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October 31, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

With spring nearing an end and Christmas decorations lining shop shelves, you might well be pondering how to get away this Yuletide. There’s nothing like letting someone else do the hard work so you can spend more quality time with loved ones in spoiling surrounds.  
Luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, has ten enticing ideas abroad, which are easily accessible from our shores.

Enchanting Sri Lanka
One of the hottest travel destinations of the moment, Sri Lanka offers a delightful blend of ancient cities, tea plantations, hill stations, wildlife, temples and golden beaches. Its culinary attractions are many and there are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and beautiful boutique accommodation choices.

In Galle, A&K now offers an exclusive villa for ten guests situated within the historic fortress. A former ambassadorial residence, it has plenty of space with five bedrooms, expansive living areas and a dreamy roof terrace. Fully-staffed, this is the perfect place for a Christmas retreat.

A&K’s 6-day ‘Hideaway: Ambassador’s House’ journey priced from US $2595 per villa.

Splendours of Rajasthan
Known as the ‘Land of Kings’, the Indian desert state of Rajasthan is the country’s largest and most romantic. Full of splendid forts and historic palaces, vibrant bazaars and vast desert landscapes, its people are also colourful. You’ll see the country’s brightest saris, cotton turbans in all the colours of the rainbow, glittering jewels and cities painted in bold hues.

On this journey you’ll unearth all this surprising region has to offer in just two weeks, from bustling cityscapes to remote countryside. There are iconic attractions aplenty – Delhi’s Red Fort and the inimitable Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur, Jodhpur’s breathtaking Mehrangarh fort and the lakeside charms of Udaipur.

A&K’s 14-day ‘Splendours of Rajasthan’ journey priced from $8,180.

Maldives Delight
Getaway to this intimate private island retreat where the sand is powdery white and the sea turquoise blue. You’ll bed down in a dhoni suite, designed to resemble the local fishing boats and slip from your private terrace straight into the warm waters of the house lagoon. Some of the best diving in the region is right on your doorstep as well as snorkelling, fishing, a range of water sports plus all manner of wellness treatment at COMO Shambala Retreat.

A&K’s 8-day ‘Hideaway: Cocoa Island by COMO’ escape priced from USD $3,885.

All Aboard this Christmas
Go back in time to the golden age of rail travel and take a journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express this Christmas. This stylish train oozes colonial style and comfort with rattan chairs, freshly pressed linen, antique brass fittings, air-conditioned compartments and delicious East meets West cuisine. On 23 December the train travels from Bangkok south past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Stop off to enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before finishing up in Singapore. The route is through rainforests and hillsides, past golden temples, rubber plantations, rice paddies, remote towns and sleepy villages. Sidebarcbc_468x220

A&K’s A&K’s 4-day ‘Classic Journey from Bangkok to Singapore’ journey priced from $2,860.

A Cape Christmas
Slightly further afield, but still only a flight away is South Africa. For a stunning blend of dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife, a vibrant gastronomic scene and an easy-going culture, the country has it all. Choose Christmas in beautiful Cape Town at the Cape Grace, which has one of the best positions on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or on safari where you’ll be a guest of Rattray’s on MalaMala, an elegant safari lodge where your bush suite is more of a home than a hotel room. On safari there you’ll experience some of the best game viewing on the planet.

A&K’s 8-day ‘Best of South Africa’ itinerary priced from $7,165.

Tastes of Vietnam
Famous for its light, fresh cuisine, Vietnam has a culinary heritage that displays both Chinese and French influences. Subtle flavours are the norm and many recipes can trace their ancestry back to the royal cooks. On this journey explore Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An, meet local chefs, tour traditional markets, learn some tips on cooking typical Vietnamese fare and enjoy delicious meals. Top-notch accommodation is a given, with Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, La Residence Hue and The Nam Hai all featured.

A&K’s 8-day ‘Tastes of Vietnam’ journey priced from $3,340.

Tropical Jungle getaway
Get away from it all at this exceptional tented camp on the Indonesian island of Moyo. Set on a beach in a secluded cove overlooking the Flores Sea, Amanwana is a wilderness hideaway with accommodation in luxury tents. A stay here is an experience of nature in tropical jungle surrounds with plenty of activity choices each day. Visit limestone waterfalls, take a speedboat ride or a short trek, dive on a reef wall or kayak in search of turtles. There are sunset cruises, a beautiful spa, unique wildlife and more.

A&K’s 6-day ‘Hideaway: Amanwana’ escape priced from US $4,380.

Christmas and New Year in Myanmar
Celebrate the festive season in style with an unforgettable cruise on Orcaella through magical Myanmar. Named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Ayeyarwady River, Orcaella is a traditional Irrawaddy Flotilla ship newly built by local craftsman in Yangon. Stylish, contemporary interiors reflect the local surroundings with traditional furniture and works of art by Burmese artists. There are 25 cabins and suites all featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with balconies opening onto the river. The cruise takes you along the foothills of the Himalayas on the Chindwin River engaging with remote communities and seeing little known places rarely visited.

A&K’s 12-Day Bhamo New Year Celebration Cruise commences 23 December 2013 with prices from $5,880.

Northern Thailand Escape
For a good dose of culture, great food and soft-adventure, head straight for northern Thailand. Explore Chiang Mai like a local – by rickshaw, bargain at the markets, take a cooking class and see some of the region’s most important monasteries. Then you’ll head to the Golden Triangle where a luxury-tented camp is your jungle home. Learn to guide an elephant or take a jungle trek.

A&K’s 7-day ‘The Golden Triangle’ journey priced from US$7,285.

Land of a million elephants
For a dose of spirituality head to northern Laos where the sleepy charm of Old Asia still endures. Explore the capital Vientiane and all its attractions before heading up to World Heritage listed Luang Prabang, the former royal capital, which has strong French influences. There are opportunities to meditate with monks, visit colourful markets, cruise the mighty Mekong River and enjoy exquisite hotels.

A&K’s 5-day ‘Jewel of the Mekong’ escape priced from $2,970.

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