams and golds. As with all luxury resorts, expect luxury bath amenities and a range of mod cons in each room. The views are exquisite too affording vistas out across the beach and ocean. The resort is ideal for those wanting to be close enough to the action of lively Seminyak but with enough distance to truly relax. While at the resort, guests can opt for one of the Asian-inspired treatments at the spa; spend the days relaxing by the pool, or on the pristine beach. For those who like to work out, there is a state of the art gym offering a range of free weights and equipment. The dining scene ranges from romantic and private destination dining to a beach bar for sundowners. The restaurant is set between the pool and bar offering incredible views over the ocean. It serves international cuisine throughout the day. 70


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THE SAMAYA SEMINYAK Located on the south coast of Bali with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, this peaceful beachfront resort welcomes those looking to relax and is ideal for honeymooners. Being the only all-villa full-service resort in Seminyak, these large beachfront and Balinese-style private villas offer a sense of pure tranquillity. They are kitted out in a traditional style where neutral colours and dark wood shine through. All villas come complete with lap pools, whilst the premier Royal Pavilion Villas house an outdoor Jacuzzi. There is a distinctly high level of service which is typical of a Samaya resort – guests can enjoy breakfast served anywhere anytime, plus the services of a 24-hour butler. The SPA at The Samaya Seminyak is extremely special and offers treatments inspired by the ocean. Among the spa’s extensive treatment

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menu is their signature massage: four hands in harmony blending five massage styles – Japanese shiatsu, Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish

Seminyak beach offers the finest views of the town’s famous sunset. It’s

and Balinese. Of course there are many other rituals to choose from too.

quieter than popular beaches like Kuta, making it the perfect place to relax with a cocktail as the sun goes down.

The dining scene offers two restaurants, one being BREEZE beachside

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restaurant which overlooks Seminyak Beach. It offers exotic international and local dishes for breakfast, lunch, classical afternoon tea and

The Samaya Seminyak offers a chance to experience a short religious

romantic sunset dinners. This is alfresco dining at its finest with the

tour to the temple “Petitenget”. The temple is located just a five-minute

backdrop of the Indian Ocean. The other option is Brasserie at The

walk from The Samaya and is famous for its detailed architecture and

Royal Courtyard which serves traditional Indonesian fare.

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THE SEMINYAK BEACH RESORT & SPA Located in a heavenly setting surrounded by lily ponds, native greenery and traditional thatched pavilions, The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is an oasis of sophistication in a tropical setting. Set right in the heart of popular Seminyak, this stylish beachfront resort offers a sophisticated atmosphere with distinct Balinese touches. The 105 rooms are designed for optimal comfort with earthy tones, plush furnishings and lavish bathrooms. Some have a private Jacuzzi, others a private

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plunge pool, and all have the amenities you’d expect of a luxury resort.

The Kahyangan Spa is a modern wellness facility dedicated to Whether you prefer active days or total relaxation on the beach, there is

body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. A concise treatment menu draws

a plethora of activities on offer. The resort itself offers a beachside infinity

inspiration from Indonesia’s time-honoured health and beauty rituals. All

pool and a well-equipped spa with a treatment menu administered by

therapies use naturally sourced ingredients and have been adapted to

qualified therapists.

address the effects of living in today’s fast paced world.

Dining options include Santan Restaurant, set in a series of dining pavilions

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surrounded by waterways and tropical greenery. The charming restaurant

Seminyak is Bali’s most exclusive shopping hub, and the streets are

serves an all-day menu of fine international cuisine. Sanje Restaurant is

packed with everything from homewares, art and antiques stores, to

casual and open-air with a focus on seafood, while Sanje Ocean Lounge

independent surfwear shops and outlets featuring apparel from local

and Pool Bar is the ultimate place to unwind with a sunset cocktail.

and international designers.


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W RETREAT AND SPA BALI – SEMINYAK On one of Bali’s top beaches, opt to stay in the uber cool W Retreat and Spa Bali – Seminyak. Looking more like a chic resort in Ibiza, it calls to the young and trendy. From garden view retreats to three-bedroom pool villas, the hotel boasts a range of accommodation types each embodying the sleek signature style of W hotels. Views vary from the manicured gardens to blue expanse of the

routine, catch up on some reading or

buds travel all over Asia at the open-air

Indian Ocean.

simply indulge in a spot of pampering

Starfish Bloo. For drinks, Ice Bar offers

and meditation, there is an experience

frozen cocktails and champagnes,

for you.

WOOBAR is an outdoor lounge area

The emphasis in the resort is pure indulgence so expect to not lift a finger while here. Even on the sand, the

with a shisha menu and a rotation of

Beach Ambassadors will be on hand to fetch you a

The dining options will not disappoint

international DJs, and the W Lounge in

towel, suntan lotion and of course a glass of bubbly

either, so dine in style at Fire, where

the lobby is chic and sophisticated. If it

should you wish. Everything has been thought about

a 7-course tasting menu offers flavours

all gets too much, head to Chill Bar in

here so whether you want to keep up your fitness

from around the globe, or let your taste

the spa for a healthy juice.

THE BALÉ A luxurious all-villa resort located in Nusa Dua on Bali’s south coast, THE BALÉ has just 29 pavilions and is one of the most exclusive adult-only offerings on the island. Boasting just 29 pavilions each with a private swimming pool, the vibe of this boutique resort is more Japanese than Indonesian so expect minimalistic, whitewashed buildings with hard lines and an arsenal of gadgets. The interiors are fashionable with double height rooms and pale wood furnishings. Dining at the resort ranges from gourmet poolside at Faces Restaurant to cool and stylish at Tapa Bistro, where

DON’T MISS The chef is honoured to personally welcome you to the cookery class which shares the secrets of Balinese cuisine.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Located just 10 minutes from the hotel on the secluded Geger Beach, the Beach Club overlooks the divine Geger Temple and takes advantage of the shimmering sand, warm, clear water, and gentle surf, with cushioned deckchairs and shady umbrellas.

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BALI DON’T MISS: The Bali Seawalker – the hotel offers guests the chance to explore the underwater world without the knowledge of diving. A helmet and breathing apparatus are provided and guests can simply walk into the sea following a short training session.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Devdan Show at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre Experience an unforgettable Bali Show Devdan just a short trip from the hotel.

GRAND MIRAGE RESORT & THALASSO BALI Located in Tanjung Benoa on the southern shores of Bali sits the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali. Boasting an idyllic beach spot and set in the heart of the resort action of Nusa Dua, this large all-inclusive resort is ideal for families, couples and friends. This beach hotel sits just 25 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport and boasts a plethora of amenities. Its feel is grand, luxurious and spacious meaning guests can really escape the crowds of the nearby town when retreating to the hotel.

range of international dishes, while La Cascata offers Italian fine dining, and Jukung Grill specialises in seafood in an alfresco setting. Four

The hotel features 301 impressive rooms and suites all embodying

nights a week, Rama Stage serves an alfresco dinner with spectacular

traditional Balinese features, from artistic furniture, to the hotel colour

entertainment, and cocktails are available at all hours from Panorama

palette. All rooms feature modern bathrooms, large beds and an array of

Lounge and the Coconut Pool Bar.

entertainment options. The real draw is the impressive views which extend either over the well-manicured gardens or out across the Indian Ocean.

The activity list at this hotel is extremely impressive and guests can choose from an extensive list of water sports, a dedicated club for the little ones,

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There are several restaurants to choose from at this sprawling resort,

bike hire, table tennis and beach games. The Spa offers an aura of calm

and the Executive Chef brings his worldwide experience to each dish.

to really get into the holiday vibe, or join the fitness staff for aerobics,

Grand Cafe overlooks the pool and the ocean beyond, and serves a

power walking and yoga to keep up to date with your fitness regime.


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CONRAD BALI Conrad Bali is located on the southern shores of the island in over six hectares of beautifully manicured tropical gardens, turquoise lagoons and a wide expanse of white-sand beach. The Eden-like Conrad Bali wows from its first impressions – the drive up to the hotel passes an impressive waterfall which free flows from the hotel’s huge open-air lobby. When you get there, the three-level foyer offers expansive views of the Indian Ocean. From here, guests will be guided to their room or suite in one of the three

For the little ones, Kura-Kura Club offers supervision

guest wings. There are 313 rooms in total with the vast

and specially arranged activities.

majority offering stunning ocean views. There is very a good range of dining options and There is a fine range of recreational offerings that

bars at the resort too. Guests can choose to dine on

include a 33-metre swimming pool, jogging track with

Japanese, international and Asian cuisines or take to

manicured gardens, water sports, floodlit tennis courts

the breezy alfresco bars to enjoy a cocktail or two

plus a modern fitness centre and the luxury Jiwa Spa.

under the stars.

DON’T MISS Perfect your back swing with a game of tennis. The resort’s team of professionals will be able to give you a few helpful pointers to improve your game.

SAMABE BALI SUITES & VILLAS Found in the upmarket southern region of Nusa Dua, this luxury all-inclusive resort sits along a large stretch of white-sand beach. Surrounded by over eight hectares of well manicured and tropical garden, this boutique resort epitomises a luxury seaside break. It features 81 suites and villas, all lavishly decorated and accented with token pieces of Balinese art. Large spacious rooms give way to cooling bathrooms,

of Fire Pool Bar and Te.Ja.Co serve fresh mocktails

but the real feature is the extended views across the Indian

and cocktails, perfect for a pre-dinner sundowner or

Ocean from every room.

an after-dinner tipple.

Guests are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to

The resort’s ‘Ultimate Privileges’ programme is designed

exclusive dining at this upmarket resort. Rempah-Rempah

to make your all-inclusive stay as personal as possible.

Restaurant serves rich flavours derived from Asia and

Benefits include a 24-hour butler service, special

the Mediterranean, while Crystal Blue offers modern

welcome amenities, premium meals and beverages,

European cuisine with an uninterrupted ocean view. Ring

entertainment and spa treatments.

DON’T MISS Join the chef for a 90-minute Balinese cooking class. Guests can learn the age-old secrets in preparing and cooking some of Bali’s all-time favourite dishes.

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BALI DON’T MISS Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner set up in the villa. This unique experience can be arranged for our guests who are staying in a One Bedroom Pool Villa or Honeymoon Suite Villa.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take a trip to the island of Serangan, located just 7km off the coast near Sanur. The island is known for its sea turtle population, and there is a turtle egg hatchery dedicated to the conservation of these endangered creatures.

THE PAVILIONS BALI Located along a private bamboo-lined lane, this all-villa suite resort is ideal for that romantic trip away. Set on the quieter, eastern side of the island in Sanur, this resort is dedicated to slowing the pace of life. Although nestled into the region’s lush tropical foliage, it is only a short stroll to the beach where you can swim or sunbathe. Each of the 24 villas sits individually tucked into the gardens and offers a spacious and luxury base to relax. The décor is typical Balinese with dark woods and neutral colours. Choose from Pool Villas, Garden Villas or the larger Honeymoon Pool Villas and Two Bed Villas. also the candlelit Jahe restaurant in the resort’s tropical garden, which The friendly staff understand that guests come here to reconnect and

offers a choice of western and Asian cuisine made from fresh local

make precious memories and therefore have the balance of attentive but

ingredients.

discreet service just right. The dining scene ranges from romantic private

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dining in your villa with the attentive service of your personal butler, to

For added romance head to the spa to indulge in traditional Balinese

a casual lunch or a cocktail after a cooling dip at Poolside Bar. There’s

rituals – it is possible to get a couple’s treatment too.


BALI

FAIRMONT SANUR BEACH BALI The Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali sits in the quiet and tranquil vicinity of Sanur, where village life precedes tourist-heavy resorts. Once a fishing village, Sanur is full of historical charm and tradition, and is a hub for Balinese art and culture. Taking inspiration from its surroundings, Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali features traditional Balinese style mixed with contemporary Asian living. Guests can choose from 120 individual villas and suites, and the décor is neutral beiges mixed

Other activities include lazy days on the beach, and exploring the

with rich terracottas and deep reds. Spacious and airy living areas give

underwater world on a dive or snorkelling trip. Alternatively, head to The

way to private pools and sundecks, some with beach views.

Spa for a traditional Balinese massage performed by an experienced local therapist.

A huge emphasis is placed on spending time alfresco, so guests can rise early to catch the sunrise on picturesque Sanur beach, relax by

The complex’s two restaurants prepare mouth-watering menus with

the 50m infinity-edge lap pool, or take a stroll along the five km-long

locally-sourced ingredients. Layang Layang, which serves local dishes

footpath that hugs the coastline. The Kid’s Club has a mini cinema and

like Sop Buntut (Indonesian Oxtail Soup) and Iga Bapi Panggang

a PlayStation, and the resort also has a number of pushbikes to lend out

(Balinese spiced pork ribs), and Nyala Beach Club & Grill which has

to guests. A map and route to the nearby villages is also available.

views of the pool and serves food with an international edge.

DON’T MISS Enjoy Sanur’s five km paved beach path and discover the local life as you explore by foot or bike.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Sanur is a great place to enjoy shopping or a stroll around town, its sidewalks are pedestrian friendly and the roads have less traffic compared with the rest of Bali

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BALI DON’T MISS Take a lesson in traditional Balinese art and craft. All guests will get the opportunity to be tutored by a local artisan to create a stunning memento to take home.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Discover the history of Bali by experiencing the traditional Barong Dance, a storytelling art form that narrates the fight between good and evil.

BALI MANDIRA BEACH RESORT & SPA Located in five acres of lush green tropical gardens, flanked by a pristine stretch of golden-sand beach sits the impressive Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa, Legian. Combining beautiful Balinese cottages with a plethora of amenities, this resort delivers a sun-kissed beach break with style and elegance. Each cottage, villa and room has been designed to embody a traditional Balinese theme complete with teak furnishings, whitewashed walls and a breezy alfresco feel. The ambience is laid back and chic, creating a perfect place to retreat to following a day of surfing the legendary waves or exploring the teeming marine world. Families are also well

When it comes to dining, opt for cool and casual or intimate and

catered for.

romantic. Celagi Restaurant offers a fine selection of international dishes however it is the authentic Indonesian cuisine that is the real star

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The area surrounding the hotel offers exciting excursions, but for when

of this buffet-style restaurant. For that romantic night, ask the resort to

lazy days call, kick back with a book by the side of one of the resort’s

set up a private candlelit table for two on the beach or in the tropical

two swimming pools, pamper yourself with a treatment in the well-

garden gazebo. After dinner, there is no better place to round off the

equipped spa, or simply head to the beach and let the rays wash

day than in Barong Bar & Sunset Terrace for a cocktail and evening of

over you.

music under the stars.


BALI

FOUR SEASONS RESORT BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY Located in one of the most scenic bays in Bali, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is a smart and sophisticated offering. Set on a steep slope, the views are spectacular from any spot. Overlooking the glorious golden-sand beach of Jimbaran Bay, the resort’s architecture showcases a traditional Balinese ambience throughout;

Ocean View One Bedroom Villa

expect thatched roof pavilions, authentic Balinese-style villas and wood carvings in the décor.

Around the resort, guests will enjoy a plethora of activities from yoga to cooking classes, lounging by the 57-metre beachfront infinity pool or

Scattered around the resort, the 156 villas are designed to ensure

working out in the fully-equipped gym. You can also take advantage of

privacy. The resort is divided into seven ‘living’ villages, adorned with

the kids club, the water sports and surfing down on the beautiful beach

temples, shrines and water gardens. Soak up the sanctuary of a fully-

or simply indulge in some ‘me’ time at the spa.

renovated Premier Ocean Villa, hone your skills at the Cooking Academy or embrace the beach lifestyle at Sundara restaurant.

With incredible views and an array of world-class cuisine, the dining scene combines Indonesian and global flavours in tropical open-air settings. From home-style favourites with a view of the distant volcanos, to modern Asian and fresh seafood on the beachfront, or innovative cocktails on the terrace, there’s an option for every occasion. For something truly romantic, try the in-villa dining.

DON’T MISS Join the resort’s resident Balinese expert in a stroll through the property to discover some of the many sculptures, their stories, significance and relevance. Without leaving the resort, you will be able to enjoy local tales and witness the beauty of the Balinese culture at your doorstep.

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HONG KONG & SINGAPORE HONG KONG A global centre of culture, commerce and technology, Hong Kong is a lively city divided by the harbour. To the south is Hong Kong Island where the main shopping malls and business district can be found. Kowloon, which sits to the north, has a noticeably more Asian atmosphere. We recommend exploring the city by foot and Star Ferry, which allows you to be drawn into the frenetic energy of the night markets and local customs. OUR TOP HONG KONG EXPERIENCES 1. Lose yourself in Hong Kong’s Temple Street Night Market where you’ll find everything from clothes and watches, to cookware and street food. 2. Take the 120-year-old tram to the top of Victoria Peak and breathe in the stunning sunset views of the city. 3. Visit Lantau Island where a giant seated Buddha overlooks the island from a hilltop. Climbing the 260 steps will reward you with stunning panoramic views of this island and its parkland trails. 4. Feast on a Cantonese banquet in one of the floating restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour. 5. Make a day trip to Macau and explore the “Vegas of The East”, home to shrines, temples and of course, countless casinos.

SINGAPORE Old butts up against new in this powerful city. Colonial heritage buildings contrast against slick, newly built skyscrapers. Singapore was originally founded as a British trading colony back in 1819 and has since become one of the world’s most prosperous nations. Stop over in Singapore for the towering shopping malls, to walk the metropolis and fill up on some of Asia’s most sought-after street food. OUR TOP SINGAPORE EXPERIENCES 1. Sip on a Singapore Sling or two at the Long Bar in Raffles, the birthplace of this iconic cocktail. 2. Stroll through the historic quarter where you’ll find the colonial district and Chinatown. Perfect for a dim sum lunch. 3. Meander through the Gardens By The Bay, a multi-million dollar park that has two enormous dome conservatories with an incredible selection of exotic and tropical plants. 4. Day trip to Sentosa Island and Universal Studios. 5. Have a rooftop cocktail at Marina Bay Sands.

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HONG KONG & SINGAPORE DON’T MISS

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE

Comprising a three-storey rock garden, the Garden Wing Atrium is at the very heart of the Garden Wing and the hotel’s famed tropical gardens. It is a veritable oasis of tumbling waterfalls and different varieties of ferns, flowers and plants.

Set amidst 15 acres of lush tropical greenery, the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is a haven of tranquillity in the busy heart of a vibrant city. The hotel’s grounds are a welcome respite after a day shopping, working or exploring, being only a short walk from the city’s main attractions such as the shopping and entertainment of Orchard Road. Guests can return and relax in the immaculate manicured gardens, poolside or in the peaceful hotel spa – CHI,

the mod conveniences. To make use of

exquisite with five restaurants and one

The Spa.

the tropical environment, selected rooms

bar. Guests are treated to a global range

and suites offer views of the gardens.

of cuisines from classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, to authentic Japanese

Guest accommodation comprises 747 rooms across three different wings – The Valley Wing, The Garden

The facilities are vast, with four tennis

at Nadaman, southern Italian at The

Wing and The Tower Wing, each with its own unique

courts and the largest 24-hour hotel

Waterfall, and a diverse range of local

style. The rooms are all spacious and complete with all

gym in Singapore. The dining scene is

and international fare at The Line.

DON’T MISS

RAFFLES SINGAPORE

Try out all of the hotel’s amenities from its outdoor swimming pool to beautiful manicured gardens and top it off with a Singapore Sling in The Long Bar.

Maybe one of the most famous hotels in the world,

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Raffles Singapore is an institution conveniently located in the heart of the city.

Head to the Singapore Botanical Gardens for a leisurely day dedicated to the natural flora and fauna of the region.

Boasting colonial grandeur and a guest list to rival that of the Queen of England’s garden party, choosing this hotel means you will be keeping good company. From its beginning in 1800 to today, distinguished guests such as Rudyard Kipling and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made this hotel their home in Singapore.

Singapore has a wealth of attractions

famous Singapore Sling, and no trip

to offer, and the hotel’s convenient

to Singapore is complete without trying

Offering 103 suites across six different categories, the

location allows guests to easily explore

one of these. Beside the lobby, The

feel is colonial and sophisticated. Each suite embodies

the city. When you want to stay in there

Writers Bar pays tribute to the literary

a hardwood floor, large shuttered windows affording

is plenty of dining on offer, from a steak

geniuses that have walked through its

views out across the courtyard, gardens or city, plus a

house to contemporary French dining.

doors, including Noel Coward and

range of amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable.

The Long Bar is the birthplace of the

Rudyard Kipling.

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HARBOUR GRAND HONG KONG Ideally located on Hong Kong Island, this hotel is set among the fashionable shopping areas and commercial districts of Causeway Bay, Wanchai and Central, and boasts panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. This large hotel boasts 828 rooms across a number of categories all offering a view of Victoria Harbour. The décor is neutral yet chic throughout allowing the floor-toceiling windows to pull focus. Watch the cityscape across

machines. Should you prefer, the spa and

and Japanese dishes. A true favourite

the harbour turn from misty daytime to sparkling and

massage centre is ideal after a long day

among locals and holidaymakers alike

illuminated at night.

of meetings.

is Le 188° Restaurant & Lounge, which

This hotel isn’t just about the rooms and the view though

Although there is plenty to do in the local

elegant dinner service. This chic offering

there are a number of amenities to busy yourself with

area, the restaurants at the hotel are world

boasts floor-to-ceiling windows throughout

too. From the large outdoor swimming pool to the fully-

class and offer everything from western

ensuring guests can see the cityscape from

equipped health club featuring a range of the latest fitness

favourites to expertly prepared Cantonese

every table in the restaurant.

offers a delectable high tea as well as an

ISLAND SHANGRI-LA HONG KONG At 56 storeys high, the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, sits atop the city’s most prestigious shopping complex. Its idyllic location combining culture, business and leisure means it is perfect for any visit to Hong Kong. From its impressive Atrium, that extends the entire height of the hotel and features a 16-storey silk painting – deemed the largest in the world, this hotel is decadent, chic and simply charming. In fact, around the hotel, guests stumble across impressive details, like the 140-year-old Banyan Tree that stands proud in the Lobby Lounge. One of the most impressive elements is the hotel’s eight restaurants. Choose from a traditional buffet or head to the French-inspired patisserie for a delectable cake. For incredible views, head to the Horizon Club for a cocktail. 82

DON’T MISS Take advantage of the leisure activities here, from a dip in the outside pool to Hatha Yoga in the morning. The fitness centre is fully equipped too.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take the old tram up to The Peak for impressive views around the island. The tram is located just opposite the hotel via a pleasant walk through Hong Kong Park.


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HARBOUR GRAND KOWLOON Nestled beside the historic Victoria Harbour, Harbour Grand Kowloon is a chic retreat offering an idyllic respite away from the busy city. Located close to Hong Kong’s best attractions, the rooftop swimming pool has one of the best views in the city. Set right on the Kowloon waterfront, this hotel is only minutes away from the city’s attractions including Hong Kong Island (by ferry), markets in Tsimshatsui, and the largest shopping district in the area – The Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa – which has over 300 shops. The 555 rooms in the hotel are luxurious and well-appointed with a

Also at the top is a world-class rooftop swimming pool with a glass

majority of them offering mesmerising views. All rooms are spacious

wall that offers unrivalled views across the city and harbour.

and well equipped with luxurious amenities including dressing gowns and slippers. For those wanting pure relaxation, the spa is located on

There is an array of dining options too, from international buffet to

the top floor and offers an array of treatment options away from the

premium grill, casual Mediterranean dining, traditional Japanese

hustle of the lobby area below.

barbecue and authentic Chinese.

DON’T MISS The hotel caters for families extremely well – ask for an interconnecting room meaning adults can have their alone time while the kids experience the thrills of having their own room.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Standing 44-metres tall, the old Tsimshatsui Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. It is now preserved as a Declared Monument, surviving as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam.

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MALAYSIA

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE COUNTRIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, MALAYSIA IS HOME TO BUSY, TOWERING CITIES, AND A CONSTANT COLOURFUL MIX OF CULTURES. IT ALSO HOLDS THE MAGIC OF AN IDYLLIC ESCAPE WITH LONELY ISLANDS AND COLOURFUL REEFS PROVIDING SOME OF THE BEST DIVING IN THE WORLD.


MALAYSIA With tropical beaches, ancient rainforests and exciting regional cuisine, it’s easy to fall head over heels for the islands of Malaysia. Beyond the unspoilt national parks and some of the finest diving locations in the world, the country is also home to a diversity of championship golf courses and a rich cultural heritage. DIVE INTO NATURE Less frequented by tourists, Malaysia’s eastern coast has become a refuge for those seeking out wildlife and nature. Explore the dense rainforests and quaint local villages or escape to the country’s utopian beaches. Come here for diving and snorkelling where you’ll encounter colourful creatures of the deep and if you’re lucky, witness turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. CULTURE & CITIES From the colonial architecture of Penang, through to the sky rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a country that’s as diverse as it is beautiful. This multicultural country has influences of India, China and Indonesia flecked through it from delicious street food to the religious shrines and festivities. BEACHES Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor Laut are all found on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia and are home to some of the largest beach resorts and offer clear blue waters and silky soft sand. For a quiet beachside retreat, we suggest heading to Langkawi, Pangkor Laut or the more remote areas of the east coast such as Terengganu or Tioman Island. WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF MALAYSIA The best time to visit the west coast destinations of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor Laut is between December and March. Terengannu and the Tioman Islands over on the east coast enjoy the best weather between March and October.

OUR TOP MALAYSIAN EXPERIENCES 1. Set sail around Langkawi and island hop some of the 99 islands that make up this archipelago. 2. Spend time in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The city is laced with outstanding shopping centres and a wide array of great restaurants. It’s also home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. 3. Ride a rickshaw through the colonial streets of Georgetown, Penang. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s a city steeped in history and home to some unique culinary dishes only found in this city. 4. Take to the Cameron Highlands, the largest hill resort in Malaysia. This region is famous for its tea plantations, wild flowers and cool, balmy weather. 5. Visit the rainforests of Taman Negara National Park, for the world’s longest treetop canopy walk suspended 30 metres above the ground.

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KUALA LUMPUR The economic powerhouse of the Far East, Kuala Lumpur has it all. From historic monuments and modernistic skyscrapers, to chaotic street markets and trendy nightlife.

OUR TOP KUALA LUMPUR EXPERIENCES 1. Ascend the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and take in the breathtaking views from the observation deck at 360 metres. 2. Bukit Bintang is where you’ll find the city’s major shopping outlets and designer boutiques. After a bit of retail therapy, recharge yourself with local cuisine from Jalan Alor. 3. Break away from the city to see the Batu caves where an ornate Hindu temple sits in the hillside. 4. Take a stroll through the Lake Gardens where you can visit the National Orchid Gardens before stopping in the National Museum of Malaysia.

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THE MAJESTIC HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR Boasting the accolade of Kuala Lumpur’s only heritage hotel, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a fine example of colonial elegance infused with modern Malaysian delights. One of the Leading Hotels of the World collection, the hotel is idyllically located in a leafy neighbourhood. Guests can explore the large colonial-era buildings in the area, and the architecturally stunning Malayan Railway Station with its Moorish design complete with fairytale

The Tower Wing brings a new era to the hotel with modern clean lines.

castle turrets and spires.

Embodying an art-deco feel, the 253 guest rooms are finished in polished chrome and dark marble. Each wing has its own swimming pool.

The hotel is split into two wings, which carefully fuse old with new. The Majestic Wing, located in the original building boasts a number of

The hotel offers two restaurants, Contango, which serves an international

authentic delights from a spa, an old fashioned barber, and a cigar

buffet, and the charming Colonial Café, which serves traditional British

lounge to the 47 suites. Each suite comes complete with butler service.

dishes such as oxtail soup and sherry trifle. As with all colonial hotels, high tea is a must. Enjoy delectable cakes, tea and scones while listening to the gentle tones of the resident pianist.

DON’T MISS Take some time out to relax in the spa after a long day exploring the city of KL. The extensive treatment menu, along with the highly experienced therapists means you will be in expert hands

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR

The Horizon Club – where the needs of all guests are anticipated and met from the moment they step into the hotel. Club guests will enjoy a personalised check-in at the Horizon Club Lounge and a Club Concierge is always on standby.

Set amid lush greenery in the heart of the city, Shangri La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is the perfect hideaway resort yet close enough to walk to all the city’s attractions. The hotel sits only a five-minute walk away from the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the entertainment district and central business district. Wake up to a view of the beautiful gardens and Kuala Lumpur Tower. Embodying the regal Shangri-La style, one of the main selling points at this stylish hotel is the cuisine. The hotel boasts several award-winning restaurants

For those who like to stay active during their break,

offering Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese and French

there is a fully-equipped gym complete with aerobics

cuisines. There’s also a Lobby Lounge where you can be

and dance studio. The outdoor pool and kids’ pool are

entertained with music from live bands while you enjoy

a big hit for cooling off, and the spa beckons when

leisurely drinks and afternoon tea and cakes.

some serious relaxation is required.

TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR Set in the heart of the sprawling metropolis that is Malaysia’s capital city, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is the ideal choice for a city stopover. Towering high above the city and offering full-frontal views of the famous Petronas Towers, this 571- room hotel offers a convenient location for business and

There is a range of dining options in the

view, before progressing to a cosy

leisure travellers alike. It is connected to the Kuala

hotel, ranging from traditional Malaysian

steak dinner at The Grill.

Lumpur Convention Centre within the city’s shopping and

to western delights and fine dining. For

entertainment district. The real draw, apart from the views,

all-day dining and a relaxed atmosphere,

After a long day exploring, shopping

is the hotel’s rooftop bar. The SkyBar has been voted The

Gobo Chit Chat is the place to be. The

or having fun, this hotel has an inviting

Best Bar and The Best Hotel Bar in Kuala Lumpur at the

buffet counter features a Japanese sushi

rooftop pool where you can enjoy views

Best of Malaysia awards for four consecutive years. It

bar, appetizer bar, open noodle kitchen

out across the city and over to the towers.

offers 360-degree views of Kuala Lumpur but also non-

and bakery. For something a little more

It is chic and sophisticated and has the

interrupted vistas of the Petronas Towers. An incredible

slick, Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill is a

aura of a swish New York members’

place to enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets.

great place to start with a cocktail and a

club pool.

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MALAYSIA DON’T MISS

CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT

Soak up the warmth of a crackling fire and settle down with a good book in the reading room, a perfect way to spend a crisp evening in the hills.

Located in the rolling hills of Malaysia’s tea plantations,

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

some 200km north of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands Resort offers country-style living infused with colonial grandeur. At 1,500m above sea level, the scenery is fragrant and fresh and the feel is colonial chic at its finest. Expect large French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and authentic plantation shutters throughout. This boutique and charming resort offers just 56 rooms and suites each offering

The award-winning spa offers exotic treatments based

original features throughout. Handcrafted furniture and fine

on the age-old healing properties of tea; enjoy a round

silk soft furnishings offer an extra touch of glamour. The

of golf at the nearby 18-hole course, followed by high

service is attentive, yet unobtrusive and the hotel is a great

tea in the Jim Thompson tearoom or a decadent whisky

base for exploring the rolling hills, tea plantations, local

at the Highland Bar. Enjoy western cuisine in the Dining

villages and strawberry fields which are best seen on foot

Room overlooking the golf course or cool and chic

and are simply breathtaking.

Asian inspired flavours at Gonbei.

No trip to Cameron Highlands would be complete without visiting the local tea plantations. Head out into the highlands with your guide to visit local tea picker villages, plus the tea plantations themselves.

TAMAN NEGARA RESORT A true outdoor lover’s paradise set in the heart of a 130 million-year-old virgin rainforest, Taman Negara Resort offers the ultimate jungle lodge experience. Within the grounds of the National Park, and nestled between two beautiful rivers – Sungai Tembeling

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and Sungai Tahan − Taman Negara is the perfect

Dining is a social affair and guests

The main focus here is the wonderful

destination for those who love the outdoors. The

are invited to take advantage of the

outdoors and the myriad activities on

surrounding area is a haven for wildlife watching,

full-board package and eat in Seri

offer. Discover the wonders of the jungle

jungle trekking, canopy walks, rock climbing and

Mutiara Restaurant for breakfast, lunch

after dark on a Night Jungle Walk – a

fishing. The resort offers basic two-storey bungalows

and dinner. Serving a good variety of

quiet torch-lit trek through the jungle that

and chalets, both of which offer stunning views across

western and local cuisine, long tables

is the best way to observe the nocturnal

the river and through the jungle. At night during the

and the central bar encourage a nightly

creatures of Taman Negara. For daytime

fruit season, it’s not unusual to see local wildlife like the

exchange of stories about exciting days

adventurers, there’s plenty on offer, but

mischievous long-tailed macaques or the slow-moving

(and sometimes nights) trekking through

the world’s longest canopy walkway is

loris passing by your doorstep.

the rainforest.

a highlight.


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TANJONG JARA RESORT Beautifully placed on 17 hectares of land adjacent to a large stretch of pristine beach on the north east coast of Malaysia, sits the stunning Tanjong Jara Resort. Taking its architectural cue from 17th Century Malay palaces, this 99-room resort is steeped in age-old Malay traditions and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Each of the rooms is traditionally designed utilising local timber and rich fabrics. All offer exquisite

personalised meal. Nearby, the Nelayan,

Malay therapies designed to leave guests

views either across the gardens or out to sea, and some

has a seaside setting and a selection of

feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

come complete with an outdoor bath.

sustainably-caught seafood dishes.

There are two restaurants in the resort that both offer

Around the resort guests can relax around

The diving and snorkelling excursions to

tempting cuisines. Di Atas Sungei has a ‘no menu

the beautiful free-form swimming pool

Tenggol Island, one of Asia’s best kept

concept’, and guests are guided by the Menu Masters

or indulge in a treatment at the award-

secrets which is simply teeming with

who are experts in local cuisine and can create a

winning Spa Village. Enjoy traditional

beautiful marine life.

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JAPAMALA

DON’T MISS Snorkelling or kayaking around the beautiful underwater garden at the resort’s own house reef just off the beach.

Located on Tioman Island just off the east coast of Malaysia, Japamala Resort beautifully combines a rustic

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wilderness experience with the luxuries of a five-star hotel. The ultimate hideaway, this remote resort is located on the edge of an ancient rainforest fringed by the South China Sea and expertly utilises its unique location to full advantage. Simple elegance and true rustic beauty are

The main pool comes complete with overwater

found throughout, and each chalet is designed to blend

cabanas and a cascading waterfall, and there’s also

harmoniously with the natural environment, offering guests

the petite pool in the courtyard, but it’s the beachfront

the feeling of hibernation. Each room is referred to as

that really pulls focus here.

Opt for a gentle jungle trek to witness stunning viewpoints and nearby villages, before enjoying a picnic by the waterfall.

a ‘sarang’, which means ‘nest’ in Malay, and guests can choose from Treetop, Seacliff, Jungle Luxe, Seaview

This resort might be remote and self sufficient, but

or a Hillside Sarang with a plunge pool. The resort is

the restaurants still serve sumptuous cuisine. Set in an

connected via a series of wooden pathways that cut

open-sided pavilion between the beach and the pool,

through the jungle, and each sarang is built to make the

Tamarind serves traditional Thai, Indochinese and

most of the natural environment and the incredible views

Malay cuisine, while Mandi Mandi sits at the end of a

of the turquoise sea.

wooden jetty and serves global fare, Italian and BBQ. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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LANGKAWI The Langkawi archipelago is made up of 99 islands, which lie off the north west coast of Malaysia. This tropical paradise, nestled in the Andaman Sea, is where majestic blue waters, immaculate beaches and some of the finest resorts in the country can be found.

OUR TOP MALAYSIAN EXPERIENCES 1. Lounge in the freshwater rock pools that sit above the Telagah Tujuh waterfalls. These small pools are linked by little rivers of mountain flow and are one of the island’s most popular natural attractions. 2. We can arrange a boat trip for you to explore the islands that make up this stunning archipelago. 3. Pantai Cenang is the perfect place to relax with crystalline waters and a variety of restaurants that line the long sandy beach. 4. Absorb the serenity of Datai Bay, a rare location where untamed jungle meets the soft white sands of this pristine beach. It’s here you’ll find luxury resorts The Datai and The Andaman. 5. Rise up into the sky on Langkawi’s cable car. Ascend over rainforest and the Seven Wells Waterfall before being rewarded with panoramic views of the island.

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MALAYSIA – LANGKAWI

MERITUS PELANGI BEACH RESORT & SPA LANGKAWI Located on the famous Cenang Beach on the Malaysian island of Langkawi sits the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa. Designed in the style of a traditional Malay village, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa boasts a 35-acre plot of lush gardens and prime sandy beachfront. The

with the latest range of techno-gym

a buffet serving local food, Malay and

sprawling resort offers 355 guest rooms and suites all

equipment and Precor machines. The

Chinese specialties and international fare.

housed in single- and double-storey wooden chalets

Pelangi Spa is perfect after a long flight,

Nearby, Cascade pool bar serves snacks

built on stilts. Each has a large veranda that gives way

its signature offerings include holistic,

and salads, while Pelangi Lounge in the

to views of the ocean or manicured gardens.

oriental massage therapies in a Zen-

main lobby, serves a range of cocktails,

inspired setting.

coffee and desserts. The newly-launched

Around the resort guests will relish the outdoor sports

Cba serves modern Asian in a casual

offered including a versatile line-up of water sports plus

Dining here is a treat, and includes Spice

beachside setting, and is the perfect place

a brand new state of the art Fitness Centre equipped

Market, an all-day dining restaurant with

to indulge in a cocktail as the sun sets.

children’s pool and Jacuzzi. They can

however the hotel’s offerings are

also take to the white-sand beach, or

definitely not to be missed. The Planter’s

leave the children in the kids’ club while

serves daily buffet breakfast with bubbly,

they spend an afternoon in the spa. A

and fine dining European-Malayan

fitness club and an array of water sports

cuisine in the evening. Straits & Co offers

are also available for those who require

snacks and lunch options with its English

a little more action.

Afternoon Tea being the real draw, while

THE DANNA LANGKAWI Located on the west coast of Langkawi in Telaga Harbour, The Danna Langkawi is one of the most luxurious offerings in the region.

The Verandah is ideal for a pre- or postThe resort’s location means there is

dinner drink, with an extensive menu of

a good supply of restaurants nearby,

cocktails, wines and spirits.

The resort is located between a stunning white-sand beach, verdant rolling hills and the quaint harbour, and boasts 125 rooms and suites. Each one embodies a contemporary décor making use of the stunning views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A neutral colour palette complete with rich reds and gold in its soft furnishings ensures comfort and style unite harmoniously. As far as outdoor activities go, The Danna seems to have the right balance. Guests can relax in the impressive three-tiered swimming pool which is the largest on the island and comes complete with Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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MALAYSIA

THE DATAI LANGKAWI

DON’T MISS Borrow a kayak and explore the little coves found near the resort – you can even wash up on your own private beach.

Set in a remote corner of Langkawi, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and bordered by a pristine crescent bay,

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The Datai Langkawi is the quintessential hideaway resort.

Join the complimentary morning and evening nature walks, guided by the world-renowned resident naturalist, Irshad Mobarak.

Welcomed by a lotus flower pond in the open-air reception and bar area, the resort extends through the jungle down to a picture perfect beach. The accommodation is luxurious and spacious and no matter where you choose to stay you will be greeted with views of Datai Bay. The whole resort has an extremely exotic feel, so don’t be surprised to be greeted by inquisitive monkeys. to the resort, The Datai Spa beckons with

delights of The Gulai House, which serves

Activities are aplenty, and you can choose to relax

its extensive treatment menu and highly-

traditional Malay and Indian dishes in

poolside as the attentive staff fill your glass and offer

qualified staff.

a rustic rainforest setting. You can also discover award-winning Thai cuisine at

cooling towels, or kayak out to one of the nearby islands. The resort’s back garden is a 750-hectare

The resort is remote and the dining scene

The Pavilion, which is set on stilts and

rainforest where it is possible to hike to dramatic

is truly indulgent, so be sure to head into

floats in a canopy of virgin rainforest

waterfalls and swim in nearby streams. After returning

the 10 million-year-old jungle to try the

with views of the Andaman Sea.

THE ANDAMAN A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT

DON’T MISS Take a casual hike through the rainforest surrounding the resort to discover some of the native wildlife. Expect to see great hornbills, the dusky leaf monkey, the rare colugo (flying lemur of South East Asia), macaques, lizards and geckos, a wide variety of birds and over 500 species of butterfly.

Set on the tropical Malaysian island of Langkawi amidst an ancient rainforest and fringed by the turquoise Datai Bay, sits the The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort. This large resort offers 178 rooms boasting stunning rainforest or sea views. The design is contemporary and

hideaway break for families or couples alike.

effortlessly fuses local art and crafts with the modern luxuries of a five-star resort.

The V Integrated Wellness spa complex aims to pamper the mind body and soul, and offers traditional

The locale is the real draw and around the resort guests

treatments, lifestyle workshops and fitness classes.

can bask in the beautiful natural environment, whether

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on a nature walk, or trying out the water sports. There’s

Tasty local and international cuisines are whisked up

also cooking classes or the chance to simply relax with a

by the resort’s talented chefs in the restaurants; for the

good book on the beach or around the swimming pool

health conscious, a carefully designed meal plan can

with a cocktail in hand. This upmarket resort is the ideal

be arranged.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Try your hand at golf and visit the Ernie Els golf club, Els Club Teluk Datai. It boasts impressive views from most holes and a challenging game of golf.


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PANGKOR LAUT RESORT Pangkor Laut Resort is the only resort on this exclusive private island, which offers secluded crescent-shaped bays, a two million-year-old rainforest and total privacy, just three hours from Kuala Lumpur. Nestled into the shade of the forest, yet within steps of a white-sand beach, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World resort is built to merge with the natural environment. From Sea Villas built above the water on stilts to Hill Villas that sit perched up high on the hillside, guests have a large range of traditional accommodation to choose from. The villas offer a variety of views, and tranquillity that is enhanced by the sound of rolling waves or chirping of the jungle birdlife. Around the resort, guests can take part in a plethora of activities including water sports, jungle walks, tennis and squash. For a more sedate pace, choose to take a good book beachside, relax in the cool and breezy library, meander through the grounds or indulge in a

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spa treatment at the award-winning Spa Village.

Experience a true glimpse of island life on a tour dedicated to exploring There are several restaurants to choose from that serve an array of

the nearby island of Pangkor’s colourful towns, traditional Malay homes

fine cuisines. Uncle Lim’s Kitchen is perched high on a rocky outcrop

and narrow, winding streets.

and serves exotic flavours from the East. Fisherman’s Cove is the

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fine dining establishment where guests are asked to dress for dinner and served delectable seafood delights that are sourced locally and

Board a 12-foot motorised boat to take in the beauty of the surrounding

always fresh. For a more casual meal, Feast Village offers Malay

islands. It’s the ideal way to relax and experience the joys of island life.

cuisine. There are two bars that are ideal for a pre-dinner sundowner

Sit back and soak up the sun, or go ashore and enjoy a picnic lunch

or an after dinner digestive.

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PENANG Thanks to its history as a spice trading port, Penang is arguably the food capital of Malaysia. In the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ you’ll experience mouthwatering dishes that carry influences of Chinese, Thai and Indonesian cuisine. Walk it off through the winding streets of Georgetown, Penang’s colonial capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

OUR TOP PENANG EXPERIENCES 1. Feast on a bowl of Assam laksa. This spicy noodle soup with sour undertones is perhaps the most famous dish of Penang. 2. Unwind in one of the hotels on Batu Ferrenghi beach, a long tree-lined stretch of sand that is popular for water sports. 3. Go get lost in the bustling night market at Batu Ferringhi, where you can taste the delights of Penang’s street hawkers whilst soaking up the atmosphere. 4. Take a ride on the funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill. Here you’ll admire the spectacular view over the island and across to the mainland. 5. Explore Georgetown on a city tour, we wouldn’t want you to miss Cheong Fatt Tze’s mansion, a 38-room, 220-window architectural masterpiece built in 1880 for ‘The Rockefeller of The East.’

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MALAYSIA

SHANGRI-LA’S RASA SAYANG RESORT & SPA Located in an idyllic, beachside setting comprising 30 acres of verdant gardens sits the sprawling resort of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa. The resort offers 304 rooms across two wings – each offering views across the gardens or beach with an amazing Malaysian sunset. The décor takes its cue from traditional Malaysian architecture. The Garden Wing

and tennis courts plus tai chi, table tennis

present in the cuisine, with the chefs

utilises hues of blue with earthy and citrus tones whereas

and beach volleyball.

creating Malaysian-inspired delights plus international and Asian fusion.

the Rasa Wing has a more contemporary Asian feel with gold, deep red and beige tones.

The dining scene is exciting with options ranging from the western-style Feringgi

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Families will love the kids’ pool, Adventure Zone and

Grill to the Spice Market Café, which

Join the resort staff as they embark on

play areas while adults can indulge in the nine-hole

pays homage to Penang’s heritage as

a morning jungle walk. Learn about the

golf course, adults-only pool and CHI The Spa. Extra

a culinary meeting place and historic

indigenous plants and wildlife as dawn

activities on offer include the fully-equipped gym, yoga

centre of trade. A range of styles are

descends on Penang.

DON’T MISS

GOLDEN SANDS RESORT BY SHANGRI-LA

Let the children spend the day exploring the 10,300-square-foot Adventure Zone, which features giant colourful slides and a modular play area.

Situated adjacent to Penang’s Batu Feringgi Beach, this sprawling resort offers a fun beach holiday ideal for families and couples alike. It offers 387 spacious rooms each boasting a stunning view that extends over the resort, across the lagoon-style pool and out to sea. The décor is neutral evoking a sense of tranquillity and calm, and there’s plenty of fun on offer to entertain the entire family whatever their needs.

and putt golf course or there is a fitness

The hotel also offers two restaurants

centre and three tennis courts which

serving delicious local dishes mixed with

The activities at this resort are vast and guests can soak

will satisfy fitness fanatics. There is also

exciting international cuisine. Garden

up the sun on the beautiful sandy beach or head to the

a fun-filled Cool Zone Kids Club for

Cafe has a fresh contemporary decor,

unique family entertainment centre at Adventure Zone.

kids aged 5 to 12 years old with two

and the new Sigi’s Bar & Grill is family-

Adults can practise their swing at the par three pitch

complimentary meals per child per day.

fun with a great view.

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BORNEO

DEFINED BY A TROPICAL TAPESTRY OF ABUNDANT WILDLIFE, BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND TURQUOISE-FRINGED BEACHES, BORNEO IS AN ADVENTURE-LOVER’S PARADISE. FROM TREKKING THE SACRED TRAILS OF MOUNT KINABALU TO WATCHING CHEEKY ORANGUTANGS IN THE JUNGLE, THIS MALAYSIAN ISLAND IS AN OUTSTANDING HOLIDAY CHOICE.


BORNEO The wilds of Borneo are where expansive rainforest and unspoilt beaches merge alongside rugged mountains and some of the oldest cave systems on the planet. You can really lose yourself in nature on this fascinating island, a land where wildlife reigns supreme. AT ONE WITH THE WILDLIFE Many rare species call Borneo home, from the wild orangutans that swing through the jungle canopy, through to the Asian elephants, turtles and proboscis monkeys. Encounter these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat and witness the magic of the island’s epic biodiversity up close and personal. OBSERVE WILD TURTLES Both green and hawksbill turtles are native to the waters of the South China Sea. Take a trip to Turtle Island, a National Park designated to protect newly-laid eggs and hatchlings. Learn about the conservation programme and tour the island’s hatchery area. RIDE THE KINABATANGAN This 560km-long river meanders through the dense rainforest of eastern Borneo. Our favourite way to see the jungle and its inhabitants is from the river. Cruise downstream on a boat trip where you’ll spot proboscis monkeys, macaques, monitor lizards and pygmy elephants. WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF BORNEO Generally the best time to visit is between March and October, although being a tropical island, rain can come at anytime.

OUR TOP BORNEO EXPERIENCES 1. Dive on some of the best underwater landscapes in the world in the waters that surround Sipadan Island. 2. Raft the wild white water of the Kiulu River. Ideal for beginners, this exhilarating journey takes on grade II & III rapids. 3. The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary is a jungle refuge for the young, orphaned and captured animals. Come here to learn about their work and see orangutans up close during their regular feeding times. 4. Interact with one of Borneo’s 30 native tribes. These adventure trips offer you the experience to spend time with the communities that reside in the hills and riversides. 5. Explore the Danum Valley, a conservation area that’s home to a variety of wild cats, birds and monkeys. There are also a number of nature trails and a canopy tree top walk.

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BORNEO ITINERARY

BORNEO NATURE TRAILS Head into the wild and encounter an abundance of Borneo’s wild inhabitants on this exhilarating nine-day adventure. You’ll meet the country’s most popular native, the orangutan, and enjoy experiences with Bornean Sun Bears and a cruise along the famous Kinabatangan River. KOTA KINABALU Starting in the surprisingly compact city of Kota Kinabalu, spend a day

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sightseeing at your leisure, before diving into this action-packed itinerary.

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is home to orphaned

The city may be small, but it’s incredibly modern and its culturally-diverse

orangutans at different stages of rehabilitation. You’ll learn about

cuisine and thriving art and music scene make it well worth a stopover

these fascinating creatures – man’s closest relative, and get to watch

while you’re on your way to see Borneo’s more natural wonders.

them at play during the morning feeding session. Later, you’ll visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to discover another of Borneo’s

KINABALU NATIONAL PARK

endangered species.

Take a leisurely drive through scenic countryside to Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. A change in altitude means

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a significant drop in temperature, and the cooler climes make for a

Take a peaceful boat ride along the jungle-lined Kinabatangan River and

pleasant walk around the botanical garden and for views of Mount

arrive at Abai Jungle Lodge, which is only accessible by boat. The area

Kinabalu, which is often shrouded in mist and cloud. After lunch, visit

is renowned for its wildlife spotting, so take your binoculars and wander

the Japanese-style Poring Hot Springs and marvel at the spectacular

the long wooden boardwalks in search of wild orangutans, silvered

rainforest views from the canopy walkway.

langurs and many species of birds that inhabit the surrounding forest.

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ULTIMATE BORNEO: SARAWAK & SABAH Explore this wild and beautiful country on a bespoke tour. Travelling through Sabah and Sarawak you’ll encounter the big city lights of Kuala Lumpur, the untamed wilds of the jungle and indulge in a well deserved, relaxing beach break. We can tailor this suggested itinerary, allowing you to take in all

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the sights and sounds of the country that are most important to you.

Delving deep into the jungles of Sarawak, you’ll experience the

Alternative accommodation can be arranged and stays in destinations

traditional culture of the Iban. Their simple way of life has remained

can be extended to suit.

unspoilt by modern development and during this three-day tour you’ll stay with the tribe, sleep in traditional longhouses and discover what

KUALA LUMPUR

community living is all about.

Take a day to explore the Malaysian capital at your own pace. The bustling city, with its lights and shiny skyscrapers sits in stark contrast to

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the genuine back-to-nature vibes of the Sarawak and Sabah regions

Heading north, to the unspoiled forests of the Sepilok region, you’ll

of nearby Borneo. Don’t miss the Petronas Twin Towers, Thean Hou

visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned

Temple, the Islamic Arts Museum or the steaming mix of street food stalls

orangutans spend up to six years being cared for before being released

to be found along busy Jalan Alor street.

back into the wild. Stay overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge for the chance to see more orangutans in the wild.

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Pass through this striking city in the southern Sarawak region as you

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head to explore less populated areas. Stay overnight and take some

Sabah’s small but bustling capital is a great way to gradually ease your

time to see the old kampong houses lining the river.

way back into city life.


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SHANGRI-LA’S RASA RIA RESORT & SPA Set just outside the city of Kota Kinabalu in an idyllic hideaway beach location, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa offers a rustic back-to nature experience in a luxury setting. Offering a huge expanse of wild beach, backed by a rich jungle, the hotel sits fusing the two landscapes. At the heart of the hotel is its commitment to wildlife and with this, a Nature Reserve has been founded in partnership with the Sabah

The accommodation is first class, and all rooms come complete with a

Wildlife Department. Guests are offered the opportunity to learn about

balcony or terrace offering extensive views across the ocean or out into

the natural beauty of the local area. The rest of the jungle provides the

the jungle. The décor is traditional yet neutral as the real focus comes

natural habitat for a plethora of free-roaming wildlife, and accompanied

outside the rooms. There is a full range of modern amenities to ensure

by experts, guests are encouraged to discover the local flora and fauna.

guests’ comfort is at the forefront. There are a range of dining options from Malaysian street food to traditional Indian cuisine. There is also an authentic Italian for when the mood takes. A range of bars offer the setting for a sundowner or two, or a quick tipple under the stars before retiring to bed.

DON’T MISS The Nature Reserve is home to countless small mammals, over 60 species of birds and 30 species of butterflies. In the evening, guests can visit the nocturnal watch area.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL The mighty Mount Kinabalu is just a taxi ride away, and the climb to the top is energetic, but not only for the experienced. The views offered from the top are breathtaking. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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BORNEO DON’T MISS Spend an evening at the Sunset Bar, try the cocktails and watch the sky turn from milky blue to deep red, pink and blood orange as the sun sets.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Sister hotel, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is a 40-minute drive from town. Visit the Orangutan sanctuary which is open to guests from both resorts.

SHANGRI-LA’S TANJUNG ARU RESORT & SPA Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, only a five-minute taxi ride from the bars, restaurants and the night market, this hotel boasts incredible views of the sun as it sets across the South China Sea. The large resort offers accommodation across two wings. The décor is neutral but makes good use of traditional textures and artwork of Borneo which is coupled with a range of modern comforts ensuring guests receive the five-star service typical of a Shangri-La resort. The two types of room offer either extended views out across the sea or over to the

There are many dining options too, ranging from a large all-day buffet

ice-capped Mount Kinabalu.

to more traditional Chinese fare or even Italian delights. Cafe TATU serves buffet breakfast and dinner in an open-plan kitchen design,

Activities are plentiful here and guests can relax by the pool under

Peppino has been voted as one of the best restaurants in Malaysia,

the watchful eye of Borneo’s highest peak, play a round of mini golf

and Shang Palace serves delicious Chinese cuisine made with fresh

or simply head to the Sunset Bar and wait for the dazzling display of

local ingredients. For those with a sweet tooth, the Cool Box Ice

colours to appear as dusk sets in. For those looking for a more active

Cream Bar is sure to satisfy your cravings for dessert.

break, there’s petanque, water volleyball, tennis courts, and a Health

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Club. Head to the resort’s private jetty and take a boat trip to the

CHI, The Spa, beckons after a long flight where the highly-experienced

neighbouring coral islands, which are part of Tunku Abdul Rahman

therapists will be on hand to offer traditional or western treatments to

Marine Park.

kick start your holiday.


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GAYA ISLAND RESORT Situated on the island of Pulau Gaya, in a marine conservation area, just a 15-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu is the exclusive Gaya Island Resort, ideal for those looking for a romantic escape. Built to beautifully merge with its protected natural environment, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World resort refuses to take centre stage giving way to century-old jungle, pristine beaches and protected corals. It is luxurious yet understated. Accommodation offered is all suite and villa with a simple décor and a range of modern facilities designed for

unique viewpoint within the resort. Fisherman’s Cove presents fine dining,

true comfort offering either mangrove, rainforest or sea views.

seafood-themed dishes and spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu, whilst Omakase is a two-storey Japanese offering where dining experiences

The resort offers total privacy where guests can relax on the idyllic

include teppanyaki, shabu-shabu and nabe. For something really

beach, around the large pool complete with floating cabanas or in the

special, take a short boat ride to Tavajun Bay and enjoy a specially-

cooling library with a good book. Should you prefer, choose an activity

prepared picnic on a private beach.

from water sports, hiking through the jungle, to cooking lessons.

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Following a day of exploration, there is no better way to unwind

Explore the depths of Sabahan cuisine with a cooking class hosted

than with a treatment at the dedicated Spa Village, set amidst lush

by the skilled chef. Guests will be offered the chance to visit the small

mangroves. Fresh local ingredients are used in every treatment, and the

market to buy their own produce too.

spa programme includes rice scrubs and masks, and age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL The sunsets here are simply mesmerising and there is no better way to

A celebration of flavours from around the world is what guests can

see them than with a glass of wine on board the resort’s own luxury

expect from the dining scene, and each of the restaurants boasts a

yacht. Take a cruise as the sun sets on another day in paradise. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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VIETNAM COUNTRY

FROM TEXT THE CULTURAL NORTH WITH ITS MOUTH-WATERING STREET FOOD AND COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE, TO CHARMING RIVERSIDE TOWNS LIKE HOI AN OR HUE, AND THE PULSING LIFESTYLE OF HO CHI MINH CITY IN THE SOUTH; VIETNAM’S UNIQUE HERITAGE AND BREATHTAKING SCENERY MAKE IT A PLACE TO RETURN TO AGAIN AND AGAIN.


VIETNAM Fall into the ebb and flow of this majestic country where spectacular scenery hides around every corner. From the misty green mountains of Sapa to the mysterious wetlands of the Mekong Delta, we’ll show you this soulful country in all its spiritual beauty. A RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE From the French colonial rule through to the problematic war of the sixties, Vietnam is a country that has undergone extensive change. Come here to see the underground tunnels of the Viet Cong and explore the cultural sites that make up this beautiful country, from the citadel of Hue to the historic streets of Hoi An. CITIES There’s a frenetic energy that pulses through Vietnam’s two major cities. Whether it’s Ho Chi Minh’s vibrant metropolitan allure or the colonial charm of Hanoi, you’ll feel compelled to hit the streets and discover these great cities for yourself. MEKONG DELTA On the waterways of the Mekong Delta restaurants, homes and boats float against the backdrop of this fertile landscape. As we guide you upstream, you’ll gain an insight into local Vietnamese life.

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VIETNAM EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH VIETNAM The food of Vietnam is some of the most delicate and carefully balanced in the world. Throughout this country you’ll feast on regional dishes that combine staple ingredients like lime, chilli and the abundant rice noodle. Slurp down a bowl of the iconic noodle soup, pho. A must eat for anyone interested in Vietnamese cuisine. BEACHES Sink your toes into the soft sands of a beach resort and indulge yourself in some serious rest and relaxation. For tropical beaches and remote hideaway islands, Vietnam leaves you spoilt for choice with her expansive coastline and wide choice of oceanside destinations. WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF VIETNAM The months between October and March offer the best weather for travelling throughout Vietnam. Even outside these months, when monsoon patterns fluctuate between the north and south, rains are short and the temperature still warm.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 1. Unwind on the pristine beaches of central and southern Vietnam. 2. Explore the floating villages and markets on a boat trip up the Mekong Delta. 3. Stroll through the cobbled streets of Hoi An where you’ll see ancient Chinese temples and Japanese merchant houses before dining on a fragrant local meal. 4. Your trip through Vietnam wouldn’t be complete without an overnight cruise round Halong Bay. A chance to marvel at the natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site. 5. Make a visit to the citadel in Hue and discover the wide array of historical sites and religious temples this former capital is home to.

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NORTHERN VIETNAM HANOI Hanoi is a contrasting city where the influence of French colonial architecture rubs up against the rustic aesthetics of an older Vietnam. You’ll walk impressive tree-lined boulevards before turning off down the cramped alleyways of the Old Quarter, alive with activity. There’s an endless torrent of motorbikes that flows through the streets and the tantalising aroma of Hanoi’s famous street food wafts round every corner. HALONG BAY A unique area of astounding natural beauty, Halong Bay sits in the north of Vietnam and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. Mountainous limestone karsts rise dramatically out of the tropical blue sea and teem with local wildlife including monkeys, lizards and antelope. We recommend taking a two-night cruise around the calm waters of the bay on a traditional Chinese junk. You’ll escape the crowds and experience floating villages and local Vietnamese life. SAPA Established as a hill station in 1922, Sapa is Vietnam’s highest peak and the perfect location for hikes and exploring the surrounding mountains. You’ll find valleys of cascading rice terraces that sit beneath the backdrop of rugged mountains. The Hmong and Red Dzao tribes are present in this colourful town and the early morning markets are a particular highlight. We suggest taking the overnight train from Hanoi so as not to miss out.

OUR TOP HANOI EXPERIENCES 1. We’ll show you where to eat and exactly what to order on a street food tour of Hanoi. You’ll devour a range of traditional Vietnamese snacks and take in the historic French Quarter. 2. The 36 narrow streets of the Old Quarter are best explored on foot. Our walking tour meanders through them with restorative stops along the way. 3. Be guided round Hanoi by Vespa, where your driver will show you the sights and sounds of this remarkable city.

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HOTEL DE L’OPERA HANOI – MGALLERY COLLECTION Located in Hanoi and within walking distance of the impressive Opera House, Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi offers luxury and comfort in a city centre location. The 105 rooms and suites that make up this five-star hotel have interesting décor; bright hues, different textures and mood lighting really set the tone. Think cooling dark wooden floors and vibrant Asian soft furnishings. Throughout the hotel, and including the rooms, guests will enjoy the free Wi-Fi. The spacious bathrooms own

massage is also available.

and a theatrical atmosphere. The bar, La Fee Verte, is the place to be seen of an

a touch of the exotic and feature luxury bath products. The idea behind the hotel is to capture the

evening and delivers on its promise of the

Within the impressive hotel, there is an indoor swimming

excitement and anticipation of a night at

tastiest cocktails around. This is the ideal,

pool with an open-air terrace, as well as a fitness

the opera. The dining scene is opulent with

cool and chic hotel to kick-start an evening

centre complete with a sauna and steam room. In-Room

a host of restaurants offering fine cuisines

out on the town.

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MÖVENPICK HOTEL HANOI

Indulge in a massage at the wellness centre following a long day sightseeing. Qualified therapists offer a range of local and international treatments.

In the ancient city of Hanoi, considered to be the focal point of cultural and political activity in Vietnam, is the

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conveniently located Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi.

Take a short rickshaw ride to Hanoi’s Old Quarter which will delight in its age-old architecture, beautiful lakes and winding alleyways.

Boasting the style and elegance of a Mövenpick Hotel enriched with cultural Vietnamese delights, this hotel is only a 25-minute drive to the airport, and five minutes from the Old Town with its elegant colonial architecture. The modern facilities ensure guests are always connected, whether this is through Wi-Fi, TV or phone, and the large bathroom is stocked with luxury products and has

Outside the hotel there are a plethora of restaurants

incredible views across Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This hotel

and bars to choose from, however the in-house

is a fantastic base for exploring the city, providing easy

offering is well-worth trying. Mangosteen is the all-day

access to the city centre, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple

dining restaurant serving Vietnamese and international

of Literature and President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum,

cuisines. The décor is chic and stylish with intimate

a pilgrimage site.

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HERITAGE LINE HALONG BAY Head back to the days of grandeur on the high seas and indulge in a cruise around Halong Bay in one of Heritage Line’s luxurious, yet authentic ships. Elegantly fusing old-fashioned elegance with modern facilities, the three ships, or junks as they are called, beautifully blend into the stunning craggy bay of Halong. The junks are large traditional wooden structures and are lovingly known as the Three Sisters. Violet, Jasmine and Ginger (the three sisters) are finely crafted utilising dark teak wood accented with rich golds, plush reds and royal blues. Violet is the youngest and smallest sister of the three. She offers just six

Each of the fine vessels boasts an array of facilities on board ranging

luxury cabins all with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing the breathtaking

from spas, to a sundeck. Each sister offers a smaller tender boat

views to dominate. Jasmine is the middle sister and boasts huge tawny

which ferries passengers to and from shore allowing for guests to

sails, like her sister she is grand and built in traditional old Vietnamese

explore small coves complete with white-sand beaches. The dining

style. Ginger is the older and wiser sister; she offers an intimate

scene on each can be a grand affair so expect white tablecloths and

experience with just 10 well-appointed cabins.

delectable cuisines.

DON’T MISS Enjoy a well-made cocktail on the sundeck of your ship as the sun sets over Halong Bay. This is a magical time where the gentle rocking of the boat, the sounds of the waves and twinkly twilight sky come together in a spectacular treat for the senses.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Visit the 700,000-year-old Tien Ong Cave. It is a highlight on the Halong Bay itinerary.

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NORTHERN VIETNAM DON’T MISS If you are feeling adventurous, take the mountain bikes out to explore the local region. Why not visit a local Vietnamese home?

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL We recommend that you travel in style to the resort and take the decadent Victoria Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.

VICTORIA SAPA RESORT & SPA Located in the beautiful region of the Lao Cai Province, almost straddling the Chinese border, Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa occupies a slice of land amidst rice paddies and rolling green highlands. Found around 380km northwest of Hanoi, this retreat allows its guests the opportunity to explore a lesser-known part of Vietnam, home to colourful hill tribes and the country’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan. Accommodation is in a traditional chalet, which overhangs a local village. The wooden floors, exposed brick and open fires make it a cosy and welcoming resort.

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The resort has an emphasis on discovering the local area, which

After a long day exploring, dining at this alpine-style hotel is a

is famous for its terraced rice paddies and quaint villages. Days

warm and inviting experience. In the winter, a huge open fire greets

are spent exploring and will likely culminate in a trip to the resort’s

guests in cosy Ta Fin Bar, and in the summer, the vast terrace with

spa, where you’ll enjoy wooden bathtubs, steam baths and myriad

views across the hills is the ideal spot to enjoy the tantalising tastes

treatments, all with a view of Fansipan Mountain. Of course, you are

of Vietnam that the talented chef whips up. Every Saturday night

also welcome to make use of the indoor pool and games areas, or

a troupe of local dancers perform a traditional show at Ta Van

simply relax in the warmth of the indoor heated swimming pool.

Restaurant after supper.


VIETNAM ITINERARY

SEE THE REAL VIETNAM This spectacular itinerary reveals all that Vietnam has to offer. From the misty mountains of remote Sapa in the north, you’ll venture down through the iconic streets of Hanoi and across to the stunning limestone karsts of Halong Bay.

SAPA Rise early and trek through the terraced paddy fields of Sapa’s

You’ll encounter lush greenery and the rural pace of central Vietnam,

mountainous landscape. Discover beautiful gardens, lush pine forests

the rice paddies and simple villages. Passing through Imperial Hue and

and villages hiding away from civilisation.

the sleepy, but beautiful town of Hoi An, you’ll discover the spirit of this wonderful country before heading to the southern metropolis of Ho Chi

HUE

Minh City.

Divided by the Perfume River, the former Imperial City of Hue is a picturesque blend of ancient and modern architecture, with many of the

HANOI

city’s sleek hotels overlooking the crumbling walls of the Imperial City.

Take a full day to explore Vietnam’s colourful capital. Defined by Frenchcolonial architecture, the distinctive city is home to some of Vietnam’s

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most treasured attractions.

The township of Hoi An is a popular stop for travellers. Pretty and easily navigated by foot, the colourful riverside market is great for shopping.

HALONG BAY Board a traditional junk and cruise through the famous limestone karsts

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of Halong Bay – one of Vietnam’s most photographed locations. Stay

The former city of Saigon provides fascinating insight into Vietnam’s

overnight on board the boat, and you’ll have plenty of time to swim

varied and at times devastating history. A half-day tour will visit sights like

and visit quaint fishing villages and lonely islands.

the former Presidential Palace, Saigon Post Office and Binh Tay Market.

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CENTRAL VIETNAM HOI AN This charming riverside town was once one of Asia’s busiest trading ports. Take a walking tour through the ancient city and explore the narrow streets that are devoid of traffic. We recommend taking time to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Tran Family Home. Be sure to grab a bowl of cao lau a famous local dish made with noodles unique to Hoi An. HUE It’s hard to believe this sleepy town was once the imperial headquarters of Vietnam. Sitting on the Perfume River, Hue has numerous ancient temples and imperial buildings including the Citadel. We recommend taking time to explore the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, where you’ll find graceful courtyards and lotus ponds. For a mixed stay offering tropical jungle and beaches, Lang Co is a great base and within easy reach of Hue for day trips. DANANG The city of Danang was the landing site for 3,500 US troops in March 1965 and is where a fifth of all US troops were based during the Vietnam War. However, today the city tells a different story and is now home to a haven of indulgent beach resorts, championship golf courses and only 30 minutes from the historical town of Hoi An. NHA TRANG Perhaps Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, Nha Trang offers some of the best dive sites in Vietnam. Enjoy a wide range of water sports on this beautiful turquoise bay, ringed by fertile hillsides. The area also has an abundance of restaurants, bars and entertainment, within a stone’s throw of the beach.

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CENTRAL VIETNAM DON’T MISS

BOUTIQUE HOI AN RESORT

Add some new skills to your cooking repertoire when you join the traditional Vietnamese cooking class.

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Occupying an idyllic position in the town of Hoi An, this hotel offers the best of both worlds – a relaxing beach

Visit the village of Tra Que to witness the daily lives of the local farmers. Watch as they hoe the fields, ride water buffalo and harvest the crops.

break mixed with the excitement of discovering a town rich in culture and history. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a white-sand beach and stunning turquoise waters, the Boutique Hoi An has 82 rooms and villas, each facing the sea and boasting private balconies or terraces. Around the resort, guests can spend their time relaxing in the tropical gardens, poolside with a cocktail in hand or on the beautiful expanse of beach. The dining scene offers exciting examples of fine Vietnamese cuisine and international favourites. The casual pool bar has cocktails at night and healthy, refreshing juices throughout the day.

ESSENCE HOI AN HOTEL & SPA

who wish to keep up the fitness regime

a sunken bar which is ideal for a

there’s also a fully-equipped fitness centre

sundowner or a quick tipple before retiring

available.

to your room.

Although there is plenty of dining options

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available outside the resort, the hotel’s

There are a plethora of tours available

Located just 700 metres from the centre of the ancient

restaurant is well-worth trying. Offering

that depart directly from the hotel. To

town of Hoi An, this hotel is an ideal place to explore the

traditional Vietnamese classics in a

really experience local life, start with a

local delights. Surrounded by garden, it mixes traditional

poolside setting, it comes complete with

tour of Hoi An town.

charm with modern influences. Boasting over 70 rooms scattered around the resort and accommodation for everyone – single, honeymooners or family; guests will delight in the array of modern facilities available, while still perched on the edge of the old town. It’s Hoi An’s historic charm that lures visitors to this region, but once here, there’s plenty to do whether you head out for the day or choose to stay in and relax by the pool. You can also head to the spa which has an extensive treatment menu and highly-qualified therapists. For those Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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CENTRAL VIETNAM DON’T MISS A cooking class and poolside BBQ are great options for the family.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL In the vicinity of La Residence, you can take a walk along the riverside for inspiring views overlooking the Imperial Citadel as well as visiting many historic sites.

MGALLERY LA RESIDENCE HUE HOTEL & SPA Characterised by whitewashed colonial elegance, this luxury boutique hotel sits proudly on the banks of the fabled Perfume River and embodies a splendour and grandeur reminiscent of days gone by. Overlooking the Imperial Citadel, which is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa has 122 rooms and suites, all with a balcony or terrace and views of the river, garden or city. It has a historic charm, with dark hardwood floorings, richly-coloured terracotta tiles, and deep red and black furnishings. Once a Governor’s residence, the hotel will immediately take you back to the glamour of the 1930s.

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Year upon year this resort is named one of the top hotels in Vietnam. Its

The colonial theme is continued into the hotel’s restaurants, starting

facilities are impressive, with a large saltwater swimming pool offering

with Le Parfum Restaurant, a fine dining establishment with a first-class

views across the river to the imposing Imperial Citadel, a huge ballroom

French-Vietnamese fusion experience. There are also options for an

and state of the art fitness centre. The award-winning spa offers luxurious

elegant degustation menu with matching wines, a romantic dinner

and rejuvenating treatments including ancient Vietnamese cupping therapy

cruise with sunset drinks, or a gourmet picnic lunch in the pine forest

and modern favourites like hot stone massage and body scrubs.

of Thien An Hill.


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ANGSANA ˘ NG CÔ LA Located in an idyllic setting, nestled between the soaring Truong Son Mountain Range and the vibrant blue of the sea, this 223-room hotel offers beach- and outdoorlovers a true paradise. Inspired by the country’s culture each room and suite incorporates traditional Vietnamese elements with a chic, contemporary design. Each room boasts an awe-inspiring

championship course fuses sea and

Deck bar offers impressive views across

view of the mountains or sea, and some also feature

mountain views, and if you fancy

the resort and East Sea while you sup a

private plunge pools. There are also a number of pools to

something a little more relaxing, the spa

glass or two of bubbly.

enjoy, including a huge 300-metre lagoon pool that winds

has a full treatment menu and is the ideal

its way around the resort.

place to unwind after a busy day.

DON’T MISS Visit My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO

There’s also a plethora of water sports found on the

There are a range of restaurants scattered

World Heritage site located 70km from

beach, where you can spend time sunbathing or go

around the resort; choose from East Asian

the resort. Some of its temples date back

snorkelling. The 18-hole Sir Nick Faldo-designed

cuisine to international delights. The Upper

to the 4th century.

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BANYAN TREE ˘ NG CÔ LA

Join a cooking class for couples and learn how to make Bun Bo Hue, a regional noodle dish, or spring rolls, before heading home and replicating the authentic taste of Vietnam in the privacy of your kitchen.

Nestled into a crescent-shaped bay with a threekilometre stretch of pristine beach and a backdrop of the Truong Son Mountain range, this resort offers fivestar luxury in an awe-inspiring setting.

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The resort is a chic retreat with just 60 Pool Villas. Each

Take a tour of Bach Ma National Park, which reaches a peak of 1,450 metres at the mountain top and is home to more than 2,000 plant, insect, bird and mammal species as well as 50 fish, reptile and amphibian species.

scattered around the grounds tucked into secluded coves

Around the resort there is a plethora of activities available

and hidden by natural flora and fauna. The designers

including an 18-hole golf course, a gym and yoga

have taken their cue from traditional Indochina so expect

pavilion, a sea sports centre plus the Banyan Tree Spa.

whitewashed villas with terracotta triangle roofs. Guests can choose from a range of Hillside Pool Villas which

Guests are treated to cuisine at several restaurants.

offer views out to sea, or Beach Pool Villas where the

Azura is set beachfront and serves Italian delights;

vibe is barefoot and beachy. Each comes with a timber

Saffron is the hilltop offering and serves traditional Thai;

sundeck and a plunge pool – perfect for a quick dip or a

The Water Court is a modern Vietnamese restaurant,

lazy day relaxing in the privacy of your own abode.

and Thu Quan is great for a sundowner.

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THE NAM HAI A sophisticated offering lying on the pristine sands of Ha My Beach yet only a short drive from the ancient city of Hoi An, which boasts a plethora of bustling markets, temples and shops. This luxury boutique resort perfectly combines the essence of a true beach holiday with an interesting cultural side. The accommodation provided comes in either one-bedroom villas or larger Pool Villas with multiple bedrooms for extra space and privacy. All offer a series

around the grounds and the organic

The two restaurants serve up a delicious

of modern comforts ranging From Wi-Fi to Bose surround

garden. For a change of pace, the serene

array of international and Asian cuisines.

sound systems, the Pool Villas come with the added

atmosphere of the spa is the ideal place

Expect Vietnamese classics, international

bonus of a butler service. The villas are scattered around

for relaxation. Eight individual treatment

delights and casual lunches by the beach.

well-manicured gardens lending a pleasant and tranquil

pavilions and a range of treatments await

The bars will serve signature cocktails and

aura to the entire complex.

and this is the ideal way to kick-start your

an excellent selection of wines throughout

break. For children, a dedicated kids’

the day and into the evening where a pre-

Guests can spend their days on the stunning stretch of

club will keep them amused daily while

dinner drink as the sun goes down is the

white-sand beach, relaxing poolside or meandering

the adults relax with a good book.

perfect way to top off the day.

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DON’T MISS For family entertainment, be sure to check out the daily activities. Guests may choose to play billiards, table tennis or even learn how to fly a kite.

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Idyllically located on a pristine stretch of white sand and beneath the watchful eye of the Marble Mountains, the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa is the quintessential beach hotel. The design is contemporary with subtle accents of

children ensures adults have some much-needed time

South East Asia; it is truly modern with a wide array of

alone to indulge in a treatment at the fully-equipped

comforts. There are 193 guest rooms all offering extensive

spa, work out in the fitness centre or just relax with a

sea views which can be admired through the floor-to-

good book.

ceiling windows. The large bathrooms, Wi-Fi and air conditioning ensure that guests are always comfortable.

Each of the restaurants serves tempting cuisine ranging from a casual lunch at Pool House, to the Beach

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Inside the hotel complex, guests may spend the days on

House where tantalising Vietnamese cooking titillates

the beach soaking up the sun, or in the large swimming

the taste buds. The Pool House serves international

pool, which has a waterslide. The dedicated club for

food throughout the day with ocean views.

Considered Vietnam’s most significant archaeological site, the My Son ruins were the chief place of worship of the former ruling Champa kings. A full-day tour to these ancient structures is well worthwhile.


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FUSION MAIA DA NANG Located on the central coast of Vietnam, this all villa, spa-inclusive resort is dedicated to wellness and luxury beach living. With an open-plan design and views of the South China Sea, it has a zen-like atmosphere. The resort consists of 87 well-appointed villas each boasting its own pool and courtyard garden. With an emphasis on retaining the natural environment, all of the villas have been designed to be low-rise and blend in. The décor is breezy with whitewashed walls, dark teak furnishings and bamboo detailing. The stand-out feature of this resort is the all-inclusive spa concept. A

Other amenities include an incredible infinity pool that extends out

unique wellness plan (Natural Living Programme) has been devised with

over the South China Sea and three dining outlets. For food, indulge

seven daily themes on which spa therapies and wellness activities are

in the resort’s all-day breakfast which offers breakfast service anytime,

based. The spa complex is set in a tropical garden with a swimming

anywhere, even if it’s 3pm and you’re on the beach. There are also

pool and waterfall. There are 16 treatment rooms, two outdoor

flavoursome Pan-Asian dishes made from local ingredients at Five

massage pavilions, steam and sauna rooms, yoga studio, wellness

Dining Room, and Asian-inspired tapas and high tea at the Tonic

library, private Jacuzzi and two beauty salons. A minimum of two

Lounge. Fresh near the main pool has a menu of healthy salads, flat

treatments per person, per day are guaranteed during your stay.

breads and exotic juices.

DON’T MISS Indulge in breakfast any time, any place or one of the holistic programmes specifically designed to suit your individual needs.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take the resort’s free shuttle to neighbouring Hoi An and breakfast at Fusion Café then explore this UNESCO-listed ancient town.

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CENTRAL VIETNAM DON’T MISS Take the bikes out to explore the local area. The resort staff will be only too happy to provide you with a map and guidance on what to see and do.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL An excursions desk awaits you to advise on what to see in the area. The islands surrounding Nha Trang are simply stunning and well worth the boat trip.

EVASON ANA MANDARA This boutique resort has an extremely enviable location, being Nha Trang’s only beachfront resort. It boasts a beautiful stretch of sandy beach backed by soaring mountains and breathtaking views across the bay. The resort’s 74 semi-detached Garden Villas offer stunning views across the bay and out to sea. Each comes complete with a private terrace or balcony and range of modern comforts. The style is chic Vietnamese and fuses beautiful teak wood with tiled floors and terracotta soft furnishings. In a culinary destination like Vietnam, you can expect a treat for

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Around the resort guests generally like to spend their time relaxing

the taste buds wherever you dine, and this resort’s chic beachside

beachside or in the huge swimming pool. Water sports are available

dining options are no exception. From casual dining by the pool At

too, and you can go kayaking or take advantage of the beautiful

Ana Beach House, where Mediterranean dishes and fresh seafood

underwater world with a snorkel and a pair of fins. Back on land, try

dominate the menu, to the modern surroundings of Pavilion Restaurant

your hand at beach volleyball, or simply lie on the beach and soak up

with its brightly-coloured buffet and an la carte menu, you’re sure to

the sun. A true draw to the resort is the Six Senses Spa, which offers an

eat well. All dishes are made with the freshest ingredients from local

extensive treatment menu of signature therapies and rituals that aim to

markets, farms and fishermen to ensure your culinary experience is of

pamper and rejuvenate. It’s an ideal place to relax after spending a few

the highest standard. The Lobby Bar is the place to congregate for a

hours in the buzzing city of Nha Trang.

drink at the end of the day.


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FUSION RESORT NHA TRANG Set on the stunning south central coastline of Vietnam, just 20 minutes from Nha Trang, this new resort offers a barefoot and beachy vibe with a luxurious spa. Its mantra is to create an idyllic environment for true relaxation by combining travel with a unique lifestyle approach. Offering 72 suites and villas, each one is immaculately finished with a cool, modern décor and custom-designed furniture. Each room comes complete with an en suite bathroom plus a suspended designer bathtub. The suites and villas are spacious and boast stunning views either across the resort and infinity pool or out over the white-sand beach. and is ideal for a light afternoon snack or enjoying a sundowner. The real draw is the all-inclusive spa concept – guests are invited to

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indulge in a wellness therapy of their choice with a minimum of two treatments per guest, per day, guaranteed. Massages, facials and

Scuba diving is extremely popular in the area due to the abundance of

different rituals are all part of the extensive menu carried out by highly-

stunning sealife. There is a plethora of PADI courses available for those

qualified therapists. Yoga classes are available too, along with a fully-

who have a few days in the area.

equipped fitness studio.

FUN FOR THE FAMILY

There are a couple of dining options to choose from if you want to

The kids club is one of the best in the region boasting a waterslide,

dine in-house. Fresh Restaurant is set by the side of the infinity-edged

trampolines, zip lining and so much more. It is ideal for parents to get

swimming pool and is dedicated to fusing western and Vietnamese

some well-earned time out to enjoy their inclusive spa treatments, safe in

flavours. The BBQ grill area offers guests the chance to create their own

the knowledge that their children are being well entertained and cared

tempting delights. For light snacks and drinks, Zen Bar is in the lobby

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SOUTHERN VIETNAM The rice paddies and floating markets of the Mekong Delta are within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s most westerly city and arguably its most vibrant. Beyond the city, you’ll find remote islands, glorious beaches and slip into the slow pace of rural Vietnamese life. HO CHI MINH Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is a cosmopolitan city where ramshackle noodle stalls and ancient monuments sit happily alongside the grandeur of French colonial architecture and trendy new restaurants and bars. BEACHES Previously a surfing town, Mui Ne is just four hours from Ho Chi Minh and one of Vietnam’s most popular beach destinations. We suggest kite-boarding in the bay or heading to the outskirts of town to drive dune buggies. For a quieter beachside break, head to the beautiful islands of Con Dao which are largely national parkland which exists to protect turtle nesting grounds and other rare marine life.

OUR TOP HO CHI MINH EXPERIENCES 1. The Cu Chi Tunnels were dug by hand during the Vietnam War. We recommend taking a trip to explore the underground network that includes hospitals, living quarters and weapons factories. 2. Ride through the streets of Saigon like a local on a Vespa tour. You’ll take in the sights, smells and sounds of this charismatic city. 3. Visit the Independence Palace, which remains unchanged since it was stormed by tanks towards the end of the Vietnam War.

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4. Get lost in the food markets of Ho Chi Minh and savour the delights of southern Vietnamese street food.

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5. Marvel at the stunning architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral, a Neo Romanesque place of worship built during the late 1800s.

A multitude of meandering rivers and

ripe fresh fruit to hot cups of coffee. Our

canals make up the mighty Mekong

favourite way to explore the villages is

Delta. Come here to witness the Cai Rang

by bicycle, visiting temples and gaining

Floating Market, where you’ll navigate

an insight into rural Vietnamese life.

through a maze of boats, loaded with

Alternatively, a hot air balloon ride offers

produce and selling everything from

spectacular views of the delta.


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CARAVELLE SAIGON Located in the heart of the shopping and entertainment district, and close to the Saigon Opera House, Caravelle Saigon is the sophisticated choice for a stay in the city. Boasting specially designed beds and signature linens, the hotel’s guest rooms and suites are located in two wings. The Heritage Wing has been in operation since 1959 and offers stunning views across the city, while the

pampering, the Kara Spa owns a wealth

institution and guests, and locals alike

Opera Wing is the new contemporary wing and features

of treatments to revitalise, soothe away

enjoy a cocktail at Martini bar, which

views over Lam Son Square and beyond. Guests can

jet lag or simply perk you up after a day

is adorned by the works of American

expect beautiful rooms complete with calming colours

of exploring.

photographer Catherine Karnow.

and a range of modern facilities, including decadent bathroom products, Wi-Fi throughout and satellite TV.

Her work, shooting Vietnam is now The dining scene is special and you

part of the hotel art. The latest addition

can enjoy a decadent five-course meal

is the Champagne Corner, a first-time

Around the hotel, guests can have exclusive use of the

at Reflections, or indulge in High Tea at

collaboration with Moet Hennessy

private outdoor pool complete with bar and for true

Café de l’Opera. The rooftop bar is an

in Vietnam.

HOTEL MAJESTIC SAIGON With stunning views across the Saigon River, Hotel Majestic Saigon has occupied one of the most desirable locations in Ho Chi Minh since it first opened in 1925. This charming boutique hotel is an art deco icon in downtown Ho Chi Minh with a French colonial facade and private balconies overlooking the street. It has 175 rooms with colonial-style marble bathrooms, old-fashioned telephones and period furniture. They also have all the mod cons you’d expect of a luxury hotel, like free Wi-Fi in all areas and flat-screen cable TVs. This historic hotel

DON’T MISS The Majestic Vietnamese Cooking Class is a two-hour hands on class hosted by the hotel’s head chef. Add to your culinary repertoire with a threecourse meal of traditional Vietnamese dishes. All made with fresh local ingredients.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take a full-day tour to visit the Cai Be floating market. Visit the coconut candy workshops, the rice paper workshop and witness daily life on the river.

is also home to six restaurants, which range from Cyclo Restaurant, which mixes colonial charm with authentic Vietnamese cuisine, to Serenade Restaurant, which features modern fare and views of the river. Breeze Sky Bar has all day dining and amazing views. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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VICTORIA CAN THO Located right in the heart of the Mekong Delta sits the boutique Victoria Can Tho. Nestled on the banks of the Hau River, the stately hotel is surrounded by gardens and has an impressive presence. The grand colonial building offers just 84 rooms and eight suites all embodying a traditional Vietnamese style with dark woods and ornate sculpting. Each of the larger

livelier entertained or for a more sedate

and dishes, some fused with western

suites boasts verandas or balconies offering impressive

pace indulge in a spa treatment in one of

favourites. Its idyllic riverside setting makes

views across the well manicured grounds and Hau River.

the individual spa huts. A children’s club is

it an extremely romantic affair too.

Expect crisp white linens and a breezy colonial feel

also available for the little ones.

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throughout. Vietnamese food is well renowned for

Take a trip down the Hau River and

Around the hotel, guests can relax poolside or in the

being exquisite and at Victoria Can

enjoy buffet breakfast or dinner on

grounds overlooking the serene river. A fitness centre and

Tho there is no exception. The Spices

board a converted rice barge, The

tennis courts will keep those looking for something a little

Restaurant serves delicious local flavours

Mekong Princess Sampan.

DON’T MISS

ANANTARA MUI NE RESORT

Exercise your body and calm your mind with daily yoga sessions led by qualified instructors.

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Located on a stunning expanse of white-sand beach, the boutique Anantara Mui Ne Resort is an oasis of tranquillity and elegance combining touches of Vietnam with the luxuries of a five-star resort. Expertly blending Vietnamese tradition with the legendary

Around the resort, guests can indulge in a spot of

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serious sunbathing by the pool or on the stunning

rooms, suites and pool villas. Located in the main building,

beach; take afternoon hikes through the dramatic

the rooms, which range from Deluxe to an Ocean Suite,

sand dunes or simply soothe away any stresses in the

embody a contemporary chic décor infused with a hint of

dedicated spa. Qualified therapists offer a range of

Vietnamese charm. Expect whitewashed walls accented

treatments utilising traditional and modern techniques.

with bursts of vibrant colour, and stunning views out across

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the landscaped gardens or sea. For a little more space

After a day relaxing, head to the pool deck to indulge

and privacy, there are also individual villas that face the

in a pre-dinner cocktail as the sun sets before heading

beach and come complete with rain showers, a dining

to one of the dining outlets serving a range of local and

pavilion and private plunge pool.

international cuisines.

Bau Trang, otherwise known as Lotus Lake, is an oasis within the white-sand dunes of Mui Ne. Take a day trip to this series of three lakes which are defined by exquisite natural beauty and blooming lotus flowers.


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SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY

Head out on the water to explore the rest of the bay and neighbouring islands. Snorkelling, or simply just taking a dip is highly recommended.

Located in a perfect crescent bay, alluding to a feeling of

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isolation, the luxurious Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has an idyllic location overlooking the East Vietnam Sea. Set on a pristine white-sand beach backed by towering forest-clad mountains, this resort has been built to blend seamlessly into the natural environment, giving it a serene and tranquil atmosphere. Each of the individual villas

Around the resort, guests can keep busy, or not so busy,

dotted around the resort, from the charming Hill Top Pool

as they choose. There is a fully-equipped gym, yoga

Villa to the waterside Rock Pool Villa, boasts stunning

pavilion, a huge variety of water sports and an outdoor

views out to sea or down and across the bay. Privacy is

cinema for lazy nights under the stars.

Take a trip to Nha Trang to experience the daily life of Vietnamese people, do some shopping in the local markets or simply take it all in as you wander the town.

at the forefront and every single villa has its own private pool, making it the ideal destination for a romantic break.

The dining scene is exquisite and guests can expect

You’ll also find an elevated bedroom with a walk-in closet,

a range of local and international delights. The resort

a hand-crafted wooden bathtub, a mini wine cellar and

grows its own local organic produce so the real tastes

have a butler on call 24 hours a day.

of Vietnam burst through.

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No Six Senses resort would be complete

option to relax in your private pool or on

without a spa and here, the range

the serene beach is encouraged too.

of treatments plus the standard of the therapists is extremely high and guests

The stunning restaurants here offer

leave the sanctuary feeling perfectly

incredible views out to sea and the

balanced and relaxed. The other activities

neighbouring islands. Choose from

A unique oasis waits on the idyllic islands of the Con

on offer include a range of water sports,

sumptuous Vietnamese and tender

Dao Archipelago. Steeped in natural beauty and with

excursions to the town of Con Son and

locally-caught and sourced seafood and

a rich history, the Six Senses group has created a truly

traditional cooking classes. Of course the

vegetables.

luxurious resort. Located only a short flight from the city streets of Saigon, this stunning resort is nestled into a crescent of white sand lapped by the gin-clear waters of the South China Sea. Protected to its rear by lush forest-clad mountains, the all-villa resort treats guests to utter privacy. All villas come complete with a private pool and are designed to blend in harmoniously with the natural environment – a signature design prerequisite for most Six Senses resorts. Expect whitewashed breezy interiors, a terrace with sun loungers and large open-plan bathrooms complete with an outdoor rain shower. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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VIETNAM ITINERARY

VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

HALONG BAY Board a traditional junk and discover why Halong Bay is World Heritage listed. You’ll drop anchor and spend the night surrounded by the spectacular limestone karsts.

Delve into the rich history and culture of this enchanting Asian country,

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combining all the highlights of the northern, central and southern

Visit the charming township of Hoi An, where you can buy handmade

areas of Vietnam on a multi-centre, custom-made tour through the sites

trinkets and souvenirs, get clothing made by one of the town’s many

and cities that interest you most.

tailors, or attend one of the famous lantern workshops where you can learn how to make one for yourself.

Our Western & Oriental Destination Experts are on hand to tailor the trip of a lifetime through Vietnam. All of our tours allow you the freedom of

HUE

discovering memorable and authentic Vietnamese experiences without

Cruise down the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda which

having to be part of a tour group.

sits in spectacular fashion on the riverbank. This former Imperial City beautifully blends ancient culture and modern Vietnam.

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The oldest continuously developed neighbourhood in Vietnam, Hanoi’s

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Quarter has a history that spans 2,000 years. Take a cyclo tour to

An early morning boat trip on the Mekong River will take you to the Cai

explore its crowded streets, learn about Vietnamese architecture and visit

Rang floating market, which is full of small boats delivering goods from

an ancient longhouse.

all parts of the Mekong Delta.

NINH BINH

MEKONG DELTA

Head to the picturesque region of Ninh Binh, a haven for outdoor

Learn more about life on the Mekong with a cruise on the Cai Be River

activity where you can take a 5km bike ride through paddy fields, have

where you can observe local merchants trading and stop for lunch in a

lunch with a local family and explore the But Cave complex.

charming local village.


VIETNAM ITINERARY

CULINARY DELIGHTS OF VIETNAM

HOI AN Take an early-morning bike ride through the verdant rice paddies that surround this charming town. Arriving at a farm, you’ll have a chance to visit with a local family and learn about the process of rice cultivation. This unique experience will see you donning

Vietnam is renowned for its food, but few understand the regional

traditional garb and conical sun hats for protection, and helping to

variations of this complex cuisine. Discover the differences in northern,

plough, rake and carry water into the rice field. Afterwards, return

central and southern Vietnamese cooking on this twelve-day tour,

to the house and learn how to make pancakes and cook rice in

dining in some of the country’s best-loved restaurants.

a traditional way. Sit down and enjoy a traditional lunch with the family before returning to the hotel.

As you journey up the coast you’ll uncover the heritage of Hanoi, cruise spectacular Halong Bay and cycle through rice paddy fields surrounding

HUE

Hoi An, enjoying exclusive cookery lessons and the opportunity to relax

Wander the streets of this former capital city and discover a

on tropical beaches along the way.

variety of ‘Royal’ restaurant cuisine. Take a hands-on cooking class and learn how to make local delicacies like Hue pancakes, and

HANOI

Vietnamese favourites like traditional spring rolls and banana leaf

Famous for its street food, Hanoi is the perfect place to start your

salad. A highlight is an exclusive private dinner at Tha Om garden

culinary exploration of Vietnam. Eat for a good cause at not-for-profit

house – a beautifully preserved traditional abode surrounded by tea

restaurant Koto and take part in a hands-on cooking class in the heart of

bushes and apricot trees.

the Old Quarter. HO CHI MINH CITY HALONG BAY

A walking tour of the city’s culinary delights is the best way to

Enjoy fresh-caught seafood and local delicacies on board a traditional

experience this vibrant southern Vietnamese city, Try banh xeo, a

Junk boat in Halong Bay. The spectacular limestone scenery will make

large rice pancake filled with vegetables shrimp and pork, and

this dining experience memorable.

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HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS RELICS OF ANCIENT CIVILISATION, CAMBODIA EVOKES A SENSE OF DISCOVERY, WHETHER YOU’RE EXPLORING THE MAGNIFICENT ANCIENT TEMPLES OF ANGKOR OR NAVIGATING THROUGH THE BUSY MARKETS OF PHNOM PENH. IN NEIGHBOURING LAOS, THE PACE OF LIFE IS SLOWER AND THE CHARMING TOWNSHIPS AND ROLLING JUNGLE-FILLED HILLSIDES APPEAL TO MORE INTREPID TRAVELLERS.

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CAMBODIA Fall for the unadorned beauty of Cambodia and explore the temples that riddle this unspoilt country. The breathtaking beauty of Angkor Wat is a major draw for most visitors, but we recommend exploring all parts of Cambodia to take in the abundant natural attractions of this stunning country. ANGKOR TEMPLES Your trip to Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without marvelling at the iconic temple of Angkor Wat. However, Angkor is home to a multitude of temples dating from the 9th to the 14th centuries. Within easy reach of Siem Reap, take time to explore the area in all its inspiring glory. SIEM REAP The Gateway to Angkor, Siem Reap is just 3km south of the temple complex and although development is at hand, the city still retains the small shops, cafes and art galleries. Leave the tourist areas for a street food tour where you’ll experience market life, hidden food stands and eat like a Cambodian local. TONLE SAP LAKE South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap is home to a huge diversity of fish and a large number of fishing communities that rely on the bounty of this great lake. A boat trip enables you to witness the unique lifestyle of Tonle Saps residents. PHNOM PENH From the regal elegance of the Royal Palace, through to the thought provoking Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, Phnom Penh is a city of contrasts. Take an early evening stroll along the riverside promenade before

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dining on a Cambodian feast

Take a luxury escape to this untouched paradise that lies just a 35-minute boat ride from Sihanoukville.

BATTAMBANG

Built with sustainable materials and dedicated to local

The second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang is

conservation, this opulent beach resort is the perfect

home to an emerging art scene and some of the finest

sanctuary for total relaxation.

French architecture in the country. Be sure to ride the Bamboo Train, one of the most eccentric and noisy

WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF CAMBODIA

contraptions you are ever likely to encounter.

The dry season runs from October to late April. You’ll find the humidity at its highest between March and April.

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ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE Angkor Wat is the best preserved monument in Cambodia. Featured on the Cambodian flag, this iconic temple has been awarded world heritage status and is one of the most impressive architectural wonders of the world. Between the 9th and 15th centuries, Angkor served as the seat for the Khmer empire. When the city was abandoned, the temples were overtaken by thick jungle and became something of legend. Stories of a city lost deep in the Cambodian jungle inspired French explorer Henri Mouhot, who in 1860 discovered the ruins, which today are just a small part of what once was a great and powerful city. A RELIGIOUS RELIC Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple, but since the 14th century it has been a Buddhist place of worship. The temple is believed to be the largest religious structure in the world. EXPLORING THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR The magnificent temples of Angkor Archaeological Park cover a staggering 300sq km. You have a variety of options when it comes to getting around, some areas are easily accessed by foot, though we recommend touring the temples by bicycle. However, for an aerial view and an extensive look at the temples of Angkor, let us organise a hot air

OUR TOP TEMPLES OF ANGKOR

balloon ride, a chance to experience this stunning area in style.

1. The lost temple of Beng Mealea is utterly consumed by jungle, but one of the least visited, despite being easily accessible. 2. Visit Ta Prohm at sunrise, where the colours change as the sun breaks through this ancient temple covered in creeping roots and vines. 3. Famous for its pink sandstone, many believe Banteay Srei is the best example of Khmer classic art. 4. The walled compound of Angkor Thorn was established as the capital of King Jayavarman VII. We suggest visiting the Terrace of Elephants, used as a viewing area during royal ceremonies. 5. Banteay Chhmar is famous for its signature faces of Jayavarman VII and home to ornate carvings and the spectacular Hall of Dancers.

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CAMBODIA DON’T MISS

ANANTARA ANGKOR RESORT

Indulge in a cooking class and learn the secrets of combining herbs and spices to create distinctive Khmer flavours.

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Anantara Angkor Resort is a stunning luxury boutique retreat built in the style of a grand Khmer villa. It has

Explore the ancient temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom by bicycle. Cycling is easy due to the flat topography of Siem Reap. Or take a tuk-tuk and long-tail boat to explore the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake.

39 exquisite rooms and suites overlooking a beautiful courtyard and saltwater pool, inspired by ancient royal gardens. Standing out among luxury hotels in Siem Reap, Anantara Angkor Resort prides itself on outstanding service. It is a peaceful oasis, providing the perfect getaway from which to experience the region’s rich local culture. It is just

and indigenous Khmer therapies provided in one of five

minutes away from both the magnificent UNESCO World

relaxing treatment rooms.

Heritage Angkor Archaeological Park and the quaint Cambodian town of Siem Reap.

The courtyard garden has a romantic atmosphere that is perfect to mark an important celebration. The two

One of the outstanding features of the hotel is the

restaurants, Sothea and Gallery, serve contemporary

Anantara Spa, offering a selection of luxury international

local and international cuisine.

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR Surrounded by 15 acres of beautifully manicured French gardens and sitting across from the Royal Palace, is one of the great hotels of Indochina. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor perfectly fuses timeless colonial grandeur with local spiritual significance. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened its doors in

After a day of exploring the temples and

to champagne breakfasts or poolside

1932 as a luxury offering for the first wave of tourists

local markets, guests can relax around

cocktails. The Elephant Bar is somewhat of

visiting the temples of Angkor Wat, since then many have

the country’s largest swimming pool while

an institution and attracts tourists and hotel

passed through its door and it still remains today as one of

enjoying a cocktail or two. The spa offers

guests alike in search of one of the fine

the region’s finest hotels.

a wide range of treatment options too and

signature cocktails.

is the ideal place to while away an hour Each of the 115 rooms, villas and suites embodies the

or two in true luxury.

in the spa – a healing therapy, where

timeless elegance of a Raffles hotel but gently infused with

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Don’t miss a traditional Khmer Massage

Cambodian influences, which shine through in its fine

There is a plethora of dining options on

the body is manipulated into positions

furniture and detailings.

offer too ranging from Royal Khmer cuisine

described as ‘passive stretching’.


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RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL Fusing traditional style with the vibrancy of a city centre location, Raffles Hotel Le Royal has been welcoming guests since 1929. Set in lush tropical gardens, and with rooms spread around two pools, this hotel is the only iconic landmark hotel in Phnom Penh. The 175 rooms and suites, scattered around the pool areas, have been lovingly created to reflect a chic fusion

two pools, or in The Raffles Spa. It offers

cuisine or for something a little more

of Khmer, Art Deco and French Colonial architecture. We

a fully-equipped gym plus an extensive

relaxed opt for Café Monivong.

recommend the Landmark Rooms and suites in the original

treatment menu blending local and classic

Don’t leave without taking a drink in

hotel building with 14’ ceilings and original claw-foot

treatments.

The Elephant Bar, which is one of the

baths

iconic bars of Phnom Penh with happy Cambodia offers a delectable dining

hour from 5-9pm, and signature cocktails

After exploring the bustling city, guests have the

scene, which is reflected in this hotel;

like the Femme Fatale, a cocktail first

opportunity to spend an afternoon or two simply relaxing

choose the elegant Le Royal Restaurant for

concocted for Jackie Kennedy during her

in the hotel’s confines. Choose to relax by one of the

modern French fused with Royal Khmer

stay in 1967.

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WHITE MANSION HOTEL

Spend a day enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel before cementing your sightseeing itinerary with the knowledgeable hotel staff.

Capturing the atmosphere of a bygone era in an

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elegant Cambodian mansion, White Mansion Hotel Phnom Penh is a stately boutique hotel located close to

Visit the Royal Palace to discover days gone by as you step into the regal era of Cambodia.

some of the city’s most popular attractions. Offering a sophisticated setting, the hotel mixes colonial chic with traditional Cambodian decor. Guests can enjoy the large lap pool for a cooling dip, The mansion offers 30 rooms and suites all embodying a

or simply relax on one of the private sunloungers with

tranquil and colonial charm. The rooms range from

a good book as the attentive staff bring cocktails and

30sq m to 60sq m and are generally thought of as

towels. The hotel also boasts one of the most famous

the largest hotel rooms in Phnom Penh. All come with

spas in Cambodia – Aziadee. Spend an afternoon

a range of facilities like marble bathrooms and air

pampering yourself with indulgent treatments and

conditioning, and also have superb views looking out

therapeutic rituals derived from age-old techniques and

across the cityscape or pool. Many come complete with

emerge feeling rejuvenated and ready for another day

a balcony as well. The décor is modern Cambodian

exploring Phnom Penh. Therapies include aromatic

accented with elegant furnishings.

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CAMBODIA DON’T MISS Borrow a kayak and paddle out to explore the beautiful coves and bays of the nearby islands. Head ashore with a picnic lunch and explore the mangrove forests and deserted coves.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take a journey around the twin islands of Song Saa – Koh Ouen and Koh Bong – with a member of the Conservation Team. See for yourself the different species, habitats and ecosystems that exist on the islands and learn about the work they are doing to conserve them.

SONG SAA PRIVATE ISLAND Located off the coast of Cambodia, Song Saa Private Island hotel is spread across two pristine isles in the Koh Rong Islands. Home to virgin rainforest and tropical reefs, this exclusive resort offers luxury at harmony with the natural unspoilt surroundings. Dedicated to the environment, this is an eco-luxe resort complete with thatch and stone villas peppered throughout the jungle canopy or perched on stilts above the sea. Expect rustic chic with decadence and a thorough commitment to sustainability. Each of the villas offers ocean views and private pools with lavish polished marble walls, earthy tones and timber beams. The extra touches such as the four-poster bed, Moroccan lanterns and native tribal statues add character and panache.

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The resort is set in a remote location that is bordered by clear waters

One of the most impressive credits to Song Saa is its commitment to the

with a jungle interior and therefore needs to be pretty self-sufficient. The

protection of the environment. Situated in a self-made marine reserve which

restaurant serves an array of delicious cuisines, and you can expect

measures one million square metres and is the first of its kind in Cambodia,

organic ingredients and flavours of traditional Cambodia infused with

the resort has a team of marine biologists, recycling and waste initiatives,

Thai specialties. Western delights are often available too.

and is involved in sustainability projects in nearby villages.


CAMBODIA & VIETNAM ITINERARY

ESSENTIAL CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

HO CHI MINH CITY Take a full-day tour of Vietnam’s colourful southern city to see the lively Ben Thanh Market and the former Presidential Palace. MEKONG DELTA Drive to the delta town of Cai Be and board a boat to visit the Cai Be

This fascinating tour of the Far East encompasses the two

floating market. Get insight into daily life for the local people who have

neighbouring, but strikingly different countries of Vietnam and

lived on the water for generations. Visit a cottage factory that makes

Cambodia. See the diversity of landscape and cultures, and the

coconut sweets, and then the ancient village of Dong Hoa Hiep.

differences in cuisine and history on a twelve-day journey. HOI AN Experience a spectacular sunrise over the astounding ruins of Angkor

This ancient town is easily explored by foot. Take a walking tour to see

Wat, followed by a day discovering the ruins of other ancient temples.

former merchants’ homes, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge

Then visit the colourful, bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, the ancient

and the colourful market.

township of Hoi An and floating islands of Halong Bay, in Vietnam. HUE PHNOM PENH

Divided by the Perfume River, Hue has an abundance of historic places

Cambodia’s busy capital city is steeped in a history both fascinating

to explore. Start at the vibrant Dong Ba Market, visit The Imperial

and unsettling. From the ornate Royal Palace to the Tuol Sleng

Citadel, and take a cyclo to Tinh Tam Lake, where the Emperors went

Genocide Museum and the Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom temple,

to relax.

take a cyclo tour and discover them all. HALONG BAY SIEM REAP & ANGKOR WAT

Stay overnight on a traditional junk and awake surrounded by the

A great base for exploring the Angkor temples, Siem Reap is a pretty,

spectacular sight of Halong Bay’s famous floating islands.

tourist friendly city. Just 3km away, the jungle-covered ruins of Ta Prohm have a mystical ambience, while the towering visage of Angkor Wat is

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the most photographed site in the country.

Round off your journey with a visit to Vietnam’s bustling capital.

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CAMBODIA AT A GLANCE & THAILAND BEACH This 11-day tour is perfect for those seeking adventure and retreat in equal measure. After a six-day adventure through the heart and history of Cambodia you’ll unwind over five days of relaxation on a blissful Thai beach. PHNOM PENH Take to the lively streets in a cyclo, roam the bustling markets of Phnom Penh and wander along the river that flows through the heart of

TONLE SAP

Cambodia’s capital. Once you’ve visited colonial buildings and the

Head south from Siem Reap to discover the quaint, floating fishing

impressive Grand Palace, partake in an important history lesson, visiting

villages of Tonle Sap – the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the dark killing fields.

Board a local boat to see wooden houses rise on stilts above the waters of the lake and communities living traditional lives without ever touching

SIEM REAP

dry land.

We’ll guide you through the majestic, ancient architecture of

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Cambodia’s beloved icon, the majestic Angkor Wat temple and through

HUA HIN

the surrounding fields and forest to discover some of the hundreds

Depart from Siem Reap and fly to Bangkok, before transferring south to

of spectacular temples scattered nearby. Clamber around the vast

the seafront town of Hua Hin, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. After

crumbling ruins and the walled city of Angkor Thom and visit Bayon

exploring the history and sights of Cambodia, you’ll enjoy a well earned

temple, which is adorned with many stone faces. Don’t miss the chance

beach break, spending a few indulgent days on the golden sands of

to set loose your inner Tomb Raider at Ta Prohm, which is beautifully

Thailand. Sample fresh coconuts or cocktails and relax in the sun before

entwined in roots as the jungle slowly creeps in to reclaim it.

taking a dip in the inviting azure tropical waters.


INDOCHINA ITINERARY

INDOCHINA HERITAGE ROAD

HANOI Visit Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh’s marble mausoleum before roaming the bustling streets and sampling the sumptuous street food of the Old Quarter.

This 14-day heritage journey takes you through three of Indochina’s

HOI AN

most exuberant countries. You’ll discover Laotian culture in Luang

Uncover the two sides to Hoi An, the charming, narrow streets and

Prabang, see Cambodia’s temples, explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter and

merchant houses of the old-world trading port and the slick, sunny

visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hoi An and Hue.

beaches lined with resorts and white sands.

LUANG PRABANG

HUE

Your journey starts in the spiritual capital of Laos, Luang Prabang, where

Vietnam’s former imperial capital, Hue, is home to the emperors’

you’ll climb the 328 steps to reach the summit of Mount Phousi and enjoy

mesmerising tombs and mausoleums, the vibrant Dong Ba Market and

a spectacular panoramic sunset. Set off for picturesque Wat Xieng Thong

a historic Old Town.

temple before hopping aboard a beautiful wooden boat to reach the Pak Ou Caves carved out of the limestone cliffs and filled with golden

HO CHI MINH CITY

Buddha statues.

Set off for Saigon and tour Ho Chi Minh City before cruising down the Mekong to reach the floating market of delta town, Cai Be. Take

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a cookery class and shop in the local markets to learn to prepare

Explore the friendly Laotian capital and discover colourful streets lined

traditional Vietnamese dishes.

with crumbling French-colonial mansions, charming temples and street vendors selling steaming noodles. Set on the Mekong River, the compact

SIEM REAP

city can be navigated by foot, and has a laid-back atmosphere rarely

Fly to Cambodia and uncover the majestic temples of Angkor Wat,

experienced in a capital city. Visit the statue-filled Buddha Park on the

clambering crumbling ruins and journeying deep into the forest

Laos-Thai border, which has over 200 religious statues including a

to discover the hidden temples that the jungle is trying to reclaim,

40-metre high reclining Buddha.

entwined in fantastic tree roots.

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LAOS & CAMBODIA EXPLORER This 11 day tour across Laos and Cambodia explores the four fascinating destinations of Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, taking in everything from the history and spirituality to the iconic landmarks like Angkor Wat and everyday life with local communities. LUANG PRABANG After meeting local people and learning about the country’s ethnic minorities, end your first day by watching the sunset from the top of Mount Phousi. Embark on an electric bike tour to discover the countryside and temples of Luang Prabang, from the Watermelon Stupa at Wat Visoun

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to Wat Mai’s five-tiered roof and golden bas-relief carvings and Laos’

Discover the dark history of Phnom Penh’s recent times, visiting the Tuol

famous Wat Xieng Thong. You’ll also visit the Pak Ou Caves and Kuang

Sleng Genocide Museum and the harrowing Killing Fields, before also

Si Waterfalls during a long-tail boat ride up the Mekong Rvier.

exploring the beautiful colonial architecture and riverside walks. Visit the Grand Palace, observe traditional dance and sample local foods in the

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thriving markets.

Enjoy a few days exploring one of Asia’s quietest capital cities. Stroll

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along the Mekong and tour the city by bike, visiting Wat Phra Keo and

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the Presidential Palace, offering a glimpse into the city’s colonial history,

Finish your trip amongst Cambodia’s most beloved sights, the astounding

before exploring the grounds of Wat Simuang. You will also have the

ruin temples of Angkor, journeying from the vast Angkor Wat and

opportunity to visit COPE, an association working to help landmine

Angkor Thom to the lost Tah Prohm temples in the jungle. Pay the floating

victims, and the towering golden spires of That Luang, Laos’ most holy site.

fisherman villages of Tonle Sap a visit before heading home.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA & MYANMAR These two extraordinary countries remain some of the most unspoilt in the Far East. This seven-day tour will see you journey through the depths of Cambodia uncovering its fascinating ancient history before heading to the unexplored lands of Myanmar. SIEM REAP Start your journey in Siem Reap, the lively town from which to explore the majestic temples of Angkor. Visit picture-perfect, crumbling Angkor

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Wat and the vast ancient Khmer empire city at Angkor Thom, before

Drive to Nyang Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake, and step aboard a

heading into the jungle in search of Tah Prohm, hidden amongst the

private motorboat to explore the lake. Villages have been built over

winding roots of the trees. Later, return to Siem Reap for delicious Khmer

the waters by the Intha people, whose lives and livelihoods still centre

cuisine at one of the many restaurants. Sit back and enjoy a cocktail as

around the lake. See the spectacular stilted houses and the floating

you watch tourists and locals alike strolling the busy streets.

gardens, glide past traditional leg-rowing fishermen and explore the crafts at a local village.

BAGAN Upon arriving in Myanmar, transfer to Bagan to discover the history,

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culture and lifestyles of the local communities. Soak up spectacular

Set off on a sightseeing tour of Yangon to visit the 70-metre long

views of the stretching plains that surround Thagyar Pone Temple and

reclining Buddha at the famous Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and drink

visit Ananda Temple – Bagan’s most popular for visitors. After stopping

traditional Burmese tea before continuing to Myanmar’s most sacred

by woodworking workshops and craft houses, take a boat ride up the

Buddhist temple – the gleaming golden stupa of the Shwedagon

Irrawaddy River to float alongside fishermen, riverside villages and

Pagoda. Before departing Myanmar, take a ride on Yangon’s local

Kyauk Gu U Min temple.

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MYANMAR (BURMA) COUNTRY

STEEPED IN TRADITION THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN SPOILED BY THE TEXT INFLUENCE OF WESTERN LIFE, MYANMAR HAS OPENED ITS GATES AND THE WORLD IS RUSHING TO SAVOUR ITS DELIGHTS. FROM ANCIENT TEMPLES AND GILDED PAGODAS, TO THE LEG-ROWING FISHERMEN OF INLE LAKE, THIS MYSTICAL COUNTRY IS WAITING TO BE EXPLORED.


MYANMAR (BURMA) One of the least visited countries in Asia, Myanmar is a mystical land where the traditional ways of the continent are still very much alive. The former British colony of Burma is steeped in history, culture and deep-rooted Buddhist beliefs. Come here to explore her vibrant cities and take in the stunning scenery of this untouched Asian landscape. WHEN TO GET THE BEST OF MYANMAR The dry season between November and March rewards travellers with the best of Burma’s weather.

OUR TOP MYANMAR EXPERIENCES 1. Lose yourself in the energetic Bogyoke Aung San Market of Yangon. With over 2,000 shops you’ll find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, through to hand-made souvenirs and handicrafts. 2. We recommend taking a hot air balloon at sunrise to float above the 1,700 temples and stuppas of Bagan. A must see on any Burmese itinerary. 3. Take to the water of Inle Lake to discover a time-forgotten corner of this beautiful country. The stillness of the water and majestic backdrop of mountains and temples make this a serene stop on your Burmese adventure. 4. Don’t miss the Shwedagon Pagoda, adorned with gold leaf and visible from almost anywhere in Yangon. Visit the sacred Buddhist site in the early morning for quiet reflection. 5. Climb aboard Yangon’s Circle Train and witness the colourful life of the Burmese on the outskirts of town.

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MYANMAR (BURMA) MYANMAR’S CULTURAL CITIES The cultural heritage of this diverse country is ever present in Burma’s extraordinary cities. From the colonial history of Yangon, through to the ancient temples of Bagan, you’ll discover this country through its cities and experience the communities that thrive within them. YANGON You’ll find tree-lined streets and shaded parks in this picturesque city, formerly the capital of Myanmar. The skyline is dominated by the gold-crusted Shwedagon Pagoda, a Buddhist temple that attracts thousands each year. We suggest taking a walking tour through the great city where you’ll wander through colourful markets before stopping in a local tea shop to sample one of the staples of Burmese life. BAGAN The countless temples scattered throughout Bagan are an architectural wonder of the world and date back to the 11th and 13th centuries. We recommend seeing them at sunrise from a gracefully gliding hot air balloon. Take a boat ride from Mandalay up the Irrawaddy River, where you’ll interact with local farmers growing tobacco, cotton and chilli. MANDALAY Mandalay is the spiritual heart of Myanmar and is home to an abundance of monasteries, pagodas and religious shrines. Though much of the city was destroyed during World War II, the city has undergone dramatic change and development. Look down across it all from Mandalay hill, the summit is a prime location to observe a sunset. Outside the city don’t miss a trip to the picturesque U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest and most-photographed teak bridge.

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INLE LAKE The stilted villages of the local Intha tribe sit out across the placid waters of Inle Lake. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and home to a vast array of pagodas and crumbling stuppas, this vast lake is now one of Myanmar’s most poplar destinations and a must for any traveller passing through the country.

OUR TOP MYANMAR EXPERIENCES 1. Take to the river and hop around the lake by boat visiting markets, local farms and temples. 2. Master the authentic flavours and techniques of Burmese cookery on a course held by a local Intha family. 3. Up in the Shan hills you’ll witness breathtaking views of the Inle Lake. We recommend taking a short trek, where you’ll discover the tribes of remote villages. 4. At the Green Hill Elephant Camp, you’ll learn how to interact with these majestic creatures and watch them take a dip in the cooling waters of a nearby stream. 5. Explore the area of Nyaung Shwe by bicycle and encounter the passing villages and farms, before arriving at the Red Mountain Wine Estate. Here you’ll sample the finest Burmese wine, overlooking the calming waters of the lake.

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NGAPALI BEACHES It’s the quintessential paradise. Warm turquoise waters lap against soft white-sand beaches, fringed with an abundance of wild palm trees. You’ll find fantastic seafood restaurants on these beaches and some of the most luxurious hotels in the country. Ngapali’s beaches are arguably the finest in the Far East and can be reached by a short 45-minute flight from Yangon. To get the most of Ngapali, visit between November and March when all the facilities are open.

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MYANMAR ITINERARY

MYANMAR EXPRESS This seven-day journey takes you through the very heart of Myanmar. From the bustling streets of Yangon, to the morning markets of Lake Inle, you’ll discover an unspoilt terrain that harnesses a traditional Asian atmosphere, unspoilt by western influences. MANDALAY Upon arrival, journey south to the city of Ava, the capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, and take a horse and carriage tour to get a glimpse

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of local life. Later, tour the bustling streets of Mandalay by foot and

Start at an elevated temple for panoramic views of the plains of Bagan

visit the jade market, where craftsmen cut and polish the stone while

and the thousands of temples they hold. The area is littered with

others haggle over the price. You’ll also visit the Mahamuni Pagoda

crumbling stupas and religious shrines and is wonderful for exploring.

with its gold-leaf images of Buddha before climbing the Mandalay Hill

Visit the local markets to buy handicrafts and see the locals trading their

to watch the sun set over the Irrawaddy River.

fresh produce. Later, you’ll board a private river boat and take in scenes of life on the river as you travel upstream.

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Take a ride in a local trishaw to the bustling canal where boats feed

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in and out of the lake with their daily catch. Stop at the ‘tomato

Myanmar’s capital is filled with the faded colonial charm of historic

house’ where tomatoes are sorted and priced for sale, and stop for

buildings like the Strand Hotel and the historic post office. You’ll pass

photos at some of the many monasteries. At the edge of the lake,

these by and venture into the colourful cacophony of restaurants, temples

board a private motorboat and head out to discover wonders like

and markets in Chinatown and Little India. After you’ve had your fill

villages built on stilts over the lake, leg-rowing fishermen and their

of shopping and eating, visit Shwedagon Pagoda – the most revered

floating gardens.

Buddhist temple in Myanmar.


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ROAD TO MANDALAY: AYEYARWADY ADVENTURE Step aboard the luxury Belmond Road to Mandalay river cruiser to journey the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River in style, experiencing Myanmar from a unique perspective. This eight-day cruise goes from Mandalay to Bagan, visiting Mount Popa and local villages. Explore the royal city of Mandalay with a guide before enjoying a spectacular sunset over the river from aboard the boat. Journeying to the temple and pagoda-littered river plains of Bagan, stop to visit a local

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Burmese village, and discover the traditional ways of life first hand. Visit

Believed to be a sacred home to powerful spirits, Mount Popa is home

Mount Popa, a pretty hilltop complex of monasteries, pagodas and

to picturesque monasteries atop a craggy cliff. Take a full-day tour to

shrines, sail to see the traditional silversmiths of Sagaing and discover

discover its history and secrets.

the colonial hill station, Maymyo. SAGAING MANDALAY

Sail upriver to the Burmese village of Shwe Kyet Yet where you’ll enjoy

This former royal capital has an abundance of pagodas, churches and

a traditional lunch before embarking on an excursion to Sagaing, an

Indian temples to explore. As you journey to Bagan, you’ll stop off at a

area considered to be the centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar and

local village and get some insight into the Burmese way of life.

famous for its silversmiths.

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MAYMYO

One of the most photographed places in Myanmar, over 2,000 temples

This colonial hill station is set high in the mountains and was built by the

wait at this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. After a guided tour to

British as a place to escape the Mandalay heat. Visit to see English-

explore the most important temples, hire a bicycle to explore the rest.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS These Booking Conditions form the basis of your contract with Western & Oriental, a brand of ITC Luxury Travel Group Limited of Concorde House, Canal Street, Chester, UK. CH1 4EJ company registration number 8687765 (“the Company”, “we”, “us” and “our”). They only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these Booking Conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them as the context requires. Please note that the booking of villas, cruises and yachts is governed by separate Booking Conditions and will be supplied at the time of booking or on request. The Booking Conditions describe your obligations to the Company and the obligations of the Company to you. Please read them carefully. 1. YOUR RESERVATION To make your reservation, please call us and one of our expert Travel Specialists will provide you with first hand information on your chosen destination. You must then confirm your booking, either: • By telephone - your Travel Specialist will reiterate all aspects of your itinerary, ask you to provide details* from the passports of each person travelling and confirm that you have read and agreed to our Booking Conditions. You will then be asked for payment of the required deposit or full payment if booking after balance due date. You can pay by cheque, debit/credit/ charge**card or by bank transfer (details on request). You will be required to complete our online agreement, so that we can check that all of your details and requirements are accurate. Incorrect information supplied will be subject to amendment charges as stated in Clause 6 (1). A contract between us will come into existence when we despatch our confirmation invoice to you to confirm your booking. • By using our online agreement system, please follow the instructions on the screen and complete the required fields. We would refer you to our Privacy Policy and Terms of use of the site. You will be asked to accept that you have read and agree to these Booking Conditions before submitting your itinerary to us. We will then confirm receipt by email. You will then be asked for payment of the required deposit or full payment if the booking is made after balance due date. Receipt of the applicable payment within the stipulated timescale will bring a contract between us into existence. We will then issue and send you a confirmation invoice. For all bookings where only a deposit is paid at the time of booking, the remaining balance must be received by us 90 days prior to departure, unless otherwise stated. Non-payment or late payment of your outstanding balance may result in your booking being treated as cancelled by you, in which case, the cancellation charges set out in Clause 6 will be incurred. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the confirmation invoice or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies (for which we are responsible) in any document within ten days of our sending it out (five days for tickets). We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so. If you book through one of our authorised travel agents, please note that all monies paid to your travel agent for a holiday which does not include any flights are at all times held by the travel agent on behalf of the Company. For flight inclusive bookings, all monies paid to any authorised travel agent of ours for your holiday with us will be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust subject to the travel agent’s obligation to pay such monies to us in accordance with our trading terms unless we fail. In the unlikely event of our financial failure, all monies then held by the travel agent or subsequently paid by you to the travel agent will be held by the agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation on the agent to pay such monies to us.

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*Information required prior to flight check-in for some destinations. **Full payment, deposits and balances made with a credit or charge card (Switch and debit cards excluded) will automatically incur an additional 2% charge and 2.5% for Amex of the payment. 2. PRICE POLICY We reserve the right to vary the price of unsold arrangements and to correct any errors of which we become aware at any time. Please check the up to date price when booking. You will be advised of the applicable price before your booking is confirmed. Once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking, then subject to the correction of errors, we will only increase or decrease the price in the following circumstances. Price increases or decreases after booking will be passed on by way of a surcharge or refund. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, in the event of any change in our transportation costs including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes, embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. Even in the above cases, only if the amount of any increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday (excluding any amendment charges) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment charges) or alternatively purchase another holiday from us as referred to in Clause 7 “Alterations and Cancellations by the Company”. Although insurance (where purchased through us) does not form part of your contract with us or of any “package”, we will consider an appropriate refund of any insurance premiums you have paid us if you can show you are unable to use/reuse or transfer your policy in the event of cancellation or purchase of an alternative holiday. Where applicable you have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to choose option b) or c) as set out in Clause 7 below. If you do not tell us that you wish to choose either of these options within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you do not wish to do so and will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. Please note that arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your holiday due to contractual and other protection in place. A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the full amount of the decrease in our costs. We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of departure. No refund will be payable during this period either. 3. INSURANCE We believe that it is essential to take out comprehensive travel insurance when you go on holiday and we strongly recommend that to do so is in your interests and those of your family. We also ask that you provide us with the details of your insurer, the policy number and the emergency contact details to assist you in the event of an accident or emergency abroad. It will be necessary for you to comply with the requirements of the policy in the event of a potential claim; e.g. reporting a theft to the local police. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. We do not check alternative insurance policies. 4. BROCHURE & WEBSITE ACCURACY The descriptions in our brochures and on our websites may be prepared many months in advance but is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. The availability of services and amenities may be affected by local conditions, such as inclement weather or the season. Suppliers of accommodation, transport and recreational facilities can make changes with no advance notice to us. When we become aware of any significant changes, we will advise you or your travel agent

at the time of booking or, if after booking, as soon as possible before departure. The provisions of Clause 7 will apply when a significant change is notified after the booking. 5. PROVISION OF TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION The various carriers who provide transport as described in our brochure and on our website have their own terms and conditions. International and sometimes national travel is subject to international conventions and regulations (such as EU regulations). The carriers’ terms and conditions may limit and/ or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions or regulations. For more information on these, see Clause 10(ii)f). Air travel is also subject to the operational decisions of air carriers and of airports, which may result in delays, aircraft being diverted or schedule changes over which the Company has no control. The Company can provide you with copies of all relevant conventions, regulations and conditions upon request. In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) (including any connecting flight or transfer) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we will inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. Due to the flexible itineraries that we offer, we are not in a position to state these facts in our brochure and on our website. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Due to the nature of the airline business, on rare occasions flight delays regrettably do happen. In such an event, while we will work with the airline to ensure any delay is as short and comfortable as possible, it remains the airline’s responsibility to look after you. Depending on the length and cause of the delay, meals and accommodation and/or compensation may be available. See Airline Delays and Passenger Rights. Our brochure and website detail our sole responsibility. They are not published on behalf of and do not commit any independent organisations/ carriers whose services are featured in it. 6. ALTERATIONS & CANCELLATIONS BY YOU (i) Should you wish to make any changes to your confirmed booking, you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. Whilst we will endeavour to assist, we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet any such requests. Where we can, an amendment fee of £25 per booking, or £50 per booking if the amendment is made within 46 days of departure, will be payable together with any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. A change of holiday dates will normally be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and rebooking in which case cancellation charges will apply. Changes may result in the recalculation of the holiday price where, for example, the basis on which the price of the original holiday was calculated has changed. If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, the person(s) concerned may transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than two weeks before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result together with an amendment fee of £100.00 must be paid before the transfer can be effected. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight. (ii) Should you or any member of your party need to cancel your holiday, the lead person who made the booking and/ or signed the Booking Form must immediately advise us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective when it is received by us in writing. As we incur costs from the time we accept your booking the following cancellation charges will be payable. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total invoice

cost payable excluding amendment charges, which are not refundable. Please note that when part cancellations occur, the amount payable by the rest of the party may increase. PERIOD BEFORE DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE PER PERSON OVER 56 DAYS LOSS OF DEPOSIT*** 55 - 43 DAYS 50% OF HOLIDAY PRICE 42 - 31 DAYS 75% OF HOLIDAY PRICE 30 DAYS or less 100% OF HOLIDAY PRICE *** Bookings on some airlines and hotels during the peak season will have varying cancellation charges and, therefore, the fees shown above will not apply. The charges will be calculated and advised to you at the time of cancellation. 7. ALTERATIONS & CANCELLATIONS BY THE COMPANY Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct any errors in brochures, websites, and other material published by us, both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. We must reserve the right to do so. However, we will not cancel your holiday unless you fail to make full payment on time, we are forced to do so as a result of circumstances outside our control we are forced to do so as a result of circumstances outside our control or minimum numbers apply. Most changes we have to make are minor. Sometimes, we have to make a ‘significant change’. Significant changes include the following when made before departure: • A change of accommodation to that of a lower price or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away • A change of accommodation area for the whole or a major part of the time you are away • A change of departure time of any transport which forms part of your holiday arrangements by more than 12 hours • A change of the overall length of the holiday by more than 12 hours • A change of the UK departure airport to one that is inconvenient for you. If we become aware of a significant change or we have to cancel the booking before departure, you or your travel agent will be notified as soon as is practically possible. You will then be offered the following options of: a) Accepting the changed arrangements as notified to you, or b) purchasing an alternative holiday from us, of a similar standard to that originally booked if available. We will offer you at least one alternative holiday of equivalent or higher standard for which you will not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original holiday. If this holiday is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the holiday we specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other then available holidays. You must pay the applicable price of any such holiday. This will mean your paying more if it is more expensive or receiving a refund if it is cheaper, or c) Cancelling your holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies you have paid to us. In addition, if we have to cancel or make a significant change after the date you are obliged to pay the balance of your holiday cost, we will pay you compensation as set out below, subject to the following exceptions: Compensation will not be payable and no liability, beyond offering the above mentioned choices where applicable, can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel or make a change as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate the holiday has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one.


A minor change is any change which is not significant. For touring holidays, it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, routing or order of the itinerary. Unless the holiday is significantly altered as a result, any such change will not be treated as a significant change. Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see Clause 8) to change or terminate your holiday after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. Compensation Payable as set out above: Days Before Departure Compensation per person 57 or more Nil 56 to 29 £40 28 to 15 £50 14 to 0 £70 EVENT CANCELLATION: Occasionally, advertised events are cancelled by the organisers and often at short notice. Such cancellation will not constitute a significant change to, or the cancellation of, your holiday arrangements even though we have pre-booked tickets for you. 8. FORCE MAJEURE Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions, we regret we cannot accept any liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these Booking Conditions, “force majeure” means any event that we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but are not limited to (and whether actual or threatened) war, riot, civil disobedience or strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, adverse flooding, fire, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar events outside our control. Advice from the Foreign Office against all travel or all but essential travel to a particular country or area will generally be regarded as ‘force majeure’. FCO travel advice appears on their website. www.fco.gov.uk/ knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. 9. SPECIAL REQUESTS Any special request must be advised in writing well in advance of departure if it was not already stated on your original booking form or at the time of booking. We will make every reasonable effort to make the arrangements. We do not however, have any legal liability to you in the event that we or a third party is unable to comply with your special requests. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you. You will not be entitled to cancel (without paying our normal cancellation charges) if we are unable to comply with your special request. We regret that we cannot accept any conditional booking (i.e. any booking that is specified to be conditional upon the fulfilment of a particular request). 10. LIABILITY (i) You to the Company: (a) It is your responsibility to arrive at places stated at the correct times and to reconfirm your return flight and departure times. The Company has no liability whatsoever to you for your failure to do so. (b) You must act and behave in a reasonable and responsible manner toward any other person you meet in the course of your travel arrangements. If in our reasonable opinion or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to any third party or damage to property, we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned. In this situation, the person(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service. We will have no further responsibility toward such person(s) including any return travel arrangements. No

refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination. (c) You accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. (ii) The Company to You: a) We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). b) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following:- the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in Clause 8 above c) Please note we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion you purchase in resort. Please also see Clause 11. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. d) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract - and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred - will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holiday maker to refuse to take the holiday in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 10(ii)a). We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care. e) As set out in these booking conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. Where we are found liable for loss of and/ or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is

£250 per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under Clause 10(ii)f) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under Clause 10(ii)f) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your holiday. f) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea or rail carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea (as amended by the 2002 Protocol with effect from 31st December 2012) and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail). Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. g) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any business losses. 11. EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES We may provide you with information (before departure and/ or when you are on holiday) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators/ other third parties and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in Clause 10(ii)a) will not apply to them. We do not however exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area you are visiting generally or that any particular excursion or activity which does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. 12. DATA PROTECTION In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements, we *(and your travel agent) need to use the information you provide such as name, address, personal information including any special needs/dietary requirements, etc. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures which are intended to

prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. We are required to pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels and transport companies. The information may be required by and provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as Customs, Border Control and Immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Your personal data may be stored, used and otherwise processed within the UK and/or any other country(ies) of the European Economic Area (EEA). EEA countries are all member states of the European Union together with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. We may also store, use or otherwise process personal data outside the EEA. Data protection laws may not be as strong outside the EEA as they are in the EEA. Personal data will not be transferred to a country outside the EEA unless (1) the country to which it is transferred is one which the European Commission considers to provide an adequate level of data protection or (2) the personal data is transferred to a United States company which has signed up to the Safe Harbour scheme or (3) the personal data is transferred to a company which is required by our contract with them only to deal with the data in accordance with our instructions and to maintain appropriate security to protect the personal data which we are satisfied they have or (4) We are obliged to provide the personal data to a government /public authority in order to provide your holiday. We will not, however, pass any information onto any person who is not responsible for part of your travel arrangements or as we are legally obliged to do. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, (whether in the EEA or not), we cannot confirm your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. If you have booked using our online system, please ensure that you have read our Privacy Policy. *Please note that where information is also held by your travel agent, this is subject to their own data protection policy. Your data controller is International Travel Connections Limited. You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We will charge a fee to respond to such a request. We promise to respond to your request within 40 days of receiving your written request and fee. In certain limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request. If you believe that any of your personal data which we are processing are inaccurate or incorrect please contact us immediately by email marketing@ westernoriental.com 13. COMPLAINTS & ABTA ARBITRATION Whilst we aim to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly, there may be times when it does not. Please follow the complaints procedure below to minimise inconvenience to all parties: 1. Any complaint should be reported immediately and directly to the supplier and, as soon as possible, to our local representative (where applicable). If you fail to follow this simple procedure, your right to claim compensation may be affected, as we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. 2. In the unlikely event that neither our representative nor our supplier is able to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, please telephone please telephone us on Tel +44(0) 20 7666 1234 or E-mail enquiries@westernoriental.com Any costs incurred in doing so will be fully refunded. 3. Once in receipt of a complaint, we will react swiftly to resolve the matter. Our aim is to rectify any shortcomings immediately, so that you can fully enjoy the remainder of your holiday. If you still have cause for complaint on your return to the UK, you are required to seek satisfaction by writing to the Company within 28 days of the end of your holiday and providing full details of the holiday and the reason for dissatisfaction. We regret that we cannot accept liability in relation to any complaint or claim which is not notified entirely in accordance with this clause.

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Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration if you so wish under a special scheme arranged by ABTA Ltd and administered independently. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website www.abta.com The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the scheme may still be available if we agree, although the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this. Where we act as agent, please bear in mind that your contract is with the supplier of the arrangements concerned. Unless the supplier is also a member of ABTA, only disputes relating to our actions as agent can be dealt with by the arbitration scheme or mediation procedure and not complaints about the arrangements themselves or the acts / omissions of the supplier. 14. FINANCIAL PROTECTION We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2786). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk

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or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply).

and may well vary from those on your confirmation invoice. Should you fail to check-in on time and you miss your flight, we do not have any liability to you.

16. ESSENTIAL INFORMATION We fully recognise that the choices you can make concerning your chosen accommodation, the destinations you wish to visit and your airline carrier are vast. Our specialist team is able to provide helpful information including flight details, car hire and basic costs for all accommodation. Once you have decided on a preferred itinerary, simply contact one of our Travel Specialists for advice and a full holiday recommendation by telephoning the number shown in the brochure or on our website. As we have first hand intimate knowledge of the destinations we feature, we will of course be pleased to discuss and advise you on the most appropriate holiday that meets your requirements.

Please note: 1. All tickets issued in conjunction with our holiday packages are non-changeable and non-refundable. For restrictions on preseating requests, please see ‘pre-seating on aircraft’. 2. Special meal requirements must be made at the time of booking 3. Full details of any disability or medical condition which may affect your holiday arrangements and any related special requirements must be disclosed to the Travel Specialist at the time of booking. These details must be confirmed in writing. We will endeavour to accommodate any special requirements, with the airline and service providers. 4. Tickets (a) if paper tickets are issued these will need to be taken to the airport of departure and handed in at the check-in desk. (b) if the airline operates an e ticket system you will not be issued with paper tickets with the travel documents but you will be issued with a letter of confirmation of the flight booking which should be handed in at the check-in desk. 5. Certain airlines operate an on-line check-in prior to departure. If you wish to utilise this method we cannot be responsible for any errors or changes in seating arrangements.

WHAT YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES 1. Air travel as booked and detailed in our confirmation of your booking 2. Accommodation as booked and detailed in our confirmation of your booking. 3. Meals, as shown in the hotel description and on your confirmation. “Breakfast” usually means continental breakfast, unless stated otherwise. “Half board” is breakfast and evening meal, which is generally with a restricted choice of menu or restaurant. “Full board” is breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Allinclusive” is breakfast, lunch, and dinner with house wine, snacks, unlimited bar drinks (excluding champagne and some premium brands) served by the glass. 4. Return transfers from airport to hotel/resort unless stated at the time of booking. At destinations where transfers are provided by the hotel, you may be transferred along with other hotel guests arriving on the same flight. 5. Services of a representative in most of our featured destinations. 6. Mandatory hotel taxes and service charges. 7. United Kingdom departure tax and passenger service charge (for all international departures). Children under 2 years of age, who have not been allocated seats, are exempt from this tax. 8. Luggage allowance as determined by the carrier, the amount will be detailed in the travel documents. 9. Special offers that are available at the time of booking.

We are also a member of ABTA (ABTA number V2359). If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday by ensuring you receive a refund or, if your arrangements include return travel to the UK (other than flights) you are returned to the UK in the event that your holiday cannot be provided as a result of our insolvency. Please go to www.abta.com for a copy of the guide to ABTA’s scheme of Financial Protection.

WHAT YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE EXCLUDES 1. Some overseas airport departure taxes (generally £15 - £30 per person, per island/country, payable locally In the local currency or US$). Also cruising tax (as applicable) between US$2 and US$4 per person, per day is payable locally. 2. Travel Insurance, which you must have in force prior to your departure 3. Charges made by the hotel in respect of infant’s requirements and baby sitting. 4. The services of representatives at the destinations where there are no local representatives. 5. Items of a personal nature - drinks, laundry, room service, telephone calls, etc. and any tax payable on these. 6. Visa and passport charges. (unless stated) 7. Cost of inoculations or other medical requirements of the country of your destination or compulsory or non compulsory medication. 8. Gratuities where service charges are not mandatory. 9. Any applicable surcharges - see Price Policy (Clause 2 of our Booking Conditions). 10. 2% charge for payments made by credit or charge card. 11. Tourist Tax in some destinations. 12. Excess baggage charges on aircraft and ground transport. 13. Local charges. 14. Charges for equipment for leisure activities or for excursions. 15. Excess fuel surcharges. 16. Any items not expressly included in the cost of your holiday.

15. LAW & JURISDICTION We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) except as set out below. We both also agree that any claim must be dealt with by the ABTA arbitration scheme referred to above or Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland

TICKETS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION Approximately 14 days prior to departure, providing we have received full payment, you will be sent your travel documentation. Remember that you must check-in at least 2 to 3 hours before take-off for most flights (depending on the airline). Please also ensure to check the correct airport terminal for departure. As the airline allocates seats on a first-come first served basis, we advise you to check-in as early as possible so that, if you are travelling in a party, you are less likely to be separated. Please check your flight times carefully on your ticket as these are subject to change

Please check your invoice, tickets and all other documentation carefully as soon as you receive them. Contact us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect or missing as it may not be possible to make changes later. ADVANCE PASSENGER INFORMATION & APIS UK and overseas governments require all passengers travelling by air to provide certain personal information known as Advance Passenger Information or API this means your passport/ identity card details and in some instances, your contact and other information, are provided to the authorities before you travel. Some governments also require airlines to provide them with direct access to airline passenger bookings, which may contain other passenger data. It is important that the information provided is accurate so you pass through Immigration on arrival without delay. You must provide this information when requested to do so which may be in advance of travel. PASSPORT & VISAS Each passenger including children are required to hold their own full and valid passport for visits to all the destinations that we feature. Most non-eu countries require that passports are valid for at least six months after the departure from their country. Please visit www.fco.gov.uk/travel for the individual country‘s passport and visa requirements for British citizens with a British passport or contact us for further details. A full British passport presently takes approximately 2 to 6 weeks to obtain or renew. If you are 16 or over and haven‘t yet got a passport, you should apply for one at least 6 weeks before your holiday. The UK Passport Service has to confirm your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to do this. All information we provide in respect of visa or passport requirements is given in good faith and as known at the time it is provided. However, requirements may change and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure. For countries requiring visas, there should be at least one blank page in the passport to facilitate the visa stamp. Please note that some countries may require two blank pages for entry and departure visas. If you, or any member of your party, do not hold a British citizen’s passport and/or do not reside in the UK, you must check the entry requirements with the embassy of the country/ies you will be visiting. Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Subject to compliance with the applicable conditions, we can issue an electronic travel authority for entry to Australia (ETA). Please advise us at the time of booking if you require assistance. Travel to and via the USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) and Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) In order to enter the USA, every person travelling (including children) must have a visa unless they qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Most British citizens residing in the UK will qualify for the VWP (which covers visits of up to 90 days) but please see the important note

below. All visitors to the US (including children) who are eligible for the VWP must apply for authorisation to travel to the US in advance in accordance with the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). You must complete an online application for authorization to travel on the ESTA website (details below) at least 72 hours before your flight to the US departs but you are recommended to apply earlier. Providing the application is accepted, you will be provided with approval via the website. Approval is usually provided very quickly but can take up to 72 hours if data needs to be checked. You should make a note of the ESTA approval number when you receive it. There is currently a US$14 per person fee payable when you apply for your authorisation to travel. The ESTA is valid for two years and can be applied for at any time. It is very important that you complete your ESTA application using the exact address as displayed on the documentation you receive. If you have booked a flight only or the address of your accommodation is confirmed on arrival, please use the address as stated on your holiday invoice/tickets. It’s recommended that the ESTA is applied for as soon as you have booked your holiday. Important note: Not all British visitors to the USA will qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. You will need to apply for a visa if you have ever been arrested (even if you were not convicted of an offence) or have a criminal record of any description. Other exemptions also apply. If you are in any doubt as to whether you may require a visa, please contact the US Embassy, Consular Information Unit, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE or visit the website www.usembassy.org.uk or contact them on 020 7499 9000 before making your booking with us. Visa requirements may change. Further information on entry requirements for the USA are available at http://travel. state.gov. You must also check entry requirements at the time of booking and in good time before departure as requirements may change. 17. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS You must ensure you are aware of and comply with any health requirements, recommendations and precautions such as vaccinations for every country you are or may be visiting. Requirements and advice may change and it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org. Information on health abroad is also available on www.nhs.uk/ Livewell/Travelhealth For travel to Europe, we strongly recommend that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for which you can apply online at www.ehic.org.uk free of charge. For details of the cover provided by an EHIC go to www.dh.gov.uk/travellers. Please note that the EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance and may not cover the total cost of health cover. It does not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK if required for medical reasons. You must have adequate insurance cover for all medical costs which will not be covered by the EHIC or you will be personally responsible for payment of these to the hospital/medical practitioner. Payment may be required at the time of departure from the hospital or at the time of receiving treatment. If you have a pre-existing or current medical condition of any kind or if you are pregnant, then you must get clearance to travel from your own doctor. Please also check the terms of your travel insurance policy. Pregnant ladies are not accepted by most airlines after 28 weeks of pregnancy. IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to ensure that you hold the correct, valid documents for the country/ies you are visiting and have obtained and have proof of any compulsory vaccinations. You should also carry written confirmation of any medication requirements you may have. Further, we cannot accept responsibility if you are refused passage on any airline or other transport or entry into any country due to the failure on your part to carry the correct documentation. If failure to do so results in fines, surcharges, claims, financial demands or other financial penalties, costs or expenses being imposed on or incurred by us, you will be responsible for indemnifying and reimbursing us accordingly. 18. LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE Allowances vary according to the carrier, destination, route and the class of travel booked. You will be advised of the specific allowances and restrictions with your travel documentation. Should you require these at the time of booking, please ask your Travel Specialist.


Please note: 1. Many airlines restrict the weight, size, dimensions and contents of hand luggage. For further details please check with the airline you are flying with. 2. The airline may impose a charge payable by you at the check-in or refuse to allow the luggage to be checked-in until the weight and dimensions are within the prescribed limits if your luggage is over the prescribed allowance. We will not be responsible for any such charges or be liable for the cost of any items which you are unable to check-in and are left at the airport. 3. There are restrictions on the contents of hand luggage to be taken on board an aircraft. You are advised to visit www. direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Publictransport/ AirtravelintheUK/DG_078179 to check the applicable requirements or restrictions before departure. 19. AIRLINE DELAYS & PASSENGER RIGHTS If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 - the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Full details of these rights are posted at EU airports and are also available from airlines/ airline websites or visit www.caa.co.uk. Please note that any compensation or other payment due to you is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund from us. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements the fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. If, for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules you may complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on 020 7453 6888 or by e-mail to passengercomplaints@caa.co.uk or see www.caa. co.uk – Referring Your Complaint to the CAA . Please check your travel insurance policy for compensation following airline delays. Where long flight delays result in lost holiday time, refunds are not given by suppliers for unused accommodation as rooms are held for delayed arrivals and are not re-let. Please also note that an airline carrier may, if circumstances so require, divert, postpone or delay any flight, or alter the airport of departure or arrival and may, without notice, substitute alternative carriers or aircraft. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, on our website and/ or detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, potential technical problems and the ability of passengers to check in on time. The latest known flight times will be those shown on your tickets or confirmation of the flight booking, which will be despatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You must, accordingly, check your tickets very carefully immediately upon receipt to ensure that you have the correct flight times. It is possible that the flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched; we will contact you as soon as possible if this happens. 20. BANNED AIR CARRIERS In accordance with EU Regulation No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers who are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_ en.htm We are also required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we will inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed

will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of clause 7 of our Booking Conditions “Alterations and cancellations by the Company” will apply. 21. NON PACKAGES Some of the holiday arrangements we sell are not “packages” in accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. For these arrangements, the acceptance of liability set out in Clause 10(ii)a) of our Booking Conditions will not apply. Instead, we will use reasonable skill and care in the performance of any services which we or any of employees provide subject to and in accordance with the other terms of the Booking Conditions. For services which are provided by third parties such as hoteliers and transport companies, we will use our reasonable skill and care in selecting reputable suppliers. 22. PRE-SEATING ON AIRCRAFT Pre-seating can be arranged on most international carriers. However, the seating available will be limited and once this limit is reached, airlines will only allocate seats at check-in and this cannot be overridden. Pre-assigned seats cannot be guaranteed as airlines do not undertake to provide any particular seat in the aircraft. Therefore, you agree to accept any seat that may be allocated on the flight in the class for which the ticket has been issued. Certain airlines now operate a voluntary online system to book your seats in advance, please see your travel documentation to see if this is available. Depending on your airline, you may be able to check-in online in advance. Please note: 1. Bassinettes for babies must be booked at the time of booking and are on a first come first served basis. Due to airline availability bassinettes cannot be guaranteed. 2. If you have any special seating, dietary or other requirements as a result of any disability, reduced mobility or medical condition, please advise us at the time of booking or as soon as you are able if you are not in a position to do so when booking. We will pass such information to the airline concerned but cannot guarantee that they will be met. 23. INTER-ISLAND & OVERSEAS INTERNAL FLIGHTS Please note that on aircraft used for flights between islands extra luggage restrictions will apply. We will try and ensure that special requirements relating to disability or mobility needs can be accommodated but this cannot be guaranteed. 24. SAFETY STANDARDS Safety standards and rules are set by each country. These may not be equivalent to those of the UK and, in some cases, could be lower. This includes activities, public transport, taxis, theme parks and other recreational facilities. Many hotels do not have lifeguards on duty at the swimming pool and some may have signs indicating that swimming is at your own risk. Please act responsibly, particularly with children, as the depth and design of hotel pools vary. We suggest that, in all cases, you familiarize yourself with each pool, particularly prior to diving or allowing any children travelling with you to swim. When properties provide cots for infants, you must check you are happy with the standard and safety prior to use. Caution should be exercised with regard to some room facilities (such as tea and coffee making machines, Jacuzzi baths, etc). Parents should ensure that the standards for childcare and the facilities of the children’s clubs meet their requirements. Further information is available on request. 25. WEATHER & PUBLIC UTILITIES Public utilities and continuity of services, such as water and electricity should not be taken for granted at your destination. On tropical islands and in less developed countries, there may be interruptions to the supply. Occasionally in the tropics, severe storms and cyclones do occur. Generally, the “hurricane season” in the Caribbean, North and Central America is from June to November and in the southern hemisphere, cyclones can occur between December and April although this varies between regions and areas. It is advisable to check, prior to departure, for any unusual weather that may affect the enjoyment of your holiday. Further information is available at www.metoffice.gov.uk. 26. CUSTOMERS WITH ANY DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION OR REDUCED MOBILITY If any member of your party has any medical condition, disability or reduced mobility which may affect your holiday or any special requirements as a result (including any which affect the booking

process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in your condition, disability or mobility occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any such condition, disability or reduced mobility which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our best to cater for any special requirements you may have. We will make every effort to recommend the most suitable holiday for you as we do have a specialist department who will be able to provide information to you. For further information, call us to discuss your holiday requirements. Within the EU, airlines will facilitate access to air transport for disabled persons and persons of reduced mobility and ensure they receive assistance when travelling by air in accordance with EC Regulation 1107/2006. This also applies to passengers departing from an airport situated outside the EU to an airport situated within the EU if the air carrier is an EU Community Air Carrier. Due to the nature of some of our hotels/destinations, many may lack the simplest facilities, such as ramps for wheelchairs and door access. This may apply to shops, restaurants public transport and recreational facilities. 27. ACCOMMODATION CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday but this can vary between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight, this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly, if your return flight is at night, you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12:00 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability and cost and can be arranged locally with the accommodation management. In order to guarantee an early check-in or a late check-out, the pre-payment of an extra night’s accommodation will be necessary. Please check at the time of booking. Guests may be asked to present a credit card or a substantial cash deposit upon check-in to guarantee payment of extras/ incidentals. The use of room safes is recommended and items of value should be deposited with the hotel. 28. HOTEL ACCOMMODATION CATEGORIES Throughout our featured destinations, there are no official hotel ratings. Room and suite category descriptions which are referred to throughout the brochure and on our website are set by each individual hotel - the terminology is not our own. Therefore, you will find that some accommodation categories and their respective prices will be determined purely by location (the proximity to the beach for example) and some by the décor of the accommodation itself. Others will be a combination of the two. When we use the term ‘Ocean View’, it means just that - that the sea can be seen from the room, patio or balcony, but please note that sometimes, the view may be partial or at an oblique angle. 29. BEACHES Please note that all beaches at the accommodation/resorts featured are open to the public unless specifically stated otherwise. Minimum clothing restrictions may operate on beaches in certain countries. We cannot guarantee beaches in every country will be manned with lifeguards or provide flags for information on currents and conditions unfavourable or favourable for safe swimming or water sports. You must satisfy yourself that conditions are safe for swimming before doing so. 30. BUILDING WORKS We strive to ensure that your accommodation will not be in an area of construction and that your accommodation will not be undergoing substantial refurbishment which may cause you inconvenience. We have no control over building works our hoteliers are carrying out or building works which are being carried out in the immediate locality of your accommodation. If it comes to our attention that building works are being carried out which will or may have a material effect on your holiday we will notify you as soon as we become or are made aware of the nature of the works and whether the works will or will not cause you undue inconvenience.

some hotels/resorts may close. For example, a pool may be closed for maintenance or a restaurant for refurbishment. We will advise you of any changes to the availability of the facilities and of any work taking place known to us at the time of booking or as soon as we have been informed. 33. NATIONAL & SPECIAL RELIGIOUS PERIODS There may be restricted facilities e.g. restaurant/shop opening times, availability of public transport, recreational facilities etc, during national holidays and/or religious periods or festivals. Ramadan is observed in Dubai, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Malaysia, The Maldives, Indonesia, India, Egypt and Morocco. It is observed in the ninth month of the Muslim Calendar, the exact dates are determined by the lunar cycle. During this period, there are restrictions with regard to eating, drinking and smoking in public during daylight hours. 34. CAR HIRE We only deal with reputable car hire companies and, in the high season in particular, we strongly recommend that you pre-book your hire car to guarantee availability. Hirers must normally be 23 years of age or over (minimum of 25 years for prestige cars) and hold a FULL and VALID British driving licence, which must be carried at all times. Local licences (if applicable) are obtainable from the hirer or main police stations upon presentation of a British driving licence and must be paid for locally, together with petrol and optional extra insurance. When collecting your hired car, you will be asked to sign the hire car company’s standard hire agreement. This agreement is likely to contain provisions that limit or exclude the hire car company’s liability to you in certain situations. Please read the agreement carefully and ensure that you have adequate insurance cover. In some countries compulsory collision damage waiver is required. A credit card will be required as a deposit against fuel, insurance waiver, additional child/ baby seats or other costs. For infants, front airbags may not be disconnected in certain vehicles, please check with the hirer. You are advised to take out additional insurance if voluntary such as collision damage waiver or equivalent for the country of your destination. 35. AIRPORT TRANSFERS We will provide private vehicle transfers where possible. However, when a hotel provides transfers these may, on some occasions, be by coach or shared minibus, or by motor launch as appropriate. Please note that excess luggage will necessitate the need to supply an extra vehicle, which will incur an added charge. If you are travelling with luggage in excess of your airline allowance, please advise us so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Where helicopter transfers are available, your luggage may need to be transported by road and for return flights, your luggage may have to be collected from your accommodation early in the morning. Helicopter transfers are not generally available after dark. 36. TRAVEL ADVICE The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further information please visit www. fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or telephone 0870 606 0290. Alternatively, you can contact ABTA’s Travel Information line on 0901 201 5050 (calls are charged at 50 pence per minute). 27. ABTA - The Travel Association International Travel Connections Limited is a member of ABTA membership number V2359. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitrations scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or visit www.abta.com.

31. TAXES We will advise at the time of booking and with the travel documentation when, and if, any local taxes are payable in respect of the arrangements you have booked with us. 32. FACILITIES IN HIGH/LOW SEASONS In low seasons and periods of low occupancy, a few facilities at

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