A&K has been a pioneer in the world of luxury travel for over half a century, specialising in destinations and itineraries that are extraordinary.
A visitor to every continent on earth, Abercrombie & Kent’s Managing Director Sujata Raman names her bucket list of ‘Top 10’ unforgettable travel experiences.
One of life’s most humbling experiences is an audience with the incredible mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the southwest of the country, it is home to half the world’s remaining population of critically endangered mountain gorillas. The trek through jungle terrain is demanding but once a family is detected in the undergrowth a magical hour is spent observing the primates as they interact with each other, play and forage.
Trekking in the Yol Valley, South Gobi
In the foothills of Mongolia’s Altai Mountain, the dramatic Yol Valley ravine has year around ice and snow and is an incredible wilderness experience. The indigenous vulture-like Lammergeier nests here and the sight of them soaring high above the ravine is extraordinary while on the ground ibex, yaks and Argali mountain sheep can be seen.
Exploring the South Pole
On many a bucket list, the seventh continent is the last truly wild place on earth. Cloaked in glacial ice with jagged mountain peaks, vast open skies, enormous icebergs, it is also home to a remarkable abundance of life – on land and beneath the sea. Best explored on board expeditionary cruise ships, MV Le Lyrial and MV Le Boreal, there are frequent Zodiac excursions ashore to explore vast penguin colonies and wildlife habitats, float past icebergs, explore the southernmost city in the world and visit scientific research stations. Educational and informative briefings are conducted with the expert lecturer team plus whale sightings, bird watching and on board camaraderie.
Sunset over the Bagan temples
Scattered across a vast dusty plain near the Ayeyarwady River in the centre of Myanmar is one of the world’s most sacred sites. The temple plain of Bagan is littered with scores of exotic Buddhist temples, some dating as far back as the 2nd century BC. More than 13,000 temples, pagodas and other religious structures were built and today over 2,000 still remain. Climb to the top of Pyathadar Temple and watch the sun going down and the entire plain bathed in rich golden hues.
Quiet and peaceful, Kerala is nothing short of dreamy. Palm trees sway in the breeze and rice barges ply the network of canals and lagoons which make up the backwaters. The best way to explore is on a traditional crewed houseboat where the attentive crew look after every need. Spend the day gently cruising, watching fishermen with their daily catch, brightly painted houses, children swimming and women washing at the water’s edge. Meals are a highlight as the on board chef dishes up typical Keralan cuisine.
The rose red city by day or night
The most famous archaeological site in the Jordan, Petra has to be seen to be believed. It was recently listed amongst the New Seven Wonders of the World, and with good reason. The “rose-red city half as old as time” is said to have been established as early as 312 BC by the Nabataeans who controlled the trade routes which passed through the region. It remained unknown to the Western world until 1812. Breath-taking throughout the day, it is also magical at night when the Treasury is lit up by thousands of candles.
Lizard Island picnic
With an idyllic location right on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s most exclusive island resort has re-opened after a sensitive renovation by leading Melbourne designers. Set in 1,000 hectares of national park and surrounded by miles and miles of clear blue sea and spectacular coral reef, there’s no shortage of things to do. But it’s hard to go past a private picnic on one of the island’s 24 powdery beaches. You’ll be transported by dinghy to the beach of your choice, umbrellas and sun loungers on board and a hamper stocked with tasty morsels and refreshments for a blissful day in paradise.
Silence and solitude in the Sahara
For stark landscapes and a taste of Bedouin luxe, A&K’s desert camp in Morocco’s Sahara Desert is the ultimate ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ experience. Set up exclusively in the Erg Chebbi dunes near Erfoud, nights are spent under canvas in traditional Caidale tents decorated with warm earthy colours and thoughtful luxe touches. Ride a camel into the dunes for Sundowners and dine by candle light beside a crackling campfire before turning in for the night. All of this comes complete with staff at the ready to look after your every need.
Trekking in Patagonia
Remote and remarkable, the Patagonian steppe straddles the Andes in both Chile and Argentina. It boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet from jagged ridges and snow-capped mountain peaks to expansive grasslands, deep-water lakes and fast flowing rivers. It is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts with no end of hiking possibilities to suit every level of fitness.
Bird’s eye view of Red Square
There’s no better place to toast Moscow’s Red Square than from 02 Lounge. On the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton Moscow, the outdoor terrace is one of Moscow’s hottest haunts with breathtaking views over Red Square and the Kremlin. The city’s fashionistas and style gurus congregate to eat sushi freshly flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market and sip sophisticated house mixed cocktails. Head there around sunset as the lights come on over St. Basil’s and the Kremlin buildings.