Vibrant Voyages: The Great Barrier Reef
Posted: 22 March 2016
As India celebrates Holi, the festival of colours, our expert Travel Consultants have offered their insight into the world’s most mesmerising destinations, that are as colourful as they are luxurious.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and home to the planet’s most vibrant array of marine life. A dive in this underwater paradise is an unforgettable experience – imagine swimming in the most High Definition cartoon you’ve ever seen! The entire colour spectrum is waiting to be uncovered off the coast of beautiful Queensland. Scuba-diving in nature’s largest coral reef is a thrilling and truly exhilarating experience; with Elegant Resorts you can enjoy the greatness of The Great Barrier Reef in definitive luxury. Whilst nature itself provides the impeccable, must-be-seen-to-be-believed wonders under the water, our featured hotels are man-made marvels in all their glory. Waking up with views of Whitsundays and ending a day of aqua adventures on the softest cotton is the finest way to experience the multicolour magnificence of Australia’s awe-inspiring aquatic asset. Remember to pack an underwater camera and off you go!
Shades of Paradise
Lush landscapes and beguiling blue hues are the spectacular signature of the Seychelles. An alluring archipelago nestled off the coast of East Africa; the Seychelles occupies an enviable position in the knowing traveller’s heart as the destination where romance, luxury and nature combine to create a dreamlike setting steeped in soul-soothing shades of vibrant greens and brilliant blues, not forgetting those ubiquitous unblemished white sands of course! You’d be forgiven for wanting to spend each minute of your Seychelles stay taking in the golden sunshine and savouring the iconic Indian Ocean sunsets, but these incredible islands are home to plenty of invigorating activities including golf, diving and a wealth of world-class watersports. Families will fall for the Seychelles endless array of family-friendly activities. Equally, the Seychelles is renowned for romance and our featured hotels offer some of the world’s most superior spas and celebrated honeymoon resorts. The Seychelles is sure to seduce you with her colourful beauty; this is as close to heaven as you could hope to find on earth.
Vivid and Vibrant
Crystal-clear waters and colourful Creole culture make the Caribbean one of the world’s most popular and appealing destinations. It is perhaps one of the only places on Earth where the locals personalities are as colourful as the lush flora of the landscape and the signature rum cocktails! Everything, from the music to the flavours of the food, make the Caribbean a charming setting for any luxury beach holiday. Add to the mix some of the world’s finest golf greens, tranquil turquoise waters and best beaches and it isn’t hard to understand why the Caribbean has travellers returning year after year. Each island has its own colourful character and with Elegant Resorts you’re sure to experience the many layers of luxury located within the archipelago’s animated culture. Whether you’re seeking sumptuous spas, superb sporting facilities or the stylish simplicity of a private beach, the Caribbean has it all – in every shade imaginable!
When considering the planet’s colour palette, India is an obvious inclusion. Shimmering sarees and the boldness of Bollywood make India an intricate and illusive destination. The traditional sophistication of the Empire is still eminent across the subcontinent and the heady allure of modern India is present in the intoxicating unfurling of jasmine pearls as you take high tea in one of our featured hotel’s fabulous lounges or around the glittering mosaics of rooftop pools, where the afternoon sun can be enjoyed in style. India has a true technicolour culture on the surface and a soulful charm at its core. Flavoursome food prepared with care and spice, world-class service and decadent architecture add to India’s inspiring appeal. Enjoy animal encounters deep in the Indian jungle or tours of the iconic Taj Mahal; a true bucket-list destination, India must be seen to be believed and even then some of the colours of its culture may seem too resplendent for reality.
Glittering Glamour and Sparkling Jewels
The opulence of the Middle East is world renowned and travellers cross the globe to get to know the sumptuous splendour of this region’s finest destinations. Luxury holidays to the Middle East are an Elegant Resorts speciality and, as an industry expert in this region, we can offer our clients the opportunity to experience the mesmerising magnetism of the Middle East as never before. From the decadence of Dubai to the opulence of Oman, the enriching vibrancy and lavish culture of the Middle East is a must for any traveller seeking unrivalled luxury and indulgent extravagance. A captivating culture grounded in rich appreciation for splendour and beauty, the Middle East is also a stunning setting for a luxurious family holiday or invigorating sightseeing stay. Whilst Dubai is the definitive do-it-all destination, there is far more to the Arabian Gulf than meets the eye. Tick the cultural boxes by exploring ancient ruins or descending on the desert for an exhilarating adventure. However you choose to spend your time in the Middle East, you definitely won’t be disappointed!
Latin Flare Full of Flavour
The carnival colours of Rio de Janeiro are world renowned, but South America is a real blend of colour, culture and charisma. With such diverse destinations within one continent, the best way to uncover South America’s many assets is by choosing twin or multi-city stops throughout your stay. Whilst the dense greens and colourful inhabitants of the Amazon may fascinate some, Argentina’s Iguazú Falls is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon guaranteed to inspire even the most ardent city dweller. Equally, there is a vibrant culture to be uncovered throughout South America’s many cities and towns, including lively Lima in Peru and bustling Buenos Aires in Argentina. Wildlife watchers will be entertained by the animated inhabitants of The Galapagos Islands whilst the friendly, outgoing attitude of the natives is sure to win some hearts. Immerse yourself in lavish Latin culture and enjoy endless arrays of soul-food, live music and dancing long into the night.
The Rainbow Nation
Is it possible to explain South Africa’s appeal to someone yet to experience it first hand? It’s difficult but we’ll try. A truly mesmerising mix of uninhabited wilderness, captivating wildlife and stunning scenery combine to make South Africa one of the world’s most elusive and individual destinations. Explore contemporary city life in Cape Town or enjoy a superior safari experience at any of our luxurious lodges and celebrated game reserves. Insiders know that one of the best ways to see South Africa is by taking to the definitively driveable roads, and follow The Garden Route or navigate the Northern Province to discover the finest luxurious accommodation and jaw-dropping landscapes. South Africa’s varied terrains and awe-inspiring assortment of diverse scenery are absolutely captivating and it is no mystery that travellers return to this incredible country time after time. Get closer to nature and feed your soul in South Africa.
The Green Green Grass of Home
When it comes to colourful countryside and artistic landscapes, you don’t have to venture to the ends of the Earth. In the everyday haze of city and working life, it is easy to forget that our home nation has acre upon acre of gorgeous green countryside and unpolluted air awaiting your discovery. In Scotland, the Highlands are a definite high-note of time spent appreciating our country’s natural splendour. Golf-lovers will already be familiar with The Gleneagles Hotel’s glittering pedigree as one of the world’s finest golf resorts but there is far more to this premier Perthshire gem than challenging holes and gratifying greens. Enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine and ESPA spa treatments in luxurious surroundings and admire mile-after-mile of unspoilt countryside from your stylish and spacious suite. Described as the ‘Riviera in the Highlands’ you’d be forgiven for deciding that a flight is far too much fuss, but when there is all this goodness to behold within our own idyllic islands it would be a shame to miss it.
To discuss any of our colourful countries or to enquire about one of our fabulous featured hotels please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897542