Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor Laut: Off the Beaten Track in Malaysia

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If you thought there was little more to Malaysia than the pearlescent beaches of Langkawi and the bashful orangutans of Borneo, this ten-day trip will have you thinking again. Peninsular Malaysia is a fascinating destination where history, culture and food combine to create something just as colourful as the landscapes that surround them. Filled with intel from our South East Asia experts, this trip promises to get you under the skin of the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur before taking to the mystical Cameron Highlands to cool down. Through the jungles of Belum and onto the shores of Pangkor Laut, prepare to see what caught our eye in Malaysia.

New Cuisines in Kuala Lumpur

Begin your journey in the metropolis that is Kuala Lumpur, staying at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental. Sitting next to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, staying here means you’re right in the heart of the action. With your own personal guide on hand, explore the old and new charms of this vibrant city. From towering skyscrapers, colonial builds and traditional mosques and temples; get a feel of what makes this city tick. Kuala Lumpur also boasts some incredible food stalls open – many staying open until the wee hours of the morning. Don’t know your char kuey teow from your mee goreng, your roti canai from your roti bom? We’ll send you out with an expert guide to get to grip with all the best delicacies.

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Nizwa, Wahiba & Muscat: Discover Arabia’s Gem in Oman

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The Sultanate of Oman is a sure-fire contender for any ‘off the beaten track’ award, and for that reason, we just had to share this Arabian gem with you. An eight-night whistle-stop tour of Oman’s northeastern region is sure to leave you yearning for more as you witness the spectacular sand dunes of Sharqiya, try mouth-watering Omani cuisine in a Nizwa souk and experience total cultural immersion in the coastal town of Sur. Spend your nights in enchanting Bedouin camps, hilltop hideaways and luxurious beach-side abodes as you fall for Arabia’s gem.

History & Culture in Nizwa

Hit the ground running as you leave the bustling city of Muscat behind and make your way to the historic inland town of Nizwa. Enjoy the mesmerising landscapes that have enriched Omani life for thousands of years. The small verdant town of Fanja is a particular highlight for us, with its rich history and wild wadis whilst the town of Jabrin is home to one of the most impressive forts in Oman and is your last cultural pit stop before arriving at the Sahab Hotel; the ideal spot from which to watch mesmerising sunsets and sunrises.

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Bhutan: Scenic Trekking to Gasa

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Travelled the world and looking for something that little bit different? Bhutan has the answer. Even if you’ve trekked into Tiger’s Nest before and spun the prayer wheels at Thimpu, this trip promises to shed further light on the mountainous country. A more adventurous take, set off on an epic two-week trek from Paro, heading north through the mountains towards the steamy springs of Gasa. Meeting local communities along the way, this promises you an authentic connection with Bhutan that you’ll never shake off.

Time Out at Tiger’s Nest

Even if you have seen it before, Tiger’s Nest – or Takstang Monastery – is forever unmissable and actually makes for the perfect warm up. Land into Paro and head straight up to Bhutan’s most treasured monastery, climbing through shaded pine forests where prayer flags flutter in the faint breeze to emerge out of the trees onto this magnificent site. Miraculously hanging onto a crumbling cliff face, this building was built in memory of an old legend: that of the taming of the tiger of Guru Rimpoches.

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Sri Lanka: A Luxury Holiday on the South Coast

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From epic palm covered beaches to legendary tea estates, historical fortress towns and spectacular National Parks, Sri Lanka has it all. For a taste of the best that this country has to offer, embark on this seven-night Sri Lankan safari adventure through and take in tea plantations reflected in the shimmer of Koggala Lake, the stealthy prowl of a leopard through Yala National Park and the dip of the sunset over Galle’s fortified walls.

Welcome to Sri Lanka

As soon as you touch down in Colombo, you’ll take a trip inland, uphill and back in time to the intimate suites of Kahanda Kanda. Sitting on a twelve-acre working tea estate, overlooking an endless green vista of rolling tea-carpeted hills this boutique hotel makes for an idyllic start to your trip. The blossoming gardens, iridescent infinity pool and massage pavilion add a little bit of luxury in these remote surroundings. Spend some time learning about the journey from leaf to cup before exploring the area on foot. Immerse yourself in the nearby cultural hotspots before checking out some of the tempting beaches that lie just a few miles away.

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Tulum, Merida & Riviera Maya: A Relaxing Beach Break in Mexico

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Mexico. A place where it is just as easy to spend a morning amid temples and ancient civilisations as it is an afternoon amid beaches and palm trees. Mexico is a country full of contrasts and complements where you can start the day unlocking the secrets of the Aztecs and end it with a soothing massage. Bringing this all together in one luxurious package, spend a fortnight getting to know Mexico from all angles on this luxurious getaway.

Culture Beneath the Sun

On your first day, you’ll arrive in Cancun before heading straight over to the beachside oasis that is the uber-luxe Be Tulum boutique hotel. Here, you’ll be just steps away from the ocean as you spend your days topping up your tan and sipping on sundowners. But there are plenty of cultural highlights to see too. If it’s ancient ruins you’re interested in, we’ll set you up with a private tour of the Tulum and Sian Kaán monuments. The first is considered to be one of the most beautiful Mayan sites, whilst the second is a sublime area of natural beauty, home to thousands of species of flora and fauna.

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Cape Town, Klein Karoo & the Eastern Cape: A South African Adventure

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If you’re looking for a trip that’s jam-packed with adventure and intrepid discovery, look no further than the beautiful and wild South Africa. On this daring eight-night trip, you’ll experience the best that this fascinating country has to offer; from rugged coastlines, awe-inspiring wildlife and hair-raising activities peppered across the landscapes. So pack a bag and dive straight on into this South African adventure.

The Edge of Africa

For a truly South African experience, we’ll start you off in Cape Town, the city where stunning scenery meets vibrant culture. From the airport, we’ll whisk you off to your cliffside abode for the next three nights – Tintswalo Atlantic. Teetering on the edge of Chapman’s Peak and overlooking the azure waters of Hout Bay, you’ll be in prime location to explore the wonders of Cape Town and its surrounding natural bounty.

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Mpumalanga, Sabi Sands & The Drakensberg: Take it to the Mountains in South Africa

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Here’s a trip that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, quite literally, as you leave the Cape behind and head into the Mountains of South Africa. Soak in almighty views of jaw-dropping scenery and expansive plains on this 12-night trip of epic proportions. A whirlwind luxury tour of all that we love about this country; expect scenic wonder, wildlife that roams free – and need we mention the abundance of gourmet cuisine? We didn’t think so.

Wild Mpumalanga

Touch down in Johannesburg and you’ll be transferred to Mpumalanga for two nights to get yourself in sync with the natural surrounds and African spirit as you take in truly astounding rose-coloured sunsets set against the silhouettes of the surrounding hills and listen out for monkeys in the trees above. For the next two days, the area is yours to explore. As the climate is generally cooler, it’s the perfect place to get out and discover the rich culture and geographical diversity of Mpumalanga on horseback, or if you’re feeling energetic take a hike through the forests where you’ll stumble upon waterfalls perfect for a much needed cool down.

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Sabi Sands: A Photography Safari Masterclass

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It’s been known for some time that South Africa is a photographer’s paradise; it has the landscapes, the wildlife and diversity to make it hands down one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Helping you make the most of it, we’ve put together this uniquely tailored adventure that’s sure to get any keen photographer scrambling for their spare lenses. In the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, spend five days receiving expert wildlife photography tuition from some of the field’s award-winning professionals and capture your safari experience with some incredible images. Embark on exciting game drives and catch glimpses of the reserve’s spectacular array of wildlife including lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and elephant, not to mention over 200 other animal species indigenous to the area – coming home with some expert souvenirs.

A Photography Masterclass

Few places in Africa offer up close and personal encounters with wildlife like Sabi Sabi, so it’s only right you perfect the art of capturing your once-in-a-lifetime safari shots in the area’s stunning Game Reserve. The photography tuition, led by leading wildlife photography experts, will combine theoretical instruction with personal coaching throughout your trip, teaching and assisting with techniques such as camera set up, photography in the field, working with wildlife and light sources. You can then spend the evenings reviewing shots and picking their brains to improve your technique.

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Cape Town, The Winelands & KwaZulu-Natal: Untamed South Africa

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One of our favourite destinations, we thought it was about time we put together our very own highlights reel of South Africa; all with a signature Black Tomato twist. Naturally, you’ll begin your ultimate South African adventure in style at the Royal Malewane, situated on a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This luxurious hotel offers personalised game drives, so you can choose exactly which of your favourite animals you want to be searching for. For a more intimate experience, explore on foot with a guide and come eye to eye with an elusive leopard or the awe-inspiring elephant. We told you this was no ordinary safari. Continuing on through Johannesburg, you’ll jump on the Blue Train down to Cape Town before hitting the Winelands and ending up amid the untouched lands of KwaZulu-Natal, this is South Africa in its wildest glory.

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Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough & Nelson: Indulge in the Wines of New Zealand

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Wine and food lovers: you’re in for a treat. It’s no secret that New Zealand wine has a world-renowned reputation and this trip will take you to some of the most exclusive wineries the country has to offer, all set within stunning locations. Meet the experts, taste rare vintages and admire dramatic landscapes before ending up on curved white sand beaches for a final finale. Bottoms up…

Waiheke Island of Wine

Stepping off the plane at Auckland Airport, you’ll be whisked away by helicopter to Waiheke Island. Here, you’ll soon find yourself being warped into the slow-paced island life, and quickly transforming into the ultimate beachcomber while nestling in the luxury surroundings of the Boatshed. The Island lies on the same relative latitude as the southern tip of Italy, not only making it the perfect getaway for those escaping the winter chill, but it also means Waiheke benefits from ideal conditions to produce fantastic wine.

Never heard of, or tasted, the mouth-watering reds of Waiheke? That’s because most of Waiheke’s wine is only available for purchase on the island or at selected fine dining restaurants around the world. Quelle treat. Our expert wine guide will escort you to the most reputable vineyards and restaurants of Stoney Ridge, such as the internationally renowned Gold Water Estate and many more. Our advice? Pack light and leave room in the suitcase for a couple of bottles to bring home.

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