South America Adventure

South America Adventure

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has introduced its South America programme for 2017, featuring three new tours, new Enrich experiences, and a range of Freechoice activities. Starting off in Lima, the 19-day Peru Discovery tour will take in the beauty of the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, before visiting the country’s cultural capital Trujillo. The 16-day Peru Adventure & Galapagos Cruise will showcase the dynamic wildlife of the Galapagos National Park; while the 25-day South American Adventure with Rio Carnival will allow guests the chance to immerse in the world famous carnival in Brazil. The 2017 program also includes new Enrich experiences like visiting a family run paladar restaurant in Cuba, as well as various Freechoice activities, ranging from the Chinchero village tour in Cuzco, to the Nahuel Huapi Lake cruise in Argentina.

Discover Mallorca in New Ways

For those looking to discover the distinctive culture, cuisine and wildlife of Mallorca, Spain, the newly re-opened Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa has recently launched a series of tailored Unique Experiences. Thrill-seeking guests can hop on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and soak in the beauty of the Balearic Island on a trip through the Tramuntana Mountains. Those in search of a combined land and air adventure should look out for the heli-hiking experience, which involves a 20-minute helicopter ride, followed by a hike along one of Mallorca’s most beautiful coastal trails. Foodies can visit the nearby orange co-operative, where they can try their hand at marmalade-making; while active souls can take a private speedboat to the Cabrera National Park, where they can snorkel in the summer months.

Asia Exploration

Asian luxury cruise line Dream Cruises has unveiled the maiden itinerary for Genting Dream, designed for the China and Asia cruise markets. Departing from her homeport of Guangzhou in November, the cruise will offer a range of coastal China and Vietnam experiences, including a five-night cruise to explore Vietnam’s scenic Da Nang and Ha Long Bay, calling in at Sanya – the southernmost city on Hainan Island – on the return leg; and a five-night journey that offers the delights Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City. Passengers can also opt for a two-night weekend cruise to the dynamic city of Hong Kong. Boasting 35 restaurant and bar concepts and an ever-changing entertainment program, Genting Dream guarantees a one-of-a-kind experience for Asian travellers.

Borneo Discovery

Looking for the best way to explore Borneo? Experience Travel Group has created a series of exciting new tours that combine astounding wildlife with exotic beaches and cultural hot spots. Beach and Wildlife: The Classic is a 15-day itinerary that allows travellers to explore the exotic flora and fauna of Borneo, and get up close and personal with the orangutans in Kuching, Malaysia. Wildlife enthusiast should set off on the 16-day Borneo Adventure, during which they can venture into Mulu National Park, famed for its 11.5km Headhunters Trail, and scale Mount Kinabalu. Perfect for an extended holiday, the three-week Borneo Encompassed takes in the island’s finest natural wonders, including a night safari in Tabin National Park and a trek through the stunning jungles of the Danum Valley.

Farm to Table

Travellers staying at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain in Sichuan, China, can now learn more about the food they eat in the resort by visiting its Farmers’ Market. Held in the resort’s vast garden every Sunday, the market not only showcases the extensive variety of vegetables and herbs planted by the resort’s landscaping team, but also invites local farmers to join in and display their harvest. While this is a great opportunity for guests to get up close with the plethora of crops in the surrounding area, local farmers can also grasp the chance to promote and sell their fresh produce to visitors. Reinforcing its commitment to use fresh, organic and sustainable produce, the resort’s cooks are also on hand to share their knowledge of recycling and in-house composting.

A New Look at Amari Koh Samui

After a year-long refurbishment program, Amari Koh Samui in Thailand has reopened with freshly revamped guestrooms, public and outdoor areas and restaurants. Guests staying in one of 197 guest rooms across three wings are now able to experience bright and comfortable surroundings with warm, Thai-inspired design elements. A new Voyager Lounge offers guests a cool respite from the sun, while the newly introduced Amaya Food Gallery takes inspiration from the well-loved street markets of Asia and serves delicious food from its interactive open kitchen. Don’t forget to book a table at the renovated Prego, one of the most acclaimed Italian restaurants on the island.

Florida Sun

Holidaymakers looking for a beachfront escape in Florida should not go past the new Opal Sands Resort by Ocean Properties, perched on Clearwater Beach. Created by Design Duncan Miller Ullmann, all 230 guest rooms and suites feature chic décor with stylised wood accents, and offer spectacular oceanfront views, private balconies, and modern amenities. The resort’s outdoor pool and sun deck are perfect for kicking back with a handcrafted cocktail while the state-of-the-art fitness centre and luxury spa offer guests the ultimate relaxation. Make sure to tease your taste buds at Sea-Guini, which offers a tropical twist on seafood-centric Italian dining and unprecedented views of the Gulf of Mexico sunsets, before savouring signature cocktails, as well as dozens of classic libations, at the spacious, outdoor Sand Bar.

Beachfront Oasis

Travellers bound for Pattaya, Thailand, this summer should check out the recently-opened Veranda Resort Pattaya, MGallery by Sofitel. Fronting Na Jomtien Beach, famed for its natural beauty and fishing heritage, this charming retreat combines stylish modern designs with a sense of the seafaring life. The luxurious resort features 145 rooms and suites, ranging from the Seascape King and Seascape Double Queen to Family Pool Suite and Sky Pool Villa. Gastronomic delights await at The Dining Room, which dishes up Thai and international cuisines; while the rooftop I Sea Sky restaurant and bar, with its magnificent ocean views, is perfect for relaxing over a creative cocktail. Leave time to indulge at the Veranda Spa, which provides traditional therapies and signature treatments that guarantee to rejuvenate and refresh both body and mind.

Luxurious Seclusion

Those seeking to experience contemporary luxury whilst engaging with the magnificent underwater medley of the Maldives should check out the newly re-imagined Over Water Suites at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, only a 35-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. Recreated by boutique interior design firm The Beaumont Partnership, each 132sqm Over Water Suite is decked out with natural rattan decorative panels, Italian ceramic tiling, and custom outdoor lanterns. In addition to structural remodelling for more natural light and a greater sense of space, other highlights of all 40 suites include outdoor sun terraces with sun loungers, sun umbrella daybeds and al fresco dining tables. A ladder from each deck also offers guests direct access to the crystal waters of the lagoon and the colourful reef marine life that surrounds.

Stylish Dig

The opening of the new Ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson has enlivened the MacPherson district with 298 vibrantly decorated guest rooms and a distinctive façade which showcases the hotel’s elevated pool garden, evoking a tropical resort vibe at the design-led hotel. Ranging from 18sqm to 20sqm in size, each colourful room features custom-built furniture and fittings and plush bedding in bright pops of crimson, orange and canary that engage the senses. Wreathed by a tropical haven of palm trees, the pool garden on level four offers guests a relaxing retreat where they can take a dip in the hotel’s 25m swimming pool and enjoy breakfast at the poolside chill out area. Fitness lovers can also refresh themselves with a workout session at the well-equipped gym before heading out for a city adventure.

Whale Watching

Join Captain Cook Cruises this whale watching season from May 21 to November 1 for an unforgettable whale and cruise experience off the heads of Sydney Harbour. The whale watching cruises onboard oceangoing catamaran Maggie Cat, which can accommodate up to 120 passengers, offers spectacular open-air viewing and live commentary from a knowledgeable team. Each cruise is priced at AU$49 (US$38) per person and operates daily from Circular Quay Wharf 6. Well-suited to wildlife enthusiasts, a Taronga Zoo and Whale Watching Cruise Combo will also be available at AU$99 (US$76) for an adult and AU$55 (US$42) for a child.

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