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Bhutan: Tiger's Nest Monastery

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Summer Holiday Destinations Out Of The Ordinary

By Elegant Resorts Travel Experts

Posted: 14 June 2016

If you wish to reach new heights, taste exotic flavours, observe incredible wildlife, or simply fulfil a long-held dream, here are a few suggestions to cement your summer escape. So, embrace the scenery, breathe in the fresh air, capture the migratory action, through your camera lens, experience a new culture and create your perfect heady odyssey. With lengthy wish lists and overflowing bucket lists, we’ve sifted through our favourite high-season travel plans to expertly concoct an attractive cocktail of refreshing journeys, so you can savour an enticing luxury holiday; plus digest the memories long after the summer of ’16.


A Walk On The Wild Side

The southern hemisphere offers a winter solstice of opportunity – the cooler climes are particularly suited for wildlife adventures. With increased animal activity, lower bushveld and sensational seasonal migration taking place, Africa is a clear draw for animal lovers and keen photographers, alike. Visit Ulusaba, in South Africa's Sabi Sand for fantastic ‘Big Five’ game-viewing with the family, enjoy an authentic out-of-Africa experience throughout the endless plains of East Africa, or follow The Great Migration within Tanzania – you’re guaranteed a safari to remember and there’s always a dazzling beach in Zanzibar, such as The Residence Zanzibar, that can easily be combined for a little relaxation afterwards.


A Summer Challenge

Escape the stifling city heat, retreat to the clear mountain air, and push yourself to new levels. From the pretty alpine regions of Europe, to the more adventurous and remote foothills of the Himalayas, or spiritual paths of Bhutan, keen walkers can hike and trek their way to the pretty prayer flags and dizzying heights of Bhutan. Breathe in the warm spirit of the local people, try the national sport of archery, gaze at the passing monks in their maroon robes, step into the teetering temples and stare in awe at the incredible Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro Valley. Any journey to Bhutan is an emotive and everlasting one - the arrival flight alone is not for the faint hearted. Experience it in elegant style with Amankora's collection of five, dzong-inspired, lodges spread across the breathtaking central and western valleys.


Rainforest Reflection

For those less inclined to follow the sun, the appeal of lush and verdant Langkawi in Malaysia is a rainforest dream. Boasting hillsides cloaked in rich velvet-green and inviting emerald-green seas, the wildlife, scenery and warming humidity makes for a heavenly combination and certainly won’t dampen your spirits. Whether ensconced in the jungle retreat of The Datai or based down at the beach at Four Seasons Langkawi, visitors will be spoilt by the natural beauty of ancient forest, majestic trees and the stunning GeoPark. Take an eco trip to explore the less-travelled mangroves of the national park, dive deep into the magical marine reserve and simply embrace the occasional rain shower.


Re-charge Your Spirit

If a sequence of sun-filled days on the beach lacks in holiday appeal, then Bali in Indonesia promises to deliver a far richer travel experience. Perfect for travel during the British summer, visitors can retreat to the sensory sanctuary of Ubud and absorb a more lasting kind of spirit. Embrace a new perspective and enlighten both your body and mind with a luxury spa, yoga and meditation programme at the exciting new Mandapa, A Ritz-Carton Reserve. With a plethora of idyllic beach resorts, such as St. Regis Bali, to combine with your spiritual stay, Bali is an obvious place to take some time out to contemplate or inspire your own novel - à la 'Eat, Pray, Love’.


Chasing Culture

With vibrant and historic cities bursting with flavour, plus long, wide remote beaches to discover, Vietnam is a country perfect for exploring. A sensory experience to savour, even the climate changes within this lengthy land – from the capital city treasures of Hanoi in the north, along the fertile Mekong Delta, to the populous city of Ho Chi Minh in the south – there is a wealth of cultural attractions and scenic sights to excite every traveller. Serene spa resorts, such as those near Da Nang, are perfectly complemented by stylish beachfront resorts along the coast – allowing guests to combine visits to traditional fishing villages and bustling markets with tasting and cooking tantalising local cuisine. Stay in style with contemporary havens such as The Nam Hai, Fusion Maia and Banyan Tree Lang Co,or enjoy rustic chic and stay alongside giant granite boulders at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. For those prepared to journey a little further still, try Six Senses Con Dao for a tranquil island escape.


A Blissful Time In Bermuda

For a beach less-bathed by Brits, summer in Bermuda instantly sails to mind. A tropical outpost perfectly located for a mid-haul break or nautical adventure, Bermuda holds many new and historic attractions, alongside a bounty of colonial charm. An Atlantic gem with year-round sunshine, immaculate fairways and lavish resort hotels, the hook-shaped island holds oceans of appeal for families and honeymooners, alike. Shop in the picturesque capital city, Hamilton, stroll along its harbour, graced with shops, museums, galleries and gardens, or practice your golfing swing. Rosewood Tucker’s Point, in Hamilton, boasts a prime waterfront location with one of Bermuda’s largest beaches, whilst Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is an adults-only paradise perfect for indulgent time away – relax at their sumptuous spa, laze on the pristine beach, sip cocktails as the sun sets and share a little precious time together.


Summer In The City

City types, who may loathe to leave the big city attractions and café culture behind, can simply seek out an alternative city vibe and admire a change of skyline. The iconic New York scene is as magnetic as ever and its constant re-invention means that there is something new for every season. Devour the latest restaurant openings, embrace the eclectic cuisine and pour over an array of galleries and studios when staying in the very heart of the action. From the impressive park views at Mandarin Oriental, New York, to lofty style of the New York EDITION, the seemingly endless dining, shopping, parks, theatres and attentive service will leave visitors replete with experiences. New York is a city spectacle for every season and guests can forget any idea of a digital-detox.


The Allure Of Italy

Away from its popular city sites and glitzy coastline, Italy is blessed with picturesque scenery and rustic treats. Tuscany offers a treasure trove of scenic landscapes, a smorgasbord of country delicacies, a cellar of hearty wines and orchards full of rich fruit and quintessential olive groves. A plentiful region with much to discover, visitors can stay in historic farmhouses, laze by the pool, drink in the views or venture out through the winding country lanes to taste and savour their way around this abundant landscape. For those seeking more than a good Chianti, feel the history at Hotel Castello di Casole, visit the medieval hill town of San Gimignano, or perhaps take a day trip to see the splendour of Florence. Alternatively, guests can stay at Castel Monastero and join in the local festivals, such as The Palio in Siena – wherever you choose to stay in Tuscany, be prepared to embark on a culinary journey and discover a bountiful Italian hoard.


For more ideas on how you can escape for a holiday less ordinary this year, or to book your dream adventure, please call our experienced Travel Experts on 01244 897 505.

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