Top banner: Clowning around at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa
Above: Slide fun at Rasa Sentosa
To experience a culture so vastly different to our own and untainted by tourism is not something that is easily achieved in our modern society. The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the few places in the world that still achieves this. High in the Himalayas, Bhutan holds a culture that is rich in tradition and religion and a landscape that will leave everything you see after leaving with a slight green tinge. The eight-day ‘Himalayan Explorer’ tour provides luxury accommodation in the Uma by COMO hotels in Paro and Punakha, and days full of walking tours, hikes, mountain biking and opportunities to see many of the Buddhist monasteries. The fortress monastery Punakha Dzong, built in the seventeenth-century, and the Taktsang Goemba, commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, one of the most important and amazing examples of Bhutanese architecture, are just a couple of the sights you will have the privilege of seeing. The activities that create this tour combine beautifully with a peaceful and charismatic culture, bound to be forever memorable.
The great outdoors offers so many different options for holidaying; however, the choice to safari in some of Botswana’s most beautiful and dramatic wilderness environments knocks quite a few others off the shortlist. The ‘Central Kalahari Mobile Safari’ is a five-day camping trip like no other, and is definitely hard to beat. With on foot and 4WD game viewing daily and in-depth instruction of the ecology and wildlife of the Central Kalahari, your highly qualified guides will have you looking at honey badgers, jackals, lions, cheetahs and wild dogs in no time at all, immersing you in the landscapes of Deception Valley, Passarge Valley and the surrounding dunes. Don’t be disheartened by the mobile 'camping' setup of the tour. Rest assured it comes complete with all the comforts of home such as real beds, ensuite bush bathrooms, down pillows and cotton sheets, with tents fully able to give you that much-needed good night's sleep.
Sometimes when you go on holiday, you just want to chill out and do things at your own pace. With this in mind, A&K’s eight-day ‘Hideway: Six Senses Laamu’ tour is just the thing for you. Combining a plethora of water sports including snorkelling, diving, wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and fishing with the option to explore Olhuveli Island and engage with the local community, this tour is sure to bolster all father-and-son relationships. With the choice of reef diving and channel diving you may even find yourself face-to-face with sharks, barracudas, stingrays and turtles. For those who want to treat it as a surfing trip, the best time to go is between April and October, with the famous Yin Yang break just off the outer reef of the island. If you’re travelling towards the end of September, you may also be lucky enough to witness the green sea turtle hatchlings as they make their way to the water’s edge.