Our new tailor-made brochure is designed to inspire you and is full of magical adventures and fabulous cultural experiences, as well as some idyllic beach escapes where you can truly relax and unwind. We have been creating tailored holidays for 27 years now, it has been a wonderful journey and I have learnt so much along the way. If I was to give our guests one piece of advice following this experience, my top tip is to book as early as you possibly can. When things are left too late there are often no flights available in the right classes and if there are, they are very expensive. The same is true for ensuring we get the right accommodation for you. So do book well ahead, not only will you save a lot of money but you will also have longer to look forward to your holiday.
CONTENTS The Tailor-made Way
What we do
A World of Possibilities
Where we go
Right Place, Right Time
When to go
A Family Affair
Our family holidays
Our specialistâ€™s first-hand knowledge
Giving Something Back
Our charity involvement
Spice Lands of North Kerala
Kerala & Karnataka, India
Laikipia, Rhinos and Mara Cats
Laikipia, Maasai Mara & Nairobi, Kenya
Marrakech and the Mountains
Marrakech & the Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The Land of the Rising Sun
Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto, Japan
Latin American Beaches
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico & Bahia, Brazil
From the Big Apple to Boston
New York, Rhode Island, Nantucket & Boston, USA
Wild Western Australia
Perth, Ningaloo Reef, Derby & the Kimberley, Australia
Amore on the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Our Luxury Ski Chalets
Luxury Patagonia Adventure
Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Santiago, Argentina & Chile
Taking it Easy in Antigua
Wining and Dining in the Cape
Cape Town & the Winelands, South Africa
Only in Oman
Muscat & Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Finding the Light in Iceland
Reykjavik & Southern Iceland
Vegas, Utah and Mexico
Las Vegas & Southern Utah, USA, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Shanghai, Lijiang & Shangri-La, China
Scott Dunn Explorers
Ultimate Costa Rica
Petit St Vincent
A Kiwi Adventure
Rotorua, Kaikura & Queenstown, New Zealand
Sublimely Beautiful Montenegro
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Colorado Powder Days
Vail & Beaver Creek, USA
African Island Delights
Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Fiery Tango and the Pampas
Buenos Aires, Argentina & Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Desert Sand and the Dead Sea
Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea, Jordan
Time to Re-charge
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
Wildlife and Deep Waters
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia & Lake Malawi
Vancouver and the Wilderness
Vancouver & British Columbia, Canada
Peru and Galapagos in Style
Peru & Ecuador
Bora Bora & Tikehau, French Polynesia
Baobabs and Butterflies
Family Friendly Sri Lanka
Romantic Adventure in Sicily
Our Luxury Villas
Algarve, Portugal & Mallorca, Spain
Indonesian Archipelago, Indonesia
Brazilian Wildlife Adventure
Rio de Janeiro, Pantanal, Puerto Iguazu & Ubatuba, Brazil
Big Game in Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Mana Pools & Hwange National Parks, Zimbabwe
Mauritius for Everyone
Europeâ€™s Secret Cities
St Petersburg, Russia, Dubrovnik, Croatia & Istanbul, Turkey
Temples and Bays
Siem Reap & Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
Our Ski Hotels
Resorts throughout the world
Wild and Wonderful Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar, Tanzania
Seychelles and Sand Dunes
Seychelles & Abu Dhabi
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus & Bodrum, Turkey
Colours of Guatemala and Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Tikal, Guatemala & Placencia, Belize
Rangoon, Bagan & Ngapali, Burma
An Indian Adventure
Sikkim, Darjeeling & Andaman Islands, India
High Spirits in Argentina and Brazil
Buenos Aires & Northeast Argentina, Rio & Emerald Coast, Brazil
A Journey of a Lifetime
South Africa, Australia, Fiji, USA & Brazil
A Winning Partnership
THE tailor-made way A holiday should be unique, magical, rewarding, rejuvenating, exciting and tailored around you. To us, there is no such thing as a package holiday, available to buy off the shelf. Our specialists each spend around four weeks a year visiting the areas they focus on, gathering first-hand knowledge to pass on to our guests. By looking closer, they unearth the special things, the tiny touches that make a difference to each individual experience that they craft. We also understand everyone is different; that while Mr and Mrs Jonesâ€™ highlight in Belize was a cruise
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up the Monkey River, your priority might be snorkelling around the famous Blue Hole. We realise that what a rustic-tented camp under the stars does for one person, only a fivestar boutique hotel by the ocean will do for another. Above all, you can rely on us no matter what. We are a fully bonded tour operator, so you can enjoy complete peace of mind from the moment you have booked. Whatever happens, come rain, snow or shine, we will take care of everything, from beginning to end.
A world of possibilities
There is a whole world of possibilities out there for your next adventure. With Scott Dunn, you can choose from amazing destinations in all seven continents, staying in properties handpicked by our specialists. We can take you almost anywhere; whether you want an exciting adventure
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across several destinations or a relaxing holiday on an exclusive paradise island. From secret hideaways in Croatiaâ€™s hidden coves and tented camps under the stars in Wahiba Sands in the Omani desert, to beautiful Alpine chalets perfect for a family holiday and eco lodges deep in the Amazon jungle.
There are also estancias set on the rolling pampas, exotic private villas with infinity pools overlooking the Indian Ocean or even an antique rice barge that has been converted into a luxury floating retreat in Kerala. Where will your next adventure take youâ€Ś
Right place, right time
With so many places to see in the world, choosing where to go is half the fun. If you are not sure whereâ€™s good to go for the time of year you want to travel, we can help. Our specialists know the weather patterns for their destinations and when to catch amazing natural spectacles and cultural events. January is great for big game viewing in Tanzania and sunshine in Sri Lanka and
the cherry blossom in Japan begins to come alive from the end of March. In June, you can encounter whale sharks in Western Australia and later that month the lavender starts to bloom in Provence. August is a great time to feed the giraffes who poke their heads into the breakfast room at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and in September thousands gather in Mexico for a spectacular equinox, honoured by the
Mayan people who long ago built a huge pyramid to celebrate it. If you are keen to see manta rays in the Maldives, we will tell you when to go. If you are more interested in Rioâ€™s spectacular carnival than its climate, we can arrange a holiday around the celebrations. Or perhaps you would prefer to travel out of season, for better value and fewer people. Call our specialists on 020 8682 5000 or visit scottdunn.com/when
a family affair
Once upon a time you might have disappeared on a great escape with no one to worry about but yourselves and the freedom to take each day as it came. When travelling with children thereâ€™s more to think about, however we think it is simply a different kind of adventure and one thatâ€™s just as exciting.
For those with little ones, we can make things as easy as possible. Many properties in our portfolio have superb childrenâ€™s clubs and a family-friendly set-up. We can craft something exciting that suits the whole family, from an African safari to getting off the beaten track in Australia.
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extraordinary honeymoons Your honeymoon should be the most memorable, magical holiday you have ever taken. It is the perfect excuse to do something special, whether it is relaxing on a tropical beach just steps from your villa, embarking on an Indian adventure before heading to the Maldives, staying in a luxury camp on an African plain or pottering around Italyâ€™s most romantic cities. Our specialists will consider your budget, your thoughts about the kind of honeymoon you want to experience and the special touches you want to include. They will put together
some options for you, bearing in mind the best places to visit for the time of year you are going, then tweak and tailor your honeymoon until it is perfect. Our Honeymoon List Service is a great alternative to the traditional wedding list, giving your friends and family the chance to contribute towards your honeymoon. It could mean the difference between an amazing holiday and a totally unforgettable one. For more: scottdunn.com/hls
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Maudie, one of our America specialists, took off on a roadtrip in a classic Ford Mustang convertible before saddling up to explore Utah’s spectacular red rock scenery of Monument Valley and the Canyonlands in Moab by horse-back. “Utah has been the film set of over 900 movies from John Ford Westerns, to Thelma and Louise to the latest blockbuster; The
Lone Ranger. The American Southwest landscapes conjure up movie magic, but are also home to fascinating Navajo Indian culture and pioneer history. There is no better way to experience these dramatic vistas and navigate the giant buttes and mesas than by visiting a corral with experienced wranglers and getting in the saddle to have
your own cowboy and Western moment. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.” For more insights, background and to meet our team visit scottdunn.com/team
feel like you are in a hollywood western when you saddle up to explore utahâ€™s red rock canyons
GIVING SOMETHING BACK
Tourism is the world’s largest and fastest growing industry and one that has a huge impact on the world we live in. We believe that, as a tour operator, we have a responsibility to respect and conserve economic, environmental and socio-cultural balances. As such, we want to maximise the benefits that tourism can bring to a destination whilst trying to limit harm to the environment.
We’ve set up a charitable fund that supports three projects in areas our guests visit. They bring long-term improvements to the lives of those living there. Firstly, the Tusk Trust, which was founded to protect Africa’s wildlife and natural heritage by preserving the future of its land, culture and people. Secondly, the Small Steps Project, which supports and raises awareness of children living on rubbish dumps around the world. Finally,
Travel Operators for Tigers, a pioneering international campaign to support a more responsible and sustainable approach to tourism in wilderness areas across the Indian subcontinent. We also offer our guests the opportunity to contribute to reducing the environmental impact of their flights. We pass this contribution, which can be donated at the time of booking, to Climate Care. This visionary organisation has been
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‘offsetting’ for the past decade and leads by example. We also sponsor Mary’s Meals, focusing on the kitchen and feeding programme at Kachere 1 Primary School. The daily meal provided allows children to attend school every day, rather than work or scavenge for food. This means pupils can provide prospective employers with evidence of good attendance and thus greatly increase their chance of finding a good job.
Spice lands of north kerala
Highlights Wandering through Mysore’s markets where you will see colourful spices Spotting tigers, wild elephants, gaur, muntjac, wild dogs, bonnet macaques and common langur in Nagarhole Park Uncovering the story behind Tipu Sultan and his war against the British Visiting the largest Tibetan settlement in South India Relaxing on untouched beaches
The full story On arrival in Bangalore, travel directly to Mysore, a city with a wealth of history to uncover and a centre for the production of silk, sandalwood and incense. Your next stop will be Sultan’s Battery in Wynad where you will stay in Tranquil, an interesting home stay where you can immerse yourself in plantation life, taking walks in the country and stay in your own personal tree house. Then to Nagarhole, a little visited park that’s home to stunning wildlife. Coorg will be your next destination, with a stay in Orange County;
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/spicelands or call our India specialists on 020 8682 5075
Northern kerala is india’s biggest secret. Largely unexploited, the area has much to offer including lush tropical forests filled with spices and ancient temples, as well as a colourful history. discover bangalore, mysore, nagarhole, coorg and neeleshwar.
a perfect haven to relax or a base to explore the spice plantation and visit the nearby Tibetan settlement or temples. End in Neeleshwar, located on an unexploited beach, where you can kick back and also enjoy the superb local seafood. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Royal Orchid Metropole, Mysore; 2 nights, Tranquil, Sultan’s Battery; 2 nights, Orange County Kabini; 2 nights, Orange County Resort, Coorg; 3 nights, Neeleshwar Hermitage, Neeleshwar
Like Mustique itself, the mood at the Cotton House is whimsical and relaxed
Highlights 1400 acre island with prolific birdlife, a marine park and nine pristine beaches On a Wednesday, visit Basil’s beach bar for the famous barbecue and ‘Jump Up’ A choice of beautiful private villas or the superb boutique hotel; the Cotton House Exclusive and unhurried, yet still offering fabulous service and cuisine Zipping around by ‘mule’
The full story There are no direct flights to Mustique; you must go that little bit further to reach this tiny island in a corner of the Grenadines. It is worth the extra effort though, as you step off the plane into a tranquil paradise of coconut groves, white sand beaches and warm hospitality. Everything is close by and you can jump in your ‘mule’ (souped up golf cart) to explore the island’s wonderful beaches. Mustique embraces children and the villas and the Cotton House give families a
Quietly exclusive and a favourite with both royalty and celebrities over the years, Mustique offers pristine beaches, beautiful places to stay, gReat food and fine service to those who don’t mind going that little bit further to experience the best in Caribbean hospitality.
warm welcome. Lazy days here consist of perhaps a dive into the fringing marine park to explore the healthy corals, followed by a knockabout with a tennis pro or a gallop along the beach. To relax, indulge in a treatment at the lovely Cotton House spa and then chat with other island guests down at Basil’s. In the evenings you will dine well too, enjoy tapas on the verandah at the Cotton House, fresh mahimahi at Basil’s or intimate and romantic dining overlooking Britannia Bay at Firefly.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/mustique or call our Mustique specialists on 020 8682 5020
laikipia, rhinos and mara cats
Highlights Heading out with an expert guide to try and spot white and black rhino Experiencing the Great Wildebeest Migration Taking a hot air balloon ride over the Mara, an incredible way to view the wildlife Feeding the giraffes, when they poke their heads through the kitchen window during breakfast at Giraffe Manor
The full story Start in the exceptionally beautiful and diverse Laikipia, nestled between the Aberdare Mountains and Mount Kenya. Here home is Solio Lodge, perfectly placed to explore all the ecosystems Laikipia has to offer. Rise early and head out in the company of your expert guide. Next, take a light aircraft down to the majestic Maasai Mara, to stay at Sala’s. This little camp is intimate and is in the perfect position to view
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a superb intinerary covering two of kenya’s highlights. the majestic laikipia plateau, home to black and white rhino, and the maasai mara where you can witness the incredible Great wildebeest migration.
the migration and watch the wildebeest and zebra as they make their precarious crossing of the river. Spend your final night with some very tall friends at Giraffe Manor, where you can get up close and personal with these beautiful, friendly animals in a luxurious setting. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Solio Lodge, Laikipia; 4 nights, Sala’s Camp, Maasai Mara; 1 night, Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
the maasai mara is home to large prides of lion, thanks to the abundanCE OF PLAINS game to sustain them
in the souks find carpets and textiles, woollen hats AND cooked snails, spices and magic suppliesÂ
Marrakech and the mountains
Highlights Haggling in the souks for exotic treasures and spices Exploring Marrakech with a private guide, deep into the maze of winding alleys The Asounfou Spa and Hammam at Kasbah Tamadot Mountain-biking and balloon trips in the Atlas Mountains Dining on the Kasbah’s stunning roof terrace
The full story Riad El Fenn hides behind a vast ornate wooden door in the heart of Marrakech. The rooms are expansive and Moorish in style – we suggest a suite with a private terrace and plunge pool. If you can tear yourself away from the hammam, you will find yourself in the main town square in seconds, where you can browse the souks, haggling as you go; and explore the old fortress city. Away from the buzz of Marrakech, your next stop
Marrakech boasts the largest souk and busiest square in Africa, as well as colourful markets and culture rich streets. it is BEST FOLLOWED WITH an escape into the Atlas Mountains for adventure and some time to relax.
is Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s luxury retreat in the Atlas Mountains. This authentic hideaway is perched above a steep river valley with amazing views towards Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Go biking through the dramatic scenery, explore the local Berber villages and take dips in the horizon pool. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Riad El Fenn; 3 nights, Kasbah Tamadot
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The land of the rising sun
Highlights Relaxing in Onsen (hot springs) at Gora Kadan in Hakone Fresh sashimi for breakfast at Tsukiji fish market and 10 course tasting menus for dinner in your Ryokan Strolling around the beautiful Gion district in Japan’s ancient imperial capital Kyoto Exploring castles from the Samurai period Visiting ancient temples for some zen meditation
The full story Base yourself at the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo and marvel at the bright lights, modern architecture and skyscrapers sitting alongside the historic Imperial Palace Gardens. Then speed out of the city on a bullet train to the more serene Hakone National Park, which sits under the shadow of majestic Mount Fuji. Here you can stay at Gora Kadan, one of Japan’s most luxurious Ryokans - a traditional style property. Another bullet train takes you to Kyoto; from the contemporary Hyatt Regency,
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Japan is a fantastic contrast of modern and traditional with friendly locals to meet and delicious food to savour. Whether you are trekking in the unspoilt Alps or sipping sake in a Geisha’s teahouse, you will love this unique and varied country.
discover the city’s ancient shrines and magical bamboo groves. In contrast, move on to Tawaraya, an exclusive and famous Ryokan, from where you can visit the teahouses and experience real geisha culture. End your adventure back in Tokyo at the Park Hyatt and explore the weird and wonderful Harajuku area. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Mandarin Oriental; 2 nights, Gora Kadan; 3 nights, Hyatt Regency; 1 night, Tawaraya; 2 nights, Park Hyatt
Catch a glance of a Geisha hurrying between classes dressed in a beautiful silk kimono and wearing traditional make-up
The soft coral sand at Esencia does not get hot in the sun, soÂ you can stroll leisurely into the sea
Latin American beaches
Highlights Diving on the world’s second longest barrier reef Cycling amongst the ancient Mayan ruins at Coba Swimming in the azure blue waters of the Yucatan’s famous underground caverns A Capoeira class on the beach at Trancoso in Brazil Enlisting a local chef to teach you the art of Bahian cuisine
The full story Unwind on Mexico’s Riviera Maya at Esencia, a luxury boutique hotel overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Opt for one of the suites, with your very own private plunge pool. You can simply lie back in the sun or venture a little further afield to visit ancient Mayan ruins and explore the mangroves at Sian Kaan ecological reserve. Alternatively, unwind on the deserted golden beaches of Brazil’s Bahia, where
Latin America boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, From the white sands of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to the tropical WATERS and colourful fishing villages of UBER-HIP Bahia in Brazil.
you can stay at the stylish Villas de Trancoso. Take time for a spot of beachcombing on Praia do Espelho, one of Brazil’s finest beaches, before exploring the village, full of trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants - perfect for an authentic caipirinha after the sun goes down.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/latinbeaches or call our Latin specialists on 020 8682 5030
From the Big Apple to Boston
Highlights The sights, shopping and restaurants in the city that never sleeps; New York Catching a show on Broadway The historic city of Newport on Rhode Island Exploring deserted beaches on Nantucket Island Taking a day trip on a yacht to Martha’s Vineyard Walking the historic Freedom Trail in Boston
The full story Fly to the Big Apple for astay at The Mark. From shopping, shows, restaurants and bars, New York always brings something new and exciting each time you visit. Then hit Interstate 95 through Connecticut to Rhode Island, once the captivating playground of America’s wealthy elite. Stay at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport and potter down the famous cobbled streets and past historic ocean-front mansions. Next, drive east towards Hyannis and catch the
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From the buzz of vibrant New York to the sleepy historic coastline of New England, this journey offers contrasts galore. Enjoy long lazy summer days and sparkling blue waters or visit in the Fall when the foliage turns red, yellow and orange.
ferry to Nantucket Island. Base yourself at the characterful White Elephant. Spend lazy days wandering deserted beaches around the island and later sit down to lobster as the sun sets. Finally, fly up to Boston, stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, overlooking Boston’s beautiful public gardens and explore this historic city. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, The Mark; 3 nights, Vanderbilt Grace; 5 nights, White Elephant; 2 nights, Four Seasons Boston
pack your beach bag for long days of splashing in the waves, a lobster lunch and lots of sunshine
from HUGE JAGGED RED CLIFFS in the wilderness TO DAZZLING BEACHES, western australia is a place of great contrasts
Wild Western Australia
Highlights Swimming with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef Tropical sports fishing off the rugged Kimberley Coast Taking a helicopter over the Cockburn Ranges, through the Pentecost and Chamberlain Gorges at El Questro Discovering the ancient rock art of the Kimberley Encountering rare Black Footed Rock Wallabies in the Mandu Mandu Gorge
The full story Spend a night in Australiaâ€™s most up and coming city, laid-back Perth. Then fly up to the pristine beaches and untouched corals of Ningaloo Reef, where whale sharks cruise through the cerulean waters. Moving to Kimberley Coastal Camp, a remote outpost amidst the vast red cliffs of the northwest, fish for Barramundi and Giant Trevally, keeping an eye out for humpback whales. Fly by seaplane over the vast expanses of the Kimberley to El Questro Station, where you can
There is more than one australia to explore and this adventure takes in the wilder side. from pristine corals to vast red cliffs, with whale sharks and some wallabies in between, uncover the secrets of western australia.
ride to the top of vast craggy escarpments for stunning 360 degree views, before relaxing in the thermal waters of Zebedee Springs, under the Livistonia palms. Suggested itinerary 1 night, The Richardson; 3 nights, Sal Salis; 3 nights, Kimberley Coastal Camp; 4 nights, El Questro Homestead
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Amore on the Amalfi Coast
Highlights Italy’s fabulous food In Ravello you are within easy reach of spectacular Pompeii The view of Mount Vesuvius from Caesar Augustus A boat trip to the Blue Grotto on Capri is essential Not to mention a browse around Capri’s designer boutiques
The full story Start at Casa Angelina, a boutique hotel in Praiano where you slow down to the local pace. There is a little harbour to explore and a beach accessed by a glass lift. Across the water at the famous Caesar Augustus hotel on the designer island of Capri, you will find yourself on a wild coastal path one minute and picturesque cobbled streets lined with Prada and Gucci
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The Amalfi Coast is spectacular, its cliffs plunging into the sea, dotted with caves and little coves. you can stroll through little villages, lemon groves and olive orchards, explore by boat and potter amongst Capri’s designer shops.
the next. Finish up in Ravello at Hotel Caruso, one of the finest on the Amalfi Coast. Take in the amazing ocean views from the hotel’s cliff-top infinity pool and don’t miss a visit to the nearby wonder that is Pompeii. Suggested itinerary 5 nights, Casa Angelina; 2 nights, Caesar Augustus; 2 nights, Hotel Caruso
A boat trip to Capriâ€™s famous blue grotto is a must, a sea cave flooded with brilliant blue light
There is something very indulgent about having tea brought to you in bed, exactly as you like it
Our Luxury Ski Chalets
Highlights Possible facilities include indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, steam room, gym and cinema Sitting back and relaxing in your home-from-home after an exhilarating day on the slopes Gourmet dinners served with carefully selected wines Scott Dunn Explorers for guests from 4 months to 13 years - as well as private nannies available The all-inclusive set-up of our chalets make them excellent value for money
The full story We have luxury chalets to choose from in Val d’Isère, Courchevel 1850, St Anton and Zermatt. We arrange British Airways scheduled flights and private transfers so you travel in comfort and arrive relaxed. An example of one of our chalets is Le Rocher, in world famous Val d’Isère. The resort is also the home of our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers club which provides fantastic childcare for junior guests. Le Rocher sleeps 16 people and lavishly incorporates
There is nothing quite like watching the snow fall outside as you warm your feet by a roaring log fire in a gorgeous ski chalet, surrounded by friends or family. Meanwhile, a brilliant chef is preparing a delicious gourmet feast for you.
chandeliers, exposed wood, furs, cowhide sofas and features an indoor swimming pool and wellness area. Your host will look after you beautifully, while a private chef will treat you to delicious fresh breakfasts, afternoon tea and five-course gourmet dinners. For those looking for a bit more independence, we have selected a portfolio of self-catered private houses and apartments which come without chefs and hosts but which still enjoy the support of our teams in resort.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/chalets or call our Ski specialists on 020 8682 5050
Luxury patagonia adventure
Highlights The majestic lakes, granite spires and wildlife of the stunning Torres del Paine Riding across the steppe near Tipiliuke to ancient Mapuche rock paintings Perito Moreno glacier: admire from afar or don rope and crampons for an ice trek Superb opportunities for flyfishing in the clear torrents while staying at Tipiliuke Lodge Sizzling steaks, velvety wines and sultry tangos in buzzing Buenos Aires
The full story Arrive in Buenos Aires for a shot of Latin passion. Here you can sample wonderfully inventive food and wine, try your hand at a tango milonga or take a stroll to the cityâ€™s great museums and bars. Moving south to the wonderful Tipiliuke Lodge, you can ride all day and not see another soul or cast a line for rainbow trout amid enormous landscapes. Then the drama really begins, first with Perito Moreno glacier, a vast glacier tumbling off the Patagonian ice sheet, followed by breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Here you can explore the
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experience tumbling glaciers and soaring granite peaks, marvel at the big skies and jade-coloured lakes, enjoy fine wines and superb estancia hospitality and the excitement of buenos aires and santiago.
jewel-like lakes, glorious granite spires and richly varied wildlife from guanacos to condors, by foot, 4x4 or on horseback. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires; 3 nights, Tipiliuke Lodge, Lake District; 2 nights, Eolo, El Calafate; 4 nights, Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park; 1 night, The Aubrey, Santiago
Torres Del Paine means Towers of Blue in the ancient Indian Tehuelche language
Taking iT easy in Antigua
Highlights The Blue Spa for yoga and pilates classes Tennis, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking Guided rainforest hikes 3 fabulous restaurants: Indigo on the Beach for healthy grills, barbecues and seafood, East for Asian cuisine and Ottimo! for pizza and classic Italian dishes The excellent children’s club
The full story Each beautiful beach suite at Carlisle Bay opens straight out onto the sand – so you can sit back and relax on your terrace and if you bring your children, you can watch them build sandcastles just feet away. Make the most of the spa or take a romantic boat trip around the coast. For kids, there is an excellent children’s club where your little ones can make new friends, play in the sun and watch movies at the
gorgeous Caribbean beaches, calm waters and plenty to see and do, Antigua is perfect for families and couples. Set on white sands in a quiet cove that peeps out from rolling hills and tropical rainforest, Carlisle Bay is one of our favourite hotels.
hotel’s private cinema. Beyond Carlisle Bay itself, there is plenty to see and do in Antigua, from zip-lining in the rainforest to feeding the resident stingrays. Visit historic Nelson’s Dockyard for great restaurants and superyacht viewing.
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WinING AND dinING in THE CAPE
Highlights The views from the top of Table Mountain over the coastline Watching the humpback migration in Hermanus – just two hours from Cape Town World class cuisine at numerous up-and-coming restaurants Private tastings and tours of the wineries on the Western Cape Cycling or horse-riding through vineyards, sampling as you go
The full story All the sights of cosmopolitan Cape Town are just a short drive from Sea Five, a fabulous base in Camps Bay. It is set beside a palm-fringed beach with a mountain backdrop, surrounded by great bars and the buzz of the city crowd. From here you can explore Cape Town’s historic colonial buildings, beautiful public gardens and sample eclectic cuisine and the sparkling nightlife. Heading to the Winelands, Babylonstoren
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/wining or call our South Africa specialists on 020 8682 5070
Cape Town is one of those cities everyone should experience, from its fabulous cuisine and lively buzz, to its stylish café culture and beautiful coast. the verdant wine region is nearby too, where rugged mountains meet immaculate vineyards.
is a beautiful Cape Dutch hotel set within the vineyards and orchards of the Drakenstein Valley. With gardens to explore, tractors to ride on, a maze to get lost in and its own lake, this place is a treasure chest of surprises that children in particular will love – allowing you to get on with tasting all those wonderful wines. Suggested itinerary 5 nights, Sea Five; 4 nights, Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren employ a flock of ducks to eat the snails in the vineyard, protecting all those precious grapes
Try one of Zighy Bayâ€™s mountain picnics which your butler will set up for you on top of the Zighy Mountains
Only in Oman
Highlights Riding a camel across the dunes Golden sunsets and starry desert skies Live the life of a Bedouin under canvas in the sands Arrive in style by paragliding in to Zighy Bay Exploring (and haggling) at the colourful markets in Nizwa
Oman is one of the Arabian Peninsula’s lesser-known gems. From Muscat’s bustling souks to the endless open sands of the evershifting desert, the jagged mountains and the serene coast, this itinerary uncovers every element.
The full story Start at The Chedi Muscat, set between the beach and the mountains. Relax, be pampered and explore the souks and the Sultan’s Palace in nearby Muscat. Next, it is into the wild, camping in luxury Bedouin-style tents. You will cycle through epic scenery in the mountains, bartering for frankincense and fragrant spices at Nizwa’s markets. While in the desert you can also ride camels, before
witnessing a sunset where your whole world turns gold. End your holiday at Zighy Bay, a secluded beachside retreat built in the style of an Omani village on the ocean. Each villa has a private pool and the service here is exceptional. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, The Chedi Muscat; 2 nights, luxury tented camps; 7 nights, Zighy Bay
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Finding the light in Iceland
Highlights Superjeep excursions through the glaciers Hiking, biking and quad-biking through magnificent scenery The astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights Taking a dip in the geothermal waters of the blue lagoon Whale watching and spotting the playful puffins during the summer months
The full story Staying at Hotel Borg in the centre of Reykjavik, you’ll be within easy reach of the city’s shops, restaurants and nightlife. This vibrant city is a treat to explore from your quirky, stylish base where Bang and Olufsen meets 30s’ Art Deco chic. It is the perfect contrast to the wilderness of southern Iceland where the extraordinary landscape comes to life. Base yourself at Hotel Ranga, set in an isolated spot
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Iceland HAs A unique, dramatic landscape that Will leave you in awe. From the city lights of Reykjavik to the WILD south, you can see it all in as little as a few days and if you are lucky; WITNESS the MAGICAL Northern Lights.
near the river of the same name. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding wilderness, as well as the famous Aurora Borealis, best viewed from the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. If a particularly spectacular Northern Lights display occurs during the night, the hotel will wake you if you wish. It is worth it. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Hotel Borg; 3 nights, Hotel Ranga
THE BEST WAY TO GAUGE THE SHEER SCALE OF ARIZONA’S LANDSCAPES, FROM THE GRAND CANYON TO THE DESERT, IS FROM ABOVE
Vegas, utah and mexico
Highlights Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas Showtime in Vegas, music, magic and circus acrobatics A night under the stars on Lake Powell, sleeping on the deck of your own private houseboat Scaling the vertical sandstone walls of the Studhorse Mesa by Via Ferrata Relaxing on the pure white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya Cycling through the ancient Mayan temples of Coba
The full story Las Vegas is the city that never stops. Book a show, ride a Harley through Red Rock Canyon or board a chopper to the mighty Grand Canyon. Next, it’s the epic desert landscapes of the American Southwest, stopping off at Zion National Park en route to the desert hideaway on Amangiri in southern Utah. The adventure potential here is almost limitless. Take a private speedboat to explore the serene slot canyons on Lake Powell, hike to natural rock arches and mesa summits for panoramic views or explore the iconic
the bright lights and entertainment extravaganzas of vegas paired with the dramatic red rock landscapes, canyons and natural arches of utah make for an exciting prelude to the white sand and azure waters of mexico’s caribbean coast.
landscapes of Monument Valley, led by a Navajo guide. Then it’s time to relax on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, where you can be pampered in the spa, snorkel on the reef and explore the Mayan ruins. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; 4 nights, Amangiri, southern Utah; 7 nights, Esencia, Riviera Maya
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Highlights Looking over the neon night skyline of the Bund in Shanghai The views over Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang Wandering through the incredible maze of traditional houses in Old Lijiang Town Trekking to monasteries and Tibetan villages in the province of Yunnan The golden roofed Songzanling Monastery with the monks carrying out their daily life
take in the sights of shanghai, where old meets cutting edge, before exploring chinaâ€™s rural side. potter the ancient cobbled streets in lijiang, then continue to ringha on the tibetan plateau, where monasteries are strung with prayer flags.
The full story Begin in Shanghai where the Peninsula is the perfect base to explore this vibrant city. Have a drink at Cloud Nine on the 87th floor of the highest hotel in the world. Then fly to Lijiang in the Yunnan Province where, at an altitude of 2,400 metres, the scenery is spectacular. Stay at the impressive Banyan Tree Lijiang, a peaceful sanctuary with private gardens and views from your Jacuzzi over the mountains beyond. Visit the Old Town; a UNESCO World Heritage site with its cobbled
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streets, meandering streams and hundreds of roof tops lit up at night by Chinese lanterns. Drive north, past Tiger Leaping Gorge, to stay at the Banyan Tree Ringha, built in the style of a traditional Tibetan village, with endless rural views punctuated with the colourful, traditional dress of the local tribes. Suggested itinerary 1 night, Peninsula Shanghai; 4 nights, Banyan Tree Lijiang; 2 nights, Banyan Tree Ringha; 1 night, Peninsula Shanghai
as you travel through the lijiang valley, stop off along the way to visit pagodas and meet the nakhi; the local people living in this part of the himalayan foothills
Prepare for a long answer when you ask “how was your day?”
we want children to have fun on holiday, to be inspired, safe and enjoy an experience to remember. that’s why we have our explorers children’s clubs at pine cliffs in portugal, daios cove in crete, verdura in sicily, anassa and almyra in cyprus. Plus there are more to follow...
Highlights Parents can enjoy a truly relaxing holiday, safe in the knowledge that their children are having the time of their lives The brilliant, fully qualified nannies and Rangers The innovative activity programmes, tailored to the needs and interests of the four age groups Healthy lunch and snack menus created exclusively for our little Explorers to enjoy
The full story The Explorers are run by our experienced childcare staff for our guests from four months to 13 years. Children are divided into four groups based on their age and the innovative activity programmes are tailored to the needs and interests of each group. Each day is designed to be a unique surprise, full of new activities, wonder and creativity. Elements of the local area’s culture and traditions are introduced in a fun and interactive way for children to learn and discover. To keep the
children fuelled for all the fun, there are inspirational healthy lunch and snack menus created by our nannies. All the resorts that host our Explorers are a wonderful base for a holiday. To paint a picture, Verdura is a stylish and luxurious Rocco Forte property set on the rugged Sicilian coastline with extensive grounds leading right down to the water’s edge. There are three golf courses, six floodlit tennis courts, a full size football pitch and numerous watersports, so there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/explorers or call our Family specialists on 020 8682 5040
ultimate costa rica
Highlights Spotting howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly coloured birds in Corcovado National Park Taking a thrilling rafting trip through primary rainforest on the Pacuare River Looking for quetzals or relaxing in hot springs in the shadow of Arenal volcano Relaxing on the beach or taking a surfing lesson at Flor Blanca Visiting a coffee plantation in Costa Rica’s Central Valley
The full story Arriving into Costa Rica’s capital, we’d suggest beginning in the nearby Central Valley where you can see how coffee is grown and manufactured. Next comes the Osa Peninsula, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, perfect for introducing your children to the incredible wildlife, with monkeys galore, sloths, parrots and much more to inspire their imaginations. Continue to the remarkable Pacuare Lodge, set deep in virgin rainforest, for a more detailed look at this fragile
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This family-friendly adventure offers the very best of costa rica’s natural wonders. combining the wildliferich jungles of the osa peninsula, a remote rainforest lodge, arenal’s volcano, hot springs and a stunning beach retreat.
ecosystem. Then enjoy a thrilling rafting trip en route to Arenal to explore its stunning volcano and surrounding cloud forest, before finishing up on the wild tropical beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula at a beautiful boutique retreat. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Xandari Plantation, Alajuela; 3 nights, Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula; 3 nights, Pacuare Lodge, Pacuare River; 2 nights, Arenal Nayara, Arenal; 4 nights, Flor Blanca, Santa Teresa
as you trek through the rainforest, keep your eyes peeled for its smaller inhabitants including tree frogs, blue morpho butterflies and hummingbirds
for ultimate escaspism, ask to be dropped off at mopium island with a picnic. the island is around 10 metres square so privacy and seclusion is guaranteed
Petit St vincent
Highlights Private island with barefoot luxury accommodation Secluded cottages with no phones, TVs or internet connection to disturb you Perfect place from which to island hop Ultimate island hideaway Sailing and diving in the crystal clear waters
The full story A true island paradise surrounded by almost two miles of white sandy beaches, this is a place to come and relax. The service is wonderful and nothing is too much trouble, from the moment you are met from the boat, to the moment you leave. Dining here is a delicious affair - the executive chef uses classic techniques with Caribbean ingredients. Eat fresh, locally grown and caught
Petit st vincent is a private island in the caribbean, where guests can indulge in luxury living far away from modern life. come here for peace, quiet, seclusion and the perfect balance of wilderness and luxury.
produce at one of the restaurants or take a picnic and a bottle of wine and find a secluded beach. An early morning swim is a lovely start to the day as the waters are always warm and there is a host of water-sports available including island hopping on a classic sloop boat and deep sea fishing.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/petit or call our Caribbean specialists on 020 8682 5020
Highlights Breakfast on your balcony as the sun rises above the Taj Mahal An elephant safari at sunset through local villages Looking down in awe at the Rajasthani landscapes from a hot air balloon A heritage walking tour of Jaipur through the old artisan quarters of the city A private dinner on a pontoon floating on Lake Pichola in romantic Udaipur
The full story There is no city quite like Delhi, from its medieval back alleys, best explored on a cycle rickshaw, to its colonial grandeur. Whistle down to Agra by train and sit on your private balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal as the sun sets. Then head west to Jaipur and stay in the regal elegance of the Rambagh Palace before heading off into the sunset on an elephant safari. Wake up early for a hot air balloon ride over Amber Fort before walking through the city past colourful
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Rajasthan is impossibly romantic, from the forts and palaces to timeless local villages filled with sari-clad women wandering down dusty paths, it continues to beguile the senses and leaves you inspired.
temples and havelis, stopping in a local home for a cup of tea. No journey through Rajasthan is complete without a dip into its rural heartlands and in Shahpura you will explore local villages, untouched by time. Finally, arrive in Udaipur; the most beautiful city in India. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, The Imperial, Delhi; 1 night, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; 3 nights, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur; 2 night, Shahpura Bagh; 3 nights, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Head into Rajasthanâ€™s rural heartland to find a land awash with colour and ancient rituals
after a day of glacier hiking, fly fishing, jet boating and white-water rafting return to matakauri lodge for a chilled glass of local wine on your private garden terrace
A kiwi adventure
Highlights A helicopter ride from Treetops to White Island Eating delicious fresh crayfish in Kaikoura Swimming with dolphins Stunning Milford Sound Helicopter glacier drop off, to ski down the Tasman Glacier Hand-caught lobster and paua lunch on a deserted beach
The full story Treetops Lodge is a forest lodge, where you can hike, sail, explore natural mud pools and geysers and visit the Maori. Then on the South Island youâ€™ll stay in a tree-house near the town of Kaikoura where sperm whales, killer whales and dusky dolphins roam the water. Next stop is Matakauri Lodge on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Go ziptrekking, freefall through a canyon, plunge 43 metres from Kawarau Bridge and jet-
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For those who love the outdoors, New Zealand REALLY PACKS A PUNCH. You can ziptrek through forests, ski on glaciers, hop between geysers and dineÂ on a breath-taking beach.
boat along the Shotover River. Minaret Station in the Mount Aspiring National Park is your final stop. Take a helicopter to the west coast, where your host will dive for fresh lobster and paua, to be cooked on the beach. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Treetops Lodge; 2 nights, Hapuku Lodge; 3 nights, Matakauri Lodge; 3 nights, Minaret Station
SUBLIMELY BEAUTIFUL Montenegro
Highlights A visit to Ostrog Monestar Spending a day at Skadar Lake Exploring the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage Site A massage at one of the six spas at Sveti Stefan The Queen’s Chair restaurant overlooking the Bay of Budva
The full story Occupying the whole of Sveti Stefan, a tiny island off the coast and surrounded by the astonishingly clear Adriatic Sea, Aman Sveti Stefan is a stunning hotel in the prestigious Aman collection. The island’s original 15th century fortified village has been converted into the most luxurious resort you will find on this picturesque stretch. A week
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Part of the Balkans and the Mediterranean, Montenegro is small but perfectly formed. Its historic walled towns are set against forest-covered mountains punctuated with sparkling lakes and deep canyons.
here will give you time to take a boat trip across the crystal-clear waters, perhaps enjoying a little diving or fishing along the way. Explore the old towns of Budva and Cetinje or head further north to the city of Perast. Float about in the hotel’s cliff pool, indulge in the spa or simply laze on the resort’s private beach.
Beautifully groomed runs make it “hero skiing” – you will ski like a legend!
Colorado Powder Days
Highlights 300 sunny days per year – we all love blue sky days Powder skiing in Vail’s famous Back Bowls The social media enabled ‘Epic pass’ allows you to track your skiing, compete with friends and make those back home envious The Tenth, Vail’s mountain restaurant – a proper European style lunch on the mountain Hotels that define ski-in/ski-out
The full story Just a short drive apart, these sister resorts make for a perfect twin-centre ski trip. We recommend starting in Beaver Creek where the blue runs, friendly hosts and ski-in/skiout set up make for a relaxing introduction to North American skiing. Then head onto Vail, the USA’s biggest resort, which offers longer runs and more extensive terrain. They think of everything here to make skiing fun and easy and Vail’s locals really do anything to
Colorado is a name to excite most skiers and Vail and Beaver Creek are highlights. Blue skies and powder snow are complemented by state of the art lift systems, pristine ski trails, impressive accommodation and great hospitality.
ensure you “have a great day”. The charming, pedestrianised village has character and plenty of shops, restaurants and nightlife to keep you occupied long after the lifties have gone home.
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African island delights
Highlights Kayaking through the mangroves on Ibo Island Spotting dolphins, turtles and humpback whales Private beach picnics on remote sand bank islands Deep-sea fishing for a fresh sashimi dinner A butterfly walk across Vamizi Island to see how many different species you can see
The full story Ibo Island is the largest of 32 tropical islands that make up the Quirimbas Archipelago. Explore its cultural history with a guided tour around the colonial old town, visit the sandbar for a bush breakfast and enjoy superb snorkelling. Vamizi Island is your next stop, for some barefoot luxury staying in a thatched villa set on what feels like your own private, white sand beach. The crystal clear waters are rich with life and the diving
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THE east AFRICAN COAST IS NOT TO BE MISSED, WITH ITS SPECTACULAR AND ALLURING ISLANDS. ENJOY LAID-BACK CHARM, CORAL REEFS, IDYLLIC BEACHES, ENTICING CLEAR WATERS AND COLOURFUL FISH. IT’S AN UNTOUCHED PARADISE.
is spectacular. You can paddle with turtles in the lagoon and haul up giant fish whilst enjoying a morning of deep sea fishing. End your days sipping a cocktail at sunset on a local dhow boat. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Ibo Island; 7 nights, Vamizi Island
Not everyone at Vamizi enjoys complete privacy. some of the islandâ€™s green and leatherback turtles are tagged to track their progress
Possibly the best tango show in Buenos Aires is Rojo Tango at Faena
Fiery Tango and the Pampas
Highlights The Faena’s renowned spa, Turkish Hammam and pool A night at the Teatro Colon opera house A private street art tour of Buenos Aires Watching the world-famous Boca Juniors play football Riding or walking across the grassy plains of the Pampas
The full story Start in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires at the exceedingly hip Faena, an opulent city base, with velvet drapes and giant sleigh beds in each room. Be sure to head out to one of the city’s best parillas for sizzling steak and red wine, before returning to the Faena to see the best tango show in town. Next, escape to the very quirky and chic Estancia Vik, a ranch set on a 4000-acre estate on Uruguay’s
Argentina is one of the coolest places to visit in Latin America, with Uruguay hot on its heels. enjoy culinary heaven and hot tango nights in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, before exploring the rolling countryside and endless beaches of uber chic Jose Ignacio.
Atlantic coast. The surrounding countryside offers polo, riding, surfing, kayaking and canoeing - which are all great for working up an appetite for the estancia’s parilla, a Uruguayan barbecue where your steak will be cooked just as you like it. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Faena; 5 nights, Estancia Vik
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Desert sand and the Dead Sea
Highlights A private guided tour of Ammanâ€™s Byzantine temples and palaces Exploring Petra on horseback Lawrenceâ€™s springs, Khazali Canyon and the Rock Bridge Camping under amazing starry skies in the desert Relaxing at the fabulous new spa at the Kempinski Floating in the Dead Sea
The full story Start at the Four Seasons Amman, from where you can visit Jerash, a stunning Roman site that rivals Pompeii. Moving into Indiana Jones territory, a stay at Movenpick Petra is perfect for exploring this fascinating place. We suggest entering Petra on horseback with a guide to show you around the tombs. Then head to Wadi Rum Camp in the desert where you can try dune-running and
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From the everchanging desert where the stars will leave you and your children speechless, to epic Petra and the Dead Sea, this journey across Jordan will excite and fascinate you. History comes to life, the skies dazzle and the welcome is incredibly warm.
witness a sunset and a starry night like no other. From the desert to the Dead Sea, a stay at the Kempinski will leave you relaxed; soak up the sun and experience floating in the Dead Sea. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Four Seasons Amman; 2 nights, Movenpick Petra; 1 night, Wadi Rum Camp; 2 nights, Kempinski, Dead Sea
Time To re-charge
Highlights The Intrepid Explorers children’s club that is operated by Scott Dunn The exceptional dining that is on offer The hotel’s ice-cream parlour and chocolate room serves up sweet treats in every flavour you can imagine The outdoor Cinema Paradiso set out under the stars
The full story Make Soneva Kiri your home for the ultimate beach escape and what a home it is. Set on a white sand beach, coco palms blowing in the tropical breeze, we would say it is one of the finest beach hotels in Asia. Each huge, luxurious villa has its own private pool and butler – and if you can tear yourselves away from this little private paradise, there is plenty to do besides. You might like to take a boat trip to Benz’ restaurant, hidden
Soneva Kiri is set on an archetypal tropical island with white sands, azure waters, a wild jungle interior and a blissfully quiet pace of life. now with scott dunn operated childcare available.
amidst the mangroves. There is no menu here – Benz will simply cook for you what she feels like. Or save your appetite for a unique tree-top dining experience back at Soneva Kiri, where you will sit in a giant wicker pod in the trees, your food delivered via zip wire. For younger guests and in keeping with the Soneva Kiri ethos, we have created a new and exciting childcare experience; the Intrepid Explorers, that will be managed by Scott Dunn.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/recharge or call our Thailand specialists on 020 8682 5060
WILDLIFE AND DEEP WATERS
Highlights Walking safaris between bush camps in the South Luangwa Eating on Kapani’s deck while hippos wallow nearby Spotting leopard on night game drives at Mchenja Bush Camp Amazing diving and snorkelling at Kaya Mawa A visit to the Likoma Cathedral on Likoma Island
The full story This adventure starts in Zambia, at Kapani Lodge on the banks of a lagoon just outside the South Luangwa National Park. From yawning hippos to lions and leopards, the game is abundant. We love the guides here, many of whom were trained by Norman Carr, the father of walking safaris. Mchenja Bush Camp on the banks of the Luangwa River is your next stop. You might be tempted
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GO ON A WALKING SAFARI INTO THE HEART OF THE BUSH IN ZAMBIA TO DISCOVER UNDEVELOPED PLAINS, GREAT VALLEYS AND DIVERSE WILDLIFE. THEN ESCAPE TO THE CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS OF LAKE MALAWI TO RELAX ON THE BEACH.
never to leave this tented camp, but the jewel of South Luangwa is its excellent walking. End your adventure at Kaya Mawa, a beautiful secluded lodge on Lake Malawi, surrounded by baobab trees, rocky coves and glorious beaches. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Kapani Lodge; 3 nights, Mchenja Bush Camp; 6 nights, Kaya Mawa
Your guide will help you identify different animal tracks as you explore the bush on a walking safari
a true adventure awaits you at clayoquot wilderness resort which is set in the heart of the forest and is only accessible by floatplane
Vancouver and the wilderness
Highlights Cycle through Stanley Park and visit the aquarium The food and craft markets, comedy clubs and lively nightlife of Granville Island Saddling up in cowboy country on an authentic Canadian ranch A seaplane ride across beautiful Vancouver Island Bear watching by boat followed by a spot of fishing Gourmet food prepared by Clayoquotâ€™s talented chefs
The full story Start your journey in Vancouver, at the beautifully restored Rosewood Georgia, located in the heart of the city and just steps away from the harbour, galleries, fine dining and shopping. Next, head inland to British Columbiaâ€™s cowboy country, with a few days on Siwash Lake Ranch. Here there are over 80,000 acres of pristine rangeland to explore on horseback with a personal riding guide. You can also hike, fish and enjoy fine food lovingly prepared by your hosts. Finally,
From the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver to the snowy Rockies, Canada is a land of diversity. Experience untouched wilderness, thriving nature and breathtaking scenery.
head to the breath-taking wilderness of Vancouver Island; splash down by seaplane at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort where you will stay in a luxury tent with everything included, even your massages. Get back to nature, hike to hidden waterfalls and kayak crystal clear rivers. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Rosewood Georgia; 4 nights, Siwash Lake Ranch; 3 nights, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com /wilderness or call our Canada specialists on 020 8682 5030
Peru and galapagos in style
Highlights An early morning visit to Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive and as the mists part Up-close encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas and giant tortoises in the Galapagos Travelling through the Sacred Valley aboard the Hiram Bingham luxury train Exploring Cuzco’s cobbled streets, Inca ruins and churches The extraordinary service aboard the Silversea Galapagos
The full story Begin with a night in Peru’s capital and gastronomic epicentre before stepping back in time to explore the remarkable heritage of the Inca civilisation. Bustling markets, ancient temples and fortresses and wondrous Machu Picchu, reached by luxury train, all await you. Next comes Ecuador, beginning in Quito, the country’s charming capital with its beautiful squares and glorious colonial architecture, before boarding the Silversea Galapagos, a luxury expedition
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if you only ever visit south america once in your life, this is the trip to do. it’s a perfect combination of the ancient cultures and magnificent andean landscapes of peru and the greatest wildlife show on earth in the galapagos islands.
vessel. During a week’s cruise in the Galapagos archipelago, wake up each morning with new wonders to discover, from the fearless wildlife to the islands’ dramatic volcanoes and technicolour sunsets, all while enjoying unrivalled cuisine and service aboard. Suggested itinerary 1 night, Miraflores Park Hotel; 2 nights, Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa; 1 night, Sanctuary Lodge; 2 nights, Palacio Nazarenas; 2 nights, Hotel Plaza Grande; 7 nights, Silver Galapagos
the unique wildlife of the galapagos islands has no fear of humans, so you can get up close and personal
Four hands are better than two at Pearl Beach Resort. try the Manea Spaâ€™s famous four hand massage
Highlights Experience traditional Tahitian spa treatments in an idyllic garden setting A 4x4 island tour of Bora Bora The world-famous restaurant Bloody Mary’s on Bora Bora Amazing diving with manta rays and hammerhead sharks Cocktails at the Sky Bar in West Hollywood, with fantastic views of the city
The full story Choose between a beach villa and an over-water bungalow with steps leading into the ocean at Pearl Beach resort in Bora Bora. The jet-ski tour round the lagoon and Mount Otemanu is a must. Next stop is Tikehau Pearl Beach resort on one of Polynesia’s most beautiful atolls. This is a hideaway off the beaten track – perfect for laid back romance. Enjoy swimming in the blue lagoon, cycling around the island and a sunset cruise
For a romantic escape to paradise, French Polynesia is perfect. From Bora Bora’s blue lagoon to Tikehau’s pink sand beaches and dazzling underwater fauna, this itinerary will take you there at a blissfully lazy pace, before A stop-off IN L.A. on the way home.
before cocktails on the beach. For a touch of glamour on your way home, we suggest stopping at Shutters on the Beach in L.A. Shop on Rodeo Drive, wander around Beverly Hills and take a stroll along Santa Monica beach. Suggested itinerary 5 nights, Pearl Beach; 5 nights, Tikehau Pearl Beach; 3 nights, Shutters on the Beach
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Baobabs and butterflies
Highlights Scrambling up the massive sand dunes at Lac Anony Awaking to the sound of the Antandroy tribe singing as they fetch water from Mandrare River Encountering different species of lemur in Tsingy National Park Taking a canoe or a boat into the mangroves at Manafiafy Beach Snorkelling and swimming in the natural “bay” created by granite outcrops
The full story Mandrare River Camp is near the southern tip of Madagascar, overlooking the river of the same name; a mecca for wildlife. Here you’ll see lemurs leaping from tree to tree in the Spiny Forest and chameleons in the Deciduous Gallery Forest. The camp itself is comprised of spacious tents spread out under the shade of Tamarind trees, overlooking the rugged mountains beyond. Next stop is Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge set on the
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One of the world’s last undiscovered corners, Madagascar is like nowhere else on earth, Bursting with unique flora and endemic species such as lemurs and chameleons. on Its southern tip, dramatic sand dunes meet spiny forests, giant baobabs and tranquil beaches.
sand of Madagascar’s pristine coast. The bird-watching here is amazing and at the right time of year, you’ll glimpse humpback whales passing by. We suggest venturing out with a guide for a night-walk in the nearby forest to spot nocturnal creatures, including night birds and the Grey Mouse Lemur, small enough to fit in an espresso cup. Suggested itinerary 4 nights, Mandrare River Camp; 5 nights, Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
see if you can spot ring-tailed lemurs as they scuttle up the trunks of the mighty baobab trees
ceylon tea trails consists of four colonial tea plantersâ€™ bungalows, each with a taste of gracious living thanks to a private butler and authentic furnishings
family friendly Sri Lanka
Highlights Gain an insight into Sri Lankaâ€™s tea making history at the Ceylon Tea Trails, a working tea estate Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where bathing is a close encounter for the children Try to spot the elusive leopard in Yala National Park Explore Galle, famous for its fort, boutique shops and wealth of excellent local dining options Visit the turtle hatchery near Galle where you can see several species of turtle
The full story We suggest you spend your first night relaxing at the wonderful boutique colonial manor, Wallawwa. Then go on to Ulagalla, to discover the delights of the Cultural Triangle - take a cycle tour or climb the Sigirya Rock Fortress. Heading south to Kandy, famous for the Temple of the Tooth and go white-water rafting. Continue south to the beautiful hill country where you will stay at Ceylon Tea Trails in restored tea estate bungalows, set in green hills dotted with the vibrant colours of tea pickers saris. Next, head to Yala National Park to be hosted by Leopard
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A PERFECT JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY FOR THE MORE ACTIVE FAMILY. SRI LANKA OFFERS EVERYTHING FROM ELEPHANTS TO WHITE WATER RAFTING, CYCLING TO WHALE WATCHING, TROPICAL BEACHES TO MOUNTAINS PUNCTUATED WITH WATERFALLS; as well as FABULOUS FOOD AND DIVERSE CULTURE.
Safaris in large comfortable tents. Spot big herds of elephants, painted storks, raptors, barking deer and wild buffalo. Finally, stay just outside Galle at The Fortress, a hotel blending historic Dutch and Portuguese styles with motifs of Sri Lanka; from here head out to explore this historic fortified city. Suggested itinerary 1 night, The Wallawwa, near Colombo; 3 nights, Ulagalla, Cultural Triangle; 2 nights, Ellerton, Kandy; 2 nights, Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton; 2 nights, Leopard Safaris, Yala; 5 nights, The Fortress, Galle
Romantic adventure in sicily
Highlights A dip in the crystal clear waters in the bay of Giardini Naxos The rich and colourful vegetation on the car-free island of Panarea Walking along the fine, black sand beaches of Vulcano and the famous hot mud pools that are reputed to cure ailments Visiting Stromboli, the only volcano in Europe with constant eruptive activity
The full story The romance starts in Taormina, a beautiful town built on the side of Mount Tauro with spectacular views across the bay and towards Mount Etna. Stay at the Grand Hotel Timeo, a stunning hotel overflowing with sophistication. Fill your days wandering along the streets of this beautiful town which is full of boutiques and antique stores. Travel onto the Aeolian Islands and stay at the Therasia Resort on Vulcano, built from the local
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immerse yourself in the romance of taormina then take an adventure up to the aeolian islands; a stunning and mysterious set of volcanic islands just off sicily.
lava and pumice stone. Rooms have lovely private terraces with amazing views across to Stromboli. Take a boat trip to the nearby island of Panarea which is very fashionable in the summer months, it has clear blue waters surrounding a rocky coastline and is much favoured by scuba divers and snorkellers. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Grand Hotel Timeo; 5 nights, Therasia Resort
Your private chef willÂ phone you before your holiday to DISCUSS what you would like on the menu
OUR Luxury villas
Highlights All our villas have a private outdoor swimming pool A host to look after you â€“ from advice on local attractions to bringing you homemade sorbets by the pool Gourmet tailored dining prepared by your private chef A fully qualified nanny to entertain the children Two of our villas have their own grass tennis court
The full story We now have 13 Scott Dunn serviced villas in Mallorca and Portugal and there are more to follow. Armed with a chef, host and nanny, our villa holidays are proven to be one of the most relaxing holidays for families and groups. Las Palmeras, just one example, is set on the secluded Totxa estate that enjoys a stunning mountain backdrop and Pollenca and the coast are very nearby. Built in a traditional Mallorcan finca style, its elegant decor creates a calm and
Our luxury villas in Portugal and Mallorca come in ALL shapes and sizes to suit every kind of family or group. whether you choose a farmhouse in the hills or a LARGE property near the ocean, you will enjoy Scott Dunn service WITH a private chef, host and nanny.
peaceful atmosphere. Thereâ€™s a dedicated playroom, leading onto the family-friendly garden and pool terrace. After breakfast on the terrace, served by your villa host, settle by the pool with a book, while your nanny looks after the little ones. A lunch of fresh local specialities on the shady terrace can be eaten at whatever time you like. In the afternoon maybe take a drive to the beach, before enjoying a gourmet dinner served under the stars.
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Highlights Diving amongst the vibrant coral gardens of Raja Ampat Relaxing with a signature Alila massage on deck or on a deserted beach Discovering the secrets of the Asmat Tribe of the inaccessible southern coast of Irian Jaya Encountering ancient Komodo dragons, reptiles unchanged since the time of dinosaurs Ultra-luxurious cabins make for the perfect sanctuary after a day of exploration
The full story Embark on a tailor-made voyage of discovery through the pristine waters of Indonesia. The 46-metre Alila Purnama sails the largely uncharted waters of Indonesia, from the cobalt blue waters and rugged islands of Raja Ampat, home to 70% of the worldâ€™s coral species, to the mystical Komodo Islands, where the ancient and infamous dragons still roam. Days are spent encountering native tribes and deserted beaches. Adventurers are interspersed by meals on deck, dining on the freshest local cuisine served
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explore some of the most remote corners of the indonesian archipelago on board the alila purnama, a luxury wooden phinisi sailing boat, as used by the bugis seafarers from south sulawesi.
by a crew of 16 attentive, yet unobtrusive staff. Indulge in signature spa treatments on a deserted island beach after a day of exploring the technicolour coral reefs.
Amankila is perched on a cliff with views across the three tiered infinity pool and the gorgeous Lombok Straits beyond
the pantanal in western brazil is one of the worldâ€™s largest wetlands and is home to howler monkeys, jaguars, giant anteaters and hyacinth macaws
brazilian wildlife adventure
Highlights Taking a Sunday walk along Ipanema beach to the Hippie Fair followed by a delicious churrascaria lunch The astonishing diversity of wildlife in the Pantanal - there are 650 bird species alone Being covered by spray on one of the many walkways at the Iguazu Falls Going out in a private schooner to explore the islands and coves of the Emerald Coast Taking the cable car up Sugar Loaf in Rio
The full story Rio is the place to begin, full of pulsating rhythms and tanned beach-goers. Tick off iconic attractions like Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf or get beneath the skin by making and flying kites in a favela. Next, itâ€™s the Pantanal wetlands, where youâ€™ll head out by boat, 4x4, on horseback or on foot, to search out giant anteaters, tapirs, and maybe a jaguar. Then comes the mighty Iguazu Falls, where you will feel humbled by this extraordinary natural wonder and delighted by the birds and monkeys. No
take your family to brazil and be seduced by this extraordinary country. we have put together the perfect mix of rio, the astonishingly rich wildlife spectacle of the pantanal, iguazu falls and finally a retreat by the sea.
visit to Brazil is complete without time by the sea and we suggest ending at a charming retreat near colonial Paraty to relax, surf, sail, swim or wander the forest trails. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Porto Bay Rio International, Rio; 3 nights, Pousada Rio Mutum, Pantanal; 2 nights, Hotel Panoramic, Puerto Iguazu; 4 nights, Pousada Picinguaba, Ubatuba
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big game in zimbabwe
Highlights Taking a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls Watching the sun hit the waters of the Zambezi, with a sundowner in hand Walking through Mana Pools, stopping for the smaller things and occasionally, skirting around the larger Soaking in the sounds of the African night by the camp fire Zimbabwe has some of the best guides in Africa
The full story Start your Zimbabwean adventure at Elephant Camp, within sight and sound of the majestic Victoria Falls. Spend your days exploring all that is on offer on the Zambezi and evenings watching the game drink from the waterhole in front of camp. Fly east, to Ruckomechi on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools. The tented rooms have decks with beautiful views over the river; you can sit out and watch hippos jostling for space. Find out why Mana is considered to be the best place
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discover the highlights of zimbabwe, from the thundering waters of victoria falls and the immense elephant herds in hwange national park, to canoeing down the zambezi and exploring mana pools on foot.
to walk in Africa, have a go at catching the fierce fighting tiger fish and enjoy sundowners on the sandbank. Finally, head to Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park. Famous for its elephants, these magnificent animals quench their thirst from Somalisaâ€™s swimming pool. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Elephant Camp; 4 nights, Ruckomechi; 3 nights, Somalisa, Pantanal; 2 nights, Hotel
spot elephants as you canoe down the zambezi... or as they drink from the swimming pool at somalisa or ruckomechi
Your children can enjoy a private lesson at the golf academy; they will be scratch players in no time
mauritius for everyone
Highlights The Ernie Els par 72 signature golf course at Anahita Anahita’s OurSpace children’s club designed by Scott Dunn The new exclusive beach on the Ile aux Cerfs for Anahita’s guests Indulging in a revitalising treatment at the exquisitely appointed Oberoi Spa The sunken marble baths in the Luxury Pavillions at the Oberoi
The full story Set by the beach on the east coast, Anahita the Resort is perfect for families with an OurSpace children’s club overseen by Scott Dunn. A holiday here can be as relaxing or as active as you like, with tennis and a gym available, as well as water-sports. The Ernie Els Championship Golf Course and Ile aux Cerfs course will keep golfers happy. Over on the west coast, the Oberoi is a fantastic resort hotel, located in 20 acres of beautiful
With gorgeous white sandy beaches, crystalclear blue seas and fabulous diving and water-sports on offer, mauritius is an idyllic spot for couples and families alike.
sub-tropical gardens between the mountains and the Indian Ocean. It is perfect for couples, with a serene and tranquil atmosphere that is combined with refined service. Guests can partake in “Touching the Senses” activities ranging from painting lessons with a local artist, guided walks through the gardens, star gazing, cooking classes and wine tasting. For those with children, there is a kids’ club with daily, age-related activities to entertain them.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/everyone or call our Mauritius specialists on 020 8682 5020
Europe’s secret cities
Highlights The ballet at the Mariinski Theatre in St Petersburg A visit to the island in the delta of the River Neva, St Petersburg Drinks at sunset at the Sky Bar at Villa Dubrovnik The view of Istanbul from the rooftop of the Four Seasons Visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace
The full story The Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg is a great base from which to explore the city’s most opulent palaces and gardens. You must visit the Hermitage and the Baroque Winter Palace of the Czars that houses one of Europe’s greatest art collections. Or perhaps a long weekend at Villa Dubrovnik in Croatia appeals. Set amongst citrus trees beside the crystal-
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We like to tempt you with lesser-known places. A short escape is all you need to get under the skin of a living, breathing city; from the old grandeur of St Petersburg, to the serenity of Dubrovnik or the flurry of colour in bustling Istanbul.
clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, it is a serene hideaway just a short walk from the old city. Alternatively, lose yourselves in the colourful bazaars of Istanbul, with a short break at the luxurious Four Seasons Sultanahmet, perfect for those who want to be close to some of Istanbul’s most enthralling ancient monuments.
every way you turn in the yosemite national park there is a photo opportunity but, for extra inspiration, visit the ansel adams gallery that is set within the park
Highlights From the wilderness parks to theme parks, it’s the ultimate family holiday Ideal from April through to September, so great for an Easter or summer holiday Marine wonders - kayak with sea lions, spot whales and dolphins or explore tide pools A foody’s delight from Santa Barbara wine country to Santa Monica farmers’ markets Spotting deer and black bears in Yosemite National Park
The full story Start at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, visit Alcatraz Island or make a day-trip to the Napa Valley. Then pick up your SUV and drive to Yosemite National Park to stay in a log-cabin among the Redwood trees. Next is Carmel Valley, have a bucketand-spade day in Carmel-bythe-Sea or kayak around the kelp forests in Monterey. Then follow the iconic Pacific Highway down Big Sur and stay in Morro Bay at our favourite, the Anderson Inn. Here, visit Hearst Castle or go whale-watching before heading south to the Spanish mission
California conjures up visions of Hollywood stars and surfers but that’s just the surface. Explore further and you’ll find soulful San Francisco, Yosemite’s giant redwoods, endless coastal beaches, charming wine country and L.A. family fun.
town of Santa Barbara for some down time. The Mediterranean vibe has given it the title of the ‘American Riviera’. End in L.A. at hip beachside hotel Oceana and learn to surf with the pros from Santa Monica Pier. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Hotel Vitale, San Francisco; 3 nights, The Redwoods in Yosemite; 2 nights, Carmel Valley Ranch; 2 nights, Anderson Inn, Morro Bay; 2 nights, Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara; 3 nights, Oceana Santa Monica, L.A.
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TEMPLes and BAYS
Highlights Visiting the Ta Prohm temple which is slowly being smothered by giant strangler figs A tuk-tuk ride to Angkor Wat in time for the sunrise A private dining experience by candlelight amidst the temples Snorkelling in the marine reserve at Song Saa Visiting a local village school to really immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture
The full story We think Amansara is the best address in Siem Reap. Formerly a guesthouse of the King, the restaurant serves up great local dishes, including the Cambodian speciality ‘Amok’. Siem Reap is home to the temples of Angkor, one of the world’s great wonders. Your guide will ensure you see them in their full glory, away from the crowds. From the dusty streets of Siem Reap, take a helicopter to the remote tropical paradise of Koh Ouen to stay at Song Saa,
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Nestled between Cambodia’s rice paddies and the River, the town of Siem Reap forms the gateway to the temples of Angkor, one of the world’s most amazing wonders. Go on to a deserted island off the unspoilt coast, for a luxurious, barefoot experience in the koh rong archipelago.
the newest jewel in Cambodia’s crown. Ecologically minded yet utterly luxurious, villas are hidden in the jungle or perched over the cerulean waters of the Gulf of Thailand. World class cuisine, two cutting edge spas and endless miles of deserted beaches fringe this enchanting island that still remains one of Asia’s best kept secrets. Suggested itinerary 4 nights, Amansara, Siem Reap; 6 nights, Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago
OUR SKI HOTELS
Highlights Our handpicked portfolio of ski hotels is reviewed each year to keep it fresh and exciting Our North America collection Hotel guests in our four core resorts have the benefit of access to our childcare, driver service and resort managers New - our fantastic collection of hotels in the Dolomites New - our private chalets and apartments offer more independent options
The full story Our portfolio of ski hotels is spread across the Alps, Europe, North America, and even Chile and New Zealand. While our selection of ski hotels is varied, every property has one thing in common – something to make your stay more than just a holiday. Moreover, because every holiday we create is bespoke, we can turn a simple ski holiday into a multidimensional, unforgettable experience, incorporating more than one resort, a city or even a beach break. Wherever
At Scott Dunn we create a unique ski holiday for you, applying expertise we have gained over a quarter century in the Alps and from crafting tailor-made holidays around the world.
you choose to go, we will take care of every aspect of your holiday from your travel to your ski guiding or restaurant reservations. In Courchevel 1850, St Anton, Val d’Isère and Zermatt, you also have the benefit of our in-resort teams who offer services such as our childcare, driver service or simply a friendly face when you need any help and advice.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/skihotels or call our Ski specialists on 020 8682 5050
wild AND wonderful Tanzania
Highlights Encountering green and leather back turtles in the shallow seas at Ras Kutani Exploring the mighty Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve Spending a night fly-camping under the stars in the Selous with a private guide and chef Sipping sundowners on your private deck at Fundu Lagoon Exploring mangroves by kayak
The full story Beside a freshwater lagoon and white sandy beach is Ras Kutani, where you can enjoy lazy days or venture into the forest to spot monkeys, including the blackand-white colobus who use the branches as trampolines. Then it is into the wild, to the Selous Safari Camp, in the largest protected reserve in Africa. View game by boat, vehicle or on foot, getting closer to the more timid creatures, such as the sickle-horned sable
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Unspoilt beaches, coastal forests and great river estuaries await you on the south coast of Tanzania and on Zanzibar. This is Africa at its most romantic â€“ but for a touch of adventure, break up time on the beach with a safari in the wild and wonderful Selous.
and the shy greater kudu. From your luxury tent, watch elephants at the lake and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush. Pemba Island is your final stop, for some barefoot luxury at Fundu Lagoon, a hideaway only reachable by boat. Enjoy a sunset dhow cruise, followed by a fresh mango cocktail. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Ras Kutani; 4 nights, Selous Safari Camp; 7 nights, Fundu Lagoon
Watch elephants walking to the lake for a morning drink from your own private deck
Your children will meet new friends â€“ including George, the friendly giant tortoise often found looking for fruit on Desroches Island
Seychelles and sand dunes
Highlights Exploring the northern lighthouse on Desroches Island Kayaking, diving and big-game fishing on Mahé Island Cocktails at sunset on the spa roof terrace at the Four Seasons The rooms overlooking the sand dunes and desert beyond at Qasr Al Sarab 4x4 drives, camel treks or hikes into the desert landscape in Abu Dhabi
The full story Described as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Desroches is hemmed with beaches protected by a coral reef; perfect for snorkelling, diving and fishing offshore. Your children will love this natural playground where tortoises roam wild and hermit crabs scuttle along the beach. Then, lap up the luxury at the Four Seasons on the main island of Mahé. Each stilted villa has its own pool and there is the jungle to explore and deserted
From beautiful coral atolls and jungle covered granite islands, go on to enjoy desert landscapes, camel treks and Bedouin tents in Abu Dhabi; it’s a fun blend for an unusual getaway.
beaches you can only reach by boat. Finally, head to Abu Dhabi. Just two hours from the city of Qasr Al Sarab is a luxury oasis of tranquillity and Arabian hospitality in the legendary Liwa Desert. Look out over the vast sand dunes from the comfort of your day bed or private pool and enjoy the changing colours of a mystical desert sunset. Suggested itinerary 5 nights, Desroches Island; 4 nights, Four Seasons Seychelles; 3 nights, Qasr Al Sarab
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Highlights Sampling the delicious local food and drinking Turkish coffee Discovering the fascinating history of the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul Taking a hot air balloon flight at dawn to get the best view of the incredible glowing lunar landscape of Cappadocia Skimming across the stunning Barbaros Bay on a windsurfer or scuba diving at one of the Mediterranean dive sites
The full story Start by exploring fascinating Istanbul, using the luxurious Four Seasons Sultanahmet in the heart of the old city as your base. We can arrange an excellent guide to talk you through the sites of the city and take you to the best local restaurants. Next, to the Cappadocia, staying at a stunning cave hotel, marvel at the frescoes on the 10th century churches built into the caves. Go on to Izmir to discover the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the coastal town or head up to
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for a fantastic insight into turkey, combine the cultural sights and the fascinating history of istanbul and ephesus. then go on to explore the stunning caves of cappadocia and finally to the coast for some time on the beach.
the hills to a traditional Turkish village surrounded by olive groves and beautiful hiking paths. Finally to Kempinski Barbaros Bay - swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea, relax in the spa or try out some of the many water-sports on offer. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul; 2 nights, Argos Luxury Cave Resort, Cappadocia; 2 nights, Sirince Village, Ephesus; 6 nights, Kempinski Barbaros Bay
CaracolÂ is the most extensive MayaN site known in Belize, SPREAD OVER 30-square miles of thick, high canopy jungle
Colours of Guatemala and Belize
Highlights Exploring Antiguaâ€™s cobbled streets lined with superb colonial architecture Bargaining with the locals for wonderful woven textiles Kayaking in the shadow of volcanoes on Lake Atitlan Being greeted by the roar of howler monkeys as you enter the Mayan jungle city of Tikal Diving and snorkelling in turquoise waters spotting nurse sharks and sting rays
The full story Start in Guatemala at Posada del Angel in the heart of 17th century Antigua, with its winding cobbled streets, excellent eateries and colourful markets. Lake Atitlan is next, staying at Casa Palopo, a hillside retreat with mesmerising views of the lake and volcanoes. You could just relax in this serene setting, but there is plenty to do besides, including kayaking on the lake and visiting a Mayan shaman. To Tikal next and La Lancha, a secluded lodge set high above Lake Peten Itza.
Guatemala is a blend of Mayan ruins, volcanoes, pine-forested hills and colonial cities. Belize has a relaxed culture, wonderfully friendly people and diverse wildlife above and below the water. this is a holiday of colours and contrasts.
Explore Mayan ruins hidden in the jungle, encountering howler monkeys and jewel-coloured macaws. Finally, escape to Turtle Inn, a beachfront hideaway on the coast of Belize. You could take a cruise up the Monkey River or snorkel over miles of untouched barrier reef. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Posada del Angel; 3 nights, Casa Palopo; 2 nights, La Lancha; 5 nights, Turtle Inn
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Highlights A hot air balloon ride over the ancient temples of Bagan Sunset over the Irrawaddy River Snorkelling in Ngapali Visiting the golden stupas of the Shwedagon pagoda Encountering the unique rowing style of the fishing villagers on Inle Lake Watching the locals shin up palm trees to collect palm juice
The full story Start at The Governor’s Residence in Rangoon, soaking up the colourful street life at Bogyoke Market and sipping sweet, milky tea at a roadside tea stall. Next, visit Burma’s holiest Buddhist shrine, the Shwedagon pagoda, to watch the sun sink low over its gleaming golden spires. Hotel at Tharabar Gate in Bagan, located next to the old city gate, is your next stop. The spectacular temples of Bagan are best seen
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Burma IS one of the world’s UNTOUCHED AND mysterious gems, with A colourful and rich history. The Burmese people are amongst the most charming in Asia, with Buddhist beliefs and an unchanged way of life. PREPARE FOR a diverse, profound experience.
from a hot air balloon, drifting over the 2,000 pagodas that make up this ancient Buddhist city. Finally, it is off to Sandoway, set amongst Ngapali’s coconut groves that lead to a pristine white sand beach. Watch the local fisherman before pedalling along the sleepy streets at dusk. Suggested itinerary 2 nights, Governor’s Residence, Rangoon; 3 nights, Hotel at Tharabar Gate, Bagan; 3 nights, Sandoway Resort, Ngapali
from your overwater villa at six senses laamu head out to discover the very definition of perfect paradise beaches
Highlights The superb snorkelling and diving, with 200 species of coral and 300 species of fish Exploring the local islands’ rich cultural heritage and spending time with the charming locals Spotting the rare whale shark, the colourful Oriental Sweetlips or a majestic manta ray The exceptional service throughout the Maldives An indulgent treatment at Huvafen Fushi’s underwater spa
The full story With shallow turquoise waters to die for, endless sandy beaches and wonderfully luxurious accommodation, the Maldives really is the ultimate desert island paradise, perfect for a relaxing beach holiday or a luxury honeymoon. A short boat journey from Malé stands Huvafen Fushi, the ultimate in sophisticated luxury, with contemporary styled rooms, superb staff and the world’s first underwater spa. For barefoot luxury, Soneva Fushi is set in the Baa Atoll, which boasts
Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is arguably the ultimate paradise island experience. Think luxurious overwater villas suspended above shallow lagoons and over 300 species of tropical fish.
some of the best dive spots in the world. It also has a range of secluded private villas, all with their own beach gardens. If you are looking for somewhere truly remote, Six Senses Laamu is the only resort on the virtually uncharted Laamu atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean. The island is of outstanding natural beauty with lush tropical vegetation and crystal clear waters. Or for golf enthusiasts, Shangari-la Villingili boasts acres of coconut palms and has a stunning ninehole golf course.
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/maldives or call our Maldives specialists on 020 8682 5075
Highlights Exploring Etosha National Park with expert guides Incredible 360 degree views at Damaraland Camp Scrambling up Big Daddy for views of the ‘dune sea’ stretching for miles An early morning hot air balloon ride over the dunes Visiting Twyfelfontein to see the bushman rock art
The full story After a night in Windhoek, set off in your car to Etosha National Park for a stay at Ongava Tented Camp. Moving on, head into the spectacular landscapes of Damaraland which is dotted with towering mountains. You can explore the area which is well known for its desert adapted elephant; you might also see rhino. From here the coastal town of Swakopmund is calling. Enjoy fresh fish and stay in a lovely little guest house. Enjoy a Turnstone Tour, with
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Explore Namibia by road on a self-drive adventure to really get under the skin of this breath-taking country; from the vast pans of Etosha National Park to the shimmering orange dunes of Sossusvlei.
one of Namibia’s top guides, to explore the surrounding dunes and perhaps spot seal. Finally, journey south to the majestic and ever-changing dunes of Sossusvlei where you can walk across Dead Vlei and marvel at the utter all-enveloping silence. Suggested itinerary 1 night, Olive Grove; 3 nights, Ongava Tented Camp; 3 nights, Damaraland Camp; 2 nights, Villa Margherita; 3 nights, Kulala Desert Lodge; 1 night, Olive Grove
Namibiaâ€™s vast and untouched landscapes will stay with you long after you have returned home
An Indian adventure
Highlights Shakti village walks in the foothills of the Himalayas The view of Kanchenjunga; third highest mountain in the world Exploring a working tea estate and drinking Darjeeling tea Diving with sharks in the Andaman Islands Spending a few hours with Barefootâ€™s house elephant Authentic Ayurvedic treatments on Havelock Island
The full story Shakti Sikkim are authentic village houses far off the beaten track in the Himalayan foothills. Here you will experience enthralling guided walks through dramatic snow-capped mountains and the wonderfully warm local communities. Go on to Glenburn Tea Estate, a peaceful retreat overlooked by mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, before moving to The Oberoi Grand in bustling Calcutta. A local guide will show you where to buy the most amazing
This Indian adventure takes you across four DISTINCT landscapes, From the jagged Himalayas to LUSH Darjeeling, on to the streets of Calcutta and finally to THE CLEAR waters of the Andaman Islands.
silks and where to sip tea with the local socialites. Finally, head to Havelock Island in the Andamans, one of Indiaâ€™s secret paradises, that boasts one of the best beaches in Asia. Barefoot is an eco-hideaway that is perfect for those who like it rustic. Suggested itinerary 4 nights, Shakti Sikkim; 3 nights, Glenburn Tea Estate; 2 nights, The Oberoi Grand, Calcutta; 5 nights, Barefoot, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands
For a closer look, please visit scottdunn.com/indianadventure or call our India specialists on 020 8682 5075
High spirits in Argentina and Brazil
Highlights The weekend craft market and street performers of San Telmo Spending a day riding through the Pampas A night safari through the Ibera wetlands spotting deer and owls Getting as wet as you dare on the walkway to the Devil’s Throat at Iguazu Falls Tucking into a succulent Parilla (Argentine barbecue) Heading out with local fisherman to catch your dinner
The full story Start at Nuss, a boutique hotel in Buenos Aires, with designer shops and steakhouses on your doorstep. Then head into Argentina’s Ibera wetlands, to Rincón del Socorro, where wildlife walks and boat trips bring you up close to howler monkeys, capybara and elusive giant anteaters. On to Iguazu in Brazil, to stay at Hotel das Cataratas overlooking the cavernous gorges and tumbling torrents of the mighty Iguazu Falls. Pousada Picinguaba is next, a hideaway set between lush rainforest and the sea,
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City stops in dazzling Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro; dramatic vistas across the Ibera marshlands; the mighty roar of the Iguazu Falls; abundant wildlife and golden beaches; cocktails and carnival spirit.
where you can explore deserted islands, hike through forests and bathe in waterfalls, before sipping caipirinhas with the locals in Paraty. Finally, a Brazilian classic: Copacabana Palace for some glitz by the beach. Explore the bohemian quarter of Santa Teresa and take the cable car up Sugar Loaf. Suggested itinerary 3 nights, Nuss; 4 nights, Rincón del Socorro; 2 nights, Hotel das Cataratas; 4 nights, Pousada Picinguaba; 3 nights, Copacabana Palace
At Rincón del Socorro you can take part in the seasonal cattle round-ups, getting a unique insight into the gaucho lifestyle
With over 190 capital cities, 180,000 islands, 60 deserts and 165 major rivers in the world, where will you start?
A Journey of a lifetime
From Cape Town… Starting in one of Africa’s most exciting cities, Ellerman House overlooking Bantry Bay is a great place from which to explore Cape Town. Ride up the cableway on Table Mountain for spectacular views of the city and its iconic wild coastline, then potter around Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens amongst the Cape’s unique indigenous flora. Take a scenic drive around the headland of Chapman’s Peak to Noordhoek Beach, heading
back through Constantia, stopping for some wine tasting along the way. Visit Cape Point, a truly stunning, windswept and rugged spot that feels like the end of the earth, with nothing but ocean between you and Antarctica. Keen shoppers should head to The Old Biscuit Mill at Woodstock for everything from cheese and champagne to beads and clothes. End your Cape Town stay with cocktails in one of the super stylish bars at Camps Bay.
With so much out there to see, you would need forever to experience it all, but we can craft an amazing adventure that shows you the world’s glorious extremes over any time Span you like, whether that is 3 months or 3 weeks. here’s an idea of what’s out there...
To Australasia… Sydney is next; stay at the Park Hyatt overlooking the Opera House. Explore the Paddington Markets, Taronga Zoo and Bondi Beach. You could embark on a guided bush walk around the harbour, a morning shark dive, a seaplane flight over the Northern Beaches or a helicopter trip to the Blue Mountains. This city stop is the perfect prequel to a blissful week on Laucala Island in Fiji. Think desert island paradise
with serious wow factor. Barefoot luxury has been taken to a new level here – from the fireplace in your poolside rock garden magically igniting at dusk, to glorious treetop dining at the Seagrass Lounge. Kick back on the dazzling white sand beaches, play golf, go fishing, diving, cycling or riding along the beach. On to Los Angeles… From one beach to another… but dazzlingly different in every way. Shutters on the Beach is a classic beachside property in super-cool Santa Monica. The atmosphere here is high style, low-key, easy living with classic American flavour. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you can
watch the LA world go by from your luxurious room, in the style of a beach house. If you can tear yourself away, all the designer temptations of Rodeo Drive await, as well as Universal Studios, Disneyland, Santa Monica pier and Hollywood. You could learn to surf, take a Segway to see the muscle men on Venice Beach, visit the downtown museums or pick up some treats at the farmers’ market for a picnic on the beach. And on to Rio… Final stop, Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’s most spectacular city. Famed for its magnificent geographic setting, sundrenched Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, glitzy
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lifestyle and fabulous climate, this is a city high on life. Stay at Hotel Santa Teresa, a luxury boutique property with views over Rio’s most up and coming quarter. While here, you must take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain for an iconic view of the city, see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, explore the Tijuca Rainforest and wander around the artistic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Then there is the hippie market in Ipanema and the district of Lapa where you will find great antiques, authentic samba clubs and fabulous restaurants.
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We partner with British Airways to ensure you experience the highest standards at every stage of your journey. Their understated British elegance and established reputation mean we feel confident that you will travel in comfort and style.
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With dedicated lounge access, delicious meals and premium drinks, extra space to work or relax and flat beds on all longhaul flights, we know you are in safe hands. So sit back, relax and enjoy what is on offer.
Beach Tropical islands and spectacular coastlines
Europe From city breaks to rolling hills and the Med
Family Holidays for those with tiny tots to teenagers
Honeymoons Fabulous honeymoons and romantic retreats
Skiing Chalets and hotels in the worldâ€™s best resorts
Specialist From diving excursions to chartered yachts
Tailor-made Almost any holiday you can possibly imagine
Villas Luxury villas in the Med with Scott Dunn staff
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Published on Sep 12, 2013