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Elegant Resorts 2010 Africa & The Middle East Brochure Elegant Resorts 2010 Africa & The Middle East Brochure Document Transcript

  • Africa & The Middle East 2010
  • Celebrating over 21 years of leadership in luxury travel LUXURY SKI RESERVATIONS 01244 897 333 3
  • THE OLD PALACE CHESTER CH1 1RB UNITED KINGDOM | TEL 01244 897 100 | ENQUIRIES@ELEGANTRESORTS.CO.UK | WWW.ELEGANTRESORTS.CO.UK Dear Luxury Traveller By opening this brochure, you have taken the first step to giving yourself the luxury holiday you deserve. I would urge you to take one further step and allow us to bring these pages to life by speaking to one of our luxury specialists. We share your passion for travel and there is nothing we enjoy more than hearing your plans and helping you fulfil them. It would be our pleasure to prepare a personalised itinerary and quotation on any property for you and if you can’t see what you’re looking for then please just ask and we will source it. We specialise in bespoke luxury travel. The Middle East has always been special and it’s very exciting to see how much it has changed. My advice is to speak to one of our Travel Consultants who has recently been out there, as the changes are amazing and each of the countries have their own character. Africa has always been a popular destination and we’ve extended our range of holidays to best reflect this. We’ve added the beaches of Zanzibar and The Funzi Keys, Kenya, as well as a host of safari experiences across southern Africa. Thank you for looking through this brochure, we appreciate your time is precious and how important your ‘down time’ is in this busy world. Getting your holiday right is a responsibility we take very seriously. We are proud to be the leaders in luxury travel and we only maintain this position by being attentive to your individual needs. Enjoy choosing your next holiday, we look forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully Nathan Philpot Managing Director of Elegant Resorts ELEGANT RESORTS LTD REGISTERED IN UK 2100913 | ATOL PROTECTED 2885 | IATA | ABTA V1712 4
  • Serra Cafema, Namibia. Image courtesy of Wilderness Safaris – Dana Allen 5
  • Contents Welcome Elegant Lifestyles Elegant Travel: Air Booking Conditions Virgin Galactic pages 4-5 page 10 pages 12-13 pages 134-135 page 138 World of Elegant Resorts Elegant Concierge Essential Information Booking Form pages 8-9 page 11 pages 132-133 page 137 Africa & The Middle East Dubai Qatar NEW Morocco & Tunisia Botswana, Namibia & pages 16-37 pages 48-49 pages 60-69 Zambia pages 116-123 Abu Dhabi Bahrain Egypt pages 38-39 pages 50-51 pages 70-83 Mozambique, Tanzania , Zanzibar, Oman Jordan NEW South Africa The Funzi Keys, Kenya NEW pages 40-47 pages 52-57 pages 86-115 pages 124-131 6 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • The World of Elegant Resorts We’ve been dealing exclusively with luxury holidays all over the world since 1988 and our brochures feature a personally selected range of the very finest hotels, hideaways and resorts from all corners of the world… Africa & The Middle East – Featuring Jordan, Zanzibar, Tanzania and The Funzi Keys, Kenya North Africa has always ranked high on the list of exotic winter destinations, while any of the states in the Middle East are great to visit at any time of the year, offering beach, urban and event themed entertainment to suit all the family. Brand new to the portfolio is Jordan, with its archaeological wonders, fantastic diving opportunities and cosmopolitan capital, it’s a definite must-see. If you’re in search of adventure, our African portfolio now includes exotic beach locations in Zanzibar and The Funzi Keys, Kenya as well as offering a host of safari experiences in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania – we’ve showcased highlights of these areas to help you get the most out of your safari. For more information, enquiries and bookings, please call: 01244 897 111 Asia & Australasia – Featuring Laos, Fiji and French Polynesia Captivating, with a way of life unique to this part of the globe, the Far East is legendary for its hospitality and we’re delighted to be featuring Laos this year and charming Luang Prabang, a city dominated by gilded temples. We’re also featuring Fiji and French Polynesia – both present an unbeatable combination of tropical beauty, welcoming people and island-hopping possibilities. It goes without saying that both Australia and New Zealand are countries worth spending a little longer in – we’ve included some of our own ideas on where to go and what to see but you may have your own, in which case please call our Travel Consultants who’ll be happy to create a bespoke itinerary for you. To request a brochure, please call: 01244 897 555 Europe – Featuring Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro Sometimes the best things in life are closer than we think. Just a few short hours away from home, Europe’s holiday resorts move into the spotlight during the long summer months. Glamorous capital cities and places such as Marbella, Sardinia, Crete and Cannes become the world’s playgrounds, their luxury hotels attracting the beautiful people; their quaint harbours crammed with designer yachts and trendy restaurants strictly reservations only. Brand new to our portfolio this year are Croatia and Montenegro – both have been attracting an eclectic mixture of visitors to their golden shores for centuries, while the friendly European atmosphere and beach resorts of Turkey make it a popular destination choice. To request a brochure, please call: 01244 897 777 Caribbean, The Americas & Villas – Featuring Latin America and Canada With its sensual tropical scenery and endless white sand beaches the Caribbean has always been special for us. Whether you’re travelling with your partner, family or a group of friends there’s something for everyone – romantic secluded hideaways, glamorous international resorts and privately owned villas. We’ve added new destinations to our North American programme and are delighted to introduce Latin America and Canada, appearing for the very first time – we’ve also showcased some exciting ideas to start you on your voyage of discovery, but we’d be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary to suit you – please call our Travel Consultants to discuss your requirements. To request a brochure, please call: 01244 897 999 India & The Indian Ocean – Featuring Sri Lanka, Zanzibar, Tanzania and The Funzi Keys, Kenya The Indian Ocean islands – boasting year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and a choice of world-class hotels – have been attracting couples and families since we introduced them to our portfolio. This year we’re delighted to be featuring Sri Lanka and we’ve showcased some of the country’s highlights to help you make the most of your holiday here. Meanwhile, fantastic diving opportunities, palm- fringed beaches and island hideaways can be found in Zanzibar, Tanzania and The Funzi Keys, Kenya. In contrast, India is such a land of diversity that you can visit it again and again and again. We’ve presented you with some exciting ideas – but, as always, we’re happy to create your own bespoke itinerary, simply call our Travel Consultants. To request a brochure, please call: 01244 897 888 Our Website – www.elegantresorts.co.uk Our site is now more informative, detailed and easy to use with new lifestyle features enabling you to find the right type of holiday – whether it is Golf, Spa, Family, Honeymoon, Sailing or Space travel! Your type of lifestyle can be filtered with your choice of continent or country and the site will also prompt you with other suggested properties that may be relevant to your search. A ‘Quick Quote’ facility allows anyone who doesn’t have the time to spend online to quickly brief our Travel Consultants who will do the research for you. Do register your details on our website as it’s another great way to keep up-to-date with our latest offers and promotions. 8 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • Elegant Lifestyles We’re delighted you’ve chosen our Africa & The Middle East brochure, now allow us to help you select the type of holiday you want. Weddings and Honeymoons Couples wishing to get married or spend their honeymoon in Africa or the Middle East have a range of fantastic destinations to choose from. Weddings can be arranged in South Africa, after which you’ve got the option of a safari and beach combination honeymoon, while the Middle East offers a host of cosmopolitan states with vivid backdrops and sandy beaches. Places such as One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai offer couples the opportunity to renew their vows or participate in a simple wedding blessing in the sea-facing Half Moon Terrace at the Palace, or the Arabian Gazebo and Oval Garden at the Arabian Court. Please call our Travel Consultants who would be delighted to advise you on locations, service details and pre/post arrangements. Spa Nothing enhances the relaxation of a great holiday like some first-class pampering. If you’re looking for pure indulgence and relaxation, you’ll find a great selection of spas in this brochure featuring everything from the fabulous destination and resort spas in the Middle East to the rather more unconventional bush spas or treatments offered by the safari lodges in our Africa portfolio. Within the brochure we’ve highlighted the properties that feature a full spa and our Travel Consultants would be delighted to help you select a resort and pre-book any treatments. Families At Elegant Resorts we understand that those of you travelling with children might need a little extra help to ensure your holidays are ‘effortlessly stylish’. Throughout the Middle East and Africa, children are wonderfully provided for and with this in mind, you’ll find that we’ve highlighted those of our featured properties that include excellent children’s clubs as part of their facilities. Our Travel Consultants will be happy to assist with pre-booking arrangements such as babysitters or nannies, highchairs and cots, and will even advise which airlines are the most child-friendly. Experiences Destinations such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania are perfect for the more adventurous traveller and our Travel Consultants would be happy to create a bespoke itinerary, offering recommendations and suggestions, to ensure you get the most out of your holiday experience – whether that’s organising a hot-air balloon safari with Champagne breakfast or booking you a spa treatment in the middle of the bush. Villas If you’re looking for a holiday that combines a unique setting and first-class facilities with total freedom and complete privacy, then a luxury villa is the perfect solution. We’ve a hand-picked selection of privately owned villas in the Caribbean and Europe; some small and intimate, others larger houses ideal for groups with plenty of distractions to occupy guests of all ages. At all of the villas you’ll enjoy stunning surroundings as well as the service of your own staff – a butler, housekeeper and a gardener; perhaps even your own chef – all helping to make your holiday experience an unforgettable one. Our full Villa portfolio can be viewed online at www.elegantresorts.co.uk 10 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • Elegant Concierge Once you’ve booked your holiday, our Concierge Team is on-hand to ensure that every aspect is perfect... We offer a unique and exclusive service to arrange all the extra finishing and special touches you require. No request is too small or too difficult, too mundane or unusual. Whatever you desire for your time away, to make your journey easier Elegant Concierge will make it happen; whether it’s booking a spa treatment, theatre tickets, or a reservation at one of the finest restaurants; help with organising a special occasion or something a little unusual, once we know your personal requirements we’ll do the rest, producing a holiday that’s highly stylish and seamlessly bespoke. Just some of the extras that can be arranged and benefits you can expect from your Elegant Concierge: • Sporting Events and Tickets • Access to Festivals and Local Events • Gifts and Special Extras • Individual Accommodation and Airline Requirements • Restaurant Reservations • Spa Treatments • Children’s Clubs, Babysitting and Nanny Services • Special Occasion Planning • Valet and Chauffeur Services • Pre-delivery of Luggage Courtesy of First Luggage • Special Experiences, Celebrations and Private Excursions • Your Holiday Currency Delivered Straight to Your Door Our commitment to the highest standards doesn’t stop with the planning of your holiday: We provide a 24-hour emergency service to resolve any problem while you are away and have our own offices in Barbados, Dubai and Mauritius. From beginning to end, at Elegant Resorts we do all we can to ensure that you have an effortlessly stylish holiday. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 11
  • Elegant Travel: Air On the ground and in the air, British Airways sets itself the highest standards in everything it does. So whichever cabin you choose, you can be sure your holiday will get off to a flying start. 1 1 First 2 First First 3 Club World 4 World Traveller Plus • First delivers exceptional comfort and refined surroundings, combined with the finest 5 The Concorde Room at T5 quality of service, to create a flying experience that is unmistakably First • Enjoy fine dining in the First lounge* giving you maximum sleep time on-board** World Traveller Plus • Your suite on-board is your sanctuary in the sky, a discreetly serviced and smartly • World Traveller Plus is a separate, smaller cabin with a maximum of six rows equipped haven of calm where your wellbeing is catered for providing you with a more relaxing and peaceful journey • Choose from a renowned à la carte menu and your meal will be prepared to order • Enjoy an additional 20% more personal space than World Traveller • In-flight entertainment offers the best ‘new release’ movies and a superb movie library • Stretch out with an additional 7" more legroom and benefit from the added recline, One-way upgrades start from £1240 p.p. adjustable headrest, lumbar support, footrest and legrest • Complimentary food and drinks are available throughout the flight as well as a *Available at selected airports. **Available on all flights leaving London Heathrow after 8pm and on selected overnight flights. three-course meal with an entrée designed by a leading chef One-way upgrades start from £105 p.p. Club World • Before your flight, enjoy the dedicated Departure lounges and British Airways Club Europe Elemis Travel Spa* • Choose from a number of check-in options including Online Check-in and • The new Club World seat is bigger, wider and more comfortable than ever to Self-service Check-in kiosks guarantee complete comfort in any position • Benefit from exclusive Fast Track security at London Heathrow • The very best in local and International cuisine is served, along with a dedicated • Enjoy access to the British Airways Lounge at UK and European airports with wine cellar. You may also help yourself to tasty treats from the Club Kitchen complimentary drinks and snacks One-way upgrades start from £375 p.p. • Sit back and relax in your comfortable leather seat with additional legroom • Benefit from complimentary catering with a choice of hot meals and snacks *Available at selected airports. One-way upgrades start from £285 p.p. Euro Traveller • There is a choice of check-in options including online and self service • A complimentary drinks service is offered throughout your flight • Enjoy the convenience of flying to centrally located airports Online Check-in and Check-in kiosks • Start your journey by checking in online from 24 hours before your flight departs 2 3 and minimise the queues at the airport • On selected routes you can pre-select your seat and print your boarding pass • If you don’t have online access you can still save time by using a Check-in kiosk* at the airport, giving you the same seating and boarding pass options as Online Check-in • On selected routes you can maximise free time by leaving your baggage at a Bag Drop** allowing you to shop, dine or relax before boarding your flight • Check in from 24 hours up to one hour before departure. For flights from the US, Online Check-in closes 2 hours before departure 4 5 *Available on selected routes. **Available at selected airports. In Addition... At certain times of the year our Partners in Air are able to offer excellent upgrade The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL opportunities and reduced rates which can be viewed on our website Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2885. www.elegantresorts.co.uk Our Travel Consultants will also discuss these with you at the time of booking. 12 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • Here, we highlight just a few of the benefits of travelling premium class with Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Etihad Airways. For further information, please call 01244 897 111. Virgin Atlantic Etihad Airways Upper Class benefits include... Diamond First Class* benefits include... • Relax before your flight in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, offering massages, haircuts, • Exclusive chauffeur-drive service at both ends of your journey food and drink and full business facilities* • 82" long private suite with a 80.5" fully-flat bed, with bed width of 29.75". Each suite • Upper Class Suites are one of the longest fully-flat beds in business class. The 22" with Arabic styled sliding privacy doors (56cm) wide seat comes with full lumbar support and its own ottoman, which • 23" personal TV/video screen, with in-flight entertainment system that allows doubles as a seat for a guest customers to pause, stop, fast-forward or rewind up to 600 hours of films, TV and • Enjoy a drink at the on-board bar** radio programmes, and play games • Dine at 35,000ft with the Freedom menu service that lets you eat what you want, • Personal mini-bar when you want, from a full meal to a snack • In-seat massager, lumbar support and adjustable headrest • Play with your personal widescreen TV with hours of award-winning entertainment • In-seat sockets for PC, iPod connector, USB and Ethernet port, and audio jack One-way upgrades start from £595 p.p. One-way upgrades start from £1335 p.p. *Clubhouse facilities may vary at each destination. **Available on most flights. *Diamond First Class will roll out across the fleet from September 2009. Premium Economy benefits include... Pearl Business Class benefits include... • Dedicated Premium Economy Check-in, priority boarding and disembarkation • Exclusive chauffeur-drive service at both ends of your journey • Increased seat width of 21" (equivalent to other airlines’ Business Class)*, up to 38" • A Pearl Business Class seat with 88" pitch and direct access to the aisle which of leg room and an additional 2º of recline reclines 180º into a fully-flat, comfortable, 6ft 1" Business Bed • Personal seat-back TV offering award-winning entertainment • 15" personal LCD screens with over 600 hours of audio-video on-demand, a • In-seat laptop power on selected flights wide range of interactive games and a Plug-and-Play feature which allows you to • Pre-flight drink, complimentary newspaper and free drinks view your own videos • A choice of three tempting meals, with the main meal served on china dinnerware One-way upgrades start from £750 p.p. • An after dinner liqueur and a selection of fruit from the bowl One-way upgrades start from just £155 p.p. *Available on all London Heathrow aircraft. Emirates Business Class benefits include... • Exclusive lounge access at selected airports • Complimentary Chauffeur-drive service to/from UK airports** • Priority check-in and baggage handling • Sleeperette seats or lie-flat beds* with up to 62" pitch, electronic footrest Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and lumbar support • Multi-course gourmet meals with bone china and linen napkins • Selection of award-winning wines • Personal 15" digital TV screen One-way upgrades start from £1035 p.p. In addition to the Business Class features, First Class benefits include... • Up to 87" seat pitch • Lie-flat beds or private suites with doors to provide total privacy • ‘Dine on Demand’ room service meals* • In-seat mini-bar* • Personal 19" digital TV screen* One-way upgrades start from £1345 p.p. *Selected aircraft. **Mileage restrictions apply. (Boeing 777) Emirates AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 13
  • The Middle East Dubai Qatar NEW Abu Dhabi Bahrain Oman Jordan NEW Middle East Combinations Collectively, our featured destinations in the Middle East enjoy beautiful beaches and excellent weather year-round, but individually they’re quite different to each other; Dubai’s amazing 21st century achievements, Oman’s dramatic landscapes and Abu Dhabi’s striking Islamic architecture. Dubai and Abu Dhabi make an excellent journey break when travelling to or from Australia, while combinations of Dubai with India, Cairo and the Indian Ocean islands are extremely popular. You might even consider treating yourself to a shopping extravaganza, visiting both Dubai and Singapore… We’d be happy to create a personal itinerary that’s as simple or as detailed as you require, simply call 01244 897 111 and speak to one of our Travel Consultants.
  • Dubai Dubai’s year-round sunshine, miles of sandy beaches and world- class facilities provide the perfect ingredients for an exotic and exciting experience. It’s certainly a forward-thinking holiday destination with plenty of projects designed to ‘wow’ you, such as the world’s tallest building, The Burj Dubai, and a lavish, underwater hotel. A long list of attractions include: golf, the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and the Wild Wadi Water Park – a favourite among families and water-lovers alike. Combine this with the added attraction of a unique Arabian experience that includes desert safaris, dune driving, camel riding, trips to Bedouin villages, tours of mosques and palaces and you’ve one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The Palm Deira Dubai City Persian Gulf Dubai International Airport Atlantis, The Palm The Palm Jumeirah • • Desert Palm • • Armani Hotel Dubai One&Only Royal Mirage • •• Burj Al Arab Madinat Jumeirah The Palace – The Old Town The Address Downtown Burj Dubai The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai • The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Al Maha Desert International Airport Resort & Spa United Arab Emirates Climate Guide: Dubai Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temp °C 23 24 27 30 34 36 38 39 37 33 31 26 Rain mm 23 23 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 36 16
  • Images courtesy of Madinat Jumeirah and bottom right image courtesy of Arabian Adventures Travel Facts GMT: + 4 hours. Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 6 hours 40 minutes. Flight Information: Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow; British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow; Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi) from Heathrow and Manchester. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £805 (British Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Temperatures in Dubai are high throughout the year, although for visitors, Dubai is at its most appealing between September and April. Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Dubai for one month from 11 August-9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Elegant Concierge Pricing: All prices shown include flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be If you want to get out and about, why not consider some of these options from our Concierge Team... advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. Breakfast with the thoroughbreds at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Fly around ‘the world’ in 30 minutes on a seaplane spectacular. Visit the Grand Canyon of the UAE with its dramatic canyons, deep gorges and rocky valleys. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 17
  • One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Stunning Arabian architecture combines with superb hospitality at the One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai to create a true oasis and one of the most impressive resorts in the city. Home to intricate arches, domes and towers, the resort is nestled between the desert and the coast and covers sixty acres of lush lawns, secluded courtyards and magnificent gardens. Guests can choose from three immaculate properties: The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa – all share a range of excellent facilities and impeccable service, but boast very individual characters. 18
  • Together, the properties offer eight restaurants, each with a carefully-created menu to tempt the palate of even the most dedicated gourmands. Casual dining is available all day at The Palace’s Olives, while Tagine provides authentic Moroccan delicacies and Celebrities has a Middle-Eastern-inspired, International menu during the evening. There’s also the Beach Bar and Grill at The Palace for the freshest catch of the day, mouthwatering steaks, or tempting salads – all with views of Palm Island. Arabian Court is home to the European-influenced Rotisserie which boasts a renowned show kitchen, as well as the Indo-European Nina, and the beach-based modern-Asian-inspired Eauzone, complete with wooden decks and floating majlis to ensure an intimate atmosphere. Guests at the Residence & Spa are treated to private dining courtesy of the exclusive Dining Room and an outdoor atrium terrace. Elegant Facts • Health and Beauty Institute with Givenchy Spa, fitness centre, Oriental Hammam and hair salon • KidsOnly club for 4 to 11-year-olds • Numerous swimming pools • 1km of coastline with watersports such as sailing, kayaking and water-skiing • 3 floodlit tennis courts, putting greens, pétanque, volleyball and basketball • Emirates Golf Club nearby • Available excursions include the Sundowner Safari, with Jeep exploration of the desert and evening meal AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 19
  • DUBAI The Palace Dubai With 246 guest rooms and suites, The Palace is the largest of the three One&Only Royal Prices per person in a Palace Deluxe Room, Mirage properties. Set on a private stretch of the famed Jumeira Beach, amidst glorious including breakfast, from: sweeping gardens dotted with attractive water features, The Palace evokes a sense of magic Depart 7 nights Extra nights and grandeur reminiscent of old Arabia. Sumptuous service combines with exceptional 4-8 Jan 10 £2570 £305 facilities to make this the perfect choice for guests who appreciate the finer things in life – 9 Jan-13 Mar 10 £2280 £265 and they can look forward to sampling some of the resort’s exciting activities. Touches such 14 Mar-16 Apr 10 £2515 £295 as afternoon tea served in the lobby and cooling treats around the pool will add even more 17 Apr-7 May 10 £2230 £250 8 May-11 Jun 10 £1750 £185 polish to an already memorable stay. 12 Jun-10 Sep 10 £1360 £130 11 Sep-1 Oct 10 £1750 £185 Elegant Facts 2-8 Oct 10 £2125 £235 • 246 rooms & suites 9 Oct-30 Nov 10 £2540 £295 • SPA: Guests have access to the One&Only Spa at the Residence & Spa 1-24 Dec 10 £2230 £250 • KIDS: One of 2 dedicated children’s centres, The KidsOnly Club is complimentary for children Price includes flights from London with British Airways & aged 4 to 11 years of age, and offers a full programme of activities. Teens (from 12 years old) private car transfers. can participate in various activities within the resort including aqua gym sports, Hobie Cat TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 40 minutes. sailing instruction, tennis, golf putting tournaments, water-skiing and windsurfing Room supplements from (per person, per night) Palace Gold Club • Leisure facilities between the properties include a 1km private beach, temperature-controlled Room £25 to £60, Palace Executive Suite £130 to £265 & Palace Gold swimming pools, basketball, a fitness centre, putting green, Hobie Cats, volleyball, tennis and Club Suite £215 to £390. snorkelling. At an additional charge, guests can also enjoy kayaks, deep-sea fishing, sailing, Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus scuba-diving, water-skiing, windsurfing and desert adventure trips £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. • A selection of 8 restaurants across the resort serve a range of cuisine including traditional Moroccan, contemporary Middle Eastern and Mediterranean while The Dining Room and Library are exclusively for guests of Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage Elegant Opinion “Overlooking Palm Island Bay in the heart of bustling ‘new Dubai’, The Palace offers understated elegance and exclusive charm.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 20 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • DUBAI Arabian Court Dubai Its air of mystery and ambience add to Arabian Court’s appeal, with guests treated to striking Elegant Facts architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds complete with meandering paths and lush • 172 rooms & suites • SPA: Guests have access to the One&Only Spa at the Residence & Spa planting. The property’s two wings are linked by a grand gallery and house 172 rooms and • KIDS: The second of 2 dedicated children’s centres where youngsters can suites – the latter of which all have seafacing private balconies or terraces. Interior design is enjoy adventure-filled, fun days while mums and dads enjoy some quality atmospheric, with warm Arabic colours and traditional artwork creating a vibrant aura. adult time • Guests can enjoy a wide range of sport and leisure activities available at each of the properties • A selection of restaurants include the distinctive show kitchen at The Rotisserie, open for all-day dining, Indo-European flavours at Nina’s and poolside and beachfront dining with an Asian twist at Eauzone Elegant Opinion “Arabian Court exudes Arabian charm and is minutes away from world-class shopping malls.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £2770 (4-8 Jan 10), from £2450 (9 Jan-13 Mar & 11-24 Dec 10); please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk from £2720 (14 Mar-16 Apr 10), from £2390 (17 Apr-7 May & 1-10 Dec 10), from £1880 (8 May-11 Jun & 11 Sep-1 Oct 10), from £1455 (12 Jun-10 Sep 10) & from £2295 (2-8 Oct 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing an Arabian Court Deluxe Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. Residence & Spa Dubai A sanctuary. An idyllic hideaway. Whichever way you choose to describe the Residence & Elegant Facts Spa, its intimate surroundings, with just forty-nine rooms and a Garden Villa, set it apart from • 49 rooms & suites + Garden Villa • SPA: The One&Only Spa offers a diverse range of therapies and treatments its sister properties, making it perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Arabian-styled as well as a traditional Oriental Hamman, hair salon and a fitness centre private residences and exclusive facilities are clustered around an elegant courtyard and • KIDS: Children are welcome to use either of the dedicated centres at the come complete with a dedicated team of staff to look after guests’ every desire. Arabian Court or Palace properties • As well as the swimming pool, tennis courts, and the watersports centre, the Residence & Spa occupies a prime stretch of Jumeira Beach • The Dining Room serves outstanding cuisine made from the freshest, seasonal ingredients and afternoon tea or cocktails can be enjoyed at The Library. Alternatively, guests are welcome to dine at the restaurants and bars of The Palace and Arabian Court Elegant Opinion “The elegant and distinctive Residence & Spa is minutes away from a PGA- rated golf course and world-class attractions.” PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £3650 (4-8 Jan 10), from £3135 (9 Jan-13 Mar 10), from £3620 For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, (14 Mar-16 Apr 10), from £3165 (17 Apr-7 May & 1-10 Dec 10), from £2475 (8 May-11 Jun & 11 please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Sep-1 Oct 10), from £1625 (12 Jun-18 Jul 10), from £1860 (19 Jul-10 Sep 10), from £2960 (2-8 Oct 10) & from £3225 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Prestige Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 21
  • DUBAI Atlantis, The Palm Dubai Costing over $1.5 billion and covering a forty-six hectare site, you may expect Atlantis, The Prices per person in a Deluxe Room, including breakfast, from: Palm to be special, but its sheer magnificence will dazzle even the most discerning guest. Depart 7 nights Extra nights Youngsters and the young-at-heart will delight in the spectacular AQUAVENTURE water park 10-15 Jan 10 £2050 £230 complete with rides, tidal waves and rapids, while there are extensive fresh and saltwater 16 Jan-12 Feb 10 £1865 £205 pools and luxury boutiques for those who prefer a more sedate pace – the resort is even 13 Feb-25 Mar 10 £2050 £230 home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world with no less than 65,000 26-31 Mar 10 £2385 £280 marine animals. The Atlantean theme is ever present in the detailed design with 1-8 Apr 10 £2410 £280 9 Apr-8 May 10 £2075 £230 hieroglyphics, artefacts and bold architecture a feature of this fabulous new resort. 9 May-8 Sep 10 £1310 £120 9 Sep-22 Oct 10 £2150 £240 Elegant Facts 23 Oct-19 Nov 10 £2410 £280 • 1539 rooms & suites within the Royal Towers including the Imperial Club ‘resort within a 20 Nov-24 Dec 10 £2150 £240 resort’ and the spectacular Super 7’s Suites Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • SPA: The spa is an elegant haven offering treatments and therapies from all over the world private car transfers. • KIDS: Atlantis Kids’ Club (for 3 to 12-year-olds) and Club Rush (teenagers and pre-teens) TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 1 hour. • Recreational facilities include pools, a private beach, a running track, 4 tennis courts and a Room supplements from (per person, per night) Imperial Club £65, fitness club while the 4.5 hectare, state-of-the-art Dolphin Bay education and conservation Executive Suite £105 to £320 & Terrace Suite £215 to £430. centre is breathtaking and an experience guests are unlikely to ever forget Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • A wealth of dining opportunities await you at the 17 restaurants, bars and lounges. Serving £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. food from across the globe, Atlantis, The Palm boasts four famed celebrity chefs including two Michelin Star Michel Rostang, three Michelin Star Santi Santamaria, two Michelin Star Giorgio Locatelli and world-class Sushi master Nobuyuki Matsuhisa of Nobu, who has redefined Japanese cuisine • Royal Towers’ accommodation is flexible with all rooms having the option of interconnecting doors – they also boast views of the Arabian Gulf or Palm Jumeirah, while the three-storey Lost Chambers Suite looks directly into the Ambassador Lagoon • Purpose-built, Atlantis, The Palm is cutting-edge and jam-packed with amazing facilities and as a world-renowned iconic site it is a real tourist attraction, however staff are on hand to ensure ‘guest-only’ areas remain exclusive • With lots going on around-the-clock, it’s not the place for someone seeking a quiet hideaway Elegant Opinion “Do take a look at the Atlantean newsletter for culinary promotions, spa offers and scheduled outdoor activities. Don’t miss joining the complimentary afternoon family rush at Club Rush!” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 22 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • Madinat Jumeirah An authentic re-creation of an ancient citadel, Madinat Jumeirah beautifully combines the culture and heritage of old-Arabia with the opulence and modern comforts of today’s Dubai, to create an utterly spectacular, luxury beachfront resort. Home to two majestic boutique hotels and a collection of traditional Arabic summerhouses, there is an accommodation option which is perfect for even the most discerning guest. 24
  • Travelling around the resort is simple thanks to its charming network of waterways and traditional abras (water-taxis), and there’s certainly lots to see and do, not least to explore the renowned Wild Wadi Water Park which is just next door and free for Madinat Jumeirah guests. Dining is superb across the resort, with an amazing total of no less than forty separate eateries and bars. Mina A’ Salam’s The Wharf serves delicious seafood from the world’s oceans, whilst Middle Eastern cuisine is available in Al Qasr’s Al Fayrooz Lounge, and Moroccan snacks and Arabesque tapas in the souk’s Shoo Fee Ma Fee. There’s also Dubai’s only wellbeing restaurant, Magnolia, which serves nutritionally balanced dishes. Elegant Facts • Numerous swimming pools • Six Senses Spa, dry and wet treatment rooms, sauna and steam room • The Quay Health Club with indoor lap pool • 1km of private beach with watersports • Retail souk with 75 shops selling fabrics, gold, spices and pearls • 442-seat Madinat Theatre • 1000-seat souk amphitheatre overlooking the harbour • Club Executive and Premium Leisure Club for business travellers • Access to Sinbad’s Kids’ Club AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 25
  • DUBAI Mina A’ Salam Dubai Mina A’ Salam is the gateway property to Madinat Jumeirah and beautifully blends warm Elegant Facts Arabic colours with graceful architectural features. This elegant property comprises of 292 • 292 rooms & suites • SPA: The resort’s Quay Healthclub offers fitness classes, an extensive gym rooms and suites which each enjoy at least 50m of space and are decorated in a traditional 2 and a 25m, temperature-controlled indoor pool. At Talise Spa, guests can style. Perfect for families, the large swimming pool overlooks the Burj Al Arab, and its enjoy yoga, meditation and massage proximity to the bustling souk ensures a vibrant atmosphere. • KIDS: Sinbad’s Kids’ Club at Al Qasr is open daily and is the perfect place to play, chill-out, get wet, scream and shout and generally run about. Babysitters are available at an additional charge • A visit to the Madinat Souk should not be missed; this unique shopping and dining experience with its open plazas and air-conditioned walkways, is host to a number of boutique shops and waterfront cafés, bars and restaurants • A host of succulent delights are available at Mina A’ Salam and can be enjoyed alfresco on extensive terraces overlooking the tranquil waterways • Guests have complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park Elegant Opinion “Madinat Jumeirah is a unique world of waterways meandering through the elegant architecture of an ancient Arabian citadel. A ‘must do’ experience is PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £1750 (14 Jan-12 Feb 10), from £1975 (13 Feb-25 Mar 10), from the perfect beach – known as the Madinat Jumeirah smile.” £2495 (26 Mar-10 Apr 10), from £1280 (9 Apr-10 Sep 10), from £1995 (11 Sep-22 Oct & 13 Nov- 10 Dec 10), from £2525 (23 Oct-12 Nov 10) & from £1840 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Balcony Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 35 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Al Qasr Dubai Designed to replicate the grandeur of the Sheik’s summer residence, Al Qasr is an idyllic Elegant Facts property comprising of 292 rooms and suites, with forty-four restaurants and bars to choose • 292 rooms & suites • SPA: The resort’s Talise Spa features hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna and from across the resort. This air of opulence continues throughout the property with unusually steam rooms while the spa’s restaurant, Magnolia, serves only the finest, light décor and lush furnishings such as a chandelier the size of a Bedouin tent in the main nutritionally balanced cuisine foyer and heavy silks, antique rugs and luxury damasks in the 55m2 bedrooms. • KIDS: Sinbad’s Kids’ Club opens daily for children aged 4 to 12 years old. Complimentary activities are arranged – the club has its own pool and lifeguards ensure children are safe and happy, at all times. Babysitters are available at an additional charge • Leisure facilities include extensive gardens, swimming pools and a private beach where water-based activities such as windsurfing, sailing, water- skiing, kayaking and banana boat rides can be enjoyed by everyone • International cuisine, family brunches and some of the best seafood dishes can be enjoyed at Al Qasr’s restaurants and lounges • Guests have complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park Elegant Opinion “Fine seafood, a taste of the Mediterranean and an incredible location, will stir PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £3285 (14 Jan-12 Feb 10), from £3810 (13 Feb-25 Mar 10), from your emotions, ‘Pierchic’ is a ‘must visit’ at Madinat Jumeirah.” £4855 (26 Mar-10 Apr 10), from £3835 (11 Apr-8 May, 11 Sep-22 Oct & 13 Nov-10 Dec 10), from £2320 (9 May-10 Sep 10), from £4880 (23 Oct-12 Nov 10) & from £3370 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing an Arabian Deluxe Room, including breakfast, flights from London with For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, British Airways & private car transfers. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 26 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • DUBAI Dar Al Masyaf Dubai The premium accommodation at Madinat Jumeirah, Dar Al Masyaf offers 283 rooms and Prices per person in an Arabian Summerhouse – suites in twenty-nine clusters, based on the traditional courtyard summerhouses of old Arabian Deluxe Room, including breakfast, from: Arabia – though they are rather more like elegant residential retreats. Both styles of two- Depart 7 nights Extra nights storey summerhouses boast privileged positions, with Gulf houses offering direct access to 14 Jan-12 Feb 10 £1975 £220 the beach and views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, and Arabian houses set amidst the lush 13 Feb-25 Mar 10 £2275 £260 gardens, but it’s touches such as a 24-hour butler service, private swimming pools and in- 26-31 Mar 10 £2795 £335 suite check-in which have helped this destination win Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice ‘Best 1-10 Apr 10 £2825 £335 11 Apr-8 May 10 £2295 £260 Luxury – World’ 2008 award. 9 May-10 Sep 10 £1505 £150 11 Sep-22 Oct 10 £2295 £260 Elegant Facts 23 Oct-12 Nov 10 £2825 £335 • 283 rooms & suites 13 Nov-10 Dec 10 £2295 £260 • SPA: At the resort’s Talise Spa an extensive and eclectic portfolio features therapies and 11-24 Dec 10 £2065 £220 treatments integrating elements from some of the world’s oldest cultures, with international Price includes flights from London with British Airways & techniques to stimulate and strengthen both body and mind private car transfers. • KIDS: Children will love Sinbad’s Kids’ Club, allowing adults time to enjoy the resort’s more TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 35 minutes. grown-up facilities. Babysitters are available at an additional charge Room supplements from (per person, per night) Gulf Summerhouse – • The properties are linked by waterways and access to each of them is by abra (water-taxi), Arabian Ocean Deluxe Room £55 to £85, Arabian Summerhouse – which means you can do as much or as little as you please Arabian Suite £205 to £395 & Gulf Summerhouse – Ocean Suite £335 • Asian, International, seafood, vegetarian, steakhouse and Moroccan cuisine can be enjoyed to £530. Flight supplements from (per person, each way) at the many dining venues featured at Madinat Jumeriah Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Guests have complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. Elegant Opinion Elegant Offers “Talise Spa is set on a small island formation in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, an oasis of calm Early Bird Room Rate Reduction and tranquillity it’s a perfect environment for healing and pampering.” Book by 31 Jan for travel 11 Apr-8 May 10; book by 28 Feb 10 for travel 9 May-30 Jun 10; book by 30 Apr for travel 1 Jul-10 Sep 10; book by For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our 30 Jun for travel 11 Sep-22 Oct 10; book by 31 Aug for travel 13 Nov- 10 Dec 10 or book by 30 Sep 10 for travel 11-28 Dec 10 inclusive & website www.elegantresorts.co.ukour website www.elegantresorts.co.uk receive a reduced rate. Offer also available at Al Qasr. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 27
  • DUBAI Burj Al Arab Dubai Rising from the waters of the Arabian Gulf, its sail-shaped silhouette an enduring 21st Prices per person in a Deluxe Suite, including breakfast, from: century icon, the Burj Al Arab is arguably one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. You Depart 7 nights Extra nights arrive in your chauffeur-driven Phantom Rolls Royce, are escorted through security and over 10-31 Jan 10 £4185 £535 the private bridge up to its colourfully-lit façade, before being whisked through the soaring 1 Feb-20 Mar 10 £5195 £680 atrium, straight up to your suite with dedicated private butler. This all-duplex suite hotel 21-31 Mar 10 £6055 £800 ensures two gadget-laden storeys all to yourself – including a vast reception area, a 1-18 Apr 10 £6080 £800 sweeping staircase up to your bedroom, a Hèrmes-stocked bathroom, and floor-to-ceiling 19 Apr-8 May 10 £5225 £680 9 May-30 Sep 10 £3835 £480 windows framing the Dubai coastline. 1-22 Oct 10 £5225 £680 23 Oct-10 Nov 10 £6080 £800 Elegant Facts 11 Nov-10 Dec 10 £5225 £680 • 202 suites 11-24 Dec 10 £5290 £680 • SPA: The first-class Assawan Spa & Health Club, located on the 18th floor and boasting a Price includes flights from London with British Airways & spectacularly elevated infinity pool, offers a wide range of the finest treatments available private car transfers. • KIDS: Youngsters have access to Sinbad’s Kids’ Club for 2 to 12-year-olds TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 35 minutes. • Leisure facilities include unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park, a private beach, an Room supplements from (per person, per night) Panoramic Suite £90 outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym, watersports and golf, which is available nearby. Excursion to £130. opportunities include desert safaris, historical sightseeing and trips to the gold souk Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • There are 6 excellent dining venues, including an underwater-themed restaurant, and the £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. Skyview Bar, suspended 200m above sea level, which guarantees spectacular views and is home to a resident mixologist Elegant Offers • Suite Butlers ensure guests’ every need is met without being overly attentive Early Bird Complimentary Night • While guests can visit all of the other Jumeirah properties, guests of those properties have Stay 5 for 4. Book by 1 Jan 10 for travel 21 Mar-18 Apr 10 inclusive or more limited access to the Burj Al Arab, ensuring an air of privilege book by 1 Sep 10 for travel 23 Oct-10 Nov 10 inclusive. • While the décor is the ultimate in opulence and could be said to be ‘over-the-top’, it’s very Room Rate Reduction much all part of the charm and makes for an amazing and memorable experience Book by 1 May 10 for travel 9 May-30 Sep 10 inclusive or book by 1 Jun • Yes, it’s expensive but everything is done to perfection 10 for travel 11-26 Dec 10 inclusive & receive a reduced rate. Elegant Opinion “An intriguing dining ‘must do’ would be to experience the Culinary Flight, created to give each guest the opportunity to sample Burj Al Arab’s signature cuisines – from traditional Arabic dishes to sumptuous seafood, right across to refined contemporary European and pure Asian – while experiencing the ambience of the different restaurants and bar in one night.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 28 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • DUBAI The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Dubai In a land where big is regularly regarded as best, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai remains distinctive Prices per person in a Deluxe Room, including breakfast, from: for its intimate appeal. Big on facilities and located on an exclusive stretch of beachfront near Depart 7 nights Extra nights the new Dubai Marina, it offers the best of all worlds. In its spacious rooms and suites, 10-31 Jan 10 £1595 £165 everyone can expect special treatment – from the pre-arrival contact with VIKs (Very 1 Feb-20 Mar 10 £1930 £215 Important Kids), to those opting for the highly personalised Ritz-Carlton Club where a 21-31 Mar 10 £2350 £275 complimentary six-food presentation and premium drinks are offered daily. Nearby are two 1-18 Apr 10 £2375 £275 of Dubai’s world-famous golf clubs, the gold and spice souks, designer malls, and 19 Apr-8 May 10 £1955 £215 9 May-30 Sep 10 £1625 £165 opportunities for dune driving, falconry and desert safaris. 1-22 Oct 10 £1290 £120 23 Oct-10 Nov 10 £2180 £245 Elegant Facts 11 Nov-10 Dec £2525 £295 • 138 rooms & suites 11-24 Dec 10 £2240 £245 • SPA: The small but extremely luxurious and exclusive Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a mix of Asian and Price includes flights from London with British Airways & European therapies and marine spa treatments with products by Carita and Bella Lucce private car transfers. • KIDS: The Ritz Kids’ Club provides entertainment for children aged 4 to 12 years old TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 45 minutes. • Leisure facilities include floodlit tennis, squash, 3 swimming pools and a fitness centre with Room supplements from (per person, per night) Club Sea View Room personal trainers. Outside space is very special here, with guests able to enjoy 350m of £30 to £120, Executive Suite £45 to £275 & Club Sea View Suite £95 beautiful beach and 35,000m2 of landscaped gardens to £325. • There are 4 restaurants offering contemporary Italian, South Pacific and Asian, Sushi and Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus seafood cuisine, and traditional Arabic specialities £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. • At only 6 storeys high, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai’s Mediterranean-style design is in sharp Elegant Offers contrast to its higher-rise neighbours and feels much more elegant • Very family-friendly, at key times of the year there can be a number of youngsters staying, Complimentary Night & Resort Credit however the hotel provides excellent activities and there is even a dedicated children’s pool Stay 5 for 4 plus receive a US$50 resort credit per stay. • Its location on Jumeira Beach does mean you’ll need to rely on taxis to get around, but then Valid 9 May-10 Sep 10 inclusive. no one walks in Dubai! Family Offer • Noted in Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice 2008 Awards for ‘Best Luxury Hotel’, service and 2 children stay free when sharing with 2 adults. standards are extremely high and the Concierge is renowned Valid 9 May-10 Sep 10 inclusive. Elegant Opinion “After ten years of desert surroundings, the only intimate resort in Dubai is now located in the heart of the new Dubai Marina and is footsteps from The Walk, an exclusive promenade featuring fine dining restaurants, cafés and luxury boutiques.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 31
  • DUBAI The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Opened in May 2008, the five star Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is Prices per person in a Deluxe Seaview Room, Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ flagship property and has been designed with the sole intention including breakfast, from: of inspiring, revitalising and refreshing guests, its rooms and suites decorated in a Depart 7 nights Extra nights contemporary and classic mix of design. Its Neo Classical architecture is beautiful and its 10-23 Jan 10 £1490 £150 location is hard to beat, with landscaped grounds leading down to 1200m of idyllic private 24 Jan-24 Mar 10 £1790 £190 shoreline, yet it’s just minutes’ drive from the nearby Mall of Emirates, gold souk and three 25 Mar-10 Apr 10 £1895 £210 championship golf courses. Of course there’s plenty to keep guests entertained on-site too, 11 Apr-8 May 10 £1815 £190 9 May-5 Jun 10 £1515 £150 including a sailing academy, deep-sea fishing and even an outdoor amphitheatre. 6 Jun-11 Sep 10 £1065 £85 12 Sep-2 Oct 10 £1515 £150 Elegant Facts 3 Oct-11 Dec 10 £1890 £205 • 294 rooms & suites 12-23 Dec 10 £1575 £150 • SPA: The indulgent Heavenly Spa provides total rejuvenation and relaxation Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • KIDS: Family-friendly, there’s a Westin Kids’ Club to keep little ones entertained private car transfers. • Recreational facilities include 5 swimming pools, a health club, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 30 minutes. a watersports centre, floodlit tennis courts and 3 golf courses nearby Room supplements from (per person, per night) Executive Club Land • Divine cuisine from around the world is available at the 15 restaurants and bars with something View £10 to £20, Executive Club Seaview £20 to £45 & Deluxe Suite to tempt even the most exacting palate Seaview £130 to £275. • Ideal for families, even standard rooms accommodate 2 adults and 2 children Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Landscaping is still new so doesn’t provide a great amount of shade, however guests may £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. request umbrellas from the pool attendants, or can enjoy the more mature grounds of Elegant Offers Le Méridien hotel next door • Guests have fabulous views overlooking the new marina and iconic Palm Island development Early Bird Room Rate Reduction Book 4 months prior to arrival & receive a reduced rate. Elegant Opinion Valid year-round. “With an envious position right on the beach, Mina Seyahi is a haven for watersports activities. Complimentary Meals Guests also have access to the hotel’s 230ft-long private yachts.” Book on a breakfast basis and receive a free meal plan upgrade to half board. Valid 10-23 Jan; 9 May-5 Jun; 12 Sep-2 Oct & For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit 12-23 Dec 10 inclusive. our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 32 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • DUBAI NEW Armani Hotel Dubai Dubai Bringing to life the “Stay with Armani” lifestyle, Armani Hotel Dubai marks the offical debut of Prices per person in an Armani Classic, including breakfast, from: world famous fashion designer Giorgio Armani in the world of hospitality. Located in Burj Depart 7 nights Extra nights Dubai – the world’s tallest building – the hotel is at the heart of the city’s up-and-coming 10 Jan-31 Mar 10 £3135 £385 downtown area that features several landmarks including The Dubai Mall and The Dubai 1 Apr-14 May 10 £3160 £385 Fountain. Designed by Giorgio Armani himself, every aspect of the hotel has been carefully 15 May-10 Sep 10 £2185 £245 conceived to create an exquisite and intimate lifestyle experience. Set apart by its inimitable 11 Sep-11 Dec 10 £3160 £385 location, the hotel promises a ‘home-from-home’ characterised by immaculate service and 12-20 Dec 10 £3220 £385 incomparable luxury. It is where haute couture meets hospitality. Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 20 minutes. • 160 rooms & suites Room supplements from (per person, per night) Armani Premiere £30 to £65 & Armani Suite £95 to £205. • SPA: There’s a large and luxurious Armani/Spa offering a range of treatments Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • KIDS: Children are welcome £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. • Recreational facilities include the hotel’s own chic lounge called Armani/Prive and a Private Members’ Club • The 24-hour Concierge is on-hand to suggest and arrange trips to explore the city. Guests also have easy access to a range of entertainment and leisure options in Burj Dubai • A varied selection of food and beverages, ranging from Japanese to Indian, Mediterranean and, of course, authentic Italian Elegant Opinion “Located in Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and designed by Giorgio Armani himself, Armani Hotel Dubai is set to become one of the world’s most prestigious addresses.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 33
  • The Address Hotels & Resorts The Address properties form a small collection of grand hotels located at some of Dubai’s most prestigious locations, and together they offer accommodation options for the business or leisure traveller who demands impeccable service, first- class facilities and is accustomed to the finer things in life. Redefining the hotel experience with a new blend of luxury lifestyle living – think fine dining, sumptuous spa and fitness areas, designer furnishings, five-star concierge and 24-hour room service – each property is elegant and contemporary, yet remains true to Dubai’s Arabian traditions and renowned hospitality. Fashionable living meets homely interiors, in a sophisticated, cosmopolitan style to meet the travel needs of each guest, whatever they may. 34
  • DUBAI NEW The Palace – The Old Town Dubai Located on the Old Town Island at the edge of Burj Dubai Lake, and managed by The Elegant Facts Address Hotels & Resorts, The Palace – The Old Town is a place where Arabian heritage • 242 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa features 2 Oriental Bath Houses including a Hammam, meets modern-day Dubai. It is directly connected with the Souk Al Bahar, which houses a monsoon showers and hydrospa baths host of shopping and entertainment options, and faces Burj Dubai. Most suited to adults and • KIDS: Children are welcome although there are no specific children’s facilities with a Club Lounge with Business Centre, it is also a fantastic choice for business travellers. • Leisure facilities include a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool with Arabian tent-style cabanas while guests can access tennis and squash facilities located near to the resort • There are 5 restaurants and lounges including the rustic Argentinian Grill, an Oriental-themed outlet and a Thai restaurant, all offering a fabulous range of International and regional cuisine • Guests staying in a Palace Room, or a Palace, Royal or Imperial Suite receive a complimentary airport transfer, 24-hour dedicated butler service and access to the Club Lounge, while each suite boasts a private balcony Elegant Opinion “Thiptara offers the most fabulous Thai delicacies in an exceptional waterfront location overlooking Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building.” PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £1290 (1-13 Jan 10), from £1385 (14 Jan-31 Mar 10), from £1410 (1 Apr-14 May & 11 Sep-10 Dec 10), from £1095 (15 May-10 Sep 10) & from £1470 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing Deluxe Lakeview Room, including breakfast, flights from London For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, with British Airways & private car transfers. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 20 minutes. NEW The Address Downtown Burj Dubai Dubai The flagship hotel of The Address Hotels & Resorts offers guests a vibrant stay in the heart Elegant Facts of Downtown Burj Dubai, with Burj Dubai, Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall on the doorstep. • 196 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa offers a range of treatments and there is also a steam bath, Standing sixty-three storeys high, with guest rooms and suites on floors seven to twelve, the hair salon and a nail studio views are incredible. All rooms feature wireless internet and iPod docking stations, with some • KIDS: The Qix Club offers a dedicated programme of activities for children suites boasting extras such as an outdoor terrace bath in the Spa Suites. and there is also a children’s swimming pool • Leisure facilities include an infinity swimming pool cascading over 5 tiers, a fitness centre and a library • There are 7 bars and restaurants offering International and regional cuisine while Neos, the contemporary panoramic sky bar located on the 63rd floor, has impressive views over Dubai Elegant Opinion “Enjoy a casual outdoor dinner at Zeta Restaurant which offers direct views of The Dubai Fountain – the world’s tallest performing water spectacular – and of Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower. An impressive setting as a choreography of lights, music and water dance while 22,000 gallons of water are jetted one hundred and fifty metres into the air, creating an amazing spectacle.” PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £1460 (1 Jan-31 Mar 10), from £1485 (1 Apr-14 May & 11 Sep- 10 Dec 10), from £1130 (15 May-10 Sep 10) & from £1550 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Premier Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 20 minutes. Flight supplements please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 35
  • DUBAI Desert Palm Dubai Desert Palm by Per Aquum Resorts and sister hotel to Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives, offers Prices per person in a Palm Suite, including breakfast, from: a chic oasis close to Dubai City. In a region known for its bold displays, the contemporary Depart 3 nights Extra nights guest rooms and villas, set amid polo fields and palm trees, exhibit an equally rare palette of 4 Jan-25 Mar 10 £1010 £185 calm natural colours, complemented by dark wood. Choose from top-floor Palm Suites with 26-31 Mar 10 £1030 £190 fabulous views over the championship polo fields to the distant Dubai skyline; intimate Pool 1-16 Apr 10 £1055 £190 Villas including living room, ‘sunken’ bedroom and outdoor shower; two bedroom Pool 17 Apr-31 May 10 £1035 £185 Residences with outdoor deck and surrounding wall for total privacy; or the extravagant 1 Jun-9 Sep 10 £825 £115 10 Sep-25 Oct 10 £920 £145 Presidential Villa, complete with rooftop terrace. 26 Oct-30 Nov 10 £955 £155 1-10 Dec 10 £890 £135 Elegant Facts 11-23 Dec 10 £950 £135 • 26 rooms & villas Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • SPA: LIME Spa offers a relaxing choice of therapies from Asia and Europe private car transfers. • KIDS: Children welcome TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – 20 minutes. • While Desert Palm is away from the coast, guests have lots of facilities – including an infinity Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Villa £135 to pool, jogging track, tennis and squash courts, and lush greenery – to tempt them, it’s also just £315, Pool Residence £245 to £535 & Villa Layali (4 persons) £220 a 20-minute trip to Jumeira Beach to £1545. • There are 2 award-winning restaurants, including an elegant show kitchen, and a bar. For Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus wine-lovers, sought-after and boutique wines have been sourced by the experienced team £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. • Favouring a crisper, more contemporary and chic palette of colours over the traditional Arabic opulence, Desert Palm’s ambience is both refreshing and restful Elegant Offers • The retreat is located on a private polo estate giving it an air of exclusivity and privacy Complimentary Nights Stay 4 for 3. Valid 4 Jan-25 Mar; 17 Apr-31 May & Elegant Opinion 10 Sep-25 Oct 10 inclusive. “Set on a private polo estate, guests can enjoy a different side of Dubai with world-class polo every day between October and May, whilst relaxing with afternoon tea.” Stay 5 for 4 plus receive a free half day city tour of Dubai. Valid 26 Mar-16 Apr & 26 Oct-30 Nov 10 inclusive. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 36 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • DUBAI Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Dubai Set around an oasis, within the 225km2 Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this exclusive, Prices per person in a Bedouin Suite, including full board, from: award-winning resort offers the ultimate desert sanctuary – and a privileged glimpse into the Depart 3 nights Extra nights heritage and romance of Arabia. At its heart, the main building reflects a traditional Bedouin 11-31 Jan 10 £1515 £340 encampment (with 21st century additions including a palm-fringed pool and fabulous spa), 1 Feb-31 Mar 10 £1850 £450 and dotted around this are the luxurious tented suites with an extraordinary three staff per 1-30 Apr 10 £1875 £450 suite. Relax in your private temperature-controlled infinity pool, gaze across silent dunes to 1-31 May 10 £1540 £340 the distant Hajar Mountains or head out to meet the unusual locals (including rare Arabian 1 Jun-7 Sep 10 £1330 £270 8 Sep-30 Nov 10 £1875 £450 oryx and shy gazelles), with an array of equally unusual desert activities. 1-10 Dec 10 £1540 £340 11-22 Dec 10 £1595 £340 Elegant Facts Price includes accommodation only. Flights & private car transfers • 42 Suites available on request. • SPA: The Timeless Spa offers a superb selection of massage, beauty and spa treatments TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – • KIDS: Only children over 12 years old are able to stay at Al Maha, ensuring undisturbed peace 1 hour, 10 minutes. and an air of tranquillity Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • The swimming pool and spa were remodelled in mid-2008 and facilities include a steam room, £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. sauna and Jacuzzi. The resort is also home to 2 traditional majlis, a well-stocked library and a communications room. Al Maha is run like a safari lodge with morning and evening excursions, Elegant Offers tours and activities available including complimentary desert pursuits such as falconry, horse- Complimentary Night riding, camel treks, archery, nature walks and 4x4 dune safaris Stay 3 for 2. Valid 1 Jun-7 Sep 10 inclusive. • Superb International cuisine can be savoured in the main restaurant. Alternatively, why not enjoy a fabulous fine dining experience on your private deck? • The suites aren’t packed with hi-tech gadgets, but they’re very well-equipped, beautifully presented and the extremely spacious bathrooms feature luxuries from the exclusive ‘Timeless’ range Elegant Opinion “Don’t miss a guided sunrise walk through the desert and watch the birds and animals in the true beauty of their natural setting.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 37
  • Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi offers all the attractions of top-class international resorts, with year-round sunshine and superb leisure facilities. Relatively unknown until quite recently, today, more and more visitors are discovering this captivating land. Its transformation from small fishing village to modern city is due largely to the revenue generated by its oil and this new found prosperity is best reflected in its impressive skyline, extravagant villas, mansions and shopping complexes. Compared with Dubai, in Abu Dhabi things generally run at a more leisurely pace. Between the challenging golf courses and exploration of ancient forts and lush oases, head for the shopping malls to take advantage of fantastic duty-free prices. For those feeling more active, try sand-skiing in the desert or book a scuba-diving trip and discover the Gulf’s colourful underwater world. Image courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Tourist Board Emirates Palace • Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport Bateen International Airport Travel Facts GMT: + 4 hours. Elegant Concierge Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 7 hours. If you want to get out and about, why not consider some Flight Information: Etihad Airways from Heathrow and Manchester; British Airways from of these options from our Concierge Team... Heathrow. Visit Ferrari’s first ever theme park on Yas Island – home to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £750 (Etihad Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. See sand dunes as tall as skyscrapers in the imposing Liwa Desert. Best Time to Visit: Abu Dhabi’s temperature is high throughout the year, although for visitors, Experience nature’s playground on a game drive on Sir Baniyas Island. it is at its most appealing between September and April. Abu Dhabi offers an array of world-class exhibitions, museums and attractions, making Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information. Please note this city the cultural centre of the Middle East. Ramadan is celebrated in Abu Dhabi for one month from 11 August-9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Pricing: All prices shown include flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. 38
  • ABU DHABI Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi In a land where big is beautiful, the only palace concept hotel in UAE, the Emirates Palace – Prices per person in a Coral Room, including breakfast, from: (managed by Kempinski) – is positively breathtaking. Set in 1,000,000m2 of landscaped Depart 7 nights Extra nights gardens, it stretches from east to west with over a kilometre of private white-sand beach. An 8 Jan-12 Feb 10 £2250 £200 iconic landmark, it is also the ultimate showcase for Arabian hospitality offering excellent 13-21 Feb 10 £2660 £260 leisure facilities and superb dining. Truly decadent guest rooms and suites see acres of gold 22 Feb-26 Mar 10 £2250 £200 leaf and fine marble rub shoulders with cutting-edge gadgets including wi-fi and 50” plasma 27-31 Mar 10 £2660 £260 televisions, while pampering encompasses everything from a complimentary butler service 1-18 Apr 10 £2660 £260 19 Apr-19 May 10 £2250 £200 to a balcony or terrace where spectacular city and Arabian Gulf views are guaranteed. 20 May-13 Sep 10 £1850 £145 14 Sep-22 Oct 10 £2250 £200 Elegant Facts 23 Oct-23 Nov 10 £2660 £260 • 394 rooms & suites 24 Nov-24 Dec 10 £2250 £200 • SPA: The Anantara Spa offers a wide range of health and beauty treatments Price includes flights from London with Etihad & private car transfers. • KIDS: Children’s and teenager’s activities (at Sarab Land and Energy Zone) are arranged to TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Abu Dhabi Airport – keep youngsters entertained 30 minutes. • Leisure facilities include 2 pools, 2 fitness centres, watersports, 4 tennis courts and an Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pearl Room £20, immaculate beach staffed by superb beach attendants. Maps and bicycles are also available Diamond Room £40 to £45 & Khaleej Suite £215 to £305. for guests to discover the vast palace grounds and landscaped gardens Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £750 • There are 13 food and beverage venues offering a wide range of International cuisine & First Class £1335. • This is a simply awe-inspiring property – inside and out – and it’s worth taking the time to explore because there are breathtaking sights around every corner Elegant Offers • Perfect for those seeking the excitement of a city break and the relaxation of a beach, but Complimentary Night without compromising on luxury, the Emirates Palace has it all Stay 4 for 3. Valid 8 Jan-12 Feb; 22 Feb-26 Mar; 19 Apr-19 May; • The whole family is warmly welcomed; facilities include tempting menus and a pool complete 14 Sep-22 Oct & 24 Nov-27 Dec 10 inclusive. with waterslide Early Bird Offer Stay 4 for 3 & children under 12 years old receive free full board. Elegant Opinion Valid 20 May-13 Sep 10 inclusive. “Emirates Palace is the only hotel in Abu Dhabi which offers complimentary butler service.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 39
  • Oman Oman is regarded as the most traditional country in the region, and is one of dramatic landscapes with rugged mountain ranges, vast deserts and sandy beaches. With over a thousand miles of coastline, days tend to be focused on or close to the sea with excellent diving and swimming with dolphins being amongst the highlights; land- lovers can enjoy trekking, cave exploration and rock-climbing. Popular day trips include a visit to the aquarium in Muscat or to one of the many palaces, forts, museums and mosques that reflect Oman’s cultural heritage as one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula. Oman • Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay The Chedi Muscat • Muscat UAE • Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Oman International Airport Climate Guide: Oman Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temp °C 25 25 28 32 37 38 36 33 34 34 30 20 Rain mm 28 18 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 10 18 40
  • Oman Travel Facts GMT: + 4 hours. Flying Time: From London Gatwick, 8 hours 50 minutes. Flight Information: British Airways (via Dubai) from Heathrow; Oman Air from Heathrow; Gulf Air from Heathrow (via Bahrain); Emirates (via Dubai) from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow; Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi) from Heathrow and Manchester. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £665 (British Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: The ideal time to visit Oman is from October to March when nights are cool. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 132 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- to-date information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Oman for one month from 11 August- Elegant Concierge 9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. If you want to get out and about, why not consider some Pricing: All prices shown include flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be of these options from our Concierge Team... advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. Forget the hustle and bustle of modern life – live like a Bedouin, under the stars in a native woollen tent, for the night. Sit ‘ring-side’ at Ras Al Jinz and watch nature in action as turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs on the beach. Experience medieval castles and forts, Oman style, at Nizwa or Sur. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 41
  • OMAN Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay Oman Set between mountains and the azure waters of the Strait of Hormuz, Six Senses Hideaway Prices per person in a Pool Villa, including breakfast, from Zighy Bay enjoys a spectacular location in Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. It’s a setting that Depart 7 nights Extra nights makes for an extraordinary experience, from your arrival – with a choice of car, speedboat or 11 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2865 £340 paragliding – to its facilities (including a private marina), its Villas and Villa Suites. Combining 1 Apr-9 May 10 £2890 £340 contemporary and traditional Omani architecture, all come with an infinity-edge pool, Arabian 10 May-13 Jun 10 £2530 £285 summerhouse, private sands and 24-hour butler. Some include a dedicated spa room or a 14 Jun-31 Aug 10 £2160 £235 fabulous split-level design, with Six Senses’ signature extras – from personal wine cellars to 1-30 Sep 10 £2530 £285 1 Oct-30 Nov 10 £2890 £340 pillow and duvet menus. 1-10 Dec 10 £2530 £285 11-20 Dec 10 £2590 £285 Elegant Facts • 82 villas & suites Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. • SPA: The excellent Six Senses Spa features a sauna, steam room, ice room and a Hammam TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Dubai Airport – • KIDS: Although there aren’t designated activities arranged for children, they are warmly 1 hour, 30 minutes. welcomed and the team is on-hand to make fun recommendations Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Villa Suite £80, • For recreation, guests have access to the expertise of the L.I.F.E department (Leisure, Beachfront Pool Villa £90 to £110 & Spa Pool Villa Suite £220. Innovation, Fun and Experience) who can organise a wide range of fabulous activities and Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus excursions, there’s also a lovely powder-white sandy beach and the resort is just 90 minutes’ £155, Club World £805 & First £1285. drive from the fast-paced city of Dubai • The 3 superb dining venues feature flavours from around the world Elegant Offers • The resort has a Social and Environmental Responsibility Fund which ensures part of its Complimentary Nights revenue is invested in self-sustaining community projects in Zighy Bay, Musandam and the rest Stay 7 for 5 or 14 for 10. Valid 14 Jun-31 Aug 10 inclusive. of the Sultanate Early Bird Offer • This is a special destination and worth every penny Stay 4 nights or more & receive a £140 food & beverage or spa Elegant Opinion credit per villa per stay. Valid 11 Jan-20 Dec 10 inclusive. Book 60 days prior to arrival. “A desert bay setting just ninety minutes from Dubai, yet a world away from the glitz. Stone hewn private pool villas recreate a typical Omani village with a modern twist of ultra luxury.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 42 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • OMAN Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Oman Set against the dramatic backdrop of the rugged interior mountains and overlooking the Gulf Prices per person in a Deluxe Room at Al Husn, of Oman and its inviting beaches, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa provides the including breakfast, from: perfect gateway. Stretching across 124 acres on an idyllic private bay, this fully-integrated Depart 7 nights Extra nights destination resort offers a choice of three hotels: the exclusive, adult-only, Al Husn (the 8 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2230 £245 castle) offering a host of residents-only privileges; the luxurious Al Bandar (the town) and the 1-5 Apr 10 £2420 £280 deluxe Al Waha (the oasis) perfect for families. Whichever you opt for, the panoramic sea 6 Apr-10 Dec 10 £2195 £245 views from your balcony and an outstanding choice of culinary and leisure activities for 11-24 Dec 10 £2260 £245 guests of all ages and interests, come as standard. Price includes flights from London with British Airways via Abu Dhabi & private car transfers. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Muscat Airport – • 640 rooms & suites within the 3 hotels 45 minutes. • SPA: CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La features 12 private villas for indulgent therapies and massages Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Sea View Room £10, One Bedroom Suite £200 & Speciality Suite £460. • KIDS: The Little Turtles Club welcomes children between 4 and 12 years old, whilst the Teens Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus Club welcomes children between the ages of 9 and 16 years old £155, Club World £665 & First £1265. • Leisure facilities include 3 private beaches, 3 free-form pools and a marina and dive centre offering full PADI diving certification and speciality courses, dolphin-watching, snorkelling tours Elegant Offers and a Kids’ Bubble Maker Club. The resort is self-contained, isolated and located about 30 minutes from the city centre, but a daily scheduled courtesy shuttle is available for those Complimentary Nights wishing to explore beyond the resort Stay 4 for 3 or 6 for 4. Valid 1 May-31 Aug 10 inclusive. • The superb dining venues include 6 main restaurants, 7 casual dining locations and pool bars, Early Bird Complimentary Meals 3 lobby lounges, 2 bars and a nightclub Book by 29 Feb 10 & receive free half board for the duration of your stay. • A lazy river meanders between Al Bandar and Al Waha making ‘commuting’ easy and fun Valid 1 May-31 Aug 10 inclusive. Or, book by 31 Jul 10 & stay 7 for 6. • Home to the Omani Heritage Village, guests at the resort can explore the local culture Valid 1 Sep-25 Dec 10 inclusive. • Chilling-out is the objective around the pool, with free iced mineral water available and a stunning infinity pool at Al Husn designed to allow guests to soak in the cool shallows Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Waha • The sea floor can be home to some stunning – yet sharp – coral so do take care in the water 7 nights from (per person) £1440 (8 Jan-12 Feb & 21 Feb-26 Mar 10), from £1665 (13-20 Feb & 27-31 Mar 10), from £1630 (1-10 Apr & Elegant Opinion 23-30 Oct 10), from £1405 (11 Apr-22 Oct & 31 Oct-10 Dec 10 & from “Here, you will experience the true essence of Oman; from majestic mountains to the sparkling £1470 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Superior aquamarine sea, warm Omani hospitality and a rich cultural heritage.” Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar 7 nights from (per person) £1665 (8 Jan-12 Feb & 21 Feb-26 Mar 10), our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk from £1890 (13-20 Feb & 27-31 Mar 10), from £1860 (1-10 Apr & 23-30 Oct 10), from £1630 (11 Apr-22 Oct & 31 Oct-10 Dec 10) & from £1920 (11-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 45
  • OMAN The Chedi Muscat Oman Nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the Arabian Gulf on the beautiful Boushar Prices per person in a Serai Superior Room, beachfront, The Chedi Muscat encapsulates the mystical exoticism of this resolutely including breakfast, from: traditional Sultanate. Overlooking a private stretch of sand, its distinctive design infuses Depart 7 nights Extra nights Omani architecture with Zen, Arabic, Japanese and European influences, while interiors 1-9 Jan 10 £1880 £200 blend simple elegance, stylish furnishings and dashes of vibrant colour, characteristic of local 10 Jan-31 Mar 10 £1635 £165 style. Choose from contemporary rooms, single or double-storey suites or luxurious private 1 Apr-7 May 10 £1595 £165 villas, offering the likes of king-size beds, BOSE® sound systems, open-plan bathrooms with 8 May-30 Sep 10 £1150 £100 1 Oct-10 Dec 10 £1595 £165 rainforest showers and beautiful views. 11-24 Dec 10 £1665 £165 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • 151 rooms & suites private car transfers. • SPA: The spa features health and beauty treatments, signature therapies and a manicure and TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Muscat Airport – 10 minutes. pedicure lounge Room supplements from (per person, per night) Chedi Deluxe Room • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available, at an extra charge, payable locally £25 to £55, Deluxe Club Room £60 to £115 & Chedi Club Suite £160 • Recreational facilities include 2 swimming pools, a private beach, a small state-of-the-art gym to £290. and floodlit tennis courts Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • There are 5 restaurants including 4 display kitchens and Chedi Pool & Cabaña (exclusively for £155, Club World £665 & First £1265. adults only) for light snacks. The Beach restaurant specialises in seafood while The Restaurant has a particularly exciting menu and an extensive, yet reasonably priced, wine list. A dress code is in place in the restaurants in the evening, but rather than make these overly-formal, it actually adds to the ambience • Imagine style and service with a capital ‘S’ and you have The Chedi Muscat – nothing is too much trouble for the staff who are perfectly attentive without being remotely obtrusive • The pool areas are simply gorgeous, with four-poster daybeds to recline in and minted iced water delivered regularly • The beach is not white sand and the sea is not crystal clear, but both are immaculate • A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ Elegant Opinion “Indulge yourself into perfect tranquillity and relaxation and pamper yourself with original Balinese spa treatments – sometimes, reality is better than imagination!” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 46 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • Qatar Bordered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar is emerging as one of the Middle East’s brightest, rising stars. Its predominantly flat desert terrain is filled with towering sand dunes and ancient rock carvings while in contrast Doha, the nation’s capital and only city, is filled with palm trees and irrigated greenways and a rich mixture of authentic Arabian and ultra-modern architecture. The north contains most of the historic sites – look out for the National Museum and the old pearling dhows moored near the waterfront. For an alternative shopping experience head to one of the many traditional bazaars and dip into any of the two hundred or so, mosques! There’s plenty to keep the entire family entertained – dune driving, golf and some lovely beaches on the west coast at Umm Bab. Image courtesy of Arabian Adventures Bahrain Al Khuwayr Arabian Gulf Dukhân Doha W Doha The Ritz-Carlton Doha Qatar International Airport Saudi Arabia Travel Facts GMT: + 3 hours. Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 6 hours 40 minutes. Elegant Concierge Flight Information: Qatar Airways from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester; Emirates (via If you want to get out and about, why not consider some Enjoy a breathtaking display of colour over the undulating dunes when you experience a Dubai) from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow; Etihad of these options from our Concierge Team... sunset at Doha’s ‘inland sea’. Airways (via Abu Dhabi) from Heathrow and Manchester. Visit the newly opened Museum of Islamic Art – it has established Doha as part of the Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £650 (British Airways) per person, each world’s art scene. way. More details appear on page 12-13. There are plenty of prestigious sporting events that take place throughout the year Best Time to Visit: Summer (June to September) can get extremely hot and intensely humid. including the Shahaniya camel races. Winter is cooler with occasional rainfall – probably the best time to visit would be between November and April when the temperatures are between 15-24ºC. Visit Souq Wafiq, a traditional Qatari market, which is a cultural experience definitely not to be missed. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 132 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- to-date information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Doha for one month from 11 August- 9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. 48
  • QATAR NEW W Doha Doha Bringing a distinctive edge to the Middle East, W Doha’s Arabian inspiration sits alongside Elegant Facts contemporary designs to provide an extravagant escape and a unique lifestyle experience in • 445 rooms, suites & residences • SPA: The Bliss Spa features signature services as well as a selection of the city’s West Bay area. Spacious rooms and suites come fully stocked and completely treatments inspired by the Middle East wired – high-speed wi-fi internet access, plasma screen televisions and state-of-the-art AV • KIDS: Children are welcome and babysitting/child services are available, equipment are available for use at the click of a button. payable locally • Leisure facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a glamorous temperature-controlled pool with underwater music and multi-coloured fibre-optic lighting, while W Doha’s central location makes Doha’s world- class shops, pristine beaches and watersports facilities, as well as the first- class greens of Doha Golf Club and the Corniche waterfront, easily accessible • For dining, Spice Market overlooks the Persian Gulf and features a family- style menu of Southeast Asian dishes; Market blends International cuisine with local flavours and La Maison du Caviar serves some exquisite caviars Elegant Opinion “As desert dunes soar next to towering skyscrapers; W Doha Hotel dazzles by PRICES: 3 nights from (per person) £760 (1-9 Jan 10); from £820 (10 Jan-31 Mar 10); from £845 (1 the Arabian Sea.” Apr-31 May, 20 Sep-11 Nov & 21 Nov-16 Dec 10); & from £790 (1 Jun-19 Sep, 12-20 Nov & 17-24 Dec 10).  Price based on 2 adults sharing a Spectacular Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Doha Airport – 15 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW The Ritz-Carlton Doha Doha Located 115 metres above the exclusive West Bay Lagoon, The Ritz-Carlton Doha cleverly Elegant Facts fuses classic Arabic styling with European design elements – rooms feature a regal gold and • 374 rooms & suites • SPA: Offering an innovative, world-class service, spa treatments have been navy colour scheme with a hint of burgundy, providing an energetic accent. Guests of the designed using a fusion of traditional Arabic principles, Asian traditions and Club Level – situated on the 23rd floor – have key-card access to their own private oasis progressive European concepts complete with a dedicated staff and five complimentary food presentations daily. • KIDS: The Ritz Kids’ programme offers a variety of supervised physical and creative activities designed especially for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Babysitting is available upon request and is payable locally • Leisure facilities include swimming pools, a squash court, 2 indoor tennis courts, a beauty salon and barber, and the 235-slip marina with clubhouse • Excellent local and International cuisine can be enjoyed at the 9 exceptional restaurants, including French cuisine at Doha’s finest restaurant, La Mer • Presenting some of the best views the hotel has to offer, as well as a private lounge accessible only via keyed elevator, the Club floor is extremely popular Elegant Opinion “An exclusive island resort nestled on the shores of the Arabian Gulf which combines elegance with the warmth of a traditional Arabian welcome.” PRICES: 3 nights from (per person) £890 (11 Jan-31 Mar 10); from £915 (1 Apr-31 May & 18 Sep-15 Dec 10); from £840 (1 Jun-17 Sep 10) & from £880 (16-24 Dec 10).  Price based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Doha Airport – 30 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 49
  • Bahrain Bahrain offers year-round sunshine, superb leisure facilities and all the attractions of top-class international resorts – today, more and more visitors are discovering this captivating land. The largest of thirty-three islands, it is situated just off the east coast of Saudi Arabia and offers a fascinating blend of eastern and western cultures, as contemporary skyscrapers vie for space with traditional dwellings. Sweet water springs and dazzling, white-sand beaches provide the perfect place to relax and unwind, while the bustling gold and cloth souks are a must for any shopaholic! Bottom image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Al Muharraq The Ritz-Carlton, • Bahrain Hotel & Spa Al Manamah Bahrain International Airport Travel Facts GMT: + 3 hours. Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 6 hours 25 minutes. Flight Information: British Airways and Gulf Air from Heathrow; Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi) from Heathrow and Manchester; Emirates (via Dubai) from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £650 (British Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 132 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- to-date information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Bahrain for one month from 11 August-9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Bahrain is from September to April. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. 50
  • BAHRAIN The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Bahrain For those with a penchant for peace and privacy, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa is Prices per person in a Deluxe Room, including breakfast, from: the perfect choice. Set on the turquoise blue waters of Manama Bay, ringed by the white Depart 7 nights Extra nights sands of its exclusive beach and overlooking a picturesque lagoon and private island, this 1-31 Jan 10 £1475 £140 immaculate twenty-acre, seven-storey resort is grand in scale, yet exclusive in style. Guests 1 Feb-31 Mar 10 £1425 £135 can choose between a wide range of impressive accommodation, including Club Rooms 1 Apr-31 May 10 £1455 £135 and Suites complete with a top floor lounge, or for greater privacy still, there are the beautiful 1 Jun-14 Sep 10* £1640 £160 Three Bedroom Villas which each offer panoramic ocean views and include a private pool, 15 Sep-24 Dec 10 £1475 £140 live-in butler and chef-on-demand. Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bahrain Airport – 20 minutes. • 245 rooms & suites and 23 villas Room supplements from (per person, per night) Club Room £20 to • SPA: The spa offers ESPA and CARITA beauty treatments and signature therapies £60, Club Suite £75 to £115 & 3 Bedroom Villa £1050 to £1815. • KIDS: The Ritz Kids’ Club provides entertainment and activities for 4 to 12-year-olds Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Leisure facilities include a private sandy beach, outdoor and indoor pools and an exclusive £155, Club World £650 & First £1255. marina. More active guests are spoilt for choice with beachfront tennis courts, a squash court, *Deluxe Room rates during this period include full board. a range of watersports and an excellent golf course nearby. Located out-of-town, you will need a car or taxi to explore beyond the resort Elegant Offers • The 7 restaurants feature succulent steaks, Italian and Indian cuisine, a bar and lobby lounge Complimentary Nights • Because this is often the hotel of choice for visiting dignitaries, security can be tight, however Stay 7 for 5. Valid 1 Jan 10-3 Jan 11. it does add to the exclusive ambience • A well-equipped business centre – complete with on-call Technology Butler – is available for those who need to keep in touch with the office Elegant Opinion “Mix with the local and international movers and shakers or party people at the Ritz-Carlton Club or the Trader Vics bar.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 51
  • Jordan The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is steeped in history, and archaeological attractions are plentiful; the ancient city of Petra carved into the red rock face by the Nabataean people is a must, while Jerash – hidden by sand until the 1920s – is one of the world’s best preserved Roman provincial towns. Connoisseurs of Byzantine art will not fail to be impressed by Madaba, ‘The City of Mosaics’ which is most famous for its 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land made from over two million pieces. For those who like the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan capital, you’ll love Amman where traditional coffee shops and markets vie for attention with smart restaurants and boutiques. Natural wonders abound too. Allow the Dead Sea to amaze you with its ability to make you float effortlessly while at the same time benefitting from its mineral-rich mud; or marvel at the spectacular wilderness of Wadi Rum and its striking rock formations, canyons and water holes. If you wish, spend the night in a Bedouin tent and fall asleep to the sounds of the desert. Meanwhile, excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities are guaranteed at Aqaba, the Red Sea resort. Swim amongst corals, fish, turtles and dolphins, and if you’re feeling brave, join a highly-memorable night dive. Mediterranean Sea Queen Alia International Airport Services Amman Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Dead Sea Ma’In Israel Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa Jordan Saudi Arabia Petra Egypt King Hussein International Aqaba Airport Services Kempinski Hotel Aqaba International Airport Climate Guide: Jordan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temp °C 12 13 16 23 28 31 32 32 31 27 21 15 Rain mm 69 74 31 15 5 0 0 0 0 5 33 46 52
  • Small images courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Ishtar and the Jordan Tourist Board Travel Facts GMT: + 2 hours. Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 5 hours 15 minutes. Flight Information: British Midland from Heathrow to Amman with onward connecting flights to Aqaba. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £625 (British Midland) per person, each way. More details appear on page 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Summers are hot and sunny, but on occasions in winter the weather can be cold. Rain is sparse, but when it does fall, it is during winter and spring, usually as heavy showers. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 132 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- to-date information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Jordan for one month from 11 August-9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 53
  • JORDAN Highlights of Jordan This itinerary combines all the pleasures of a sunny beach holiday with visits to some of the world’s most amazing archaeological sites… Day 1: Ma’In Arrive Jordan: 4 nights at Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa. During your stay here you can visit Madaba, where underneath almost every house, there lies a Byzantine mosaic. Many have already been excavated but it’s thought many more still remain hidden. Embedded into the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St George is an incredibly vivid Byzantine map, dating back to the 6th century. Made up of two million pieces of local stone it depicts the hills and valleys, villages and towns of the entire region from Jordan and Palestine to Egypt. Other masterpieces can be found in the church of the Virgin and the Apostles and in the Archaeological Museum, depicting flowers, plants, birds and animals and even scenes from mythology. Just outside of Madaba is Mount Nebo, a natural gallery from which you’ll have a bird’s-eye-view of the Holy Land and southern Jordan, encompassing the Dead Sea and Desert of Judah. An added biblical touch of the day’s outing, you’ll visit Nebo, believed to be the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land before he died, and widely presumed to be his final resting place. Day 5: Petra/Aqaba Transfer to Petra: 3 nights at Kempinski Hotel Aqaba. En route, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Petra. Over 2000 years ago the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people, quite literally carved the unique city of Petra into the sheer rock face turning Jordan into an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes. Today Petra is Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction, the seventh wonder of the world and something you really have to see to believe. Entrance is via the Siq, a narrow corridor of little more than five metres in width, while the walls tower up to hundreds of metres on either side. It twists and turns before it reveals its first glimpse of the city. Petra Day 6: At leisure. Day 7: Aqaba A chance to experience the Wadi Rum, described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and god-like”. Amidst the 720 km2 of protected desert wilderness, emerge huge mountains of sandstone and granite with narrow canyons and fissures concealing ancient rock drawings. Bedouin tribes still live here and their goat-hair tents are very much a part of the landscape. The visit takes place two hours before sunset when it’s at its coolest and you may be invited to join the Bedouin people that still inhabit the area, for a cup of coffee. Day 8: Transfer to, and overnight at, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar before your flight home the next day. Day 9: Flight home. Highlights of Jordan: 8 nights from £1825 per person Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals and private transfers throughout. Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced according to your preferences, which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. This itinerary is only an example of the holiday experience we can create for you. Feel free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 111 who will happily put together an itinerary to suit your individual requirements – you might want to spend more or less time in one area, or even visit an area that we haven’t included here. Nebo 54 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • JORDAN NEW Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa Jordan Bringing the Six Senses brand of eco-sensitivity to an extraordinary and rugged location, the Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa sits in a rocky ravine 264 metres below sea Depart 7 nights Extra nights level, just minutes from the Dead Sea and an hour’s drive from Jordan’s capital, Amman. 1-9 Jan 10 £1230 £85 Inspired by local architecture, rooms utilise the natural materials of the region and offer 10 Jan-27 Feb 10 £1055 £60 spectacular views of the valley below. The resort’s hot mineral spring waterfalls are reputed 28 Feb-3 Apr 10 £1180 £80 to be the very same waters King Herod bathed in, all those centuries ago. Today, they form 4-12 Apr 10 £1305 £85 a natural showpiece for the resort’s Six Senses Spa, the first of its kind in Jordan, where 13-19 Apr 10 £1255 £80 20 Apr-31 May 10 £1180 £80 guests can enjoy healing and deep sea therapies from the mineral-rich waters. 1 Jun-7 Sep 10 £1055 £60 8 Sep-17 Nov 10 £1180 £80 Elegant Facts 18 Nov-22 Dec 10 £1055 £60 • 97 rooms & suites 23-31 Dec 10 £1305 £85 • SPA: The Six Senses Spa sits directly under one of the natural hot spring waterfalls that Price includes flights from London with British Midland & cascades into the main pool and relaxation area. Treatments focus on the therapeutic private car transfers. properties of the surrounding mineral-rich waters, combined with Asian and Six Senses TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Amman Airport – signature treatments 60 minutes. • KIDS: Children welcome Room supplements from (per person, per night) Evason Room £5 to • Leisure facilities include board games, cooking courses, cycling and a host of cultural tours. £10, One Bedroom Suite £40 to £55 & Spa Suite £280 to £315. Through L.I.F.E (Learning, Innovative, Fun, Experience) guests can enjoy a host of day trips to Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £625. places such as the Dead Sea, the historic mosaic city of Madaba and a tour of Amman city – overnight trips to Petra and a full Bedouin Experience at the Wadi Rum can also be arranged Elegant Offers • The Chef’s Table concept – which has proved so popular at other Six Senses Resorts – Complimentary Nights gives guests the opportunity to join the chef over some personally prepared dishes and Stay 2 for 1; 4 for 2; 6 for 3 & 8 for 4. accompanying wine. Alternatively, enjoy one of The Wine Cellar’s regular degustation dinners Valid 10 Jan-27 Feb 10 inclusive. and tastings. The White Bar and Brown Bars serve drinks – based on white and brown spirits Honeymoon Offer Stay 3 nights & receive 1 free 50-minute spa treatment for 2 people; Elegant Opinion 1 Evason Ma’In Honeymoon Gift & 1 free private dinner for 2, excluding “Surround yourself with living history in a breathtaking location in the heart of the Holy Land, with beverages. Valid year-round. hot spring waterfalls and every luxury imaginable.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 55
  • JORDAN NEW Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Jordan Presiding over the largest stretch of private beach in Jordan at the edge of the Dead Sea, Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: amidst gardens of olive trees and palms dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and no less than nine Depart 7 nights Extra nights pools, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is divided into two parts – guests can choose from the 1-10 Jan 10 £1340 £105 Ishtar Villas, a hideaway boutique hotel or the main hotel where all rooms and suites face the 11 Jan-28 Feb 10 £1140 £75 Dead Sea. The centrepiece of the hotel is the Anantara Spa; at 10,000m2 it’s one of the 1 Mar-10 Apr 10 £1340 £105 largest holistic complexes in the Middle East. An astronomical theme is reflected in the décor 11-19 Apr 10 £1525 £120 and guests are invited to enjoy bespoke treatments that make full use of the mineral-packed 20 Apr-10 May 10 £1450 £120 11-31 May 10 £1340 £105 Dead Sea water. 1 Jun-15 Sep 10 £1140 £75 16 Sep-15 Nov 10 £1340 £105 Elegant Facts 16 Nov-20 Dec 10 £1140 £75 • 345 rooms & suites 21-31 Dec 10 £1415 £105 • SPA: The Anantara Spa combines century-old therapies with the most innovative signature Price includes flights from London with British Midland & treatments, all performed by highly-trained Far Eastern therapists. Guests can also enjoy yoga, private car transfers. T’ai Chi, meditation, Pilates, a Moroccan Hammam, indoor whirlpool and steam rooms TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Amman Airport – • KIDS: At the Kempinski Kids Club, qualified Instructors supervise all children’s activities in the 55 minutes. fully-equipped Entertainment Centre. Babysitting is available upon request, payable locally Room supplements from (per person, per night) Ishtar Deluxe Room • Leisure facilities include 9 freshwater swimming pools including an outdoor creative lap pool, a £40, Ishtar Spa Room £120 & Executive Suite £145. gymnasium and tennis courts Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £625. • The resort lies 70km from Amman while Mount Nebo and the Baptism Site (where, it is claimed, Jesus was baptised) are close by. Petra is a 2-hour drive away • A variety of exceptional restaurants and bars serve a selection of International and national cuisine prepared by a team of award-winning chefs Elegant Opinion “Sunsets at the Dead Sea are full of romantic memories that last a lifetime. Don’t miss the opportunity to book a seat at the Sunset Terrace, in the Ishtar Area, for a most unforgettable sunset experience.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 56 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • JORDAN NEW Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Jordan Supporting Aqaba’s metamorphosis into a premier leisure resort, complete with golf courses Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: and residential developments, is the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba. The hotel’s striking architecture Depart 7 nights Extra nights – made of stone and glass and shaped like a teardrop – makes a bold statement on the 1-10 Jan 10 £1415 £105 shores of Aqaba’s sandy beaches and the unique design ensures that all rooms and suites, 11 Jan-28 Feb 10 £1220 £75 each a minimalist haven, enjoy a sea view. During the day, guests of the hotel can do as little 1 Mar-10 Apr 10 £1415 £105 or as much as they please – relax in one of the cabanas on the private beach, choose from 11-19 Apr 10 £1595 £120 a host of outdoor and water-based activities, or even take a walk into downtown Aqaba for 20 Apr-10 May 10 £1525 £120 11-31 May 10 £1415 £105 some retail therapy. 1 Jun-15 Sep 10 £1220 £75 16 Sep-15 Nov 10 £1415 £105 Elegant Facts 16 Nov-20 Dec 10 £1220 £75 • 201 rooms & suites 21-31 Dec 10 £1490 £105 • SPA: The spa offers a combination of different techniques and luxurious body treatments, Price includes flights from London with British Midland, domestic flights facials, scrubs and body wraps all designed to unwind and rejuvenate both body and soul from Amman to Aqaba & private car transfers. • KIDS: Supervised activities, under the care and supervision of qualified teachers, can be TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Aqaba Airport – 10 minutes. enjoyed at the Kids’ Club Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Room £20 to • Leisure facilities include yachting, windsurfing, sea-kayaking, diving and snorkelling, and a £35, Junior Suite £40 to £55 & Executive Suite £155 to £175. health club with sauna, whirlpool and Jacuzzi. For those wishing to explore beyond the resort, Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £625 tours to popular attractions such as Petra, Wadi Rum and Bedouin Camps can be arranged (Amman only). • The hotel boasts 5 dining outlets including an all-day dining restaurant specialising in International and local cuisine, an all-in-one pizza restaurant, an ice cream parlour and a beach snack bar. The Aqua Lounge offers fine pastries and exquisite cocktails by day and at night becomes the perfect place to relax with an aperitif and live piano music Elegant Opinion “Don’t miss the chance to book a table at the popular Aqua Lounge for a gorgeous sea view during sunset.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 57
  • North Africa Morocco Egypt Tunisia North Africa Combinations Destinations within our North African portfolio, such as Egypt, offer the visitor plenty to see and do on just one holiday and may even require more than one visit, but other areas can offer you a variety of experiences in one trip. Why not consider combining a stay in the city with the beach – Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh work perfectly for this – or a city and mountain retreat such as Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains... We’d be happy to create a personal itinerary that’s as simple or as detailed as you require, simply call 01244 897 111 and speak to one of our Travel Consultants. 58
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  • Morocco & Tunisia Bordered by the Straits of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco lies on the northwest coast of North Africa. Culturally it could not be more different from Europe, being Islamic and deeply traditional, presenting visitors with an opportunity to experience a country where the distant and enigmatic past survives alongside the more vibrant present. The vivid colours, evocative spices and scents, ancient cities and warm friendly people of Tunisia provide a holiday of contrasts. Arabic in culture and tradition, Tunisia is nevertheless a tolerant Muslim country where hospitality is very important. Shopping is a real pleasure here; small shops display their treasures of brass, olive wood and brightly coloured garments complete with souvenir antiques. With over 1200km of coast, beautiful beaches and sparkling clean seas, watersports can be enjoyed all year round. Mediterranean Sea The Residence • Tunis Atlantic Ocean Rabat Casablanca Morocco Algeria El Jadida Royal Mansour Mazagan Beach Resort Atlas Mountains Tunisia Marrakech Amanjena Asni La Mamounia Kasbah Tamadot Taroudant Domestic Airport La Gazelle d’Or International Airport Climate Guide: Morocco Climate Guide: Tunisia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temp °C 18 20 23 26 29 33 38 38 33 28 23 19 Temp °C 14 16 18 21 24 29 32 33 31 25 20 16 Rain mm 25 28 33 31 15 8 3 3 10 23 31 31 Rain mm 64 51 41 36 18 8 3 8 33 31 48 61 60
  • Main image courtesy of the Moroccan Tourist Board Travel Facts GMT: + 1 to 2 hours. Flying Time: Morocco; From London Gatwick to Marrakech, 3 hours 20 minutes. Tunisia; From London Gatwick to Tunisia, 3 hours. Flight Information: Royal Air Maroc from London Gatwick and London Heathrow to Marrakech, from London Heathrow to Casablanca and Agadir (via Casablanca). British Airways from London Gatwick to Tunis. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £285 (British Airways to Tunisia) per person, each way. More details appear on page 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Morocco is a year-round destination, enjoying high temperatures and low rainfall and humidity, but the best time to visit is from October to May as mid-summer temper- atures can soar to over 100ºC. April to September are the warmest months in Tunisia with lit- tle rainfall, while the winter months are cooler. Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Morocco and Tunisia for one month from 11 August-9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 61
  • MOROCCO Amanjena Marrakech, Morocco Amanjena is the first Amanresorts property in Africa. Its design emulates the old Moorish pisé Prices per person in a Pavilion, meals extra, from: (earthen) buildings and Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains, with its Depart 3 nights Extra nights distinctive rose-blush walls mirroring those of the nearby ‘red city’, Marrakech. Step through 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1495 £395 the hand-crafted double oak doors into an oasis, bedecked with palms and vines, colonnaded walkways, marble fountains and glittering glazed tiles. Fanning out from the Price includes flights from London with Royal Air Maroc & central water pool are beautiful, Moroccan-style Pavilions (many with private pool and private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Marrakech Airport – garden), traditional two-storey ‘townhouse’ Maisons and the spectacular Al-Hamra Maison, 15 minutes. all enjoying the most glorious mountain views. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pavilion Bassin £40, Pavilion Piscine £320 & Maison £605. Elegant Facts Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £145. • 39 Pavilions & Maisons Elegant Offers • SPA: The health and beauty centre offers relaxing treatments to soothe mind and body • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally Winter Offer • Leisure facilities include a heated outdoor pool, a gym, library, boutiques, bike rental and golf, Stay 3 nights & receive free continental breakfast & 3 course lunch. which is available nearby while with complimentary rackets, balls and floodlighting, guests can Valid 5 Jan-15 Mar 10 inclusive. play on the 2 clay tennis courts whenever they wish. Despite not being centrally-located, Summer Offer guests who wish to explore can easily hire cars and drivers through Amanjena, although this Stay 4 nights & receive complimentary full board, excluding beverages. can work out quite expensive Valid 1 Jun-30 Sep 10 inclusive. • The 2 restaurants feature à la carte Moroccan dishes, International cuisine and Thai specialities • For extra space and added luxury, upgrade to a 2-storey Maison and enjoy supreme privacy with your own swimming pool, lush garden and pillared minzah • During the heat of the day, the outdoor swimming pool is a cool haven protected by a wide wall fountain with access to a shallower pool • The hotel offers exceptional service, excellent cuisine and elegant accommodation and is a peaceful and tranquil oasis – the perfect place for guests to recharge their batteries Elegant Opinion “Breakfast at the beach, lunch in the mountains or picnic in the desert? Amanjena’s helicopter departs straight from the hotel’s new heliport.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 62 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • MOROCCO NEW La Mamounia Marrakech, Morocco Set on the edge of the walls of the old city of Marrakech, La Mamounia is named after its Prices per person in a Classic Hivernage, meals extra, from: gardens, which are noted for their ancient olive groves. It has been a favourite destination for Depart 7 nights Extra nights royals, heads of state, film-makers, actors and fashion designers alike, who have been 1-31 Jan 10 £1995 £230 eagerly awaiting its reopening since it closed for refurbishment. The traditional values of 1 Feb-31 Mar 10 £1670 £185 Moroccan hospitality now sit comfortably alongside beautiful, theatrical perspectives that 1 Apr-31 May 10 £1995 £230 perfectly complement the impressive Moorish architecture. Guest rooms and suites, as well 1 Jun-14 Sep 10 £1670 £185 as three riads – each with three bedrooms, terraces and private pools – add the final touches 15 Sep-24 Dec 10 £1995 £230 to a very impressive makeover. Price includes flights from London with Royal Air Maroc & private car transfers. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Marrakech Airport – 15 minutes. • 207 rooms & suites and 3 riads Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Koutoubia £35 • SPA: There’s a 27,000ft La Mamounia Spa offering a range of face and body treatments as 2 to £40, Deluxe Park £50 to £65 & Park Suite £110 to £135. well as an indoor, ozone-treated swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a traditional Hammam Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £145. • KIDS: Children are welcome • Recreational facilities include a fitness pavilion with aerobics, Pilates, spinning and yoga classes, a weights and cardio room, an outdoor heated swimming pool, 2 clay tennis courts and table tennis • Guests can dine on Italian specialities, contemporary French cuisine and fine Moroccan food that fuses both traditional and modern ingredients, freshly sourced from La Mamounia’s own vegetable garden, as well as 5 exquisite bar experiences Elegant Opinion “Female by name, but also by the passions it unleashes, La Mamounia seduces and charms without reserve. Let yourself be guided by the mystery of light and shade, atmosphere, the intimacy of the place and the magic of perfumes.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 64 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • MOROCCO NEW Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco Designed to replicate an historical medina, complete with Andalusian courtyards, winding Prices per person in a One Bedroom Riad, meals extra, from: alleyways and fountains, Royal Mansour has, quite literally, been built into the ancient walls Depart 3 nights Extra nights of Marrakech. Moroccan-style houses – or riads – are furnished with silk brocades, ornate 1 Jan-29 Dec 10 £2310 £665 tiles and antique furnishings. Each comes with a courtyard surrounded by a bar, living area, and, in some cases, a dining room. Bedrooms are situated on the first floor overlooking the Price includes flights from London with Royal Air Maroc & private courtyard while roof terraces come with sun beds, private pools and stunning views private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Marrakech Airport – of Marrakech or the Atlas Mountains. Each riad is accessed by staff through a series of 15 minutes. underground tunnels, providing the ultimate in discretionary service. Room supplements from (per person, per night) One Bedroom Deluxe Riad £190, Two Bedroom Riad £3065 (4 persons) & Three Bedroom Elegant Facts Riad £13540 (6 persons). Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £145. • 53 riads • SPA: The 26,900ft2 Moroccan-themed spa is located in its own pavilion surrounded by a moat and is complete with a fitness centre, a heated indoor pool and hair and beauty salon • KIDS: The Kids’ Club is supervised by professional staff; a babysitting service is also available • Leisure facilities include a lap pool/kids’ pool, an art gallery and a library, lobby bar and lounge, cigar and liquor bar, and a tea lounge. Beyond the resort, guests can enjoy cultural tours of Marrakech; golf at any of 3 different golf courses (15 to 20 minutes transfer time), skiing (1 hour transfer time), a day on the beach (2 hours transfer time) and trips into the desert (4 hours transfer time) • The 3 restaurants offer International, French gastronomic and reinterpreted traditional Moroccan cuisine • Jean Pierre Chaumard, who has previously managed iconic hotels such as the Royal Palm in Mauritius, will oversee the proceedings Elegant Opinion “Taking exclusivity, luxury and privacy to a level not seen before, with an extraordinary array of spacious, opulent riads in the heart of one of the world’s most exotic cities.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 65
  • MOROCCO NEW Mazagan Beach Resort El Jadida, Morocco Surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this Prices per person in a King Room, including breakfast, from: grandiose property perfectly captures the rich and colourful architecture of Morocco’s Depart 7 nights Extra nights building style. Rooms and suites feature Moroccan inspired décor, satellite television and Wi- 4 Jan-3 Apr 10 £880 £70 Fi, and come with a selection of views: the ocean, lagoons, golf course, gardens or the 4 Apr-26 Jun 10 £1060 £100 majestic swimming pool. A host of world-class facilities include kids’ and teen clubs and 27 Jun-22 Aug £1240 £125 even a casino and a nightclub. Eight restaurants and bars provide both informal 23 Aug-31 Oct 10 £1060 £100 refreshments and exclusive fine dining in the form of mouthwatering traditional dishes, 1 Nov-17 Dec 10 £880 £70 prepared and served as they have been for hundreds of years. Price includes flights from London with Royal Air Maroc & private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Marrakech Airport – Elegant Facts 45 minutes. • 500 rooms & suites Room supplements from (per person, per night) Mazagan Suite £80 to • SPA: The spa offers guests a range of face and body treatments to unwind body and mind £185 & Executive Suite £185 to £290. • KIDS: The Kids’ Club (3 to 11-year-olds) offers daily supervised events. At the Teens Club Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £145. (12 to 17-year-olds) older children can enjoy watching movies on giant screens and discos • Leisure facilities include an 18-hole, Gary Player golf course and clubhouse, surfing, fishing windsurfing and jet-skiing, Nordic walking, tennis, horse-riding and cookery or craft classes. Mazagan Beach Resort is just 45 minutes drive from Casablanca and a few kilometres away from the traditional Portuguese port towns of El Jadida (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Azemmour, with its souks, markets and perfectly crafted medina • For dining, guests can enjoy a variety of venues and cuisine that range from snacks and pastries, Mediterranean dishes and seafood pastilles to Middle-Eastern, North African, Indian and Asian buffets and tajines • Night owls will adore the resort’s casino with over 400 slot machines and 50 gaming tables and the Sanctuary Night Club, with numerous bars and lounge areas Elegant Opinion “Enjoy magical bedouin feasts on the beach with Moroccan specialities, folk singers, dancers, snake charmers and fire eaters with a ‘fantasia’ finale (a traditional Moroccan horse race).” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 66 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • MOROCCO Kasbah Tamadot Atlas Mountains, Morocco Perched on a hilltop, surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the High Atlas, there’s no Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: denying Kasbah Tamadot’s dramatic mountain setting. Sweep through the carved gates to Depart 7 nights Extra nights find a lavish Moroccan hideaway – its lush gardens and richly-decorated, antique-bedecked 8 Jan-31 Mar 10 £1480 £160 interiors in strong contrast with its rugged backdrop. Spacious and welcoming, the guest 1 Apr-31 May 10 £1695 £190 rooms exude Moroccan style, incorporating ochre hues, terracotta floor tiles, patterned rugs, 1 Jun-31 Aug 10 £1480 £160 carved chests, fantastic mosaic ceilings, chunky four-poster beds, and fireplaces. For a 1 Sep-14 Nov 10 £1695 £190 more intimate setting, stay in one of the luxurious Berber Tented Suites which boast private 15 Nov-13 Dec 10 £1480 £160 plunge pools. Price includes flights from London with Royal Air Maroc & private car transfers. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Marrakech Airport – 50 minutes. • 24 rooms & suites Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Room £50 to • SPA: The spa features a range of massages and beauty treatments and a traditional Hammam £55, Superior Suite £80 to £100 & Deluxe Suite £115 to £120. • KIDS: Kids are welcome during the UK school holidays; there is an array of activities available Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £145. from treasure hunts, horse and cart rides and bedtime stories with a local flavour • Leisure facilities include a heated indoor and outdoor infinity pool, a gym and tennis. Guests seeking a taste of authentic Morocco, and the chance to explore the local countryside, can arrange a guided mule ride • You can sample some delicious European, traditionally cooked Moroccan and African cuisine, featuring spices and locally-grown vegetables, at Kasbah Tamadot’s stunning restaurant • Guests will enjoy the sense of staying in a Moroccan home, rather than a hotel, enhanced by the local Berber staff • Guests seeking an active night life may be disappointed at Kasbah Tamadot, but its intimate size and air of tranquillity are part of its charm Elegant Opinion “Enjoy the ‘Yazire Angel’, a luxurious face and body treatment. Yazire is the Berber word for rosemary, which is grown in the Kasbah Tamadot gardens.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 67
  • MOROCCO La Gazelle d’Or Taroudant, Morocco Close to the ancient city of Taroudant – set in a garden of fragrant roses, elegant palms, Prices per person in a Junior Suite, including half board, from: tumbling bougainvillea and citrus groves, and surrounded by parkland – La Gazelle d’Or is Depart 7 nights Extra nights all about blissfully cocooned luxury. Privately-owned, the hotel feels like a welcoming home, 5 Jan-17 Dec 10 £2455 £290 opulently appointed with Moroccan mosaics, handwoven rugs and valuable antiques. Hidden away in the peaceful gardens, in flower-covered stone cottages, just thirty rooms, Price includes flights from London with Royal Air Maroc & suites and a large Maison are individually decorated with traditional handicrafts and antique private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Marrakech Airport – furnishings, and include a cosy log fire, spacious lounge and private terrace – where, in- 4 hours, 30 minutes (across the Atlas Mountains). keeping with the relaxed ambience, breakfast is served as late as you wish. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Superior Junior Suite £20, Large Suite £130 & Maison £340. Elegant Facts Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £145. • 30 suites • SPA: Massages, body scrubs and a Hammam are all available at the beauty centre • KIDS: Children over the age of 10 years old are welcome • Recreational facilities include a heated pool, fitness room, tennis, a golf range, riding stables and a croquet lawn. Although close to the walled city of Taroudant and near to the Atlas Mountains, guests who wish to explore will need their own transport • A tented clubhouse serves mouthwatering Moroccan and International specialities. Many ingredients for the hotel’s menu come from its own 200-acre organic farm, ensuring that every dish is jam-packed with freshness and flavour • Popular with many high profile guests due to its supreme privacy and refined luxury, you never know whom you may bump into whilst staying here • With only a small number of rooms, the hotel may be too intimate for some, but this is sure to appeal to many guests Elegant Opinion “Life is not simply a series of breaths but rather the sum of those moments that take our breath away – find yourself at La Gazelle d’Or.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 68 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • TUNISIA The Residence Tunis Carthage, Tunisia Set on the edge of a golden Mediterranean beach near Carthage, The Residence Tunis is an Prices per person in a Garden View Room, oasis of charm and serenity. Its palatial architecture reflects both Moorish and Andalucian including breakfast, from: influences, while its interiors are all about relaxed elegance, with its distinctive Oriental décor Depart 7 nights Extra nights encapsulating an authentic Tunisian ambience. In the comfort of the luxurious rooms and 1 Jan-27 Feb 10 £1210 £115 suites, the region’s soft light illuminates the ivory walls, blond wood, Alicante marble, 28 Feb-3 Jul 10 £1350 £135 precious fabrics and delicate charm of Oriental paintings, while the private terraces overlook 4 Jul-4 Sep 10 £1490 £155 the sea or gardens. Meanwhile, a host of excellent facilities ensure entertainment for the 5 Sep-24 Dec 10 £1350 £135 entire family. Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Tunis Airport – 20 minutes. • 164 rooms & suites Room supplements from (per person, per night) Seaview Room £15 to £30, Poolview Room £125 to £165 & Seaview Suite £140 to £185. • SPA: The fabulous Thalasso Spa features a Hammam, indoor pool and a Jacuzzi Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Club Europe £285. • KIDS: Children can enjoy organised activities as well as a playground and games room • Leisure facilities include a 1500m2 swimming pool, a private stretch of beach, tennis, an Elegant Offers 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones Jnr golf course and a watersports centre nearby • 5 restaurants offer Mediterranean cuisine, an organic buffet and Bedouin evening barbecues. Complimentary Nights Guests can enjoy a slice of Tunisian life courtesy of the Tunisian Restaurant where they can Stay 3 for 2; 4 for 3 or 7 for 5. Valid 3 Jan-31 Mar 10 inclusive. choose from local delicacies, and be entertained by live music and waiters in traditional dress • Although not centrally-located, if guests wish to explore Tunis the hotel team will happily Stay 7 for 6. Valid 1 Jun-20 Dec 10 inclusive. arrange a taxi • While the hotel does get busy during school holidays, there’s always a quiet corner to relax – or guests can enjoy their room’s private balcony or terrace Elegant Opinion “Relax in the magical and serene Thalasso Spa inspired by the antique Roman baths – let your worries escape you whilst your body is massaged by the jets of the heated seawater pool surrounded by majestic pillars.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 69
  • Egypt Offering an amazing insight into one of the world’s greatest civilisations and home to many of the wonders of the ancient world, Egypt is the fabled land of the mystical Pharaohs. Its magnificent pyramids, temples and monuments have been attracting visitors for hundreds of years, while the Red Sea is rightly renowned as a world- class destination for scuba-diving, so if you haven’t already, why not learn to dive and enter a magical world of exquisite coral reefs and exotic displays of multi-coloured fish. Cairo is Africa’s largest city, a vibrant melting pot of history and culture overflowing with medieval splendour, graceful minarets and ancient bazaars. Home to many of the world’s best preserved historical wonders, its museums are filled with thousands of Pharaonic artefacts, alongside the fabulous treasures of the boy- king Tutankhamun. Just a short distance from the city centre, the five-thousand-year-old Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza cast their imposing shadows over the desert. In dramatic contrast, travel by Jeep or camel and explore the spellbinding beauty and starkness of the deserts and mountains of the Sinai, steeped in Biblical history that evokes memories of a glorious and magical past. Wander through colourful bazaars in towns that once were fishing villages and encounter the friendliness and hospitality of the Egyptian people. Mediterranean Sea •Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano Cairo Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Sharm El Sheikh Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hurghada The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm El Sheikh The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh •Kempinski Soma Bay Red River Luxor Sea Egypt Nile •Sofitel Old Winter Palace Aswan Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser Lake Nasser Climate Guide: Egypt Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temp °C 19 20 23 28 32 34 35 35 33 30 25 20 Rain mm 4 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 70
  • Images courtesy of Egypt Tourist Board Travel Facts GMT: + 2 to 3 hours. Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 4 hours 45 minutes to Cairo; London Gatwick, 5 hours to Sharm El Sheikh and 5 hours 25 minutes to Hurghada. Flight Information: British Airways and bmi from Heathrow to Cairo with onward connecting flights to Alexandria and Luxor; British Airways from London Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh; easyjet from London Gatwick to Hurghada. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £375 (British Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Hot, dry summers with mild, dry winters and cold nights. Rainfall is negligible on the coast. In April, the hot, dusty ‘Kamsin’ wind blows from the Sahara. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 132 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- to-date information. Please note Ramadan is celebrated in Egypt for one month from 11 August- 9 September 2010 and some services may be restricted. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 71
  • EGYPT Highlights of Egypt Nile Tour Take in all the iconic monuments remaining from this ancient civilisation, as well as a cruise along the Nile – a physical, political and spiritual presence in Ancient Egyptian culture… Day 1: Cairo Arrive Cairo, overnight at the Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza. Cairo is a modern and developed city but it still possesses a rustic Arabian ambience particularly within the Old Town. Day 2: Alexandria Transfer to Alexandria: 2 nights at Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano. Founded in 322 BC and once governed by Cleopatra, Alexandria was one of the most influential cities of the ancient world. Today it’s considered one of the Middle East’s most fashionable resort locations with an ambience and cultural heritage more European than Middle Eastern. Soak up the sun or enjoy discovering ancient treasures such as Pompey’s Pillar and the Roman amphitheatre. Day 4: Aswan Transfer to Aswan: 7 nights on-board The Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser. Highlights of this luxury Nile Cruise include: the High Dam – when it was built in the 1960s it was considered an engineering miracle – it contains eighteen times the amount of material used to build the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and is a wonderful viewing point for visitors. The temples at Abu Simbel were moved from their original site in 1964 having been damaged by the rising water of Lake Nasser while the High Dam was being built. Today, they sit on a site sixty-five metres higher than their original location. In the city of Edfu is the Temple of Horus, widely considered to be one of the most beautifully preserved temples in Egypt and comparable to the ruins of Karnak, the largest temple complex ever built by man. In between excursions, there will be plenty of time to relax and recharge either in the soothing on-board luxury spa or reclining by the landscaped pool. Aswan Day 11: Luxor Disembark at Luxor: overnight at the Sofitel Old Winter Palace, Luxor. The hotel has Day 12: Cairo some unique history of its own, for it was here that Howard Carter was staying when Transfer to Cairo: 2 nights at Four Seasons Cairo at The First Residence. The capital he made his great discovery of Tutankhamun’s treasures. city is filled to the brim with noise, colour and history and this is a great opportunity to visit the ancient pyramids and the Sphinx, and great icons of Egypt’s fascinating history. Within the city itself you’ll find the Egyptian National Museum. Housing over 136,000 items from the ancient world, the sprawling sandstone building is home to several mummies including the pharaohs Ramses II and III and Seti I and the contents of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Day 14: Flight home. Highlights of Egypt Nile Tour:13 nights from £4895 per person Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals and private transfers throughout. Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced according to your preferences, which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. This itinerary is only an example of the holiday experience we can create for you. Feel free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 111 who will happily put together an itinerary to suit your individual requirements – you might want to spend more or less time in one area, or even visit an area that we haven’t included here. Street market at Alexandria 72 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • EGYPT Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Cairo, Egypt Rising on the banks of the river, this towering hotel enjoys commanding views over both the Elegant Facts 12th century citadel and the Nile as it slowly snakes through the cosmopolitan city of Cairo. • 365 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa offers a comprehensive range of massages and spa treatments With a modern, sleek design, the hotel stands out from the old-world charm and historical and boasts 15 treatment rooms including a couples’ treatment room, a splendour of Egypt for all of the right reasons. Guest rooms and suites are generously sauna, steam room, whirlpool, an indoor pool and a relaxation area proportioned and boast state-of-the-art technology and spacious marble bathrooms. • KIDS: Children’s amenities and special children’s menus are available in the restaurants. Babysitting is available • Recreational facilities include a secluded rooftop free-form swimming pool – surrounded by lush landscaping, it’s a great place to get away from the bustle of Cairo. For those who wish to explore, the Pyramids and Sphinx are located about 30km away from the hotel, but the Concierges are skilled at arranging delightful trips for guests to see them • For dining, there are 9 restaurants, lounges and bars at the hotel. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood while surrounded by exotic fish in custom-made aquariums at the Aqua restaurant – it also boasts fabulous views of the Nile Elegant Opinion “This beacon of sophisticated hospitality rises along the bank of the Nile river PRICES: 3 nights from (per person) £820 (1-7 Jan & 30 Mar-9 Apr 10), from £780 (8 Jan-29 Mar, 10- and offers commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel.” 30 Apr, 1 Jul-10 Aug & 10 Nov-22 Dec 10) & from £745 (1 May-30 Jun & 11 Aug-9 Nov 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cairo Airport – 45 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence Cairo, Egypt This Neo Classical property sits at the base of one of the most famous royal sites in history Elegant Facts and forms part of The First Residence. Spacious rooms and suites are swathed in plush • 269 rooms & suites • SPA: Experience the glamour of the Pharaonic era at the Spa and Wellness fabrics and architectural artworks from Egypt’s past, with views of the distant pyramids or Centre, here the Egyptian philosophy that regards beauty as an holistic the Nile. Attention to detail here is flawless, including from the non-intrusive staff, on-hand to concept is applied and treatments embrace both the inner and outer self provide you with everything you desire. • KIDS: Children are welcome and babysitting is available, payable locally • Leisure facilities include an open-air pool and a state-of-the-art Wellness Centre with the services of a personal trainer, while nearby is the 18-hole championship Katameya Heights Golf and Country Club. Horse-riding in the desert and Nile cruises can also be arranged • For dining, guests have a choice of 3 restaurants serving Thai and Lebanese cuisine, as well as authentic Italian at Seasons, where a children’s menu is also available and a Murano glass chandelier illuminates the room. Here, Thai dishes are also created in front of guests in the open kitchen Elegant Opinion “A gracious sanctuary of Four Seasons hospitality and service, offering impressive views of the Great Pyramids over Cairo’s ancient Zoological and PRICES: 3 nights from (per person) £780 (1-7 Jan & 30 Mar-9 Apr 10), from £745 (8 Jan-29 Mar, 10- Botanical Gardens.” 30 Apr, 1 Jul-10 Aug & 10 Sep-22 Dec 10) & from £710 (1 May-30 Jun & 11 Aug-9 Sep 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Room, including breakfast, flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cairo Airport – 45 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 73
  • EGYPT NEW Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano Alexandria, Egypt The Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano stands in sharp contrast to the surrounding Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: historic buildings, forming a small but integral part of the city’s Grand Plaza complex and Depart 3 nights Extra nights lending a Vegas-like grandeur to the land of the Pharaohs. However, with just over a hundred 4 Jan-15 Mar 10 £710 £100 rooms, there’s a very boutique ambience to the hotel. Rooms feature a palette of lemon and 16 Mar-13 Jun 10 £760 £120 eggshell with Egyptian accents, opulent bathrooms and balconies overlooking the 14 Jun-9 Aug 10 £895 £165 Mediterranean or the city and Grand Plaza. There are three bars and cuisine in the three 10 Aug-8 Sep 10 £710 £100 restaurants ranges from Lebanese and Italian fine dining to contemporary Mediterranean 9-15 Sep 10 £895 £165 16 Sep-10 Nov 10 £760 £120 favourites, making the hotel an extremely popular dining venue for local city dwellers. 11-20 Nov 10 £895 £165 21 Nov-5 Dec 10 £760 £120 Elegant Facts 6 Dec-28 Dec 10 £710 £100 • 118 rooms & suites Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • SPA: The European-styled Spa and Wellness Centre offers guests lifestyle assessments with a private car transfers. fitness expert professionally trained in nutrition, body weight and stress management TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cairo Airport – • KIDS: There’s a ‘Kids for All Seasons’ programme with most activities carried out in the ‘Alex 3 hours, 30 minutes. the Camel Kids’ Club’ or at the children’s pool area. Children under 4 years old may take part Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Terrace Room in activities if accompanied by a guardian. Babysitting can be arranged, payable locally £25, Seaview Room £40 & Four Seasons Suite £135 to £155. • Leisure facilities include a glass-backed squash court, a circular infinity pool overlooking the Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus Corniche and Mediterranean, and a cutting-edge fitness centre. Beyond the resort, the hotel is £125, Club World £410 & First £1240. just a 20-minute drive from Alexandria’s historic district and new Bibliotheca while the antique- filled shops of El-Horreya Street are just a 10-minute drive away Elegant Offers • There are 5 restaurants, 1 bar and 2 lounges serving a selection of local and International Complimentary Night specialities, including Lebanese and Italian, and an Italian Fresca Café and Gelateria that opens Stay 7 for 6. Valid 4 Jan-15 Mar; 10 Aug-8 Sep & out onto the Corniche 6-28 Dec 10 inclusive. Combination Offer Elegant Opinion Combine a stay at Four Seasons Alexandria with a stay at the Four “Edging the Mediterranean in a setting of legendary glamour, discover an intimate enclave within Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza, the Four Seasons Cairo at The First the Grand Plaza. Four Seasons’ care outshines all else in Alexandria.” Residence or the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh & receive reduced rate. Valid year-round. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 74 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • EGYPT NEW Sofitel Old Winter Palace, Luxor Luxor, Egypt Built in 1886, a stone’s throw from Luxor Temple and overlooking the Nile, this elegant Prices per person in a Classic Room, including breakfast, from: outpost is the perfect combination of old-world charm and 21st century luxury. It’s been a Depart 3 nights Extra nights favourite for royalty and celebrities over the years – Agatha Christie was a guest – and, in 4-31 Jan 10 £875 £100 1922, it was from the steps of the entrance that Howard Carter announced the discovery of 1 Feb-2 Apr 10 £890 £110 the tomb of Tutankhamun. Rooms are classically decorated in a quintessentially English style 3-9 Apr 10 £980 £135 and you’ll find the sweeping staircases and wide corridors – originally built to accommodate 10-30 Apr 10 £890 £110 those large Victorian dresses – have been retained. A drink in the Royal Bar, with its scarlet 1 May-30 Sep 10 £755 £65 1-31 Oct 10 £920 £115 walls and curved bar, shouldn’t be missed! 1-30 Nov 10 £945 £125 1-23 Dec 10 £905 £115 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London to Cairo with British Airways, • 92 rooms & suites Cairo to Luxor with Egyptair & private car transfers. • SPA: Not available TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Luxor Airport – 15 minutes. • KIDS: Babysitting is available upon request, payable locally Room supplements from (per person, per night) Classic Nile View • An ideal base from which to explore the Temple of Luxor, Valley of Kings and Queens, and the Room £25, Luxury Room £45 to £50 & Superior Nile View Room £70 Tombs of the Pharaohs, guests wishing to take a break from sightseeing can enjoy the exotic to £75. gardens, relax by the swimming pool or enjoy a game of billiards, snooker or table tennis at Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus the hotel £125, Club World £410 & First £1240 (Cairo only). • Guests wishing to dine at the French restaurant, 1886, need to make advance reservations and should note that a jacket and tie are required. Alternative dining venues include the à la carte restaurant, La Corniche, while the poolside El Nakheel serves light meals and snacks. Bars include the Nile Terrace Bar and the Oasis Bar Elegant Opinion “An historical palace with a stunning Victorian style, located in the heart of the most fascinating city known as the world’s largest open-air museum.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 76 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • EGYPT 1 Elegant Cruising Brochure 2010 Elegant Yachting in Egypt with Brand new for 2010, our Elegant Cruising Brochure showcases a host of luxury cruise options covering the globe. Available from November 2009, to pre-order a personal copy The Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser please call 01244 897 200. Alternatively, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk With all the comfort and style of a top boutique hotel, this luxurious vessel cruises the Nile on a seven-night itinerary, enabling guests to explore over 5000 years of rich Egyptian history… Just twenty-five chic cabins and two luxury suites feature dark woods and Italian tiled bathrooms with large windows offering panoramic views of the Nile and glimpses of a way of life unchanged since Biblical times. Facilities include a landscaped swimming pool, gym, library and even a cigar room. Because the Oberoi Zahra docks in its own private moorings along the Nile, guests can enjoy private tours in small groups of four to eight people – ahead of the crowds. Visits to temples are taken in the company of an English-speaking Egyptologist whose enthusiasm brings to life the rich history of the sites. After a dusty day sightseeing, the exquisite spa is the only place to be – here, you’ll be fussed over like a Pharaoh and mummified in towels, all aches and 2 3 pains eased away at the hands of skilled therapists. Afterwards, head to the 1 The Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruiser on the Nile restaurant for delightful gourmet cuisine produced from the finest local ingredients. 2 Luxury Cabin 3 Cairo 4 The Massage Suite THE OBEROI ZAHRA NILE CRUISER 7 nights (per person): from £3625 (5 Jan-29 Mar 10); from £4370 (30 Mar-12 Apr 10); from £3625 (13 Apr-3 May 10); from £2730 (4-31 May 10 & from 29 Jun-27 Sep 10) and from £3625 (28 Sep-21 Dec 10). Prices based on 2 adults sharing a luxury cabin, including full board. Flights and transfers extra. Transfer time from Luxor Airport – 30 minutes. Please note: There are no cruises between 1-28 Jun 10 inclusive. 4 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 77
  • EGYPT Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is a land of shifting dunes, craggy peaks, miles of gorgeous beaches Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: and, offshore, coral reefs. And at its heart, beautifully situated between a huge coastal nature Depart 7 nights Extra nights reserve and the spectacular Ras Mohammed National Marine Park, is the Four Seasons 1-7 Jan 10 £2465 £280 Resort Sharm El Sheikh. Clustered like a hillside village above the shimmering drama of the 8 Jan-8 Feb 10 £1635 £165 Red Sea and overlooking its own beach, this five star resort is the ultimate base from which 9 Feb-27 Mar 10 £1895 £200 to explore the region’s extraordinary natural beauty, while enjoying the signature Four 28 Mar-11 Apr 10 £2465 £280 Seasons brand of luxury – with a choice of accommodation including rooms, suites and 12 Apr-19 May 10 £1895 £200 20 May-9 Sep 10 £1635 £165 Family Suites, all with private terrace and most with stunning Red Sea views. 10 Sep-2 Dec 10 £1895 £200 3-18 Dec 10 £1635 £165 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • 200 rooms & suites private car transfers. • SPA: Unwind with a Four Seasons Spa and Wellness Centre treatment or massage – or for real TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sharm El Sheikh Airport – romance, indulge à deux and be pampered together in the Couples’ Room 10 minutes. • KIDS: The complimentary ‘Kids for All Seasons’ club is available for 4 to 12-year-olds while Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Room £40 to younger children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian £45, Premier Room £90 & One Bedroom Suite £265 to £325. • Leisure facilities include a heated freshwater pool, a fitness centre, lap pool, private beach and Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus a tennis centre. This is one of the most spectacular places to dive and snorkel in the world, £105 & Club World £375. and the hotel can arrange a session for guests of every level • The 5 dining venues feature a range of Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, Moroccan, local and Elegant Offers Lebanese specialities in an open-concept setting Complimentary Night • Panorama Rooms are well named, boasting awe-inspiring, uninterrupted views of the Red Sea Stay 7 for 6. Valid 15 Jan-1 Feb; 20 May-19 Jul; 10-31 Aug & • The temperature can rise to above 40°, but air-conditioning and refreshing plunge pools ensure 1-12 Dec 10 inclusive. guests can cool down easily • While coral near the shore can make swimming from the beach difficult, the hotel’s jetty allows guests to access deeper water with ease • With a wide range of activities, fantastic service, and exceptional accommodation, you certainly get good value for money Elegant Opinion “Overlooking the warm waters of the Red Sea, Four Seasons – a beautifully landscaped resort – will create memories of an unforgettable holiday.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 78 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • EGYPT NEW The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Situated at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm El Sheikh with Prices per person in a Pool & Garden Room, its manicured gardens and seven spectacular pools (one of which is heated seasonally from including breakfast, from: November to April) is a wonderful aquatic oasis. Among the pools are a dive, lap and lazy Depart 7 nights Extra nights river and two children’s pools, while the 350 metre beach with its secluded coves, offers easy 1-5 Jan 10 £1405 £130 access from the jetty to some of Sharm’s most beautiful reef areas. Rooms and suites are a 6 Jan-7 Mar 10 £825 £45 stylish mix of 1920s décor with lots of furniture and contemporary spaces suited to the 21st 8-31 Mar 10 £965 £65 century – each with luxurious Egyptian cottons and marble baths. Guests staying in Ritz- 1-8 Apr 10 £1405 £130 9 Apr-12 May 10 £965 £65 Carlton Club rooms have access to a private lounge and five culinary presentations daily. 13 May-29 Sep 10 £825 £45 30 Sep-26 Nov 10 £965 £65 Elegant Facts 27 Nov-24 Dec 10 £825 £45 • 321 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa features 12 treatment rooms, two private Arabian massage tents and Sharm’s Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. only chill room, while the spa menu draws upon the resort’s location and incorporates TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sharm El Sheikh Airport – authentic treatments used in the days of the Pharaohs – do treat yourself to a Cleopatra Bath 20 minutes. or the Egyptian Coffee Scrub Room supplements from (per person, per night) Side Seaview Room • KIDS: The Ritz Kids’ Club is perfect for children from 4 to 11 years old. Activities are organised £20 to £25, Club Room £45 to £80 & Sea Side Junior Suite £85 by experienced staff. Babysitting is available on request, payable locally to £150. • Leisure facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, tennis court, a sauna and Jacuzzi. Sharm is a Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus long-time favourite destination of dive enthusiasts due to its beautiful reef areas, and guests £105 & Club World £375. also have access to the National Geographic Dive Centre – diving courses and trips are available daily and are suitable for both novice and experienced divers Elegant Offers • The 5 restaurants offer guests a choice of authentic Italian, spicy Asian or Arabian delicacies Complimentary Nights while a range of beverages and light meals can be enjoyed at the Pyramid Bar Stay 7 for 6 or 14 for 12. Valid 15 Jan-28 Feb; 14 May-30 Jul & 1-30 Sep 10 inclusive. Elegant Opinion “For novices or experts, the Red Sea ‘corridor of dreams’ diving is some of the best in the world and is located only yards from the hotel.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 80 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • EGYPT NEW Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay Red Sea, Egypt Taking its inspiration from the architectural style of Moorish fortresses, the Kempinski Hotel Prices per person in a Garden View Room, Soma Bay is set amidst an impressive landscape of pools, waterfalls and lagoons flowing including breakfast, from: down to its own stretch of sandy beach, lapped by the waters of the Red Sea. Stylish Depart 7 nights Extra nights interiors feature Oriental accents and many of the suites can be combined with connecting 1-7 Jan 10 £1165 £90 rooms which, alongside the excellent facilities available for young children, make it ideal for 8 Jan-26 Mar 10 £920 £55 families. Why not consider staying in one of the Laguna Club rooms or suites? They enjoy 27 Mar-10 Apr 10 £1165 £90 wonderful views over the Soma Bay Marina, and you have exclusive access to a breakfast 11 Apr-9 May 10 £1030 £70 10-25 May 10 £920 £55 and evening lounge, as well as a separate information and service desk. 26 May-6 Aug 10 £810 £40 7 Aug-27 Sep 10 £920 £55 Elegant Facts 28 Sep-30 Nov 10 £1030 £70 • 325 rooms & suites 1-24 Dec 10 £920 £55 • SPA: The Health Club and Spa offers a range of treatments while Les Thermes Marins Thalasso Price includes flights from London to Cairo with British Airways, Spa and Thalasso Center, one of the largest spas and Thalassotherapy centres in the region, Cairo to Hurghada with Egyptair & private car transfers. offers fitness and nutritional programmes alongside a variety of hydrotherapy treatments TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hurghada Airport – • KIDS: Children’s facilities include programmes designed to entertain and educate youngsters 45 minutes. from 4 to 12 years old at the Kids’ Club, as well as a baby pool and kids’ menus Room supplements from (per person, per night) Seaview Room £10 to • Leisure facilities include multi-level swimming pools, watersports such as kitesurfing, £15, Laguna Club Room £35 to £60 & Junior Suite Seaview £115 windsurfing, diving and snorkelling. There’s also an 18-hole golf course and a racquet club to £135. • For dining, there’s a host of International cuisine and distinctive dining styles to be enjoyed Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus including contemporary Asian delicacies at Fusion, light snacks at Beachcomber or Al Mar and £105 & Club World £375 (Cairo only). authentic Italian fare at Al Dente. The View, the sophisticated, culinary centrepiece of the hotel features show stations and serves specialities from around the world while Sultan has a unique library setting and shisha corner making it ideal for quieter moments Elegant Opinion “Would you like to meet Nemo in person? Why not go out snorkelling at the house reef, only three-hundred metres away from the sandy beach – Clown fish will not be the only colourful creature you discover there.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 81
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  • EGYPT The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Hurghada, Egypt A secluded haven on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is an exclusive all- Prices per person in a Deluxe Suite, including breakfast, from: suite, luxury resort designed to celebrate the local marine life, nature’s fabulous colours and Depart 7 nights Extra nights the timeless beauty of the sea. Its architecture reflects the style of the region, resplendent 1-7 Jan 10 £1390 £120 with arches, columns and domes (spectacularly illuminated at night), and peace and privacy 8-31 Jan 10 £1105 £80 pervade throughout, with private courtyards complemented by soothing interiors. Spacious 1 Feb-26 Mar 10 £1215 £95 and Superior Deluxe Suites include sunken marble baths and a private walled garden; the 27 Mar-11 Apr 10 £1390 £120 Grand Suites have their own swimming pool while the beautiful Royal Suites also boast an 12 Apr-31 Aug 10 £1105 £80 1 Sep-30 Nov 10 £1215 £95 outdoor dining pavilion with breathtaking sea views. 1-19 Dec 10 £1105 £80 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London to Cairo with British Airways, Cairo to Hurghada with Egyptair & private car transfers. • 102 rooms & suites TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hurghada Airport – • SPA: The Oberoi Spa features holistic therapies that draw on Oriental and Western techniques 20 minutes. • KIDS: The Children’s Activity Centre features a range of activities and facilities for youngsters to Room supplements from (per person, per night) Superior Deluxe Suite enjoy including a PlayStation, bowling, slides and mini basketball £15 to £40 & Grand Suite £105 to £130. • Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, a private beach, a gym, tennis, watersports and Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus scuba-diving while located just off the private beach is a coral reef that hosts a wide range of £105 & Club World £375 (Cairo only). exotic and colourful marine life – perfect for snorkelling. A fairly remote resort, guests seeking to explore should expect to budget for a taxi or car Elegant Offers • There are 3 dining venues which offer live music in the evening. The silver and blue styling of Complimentary Nights the elegant Zaafran restaurant creates an exotic, romantic ambience, and its delicious Oriental Stay 7 for 5. Valid 1 May-30 Sep 10 inclusive. and Indian cuisine is mouthwatering • For those seeking extra privacy, the Grand Suites are perfect and boast elegant furnishings, a courtyard garden, a private swimming pool and glass-walled bathrooms • Encompassing 48 acres, the resort may be too large for some guests to fully enjoy, but there is transport available for those who wish it Elegant Opinion “The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is the only all-suite hotel in Egypt and features 850 metres of private beach and a beautiful coral reef in front of the hotel.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 83
  • Africa South Africa Mozambique Botswana The Funzi Keys, Kenya NEW Zambia Tanzania NEW Namibia Zanzibar NEW Africa Combinations The vast continent of Africa is diverse and beautiful; breathtaking scenery greets you at every turn and luxurious properties are plentiful. For the ultimate safari why not combine South Africa with Botswana or Namibia, then relax and review your experience with a few days in either the Seychelles or Mauritius. Alternatively, consider combining the great plains of Tanzania with one of the beautiful islands off the coasts of Zanzibar or Mozambique... We’d be happy to create a personal itinerary that’s as simple or as detailed as you require, simply call 01244 897 111 and speak to one of our Travel Consultants.
  • South Africa Situated between two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, South Africa’s fertile valleys, soaring mountains, vast landscapes and unspoiled beaches have acted like a magnet to travellers for hundreds of years. An excellent road system and a Highway Code similar to ours makes it easy to explore by car and while the rate of exchange remains in our favour, it’s superb value for money… South Africa offers many authentic and unique experiences with something to inspire your adventurous side. The heartbeat of South Africa, Cape Town is the perfect gateway to the country. In this cosmopolitan city some things are simply a must, such as making the journey to the top of the iconic Table Mountain – especially interesting by revolving cable car where you will enjoy 360˚ views. You can also take a tour of Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned), the Malay quarter, or Kirstenbosch National Park. Shop for traditional African goods and dine at a vast selection of eateries at the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Visit stylish Camps Bay beach or Boulders Beach where a playful colony of penguins reside. Or, hire a car and explore landmarks including Cape Point at the end of the Cape Peninsula from where you can walk down to the sheltered cove of the Cape of Good Hope. In the lush green valleys of the Winelands you will find the charming town of Franschhoek – South Africa’s food and wine capital. There are first-class dining options at every turn from street cafes to gastronomic restaurants, as well as specialty cheese shops, the Huguenot chocolate factory and of course the wineries. Picturesque Paarl nearby, is dotted with pretty Cape Dutch buildings and has the region’s largest number of vineyards including some famous South African estates. One of the most delightful ways to sample the wine is unquestionably, over a leisurely lunch at one of the wineries. The Garden Route is full of pleasures which can be enjoyed in a matter of hours or mulled over for days. Stop at Hermanus where some of the best land based whale-watching in the world can be enjoyed as much from the cliff tops as down below in Walker Bay – the majestic Southern Right Whales breed here between July and December each year. The location is one of rugged natural beauty interspersed with award-winning beaches, making it an enchanting place for those who enjoy getting out in the fresh air. Meander the streets of the quaint town centre and you will find excellent seafood restaurants, quirky shops and a craft market famous for its art. If you’re feeling brave, you can join a Great White Shark boat safari, but for an adrenalin rush get up close to these creatures on a Shark Cage Dive – if you dare! Continuing along the Garden Route you’ll pass exquisite layers of botanical beauty, purple mountain peaks and wild beaches before reaching Knysna. Flanked by the Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon and Outeniqua Mountains, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors: canoe on the Noetzie River, and walk or horse-ride through ancient indigenous forests, along coastal paths and around freshwater lakes. South Africa’s safari options include the Eastern Cape, Madikwe Game Reserve, Kruger National Park or Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Experience first-hand the wonders of nature as you embark on an exhilarating safari to seek out your favourite animals including the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo) in their natural habitat. The South African winter, from May to August, is a particularly good time for this since there is little rainfall and so the grass is short and game is more easily spotted. Early morning and late afternoon through to dusk are when the animals are at their most active and this is when most game drives take place. Other activities, such as guided bush walks and scenic helicopter flights, are also available to enhance your luxury wilderness adventure. 86 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • SOUTH AFRICA South Africa Travel Facts Garden Route, Coast and GMT: + 2 hours. Cape Safari Tour Flying Time: From London Heathrow, 11 hours 30 minutes. Flight Information: British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Travel from Cape Town through the rolling vineyards and dramatic Heathrow to Cape Town and Johannesburg, with onward connecting flights to Sun City, mountains of the Garden Route, culminating in a safari adventure Kruger National Park, Port Elizabeth and Hoedspruit (from Johannesburg). Flights with for all the family to enjoy… Emirates (via Dubai) are also available. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £950 (British Airways) per person, each Day 1: Cape Town way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Arrive Cape Town: 3 nights at One&Only Cape Town. An ideal starting point, Cape Weather: Cape Town is a superb destination to visit year-round although December to March Town boasts an array of attractions including the iconic Table Mountain, Robben Island is particularly pleasant. The best time to go on safari is from May to August. where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated; the hip and trendy Camps Bay with its stylish Health/Visas: Precautions against malaria are necessary in the Kruger National Park and other oceanfront restaurants and gorgeous beach and Cape Point – an area of spectacular selected areas. Visit www.fco.gov.uk for more up-to-date information. beauty and a delight to explore. Collect rental vehicle. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be Day 4: Franschhoek advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange Drive to Franschhoek: 2 nights at Mont Rochelle. Located in the heart of the wine rate variations etc. region, Franschhoek has one main street lined with antique shops and a superb selection of restaurants. It’s the perfect place to explore the rich and fertile soils that yield up some of South Africa’s finest wines. Day 6: Gansbaai Drive to Gansbaai: 3 nights at Grootbos. This award-winning nature reserve is located in the heart of the Floral Kingdom and Walker Bay and organises its own specialist nature guides. Alternatively, grab a picnic and head out to one of the many deserted white beaches close by, for a day of complete rest. Domestic Airport Day 9: Plettenberg Bay Drive to Plettenberg Bay: 2 nights at The Plettenberg. Golf, hiking, horse-riding and of International Airport course whale-watching, can all be enjoyed in South Africa’s premier seaside region. Botswana Kruger National Park & Sabi Sand Day 11: Eastern Cape Marico District Madikwe Pilansburg Drive to Port Elizabeth, drop off rental vehicle and transfer to the Eastern Cape: 2 National nights at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Halfway between Port Elizabeth and Park Mpumalanga Grahamstown, within an estate of 18,000 malaria-free hectares, Shamwari is home to Namibia Johannesburg Swaziland the ‘Big Five’ and no less than five different eco-systems offering an extraordinary diversity of plant, animal and bird life. Day 13: Flight home. Lesotho South Africa The Indian Ocean Paarl The Garden Route Cape Town Winelands Knysna Grahamstown Hermanus Franschhoek Gansbaai Plettenberg Port Elizabeth Bay Robben Island Garden Route, Coast and Cape Safari Tour: 12 nights from £3180 per person NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. These Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals, car hire and private transfers itineraries are only examples of the holiday experiences we can create for you. Feel throughout. Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 111 who will happily put together an itinerary according to your preferences, which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the to suit your individual requirements – you might want to spend more or less time in time of booking. one area, or even visit an area that we haven’t included here. 88 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Feel free to call our Travel Consultants who would be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary specially for you Cape Town Wine Route, Cape and Sabi Sand Safari Tour From the lush winelands to Walker Bay, where the Southern Right Whales visit and on to the Sabi Sand Reserve to see the ‘Big Five’ – perfect for couples or even a honeymoon adventure… Day 1: Cape Town Arrive Cape Town: 2 nights at Cape Grace. Share your picnic with the penguins at Boulders Beach; explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its myriad of bars, restaurants and shops – do as much or as little as you please. Day 3: Franschhoek Transfer to Franschhoek: 2 nights at La Residence. This is the perfect place to indulge in some outstanding Cape cuisine accompanied by excellent wines. In between, relax by the estate’s private pool or read up on local history in the library. Day 5: Hermanus Transfer to Hermanus: 2 nights at Birkenhead House. Every year Hermanus is treated to some delightful displays from the schools of Southern Right Whales that visit the region between July and December. The pretty waterfront town is also home to some fantastic beaches, coastal paths, mountain walks and many fine restaurants. Day 7: Knysna Transfer to Knysna: 3 nights at Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa. You’ll find this to be a great outdoors location boasting ancient indigenous forests and freshwater lakes as well as spectacular beaches. Day 10: Sabi Sand Fly to Johannesburg and on to Sabi Sand: 2 nights at Singita Boulders Lodge. Your ultimate safari experience starts here. On morning and afternoon game drives you’ll be accompanied by expert rangers and trackers who will do their best to provide you with sightings of the ‘Big Five’. Day 12: Flight home. Wine Route, Cape and Sabi Sand Safari Tour: 12 nights from £5335 per person Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals and private transfers throughout. Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced according to your preferences, which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 89
  • SOUTH AFRICA Mount Nelson Hotel City Centre, Cape Town When it opened in 1899, the Mount Nelson Hotel was designed to emulate the best in Prices per person in a Superior Room, including breakfast, from: Europe – right down to its heated pool, a first in Africa. A century on, it still does. Overlooking Depart 3 nights Extra nights Table Mountain, the magnificent gardens or the fountain courtyard, its rooms combine 3 Jan-31 Mar 10 £735 £245 historic charm with modern-day luxuries, while its Luxury and Penthouse Suites offer grand 1 Apr-3 Jun 10 £510 £170 living at its finest: think hand-painted scenic wallpaper, Baccarat crystal, mercury glass 4-10 Jun 10 £610 £205 lamps and original Louis XI-style desks. Situated a short walk from Cape Town’s famed Kloof 11-30 Jun 10 £765 £255 and Long Streets, it has the best of the city’s day and nightlife on its doorstep – and is also 1-9 Jul 10 £795 £265 10-16 Jul 10 £610 £205 an excellent base from which to explore the region’s highlights. 17 Jul-30 Sep 10 £510 £170 1 Oct-21 Dec 10 £735 £245 Elegant Facts Price includes accommodation only. • 201 rooms & suites Flights & transfers available on request. • SPA: The luxurious spa has 10 treatment rooms, a sauna, steam rooms and plunge pools TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally 25 minutes. • Leisure facilities include 2 heated pools, a gym and tennis courts while the hotel is ideally Room supplements from (per person, per night) Luxury Room £20 to situated just a short walk from the historic city centre and vibrant Kloof Street for those guests £35, Junior Suite £50 to £120, Executive Suite £75 to £190 & Deluxe who wish to explore locally Suite £120 to £250. • Contemporary South African cuisine and Mediterranean-style alfresco dining can be enjoyed in the 2 restaurants – Cape Colony uses fresh produce, while Oasis has perfected an alfresco Elegant Offers bistro style Complimentary Night • The 6 accommodation wings each boast their own character, facilities and private gardens Stay 4 nights for 3. Valid 1 Apr-3 Jun & 17 Jul-13 Sep 10 inclusive. • If you’re seeking cutting-edge chic this may not be your ideal, but its character and old-world charm captivate most who stay here Elegant Opinion “Afternoon Tea in Mount Nelson Hotel’s elegantly appointed lounge is an iconic experience that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a Merchant Ivory film set, but with this century’s creature comforts.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 90 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Cape Grace Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town The founding vision for Cape Grace was a hotel that felt like a good friend’s home – and this Prices per person in a Luxury Room, including breakfast, from: small luxury hideaway, set on its own quay on Cape Town’s vibrant Victoria & Alfred Depart 3 nights Extra nights Waterfront, has remained enchantingly true to its origins. Making the most of its prime 6 Jan-30 Apr 10 £690 £230 position, all of the spacious guest rooms and suites enjoy beautiful views of the working 1 May-10 Jun 10 £580 £195 harbour or international yacht marina, with Table Mountain standing majestically behind. 11 Jun-11 Jul 10 £690 £230 Confronted with such a vista, you are bound to feel the urge to soak up Africa’s warm sun 12 Jul-31 Aug 10 £580 £195 and explore – and you’ve everything from the region’s Winelands to whale-watching (in 1 Sep-19 Dec 10 £690 £230 season) within easy reach. Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – Elegant Facts 25 minutes. • 121 rooms & suites Room supplements from (per person, per night) Rooftop Luxury Room • SPA: The top-floor spa offers a range of African-inspired treatments to relax and rejuvenate £15 to £20, Superior Room £35 to £40, Rooftop terrace £50 to £55 & while views of Table Mountain can be enjoyed from the relaxation room after a treatment One Bedroom Suite £190 to £205. • KIDS: Youngsters are made very welcome with activity packs, their own specially created menu and a selection of complimentary children’s DVDs, game consoles, books and board games Elegant Offers which are available to borrow on request Complimentary Night • Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool and terrace and the hotel offers Stay 5 nights for 4. Valid 1 Sep-19 Dec 10 inclusive. exciting leisure packages including its own luxury charter yacht, ‘Spirit of the Cape’, and Harley Davidson tours Complimentary Night • Award-winning contemporary cuisine is served in the stylish restaurant, Signal. Do try Bascule Stay 4 nights for 3. Valid 1 May-10 Jun & 12 Jul-31 Aug 10 inclusive. Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar, which hosts the largest collection of whisky available in the southern hemisphere Elegant Opinion “For the ultimate indulgence, enjoy a spa treatment followed by Champagne and oysters on-board Cape Grace’s luxury yacht, ‘Spirit of the Cape’.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 91
  • SOUTH AFRICA Table Bay Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Table Bay Hotel, a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, can be found not too far Elegant Facts from Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here, you’ll find hints of Victorian elegance • 329 rooms & suites • SPA: The outstanding spa, with 5 treatment rooms and boasting a truly combined with contemporary charm, the attention to detail and flair recalling the era of the spectacular view of Robben Island, offers a range of soothing massages and grand cruise liners and the hotels which served them. This maritime flavour extends to each treatments including Thalassotherapy and hydrotherapy room and suite, which offer panoramic views across the Atlantic or to Table Mountain. • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally • Recreational facilities include a heated saltwater pool, a Jacuzzi and a boutique gym • A haven for food and wine lovers, the hotel’s 2 award-winning restaurants and bars offer a range of tempting dishes from International gourmet to modern South African cuisine • Nestled amongst the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this hotel may be a little vibrant for some, but being close to shops and restaurants is simply heaven for most Elegant Opinion “If you are dining as a group, the Captain’s Table is a must, with fabulous PRICES: 3 nights from £505 per person (8-21 Jan, 1-24 May*, 18 Jul-31 Aug & 1-17 Dec 10) & from views over the harbour and out to the Atlantic.” £670 (22 Jan-30 Apr & 1 Sep-30 Nov 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Luxury Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 25 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, *Prices on request 25 May-17 Jul 10. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Ellerman House Bantry Bay, Cape Town This gorgeous little jewel offers a home-from-home experience and a taste of the finer things Elegant Facts in life. Located in the smart Cape Town coastal suburb of Bantry Bay, Ellerman House is • 11 rooms & suites and the Ellerman Villa • SPA: The spa forms part of the Villa and features a colour-therapy steam supremely intimate and effortlessly stylish. Palatial rooms feature huge windows, private room, a large sauna and a unique pool balconies and the sort of décor that would be worthy of a stately home, as well as a feast • KIDS: Children over the age of 14 years old are made welcome of discreetly concealed, technological treats. • Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym, a sauna and an outdoor pool. Guests can also enjoy browsing through the owner’s library that, alongside contemporary works, features some old and rare volumes. Ellerman also houses one of the finest collections of original South African art, while beyond the resort, activities such as golf, mountain-biking, hiking, horse- riding, fishing, sailing, water-skiing, diving, canoeing, kayaking and whale- watching can all be arranged • Acclaimed international chefs provide a true gourmet dining experience whether it’s from the à la carte menu that changes daily, or something especially to your taste Elegant Opinion “For the ultimate private getaway, rent out the five bedroom villa which comes PRICES: 3 nights from £835 per person (5 Jan-31 Jul & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £715 (1 Aug-30 Sep complete with Butler and exclusive use of the spa.” 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Sea View Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 30 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 92 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA NEW One&Only Cape Town Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town This exceptional, urban resort set in the heart of the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Prices per person in a Marina Room, including breakfast, from: promises to deliver on all the hallmarks associated with One&Only – authentic style, genuine Depart 3 nights Extra nights hospitality and a lively energy. The resort’s crescent-shaped architecture means that all guest 4 Jan-30 Apr 10 £835 £280 rooms and suites can enjoy views of the iconic Table Mountain while two lushly landscaped 1 May-9 Jun 10 £715 £240 islands at the centre of the waterfront feature Island Suite-style accommodation and a 10-27 Jun 10 £835 £280 tranquil One&Only spa. In addition to a 5000 bottle, tri-level wine loft – with up to 700 28 Jun-7 Jul 10 £955 £320 references and eighty available by the glass – the resort also features two celebrity chef 8 Jul-30 Sep 10 £720 £240 1 Oct-19 Dec 10 £840 £280 restaurants, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Nobu; both a first for Africa. Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers available on request. Elegant Facts TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – • 91 rooms & suites within Marina Rise plus 40 Island suites 25 minutes. • SPA: The exclusive Spa Island, housing a One&Only Spa, features 12 treatment rooms, single Room supplements from (per person, per night) Island Junior Suite £40 and couples’ therapies, 2 vitality pools, and sauna and steam rooms to £45, One Bedroom Marina Suite £200 to £280, One Bedroom • KIDS: The KidsOnly Club offers a supervised programme for children aged 4 to 11 years old Island Suite £280 to £360 & One Bedroom Grand Marina Suite £400 • For recreation, there’s a large infinity-edge pool while an experienced team of qualified personal to £440. trainers at the fitness centre are on-hand to provide assistance to people of any fitness level • Do take some time out of your schedule to relax in one of the private sitting areas or Elegant Offers underneath the shaded trellis pavilions by the infinity-edge pool Family Offer • The resort has its own boutique, perfect for guests who don’t fancy leaving the resort in order 2 children sharing with parents stay free. to indulge in some retail therapy Valid 1 May-9 Jun & 8 Jul-30 Sep 10 inclusive. • Guests enjoy 24-hour butler service Elegant Opinion “The One&Only Spa offers tailored holistic experiences ranging from pure relaxation to unique and signature wellness ‘journeys’ – a serene haven in the heart of a bustling city.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 93
  • SOUTH AFRICA The Bay Hotel Camps Bay, Cape Town Behind, towers the Twelve Apostles mountain range and Table Mountain, ahead lies the pure Elegant Facts white sands of Camps Bay Beach – just outside Cape Town. Add to this the intimate • 78 rooms & suites • SPA: The Mint Wellness spa offers a wide range of luxurious treatments atmosphere and choice of luxurious accommodation and The Bay Hotel is the perfect Cape • KIDS: Children over the age of 12 years old are welcome beach base. Open your windows to the sound of the Atlantic surf in the morning, then head • Leisure facilities include 4 swimming pools and complimentary access to the out to enjoy Camps Bay’s surroundings, cosmopolitan street cafés and vibrant nightlife. nearby squash and tennis club while those seeking adventure are able to experience one of The Bay Hotel’s renowned tours including a Safari trip, a Township Tour or a drive along the Whale Route • Tides Restaurant and Deli offers mouthwatering, sophisticated cuisine • The hotel’s partnership with several Western Cape estates allows guests to experience the ultimate in wine tasting • Although 8km from the centre of Cape Town, guests at The Bay Hotel may wish to explore the thriving and cosmopolitan nightlife of Camps Bay, with its theatre, clubs and bars Elegant Opinion “The ‘Celebration Table’ combines a relaxed beach atmosphere with effortless elegance. Dine under the stars and by candlelight while the waves crash only PRICES: 3 nights from £440 per person (4 Jan-30 Apr 10), from £290 (1 May-4 Jun & 11 Jul-30 Sep metres away. Dining here is exclusive to a maximum six people, and is a 10*) & from £390 (1 Oct-14 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Mountain Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. popular venue for romantic dinners.” TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 30 minutes. *Prices on request 5 Jun-10 Jul 10. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa Camps Bay, Cape Town With its spectacular position – poised above the Atlantic and flanked by Table Mountain and Elegant Facts her Twelve Apostles – earth, sea and sky seem to converge on the Twelve Apostles Hotel & • 70 rooms & suites • SPA: The Sanctuary Spa offers a range of treatments for both body and mind Spa. This makes for a pretty memorable setting to this intimate hotel’s relaxed hospitality. • KIDS: Children welcome Choose from mountain, Atlantic Ocean or Fynbos Garden views, or opt for one of the • Leisure facilities include 2 large pools and a well-equipped fitness room. Garden Suites with outdoor Jacuzzi and secluded garden, to really feel at one with nature. Guests can also enjoy a private movie screening in the hotel’s 16-seat cinema, visit the only Rasul chamber in Cape Town or enjoy Tea by the Sea in the Conservatory. For those wishing to visit the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (15 minutes away) a free car transfer or luxurious helicopter upgrade is available • Indigenous and International cuisine can be savoured in the 2 restaurants • Voted by Condé Nast Traveller readers as one of the Top 80 ‘New Hotels in the World’ 2008, this is a truly special property Elegant Opinion “The ultimate setting for that sundowner cocktail, prior to enjoying a unique dining experience in the award-winning Azure Restaurant.” PRICES: 3 nights from £645 per person (6 Jan-30 Apr & 1 Oct-19 Dec 10) & from £525 (1 May-5 Jun & 14 Jul-30 Sep 10*). Price based on two adults sharing a Classic Room, including breakfast. Flights For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, & transfers available on request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 40 minutes. *Prices on request 6 Jun-13 Jul 10. 94 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Grande Roche Hotel Paarl, Cape Winelands Grande Roche boasts an enviable location in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands, as Elegant Facts well as a heritage that dates back to 1717 – so impressive was its restoration to its original • 35 rooms & suites • SPA: The Grande Roche Health Centre offers a range of massages and Cape Dutch splendour that in 1993 it was declared a national monument. The scene is set reflexology. There’s also a sauna and a steamroom for a truly memorable South African experience, from its lavishly designed rooms and suites • KIDS: Children welcome to its award-winning cuisine. • Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated pool, tennis and a gym and with some award-winning golf courses and world-class golfing estates nearby, the Grande Roche is a golfer’s paradise. Other activities available include cycling, tennis, hiking, walking, horse-riding and parachuting • For food lovers, the manor house at Grande Roche is home to the award- winning Bosman’s Restaurant which offers a fusion of imaginative flavours. Alternatively, a more informal dining option is the contemporary and relaxed Bistro Allegro • Guests can explore local boutiques, galleries and restaurants in historical Paarl, within walking distance of the hotel Elegant Opinion “Enjoy fine accommodation, wine and dining and, of course, good South PRICES: 3 nights from £360 per person (6 Jan-31 Mar & 1-20 Dec 10), & from £255 (1 Apr-31 May African hospitality – a perfect base for your Cape stay.” & 1 Aug-31 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Standard Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 45 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, *Prices on request 1 Jun-31Jul 10. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Le Quartier Français Franschhoek, Cape Winelands This privately-owned boutique hotel is tucked away in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, Elegant Facts within the renowned Cape Winelands. Rooms and suites are spacious and individually • 15 rooms & suites, 1 cottage, 2 Auberge Suites and 4 Four Quarter Suites • SPA: A range of sumptuous treatments, using DECLEOR and AHAVA decorated. Indulge in the award-winning Tasting Room where you will embark on a culinary products, is available at the Treatment Room at Le Quartier Français tour of tastes or if you want to relax, enjoy casual dining in iCi next door. Fine attention to • KIDS: Youngsters can enjoy chocolate tasting, hiking, biking, a special detail and small, unexpected luxuries make Le Quartier Français a good spoiling. culinary experience, a Crocodile Farm, Butterfly World and Cheetah outreach nearby • Leisure facilities are in-keeping with the hotel’s intimate size and its simplicity is part of its charm. Why not enjoy an intimate cinematic experience at The Screening Room? Local wine and snacks accompany your complimentary movie – choose from old-time classics to cinema nouveau movies • Le Quartier Français boasts 2 contemporary restaurants, of which The Tasting Room has been voted amongst the ‘50 Best Restaurants in the World’, and ‘Best Restaurant in Africa’ by Restaurant UK magazine Elegant Opinion “The Culinary Concierge can arrange a sublime experience for your palate. Why not have a unique food adventure designed for your stay?” PRICES: 3 nights from £475 per person (5 Jan-31 Jul 10*). Price based on two adults sharing an Auberge Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 1 hour. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, *Prices on request 1 Aug-20 Dec 10. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 95
  • SOUTH AFRICA La Residence Franschhoek, Cape Winelands A sister property to the delightful Royal Malewane and sophisticated Birkenhead House, La Elegant Facts Residence is nestled right in the heart of a private thirty-acre working farm in the enchantingly • 11 suites • SPA: La Residence offers a range of sumptuous treatments and therapies beautiful and tranquil Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands. Opened in 2007, La which are available in-room or on-balcony Residence was included in Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘Hot List’ 2008 and is fast becoming a • KIDS: Children over the age of 11 years old are welcome favourite with discerning visitors. • Leisure facilities at the hotel include a beautiful infinity-edge swimming pool while activities such as golf, horse-riding and private cheese and wine- tasting can all be arranged • For dining, guests can sample divine dishes in La Residence’s restaurant • Suites are spectacular with each boasting a truly unique character – choose from the white marble Frangipani Suite, the exotic Tibetan Suite or the romantic Chambre Bleu French Boudoir Suite • The intimate size of the property means that it can book up quickly, however if you’re able to experience a stay here it’s well worth any wait Elegant Opinion “Why not spend the days cocooned in the luxury of the hotel, viewing the majestic mountains, swimming and enjoying the produce of South Africa’s PRICES: 3 nights from £980 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a gourmet capital?” Luxury Room, including full board. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 1 hour. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards Franschhoek, Cape Winelands In a region where food and wine have been a focus since the 18th century, Mont Rochelle Elegant Facts Hotel has made them an art form. Space and tranquillity eminates throughout, underscored • 22 rooms & suites • SPA: Sauna and massages are available by some of the best views in the area. And with mountain, vineyard and Franschhoek Valley • KIDS: Children welcome vistas visible from most of the luxurious bedrooms – individually decorated, from an English • Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool and a gym. Wine lovers can enjoy a manor to an African-colonial style – you cannot fail to be inspired to go and explore. private wine-tasting, cellar tour or walk through the vineyards with the Farm Manager and more adventurous guests can indulge in a horse-back tour • A fine dining experience can be enjoyed at Mange Tout while more casual Mediterranean cuisine is served at The Country Kitchen, indoors or alfresco • The hotel’s excellent location offers spectacular views across Franschhoek – the hotel provides a luxury car service (prices on request) for those who may wish to explore • Clever design ensures each room and suite feels completely hidden away, and allows guests to imagine they are the sole visitors to this truly tranquil part of Africa Elegant Opinion “Experience award-winning cuisine, superb wines and luxury accommodation PRICES: 3 nights from £425 per person (5 Jan-30 Apr 10), from £275 (1-31 May & 19 Jul-15 Oct 10), all under one roof at Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards.” from £485 (1 Jun-18 Jul 10) & from £455 (16 Oct-20 Dec 09). Price based on two adults sharing a Shiraz Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 1 hour. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 96 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Grootbos Gansbaai, Walker Bay Grootbos is a private nature reserve dedicated to enjoying the Cape’s extraordinary natural Elegant Facts bounty. Choose from two luxury lodges – the classic Garden Lodge, ideal for families, and • 21 suites • SPA: Bloom Salon offers a range of therapeutic massages, reflexology and the contemporary, light-filled Forest Lodge – set among thousand-year-old milkwood forests beauty treatments. In-suite pampering is also available and overlooking the Atlantic. In between, there are deserted beaches as well as land and • KIDS: A children’s programme of inspiring and educational activities is boat-based excursions to view wildlife including Southern Right Whales. available at this family-friendly lodge, as well as a range of specially created children’s menus and a special children’s turn-down to end a fun-filled day • Leisure facilities include a pristine beach and a pool. Exciting activities such as horse-riding, whale-watching and even shark cage diving are available • Contemporary South African cuisine is on offer at the 2 restaurants • Grootbos was the proud winner of ‘The Good Safari Guide Award’ 2009 for the ‘Best Community Safari Camp in Africa’ • Grootbos is better suited to guests looking to explore and learn about the local environment – knowledgeable guides are on-hand to teach you Elegant Opinion “Our top tip is to discover the Marine ‘Big Five’ – Grootbos is the only lodge in South Africa where you can go in search of Southern Right Whales, Cape Fur PRICES: 3 nights from £895 per person (5 Jan-30 Apr & 1 Sep-20 Dec 10), from £475 (1 May-30 Jun Seals, African Penguins, dolphins and the Great White Shark!” 10) & from £595 (1 Jul-31 Aug 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Luxury Suite, including full board. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 2 hours. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Marine Hermanus, Walker Bay The Marine boasts one of the most spectacular seascapes in the southern hemisphere: Elegant Facts Views of the ocean take centre stage here, from the moment you walk into the reception • 42 rooms & suites • SPA: The Carchele Spa offers a range of beauty and health treatments area, to the tidal pool – indeed, in several cases you don’t even have to get out of bed to including facials, massages and a steam room enjoy them. Add to this the hotel’s close proximity to Cape Town, Franschhoek and the • KIDS: Children over the age of 12 years old are welcome Overberg Mountains, and you have the best of the Cape pretty much on your doorstep. • Leisure facilities include a heated saltwater swimming pool and a boutique. Activities include swimming, tennis, clifftop walks, whale and dolphin- watching, as well as golf and watersports nearby. If you’re keen to whale- watch, do time your visit – come too early and you may miss them, but get it right and you’ll remember the experience forever • Seafood at The Marine is a bright, modern restaurant while The Pavilion Restaurant serves South African food with French flavours and features a unique floating wine cellar • Famed for its exemplary service, every guest who stays at The Marine is treated like a VIP Elegant Opinion “Relax and sip a glass of local wine in The Sun Lounge, with nothing between PRICES: 3 nights from £285 per person (5 Jan-30 Apr, 4 Jun-18 Jul & 1 Sep-20 Dec 10) & from £195 you and the South Pole other than 3000 miles of ocean.” (1 May-3 Jun & 19 Jul-31 Aug 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Double Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 1 hour, 30 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 97
  • SOUTH AFRICA Birkenhead House Hermanus, Walker Bay Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, backed by spectacular mountains, Birkenhead Prices per person in a Standard Room, all-inclusive, from: House offers the pinnacle of seaside living, with a sophisticated ‘house-party-style’ Depart 3 nights Extra nights atmosphere. It also offers a bird’s-eye-view of one of the world’s most famous whale- 5 Jan-31 Mar 10 £625 £210 watching bays, which is home to Southern Right Whales from May to December – watch 1 Apr-31 Aug 10 £580 £195 them from the hotel’s cliff-edge pool, the terrace and most of its eleven luxurious bedrooms. 1 Sep-20 Dec 10 £625 £210 Nature lovers will relish the local reserves and spectacular clifftop walks; for relaxation, there Price includes accommodation only. are fabulous beaches; and for gourmands, nearby are four amazing vineyards, whose Flights & transfers available on request. award-winning wines include one of the world’s top ten chardonnays. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cape Town Airport – 1 hour, 30 minutes. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Luxury Room £60 to Elegant Facts £65 & Superior Room £110 to £120. • 11 suites • SPA: The hotel’s spa offers various beauty treatments and oceanside massages, designed to be a day-long experience • KIDS: Children under 12 years old are not allowed unless the whole property is booked for an entire stay, but this preserves the tranquil atmosphere. Children are accommodated, however, at Birkenhead Villa which is next door • Leisure facilities include a small swimming pool and an oceanside infinity pool while guests can enjoy activities such as shark-diving, horse-riding on the beach and watersports including scuba-diving. Golf and tennis are also available nearby • The main restaurant serves superb cuisine throughout the day, created by award-winning chefs, including modern African and traditional French with strong Asian and Italian influences • This all-inclusive boutique hotel offers guests an intimate, relaxed and unobtrusive service Elegant Opinion “The ultimate luxury destination overlooking the ocean where whales can sometimes be seen cavorting. Lazy days can be spent swimming, walking or just enjoying the warm African sun.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 98 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa Knysna, Western Cape This stunning award-winning private estate is acclaimed as one of the world’s most Prices per person in a Studio Suite, including breakfast, from: environmentally aware resorts. Set in free-standing two-tiered villas, all suites boast a Depart 3 nights Extra nights contemporary African style, and come with cosy log fireplaces and private balconies or 6 Jan-30 Apr 10 £1455 £485 patios – perfect to enjoy the breathtaking views over sweeping fairways to the Indian Ocean 1 May-31 Aug 10 £1150 £385 or Knysna Lagoon and Outeniqua Mountains beyond. The hotel’s wealth of recreational 1 Sep-19 Dec 10 £1425 £475 facilities ensures it also ranks amongst the finest leisure destinations in the world, while the Price includes accommodation only. warm hospitality of the staff is underpinned by outstanding personalised service, Flights & transfers available on request. unsurpassed levels of luxury and unswerving attention to detail. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from George Airport – 35 minutes. Elegant Facts Room supplements from (per person, per night) Villa Suite £20 to £30, Private Residence Villa Suite £425 to £540 & Mufaro Suite £535 • 78 suites including 2 Presidential Suites to £620. • SPA: The award-winning Pezula Spa & Gym boasts a Jacuzzi, indoor pool, rainforest shower, sauna, steam room, juice bar and nail bar whilst also offering a wide range of fabulous Elegant Offers treatments and therapies • KIDS: The Kiddies Club entertains children over 4 years old throughout the day Complimentary Night Stay 3 nights for 2. Valid 1 Apr-30 Sep 10 inclusive. • Leisure facilities include 2 swimming pools, a beach, horse-riding, a fitness centre, golf course and a multi-sports complex. Indeed, the staggering array of facilities and activities for the whole Complimentary Night family make it well worth a visit Stay 4 nights for 3 and receive 1 activity per person per stay. • Zachary’s restaurant boasts 3 convivial dining venues and offers mouthwatering gourmet Valid 6 Jan-19 Dec 10 inclusive. cuisine. It was deservedly named as one of South Africa’s ‘Top 10 Deluxe Eateries’ in the 2008 Dine Awards • Indulge by upgrading to the supremely luxurious, exclusive Pezula Private Castle located on Noetzie beach – one of the most beautiful and secluded in the world Elegant Opinion “If you’re a keen gardener, do try to spend some time with Oom Hennie at the hotel’s organic vegetable and herb garden – he’ll be happy to give you tips about organic gardening.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 99
  • SOUTH AFRICA Fancourt George, Garden Route Built in the mid-19th century era of pioneers, Fancourt’s history is that of a Cotswold-style Elegant Facts family home that grew and grew to become one of South Africa’s greatest golfing estates. • 150 rooms & suites • SPA: Excellent spa facilities are available Its heart remains the beautifully restored Manor House, set in wooded parkland, its hub the • KIDS: A Kids’ Club and Teens Lounge make Fancourt truly family-friendly Clubhouse with huge windows offering stunning garden and fairway views, while additional • Leisure facilities include 3 golf courses, Tailormade Performance Lab and a accommodation comes in the form of stately Garden Suites and Studios. golf academy • There are 6 restaurants serving International cuisine • Rooms and suites are set away from the main property which can mean a brief walk, however golf buggies are available on request • Awarded the title of ‘South Africa’s Leading Golf Resort’ at the World Travel Awards 2008 and one of only 7 hotels in South Africa to be included as one of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ Elegant Opinion “Fancourt is much more than a golf resort. Yes, there’s the three magnificent golf courses but they also offer a wonderful estate with a plethora of birdlife and on-site fishing. This is an ideal venue getaway for just relaxing and visiting the Garden Route.” PRICES: 3 nights from £450 per person (5 Jan-30 Apr 10), from £340 (1 May-31 Aug 10) & from £470 (1 Sep-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Standard Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from George Airport – 10 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Plettenberg Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route Built on a rocky headland and boasting breathtaking vistas of the sea, mountains and miles Elegant Facts of sand, guests at The Plettenberg have a choice of luxurious rooms and suites, or two • 37 rooms & suites • SPA: The exclusive Carchele Spa is a relaxing santuary in which to unwind beautiful villas. The Beach House offers spectacular views while enjoying full access to the and offers a wide range of therapies and treatments using Decléor products hotel’s facilities; the African-style Lookout Villa, with its split-level lounge, boasts incredible • KIDS: Children over 12 years old are welcome in the main hotel while children views of whales breaching in the bay come winter, and pods of dolphins year-round. under 12 years old are welcome at both of the villas • Leisure facilities include 2 infinity-edge swimming pools (one of which is heated) and a boutique. Activities available locally include golf, wine estate tours and whale and dolphin-watching • Sand at The Plettenberg boasts modern South African cuisine and beautiful views across Formosa Bay, but for a special meal à deux, guests can reserve the Wine Cellar • The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains form the backdrop for an area which includes 15 private and public nature reserves Elegant Opinion “Plettenberg Bay is the eco-tourist’s dream. It is home to vast expanses of unspoiled Cape flora, delicate eco-systems in wetlands and lagoons, forests of PRICES: 3 nights from £480 per person (1 Jan-30 Apr, 4 Jun-18 Jul & 1 Sep-20 Dec 10) & from £270 unsurpassed beauty, pristine sand dunes and sun-bleached beaches as far as (1 May-3 Jun & 19 Jul-31 Aug 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Double Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. the eye can see.” TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from George Airport – 1 hour. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 100 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Tsala Treetop Lodge Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route Tsala is a unique celebration of the African spirit – rising out of the ruins of an ancient Elegant Facts civilisation – and is the essence of romance and adventure. At its heart is the magnificent • 10 suites • SPA: Aromatherapy, massage and reflexology are available on request in the foyer while from this, elevated wooden walkways meander through trees to suspended privacy of your suite dining decks, relaxation areas and ten private suites, each with a separate lounge, bedroom, • KIDS: Children over the age of 10 years old are welcome free-standing bath, outside shower and private rim-flow plunge pool with dreamy views. • Leisure facilities include a boules court, a swimming pool, lush gardens and romantic sunset viewing decks while bird-watching, forest walks, horse- riding and excursions to an elephant sanctuary can also be arranged • Guests may enjoy a private dinner on the verandahs or at Tsala restaurant which boasts stunning views and offers a range of local and exotic flavours • Perfectly placed, if guests can tear themselves away, Tsala Treetop Lodge’s fabulous location opens up the Garden Route to explore • Soaking in the crystal-clear water of the plunge pools while looking over the tree tops is a fabulous experience Elegant Opinion “Romantic, private and exclusive – with suspended pools in the treetop canopy – you’ll be cocooned and cared for high above the forest floor.” PRICES: 3 nights from £860 per person (1 Jan-15 Jul & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £430 (16 Jul-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Treetop Suite, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from George Airport – 1 hour. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Hunter’s Country House Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route It is hard to imagine a more serene outlook than that of Hunter’s Country House. Add to this Elegant Facts the charming ambience of a gracious original homestead, the treat of stand-alone cottages • 21 suites & cottages • SPA: Aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, manicure and pedicure are and suites (with forest views), and the choice of fine estate wines to accompany its award- available on request in the privacy of your suite winning cuisine. With a discreet and unobtrusive service, it is little wonder this is an • KIDS: For children, there’s the Cub’s Corner for young children and the Teen acclaimed Relais & Châteaux property. Scene room for children who are a little older • Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, boules court and lush gardens. Activities are available for the whole family and include horse-riding, whale- watching and catamaran charters while Plettenberg Bay is just 10km away • Guests can enjoy superb gourmet cuisine in the romantic, candlelit dining room, complemented by the finest estate and auction wines • Each of the luxurious suites and cottages surrounding the Manor House has been individually designed to offer the absolute privacy and comfort of an elite hotel. This privacy and tranquillity may be a little much for more intrepid guests, however it’s this which makes the hotel so well loved by many Elegant Opinion “The Grande Dame of the Garden Route – warm and friendly with beautiful PRICES: 3 nights from £360 per person (1 Jan-15 Jul & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £190 (16 Jul-30 Sep secret gardens. Kids are treated as VIPs while the family relaxes together.” 10). Price based on two adults sharing an Orchard Cottage, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from George Airport – 1 hour. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 101
  • SOUTH AFRICA Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa Mpumalanga, Panorama Route Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa is set in 300 acres of cool African forest and meadows, Elegant Facts high in the mountains near Kruger National Park. At its heart is the charming Hunting Lodge, • Suites & cottages for 28 guests • SPA: The Forest Health Spa at Cybele provides a range of health & beauty scattered around this, beautiful suites and cottages offer private gardens, mountain views, treatments using Clarins products. At the heart of the spa is a Zen garden secluded pools, outside showers and underfloor heating. Relax by the pool, appreciate the which offers guests the opportunity to rejuvenate mind and body colourful gardens from the verandah or book some treatments in the Forest Health Spa. • KIDS: Children over the age of 10 years old are welcome • Leisure facilities include forest-view gym, forest walks, riding stables and heated swimming pools while mountain bikes, bird-watching and fishing are all available • The acclaimed fine dining restaurant serves classic French and traditional English à la carte cuisine • Located at 3000ft above sea level, Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa is the perfect summer destination as it avoids the more intense heat and humidity Elegant Opinion “Romantic Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa perfectly complements a Kruger safari. Indulge yourself with log fires, full silver-service room service and mini- bars stocked with Champagne and Belgian chocolates.” PRICES: 3 nights from £440 per person (3 Jan-30 Apr, 1-30 Jun & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £325 (1- 31 May & 1 Jul-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Garden Cottage, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Mpumalanga Airport – 40 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Palace at Sun City Pilansburg National Park The Palace of the Lost City is one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. Inside, Elegant Facts outstanding attention to detail includes exquisite mosaics, frescoes and hand-painted • 338 rooms & suites • SPA: The Spa and Wellness Centre offers a range of massages, pedicures ceilings depicting the country’s wildlife and culture – from the vast lobby to the four luxurious and manicures suites, complete with sauna and Jacuzzis. Outside is a fantasy world of Africa’s jungles, cliff- • KIDS: The children’s club will keep youngsters entertained throughout the day tumbling gardens, streams, waterfalls, vast swimming pools and alfresco dining areas. • Leisure facilities include 2 Gary Player-designed golf courses and access to all Sun City attractions • The 3 superb restaurants offer delicious International cuisine: The breakfast buffet is divine and evening meals at Crystal Court or the Villa Del Palazzo are a treat for the tastebuds • Why not upgrade to the King Suite with frescoed ceilings and custom- designed items across the 2 en suite bedrooms, lounge, library, butler’s pantry and balcony? Elegant Opinion “You must try Crystal Court restaurant for breakfast, which offers a vast choice of exquisite food – you won’t have seen anything like it before!” PRICES: 3 nights from £655 per person (3 Jan-17 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Luxury Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Johannesburg Airport – 2 hours. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 102 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
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  • South Africa: Travel by Luxury Rail Step aboard the luxurious trains of South Africa and enjoy spectacular scenery and an unforgettable experience – a moving five-star hotel with an ever-changing view. Revel in the opportunity to dress for dinner and enjoy the romance of the ‘golden age’ of rail travel as you encounter South Africa another way… 104 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA Rovos Rail South Africa A trip on the world-famous Rovos Rail is a captivating way to discover South Africa – from the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN: CAPE TOWN TO GEORGE: barrenness of the Great Karoo, through the spectacular mountain ranges and Day 1: Day 1: Depart Pretoria Capital Park. Depart Cape Town Station and enjoy wine scenic Winelands to Cape Town. Think wood panelling, period Edwardian Day 2: tasting en route at Ashton. features and 24-hour butler service – whether in a Pullman Suite, a Deluxe Arrive Kimberly, visit to the Big Hole and the Day 2: Suite with lounge area, or a full half-carriage Royal Suite, complete with deep Diamond Museum. Arrive George. Victorian bath. Day 3: Visit Matjiesfontein. Arrive Cape Town. 1 night from £480 per person One night from Cape Town to George from £480 per person (1 Jan-30 Sep 10) & from 2 nights from £875 per person £540 (1 Oct-31 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Pullman Suite, all-inclusive. A two night journey from Cape Town to Flights & transfers are available on request. Pretoria (or vice-versa) from £875 per person (1 Jan-30 Sep 10) & from £985 (1 Oct-31 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Pullman Suite, all-inclusive. Flights & transfers are available on request. For more information, or to make a booking, please call our Travel Consultants. Blue Train South Africa Savour the experience of being ensconced in luxury fit for kings and presidents (many of which have been guests) in the wood-panelled lounge cars, in the PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN: 1 night from £805 per person silver-service-style dining cars, and in the en suite suites, where custom- Day 1: Depart Pretoria Station. Breakfast and A one night journey from Cape Town to designed beds, fine linens, marble tiles, gold bathroom fittings and underfloor brunch are served before reaching Kimberly Pretoria (or vice-versa) from £805 per heating come as standard. These special touches and, of course, dressing up person (1 Jan-31 Aug & 16 Nov-31 Dec 10) where guests can join an old tram for a ride for dinner are just a few of the things that make the Blue Train experience in into the mine. Upon returning to the train, & from £995 (1 Sep-15 Nov 10). Price based guests are served a glass of sherry before on two adults sharing a Deluxe Suite, all South Africa so special. inclusive. Flights & transfers are available on dressing for dinner. request. For more information, or to make a Day 2: booking, please call our Travel Consultants. Arrive Cape Town. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 105
  • South Africa Safari “Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.” Brian Jackman Travel writer Leopard Hills
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI 1 2 3 4 It’s fair to say that the private reserves in and around the Sabi Sand in the western Kruger provide some of the greatest wildlife viewing in Africa. Each lodge employs expert rangers and trackers who will adeptly identify the various animal tracks and calls during game drives and/or bush walks. Be warned that a combination of gourmet cuisine, the blissful comfort of the lodges and an all-inclusive tariff make it difficult to leave. Although a safari holiday can be enjoyed year-round, the best time is during the South African winter, from May to August. Since there is little rainfall at this time, the grass is short and the game can easily be spotted. Early morning and late afternoon through to dusk are when the animals are at their most active and this is when the game drives take place. Safari Transfers On the smaller planes that transfer you to the game reserves, weight restrictions vary between chartered flight operators but passengers are usually restricted to a single soft bag (maximum 15-20kg per person) and one small bag to carry on board (camera equipment is included in this). Upon arrival at your lodge’s nearest regional airport you will still require an onward transfer to your accommodation either by light aircraft (again luggage restrictions may apply) or road transfer (subject to weather conditions). • Federal Air’s shared charter service flies daily from Johannesburg directly to the following lodges: Madikwe Hills, Leopard Hills, Singita, Londolozi and Ulusaba • There are also scheduled flights from Johannesburg (and Cape Town) to Mpumalanga International Airport, the main regional airport in the Sabi Sand Reserve, for Singita, Londolozi, Ulusaba and Leopard Hills • Guests of Royal Malewane and Camp Jabulani can use Nel Air’s twice daily scheduled flights directly to the lodge • Private charters are also available For further information please call our Travel Consultants on 01244 897 111. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 107
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Ulusaba Private Game Reserve Rock & Safari Lodges Sabi Sand Game Reserve Owned by Sir Richard Branson, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of Sabi Prices per person in a Rock Cliff Room & Safari Room, Sand Game Reserve by Kruger National Park but because it is private, you’ll have more than all-inclusive, for 2 nights from: 13,500 hectares of unspoilt African bush to roam in search of the ‘Big Five’. You also get the Depart Rock Lodge Safari Lodge choice of two very different lodges. Perched on the highest mountain (koppie) in the area, 5 Jan-31 May 10 £1095 £755 Rock Lodge offers spectacular panoramic views of the bushveld, roaming game below and 1 Jun-15 Jul 10 £1145 £795 majestic Drakensberg Mountains in the far distance. At Safari Lodge, along the banks of the 16 Jul-21 Dec 10 £1095 £755 dry Mabrak riverbed, bridges link treehouse-style rooms, and close-up encounters with Price includes accommodation only. animals strolling to the waterhole and nearby Xikwenga Dam. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Johannesburg Airport – Elegant Facts 1 hour, 30 minutes by light aircraft. • 21 suites within 2 lodges Room supplements from (per person, per night) Master Suite with • SPA: The Aroma Boma Spa featuring Africology treatments, an ethical skin care product that Plunge Pool & Rock Suite £165 to £170, Elephant Room £170 to £175, Makwela Suite £215 to £240, River Room £245 to £260 & captures the rejuvenating and healing essences of Africa Treehouse Suite £385 to £415. • KIDS: Cub’s Club offers an array of children’s activities including game-viewing for children aged 6 years old and over. Complimentary babysitting is also available • Recreational facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym. Activities include daily walking safaris, bird-watching and star-gazing at the bush observatory. The twice-daily game drives are spectacular and the Safari Ranger’s knowledge and passion for the plants and animals which make the bush their home will make your trip extra-special • Dine in a traditional African boma, on the deck of the wine cellar or enjoy a moonlit bush dinner • With an emphasis on personal service, staff will do whatever it takes to make you feel special and by the time you leave, you’ll feel like you’re parting from friends • Children aren’t able to stay at the Safari Lodge but are welcome at the Rock Lodge Elegant Opinion “For a truly South African cultural experience, visit the communities surrounding Ulusaba and enjoy traditional dancing and food tastings whilst at the same time supporting Pride ‘n’ Purpose, Ulusaba’s charity.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 108 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Singita Game Reserves Sabi Sand Game Reserve & Kruger National Park Pick one of these individual Relais & Châteaux lodges for the ultimate experience: Ebony Prices per person in a Luxury Suite, all-inclusive, from: Lodge sits by the Sand River in Sabi Sand. Its suites combine calming solitude with the Depart 2 nights Extra nights epitome of a luxury safari. Next door, Boulders Lodge’s thatch and stone melds seamlessly 1 Jan-31 Dec 10 £1745 £870 with the rocky geometry and towers over the landscape. At Lebombo Lodge in Kruger, stilted lofts mimic the dens of the cliff-side creatures and offer views over the surrounding Price includes accommodation only. plains, while the smaller Sweni Lodge, features six riverside suites. Intersperse your game- Flights & transfers available on request. viewing with treatments at the spa before ending the day with fine cuisine complemented by TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Johannesburg Airport – 1 hour, 30 minutes by light aircraft. Singita’s wine list that encompasses approximately 200 labels. Elegant Facts • 45 suites within 4 lodges • SPA: A range of relaxing treatments is available at the 2 spas • KIDS: Children over the age of 10 years old are welcome • For leisure, guests can enjoy early morning and evening game drives and walking safaris before relaxing by the swimming pool • Fine cuisine and bush specialities are served in spectacular locations throughout the Reserves • Accommodation is ultra-luxurious, and the private plunge pool in each suite at Ebony and Boulders will make you feel as if you’re living in part of Africa’s landscape. Do minimise your packing by making the most of Singita’s impeccable, complimentary laundry service • With so much to see and do you may feel tired by the end of your stay so why not extend your visit, relax and unwind in another of our South African properties? • This is certainly an expensive option, but imagine perfection in the bush and you’ll agree it’s worth it Elegant Opinion “Singita Lebombo Lodge – Relais & Châteaux and Chaine des Rotisseurs member – offers sublime cuisine. It is also the home of the Singita School of Cooking which trains local communities.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 109
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve Sabi Sand Game Reserve Bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park, Leopard Hills had a head start when it Prices per person in a One Bedroom Suite, all-inclusive, from: came to safari lodges, not to mention a fantastic hilltop position overlooking a natural Depart 2 nights Extra nights waterhole – meaning you don’t have to leave your spacious suite to watch game. Thanks to 1 Jan-31 Dec 10 £1195 £595 the wall-to-ceiling glass fronting the eight suites, you don’t even have to leave your bed – although your rock plunge pool or outdoor shower create memorable alternative viewing Price includes accommodation only. spots. And then there are the game drives through the famous game reserve on your Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Johannesburg Airport – doorstep – home to the ‘Big Five’, plus an abundance of wildlife, birds and flora. This intimate 1 hour, 30 minutes by light aircraft. lodge is ideal for couples and honeymooners alike. Elegant Offers Elegant Facts Complimentary Night • 8 suites Stay 4 nights for 3. Valid 1 Jan-30 Apr 10 inclusive. • SPA: The gymnasium and treatment sala offer the chance to indulge in an array of bush Combination Offer therapies or work-out while watching game Stay 5 nights for 4 combining Leopard Hills & • KIDS: Only children over 10 years old are welcome, however if you book the whole camp there Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. are no age limits Valid 1 Jan-31 Dec 10 inclusive. • Excellent leisure facilities include an outdoor pool and library while activities include game drives and walking safaris. The rangers are avid photographers and many of them have entered local and international competitions with great results – feel free to ask them for tips and advice • Mouthwatering cuisine is served in the restaurant, in-suite, or in the bush. Every meal is a special occasion, with superb cuisine full of International flavour but always finishing with a touch of Africa Elegant Opinion “Leopard Hills is not only a place to visit if you wish to view Africa’s big game up close and personal, it is also a place that leopards like to visit too.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 110 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Londolozi Private Game Reserve Sabi Sand Game Reserve Londolozi – a spectacular 18,000-hectare wildlife paradise in the heart of the game-rich Sabi Prices per person in a One Bedroom Suite, all-inclusive, Sand Game Reserve – is like no other place on earth. Newly refurbished and exclusively for 2 nights from: family-owned and run, the learning of four generations and thirty years of eco-tourism Depart Private Granite Tree Camp Founders operations have been distilled into one transcendent bushveld experience. Your hosts and Suite Suite Camp world-renowned conservationists, the Varty family, have created a sanctuary of experiencial 1 Jan-28 Feb 10 £1355 £1305 £875 and meditative luxury, boasting incomparable leopard sightings and five award-winning 1 Mar-15 Dec 10 £1585 £1425 £940 bushveld camps. Londolozi has redefined the African safari, with every experience being Price includes accommodation only. tailor-made for you to create the ultimate safari souvenirs. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Johannesburg Airport – Elegant Facts 1 hour, 30 minutes by light aircraft. • 5 small and intimate camps • SPA: Londolozi Life Wellness Centre offers a range of soothing massages and yoga classes • KIDS: Londolozi Cubs is available at Founders Camp and Varty Camp, at no extra charge • For recreation, guests can enjoy game drives, guided bush walks, star-gazing, bird-watching and specialist leopard safaris • Dining venues include the restaurant and on your private deck – moonlit bush dinners can also be arranged. Although not all spirits are available from the open bar, local brands are provided • The Private Granite Suite, which is for the private use of a single party, is the smallest camp in Africa while the recently renovated Tree Camp is distinguished by its simple elegance and architectural style – offering luxuries like Ralph Lauren wallpaper, chocolate coloured plaited leather beds, private swimming pools and contemplation decks • All of the camps offer guests a perfect blend of privacy and luxury and while this is an expensive destination, the experience is utterly breathtaking Elegant Opinion “From the moment you arrive at Londolozi you have a backstage pass to Africa and no two days on the reserve are the same.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI NEW Camp Jabulani Limpopo Province Named after an orphan elephant, Camp Jabulani – a member of Relais & Châteaux – offers Prices per person in a One Bedroom Suite, all-inclusive, from: its guests not only a chance to see wildlife but interact with and support it. For the ultimate Depart 2 nights Extra nights African safari experience, guests are seated on comfortable canvas-covered saddles atop 1 Jan-31 Mar 10 £980 £380 these gentle giants in order to move silently, in single file, through the bush veld. Night rides 1 Apr-31 Dec 10 £1410 £595 allow guests the opportunity to see their elephants safely to bed before retiring to the lodge for dinner and a glass of South Africa’s Cape wine. Elegant suites come complete with Price includes accommodation only. mosquito-netted beds, outdoor glass showers and plunge pools while open-air spa Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hoedspruit Airport – treatments rely on local ingredients and natural sounds to soothe tired muscles. 30 minutes. Elegant Facts • 6 suites • SPA: The camp features a La Prairie Spa and offers a range of tempting treatments • KIDS: Owing to the uniqueness of the villa, families with children under the age of 12 years old can be accommodated by arrangement only • Recreational facilities include a well-equipped gym and a sauna while golf, mountain-biking, hiking, horse-riding, fishing and hot-air ballooning can all be arranged • At midday, in the summer months guests are able to witness the elephants as they play in the water of the nearby dam – cameras are a necessity • Days are structured around the guests preferences, but do bear in mind that during the summer, days are incredibly hot in the middle of the day and this time is probably best spent by your private plunge pool • Each guest enjoys the services of a butler to personally respond to their needs Elegant Opinion “Swaying silently through the bush at night under a million stars on elephant-back, and returning to a surprise riverbed candlelit feast is sublime hospitality in an extraordinary setting.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 112 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Royal Malewane near Kruger National Park Situated in a 13,000-hectare private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Prices per person in a Luxury Suite, all-inclusive, from: Royal Malewane is a synthesis of wildest Africa and age-old colonial splendour. At its heart, Depart 2 nights Extra nights the main camp is furnished with rich antiques and Persian carpets: from here, eight 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1765 £775 freestanding suites are reached by elevated walkways and offer a Neo Classical refuge deep in the bush, complete with canopied bed, extravagant bathroom with windowside Victorian Price includes accommodation only. bath, thatched gazebo and private infinity pool. For the ultimate in bush luxury, take a Flights & transfers available on request. secluded Royal or Malewane Suite – the largest in Africa – where complimentary services TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hoedspruit Airport – 30 minutes. include a private butler and chef, private game drives and up to four massages per day. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Royal Suite £3405 & Malewane Suite £3410. Elegant Facts • 6 suites & the Royal and Malewane suites (which each sleep four) • SPA: The Royal Malewane Bush Spa, one of the best in the bush, offers therapeutic massages and luxurious body treatments • KIDS: Children over the age of 12 years old are welcome • Recreational facilities include a pool and a gym while activities include breathtaking game drives, elephant safaris, hot-air balloon rides and a ‘Cascades and Canyon’ helicopter trip • Dinner is served under the African sky or ‘silver-service’ style in the various dining areas • With only 20 guests, Royal Malewane offers a harmonious and private haven set in an unspoilt paradise and while the opulence and grandeur of this lodge may not suit everyone, it is certain to impress all that stay • The early starts and late finishes required for the safaris mean that the days can be long and tiring, but you’re making amazing memories Elegant Opinion “The ultimate ‘Big Five’ game experience, in the splendour of the award-winning Lodge and Spa, is now enhanced with sightings of black and white rhino.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 113
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Madikwe Game Reserve, Marico District Traversing over 75,000 hectares of untamed Africa, where the plains still teem with game – Prices per person in a Luxury Suite, all-inclusive, from: including the ‘Big Five’ and rare wild dogs – Madikwe Hills is a world of beauty. Set in Depart 2 nights Extra nights magnificent kopjes and ingeniously placed among the boulders, its luxurious suites assure 1 Jan-30 Apr 10 £830 £415 the ultimate comfort – with soft sofas, an unusual décor integrating Africa’s natural elements 1 May-31 Aug 10 £630 £315 and colours, private plunge pool and breathtaking views of the hills. For total privacy, opt for 1 Sep-31 Dec 10 £830 £415 Little Madikwe next door, complete with Presidential Suite and private pool, Land Rover, Price includes accommodation only. Ranger, Butler, wine collection and Chef. The utter dedication and passion of the team Flights & transfers available on request. ensure that every guest departs with a memory of an African safari never to be forgotten. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Johannesburg Airport – 45 minutes by light aircraft. Elegant Facts • 11 suites Elegant Offers • SPA: The Health Spa offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments Complimentary Night • KIDS: Offering a real family holiday, not only is the Lodge located in a malaria-free area, but it’s Stay 4 nights for 3. Valid 1 Jan-30 Apr 10 inclusive. also one of only a handful which accommodate children and even offers child minding Combination Offer • Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a library, while the lodge’s central Stay 5 nights for 4 combining Madikwe Hills & location means guests can explore a wide area, from the local hills and plains, to the rivers, Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve. kopjes and woodland. Because the safari is on a public park, off-roading isn’t possible Valid 1 Jan-31 Dec 10 inclusive. • Dine South African-style in the rustic boma or enjoy breakfast on the deck Elegant Opinion “In the privacy of your luxurious suite, a bubble bath and Champagne awaits followed by dinner in front of dancing flames or under a blanket of stars.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 114 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • SOUTH AFRICA – SAFARI Shamwari Private Game Reserve Eastern Cape A superb start or end to your Garden Route holiday, Shamwari has been acclaimed as the Prices per person in a Luxury Room & Suite, all-inclusive, World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for ten consecutive years. for 2 nights from: Home not only to the ‘Big Five’, it also encompasses no less than five different eco-systems Depart Riverdene Eagles Crag Lobengula – which brings an extraordinary diversity of plant, animal and bird life. Almost as diverse is 1 Jan-10 Jan 10 £970 £1130 £1130 the choice of six luxury lodges including Eagle’s Crag Lodge an Avant-garde masterpiece of 11Jan-30 Apr 10 £955 £1115 £1115 thatch, stone and wall-to-wall glass; the ethnically styled Lobengula, plus Riverdene Lodge 1 May-9 Jun 10 £615 £1125 £1125 which replaces Long Lee Manor as the family-friendly lodge with its nine interleading rooms 16 Jul-30 Sep 10 £615 £1125 £1125 1 Oct-20 Dec 10 £955 £1115 £1115 and where children of all ages are welcome and offered activity programmes. Price includes accommodation only. Elegant Facts Flights & transfers available on request. • 7 lodges TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Port Elizabeth Airport – • SPA: The luxurious spas features a fabulous range of beauty treatments 50 minutes. • KIDS: Although children under 4 years old are not allowed to join game drives, the Children’s *Prices on request 10 Jun-15 Jul 10. Activity Co-ordinator will keep them entertained with a range of exciting activities. Children staying at Riverdene Lodge have exclusive access to the Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Elegant Offers Centre, where different types of wild animals are cared for by the Shamwari veterinarian team Room Rate Reduction before release back into the wild Stay a minimum of 4 nights & receive a reduced rate. • Choose from a range of indoor and outdoor dining experiences offered at the different lodges Valid 1 Jan-9 Jun 10 & 16 Jul 10-10 Jan 11 inclusive. • A unique partnership with the Born Free Foundation means guests are able to visit the 2 Born Combination Offer Free Centres and Big Cat Sanctuaries Stay 2 nights at Shamwari Game Reserve and receive • Although quickly booked-up, if you can secure the Shamwari team to film a high quality DVD 3 free nights at Grande Roche, Paarl. of your family safari, it’s well worth the extra cost Valid 1 May-9 Jun 10 & 16 Jul-30 Sep 10 inclusive. • Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located in a malaria-free environment Elegant Opinion “Preserving a vanishing way of life, The Born Free Foundation is close to Shamwari’s heart. Do make time to visit the rescued big cats, which live a much more pleasant life at Shamwari.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 115
  • Botswana, Zambia & Namibia From the hyper-arid deserts of Namibia and the broad savannah mosaic that covers much of Botswana to the mighty waters of the Zambezi, Africa is a rich tapestry of complexity and diversity waiting to be explored. A visit here will transport you from the familiar into an entirely new and compelling experience whether you’re tracking black rhino on foot or soaring above the red sand dunes on an early morning balloon flight… Botswana’s diverse terrain comprises ways to view them, including by swamp, flat pans, hard veld and the helicopter. Livingstone, the ‘adventure Okavango Delta, one of the most capital’ of Africa, is situated just 10km incredible wildlife and wilderness from the Falls and offers white-water Domestic Airport Zambia sanctuaries in Africa. Each year rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling and International Airport Botswana turns into a thriving surfing – all guaranteed to keep the Lusaka ecological paradise courtesy of adrenaline flowing! The region enjoys Livingstone The Royal Livingstone tectonic plate shifts that swell the high temperatures year-round, though 1 • Victoria Falls • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Kwando River and flood the plains, the rainy season occurs from D E • Chobe National Park A • •Mababe Gate attracting multitudes of animals and November to March. Adventure B •• •North Gate 2 • C • •South Gate birds and resulting in a spectacle that enthusiasts should visit between cannot be seen anywhere else on August and December when the Namibia Maun earth. Each of our featured camps Zambezi waters are low; the best Windhoek offers a range of activities to maximise months to see wildlife are from May to Hosea Kutako International Windhoek Eros Domestic Botswana Namibia 1. Serra Cafema Gaborone 2. Little Ongava sightings of the abundant bird and September. •3 3. Little Kulala wildlife. Safaris by boat and dugout Botswana canoe (mokoro) are perfect ways to Because there was never any Imperial A. Mombo Camp B. Jao Camp see the water areas while game stamp put on the old South West C. Abu Camp D. Vumbura Plains drives are best for animal tracking. Africa, Namibia doesn’t boast much South Africa E. Kings Pool Camp Although the dry season will provide in the way of architecture or any other you with plenty of opportunities to urban phenomena. But even if you’re view the game, the wet season on your very first visit, you will find its (November to April) brings with it the huge nothingness (the literal Travel Facts opportunity to encounter lush translation of ‘Namibia’) has a vegetation and dramatic skies – ideal haunting personality of its own. Air- GMT: Botswana + 2 hours; Zambia + 2 hours; Namibia + 1 hour for both birdwatchers and hops, whether by balloon or chartered Flying Time: Botswana From London Heathrow, 16 hours via Johannesburg; Zambia From photographers. flight, will provide you with some London Heathrow to Livingstone (via Johannesburg) 12 hours 45 minutes; Namibia From unique views of the Kalahari’s red London Heathrow to Windhoek (via Johannesburg) 14 hours 15 minutes. No journey to Southern Africa is sands and the fantastic lunar valleys Flight Information: Botswana British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways from complete without a trip to Zambia. that wind their way through the thirsty Heathrow to Johannesburg with onward connecting flights to Maun; Zambia and Namibia Here, the Zambezi River drops 100 dunelands. Back on land many British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways from Heathrow to Johannesburg metres into the steeply walled Bakota intriguing features await closer with onward connecting flights to Livingstone and Windhoek Gorge resulting in the country’s best inspection such as the world’s biggest Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £985 (British Airways) per person, each known attraction – the Victoria Falls, a meteorite, a felled tree still way. More details appear on pages 12-13. spellbinding spectacle on a massive recognisable after 200 million years, Weather: Botswana The Okavango River’s annual floods are between January and scale. The local people call it Mosi- exquisite rock-carvings and the March/April and, from a visitor’s point of view, the Delta is at its best from April to September. Oa-Tunya – ‘the smoke that welwischia plant, a succulent that Zambia The Victoria Falls region enjoys high temperatures year-round, though the rainy season thunders’ – and on a clear day the mysteriously survives whole centuries is at its peak from November to March. Adventure enthusiasts should visit between August and December when the Zambezi waters are low, while the best wildlife months are from May to veil of roaring spray can be seen up without rain. September. Namibia has, on average, 300 days of sunshine a year so plenty of hot days with to 80kms away. There are all kinds of cool nights and early mornings. The rainy season lasts from October to April. Health/Visas: Visas are required for Botswana and Zambia. In certain areas precautions against Malaria are necessary. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. 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  • Highlights of Botswana This itinerary combines several of the luxurious properties in our Botswana portfolio making it ideal for exploring this fascinating wilderness and its magnificent bird and wildlife… Day 1: Okavango Delta Day 5: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve Arrive Botswana: 2 nights at Vumbura Plains. Set on a remote private concession in the Transfer to Kings Pool Camp for 2 nights. There are many varied habitats within the extreme north of the Okavango Delta, the camp is part of a community participation plan Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in which Kings Pool Camp is located, such as marshes, that helps to benefit the communities living around the Okavango Delta. With access to waterways, riverine forests and grasslands and part of the safari experience includes 55,000 hectares of traversing land as well as wildlife, the area supports and sustains a boat cruises along the Linyanti River, making it a wonderful contrast to the Okavango. large diversity of fauna and flora. Land Rovers guarantee thrilling game spotting and The area is also famous for its large herds of elephant, reaching enormous densities in close-up encounters with the animals. the dry winter months. Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve Transfer to Mombo Camp for 2 nights. The camp is set on Mombo Island just off the Highlights of Botswana: 6 nights from £5995 per person northern tip of Chief’s Island. Built under large shady trees and overlooking a wonderful Price based on two people sharing including transfers, accommodation, meals and game floodplain, guests can access the massive tracts of pristine parkland teeming with drives. Your itinerary will be priced according to your preferences, which can be wildlife. With a large concentration of plains, game and their predators, lions, are discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. particularly plentiful, ensuring the very best safari experience. 118 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • BOTSWANA – SAFARI Botswana Safari Camps Landlocked Botswana contains one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa, still largely undeveloped and untamed. To fully explore this fascinating wilderness, we recommend a stay at two or three of these exclusive camps. Feel free to call our Travel Consultants for help in creating a bespoke itinerary. Jao Camp Vumbura Plains • 9 luxury tents • 2 camps comprising of 14 tents • Facilities include a bush spa and two outdoor pools • An idyllic place to appreciate nature • Guests enjoy both land and water-based activities • Each tent has its own pool, viewing deck and sala (outdoor pavilion) • Meals are taken in the outdoor boma beneath the stars • Walks and mokoro dugout canoes offer a different perspective • The camp is situated on a remote island surrounded by floodplains and savannah • A perfect complement to Mombo Camp 3 nights from £2495 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) 3 nights from £2495 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) Mombo Camp Kings Pool Camp • 9 luxury tents plus a private camp • 9 luxury tents • Picnics can be arranged for a truly African dining experience • The open-air ‘kgolta’ provides a unique dining venue • Lion sightings are excellent and black and white rhino have been reintroduced, • Walking safaris, boating safaris, fishing and night drives are all possible with outstanding success • Noted for its very large elephant population • Rooms offer breathtaking views across the plains • There are 2 hides, one of them practically underground 3 nights from £3625 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) 3 nights from £2635 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) Abu Camp Prices include light aircraft transfers. For more detailed information about • 6 luxury tents & the Elephant Suite (which is perfect for families) accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website • This is the ultimate elephant-back safari experience www.elegantresorts.co.uk • The dining tent offers breathtaking views across the lagoon • Facilities include a swimming pool and a library 3 nights from £5495 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 119
  • Best of Namibia Namibia's extraordinarily contrasting landscapes – from the towering apricot coloured sand dunes at Sossusvlei to the unique Etosha salt-pan with its abundant wildlife, makes it one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful desert regions. It’s worth bearing in mind that Namibia combines easily with Botswana if you want more animals and a watery contrast, or Cape Town for the beach and some delicious Cape cuisine and fine wines... Day 1: Namibia Day 5: Little Ongava Arrive Namibia: 2 nights at Little Kulala Lodge. This acclaimed desert retreat lies in Transfer to Little Ongava: 2 nights at Little Ongava. Located on the southern boundary close proximity to the towering red sand dunes and flat valley floors of Sossusvlei, in the of the Etosha National Park, and forming a natural extension to it, the Ongava Game heart of the Namib Desert. The perfect place to become acquainted with the splendour Reserve is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife including elephants, lions and white and beauty of the Namib, game-drives provide awe-inspiring views and sightings of and black rhino. Here you’ll be joined by experienced guides who will take you on day desert-adapted wildlife such as springbok, gemsbok and aardwolf. and night wildlife viewing drives and visits to hides overlooking waterholes. Day 3: Serra Cafema Day 7: Return to the UK. Transfer to Serra Cafema: 2 nights at Serra Cafema. Set on the banks of the Kunene River (the only permanent source of water in the region) Serra Cafema shares the area Best of Namibia: 6 nights from £4905 per person with the Himba people – some of the last true nomads in Africa. Activities here are varied and include boating, walking in the remote valleys and, as the camp is often Price based on two people sharing including transfers, accommodation, meals and game visited by the Himba families, there are opportunities to learn about their lifestyles drives. Your itinerary will be priced according to your preferences, which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. and traditions. 120 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • NAMIBIA – SAFARI Namibia Safari Camps Each of these camps offers its very own inspirational experience that celebrates the differences and uniqueness of each area and its wildlife. Furthermore, each camp has been superbly designed complete with all the warm comforts of home and the additional touches of a uniquely personal service… Little Ongava Little Kulala Serra Cafema Situated on one of the largest private reserves in Bordering the Namib Naukluft Park in the heart of Those who like truly wild places will love Serra Namibia, perched on a koppie overlooking Ongava’s the Namib, this acclaimed desert retreat offers Cafema, the most remote camp in southern Africa. main floodlit watering hole and the plains below, this magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Situated in the extreme northwest of Namibia, intimate lodge is ideal for those who like their camps Sossusvlei. The main lodge with its lounge, pub and perched on the Kunene River and surrounded by small. Spaced out along the hillside are three dining area has been designed to match the rugged mountains and sand dunes, the camp has completely private, glass-fronted suites with high surrounding environment, and features northern Africa taken its inspiration from the pioneering spirit of the beamed ceilings, dark wooden floors and local inspired interiors and a wrap-around verandah area and built beneath the shade of ancient Albida textiles. Meal times are generally communal (although overlooking a waterhole. The eleven kulalas are trees overlooking the river, it’s an unexpected oasis of they can be served in your suite) – the lounge area climate-controlled and consist of bedroom, en suite luxury. The region is shared with the Himba people, lends itself to relaxed stylish dining under an African bathrooms, a private plunge pool and outdoor sala. some of the last true nomadic people in Africa and sky. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 As well as game drives and walks, at an additional there are Himba families living nearby providing vehicles into Etosha, as well as night drives and cost, guests can enjoy an early morning balloon flight guests with the unique opportunity to visit and learn nature walks within the reserve. With its resident over the apricot coloured dunes, followed by a about their lifestyle and traditions. Activities include white and black rhino, rhino-tracking on foot is one of Champagne breakfast on landing. 4x4 Land Rover excursions, boating on the Kunene the most popular activities at Ongava. 2 nights from £1695 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & River, and even guided quad-bike excursions. 2 nights from £1795 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) & £2095 (15 Jun-15 Nov 10) 2 nights from £1695 per person (1 Jan-14 Jun & 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) & £2280 (15 Jun-15 Nov 10) 16 Nov-15 Dec 10) & £1975 (15 Jun-15 Nov 10) Prices include light aircraft transfers. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 121
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  • ZAMBIA The Royal Livingstone Livingstone, Zambia Only footsteps from the Zambezi River, with the magnificent torrent of the Victoria Falls as its Prices per person in a Luxury Room, including breakfast, from: natural milieu, The Royal Livingstone is outstandingly positioned to soak up the full beauty of Depart 3 nights Extra nights this ‘natural wonder of the world’ as it plummets into the gorge far below. Stretched along 4 Jan-10 Dec 10* £620 £195 the forested banks of the river, their balconies seemingly within touching distance of the rainbow-infused mist, low-rise clusters of colonial-style rooms with African resonances and Price includes accommodation only. butler service, capture the essence of a bygone era – while the classic pool, complete with Flights & transfers available on request. a sweeping deck in the swirling waters of the Zambezi, dramatically links the river’s waters TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Livingstone Airport – 20 minutes. with the terraces of the hotel. *Prices on request 25 May-17 Jul 10. Elegant Facts • 173 rooms & suites • SPA: The Royal Salon International Hair & Beauty offers an excellent range of health and beauty treatments • KIDS: Children are well catered for in the Falls Entertainment Centre and at the Happy Hippo Club at the nearby Zambezi Sun Hotel (for children aged 2 to 12 years old) • Facilities include an outdoor pool and elegant sun deck while activities such as sunset river cruises, helicopter rides and white-water rafting are all available • The main dining room features mouthwatering, exquisite Zambian specialities and International cuisine – reservations are essential • Service is impeccable at The Royal Livingstone, with staff on-hand to assist in any way and a personal butler available from 7am to 11pm as standard – this delightful, colonial-style resort definitely provides the ultimate retreat after an exciting African safari Elegant Opinion “Relax at the Sundowners bar where you can watch the Zambezi flow and feel the spray from Victoria Falls – enjoy a cocktail in this perfect location.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 123
  • Mozambique, Zanzibar, Tanzania and The Funzi Keys, Kenya Our featured properties in Mozambique can be found on the islands of Bazaruto and Benguerra within the Bazaruto Archipelago. Here you’ll find alabaster beaches and beautiful birdlife and beneath the crystal clear, turquoise waters a kaleidoscopic underwater world home to the rare dugong (a large aquatic mammal). Alongside endless opportunities for snorkelling and diving, there’s also a host of other activities to enjoy, including whale-watching (in season), watersports, fishing trips and sunset cruises in traditional dhow boats. The abundance of secluded beaches and pristine coral reefs filled with an amazing variety of sea life, offering some of the best swimming and diving or snorkelling experiences in the world, make Zanzibar of the best-kept secrets in the Indian Ocean. However one its history is just as fascinating – the many ancient ruins and traditional sailing dhows, along with the heady scent of cloves, evoke mysterious pictures of its rich past. The people of Zanzibar are a mixture of Africans, Arabs and Indians with origins dating as far back as the first century AD. They are diverse and interesting but, above all, remarkably friendly and hospitable. For the most part Tanzania is fairly unassuming and low-key, untouched by the tribal rivalries that have beset its neighbours. The Tanzanians themselves, a dignified and beautiful race, are both warm and polite. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous safari destinations in the world and this year we’re delighted to be featuring the Singita Grumeti properties. But this is by no means the only reason to visit. There’s a wonderful tropical coastline fringed by palm trees, thatched villages, historical ports and tiny islands offering some of the Kenya best diving spots in the world making it an ideal choice, whether you’re visiting for the first time or the umpteenth time. Singita Faru Faru ••Singita Sasakwa •Singita Sabora Mombasa River Lodge Funzi Keys Tented Camp Pemba Island The wonderful coastline of Kenya is lined with pristine white sand Tanzania Fundu Lagoon Zanzibar beaches fringing the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean and is Dar es Salaam Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Mnemba Island Lodge the ideal addition to any East African safari. Here, the wilderness meets the sea, and the ocean itself holds a spectacular coral reef that Domestic Airport runs almost uninterrupted for 480 kilometres. Some of the best International Airport Pemba •Vamizi Island snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed in the calm, clear waters home to aquatic life found nowhere else in the world. Mozambique Indian Ocean Vilanculos Bazaruto Archipelago Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa Azura Maputo 124
  • Small image courtesy of Azura Travel Facts Health/Visas: Please note visas are required for Zanzibar. See pages 132-133 or visit, www.fco.gov.uk for more up-to-date information GMT: Mozambique + 2 hours Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya + 3 hours. Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be Flying Time: Mozambique & Zanzibar Heathrow to Vilanculos, 14 hours 45 minutes; Heathrow advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate to Pemba 15 hours 35 minutes (both include a stopover in Johannesburg) and Heathrow to variations etc. Zanzibar 12 hours (includes a stopover in Dar es Salaam); Tanzania & Kenya From London Heathrow, 9 hours 35 minutes to Dar Es Salaam and 8 hours 30 minutes to Nairobi. Flight Information: Mozambique & Zanzibar British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South Africa Airways from Heathrow to Johannesburg, with onward connecting flights to Vilanculos and Pemba (Mozambique). British Airways from Heathrow to Dar es Salaam with onward connecting flights to Zanzibar. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available; Tanzania & Kenya British Airways from Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi; Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Nairobi. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £815 (British Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best time to visit: Mozambique October to April tend to be the hottest months, but the summer is also pleasant. January and February is the rainy season. Zanzibar experiences hot and sunny weather throughout the year, with an ideal sea breeze. Rain becomes more frequent in April and May, but the showers throughout the remainder of the year are generally short showers. Tanzania has a tropical climate, with sporadic rainfall throughout the year; the typical rainy season is between November and April, whereas May to October is usually dry and sunny. Kenya The weather is subtropical, with low rainfall throughout the year; similar to that of California, or summer in France. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 125
  • MOZAMBIQUE Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique A sun-drenched island within a national park, boasting deserted white sand beaches and Prices per person in a Luxury Beach Villa, all-inclusive, from: sparkling turquoise seas, Azura, Mozambique’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat, was built Depart 7 nights Extra nights and is operated in partnership with the local community and was designed to appreciate its 16 Jan-16 Mar 10 £3825 £340 gorgeous setting, from the open-air public areas to the lovely villas, all with private pools. 17-31 Mar 10 £3680 £340 Nestled amid the indigenous trees, these fifteen private sanctuaries offer havens of relaxation 1 Apr-15 Jul 10 £4010 £380 in which to feel at one with your surroundings, whether lounging on plump cushions as your 16 Jul-31 Aug 10 £4690 £480 butler serves tea, cooling off in your infinity-edge plunge pool, sipping a cocktail in your 1-17 Sep 10 £4450 £445 18 Sep-30 Nov 10 £4535 £445 beachside sala as the sun goes down or showering beneath a star-filled sky. 1-15 Dec 10 £3785 £340 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways, domestic flights • 15 villas & helicopter transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Vilanculos Airport – • SPA: The unique African-inspired Azura Spa is the perfect place in which to relax and be 10 minutes by helicopter. pampered and features rubs, wraps and massages based on local ingredients and traditions Room supplements from (per person, per night) Infinity Beach Villa £45 • KIDS: Children welcome to £65 & Presidential Villa £1895 to £2570 (per unit). • Recreational activities include snorkelling, scuba-diving, fishing, turtle-watching, dhow sailing, Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus beach picnics and swimming with dolphins £275 & Club World £815 (Johannesburg only). • Fine dining consists of fresh local Mozambican cuisine and Sushi and offers private picnics and candlelit dinners on the beach – don’t miss the chef’s famous 7-course tasting menu which features all of his favourites. Younger children are asked to eat supper early or in their villa, however the chef will happily discuss youngsters’ tastes on arrival and then prepare a selection of tempting dishes • Mozambique’s first carbon-neutral resort, Azura takes its role in the community very seriously and operates a Rainbow Fund to cover a variety of social and environmental projects • Arrive in style on the lodge’s helicopter – the 15-minute transfer will whisk you over the azure waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago • Offering a combination of stunning natural surroundings, stylish interior design, Azura is the perfect place for guests to relax and unwind • Voted ‘Top New Beach Hotel’ in Harper’s Bazaar’s 2008 Travel Guide and listed in Tatler Travel Guide’s ‘101 Best Hotels Out There’ 2008 Elegant Opinion “After dinner, as a treat, the resident Marine Biologist will escort guests onto the beach where, with a cocktail in hand, they will be talked through the star constellations helping them to appreciate the never-ending African sky by night.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 126 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • MOZAMBIQUE Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa Bazaruto Island, Mozambique Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park is an ecological gem, complete with an Prices per person in a Beach Chalet, including full board, from: extraordinary array of land and marine life and the world’s largest fringing reef. At its heart, Depart 7 nights Extra nights on the pristine Bazaruto Island, the beautiful Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa offers an idyllic 1 Jan-16 Mar 10 £3425 £290 gateway to this natural backdrop along with all the attributes of the quintessential Indian 17-28 Mar 10 £3285 £290 Ocean island holiday. Choose from one bedroom Beach Chalets with open-plan living areas 29-31 Mar 10 £3680 £350 and outdoor shower, or two bedroom Luxury Bayview Villas, perfect for families and boasting 1-5 Apr 10 £3695 £350 an outdoor dining area and private splash pool. Alternatively, take the Honeymoon Chalet or 6 Apr-8 Aug 10 £3305 £290 9-23 Aug 10 £3695 £350 Suite for the ultimate seclusion in this already private setting. 24 Aug-17 Sep 10 £3305 £290 18 Sep-16 Dec 10 £3390 £290 Elegant Facts • 44 chalets & suites Price includes flights from London with British Airways, domestic flights & light aircraft transfers. • SPA: The luxurious Sanctuary Spa offers an extensive range of tempting body treatments TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Vilanculos Airport – • KIDS: There’s a supervised Indi Kidz Club and children’s leisure centre for children over the age 10 minutes by light aircraft. of 4 years old Room supplements from (per person, per night) Honeymoon Beach • Recreational facilities include 2 pools, a fitness centre, 9-hole ‘Qolf’, a games room, Chalet £15 to £20 & Presidential Villa £1025 to £1220 (4 persons). watersports and horse-riding. Bazaruto Island is one of Africa’s premier diving destinations Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus boasting over 100 species of coral, thousands of tropical fish and even 5 breeds of dolphin. If £275 & Club World £815 (Johannesburg only). you’re looking for an adrenaline-packed break then this may not be the place for you but there’s plenty to do, see and explore • Seafood lovers will adore the outstanding restaurant along with its stunning views and the excellent buffet freshly prepared daily • The resort is ideal if you’re looking to escape to an unspoilt idyll with a strong focus on the conservation and protection of the local eco-system Elegant Opinion “Guests can now participate in a special aquatic adventure – swimming in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean with magnificent Southern African horses. The sensation of floating on their buoyant yet powerful bodies, in the pristine waters of Mozambique, is purely magical.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 127
  • MOZAMBIQUE NEW Vamizi Island Lodge Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique First and foremost, Vamizi Island is a conservation project and Vamizi Island Lodge – the only Prices per person in a Villa, including full board, from: lodge on the island – is born out of the idealist view that tourism should work for the good Depart 7 nights Extra nights of the planet. The exclusive and tranquil island boasts idyllic white coral beaches and warm 19 Jan-16 Mar 10 £4115 £350 shallow waters perfect for bathing, but the area also offers some of the best snorkelling and 17-31 Mar 10 £3975 £350 diving in the world. In-keeping with the resort’s philosophy to preserve the environment, there 1 Apr-31 Jul 10 £4915 £485 are just eleven timber villas with either one or two bedrooms and three family villas – each 1-31 Aug 10 £5270 £535 positioned on the beach and wildly romantic, with breathtaking ocean views. 1-17 Sep 10 £4915 £485 18 Sep-9 Dec 10 £4995 £485 10-16 Dec 10 £5355 £535 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways, domestic • 11 villas flights, shared air charter & car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Vamizi Airstrip – • SPA: While there isn’t a dedicated spa, massages, beauty and Ayurvedic treatments can be 40 minutes (car). booked and are carried out in-villa. There are also yoga classes by the Ashtanga teacher Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • KIDS: Children welcome, babysitting can be provided on request. Scuba instructors will £275 & Club World £815 (Johannesburg only). introduce older children to snorkelling or diving, and nature guides can help them discover birds, monkeys and giant crabs • Leisure facilities include kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing and PADI diving. Fishing trips and sea cruises offer a total marine experience, as it is not unusual for a wide variety of deep- sea fish, whales, dolphins and flying fish to be spotted • Enjoy grills at the open kitchen on the beach, relax at the castaway restaurant, or delight in sophisticated dishes in the dining room. For a truly desert island approach to dining, a ‘shipwrecked’ picnic on a deserted beach can also be arranged • The gently shelving beach and endless shallows make the island a superb choice for families Elegant Opinion “Having snorkelled through rose garden colours, share the icing sugar soft sand outside your room with nesting turtles.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 128 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • TANZANIA Singita Serengeti, The Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania The Singita lodges have become synonymous with providing their guests with exceptional luxury in the most beautiful of settings and this exclusive collection of three luxury lodges, positioned on the western corridor of the Serengeti, are no exception. This vast private concession offers an unparalleled eco-safari experience… Singita Sasakwa Sabora Tented Camp Singita Faru Faru This lodge is the flagship of the Grumeti reserves. Sabora offers the kind of ‘Out of Africa’ safari This lodge takes its inspiration from the ever present Built in the style of an Edwardian manor house – experience that Hemingway and Karen Blixen would rock formations, said to have been left behind by an complete with deep verandahs, high ceilings, stately have enjoyed. Nine lavish tents furnished with Persian ancient people and which surround the camp. Set on furniture and silverware – it’s magnificently set on a rugs, silk curtains and antique furnishings bring to life a small rocky bluff overlooking two watering holes plateau offering panoramic views of the plains. There a bygone world, while modern conveniences remind and the riverine forest beyond, the camp has been are just nine cottages and a four bedroom villa, each you that you’re still in the 21st century. Daily wildlife designed to blend into the environment. Just nine featuring an eclectic mix of classic European and drives in open Land Rovers (led by experienced suites face out onto the plain and huge glass ethnic African design; secluded gardens and plunge guides) are interspersed with meal times – gourmet windows maximise breathtaking views of the natural pools. In between the twice-daily game drives, guests cuisine is created from locally grown organic produce habitat. Each suite features an alfresco shower or can enjoy tennis, croquet and badminton, relaxing by accompanied by a selection of world-class wines bath with a capricious mix of interiors combining the cliff-edge infinity pool, or a visit to the spa which from the vast Singita cellars and served at tables set contemporary textiles and natural materials. Activities comes equipped with a hydrotherapy bath tub, with crisp, white Irish linen, the finest porcelain and include game drives and walks along the Grumeti gymnasium and yoga room. Alternatively, horse-riding crystal goblets. Evenings are spent devoted to the River, archery, mountain-biking and hot-air ballooning. (or horse-back safaris for experienced riders) can be quieter pursuits of star-gazing or trading stories For lovers of horse-riding, guests also have access to arranged at the lodge’s equestrian centre. around the campfire. the Sasakwa Equestrian Centre. 3 nights from £3510 per person (1 Jan-16 Dec 10) 3 nights from £2370 per person (1 Jan-16 Dec 10) 3 nights from £2370 per person (1 Jan-16 Dec 10) Prices includes accommodation and light aircraft transfers. Flights available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 129
  • ZANZIBAR NEW Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Kiwengwa, Zanzibar This luxury hotel is a perfect retreat. Thirty acres of tropical gardens and the Indian Ocean Elegant Facts form the backdrop for elegant accommodation and friendly African hospitality. All the Garden • 110 rooms & suites and 7 villas • SPA: The Anantara Spa offers massages, body treatments and facials and Terrace Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and feature a private terrace or • KIDS: There’s a children’s outdoor playground and indoor activities such balcony, while the Zamani Suite – accommodating up to two adults and two children – has as painting two balconies and a large rooftop sun terrace. • Leisure facilities include 2 outdoor pools, a fitness centre, PADI dive centre, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, deep-sea fishing, cycling, tennis, volleyball and badminton. You can even let your inner child out and join in the ‘Beach Olympics’ – from tug-of-war to sandcastle building. Many excursions are also available at Zamani including the Safari Blue boat tour which visits the islands and coral reefs of the conservation area, Menai Bay • For dining, the 2 restaurants serve International cuisine and there are 3 bars. Private dining locations are also available, including a cliffside pavilion • Zamani Beach Club offers a private beach, a restaurant and optional activities including reef walks and picnics Elegant Opinion “With the heavens above and the moonlight as your compass, Zamani is a PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £1755 (10 Jan-31 Mar 10); from £1780 (1-5 Apr, 17-31 Jul & 1 celebration of romance and love, and is where magic lives!” Sep-16 Dec 10); from £1480 (6 Apr-16 Jul 10); from £2075 (1-31 Aug 10) & from £2180 (17-20 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Garden Room, including half board, flights from London with British Airways, domestic flights & vehicle transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, Zanzibar Airport – 60 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Mnemba Island Lodge Mnemba Island, Zanzibar A short boat ride from Zanzibar lies the idyllic private island of Mnemba. Hidden beneath the Elegant Facts shade of a casuarinas forest are ten secluded ‘banda’ cottages. Each one is simply furnished • 10 bandas • SPA: Aromatherapy massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of your banda and cooled by the ocean’s breezes. Blissful days are spent lazing in the sun, strolling along • KIDS: Adult-only resort the white coral-sand beaches – where you may be lucky enough to spot a turtle, as Mnemba • Leisure activities include scuba-diving, whale-watching (seasonal), bird- is one of the few places left where they breed – or indulging in water pursuits. watching and fishing while watersports such as windsurfing and snorkelling are available. The island also has its own professional dive school • For lovers of seafood, fresh lobster and fish are prepared into exquisite and exotic delicacies and days may be concluded with candlelit dinners served at the water’s edge under a canopy of twinkling stars • The waters around the island are protected, conserving magnificent coral reefs where giant turtles, ghost crabs and spectacular tropical fish drift through the lagoons – there are approximately 4 times the amount of fish species here than are found in the Caribbean • Mnemba is known as one of the world’s most romantic ocean destinations Elegant Opinion “Head out forty-five minutes before low tide to get the most out of the tidal PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £7420 (1 Jan-28 Feb 10); from £5660 (1-31 Mar 10*); from £5680 pools, just be careful as the tide comes back in very quickly.” (1-15 Jun & 15 Nov-15 Dec 10); from £7440 (16 Jun-14 Nov & 25-31 Dec 10) & from £7840 (16-24 Dec 10). Price based on 2 adults sharing a Banda, all-inclusive, and includes flights from London with British Airways, domestic flights, car & boat transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: From Zanzibar For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, Airport – 1 hour 30 minutes (car) & 20 minutes (boat). *Hotel closed 1 Apr-31 May 10. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 130 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • TANZANIA & KENYA NEW Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island, Tanzania This hideaway is the perfect place for those seeking barefoot luxury. Wooden walkways and Elegant Facts sandy paths lead to the Makuti thatched tented rooms, built on stilted decks and located • 18 rooms & suites • SPA: The boutique spa uses its own range of blended oils and offers a discreetly among the trees, on the beach or on the hillside overlooking the bay. Each room healing range of beauty treatments and relaxing massages is open-sided so you can fall asleep at night, lulled by the sound of the waves. The unspoilt • KIDS: Children over the age of 12 years old welcome coral reefs of the island ensure it is one of the top diving destinations in the world. • Leisure facilities include a stunning infinity-edge pool which affords superb views over the ocean, various watersports and a games room with a pool table, television, board games and a library of movies and books. Let the ambience and magical location of the resort inspire your yoga session or meditation on the oceanview pavilion, or treat yourself and hire out the resort’s 30ft catamaran, Solkattan. Fundu also boasts a fully-equipped PADI diving centre • The restaurant offers a fusion of Arabic and colonial-influenced cuisine • Elegantly informal, this is the kind of place where guests gather together at the bar and discuss dinner options or the day’s diving over a cocktail Elegant Opinion “A true ‘Robinson Crusoe’ resort which is accessible only by boat, this resort PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £2925 (1 Jan-31 Mar 10); from £2590 (1 Apr-30 Jun* & 1 Nov-14 has an exclusive feel and has been described by Vogue as ‘the epitome of Dec 10) & from £2945 (1 Jul-31 Oct 10).  Price based on 2 adults sharing a Hillside Room, all inclusive, and includes flights from London with British Airways, domestic flights, car & boat shabby-chic’.” transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Pemba Airport – 20 minutes (car) & 25 minutes (boat). *Hotel closed 16 Apr-14 Jun 10 For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW The Funzi Keys Mombasa, Kenya Tucked away on a secluded and pristine island in the Indian Ocean, The Funzi Keys is an Elegant Facts exclusive way to escape in style from the stresses of life. The island’s appeal lies in its • 17 cottages • SPA: There is a treatment room where guests can enjoy a massage beautiful natural scenery and the resort has been designed to blend in harmony with its • KIDS: Children welcome beachfront setting. Each of the stone cottages open up to the sea breeze and each has • Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, sailing, creek fishing, private Jacuzzi views from which you can relax whilst enjoying views of the ocean waters. windsurfing and canoeing. Many activities can be arranged at an extra charge including deep-sea fishing, scuba-diving, snorkelling and boat trips to private sandbanks and dhow cruises • Elegant, relaxed dining is a feature at the oceanview restaurant and includes freshly-caught seafood and home-grown fruits and vegetables. You’ll also find a quirky dhow boat-shaped bar • The Funzi Keys’ beach is a prime spot to watch the fabulous sunsets while to the front of all guest cottages there is a private sitting area which is an excellent place to enjoy a drink and watch the local fishing boats sail by Elegant Opinion “Life at The Funzi Keys is relaxed and many guests do little more than unwind on the wooden deck of the spectacular free-form pool, laze on the pristine PRICES: 7 nights from (per person) £2345 (7 Jan-28 Feb 10); from £1995 (1 Apr-15 Jul 10*) & from white sand with chilled drinks and a book, or treat themselves to a massage.” £2365 (16 Jul-31 Oct 10).  Price based on 2 adults sharing a Seaview Cottage, all-inclusive, and includes flights from London with British Airways & light aircraft transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Mombasa Airport – 15 minutes by light aircraft. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, *Hotel closed 11 Apr-30 Jun 10 please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 131
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The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit issues and • Accommodation (grade as shown) based on two persons sharing frequently updates advice for those travelling outside the UK. The Names: At the time of booking, please ensure you supply your first • Private transfers (shared for some destinations) advice includes general warnings and specific information for the name and surname, (as they appear on your passport), as both of benefit of travellers. Ask your travel agent for details of any current these must be stated on your flight ticket. This will reduce confusion • Meals as shown (where applicable)* advice for the country or countries which you plan to visit when you and delays at check-in, especially when travelling to the USA. It is book your holiday. You are also advised to check this information anticipated that clients could face more queries and delays as more • ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) before you go by accessing the latest Travel Advice on countries introduce Advance Passenger Information systems. You • Taxes & Charges www.fco.gov.uk may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid if the name on your passport and travel documents don’t match. If, after • Air Passenger Duty & Security Red Tide, also known as algae blooms, in Oman, occurs when the booking a holiday but before travelling, any member of your party movement of sea currents causes the phytoplankton to multiply • Aviation Fuel Costs changes their name, e.g. as a result of getting married, we must be rapidly, resulting in a streak of brownish red colour in the sea. As the notified immediately so that we can make the necessary changes to level of plankton increases in the water, the amount of oxygen *Restrictions may apply at hotel restaurants – e.g. when a price is your holiday documentation. decreases sometimes causing unpleasant smells, there may be based on half or full board basis and there is more than one some days when it is not suitable to swim in the sea. Water Children: Children are required to have their own passport. restaurant at the hotel, some of the restaurants may levy an excursions are not affected. additional supplement or give a credit towards a meal in another Important Information For All Passengers: From 2009, the UK restaurant. Unless otherwise stated, all extras will be at a charge. Alternatively, e-mail traveladvicepublicenquiries@fco.gov.uk or Government will implement its requirement for Advanced Passenger telephone the Foreign Office Travel Advice Unit on 0845 850 2829. Information from all passengers travelling internationally into and out of the UK. Advance Passenger Information means your 132 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • passport/identity card details and, in some instances, your contact priority and we ask that you are fully aware of security, health & require, the personal information you supply to us will be passed to information, are provided to the authorities before you travel. The safety whilst overseas. Petty crime, robberies and muggings can relevant trusted partners or suppliers. This may involve sending your Airlines will only provide each country’s Customs and Immigration occur anywhere in the world, although the chances of anything details to countries that do not have an equal level of privacy Authorities with the required relevant information. Some unpleasant happening will be considerably reduced if you take a few legislation to that in the UK. Your details may also be used for governments also require airlines to provide them with direct access simple precautions. Whilst out and about, try not to carry a lot of improving our customer service, analysis and occasionally, for the to airline passenger bookings, which may contain other passenger cash with you and always leave your passport, unnecessary prevention of crime. We may also occasionally contact you by post data. It is important that the information provided is accurate so you travellers cheques and any expensive jewellery in a secure place. or telephone to update you about great offers, products and pass through Immigration on arrival without delay. You must provide services. Should you not wish to receive such information, please this information when you check in and we strongly recommend that Electricity advise one of our Travel Consultants. you do so in advance of going to the airport. Depending on your location, there may be blackouts. Please be patient whilst the hotel rectifies the situation. ABTA – The Travel Association HOW TO CONTACT THE PASSPORT SERVICE Elegant Resorts Ltd are members of ABTA with the membership General passport enquiries should be directed to the Identity and Local Information Local events, religious festivities and public holidays are likely to number V1712. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to Passport Service. Please visit their website: www.ips.gov.uk or get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go telephone: 0870 521 0410. influence the provision of services and facilities within the hotels and around holiday resorts at certain times. according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of Apply early: If you need to apply for a passport or renew an expired service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information passport, you should do so well in advance of travel and at least four In Muslim countries, dates of religious feasts and festivals are fixed about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme weeks before. (If you are 16 or over and have never had a passport by local sightings of the moon so we cannot work out when they will available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park in your own name, you should apply for one at least six weeks be beforehand. Street, London SE1 9EQ Tel: 020 3117 0500 or look at their website before your holiday. The UK passport service has to confirm your www.abta.com Ramadan, which is observed for one month each year, is a period of identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier, and Your Financial Protection an interview in order to protect your identity). Visit www.ips.gov.uk there are certain restrictions on drinking alcohol and on restaurant When you buy an ATOL protected air package or flight from us you Zambia: www.jordanembassy.org.uk facilities. In 2010, Ramadan is expected to run for a month from 11 will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via the authorised August. Also, the Muslim New Year is different to the Christian one agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements Zanzibar: Entry visas can be obtained prior to travel from the and during this period many shops and restaurants may be closed. and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number Tanzanian High Commission, London. www.tanzania-online.gov.uk 2885 (Elegant Resorts Ltd). In the unlikely event of our insolvency, If you are concerned about the possible impact of holidays and the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will Please always verify visa requirements at the time of booking events or would like to know more, please contact the appropriate arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance particularly if you are planning a stay of more than 14 nights. tourist board. booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at Overseas Safety Standards Smoking www.atol.org.uk Although the accommodation featured does operate to its own Restrictive legislation against smoking is increasingly common in The price of your holiday includes the amount of £2.50 per person country’s standards, regrettably the safety standards and regulations destinations worldwide. You may find that your hotel or areas within as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the overseas may not be of the same level that we enjoy in the UK. For your hotel and holiday resort operate enforced smoking restrictions. CAA. instance, the design and height of balconies may differ. The setting Fines may be imposed for breaching regulations. To find out more and enforcement of local regulations is a matter for the authorities of visit the FCO website www.fco.gov.uk Where you book a package holiday from our brochure, which does the country and the foreign supplier of the services concerned. We not include a flight, or where you book accommodation only, we are working to improve standards wherever possible. You should Driving provide security by way of a bond held by ABTA. familiarise yourself with fire procedures, including emergency exits in Laws, licensing requirements and age limits vary throughout the your accommodation, the swimming pool(s) area. If in doubt, ask world. We recommend you check with your travel agent, or the Telephone Calls your representative or an appropriate member of staff. relevant embassy or consulate. To ensure we consistently deliver excellent customer service, telephone calls to Elegant Resorts UK offices are recorded. Security, Health & Safety Overseas GENERAL INFORMATION Health & safety is a prime subject for everyone who travels the world Data Protection today and we would ask that you observe good housekeeping To comply with the Data Protection Act we would like to advise you habits and a common sense approach. Your personal welfare is our that in order to provide you with the products or services you AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 133
  • Booking Conditions Please read the following booking conditions carefully as they set out the terms and A5. Cancellation By Us taking action against the person(s) responsible providing you request this within 90 days conditions of the contract between you and Elegant Resorts Limited (‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’). We can cancel your Package and any other Package we operate. On rare occasions we of the incident in question. All assistance (financial or otherwise) is subject to our Your contract will be governed by English law and any disputes will be dealt with in the may need to cancel your Package if there is insufficient demand for your particular reasonable discretion and a maximum total cost to ourselves of £5000 per booking form. courts of England and Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland or Scotland, the courts of Package. If we have to cancel a Package for any particular reason, we will tell you as If you are entitled to have any costs and expenses arising from such an incident met by Northern Ireland or Scotland (as appropriate) can deal with any disputes. soon as reasonably possible. In these circumstances we will, if we are able to do so, offer or from any insurance policy or if you obtain a costs order against anyone in relation to Our obligations to you will vary depending upon whether or not what you book with us you an alternative Package of equivalent or closely similar standard and price at no extra the incident, you must repay to us the costs and expenses we spend in assisting you. is a package holiday (‘Package’) as defined by the Package Travel, Package Holidays cost, or a less expensive Package, in which case we will refund the difference in price. If (viii) Other than as set out above, and as is detailed elsewhere in these booking and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Section A below details the booking conditions you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose another offered for conditions, we shall have no legal liability whatsoever to you for any loss, damage, which apply particularly to such a booking. Where you book only a ‘Flight’ or a ‘Hotel’ sale by us and pay, or receive a full refund of, any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you personal injury or death which you suffer arising directly or indirectly from any aspect the terms which particularly apply to such a booking are detailed in Section B under the can receive a full refund of any money you have paid to us, except for any amendment of your Package. heading ‘Single Components’. There are certain terms which apply to any type of charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can booking and these are detailed in Section C. show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. However, we will not cancel B. Single Components your Package within 8 weeks of departure except if we are forced to do so because of The terms set out below, together with the terms set out in section C, apply when you A. Package Holiday unusual circumstances we could not have foreseen, where we could not avoid the results book individual travel components such as only a ‘Flight’ or only a ‘Hotel’. They apply The information in our brochure and on our website, along with the terms set out below of those circumstances even after taking all reasonable care (see ‘Circumstances whether you book one component or more than one component. Booking more than and the terms set out in section C, apply when you book a Package. Beyond Our Control’ below). No compensation will be payable in these circumstances, one component does not create a Package. A1. Your Contract/Financial Protection whenever they happen, and we will only have to offer you the above choices. We can B1. Price Changes The financial bonding requirements of the Travel Association (ABTA) and the Civil Aviation also cancel if you fail to make payment for your booking on time. Price increases may occur any time prior to departure, you will be liable to pay any such Authority (CAA) have been observed by us in relation to the provision of all our Packages. Our CAA ATOL number is 2885 (and our ABTA membership number V1712). A6. Circumstances Beyond Our Control increases in full. If, before you book, we know of circumstances that may cause an Except where we say differently elsewhere in these conditions, we will not pay any increase in the price of your booking after you have paid, we will endeavour to provide These arrangements ensure that payments made by you for your Package would be compensation, reimburse expenses, or cover losses for any amount or otherwise accept details to you. refunded and/or you would be repatriated in the unlikely event of our insolvency. responsibility if we have to change your Package after departure, or we, or our suppliers, B2. Transfer of Bookings A2. Price Policy cannot supply your Package, as we, or they, had agreed, or you suffer any loss or In the case of a scheduled flight only booking, transfer to another person will involve Elegant Resorts makes the following Price Policy on all our holidays: We reserve the right damage of any description as a result of circumstances beyond our control. When we cancelling the original booking, thereby incurring any relevant cancellation charges and to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochures. You will be advised of refer to circumstances beyond our control we mean any event that we, or the supplier in then making a new booking, which will be subject to availability and any additional price the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. question, could not foresee or avoid, even after taking all reasonable care. Such increase. Transfer of any other type of booking is subject to the supplier’s own terms and The price of your travel arrangements was calculated using exchange rates quoted in the circumstances will usually include, but are not limited to, war, terrorist activity, civil unrest, conditions and the applicable amendment or cancellation charges as stated in section ‘Financial Times Guide to World Currencies’. industrial dispute, bad weather (actual or threatened) and significant building work C. ongoing outside of your accommodation, which is not known to us in advance of your i) PRICE GUARANTEED IF YOU PAY IN FULL WHEN YOU BOOK. Ask your travel agent departure date and building work from a third party (such as resort development). B3. Our Liability To You or Elegant Resorts for a confirmation of the current price at the time you make your Our responsibility is to make arrangements for the provision by the relevant suppliers booking. When full payment of the price is received by Elegant Resorts within seven days A7. Changes Made After Travel (including air carrier of air transport, accommodation owner/supplier, car hire provider) of of the date shown on our Confirmation Invoice, we will guarantee your holiday price will If, after your departure, a significant part of your pre-booked Package arrangements the components you book, but we do not have any responsibility for the operation of the not change. cannot be provided you will be offered a suitable alternative if possible. If appropriate, we component itself. will also pay you compensation in accordance with the table in the section entitled OR ‘Changes Made By Us Before Travel’ unless the reason for the change is due to We have no liability to you for any dissatisfaction, loss of enjoyment, loss, injury or circumstances beyond our control (see section entitled ‘Circumstances Beyond Our damage which results from your use of the single component unless we have negligently ii) PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT ONLY. Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of Control’). If it is not possible to offer you a suitable alternative or, for good reasons, you failed to select a normally competent provider of the relevant component. Further, we fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or do not accept the alternative arrangements, you will have the right to cancel your have no liability to you in any event for any consequential loss which you may suffer in disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your booking. In this event you will have the right to be returned by the same means of relation to any arrangements which you book to coincide with the single component you Package may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within transport to your original departure point at no extra cost provided that transport is have booked with us. 30 days of your departure. available. This does not impose an obligation on us to make specific transport C. All Bookings We will absorb, and you will not be charged for, any increase equivalent to 2% of the arrangements for you if none are available. Before you book please discuss your choice of destination, accommodation and price of your Package, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment A8. Flight Delays transport with our Travel Consultants to make sure it will be suitable for you and the charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration Delays sometimes occur. We work closely with the airlines and overseas offices to make people you will be traveling with. Some travel and accommodation arrangements are charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this sure any delay is as short as possible. When a delay occurs we will try to make sure only available on a request basis – where this is the case you will be advised at the time means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your Package, refreshments or meals are provided when appropriate. We will not do this ourselves as you make your enquiry and details of the arrangements on request will be shown on any you will have the option of accepting a change to another Package if we are able to offer such arrangements will normally be the responsibility of the airline. If you have taken out documentation we issue. Any arrangements that we advise you are on request are not one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of our recommended travel insurance or a comparable policy you should have cover confirmed or guaranteed and are subject to change until we receive confirmation from lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or canceling and receiving a full against delays. our supplier. refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. You must cancel within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. A9. Our Liability To You C1. Your Holiday Booking (i) Our obligations, and those of our suppliers providing any service or facility involved The person who signs the booking form or completes the booking online or by telephone We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that in any of your Package, are to take reasonable skill and care to arrange for the is the ‘lead name’. He or she must be 18 years of age or over and is responsible for you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should the price of your Package go provision of such services and facilities and, where we or our supplier is actually payment of the total booking price, including any insurance premiums and subsequent down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your Package cost, providing the service or facility, to provide them with reasonable skill and care. cancellation or amendment charges that may be payable. He or she also agrees to then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that Packages are not Compliance with any applicable regulatory requirements (such as, for example, those provide accurate and full information to the remainder of the travelling party in relation to always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the of the Civil Aviation Authority) will be proper performance of our, and our suppliers’, the booking, including any changes thereto and confirms that all the other members of price of your Package due to contractual and other protection in place. obligations. You must show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you the party, including any that may be added at a later date, agree to be bound by these A3. Changes Made By Us Before Travel conditions, and all other information in the relevant brochure and on our website (as wish to make any claim. From time to time we may have to change details of the package you have booked. If applicable). any change will have a significant effect on your package, we will tell you about it before (ii) For claims which do not involve death or personal injury, we accept liability, subject to paragraph (i) above and (iv) below, should any part of your Package not be as For all bookings as described in Section A and/or Section B above, a contract will exist you travel, if there is time. Changes we will tell you about include: described in this Guide or elsewhere by us before you leave the UK. If we have between you and us when we issue a confirmation invoice/receipt/e-mail. • Change of your UK departure airport liability,we will, subject to clause C9 and clause C12 below, pay you reasonable C2. Payment Terms • Significant change of your destination compensation. However, the maximum we will pay you in any circumstances is twice If your booking is made more than 8 weeks before the intended departure date, you must the price of the Package. This maximum will only be payable when every aspect of pay either: • A change of more than 6 hours to the time you leave the UK or your destination on your Package has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit from your breaks of 4 nights or less, or a change of more than 12 hours for all other longer (i) the full fare (depending on the carrier’s conditions for the travel arrangements in Package. Any sums received by you from suppliers, will be deducted from any sum holiday durations question), or paid to you as compensation by us. If you do not want to accept a significant change, which we tell you about before you (ii) a deposit as required by us and/or the supplier of the services for the arrangements (iii) For claims which involve death or personal injury as a result of an activity forming part depart, we will, if we are able to do so, offer you an alternative package of equivalent or in question, the amount of which will be advised at the time of booking. of your Package (excluding Resort Booked Excursions – see section C5 closely similar standard and price at no extra cost, or a less expensive package, in which ‘Excursions’),we have liability subject to paragraph (i) above and (iv) below. If we You will be advised at the time of booking what payment is required for your particular case we will refund the difference in price. If you do not wish to take the alternative we accept liability, we will, subject to paragraphs (v) and (vi) and clause C9 below, pay arrangements. The balance of the cost of your travel arrangements must be paid within offer you, you can choose a different package offered for sale by us and pay, or receive you reasonable compensation. 8 weeks before the departure date. If your booking is made within 8 weeks of your a refund of, any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you can cancel your Package and intended departure date, the total cost of your travel arrangements must be paid at the receive a full refund of any money you have paid to us, except for any amendment (iv) We accept liability in accordance with paragraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) above and subject to time of booking. charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can paragraphs (v) and (vi) and clause C9 below except where the cause of the failure in show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. your Package or any death or personal injury you may suffer is not due to any fault PLEASE NOTE: FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION. on our part or that of our servants, agents or suppliers, and is either attributable to We will offer you compensation for changes which have to be made to your package If you are purchasing a travel insurance policy through us, the premium for this will also you, or attributable to someone unconnected with the Package and is unforeseeable before you travel, unless the change is as a result of the sort of circumstances listed in be payable at time of booking. or unavoidable, or due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our the paragraph below headed ‘Circumstances Beyond our Control’ or unless the change control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care Credit Card Charges is made more than 55 days before departure. If you have not accepted the change but had been exercised, or an event which neither we, nor our servants, agents or Prices advertised in this brochure apply to payment by cash or debit card. A charge will have accepted an alternative holiday, the compensation we will pay you will be nominal suppliers could have foreseen or forestalled. apply to payments made by credit card – please ask for details. and will be to compensate you for the inconvenience of having to make alternative arrangements but otherwise we will have no liability to pay you compensation. If you have (v) You are obliged to assist us in recovering from any third party any sum which may C3. Special Requests accepted the change, again, the compensation will be nominal unless, upon your return, compensate us for any sums we pay you. In particular, you are obliged to assign to If you have a special request for anything that is not automatically part of the travel you can justify to us that the change significantly diluted your holiday. If you have not us any rights that you may have against any other person whose acts or omissions arrangements you book through us, please advise us when you book and we will pass accepted the change and have accepted a refund of your holiday cost, the have caused or contributed to our legal liability to pay you compensation. You must this information on to the companies we work with. Our note of your request on your compensation will be a nominal sum designed to compensate you for your also provide us with all assistance we may reasonably require. Finally, you must invoice/receipt confirms we have received it and does not guarantee that we, or the inconvenience of arranging the refund and making any alternative arrangements you follow the procedures for the notification of complaints set out in the clause below relevant supplier, can meet your request. Where possible they will try to help you, but we subsequently make but otherwise we will have no liability to pay you compensation. entitled ‘If you have a complaint’. cannot guarantee any request unless it is noted on your invoice/receipt and we also confirm the request separately in writing. We must emphasise that verbal confirmations A4. Minor Changes By Us Before Travel (vi) Should you become ill while on your Package you must, in addition to reporting your of special requests cannot be taken as a guarantee that they will be met e.g. special meal Any change which we do not consider significant is a minor change. We will endeavour illness to your accommodation provider, consult a local doctor and also consult your types on flights. to tell you about a minor change before you travel but we are not obliged to do so and GP upon your return to the UK. Should you then wish to make a claim against us as we will not pay compensation. It may not be possible at the time of booking to specify a result of that illness, you must provide us with details of both the local doctor whom C4. Insurance the airline or type of aircraft. Please note that two airlines may share the same services, you saw and your GP, together with written authority for us to obtain a medical report You must take out adequate travel insurance suitable for your needs before you travel. therefore a flight may not be operated by the airline whose designated code is shown on from both those doctors. We cannot be responsible for any costs you incur as a result of you failing to do so. For your itinerary and ticket. We are required to inform you of the identity of the airline your own peace of mind the insurance should cover you if you have to cancel your (vii) If you or any member of your party suffers illness, injury or death, through operating your flight. Any changes to the operating airline will be notified to you in all arrangements or for any emergencies such as illness or injury that arise while you are misadventure, as a result of any activity which does not form part of your contracted cases at check in or at the boarding gate. We reserve the right to change airlines or away. If you have not already purchased travel insurance, please call Elegant Resorts for Package arrangements, we will provide you with all reasonable assistance. This aircraft types at any time and changes of this type will not constitute a significant change. a no obligation quote. assistance may include our making a contribution towards your initial legal costs in 134 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111
  • C5. Excursions a result of the provision of those services or facilities, our liability to pay you C16. Personal Information Excursions include, but are not restricted to, any sightseeing trips, concerts, events or compensation and/or the amount (if any) of compensation payable to you by us will be To comply with the Data Protection Act we would like to advise you that in order to other tours attended in resort for which additional payment is required. Excursions can limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to that provided for by the provide you with the products or services you require, the personal information you either be booked and/or paid for in resort (‘Resort Booked Excursions’) or pre-booked international convention concerned (in each case including in respect of the conditions supply to us will be passed to relevant trusted partners or suppliers. This may involve and paid for when you book your Holiday (‘Pre-booked Excursions’). All excursions are of liability, the time for bringing any claim and the type and amount of any damages that sending your details to countries that do not have an equal level of privacy legislation to supplied by third party suppliers and are subject to the clause C8. We accept, subject to can be awarded). International Conventions which may apply include: in respect of that in the UK. Your details may also be used for improving our customer service, analysis clauses A9 and C8 entitled ‘Suppliers’ Conditions’ and ‘Our Liability To You’ below, international air travel, the Warsaw Convention 1929 (including as amended by the and occasionally, for the prevention of crime. responsibility for Pre-booked Excursions. However, Resort Booked Excursions do not Hague Protocol of 1955 and by any of the additional Montreal Protocol of 1975 or the We may also occasionally contact you by post or telephone to update you about great form part of your Package and are not governed by the Package Travel, Package Holiday Montreal Convention 1999); in respect of rail travel, the COTIF Convention concerning offers, products and services. Should you not wish to receive such information, please and Package Tours Regulations 1992. We do not have any responsibility or liability international carriage by rail 1980 (as amended); in respect of carriage by sea, the Athens advise one of our Travel Consultants. whatsoever for anything which may go wrong on a Resort Booked Excursion. We, our Convention 1974; in respect of carriage by road, the Geneva Convention 1973; and, in servants, employees or agents are acting, depending upon the actual Resort Booked respect of hotels, the Paris Convention 1962. For the avoidance of doubt, this means C17. Your Responsibility Excursion, either as agents for the relevant Resort Booked Excursion supplier or as agent that we are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitations of compensation We want all our clients to have an enjoyable, carefree holiday. But you must remember for you. In any event the contract for any Resort Booked Excursion is between you and contained in any of these conventions or any other international conventions applicable that you are responsible for your actions and the effect they may have on others. If we, the Resort Booked Excursion provider. It is your responsibility to note carefully any to your travel arrangements. or another person in authority, believe: conditions of contract contained in any Resort Booked Excursion, literature, ticket or C10. Baggage • your actions could upset, annoy or disturb other customers, our suppliers or our own receipt you are given. For Resort Booked Excursions you may be subject to the laws of The amount of compensation we will pay for any loss or damage to luggage is limited in staff, or put them in any risk or danger, or damage property; or the country in which you take your excursion and may be required to bring any disputes accordance with the conventions listed in the above section. For claims for missing or or claims before the Courts of that country also. • you are unfit to travel; damaged baggage you must follow the rules on the back or your ticket or contained C6. Changes You Make Before Travel within the carrier’s conditions of carriage. Please note time limits apply within which to we may end your holiday and terminate your contract. You and your travelling party will If you want to change the arrangements you have booked in any way, we will try to help notify us or the carrier and make a claim. We will not accept liability for high-value items be prevented from using your booked accommodation, transport and any other Travel you, although we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do this as changes are which you should insure for the appropriate amount. Arrangements forming part of your booking, and we will not be liable for any refund, subject to availability at the time and to the transport providers terms and conditions. compensation or any other costs you have to pay. Alternatively, at our discretion, you C11. Flight and Other Travel Timings may be permitted to continue with your holiday but may have additional terms of carriage Please note that typically changes to scheduled flight tickets, and Eurostar tickets are Flight timings are provided by airlines and are subject to Air Traffic Control restrictions. All very restrictive. Certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation imposed upon you. means of transportation are subject to weather conditions and the need for constant has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to maintenance and the ability of passengers to check in on time. There is no guarantee C18. Your Financial Protection 100% of that part of the arrangement. For example, some of the transport providers we that transport will depart at the times stated on any itinerary or tickets which you receive. The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us use do not permit name changes for any reason. Such changes are likely to result in your All timings are estimates only, and we do not have any liability to you for any delay, which to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from our being charged the full cost of the service and may be subject to space being available may arise, or for any schedule alterations. brochure/website and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. Where your for a new reservation. In addition, you will have to pay any extra costs the carrier may booking includes a flight, we provide this security by way of a bond held by the Civil pass on to us. See the Exception in the section ‘Cancellation By You’ below. Where we C12. Denied Boarding Aviation Authority under ATOL number 2885. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the can make a change we will charge for any additional services, facilities, or other items Where a flight ticket is downgraded or a flight cancelled, delayed, or boarding is denied CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money changed, at the price which applies on the day the change is made. In addition, we will by any carrier in circumstances which would entitle you to compensation under the you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL also apply administration charges of £25 for each person on the booking and for each Denied Boarding Regulations 2004, then you are obliged to claim the appropriate sums website at www.atol.org.uk item you want to change. Any booking discount you may have received at the time the pursuant to those Regulations from the carrier. Any sums received by you in this respect original booking was made, may be altered or reduced whenever changes are made. constitute the full amount of your entitlement to compensation for all matters flowing from Where you book a package holiday from our brochure which does not include a flight, or the carrier’s actions and which fall within the scope of the Denied Boarding Regulations. where you book accommodation only, we provide security by way of a bond held by If any booked person is prevented from travelling for reasons beyond your control and If, for any reason, you do not claim against the carrier and make a claim for ABTA. Our ABTA number is V1712. not simply from a change of mind, we will agree to that person’s booking being compensation from us, you must, at the time of payment of any compensation to you, transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package, Elegant Resorts Ltd, The Old Palace, Chester, CH1 1RB. Registered in England No. make a complete assignment to us of the rights you have against the carrier in relation 2100913. Brochure published October 2009. Written and designed by the Design Studio subject to both persons accepting joint and several liability for full payment of the to the claim that gives rise to that compensation payment. package price and our charge for confirming the transfer and any additional costs arising at Elegant Resorts. Photography by Wilderness Safaris – Dana Allen, Mike Myers, from the transfer. We must be given reasonable notice of the transfer request – at least C13. Complaints Michael Poliza; South Africa Tourist Board; The Funzi Keys; Morocco Tourist Board; The 14 days prior to departure. We aim to provide the best holiday possible. However, if you are not satisfied please Government of Dubai; Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Peter Island; complain as soon as possible to the relevant person (for example, the accommodation Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa; Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora; The Residence C7. Cancellation By You management or transport supplier). If they cannot help you must tell your holiday Tunis; Jumeirah International; Camp Jabulani; Jao Camp; Oman Tourism Office; Maldives The lead name on the booking must give notice to cancel in writing and the charges Representative or our Local Agent and we will do everything reasonably possible to sort Tourist Board – Caroline Von Tuempling; Jordan Tourism Board; Arabian Adventures; shown below apply from the date we receive the notice at our offices or the travel agent the problem out. If this does not solve the problem, please telephone us on +44 1244 Emirates Palace; Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano; Neil Emmerson; activates the cancellation. 897 000 reversing the costs of the call, or call our 24-hour helpline as detailed in your Kasbah Tamadot; Egypt Tourist Board; Tanzania Tourist Board; Abu Dhabi Tourist Board; In order to cover our expected losses from the cancellation of the booking there is a set itinerary. In the unlikely event that matters cannot be resolved to your satisfaction in the Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve & Robert Walker. scale of charges which must be paid by you if you, or anyone travelling with you, cancels. resort please notify the Client Services Department in writing within 28 days of your Printed by Pindar Graphics, Preston. Also note the ‘Exception’ described below which may apply in addition to the scale of return. If you have special needs that prevent you from writing to us then, where possible, charges. we will accept details of your complaint over the telephone. For complaints arising from scheduled airlines, we will act as a liaison between you and the airline to try to assist in Time we receive your notice to cancel Cancellation charge resolving the problem. If we cannot help and you wish to take matters further, you must before departure contact the airline directly. More than 55 days Loss of deposit The address to send your letter to is: Client Services Department, Elegant Resorts Ltd, 55-43 days 50% cost of holiday The Old Palace, Chester, CH1 1RB 42-22 days 70% cost of holiday We would point out that failure to follow the above procedures during your holiday, 21-10 days 90% cost of holiday and/or failure to complain within 28 days of your return, may reduce or extinguish any rights you have to claim compensation from us, or from any relevant supplier. Any such 9 days or less 100% cost of holiday rights will be reduced or extinguished if, had you followed the above procedures during If any member of the booking cancels and you cannot fill that person’s place, you may your holiday, you or we could have taken steps to reduce any loss or damage suffered have to pay additional supplements for your accommodation. For example, you may or entirely preventing it from being suffered. have to pay single or under-occupancy supplements. If you do cancel, you must still pay It is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to properly investigate a complaint if we are not any insurance premiums and amendment charges which arose before the cancellation told about it reasonably quickly once the holiday is over. Your right to claim compensation and any deposits paid for any pre-booked items or services. may also be reduced or extinguished should any delay in your complaint being notified ‘Exception’ Cancellation of certain transport arrangements, typically Scheduled airline during or after your holiday, preventing us from carrying out a proper investigation. and Eurostar tickets, can result in up to 100% cancellation charges regardless of the We aim to resolve all complaints ourselves, but if this is not possible your complaint can notice period given to us. We reserve the right to pass on these charges which will apply be considered under a scheme devised by ABTA and administered by IDRS Ltd. We will to the transport element of your booking and the cancellation charges in the scale above give you details of this scheme if you ask. The scheme does not apply to claims over will apply to the other elements of your booking (e.g. accommodation, optional extras). £25,000 in total or more than £5000 a person, or to claims mainly about illness or injury. Similarly, name changes (including initial changes), destination and date changes can be To take advantage of the scheme you must contact the IDRS Ltd within 9 months of treated by such suppliers as a cancellation and re-booking, regardless of the period of returning from your Holiday. notice given to us. If the supplier treats the change as a cancellation and re-booking we will pass on to you the cost imposed by the supplier, which could be up to 100% of the C14. Travel Documents and Health Advice transport element of your booking and you must also pay the charge listed in the section It is your responsibility to have valid travel documents. If we or your carrier are fined as a ‘Changes You Make Before Travel’ above. Also note that the transport provider may result of you holding incorrect documents, you will have to pay us the full amount. For refuse to issue replacement tickets for lost or stolen tickets and new tickets may have to up-to-date UK Government health & travel advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk, be purchased by you. The cost of the new ticket may be greater than the cost of the www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org and contact your GP. See our Holiday original ticket. Information pages and website for further information. The above cancellation charges may vary to reflect the terms and conditions of our C15. Information Accuracy suppliers and deposits may be non-refundable for cancellations of all holidays occuring We publish brochure and website information many months in advance and, as far as we over the following periods – Christmas, New Year, Easter and other school holidays. know, all information is correct at the time of publication. However, things may still change after publication and we check regularly to see if we need to update or correct C8. Suppliers’ Conditions any information or prices. If there are any significant information changes or we find any Our third party suppliers have their own booking conditions and conditions of carriage mistakes, we will put details on our computer reservation system or website so you will and you will be bound by these, so far as the relevant supplier is concerned. Our receive the latest information when you make your booking. suppliers’ conditions will also apply to your contract with us, and in the event of any conflict between the suppliers’ conditions and our conditions, the suppliers’ conditions Descriptions of accommodation, facilities and services we provide are based on will prevail, save to the extent that any term in the suppliers’ conditions is deemed to be information obtained from our suppliers. Sometimes the facilities described will be invalid or unenforceable, in which event our conditions will prevail. Some of our suppliers’ withdrawn for reasons such as maintenance, bad weather or lack of demand from conditions may limit or exclude liability on the part of the relevant supplier, and, by virtue guests. Where our suppliers advise us about significant changes to descriptions or about of their application to your contract with us, may also limit or exclude our liability to you, the withdrawal of any significant facility, we will tell you as soon as possible. Some and they are often subject to international conventions. Where relevant, copies of such activities or facilities, watersports for example, may not be available all year round. There conditions may be available for inspection at the office of the relevant supplier. may be a charge for some facilities. In some places during high season (and even at other times) there is a possibility you will be disturbed by noise from less considerate C9. International Conventions groups, so please bear this in mind when choosing your destination and If any International Convention applies to or governs any of the services or facilities accommodation. Any transfer times we quote for travel between airport and resort are arranged or provided by us, or provided by any of our suppliers, and you make a claim approximate and, depending on circumstances, the journey time to your own chosen against us of any nature arising out of death, injury, loss or damage suffered during or as property may be longer. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 135
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  • Booking Your Holiday – call 01244 897 111 We’re delighted you’ve chosen to book your Africa or Middle East holiday with us. In order to complete the booking, your Travel Consultant will need a few more details which are outlined below. To make it easier, you may want to jot some of the necessary information down as follows: NAME/ADDRESS OF PERSON BOOKING OR AGENT’S DETAILS TRAVEL DETAILS Agent Number of Nights Departure Date Mr/Mrs/Miss Departure Airport Address Class of Travel Outward Inward Airline Membership Card No UK connecting flight from Telephone (Day) Date Telephone (Evening) Seating Preference (if possible) Mobile Agent reference Email Elegant Resorts reference NAMES OF ALL PERSONS TRAVELLING (as per their passports) Mr/Mrs/Miss Forename Surname Date of Birth DESTINATION DETAILS Destination Property Room Grade (if applicable) LATE BOOKINGS CAR HIRE (if applicable) Bookings made less than eight weeks before departure date must be accompanied by the Please inform your Travel Consultant of the car you require, date required, drop off point, car full holiday charge as quoted at the time of booking. group and driver’s name. TRAVEL INSURANCE IMPORTANT: ADVANCE PASSENGER INFORMATION Travel insurance is essential. Please provide details of your insurance policy to your travel In accordance with customs and immigration authorities we will require the following consultant (including your policy number). Advance Passenger Information for EACH passenger: Full name, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Passport Number, Place of Passport Issue, Travel Insurance Company Passport Date Issue and Passport Expiry Date. Policy Number SPECIAL REQUESTS (subject to availability and not guaranteed) Please inform your Travel Consultant of any flight, hotel, dietary etc requests you may have To help us in the event of any emergency whilst you are on holiday, please provide us with prior to travel. the following details: DECLARATION Contact Telephone Number Please ensure that you have read and agree to our Booking Conditions, and that your booking is made subject to these conditions. Name CREDIT CARD PAYMENT If paying by credit card, please have your card and 3 digit security number to hand before you call. HOTEL DEPOSIT 10% of the total holiday cost (minimum £250 p.p.) is payable at the time Please note: A charge will apply to payments made by credit card. of booking. Higher deposits may be requested if pre-payments to suppliers are necessary. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST RESERVATIONS 01244 897 111 137
  • View the world from a New Perspective With the ongoing test flights of WhiteKnightTwo, the recent groundbreaking events for New Mexico’s Spaceport, and with, at time of going to print, SpaceShipTwo due to be completed by the end of 2009, things at Virgin Galactic are really hotting up. If you’ve already done every earthly experience known to man, why not let our Space Experiences whet your appetite before VSS Enterprise launches in 2011? Virgin Galactic Sub-Orbital ZERO-G Parabolic Flights Space Flights Why not follow in the feet of all astronauts, who train for spaceflight on the specially modified Boeing 727? A ZERO-G Experience is the only one of its The Virgin Galactic experience consists of 3 days’ training at Spaceport kind and the ultimate opportunity to experience true weightlessness. During America, emphasising the procedures involved in space travel, with full G- the flight, 12-15 parabolic arcs are performed mid-air to create a weightless force acclimatisation, plus safety and medical training to ensure all environment allowing you to float, flip and soar as if you were in space. astronauts are in top shape for the journey. On flight day, passengers will board SpaceShipTwo for their 2-hour sub-orbital experience, and launched The ZERO-G Parabolic Experience is available with Elegant Resorts, at 50,000ft by WhiteKnightTwo. After accelerating to Mach 3.3 in 30 from $5,445 per person*. seconds in a vertical ascent, SS2 will slow to reach 110km into space where you can leave your seat to float in zero gravity and enjoy views of the Earth below. Elegant Resorts is extremely proud to be Virgin Galactic’s only Accredited The Virgin Galactic Experience costs US$200,000 p.p.* with deposits Space Agent for the UK. To book your Virgin Galactic, NASTAR or ZERO- starting at US$20,000, and is planned to commence in 2-3 years. G experience, and for further information about Space Travel with Virgin In the meantime, why not try one of the following experiences? Galactic, please contact the Elegant Resorts Space Team on 01244 897 003 or space@elegantresorts.co.uk National Aerospace Training & Research Centre Sub-Orbital Space Flight Introduction, Philadelphia Join the elite few, including members of our own Space Team, who have experienced the real sensations of space flight at NASTAR in Philadelphia. Learn the dynamics of space, the effects of G forces and practice comprehensive techniques used by real NASA astronauts to physically and mentally prepare you to handle the physical stresses that affect your body during space travel. Then, take your seat in the centre’s high-performance human centrifuge and enjoy the Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space flight simulation experience! The 1 day NASTAR Sub-Orbital Space Flight Introduction Programme with Elegant Resorts costs from $3,000 per person*. Other unique experiences are also available at NASTAR. Please call 01244 897 003 for further details. *All prices are exclusive of flights, transfers and accommodation.
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