Morocco: A Luxury Adventure in the Sahara Desert

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Versatile and full of intrigue, Morocco perfectly lends itself to all manner of luxury holidays. Extending from snow-capped mountain ranges to rocky hamada and the sweeping sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, there is a lot to explore here. The good news is that our travel experts have found the perfect way to do it. Get off the beaten track and discover a lesser-known side to Morocco as you venture out of Marrakech and into palm-fringed oases and sweeping deserts in this luxurious 10-night adventure. From the ancient kasbahs of Skoura to the history of Zagora, there is plenty to discover. But there’s also an opportunity to disconnect as you head out into the untouched dunes of Erg Chigaga for a night in the desert with only the stars above you for company. Away from the crowds and embedded deep within Moroccan culture, it’s an adventure worth taking.

24 hours in Marrakech

Flying into Marrakech, you’ll spend your first night amid the opulent surrounds of Villa des Orangers, getting to grips with the city on an afternoon private tour of the winding souks and atmospheric Jemaa el Fna square. In the morning, you’ll leave all of this behind as you are met by your private driver-guide who will be at your side for the next eight days of this adventure. Leaving the medina behind, you’ll travel through the heart of the Atlas Mountains, stopping off at the ancient Glaoui kasbah in Telouet, on through the Ounila Valley to the hilltop fortress of Ait Ben Haddou and on through Ouarzazate to the palm-fringed deserts of Skoura.

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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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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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Baja Peninsula: An Action-Packed Beach Break

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If you fancy yourself a beachside retreat with more to offer than days stretched out beneath the sun, we have created an exhilarating coastal break in this nine-day trip to the Baja Peninsula. With one of the most exciting and diverse landscapes in Mexico, the sun-soaked Baja California promises plenty of thrills and spills alongside its boutique hotels and spas. Where else can you swim with whale sharks and learn to throw a pot in a remote mountain village?  Completely unique—this is one of our favourite coastal getaways.

Swim with Whale Sharks in the Sea of Cortez

Kicking off your trip in style, as soon as you land in Los Cabos you’ll be whisked straight out to the spectacular Posada de Las Flores in La Paz. Journeying through miles of cacti-peppered desert, golden beaches and dark mountainside, you’ll get your first taste of the haunting, otherworldly beauty of Baja California as you go. Soak in these natural wonders and the fragrance of desert flowers as you watch the superb sunset from your private suite terrace.

Nestled on a secluded nook on the east side of the peninsula, La Paz provides the perfect base to enjoy one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems – the Sea of Cortez. With your private guide to lead you, plunge into this underwater wonderland in search of whale sharks. These gentle giants of the deep can reach up to 20 meters in length and will leave you feeling as if you’ve entered a lost world swimming alongside them.

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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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