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Elegant Resorts 2010 Asia & Australasia Brochure Document Transcript

  • 1. Asia & Australasia 2010
  • 2. Celebrating over 21 years of leadership in luxury travel
  • 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 more we enjoy than hearing your holiday plans and helping you fulfil them. It would be our pleasure to prepare a personalised itinerary and quotation on any property and if you can’t see what you’re looking for, please just ask and we will source it for you – we specialise in bespoke luxury travel. Asia is an extremely popular destination, not just for the culture and beaches but the outstanding levels of service that come as standard, and this year we’re delighted to be adding Laos to our portfolio. Australia and New Zealand are fabulous touring destinations and once considered so far away that they were out of reach for a holiday. Now, with superb flight networks both nationally and internationally, a two week holiday ‘Down Under’ is definitely possible and highly recommended. Alternatively, combine both Asia and Australasia and let us put together your ultimate trip of a lifetime, including these and some of our new additions such as Fiji and French Polynesia. It’s what we do best. Thank you for taking the time to look through this brochure. We appreciate your time is precious and how important your ‘down time’ is. Getting your holiday right is a responsibility we take very seriously. Enjoy choosing your next holiday and 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. Pangkor Laut Resort
  • 5. Contents Welcome Elegant Lifestyles Elegant Travel: Air Booking Conditions Virgin Galactic pages 4-5 page 10 pages 12-13 pages 114-115 page 118 World of Elegant Resorts Elegant Concierge Essential Information Booking Form pages 8-9 page 11 pages 112-113 page 117 Asia & Australasia Bhutan Indo-China NEW Indonesia Australia South Pacific NEW pages 16-19 pages 42-49 pages 58-65 pages 78-89 pages 102-111 Thailand Malaysia China New Zealand pages 20-41 pages 50-57 pages 66-75 pages 90-101 6 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 6. 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… 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. For more information, enquiries and bookings, 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 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. To request a brochure, please call: 01244 897 111 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 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 7. Elegant Lifestyles We’re delighted you’ve chosen our Asia & Australasia 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 Asia and Australasia have a range of fantastic destinations to choose from. Thailand and Bali, with their legendary levels of hospitality, make a perfect wedding or honeymoon venue while Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific all offer romantic settings and are popular choices for couples looking to renew their vows. Our Travel Consultants would be delighted to help you with any or all of your wedding and honeymoon plans – please feel free to call for advice on location, services and pre/post arrangements. Spa Nothing enhances the relaxation of a great holiday like some first-class pampering. Asia has long been a front runner in spa culture and, as such, alongside their spa’s exotic locations you’ll find a wonderful range of treatments and disciplines to benefit from. Some of the Australian spas are amongst the world’s best; many are international in design, some rather more authentic, while treatments in the Fijian and French Polynesian spas often specialise in a more holistic approach. Within the brochure we’ve highlighted the properties that feature a full spa and our Travel Consultants will be happy to help you select the 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’. While the destinations featured in this brochure take a lot longer to reach, they are certainly worth it. Our Travel Consultants would be happy to advise on child-friendly airlines and if travelling to Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific, you might consider a stop- over en route to ensure the entire family arrives refreshed and ready for their big adventure. Many of our featured properties have excellent facilities for children and we’ve highlighted those that include children’s clubs. It’s worth noting that some of the properties in Australia are not particularly suited to very young children, as they only accept children of thirteen years and over. We will be happy to advise on this and any necessary pre-booking arrangements. Experiences Destinations such as New Zealand and Australia, in particular, 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 a private tour of the Olgas, a visit to one of New Zealand’s premier vineyards or a flight over the Great Barrier Reef. 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 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 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 8. 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 11
  • 9. 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 First • First delivers exceptional comfort and refined surroundings, combined with the finest 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** • Your suite on-board is your sanctuary in the sky, a discreetly serviced and smartly equipped haven of calm where your wellbeing is catered for 1 • Choose from a renowned à la carte menu and your meal will be prepared to order • In-flight entertainment offers the best ‘new release’ movies and a superb movie library 1 First 2 First One-way upgrades start from £1875 p.p. 3 Club World 4 World Traveller Plus *Available at selected airports. **Available on all flights leaving London Heathrow after 8pm and on 5 The Concorde Room at T5 selected overnight flights. World Traveller Plus • World Traveller Plus is a separate, smaller cabin with a maximum of six rows Club World providing you with a more relaxing and peaceful journey • Before your flight, enjoy the dedicated Departure lounges and British Airways • Enjoy an additional 20% more personal space than World Traveller Elemis Travel Spa* • Stretch out with an additional 7" more legroom and benefit from the added recline, • The new Club World seat is bigger, wider and more comfortable than ever to adjustable headrest, lumbar support, footrest and legrest guarantee complete comfort in any position • Complimentary food and drinks are available throughout the flight as well as a • The very best in local and International cuisine is served, along with a dedicated three-course meal with an entrée designed by a leading chef wine cellar. You may also help yourself to tasty treats from the Club Kitchen One-way upgrades start from £250 p.p. One-way upgrades start from £940 p.p. *Available at selected airports. Online Check-in and Check-in kiosks • Start your journey by checking in online from 24 hours before your flight departs and minimise the queues at the airport • On selected routes you can pre-select your preferred 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 2 3 • Check in from 24 hours up to one hour before departure. For flights from the US, Online Check-in closes 2 hours before departure *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 opportunities and reduced rates which can be viewed on our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Our Travel Consultants will also discuss these with you at the time of booking. 4 5 The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2885. 12 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 10. Here, we highlight just a few of the benefits of travelling premium class with Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines. For further information, please call 01244 897 555. Virgin Atlantic Emirates Singapore Airlines Upper Class benefits include... Business Class benefits include... Suite benefits include... • Relax before your flight in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, • Exclusive lounge access at selected airports • Exclusively available on board the new A380 offering massages, haircuts, food and drink and full • Complimentary Chauffeur-drive service to/from • Luxury fully-adjustable seat, soft leather chaise lounge business facilities* UK airports** and separate stand-alone bed • Upper Class Suites are one of the longest fully-flat beds • Priority check-in and baggage handling • Each suite features sliding doors and window blinds to in business class. The 22" (56cm) wide seat comes • Sleeperette seats or lie-flat beds* with up to 62" pitch, offer you complete privacy with full lumbar support and its own ottoman, which electronic footrest and lumbar support • Fine cuisine is on offer, served whenever you desire to doubles as a seat for a guest • Multi-course gourmet meals with bone china and your seat • Enjoy a drink at the on-board bar** linen napkins One-way upgrades from Business to Suite start from • Dine at 35,000ft with the Freedom menu service that • Selection of award-winning wines £2690 p.p. lets you eat what you want, when you want, from a • Personal 15" digital TV screen full meal to a snack One-way upgrades start from £970 p.p. First Class* benefits include... • Play with your personal widescreen TV with hours of • The largest seat in the sky (35" wide) offers you luxury award-winning entertainment of the highest order In addition to the Business Class One-way upgrades start from £1285 p.p. • Whenever you wish, your seat converts into the most features, First Class benefits include... versatile bed with crisp linen and fluffy pillows *Clubhouse facilities may vary at each destination. • Up to 87" seat pitch **Available on most flights. • An extensive choice of pre-selected dining options are • Lie-flat beds or Private Suites with doors to provide available, along with a fine selection of wine and total privacy Premium Economy benefits include... • ‘Dine on Demand’ room service meals* Champagne • Dedicated Premium Economy Check-in, priority • 40kg baggage allowance • In-seat mini-bar* boarding and disembarkation One-way upgrades from Business to First start from • Personal 19" digital TV screen* • Increased seat width of 21" (equivalent to other airlines’ £1750 p.p. One-way upgrades start from £1900 p.p. Business Class)*, up to 38" of leg room and an additional 2º of recline *Selected aircraft. **Mileage restrictions apply. Business Class* benefits include... • Personal seat-back TV offering award-winning • Unparalleled comfort with the luxurious seat featuring multiple seat options and converting to a fully-flat bed entertainment Thai Airways • In-seat laptop power on selected flights • An extensive choice of pre-selected dining options are • Pre-flight drink, complimentary newspaper and Royal First Class benefits include... available, along with a fine selection of wine and free drinks • State-of-the-art luxury seat, providing almost 7ft of Champagne • A choice of three tempting meals, with the main meal personal space in which to stretch out • A wide selecttion of entertainment awaits, inclding the served on china dinnerware • With a recline of 180º, the seat converts into a latest films and music on-demand • An after dinner liqueur and a selection of fruit from fully-flat bed • 30kg baggage allowance the bowl • Gourmet dining including in-advance meal selection Prices on request One-way upgrades start from just £250 p.p. • 40kg baggage allowance *Available only on selected flights. One-way upgrades start from £1820 p.p. *Available on all London Heathrow aircraft. Royal Silk Class benefits include... • Exclusive check-in and fast track immigration clearance • Fully-adjustable seat, reclining to 167º, designed to provide the maximum in comfort and privacy • In-flight, touch screen entertainment system offering an almost unlimited choice of entertainment on demand • 30kg baggage allowance One-way upgrades start from £805 p.p. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Emirates ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 13
  • 11. Asia Bhutan Malaysia Thailand Indonesia Indo-China NEW China Asia Combinations To create a completely different style of holiday, why not consider combining our featured destinations – for a great shopping and beach experience, combine Bangkok with Phuket or Koh Samui, or Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Culture vultures might like to consider India and Bhutan for a truly special experience, while Cambodia with Vietnam or Thailand makes a great cultural and beach combination. Alternatively, those who enjoy the accessibility and multi-faceted aspects a city can offer might like to combine Sydney with Bangkok, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur… We’d be happy to create a personal itinerary that’s as simple or as detailed as you require, simply call 01244 897 555 and speak to one of our Travel Consultants.
  • 12. Bhutan Dominated by the mighty snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a country still steeped in traditions and cultures dating back to the beginning of time; class has been abolished, the female line inherits and thirty per cent of the population enters a monastery…. ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan is a country filled with myths and ancient customs. Extraordinary and totally unique, hemmed in by towering peaks, it boasts one of the last untouched mountain cultures on Earth. Wedged between China to the north and India to the west, it has long remained a mystery to the western world. It’s a country where a serene lifestyle and a traditional Mahayana Buddhist way of life hasn’t changed for centuries; religious festivals take place throughout the year, accompanied by dazzling pageants of dance and ceremony and much laughter. Mountain climbing is banned to preserve the pristine forests that laws dictate must cover sixty per cent of the country and the Bhutanese still go about in public in their national dress – a colourful striped knee-length robe for men and an embroidered silk jacket with a wrap- around skirt for women. In the Thimphu Valley, site of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, you’ll find the only capital city in the world that doesn’t have a single set of traffic lights. But change is coming to this small Himalayan kingdom, deeply at ease with itself. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck who famously declared he was more concerned with his people’s Gross National Happiness than GNP, has abdicated in favour of a constitutional monarchy, so that the future of Bhutan lies in the hands of the people themselves. While the country has been an eccentric holdout from modernity, a few jeans have appeared in town, traffic is increasing and there is now internet and satellite Television. With a rich geography spanning sub-tropical plains, densely wooded valleys and windswept slopes above the snowline, Bhutan offers an immense diversity of flora and fauna. There are an estimated 770 varieties of birds and more than fifty species of rhododendron alone. The country is also home to many rare animals, including the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger and yak. Throughout your stay you will see lots of colourful prayer flags adorning houses, elaborate bridges, mountain passes and forest clearings; national treasures such as Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s most significant and impressive fortress monasteries and the jewel in Bhutan’s crown, the temple of Taktshang Goemba or Tiger’s Nest dating back to the eighth century. Legend has it that the temple’s site was chosen when Guru Rinpoche visited the country with his Tibetan consort, a woman who turned herself into a flaming tigress to subdue the local deities. Clinging to a ledge 800 metres above the valley floor the goemba is reached via a trail that winds up through blue pines and rhododendrons, little disturbs the myriad of pilgrims and visitors except the tinkling of prayer wheels and the occasional sound of a pony. Although weather conditions can be unpredictable you’ll find autumn and winter months cool and dry with much warmer springs and summers (September – March) with occasional afternoon showers that help disperse the humidity. Bhutan is the world’s last Buddhist kingdom and only opened its borders to outsiders in the 1970s. Today, a limited number of visitors are allowed entry each year. 16 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 13. BHUTAN ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 17
  • 14. Bhutan Uma Paro’s Himalayan Explorer Taking in some of Bhutan’s staggering landscapes, this ‘comfortable’ adventure also provides an excellent opportunity to experience the subtle intricacies of this Himalayan kingdom. Experienced guides accompany you on the excursions, and after each day’s adventure you will return to the comfort of Uma Paro… Day 1: Day 5: Today’s excursion has been graded as easy with a duration time of Arrive and settle into Uma Paro – a short guided walk can be enjoyed in the afternoon, 5-7 hours. providing you with the opportunity to orientate and acclimatise yourself. There are two options available; either a trip to the capital Thimphu where visits to the National Institiute of Traditional Medicine, the textile museum and the market (subject to Day 2: Today’s excursion has been graded easy to moderate with a duration time opening days) can be enjoyed. Or, guests can take a mountain-bike ride through the of 5-7 hours. Paro Valley along the Do Chhu trail where archery grounds, large prayer wheels and This walk takes you through the pine forests above Uma Paro to the fortress-like local houses can be seen. monastery of Zur Dzong taking in a visit to the National Museum and onto Rinpung Dzong – ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. The trail then continues across the Paro Chhu Day 6: At Leisure. River into Paro Town and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, with This is the perfect opportunity to relax in the COMO Shambala SPA. its magical orange trees that bear fruit all year round. Day 7: Today’s excursion is rated moderate to hard with a duration time of Day 3: Today’s excursion has been graded as easy with a duration time of 7-8 hours. 7-9 hours. This excursion takes in many remote temples and monasteries, the most exciting of An early start will take you to the Chele La pass which, at 3810 metres, is the highest which is the Taktshang Goemba. One of Bhutan’s most important pieces of architecture road pass in Bhutan. Highlights of today’s excursion include a visit to Lhakhang Karpo it defies logic, gravity and reason. Legend has it that this was where Guru Rinpoche and Lhakhang Nagpo – the white and black temples – and the Haa valley which only landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. opened to foreigners in 2002, due to its proximity with Sikkim and Tibet. Day 4: Today’s excursion has been graded as moderate with a duration time of 5- Uma Paro’s Himalayan Explorer: 7 hours. 7 nights from £3285 per person An unhurried day taking in Gemjo La Goemba monastery where a wide plateau flanked by orchards and magnificent mountain views can be enjoyed over a leisurely picnic. 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. Travel Facts GMT: + 6 hours. China Flying Time: From Heathrow to Delhi, 8 hours. Delhi to Bhutan, 2 hour 10 minutes. Flight Information: British Airways to Delhi or Bangkok and Thai Airways International to Bangkok, with onward flights to Paro with Druk Air (overnight stays may be required). Flights Punakha also available with Emirates (via Dubai). Amankora Punakha Bumthang Thimphu Amankora Bumthang Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £725 (British Airways) per person, each Amankora Thimphu way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Gangtey PARO Amankora Gangtey Weather: Weather conditions can be unpredictable. Autumn/winter is from September to mid- Amankora Paro March with warm, dry days (overnight temperatures can drop to 0ºC). Spring is from March to Uma Paro Bhutan June and summer from June to September. Health/Visas: Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 113 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date information. In certain areas, precautions against malaria are necessary. India 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. International Airport NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. These itineraries are only examples of the holiday experiences we can create for you. Feel free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 555 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. 18 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 15. BHUTAN Feel free to call our Travel Consultants who would be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary specially for you The Amankora Journey Amanresorts of Bhutan specialise in creating individual treks to suit all levels of ability and preferences – this particular journey includes a stay at each of the five Aman lodges – each one unique and each one sympathetically designed to create the least impact on the surrounding environment. Day 1: Thimphu Arrive Thimphu: 2 nights at Amankora Thimphu. Whilst in Thimphu you’ll have the opportunity to visit museums, the National Library; Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and royal offices and Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. Should you wish to, you can also visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging in crafts from traditional paper making to hand-rolled incense. Day 3: Gangtey Transfer to Phobjika Valley: 2 nights at Amankora Gangtey. A dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La into the Phobjika Valley offers glimpses of the Himalayan mountains and the Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s first fortress monastery. Whilst in the Phobjika Valley you can enjoy a visit to the Black Neck Crane Centre where, depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to spend time in the centre’s hide and view the breeding cranes. Day 5: Bumthang Transfer to Bumthang: 3 nights at Amankora Bumthang. A long but memorable journey to Bumthang provides dramatic landscapes of terraced farmlands and precariously perched farmhouses. En route there’ll be opportunities to visit the original home of the royal family, Trongsa Dzong – ancestral home of Bhutan’s monarch and in the Chhume Valley, see some Yatra weaving. The next day’s highlights include Kurjey Lhakhan, one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments and some of the valley’s unique cottage industries: Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery. Day 8: Punakha Transfer to Punakha Valley: 2 nights at Amankora Punakha. During your stay in the Punakha Valley you’ll enjoy a hike through fields of chillies, cabbages and rice to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument built by the kingdom’s four queens. Back down through the valley you’ll have time to take in the impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal and the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting Talo where you can walk amongst the quiet grounds of the village’s temple. Day 10: Paro Transfer to Paro Valley: 2 nights at Amankora Paro. Highlights of your stay in Paro include a visit to the National Museum; the Paro Dzong – a grand example of Bhutanese architecture and even a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with a family. Finally a hike to view one of Bhutan’s most revered sites the Taktshang Goemba, or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ – a sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 800 metres above the valley floor. Day 12: Flight home. The Amankora Journey: 11 nights from £7325 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 19
  • 16. Thailand Thailand blends its age-old charm with 21st century technology. South of Bangkok, the island of Phuket nestles in the balmy Andaman Sea boasting lush tropical landscapes and an abundance of superb sandy beaches. On the opposite side of the peninsula, in the Gulf of Thailand, is the much quieter island of Koh Samui, home to sleepy villages and forested hillsides sweeping down to palm-fringed, white sand beaches. Equally peaceful is the coastal resort of Hua Hin – the oldest and probably most traditional Thai resort, successfully combining the charms of yesteryear with modern day facilities. Head north to Chiang Mai and visit gilded temples and museums, or take an elephant ride into nearby forests to glimpse the lifestyle of remote hill-tribes. Finally don’t forget the famous Night Market – it’s one of the best in the country! Laos Chiang Mai Myanmar Thailand Bangkok Bay Of Hua Hin Cambodia Bangkok Koh Samui Bengal Koh Kood Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Six Senses Hideaway Samui The Peninsula Bangkok Karma Samui Phuket Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui Gulf Of Thailand Amanpuri Chiang Mai Banyan Tree Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Khao Lak Koh Samui Vietnam Trisara Chiang Rai Six Senses Destination Spa Four Seasons Tented Camp – Golden Phang Nga Khao Lak Triangle Phuket Krabi The Sarojin Hua Hin Domestic Airport Phang Nga Chiva Som Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi Koh Kood International Airport Soneva Kiri by Six Senses Krabi Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Malaysia Climate Guide: Koh Samui Climate Guide: Phuket 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 25 26 28 29 29 28 38 38 37 27 26 25 Temp °C 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 27 27 27 Rain mm 37 8 12 62 185 113 143 123 209 260 302 98 Rain mm 35 31 39 163 348 213 263 262 419 305 207 52 20
  • 17. Main image courtesy of Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi Travel Facts GMT: + 7 hours. Flying Time: From Heathrow to Koh Samui, 13 hours 40 minutes. Heathrow to Phuket, 13 hours 35 minutes. Heathrow to Bangkok 11 hours. Flight Information: British Airways, Qantas and Thai Airways International from Heathrow to Bangkok, with onward connecting flights to Phuket and Koh Samui with Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) are also available. Flight Supplements: With British Airways, Club World to Bangkok from £940, to Koh Samui via Bangkok from £940, and Phuket via Bangkok from £940 per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Tropical Thailand enjoys high temperatures year round, but it can be Elegant Concierge humid. The best times to visit are: Phuket – December to June; Hua Hin – December to If you want to get out and about, why not consider some September; Bangkok and Chiang Mai – November to April. of these options from our Concierge Team... Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information. Cruise to crystal clear waters for spectacular swimming and snorkelling opportunities Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be and relax on picturesque white sand beaches from Phuket and Krabi to Koh Samui. advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. For an everlasting memory, take an hour’s trek through the unspoiled jungle on elephant back at Chiang Mai before drifting slowly downstream on a bamboo raft. Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise! You’ll find everything here from bustling street markets to brand new department malls stocking the best brand names with unbeatable prices. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 21
  • 18. Eastern & Oriental Express Travel by Luxury Rail Transport yourself to a bygone era – when travel was always an adventure and more often than not, conducted at a deliciously slower pace. Sitting in a comfortable armchair sipping a chilled Singapore Sling, you can watch some of the most spectacular scenery pass you by – tropical rainforests, emerald-green paddy fields, and the breathtaking coastlines of Malaysia and Thailand. En route, you’ll enjoy a number of guided excursions, bringing you even closer to this fascinating part of the world. It really is the only way to travel. Travel from Bangkok through the beauty of Thailand, past the infamous River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia, before crossing the straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore... Day 1: Bangkok Day 4: Singapore Depart Bangkok, early evening. Arrive in Singapore, shortly after breakfast. Day 2: Wang Po to the Kwai Yai River Ask for an early wake-up call so as not to miss the train making its way from Wang Po, Bangkok to Singapore: 3 nights from £1230 per person along the wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff. Later on, you’ll enjoy a cruise along the Kwai Yai River and a guided tour of the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Prices are based on two adults sharing a Pullman Superior Compartment on a full board basis. Flights & transfers available on request. Day 3: Georgetown Enjoy a visit to colonial Georgetown, capital of Penang, complete with pre-world war II mosques, temples, churches and shop houses. 22 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 19. THAILAND Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Bangkok As the city’s oldest hotel, the Mandarin Oriental still manages to appear in the top ranks of Elegant Facts practically every poll of international properties. Here history comes alive – in the wonderfully • 393 rooms & suites • SPA: Superb state-of-the-art Oriental Spa located on the opposite traditional service (all guests have a personal butler), in the extravagant guest rooms and bank of the Chao Phraya River, however the hotel does offer a private suites where soft Thai silks shimmer and orchids abound. Not to mention the convenience ferry transfer of having temples, palaces, markets and designer shopping all on your doorstep. • KIDS: Day-care centre for children • Leisure facilities include two pools and a Thai Cooking School • International cuisine in eight restaurants • Thanks to an extensive $75 million recent refurbishment, facilities at Mandarin Oriental are simply divine • If you do find yourself with time on your hands, the hotel offers an excellent Thai Cultural Programme to introduce you to some of the many delights of this part of the world Elegant Opinion “A must-do would be to visit the ‘Ayurvedic Penthouse’ at the Spa, which offers programmes on stress relief and overall well-being.” PRICES: 3 nights from £355 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar & 1 Nov-20 Dec 10) & £270 (1 Apr-31 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Superior River Wing Room, meals extra. Flights and transfers For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, available on request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bangkok Airport – 45 minutes. NEW The Peninsula Bangkok Bangkok Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River with uninterrupted views of the river and Elegant Facts city beyond, each of the rooms and suites in this wonderfully modern hotel has been • 370 guest rooms & suites • SPA: Guests can relax in The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, content in the decorated in a contemporary Thai style to complement the building’s unique waved-shape knowledge they’re being tended to by some of Bangkok’s most highly design. Outstanding leisure facilities include a sixty-metre tiered swimming pool, two floodlit trained therapists tennis courts, a fitness centre, six restaurants and bars. • KIDS: The Peninsula Junior Academy offers junior guests a unique and fun experience • Mei Jiang’s is perfect for lovers of Cantonese cuisine • Located along the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River and under a majestic banyan tree, Thiptara offers authentic Thai home-style food • Guests can use the hotel’s limousine service • If you follow a strict health regimen you’ll be delighted to know that the hotel comes complete with a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art fitness centre Elegant Opinion “The hotel’s gracious Thai hospitality, serene pool, charming riverboats and award-winning cuisine make your stay a truly uplifting experience.” PRICES: 3 nights from £315 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar & 1 Nov-20 Dec 10) & £245 (1 Apr-31 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, meals extra. Flights and transfers available on For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bangkok Airport – 45 minutes. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 23
  • 20. THAILAND Banyan Tree Phuket Phuket Set in beautiful gardens amidst the inland resort oasis at Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Prices per person in a Deluxe Villa, including breakfast, from: Phuket offers true escapism. Its ‘raison d’etre’ is to ensure that all its guests leave feeling a Depart 7 nights Extra nights lot better than when they first arrived and absolutely everything has been designed with this 1-15 Jan 10 £2390 £185 purpose in mind. Discreet, private villas include a jet pool or private pool, alternatively, take 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2230 £185 a Spa Pool Villa for the ultimate Banyan Tree experience – where romance meets 1 Apr-7 Apr 10 £1810 £120 rejuvenation in the likes of a bed pavilion ‘floating’ on tranquil lily ponds, a king-size bed 8 Apr-15 Jun 10 £1695 £120 draped in pure Thai silk, a dedicated in-villa spa and a private pool and sunken bath. 16-30 Jun 10 £1810 £120 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £1995 £120 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £1770 £120 1-30 Nov 10 £2230 £185 Elegant Facts 1-9 Dec 10 £2390 £185 • 150 Thai-style villas 10-21 Dec 10 £2570 £185 • SPA: The Banyan Tree Spa is ideal for relaxation, complemented by meditation and yoga Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private classes. Acknowledged as one of the world’s finest spa hotels, guests can unwind in a car transfers. beautiful treatment room or open-air pavillion TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Phuket Airport – • KIDS: Children are welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally 20 minutes. • Facilities at Laguna Phuket include an 18-hole golf course, windsurfing, sailing, tennis, a gym Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Villa £50, Spa and a shopping village Pool Villa £115 & Double Pool Villa £220. • Ten dining options offer mouthwatering Thai, French-Vietnamese and International cuisine Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Ideal for golf enthusiasts, the resort boasts the acclaimed 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Club £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • Shuttle buses and boats are available to transfer you between the other hotels and excellent Elegant Offers restaurants in the area • While not located directly on the beach, staff will happily arrange a buggy transfer if you want Complimentary Nights to avoid the short walk through the wonderful grounds Stay 5 for 4; 7 for 5; 11 for 8 or 14 for 10. • The resort is serene and peaceful, however staff can arrange a variety of activities and Valid 15 Apr-31 Oct 10 inclusive. excursions for those seeking more excitement, including white-water rafting, cave-kayaking, Complimentary Nights elephant rides and boat cruises Stay 9 for 7; 11 for 8 or 14 for 10. Valid 1 Nov-21 Dec 10 inclusive. Elegant Opinion “Enter a ‘quintessensual’ oasis and behold a feast for the senses in a Double Pool Villa.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 24 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 22. THAILAND Amanpuri Phuket As the very first Amanresort, Amanpuri (‘peaceful place’) will always hold a special place in Prices per person in a Garden Pavilion, the hearts of Aman fans. Here, in Phuket, was borne the inspiration for those ubiquitous including breakfast, from: clean lines, stylish interiors, restful settings and the idea that all Amanresorts would provide Depart 7 nights Extra nights a window to their unique locations. The outstanding result here is a choice of distinctive 1-15 Jan 10 £3475 £345 Aman-style pavilions dispersed among the coconut palms, or two to six bedroom Villa 16 Jan-7 Apr 10 £3320 £345 Homes with private pool, separate living and dining areas, Thai salas and a private chef – all 8-30 Apr 10 £3245 £345 set on a verdant peninsula sloping down to the pristine, sheltered cove of Pansea Beach and 1 May-15 Jun 10 £2915 £295 16-30 Jun 10 £3030 £295 overlooking the Andaman Sea. 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £3215 £295 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £2995 £295 Elegant Facts 1-30 Nov 10 £3320 £345 • 70 villas & pavilions 1-9 Dec 10 £3475 £345 10-20 Dec 10 £3655 £345 • SPA: The spa features a range of luxurious treaments & outdoor salas for meditation and yoga • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available, at an extra charge Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private • Facilities include PADI-accredited scuba-diving, watersports, sailing, a gym and tennis with car transfers. professional coaching available TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Phuket Airport – • Thai and European specialities can be enjoyed at the two dining venues along with torch-lit 20 minutes. beach barbecues Room supplements from (per person, per night) Ocean Pavilion £170 • Dining in style at the hotel’s luxurious beach barbecue, guests can relax and unwind at the to £175, Pavilion 103 £235 to £240 & Pavilion 105 £295 to £305. water’s edge, while watching the sun set over the Andaman Sea Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • While the impressive beach is shared with a neighbouring hotel, the resorts are set apart so £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. there’s no intrusion on privacy • Amanpuri is perfect for travellers who appreciate natural elegance and simple but stylish accommodation Elegant Opinion “For an extraordinary adventure, indulge in a private cruise experience aboard Sealion, a 40ft traditional Hong Kong junk.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 26 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 23. THAILAND Trisara Phuket Nestling in a private bay, with a back-drop of rainforest, on Phuket’s unspoilt northwestern Prices per person in an Ocean View Pool Room, coast, Trisara is small, intimate and supremely luxurious with magnificent views of the including breakfast, from: Andaman Sea from all rooms, spa suites and villas – which have all been sensitively designed Depart 7 nights Extra nights to blend into the surrounding natural beauty. Panoramic pool rooms feature outdoor showers 11-15 Jan 10 £2860 £255 and private plunge pools, while the residential-style pool villas also boast their own infinity- 16 Jan-7 Apr 10 £2695 £255 edge swimming pools and expansive decks – perfect for barbecues or romantic dinners. 8-30 Apr 10 £2630 £255 This resort is a sanctuary of privacy, space and simple good taste, with service provided by 1 May-15 Jun 10 £2675 £245 16-30 Jun 10 £2675 £245 a team of warm, caring people who regard hospitality as a joy. 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £2860 £245 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £2635 £245 Elegant Facts 1-30 Nov 10 £2695 £255 1-9 Dec 10 £2860 £255 • 39 villas & suites 10-20 Dec 10 £3040 £255 • SPA: Trisara Spa offers a range of Sodashi treatments and world-class massages as well as Reiki, Pilates and a range of simply fabulous treatments Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private • KIDS: Trisara Kids’ Club has a range of exciting activities to captivate youngsters car transfers. • Facilities include luxury yachts for beach-hopping and cruising, PADI diving, tennis and a state- TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Phuket Airport – of-the-art fitness centre 15 minutes. • The main restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes and modern International cuisine while Trisara Room supplements from (per person, per night) Ocean View Spa Pool Grill serves seafood and meat dishes Suite £40 to £150, Ocean View Pool Villa £80 to £225 & Ocean Front • Set directly above the beachfront, Trisara’s restaurant and bar boast a stylishly landscaped Pool Villa £210 to £355. Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus deck which allows guests to watch the dramatic sunsets whilst enjoying beautifully prepared £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. and mouthwatering dishes • The coral reef keeps jet skiers off the beaches, protecting the serene and tranquil environment that is signature at Trisara, and the hotel’s floating pontoon means guests can easily access deeper water Elegant Opinion “A private in-villa barbecue after sunset, prepared by one of the resort’s chef on your own pool deck is pure indulgence.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 27
  • 24. THAILAND Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket Phuket The first wellness retreat conceived by Six Senses brings together fifteen years as a global Prices per person in a Hill Pool Villa, including full board, from: leader to create the premier destination spa of the 21st century. Six Senses Destination Spa Depart 7 nights Extra nights Phuket combines the island’s natural beauty with holistic and contemporary treatments. The 11-15 Jan 10 £2910 £350 7th Sense features four unique, interrelated spa concepts, focusing on Chinese, Indian, 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2755 £350 Indonesian, and Thai-inspired therapies along with fitness regimes. Rates include all meals 1-10 Apr 10 £2680 £350 and two treatments per day. Multi-day immersive programmes enrich personal lifestyles. 11 Apr-15 Jun 10 £2545 £325 There are sixty-one private Pool Villas and Pool Villa Suites. Wellness-inspired dining 16-30 Jun 10 £2660 £325 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £2845 £325 experiences complete the journey, with fishetarian and raw food spa cuisine. 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £2625 £325 1-30 Nov 10 £2755 £350 Elegant Facts 1-9 Dec 10 £2910 £350 • 61 Pool Villas & Pool Villa Suites 10-18 Dec 10 £3090 £350 • SPA: Varied Life Passage packages provide guests access to an integrated programme and Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private skilful, professional and compassionate guidance to help them through life’s challenges car transfers. • KIDS: Bookings are not accepted for children under 16 years old, however the grown-up aura TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Phuket Airport – of peace and tranquillity that this ensures, is delightful 25 minutes. • Prices include three spa cuisine meals a day, two holistic wellness treatments daily and a Room supplements from (per person, per night) Beach Pool Villa £80 wellness consultation to £85, Two Bedroom Hill Pool Villa Suite £215 to £295 & Two • Outdoor swimming pool, day sala, music library and butler service Bedroom Beach Pool Villa Suite £270 to £350. • All Pool Villas and Pool Villa Suites are spacious, bright and airy, beautifully combining elegantly Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus designed architecture and furnishings inspired by the best of the natural world, to create an £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. uncompromised standard of luxury • Of the two restaurants, The Point restaurant serves intensely flavoured, uncooked cuisine grown on the grounds of the resort and gathered daily by the team of chefs Elegant Opinion “Achieving personal lifestyle goals was never so easy or luxurious. Fifteen years as global leader of premier spas culminates with this inclusive 21st century wellness resort.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 28 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 25. THAILAND NEW Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Krabi Sophisticated in its design and enjoying a magnificent location, Phulay Bay’s expansive villas Prices per person in a Resort Pavilion, including breakfast, from: and suites feature private plunge pools, sheltered outdoor baths and showers and unspoiled Depart 7 nights Extra nights views of the ocean. Contemporary architecture and accents of Thai culture work together to 6-15 Jan 10 £2095 £190 create an environment where relaxation and enjoyment are the very bedrock of the guest 16 Jan-7 Apr 10 £1950 £190 experience. Offering a tantalising selection of casual and formal dining options, inspired by 8-15 Apr 10 £1875 £190 flavours from around the world, the resort’s eclectic restaurants present a culinary voyage to 16 Apr-30 Jun 10 £1905 £175 tempt any palate while at the ESPA spa, a wide variety of renewal and rejuvenation 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £2090 £175 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £1865 £175 treatments will ensure you leave in a blissful state of relaxation. 1-21 Nov 10 £1950 £190 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. • 54 villas TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Krabi Airport – 40 minutes. • SPA: ESPA’s first resort spa in Thailand features a wellness studio, relaxation areas, treatment Room supplements from (per person, per night) Ocean Pavilion £15, rooms for both couples and singles, even a VIP treatment area with a private outside entrance Beach Villa £65 to £70 & Royal Villa £370 to £395. • KIDS: Children welcome Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Facilities include a gym with state of the art TechnoGym fitness equipment and an outdoor £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. infinity-edge swimming pool • Guests can choose from International cusine at Jampoon, specialist seafood grills at Lae Lay Elegant Offer and contemporary Thai at Sri Trang, while Chomtawan offers more casual options throughout Complimentary Nights the day Stay 5 for 4 or 10 for 8. Valid 16 Apr-31 Oct 10 inclusive. • Ask about cookery classes, Thai batik painting or a climb up the 1237 steps to the top of a mountain to see the giant Buddha statue • The area is surrounded by a plethora of natural attractions: beaches, coral reefs, islands, forests with hidden caves and waterfalls and the Panom Benja National Park Elegant Opinion “There are outstanding opportunities to explore the area’s wealth of natural beauty with pristine islands and Panom Benja National Park.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 29
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  • 27. THAILAND NEW Soneva Kiri by Six Senses Koh Kood This brand-new luxury resort from Six Senses is located in the east of Thailand on the remote Prices per person in a Hill Villa Suite, meals extra, from: island of Koh Kood, famed for its tropical forests, dramatic waterfalls, and traditional village Depart 7 nights Extra nights life. Set either on the hillside or beachfront of this 102-acre luxury site, the resort’s villas all 10-15 Jan 10 £6130 £695 overlook the beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £5975 £695 Dining venues here range from exciting – the unique treetop dining pod – to intimate moonlit 1-7 Apr 10 £4085 £420 dinners on a private stretch of beach, but all cuisine is made from organic produce freshly 8 Apr-15 Jun 10 £3970 £420 selected from the resort’s own garden. 16-30 Jun 10 £4085 £420 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £4270 £420 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £4050 £420 1-30 Nov 10 £5525 £630 Elegant Facts 1-9 Dec 10 £5680 £630 • 29 Pool Villas 10-18 Dec 10 £5860 £630 • SPA: Enjoy a personalised sensory journey at the Six Senses Spa designed to pamper mind, Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private body and spirit car transfers. • KIDS: The Kids’ Den is a delight for parents, and the wide range of creative experiences TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bangkok Airport – 1 hour available ensure youngsters will be kept fully amused light aircraft transfer & 5-minute boat transfer. • Private beach with watersports Room supplements from (per person, per night) Beach Villa Suite & • Fully-equipped gymnasium, tennis courts and cinema Cliff Villa Suite £115 to £185, Beach Villa Suite with Spa £260 to £330 • Twelve dining options including two bars and a wine cellar & Cliff Villa Suite with Spa £260 to £330. • Treat yourself to a stay in a Pool Villa – surrounded by dramatic water features, several even Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus boast private spa suites £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • Dining at Soneva Kiri is a delight for the senses, with the sumptuous food complemented by Elegant Offer the treetop or private beach location • Guests can enjoy private excursions to see the beautiful areas around the Gulf of Thailand Complimentary Nights • The open-air cinema offers great entertainment, although you might easily be distracted by its Stay 4 for 3 or 7 for 5 & receive complimentary daily breakfast. Valid 10 Jan-31 Mar 10 inclusive. beautiful and unique over-water location Elegant Opinion “Whether you watch Hollywood classics at the overwater cinema, or dine high up in a treetop dining pod, Soneva Kiri is sure to amaze you.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 31
  • 28. THAILAND Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi Koh Yao Noi Overlooking the famed Phang Nga Bay’s monolithic limestone islands, the Six Senses Prices per person in a Pool Villa, including breakfast, from: Hideaway Yao Noi boasts a truly spectacular setting. It also sets a benchmark for luxury Depart 7 nights Extra nights resorts, thanks to Six Senses’ extraordinary attention to detail. A predominant use of wood 11-15 Jan 10 £2845 £240 and palm thatch gives the secluded villas a natural, airy feel – further enhanced by separate 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2690 £240 living rooms and distinctive, open-air bathrooms. By day, soak up the magnificent bay and 1-7 Apr 10 £2930 £270 forest views from your infinity-edge pool or, enjoy a treatment in The Six Senses Spa; by 8-10 Apr 10 £2815 £270 night, shower under the stars or enjoy a butler-run bath, before dinner in your private dining 11 Apr-15 Jun 10 £1795 £125 16-30 Jun 10 £1915 £125 area. A true ‘hideaway’ experience. 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £2095 £125 16 Aug-31 Oct 10 £1875 £125 Elegant Facts 1-30 Nov 10 £2890 £270 • 56 villas 1-9 Dec 10 £3045 £270 • SPA: The Six Senses Spa offers traditional Thai cultural spa journeys to soothe mind and body Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally boat transfers. • Recreational facilities include a gym, tennis, scuba-diving and Thai cookery classes TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Phuket Airport – • Two dining venues offer Tandoori, Italian, Mediterranean and Thai cuisine 1 hour by boat. • The location of the resort is breathtaking and the unique limestone karsts are a must-see Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Villa Sea View • Numerous activities and excursions allow guests to be as active as they wish, with options £65 to £135, Deluxe Pool Villa Sea View £95 to £170 & Pool Villa Suite including local tours and mangrove explorations, sailing, sea boat tours, diving and even rock Sea View £195 to £310. climbing for those seeking a little more adventure Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Locally-sourced ingredients are used in the excellent restaurants, but it’s the dramatic glass £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. floor, complete with meandering creek underneath, which is the real talking point • Nightlife is limited so this is definitely more for those seeking peace and seclusion • Luxury, style and impeccable service abound and are noticable throughout the resort • Although there isn’t a main resort swimming pool, each villa does have its own fabulous, private infinity-edge pool Elegant Opinion “Breathtaking vistas of Phang Nga Bay’s rocky crags, plus luxurious private pool villas secluded on a picturesque tropical island – truly unforgettable.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 32 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 30. THAILAND The Sarojin Khao Lak This award-winning luxury boutique resort captures the essence of Thailand, and is Prices per person in a Garden Residence, meals extra, from: reminiscent of staying at a friend’s private estate. Beautifully located on an 11km secluded Depart 7 nights Extra nights white sand beach providing all-year-round swimming and surrounded by five national parks 11-15 Jan 10 £2065 £135 and the world-famous Similan Islands, The Sarojin offers a very high level of individual service 16 Jan-7 Apr 10 £1905 £135 and attention throughout your stay. Perhaps a private charter aboard a luxury boat? A 8 Apr-15 Jun 10 £1830 £135 personal jungle adventure ‘just for two’ complete with Champagne? A Thai cooking class 16-30 Jun 10 £1945 £135 and lunch by a waterfall, or a romantic private barbecue on the secluded white beach?... The 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £2130 £135 16 Aug-30 Nov 10 £1905 £135 Sarojin offers guests a truly unforgettable experience. 1-9 Dec 10 £2105 £140 10-20 Dec 10 £2285 £140 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private • 56 residences & suites car transfers. • SPA: The Pathways Spa features a relaxation lounge area and a stilted yoga and T’ai Chi deck TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Phuket Airport – • KIDS: Children over the age of 12 years old are welcome 55 minutes. • Facilities include a swimming pool with Jacuzzi lounge area, fitness centre, watersports and Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Residence £40 to Thai cooking classes £70 & Sarojin Suite £70 to £115. • International fine cuisine featuring freshly-caught seafood from the Andaman Sea is served in Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus the main restaurant £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • The Sarojin’s residences and suites are superb and feature private garden terraces, intimate couples’ baths, and rain-fill showers Elegant Offer • Guests are invited to the Owners’ Drinks Night where the property’s guardians will be on-hand Complimentary Nights to personally welcome you and ensure your stay is nothing less than divine Stay 4 for 2; 6 for 3; 8 for 4 or 10 for 5. • After a long flight, the 55-minute transfer from Phuket offers views of the spectacular Thai Valid 20 Apr-31 Oct 10 inclusive. scenery – a little piece of paradise Elegant Opinion “Let The Sarojin’s personal guides and the elegant, inspired ‘imagineer’ create personalised experiences ‘just for two’. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, intimate weddings...” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 34 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 32. THAILAND NEW Karma Samui Koh Samui Located on the beach island paradise of Koh Samui, Karma Samui combines luxurious villas Prices per person in a Luxury Pool Villa, including breakfast, from: with beautiful tropical gardens and incredible views of the Gulf of Thailand. Within the tranquil Depart 7 nights Extra nights cove, in which the resort is tucked, there are thirty-six stunning pool villas set out over five 11-15 Jan 10 £2675 £210 tiers which cascade down to the beachfront. There is a choice of one, two, three or four- 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2515 £210 bedroom villas, each made up of a series of Thai-style pavilions for living and sleeping. 1-7 Apr 10 £2470 £200 Interiors are contemporarily designed with floor to ceiling glass walls serving to maximise 8-30 Apr 10 £2355 £200 views and feature modern conveniences including cable television, DVD player and wi-fi. 1 May-15 Jun 10 £2135 £165 16-30 Jun 10 £2250 £165 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £2655 £200 16 Aug-15 Sep 10 £2435 £200 Elegant Facts 16 Sep-30 Nov 10 £2210 £165 • 36 villas 1-9 Dec 10 £2370 £165 • SPA: The Karma Spa & Wellness Centre in partnership with Ytsara, offers holistic treatments Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private including Reiki, chakra rebalancing and in-villa spa rituals car transfers. • KIDS: There is a dedicated children’s club and a children’s pool with a waterfall and slide TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Koh Samui Airport – • Two swimming pools (one for children), fitness centre, a couple’s beach cabana and 20 minutes. complimentary transport to the ‘Absolute Sanctuary’ yoga centre Room supplements from (per person, per night) Two Bedroom Pool • The main restaurant serves Thai cuisine beside the ocean; there is also an alfresco lounge Villa £70 to £95, Three Bedroom Villa £135 to £175 & Grand where tapas and after dinner drinks are served and poolside snacks are available Residence Hillside £315 to £450. • Guest experiences can be tailored around visiting temples, jungle tours, elephant rides, scuba- Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus diving in Ang Thong National Marine Park and dinner cruises £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • Chaweng Beach, a five-minute drive away, is lined with shops, as well as chic restaurants and clubs where you can see Thai dancers perform in the evenings Elegant Opinion “Nestled in a private cove, set out on five terraced platforms creating a village-like atmosphere above the white-sanded beach, glass doors open onto private courtyards featuring an open-air daybed pavilion and an infinity-edge pool to bring you the ultimate in relaxation and bliss.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 36 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 33. THAILAND Six Senses Hideaway Samui Koh Samui Six Senses takes luxury to new levels wherever it goes – and Six Senses Hideaway Samui Prices per person in a Hideaway Villa, meals extra, from: is no different. Set in twenty acres on the northern tip of Samui, this resort is about maximum Depart 7 nights Extra nights privacy, maximum panoramas. All villas are, strikingly, split-level, with an extraordinary sense 11-15 Jan 10 £1960 £105 of space and light – enhanced by the open bathrooms, one or two sun decks, private infinity- 16 Jan-01 Apr 10 £1805 £105 edge pools in most, and fabulous sea views. Add to this the strategically positioned day 2-10 Apr 10 £2260 £165 beds for lounging and Butlers to wait on you while you relax, and you could easily settle into 11 Apr-15 Jun 10 £1725 £105 your private hideaway and not move for a week. 16 Jun-15 Jul 10 £1805 £105 16 Jul-31 Aug 10 £2220 £165 1 Sep-31 Oct 10 £1740 £105 1-30 Nov 10 £1805 £105 Elegant Facts 1-9 Dec 10 £1960 £105 • 66 villas 10-20 Dec 10 £2140 £105 • SPA: The Six Senses Spa features a range of health and beauty treatments, yoga, Pilates, Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private T’ai Chi, sauna and steam rooms car transfers. • KIDS: Children are welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Koh Samui Airport – • Facilities include a pool, beach, watersports centre, snorkelling, diving, gym, wine-tasting, a gift 20 minutes. shop and Thai cookery classes Room supplements from (per person, per night) Pool Villa £75 to £95 & • Balanced cuisine comes in the form of New Asian, Thai and seafood specialities served in the Pool Villa Suite £130 to £170. two restaurants Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Daily excursions include island tours and trips to the Ang Thong National Marine Park where £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. you can dive and snorkel amongst a multitude of spectacular marine life Elegant Offer • Dining on the Rocks boasts an excellent cellar with the biggest selection of wines available • Mosquitoes can be a problem in this part of the world, however the hotel provides mosquito Complimentary Nights nets, coils and complimentary spray Stay 7 for 5. Valid 11 Jan-21 Dec 10 inclusive. Elegant Opinion “Views – views – views… sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand with rustic villas set on a private headland. It doesn’t get any better than this.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 37
  • 34. THAILAND Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui Koh Samui On the island’s northwest tip, Four Seasons introduces its own legendary warmth and Prices per person in a One Bedroom Villa, meals extra, from: service to an exotic hillside retreat, nestled in a natural amphitheatre facing a small cove and Depart 7 nights Extra nights the Gulf of Thailand, and offering spectacular views of the surrounding islands and the 11-15 Jan 10 £3125 £265 private beach. An indulgent hideaway of understated elegance, Four Seasons Resort Koh 16 Jan-7 Apr 10 £2970 £265 Samui offers distinctive design, an incomparable location, gracious hospitality, outstanding 8 Apr-15 Jun 10 £2895 £265 24-hour service and a tranquil refuge, where guests may do as much or as little as they like. 16 Jun-31 Jul 10 £2970 £265 Whether you take a One Bedroom Villa or Residence Villa, all offer the ultimate in elegant 1-31 Aug 10 £3235 £305 1-15 Sep 10 £2970 £265 seclusion, including private infinity-edge pools and heavenly sea views. 16 Sep-30 Nov 10 £2570 £210 1-9 Dec 10 £3125 £265 Elegant Facts 10-19 Dec 10 £3295 £265 • 60 villas & 14 Residence Villas Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private • SPA: The forested Spa features indoor/outdoor treatment areas, outdoor bath tub and car transfers. yoga pavilion TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Koh Samui Airport – • KIDS: The complimentary ‘Kids For All Seasons’ programme provides daily entertainment 40 minutes. for 2 to 12-year-olds. The resort is especially welcoming to younger guests – everything from Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe One Bedroom children’s menus to child-size bath robes are provided Villa £50, Beach Villa £245, One Bedroom Residence £680 & Two • Facilities include an infinity-edge pool, private beach, health club and tennis courts Bedroom Residence £955. • Traditional Thai dishes, seafood specialities and Italian favourites are all on offer in the Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus two restaurants £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • A breathtaking swimming pool is located on the fringes of the white sands and appears to Elegant Offer merge into the water of the private bay beyond • At low tide an expanse of rocks are uncovered on the beach, however this encourages the Complimentary Night local marine life and offers spectacular snorkelling opportunities at high tide Stay 4 for 3. Valid 1 Apr-30 Jun 10 inclusive. Elegant Opinion “Surrounded by coconut trees; waking up to crystal-clear sea view – this romantic resort is truly out of this world.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 38 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 35. THAILAND Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is set in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley, overlooking terraced Elegant Facts rice fields, minutes from the artistic and cultural heritage of Thailand’s northern capital. From • 64 Pavilions, 12 Pool Villas & 16 Resort Residences • SPA: Situated amidst lush vegetation the spa offers authentic Thai treatments spacious Lanna-style teak pavilions, Pool Villas to the magnificent three-bedroom Resort • KIDS: The complimentary ‘Kids For All Seasons’ programme for 4 to 12-year- Residences, accommodation is designed to reflect a luxurious northern Thai home, right olds is open daily down to the Siamese artifacts and original paintings. • Recreational facilities include a health club, tennis club, pool, scenic walks and a Thai cookery school • Authentic Thai and International cuisine is served in the two restaurants • The peace, crisp mountain air and amazing vista combine to create an awe- inspiring location perfect for linking body and mind • The hotel can arrange local excursions and activities such as hot-air balloon rides across the Ping River Valley, rice planting and even Thai kickboxing and a shuttle service in to the city • Voted No.1 Hotel in the World for Service and No.1 Spa in Asia by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine US Elegant Opinion “Sympathetically landscaped gardens and lakes provide an oasis of tranquillity PRICES: 3 nights from £390 per person (6 Jan-19 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Garden where it is impossible not to relax and unwind.” Pavilion, meals extra. Includes private car transfers, flights available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Chiang Mai Airport – 25 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Four Seasons Tented Camp – Golden Triangle Chiang Rai Set in the midst of Thailand’s exotic bamboo jungle, the Four Seasons Tented Camp invites Elegant Facts each of its guests the opportunity to participate in a wildlife experience like no other – • 15 tents • SPA: Let the traditional Thai massages and innovative rituals assisted by the elephant mahout training and trekking. Having learned the basic commands needed to drive healing power of mountain botanicals and warming spices work their the elephant guests are then able to practice their new found skills, roaming the Thai jungle wonders to rejuvenate your body on elephant-back. • KIDS: These adventures have been designed exclusively for adults and teens • Between trekking and training relax at the free-form pool and connected whirlpool • Dining is an integral part of the camp’s activities; breakfast is served at Nong Yao, the main restaurant, dinner could be a private barbecue under the stars, a five-course formal meal or a dinner by campfire • What could be more uplifting at the end of an exciting day, than a sundowner served at the riverside stilt-top bar Elegant Opinion “Imagine staying in the most authentic, luxurious and hospitable tents in the middle of the jungle. Elephants will welcome you there!” PRICES: 3 nights from £2395 per person (6 Jan-31 May 10), from £2260 (1 Jun-30 Sep 10) & from £2580 (1 Oct-19 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Luxury Tent, all-inclusive. Includes For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, transfers, flights available on request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Chiang Rai Airport – 1 hour 15 minutes. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 39
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  • 37. THAILAND Chiva-Som Hua Hin Chiva-Som, the world-renowned luxury health resort, is dedicated to total wellbeing via an Prices per person in an Ocean View Room, holistic approach and is a secluded ‘haven of life’ set within lush tropical gardens on the including full board, from: coast of Hua Hin – a favoured holiday retreat for Bangkok’s elite. From stress relief and Depart 7 nights Extra nights weight management, to detox and fitness, expert health and wellness advisors utilise the 5-15 Jan 10 £3630 £335 best in modern, specialist and complementary medicine and spa treatments, to create a 16 Jan-7 Apr 10 £3470 £335 dedicated programme for each guest based on their individual goals. Promoting a healthy 8-30 Apr 10 £3395 £335 balance of mind, body and spirit, the treatments are complemented by a diverse programme 1 May-15 Jun 10 £3230 £310 16 Jun-30 Sep 10 £3305 £310 of fitness activities and multi-award-winning spa cuisine. 1 Oct-30 Nov 10 £3470 £335 1-9 Dec 10 £3630 £335 Elegant Facts 10-19 Dec 10 £3795 £335 • 58 rooms & suites Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • SPA: Enjoy a range of massages, body wraps, hydrotherapy and facial treatments as well as light aircraft transfers. holistic therapies such as Reiki and Iridology. Niranlada Medi-Spa also offers non-evasive TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bangkok Airport – 3 hours. therapies Room supplements from (per person, per night) Thai Pavilion £80 to • KIDS: Children over the age of 16 years old are welcome £95 Herbal Suite £305 to £360, Fragrance Suite £395 to £465 & • Fitness activities from yoga and Pilates to Thai boxing (Muay Thai) Golden Bo Suite £710 to £840. • Serving some of the most mouthwatering spa cuisine imaginable, it’s hard to believe that Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus Chiva-Som’s menu is completely balanced and healthy £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • A personal health consultation on arrival ensures that guests are able to follow a bespoke programme of activities and treatments • The attention to detail here is staggering – picture lotus flowers in the pool, iced towels after a class, and lemongrass burners in your room at night • Thai pavillions can be a walk from the main activities, although this is perfect for those seeking the ultimate seclusion • Although alcohol is limited, Chiva-Som’s vitamin and mineral-rich ‘mocktails’ are simply divine and wine and Champagne is available with dinner on request • A policy of only admitting over 16-year-olds and banning mobile phones (although a dedicated area is available for those needing to keep in touch) ensures that a relaxed and serene atmosphere surrounds the whole property Elegant Opinion “Join the head chef in the kitchen and learn for yourself the skills required to create low fat, healthy meals that taste absolutely divine.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 41
  • 38. Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Indo-China boasts a rich and diverse culture – outstanding natural splendour and its people are instinctive hosts. It’s refreshing to find that nearly all of those employed within the hotel industry are local residents... Visitors to Vietnam are often overwhelmed by the country’s spectacular scenery; lush mountainous landscapes, endless stretches of white sand beaches and shimmering paddy fields. Ho Chi Minh City’s air of chaotic exuberance is due to the frenetic lifestyle of its people, while Hanoi is more provincial and Nha Trang’s market encompasses most of the town and showcases a fascinating array of the exotic and everyday all scrambled up together. The main reason to visit Cambodia is to see the mysterious 12th century city of Angkor Wat at Siem Reap. Everywhere there are temples whose sheer size and intricacy reveal the greatness of an ancient dynasty. Angkor Wat is without doubt the largest religious monument ever built. Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, witness to so much over the years, is also well worth a stop on your itinerary, awash as it is with street markets and crumbling, colonial architecture. China Hanoi • Hotel Metropole Hanoi Laos Luang Prabang Amantaka Gulf Of La Residence Phou Vao Tongking Laos is often referred to as the Land of ‘A Million Elephants’ or ‘the Hoi An sleeping beauty of South East Asia’. Situated in the heart of •The Nam Hai Da Nang French Indo china, landlocked between Thailand, Burma Thailand (Myanmar), China, Vietnam and Cambodia, travellers to Laos will find themselves captivated by the mist-veiled mountains; rivers Domestic Airport Siem Reap running through untouched forests and monks trailing along Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor Amansara Vietnam pathways in search of their morning alms. Refreshingly, the International Airport Cambodia Nha Trang & traditional ways of life continue here – to hurry is simply not the Phnom Penh Ninh Van Bay Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Lao way. Its Buddhist religion is still intense and the diverse hill Ho Chi Minh City Gulf Of •Caravelle Hotel tribes retain their age-old cultures. A visit to Laos is truly an Thailand South China opportunity to escape from the fast paced lifestyle of the Sea developed world and indulge in this gentle land’s timeless appeal. Climate Guide: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Climate Guide: Siem Reap, Cambodia 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 32 33 34 35 33 32 31 31 31 31 31 31 Temp °C 31 32 34 35 33 31 30 30 29 29 29 26 Rain mm 15 3 13 43 221 330 315 269 335 269 114 56 Rain mm 5 22 42 55 119 126 120 140 179 125 22 2 42
  • 39. Angkor Wat Travel Facts GMT: + 7 hours. Flying Time: From Heathrow to Bangkok, 11 hours. Vietnam and Cambodia 14 hours. Laos 16 hours. Flight Information: Thai Airways, British Airways and Qantas from Heathrow to Bangkok, with onward connecting flights to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) are also available. Flight Supplements: With Thai Airways Royal Silk Class to Saigon or Siem Reap via Bangkok from £805 per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from November to April when humidity is at its lowest, however, weather patterns do vary considerably between countries. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 113 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- Elegant Concierge to-date information. In certain areas precautions against malaria are necessary. If you want to get out and about, why not consider some of these options from our Concierge Team... 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 A traditional Khmer water blessing ceremony offered by a monk in a pagoda cleanses variations etc. bad spirits from the past and brings you good luck. Sit on the back of an elephant and witness an ancient temple from the same level as victorious generals and King Jayavarman VII centuries before. Visit local villages, pass paddy-fields and learn about traditional Khmer life on a tour to the beautiful countryside by bicycle or even on horse-back. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 43
  • 40. INDO-CHINA Highlights of Indo-China Vietnam and Cambodia offer an unforgettable holiday experience. You can enjoy them one at a time or combine them with each other, as we’ve done here, even include them within a multi-centre itinerary… Day 1: Hanoi, Vietnam Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam: 2 nights Hotel Metropole Hanoi. A low key city with the character of a provincial town, Hanoi is a bustling mix of pavement bazaars and colonial villas, spluttering traffic, French baguettes and noodle soup, trees, lakes and T’ai Chi adepts unwinding in slow motion. In between all this are the Hanoi Opera House and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – well worth a visit. Day 3: Hoi An, Vietnam Transfer to Hoi An: 2 nights The Nam Hai. If you can tear yourself away from the outstanding facilities of The Nam Hai, the nearby town of Hoi An, with its charming French quarter, pagodas, historical buildings and excellent street food is definitely worth a visit. Day 5: Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam Transfer to Ninh Van Bay: 3 nights Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay. Overlooking the South China Sea, with a white sand beach, coral reef, impressive rocks, playful stream and towering mountains this is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City: 2 nights Caravelle Hotel. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has an exotic past and unique history. Important landmarks and remaining French Colonial buildings stand alongside modern skyscrapers. Places to visit include: Notre Dame, an imposing Catholic cathedral built by the French in the 1880s and Thien Hua Pagoda, the city’s most ornate pagoda famous for its incense burners. Just outside Ho Chi Minh lies the Mekong Delta and the incredible war-time tunnels at Chu Chi, an array of intertwining tunnels used by the Vietnamese soldiers. Floating market, Vietnam Day 10: Siem Reap, Cambodia Transfer to Siem Reap, Cambodia: 3 nights Amansara. Having emerged from decades of war and isolation, Cambodia’s richly diverse culture and awe-inspiring natural beauty has been drawing visitors from all over the world. Its principal attraction is the architectural ruins of Angkor Wat – with seventy temples covering a mile-wide radius it’s the ultimate Buddhist monument ever constructed. As part of the Aman experience guests of Amansara are treated to individual excursions designed to cover the temples and nearby traditional villages – transport is via custom made remorks (moped powered trishaws) accompanied by English-speaking guides, well informed on both ancient Khmer history and modern Cambodian life. Days 13: Flight home. Highlights of Indo-China: 12 nights from £3940 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 example of the holiday experiences we can create for you. Feel free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 555 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. Angkor Wat, Cambodia 44 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 41. VIETNAM Hotel Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam Built in 1901, Hotel Metropole Hanoi is a real oasis of charm in the heart of Hanoi, blending Elegant Facts the legendary hospitality of the Vietnamese people with the finest facilitites befitting its • 364 rooms & suites • SPA: The hotel offers a full health spa service European heritage. Guests can choose from rooms in the historical Metropole wing featuring • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting available at an extra charge, many of the original features, newly renovated rooms in the Opera wing offer a neo-classic payable locally elegance, or Grand Premium rooms with charming views of the French Quarter. • Large swimming pool and fitness centre • Seven boutiques including Louis Vuitton and Hermès • Three beautiful restaurants, three bars and one French sidewalk café • Standing proudly since 1901, this beautiful French-Colonial building boasts an enormous central courtyard, gardens and swimming pool • French and Vietnamese cuisine, an Italian steak-house, a divine Sunday brunch, and a delicious afternoon tea with chocolate buffet • Rooms differ in size and layout especially in the historical wing due to the original designs Elegant Opinion “Enjoy Vietnamese specialities at Spices Garden, and Angelina – Hanoi’s most ‘avant-garde’ Italian steak-house.” PRICES: 3 nights from £290 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar 10), from £255 (1 Apr-30 Sep 10), from £310 (1-31 Oct 10) & from £275 (1 Nov-18 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing an Opera Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hanoi Airport – 40 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Caravelle Hotel Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Caravelle offers legendary hospitality in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, located close to the Elegant Facts Opera House and at the centre of the business, shopping and entertainment areas. In 1998, • 335 rooms & suites • SPA: The Qi Spa features a host of relaxing treatments the historic ten-storey Caravelle adjoined a modern high-rise to create an appealing blend of • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting available at an extra charge, heritage and modern facilities, boasting generous room sizes, panoramic views of Saigon payable locally River and Ho Chi Minh City, and five outstanding restaurants and bars. • Large 24-hour fitness centre with new equipment and outdoor pool • Five outstanding restaurants and bars • Boutique shops • A wonderful fitness centre and secluded free-form swimming pool are set several stories above the city, surrounded by lush lagoon palms • Centrally located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Caravelle Hotel is ideally placed within walking distance of nearby tourist attractions • The Saigon Saigon bar is the place to experience a living piece of history as this was where the war correspondents met Elegant Opinion “A home-away-from-home for countless dignitaries, business leaders, statesmen and travellers since 1959.” PRICES: 3 nights from £265 per person (2 Jan-30 Sep 10) & from £295 (1 Oct-16 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Ho Chi Minh City Airport – 20 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 45
  • 42. VIETNAM Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam Destination and attention to detail define Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay. Accessible Prices per person in a Hill Top/Spa Suite Villa, only by boat, its location on dramatic Ninh Van Bay takes full advantage of the setting: the including breakfast, from: white sand beach, coral reef, impressive rocks, playful stream and towering mountains Depart 5 nights Extra nights behind. Throughout, its design reflects local traditions – in the reception champa, the multi- 16 Jan-19 Dec 10 £1340 £240 level dining pavilion, the spa and the villas, which combine innovative style and generous space. Even the simplest comes with its own plunge pool; the split-level Water Villas are Price includes accommodation & transfers only. Flights available on request. accessed by boat and face the sunset; the secluded Rock Villas are lapped by the South TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cam Ranh Airport – 1 hour China Sea, while the Spa Suite Villas include dedicated spa facilities. private car transfer & 20-minute boat transfer. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Beach Pool Villa £35, Water Villa & Rock Villa £195 & Presidential Villa £650. Elegant Facts • 58 villas Elegant Offer • SPA: The 10,000m2 Six Senses Spa features holistic and signature treatments utilising the Six Senses Sodashi range Complimentary Nights Stay 5 for 4; 7 for 5; 12 for 9 or 14 for 10. • KIDS: Children welcome Valid 5 May-15 Jul & 5 Sep-31 Oct 10 inclusive. • Facilities include a watersports centre, PADI scuba-diving, fitness centre, yoga, tennis and trekking • Three restaurants serve east-meets-west local and International cuisine, with fusion specialities and a wine cellar • A private butler is on-hand in each of the spacious and luxurious villas • While the resort could be a little too tranquil for more active guests, local tours, boat trips and a number of diving excursions are available • The resort is over 1km wide and although the hotel can provide bikes or buggies to get around it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties Elegant Opinion “Nestled on the fringe of an isolated bay this eco-luxury resort consists of private pool villas and gracious Vietnamese hospitality offered by personal butlers.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 46 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 43. VIETNAM The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam Contributing to the overall sense of space and presenting a harmony of architecture and Prices per person in a One Bedroom Villa, nature, striking villas have a distinctly traditional feel: high ceilings, raised platforms and split including breakfast, from: levels. Each of the One Bedroom Villas includes luxurious indoor and outdoor sitting areas Depart 5 nights Extra nights and lavish bathrooms opening onto a private garden; each of the one to five-bedroom Pool 1 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1250 £235 Villas feature courtyard entrances, spacious living rooms and multi-level bedrooms, plus club benefits including a personal butler. Price includes accommodation & transfers only. Flights available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Danang Airport – 40 minutes. Room supplements from (per person, per night) One Bedroom Pool Villa £185 & Two Bedroom Pool Villa £940. Elegant Facts • 100 villas Elegant Offer • SPA: The Spa at Nam Hai, offers a relaxation area and steam rooms • KIDS: The Kids’ Activity Villa has everything the younger guest could want in a play area Complimentary Nights Stay 7 for 6 or 14 for 12. • Facilities include three pools, a gym and tennis Valid 1 Apr-23 Dec 10 & 11 Jan-31 Mar 11 inclusive. • Stylish restaurant • All three of The Nam Hai’s swimming pools are on different levels, but the most spectacular is the divine infinity-edge pool which overlooks the soft white sands of China Beach across to the misty Cham Islands • The well-equipped spa, spread across a series of eight tranquil villas surrounded by lotus ponds, offers sumptuous treatments • Hoi An is located 10km away but the hotel runs a shuttle bus Elegant Opinion “This is the ultimate lifestyle resort, blending beachfront living with unique cultural experiences – there are no less than three UNESCO World Heritage sites just moments from the front door.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 47
  • 44. CAMBODIA Amansara Siem Reap, Cambodia Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, Amansara has been refurbished as an Elegant Facts intimate 24-suite resort: its open-plan suites combine living and sleeping areas, a light-filled • 24 suites • SPA: Skilled masseuses offer traditional tretments at the spa bathroom overlooks a private courtyard and twelve suites also include a private pool. • KIDS: Children welcome Amansara’s guides are experts on ancient Khmer history and modern Cambodian life and • Facilities include a lap pool, main pool and library are happy to escort you on temple tours of Angkor Wat via moped-powered trishaws. • Convivial dining room • Because Amansara offers only a small number of suites, a real sense of privacy and exclusivity surrounds the property • The unique dining room boasts a soaring seven foot high ceiling and informal ambience, merging at one end with a fabulous walk-in wine cellar where guests are able to select their preferred bottles to accompany dinner • There is no gymnasium or television in the resort, encouraging a slower pace and adding to the feeling of serenity and tranquillity Elegant Opinion “After exploring the great Angkorian civilisation, discover Amansara’s Khmer Village House and enjoy a romantic sunset dinner under the stars.” PRICES: 3 nights from £870 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Suite, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Siem Reap Airport – 15 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor Siem Reap, Cambodia Set in a tropical garden just eight kilometres from the famous Angkor temple, the beautifully Elegant Facts appointed rooms and suites of the Grand Hotel feature Art Deco inspired decorations • 131 rooms & suites • SPA: The Raffles Amrita Spa comes fully-equipped with the latest state-of- reflecting the period architectural theme running throughout the hotel. Guests can enjoy the the-art exercise equipment and spa treatments exotic tastes of Royal Khmer cuisine at Restaurant Le Grand or western and local favourites • KIDS: Children are welcome at the Café D’Angkor. • Why not browse the hotel’s boutique shops for silver, silk and jewellery • International and exotic flavours can be enjoyed at both the Restaurant Le Grand and Café D’Angkor with barbecues served at the Poolside Terrace. A signature cocktail at the famous Elephant Bar should not be missed, nor should a Cambodian cultural show at the Performance House restaurant • The hotel’s Linkway Gallery, set in the beautiful grounds holds exhibitions featuring photography, sculpture, paintings and textiles • The hotel is just five minutes from the Old Market with the best selection of handicrafts and curios on offer Elegant Opinion “Start the day at the magnificent Angkor Wat. End the day on the hilltops of Bakheng, enjoying the sun setting behind Angkor Wat.” PRICES: 3 nights from £310 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £255 (1 Apr-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a State Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Siem Reap Airport – 15 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 48 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 45. CAMBODIA NEW Amantaka Luang Prabang, Cambodia Located below the stunning Wat Chom temple and beside the mystical Mount Phousi, Elegant Facts Amantaka is within walking distance of the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Boasting • 24 suites • SPA: Treatments incorporate southeast Asian techniques and Aman Spa’s a rich history, the graceful French-colonial buildings now house the exclusive Amantaka range of organic products property. Accommodation includes two stand-alone Amantaka Suites with a verandah, • KIDS: Children welcome private spa treatment room and a pool. • Swimming pool, tennis centre, gym, yoga studio, boutique and art gallery • Authentic Lao, French-influenced and International dishes are served in the colonial dining room • The quaint city of Luang Prabang is accessible on foot and boasts antique shops and a night market • Enjoy customised guided excursions to Kuang Xi waterfall and tribal villages, sunset climbs up Mount Phousi and trips on the Mekong River Elegant Opinion “Sit by a remote abandoned temple on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, enjoying cheeses, baguettes and wine. Luang Prabang’s little secret picnic spot...” PRICES: 3 nights from £680 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Suite, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Luang Prabang Airport – 10 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW La Residence Phou Vao Luang Prabang, Cambodia From its hilltop location, La Residence Phou Vao overlooks Mount Phou Si and the golden Elegant Facts dome of the Vat Chamsi Stupa, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding World • 34 rooms & suites • SPA: Ytsara Spa offers treatments based on traditional Lao herbal remedies, Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Large, open-plan rooms feature pool-like bath tubs and aimed at healing and nurturing private verandahs with day beds. Furnished simply and elegantly, with an emphasis on local • KIDS: Children welcome styles and materials, each has been exquisitely decorated with handicrafts and antiques. • The stunning infinity-edge pool stops dramatically at the cliff edge, providing the swimmer with uninterrupted views of the beautiful valley below and the sacred mountains on the other side • Traditional Laotian cuisine and European dishes with local influences can be enjoyed at the Phou Vao Restaurant either inside or alfresco • Take advantage of the resident chef’s knowledge and skills and learn how to cook a sensational Laotian dish • With good roads and exceptionally light traffic, Luang Prabang is a great place to explore by bike. The hotel’s Concierge will be delighted to help you plan a journey of discovery Elegant Opinion “The pioneer of luxury hospitality in Laos this hotel exudes charm and PRICES: 3 nights from £675 per person (5 Jan-28 Feb & 1-30 Nov 10), from £575 (1 Mar-30 Apr, authenticity. Don’t miss a private ‘500 candles’ dinner.” 1 Jul-31 Aug & 1-22 Dec 10) & from £395 (1 May-30 Jun & 1-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Garden View Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Luang Prabang Airport – 10 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 49
  • 46. Singapore & Malaysia Throughout the Far East, Singapore has a reputation for cleanliness, efficiency and conventionality – this doesn’t make it any less exciting to visit, however. It is a thriving business centre and port, whilst its location at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, makes it the true crossroads of Asia. In fact, it’s a perfect place to break your journey when travelling to the Far East and Australasia. Shopping is a major attraction here and you’ll find antiques, electrical goods and clothes all excellent buys. An exotic mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and British cultures has contributed to make Malaysia a richly diverse and fascinating country. Gateway to the region is usually via Kuala Lumpur. One of Asia’s biggest cities, ‘KL’ is a shopper’s paradise with a huge variety of goods available, many of which are duty-free. Malaysia also offers a dazzling collection of islands, including Langkawi, just an hour’s flight northwest of KL. Known as the ‘island of legends’, this is the perfect retreat for nature lovers seeking serenity and tranquillity, complemented by the luxuries of five-star hotels and powdery white beaches. Thailand Domestic Airport Langkawi The Andaman The Datai International Airport Four Seasons Resort Langkawi •Tanjong Jara Resort Pangkor Laut Resort • Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Singapore Singapore Raffles Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Climate Guide: Singapore Climate Guide: Langkawi 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 30 31 31 31 32 31 31 31 32 31 31 35 Temp °C 32 33 33 33 33 33 32 32 32 31 31 31 Rain mm 252 173 193 188 173 173 170 196 178 208 254 257 Rain mm 40 18 50 88 101 91 74 92 111 171 223 71 50
  • 47. Main image courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. Bottom left image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Travel Facts GMT: + 8 hours. Flying Time: From Heathrow to Langkawi – 14 hours 35 minutes. From Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur – 12 hours 20 minutes. From Heathrow to Singapore – 12 hours 40 minutes. Flight Information: Malaysia Airlines from Heathrow to Langkawi (via Kuala Lumpur); British Airways and Qantas from Heathrow or Singapore Airlines from Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore, with onward connecting flights to Langkawi. Flight Supplements: With British Airways, Club World to Singapore from £940 per person each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Malaysia and Singapore are both hot, wet, and distinctly humid throughout the year. The most humid months are March and September, when winds are light. Elegant Concierge Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 113 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- If you want to get out and about, why not consider some to-date information. In certain areas precautions against malaria are necessary. of these options from our Concierge Team... Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be Head to Jalan Alor for a grand feast – here you’ll find everything from restaurants to advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate hawker stalls. variations etc. Nature lovers can marvel at Malaysia’s oldest tropical flora and fauna at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) situated in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. The architecture of the beautiful six-tiered hill-top Buddhist temple – Thean Hou, situated in Taman Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur – is truly awesome. AFRICA & ASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 777 51
  • 48. MALAYSIA Raffles Hotel Singapore A national monument, an international hotel icon, creator of the world-famous Singapore Elegant Facts Sling, its wide-ranging claims to fame seem never-ending. This Neo-Renaissance Singapore • 103 suites • SPA: Superb Raffles Amrita Spa landmark has attracted luminaries from around the world ever since it opened 120 years ago • KIDS: Children welcome – most engagingly reflected in its Personality Suites, dedicated to past visitors and complete • Cookery school and shopping arcade with nostalgic memorabilia. • Eighteen distinctive restaurants and bars • The newly redesigned Raffles Culinary Academy offers discerning gourmets and amateur chefs the opportunity to learn some of Raffles’ secrets • During the day guests can explore the hotel’s history courtesy of the Raffles Museum, whilst at night the Jubilee Hall presents a variety of plays, musicals and dances • Its fame does mean that public areas such as the lobby are tourist hotspots, however staff are on-hand to whisk you through to the serene, guest-only facilities Elegant Opinion “Visit the Raffles Hotel Museum which unveils the history of Raffles through fascinating memorabilia and period photographs.” PRICES: 3 nights from £705 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10*). Price based on two adults sharing a Courtyard Suite, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Singapore Airport – 20 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, *Rates on request during Grand Prix. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Singapore Just around the corner from the bustling Orchard Road, this Four Seasons’ property is a Elegant Facts veritable oasis of calm. Spacious rooms in soothing tones, accented by original artworks, • 255 rooms & suites • SPA: The Spa, located in The Club at Four Seasons, offers a selection of house a host of 21st century technologies from wireless high-speed internet to individually life-enhancing skin and body therapies controlled air-conditioning. Dining options include a Cantonese room, Jiang-Nan Chun and • KIDS: Children are welcome and babysitting is available at an additional One-Ninety that serves an increasingly popular Sunday brunch. charge, payable locally • Facilities include two pools, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, sauna, steam rooms, two indoor, air-conditioned tennis courts and two outdoor courts staffed with a resident professional tennis coach to provide instruction or play a game • Cantonese dishes can be enjoyed at Jiang-Nan Chun while familiar dishes turn into gourmet delights at One-Ninety where the humble burger and milkshake becomes something altogether quite different • Taking up two floors, the exclusive, The Club at Four Seasons, allows its members and guests to enjoy a lavish free breakfast and refreshments Elegant Opinion “Reinvigorate at the spa then tuck into a healthy dinner of applewood-grilled PRICES: 3 nights from £355 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10*). Price based on two adults sharing a meats and seafood at the hotel’s award-winning bistro-grill, One-Ninety.” Deluxe Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Singapore Airport – 20 minutes. *Rates on request during Grand Prix. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 52 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 49. MALAYSIA Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur From pristine mosques to soaring skyscrapers, Kuala Lumpur has it all. Right at its heart is Elegant Facts Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, perfectly situated to make the most of everything the city • 643 rooms & suites • SPA: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental has to offer. Get in the mood with the inspirational views over KLCC Park and the city from • KIDS: Children welcome the luxurious rooms, suites and two and three bedroom Executive Apartments (incorporating • Excellent Vitality Club Fitness Centre seven exclusive Mandarin Oriental Club floors and a dedicated butler service upon request). • International cuisine in seven restaurants • Boasting breathtaking park and city views, a luxurious free-form outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi are set amidst the third floor’s lushly landscaped tropical garden • Quality of service, luxurious accommodation and world-class facilities usually come at a price, but Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur is surprisingly good value-for-money • Kuala Lumpur is one of the biggest cities in the world and the hotel provides an oasis from the hustle and bustle Elegant Opinion “The perfect cure for jet lag – enjoy an early morning swim in the hotel’s outdoor infinity-edge pool. It feels as if you’re suspended above the city’s PRICES: 3 nights from £210 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a lush gardens.” Deluxe City View Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Kuala Lumpur Airport – 45 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Andaman Langkawi, Malaysia Designed in traditional Malaysian style, this spacious low-rise resort is surrounded by the Elegant Facts natural beauty of ancient jungle, the huge buttress roots and jungle creepers that envelop it, • 186 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa features a wide selection of holistic body elixir rituals creating a haven far from the bustle of city life. Deluxe rooms and suites range from Lanai • KIDS: The Kids’ Club features a range of activities, mini cinema and Rooms featuring sunning decks, to the fabulous Malaysian and Japanese Suites, with games room for children between 2 and 7 years old authentic style décor and glorious sea views. • Facilities include a swimming pool, private beach, scuba-diving, deep sea fishing, watersports, tennis, championship golf and fitness centre • Continental and Asian specialities in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere along with authentic Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed at Teppanyaki counters or private Tatami rooms • Experience the natural wonders of Langkawi through a variety of nature related tours including the complimentary morning/evening walks • A coral reef is close to the shore which prevents much shallow swimming, however the fantastic pool next to the powder white sand beach is perfect for a cooling dip Elegant Opinion “This back-to-nature resort, on the edge of a world-class beach fringed by a PRICES: 7 nights from £1525 per person (16 Jan-30 Apr & 1-31 Aug 10), from £1495 (1 May-31 Jul & 50-milion-year-old rainforest is a tranquil haven from the bustle of modern life.” 1 Sep-19 Dec 10) & from £2060 (20-31 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, meals extra. Includes flights from London with Malaysian Airlines & private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Langkawi Airport – 30 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 53
  • 50. MALAYSIA The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia Not many hotels can boast a 550 million-year-old rainforest on their doorstep – a totally Prices per person in a Deluxe Room, meals extra, from: unique setting that The Datai, an idyllic natural retreat on the northwest tip of Langkawi, Depart 7 nights Extra nights makes the most of. Blending seamlessly into the surroundings, its free standing, Malaysian- 16 Jan-28 Feb 10 £2195 £175 style villas – many featuring an elevated verandah and private pool – are scattered 1 Mar-31 Mar 10 £2075 £155 throughout the forest for total privacy. Pool Suites are located near to the beach, with two 1-30 Apr 10 £2095 £155 suites sharing a living and dining area linked by a covered walkway and access to a private 1 May-31 Oct 10 £1895 £125 swimming pool. Around the peaceful pools, only the buzz of the jungle’s indigenous animals 1 Nov-19 Dec 10 £2095 £155 20-31 Dec 10 £2720 £245 breaks the silence. Price includes flights from London with Malaysian Airlines & Elegant Facts private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Langkawi Airport – • 106 rooms & suites 30 minutes. • SPA: The spa features Asian-inspired treatments flavoured with indigenous herbs. Treatment Room supplements from (per person, per night) Superior Villa £45 to rooms only have three walls, with the fourth opening onto the soothing rainforest and gentle £75, Pool Villa £80 to £95, Corner Suite £95 to £185 & Pool Suite £95 sounds of the river to £195. • KIDS: Although there isn’t a vast array of activities for very young guests, the hotel does Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £970 offer dedicated menus in the restaurants and experienced babysitters on request & First Class £2280. • Excellent recreational facilities include two pools, reef fishing, watersports, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis and cookery lessons Elegant Offer • The resort boasts four restaurants offering an array of International and Asian cuisine Complimentary Room Upgrade • Golf fans will adore playing on the unique Datai Bay course set in the rainforest Stay 7 nights & receive a complimentary room upgrade to a Superior • The Deluxe Rooms come with spacious bedroom and bathroom areas, all have balconies and Villa. Valid 1 Apr-31 Oct 10 inclusive. panaramic vistas whilst the Superior Villas set in the rainforest offer a true wildlife experience • Open to nature, animals and wildlife do sometimes enter the hotel but if you want to see more, the hotel offers complimentary day and night jungle treks Elegant Opinion “Tucked away in an ancient rainforest, overlooking the Andaman Sea, The Datai is for those seeking an exceptional property amidst lush, tropical surroundings.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 54 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 52. MALAYSIA Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Langkawi, Malaysia Set among Langkawi’s tropical foliage and dramatic cliffs, Four Seasons is one of Malaysia’s Prices per person in a Lower Melaleuca Pavilion, finest resorts. Thanks to its fabulous setting on the pristine Tanjung Rhu beach, the soothing meals extra, from: sounds of the Andaman Sea permeate throughout – the perfect accompaniment to the Depart 7 nights Extra nights sensational sunset views, visible from almost every corner of the resort. That includes all of 1 Jan-30 Apr 10 £2390 £195 the beautiful guest villas and pavilions where, inspired by the traditions of indigenous 1 May-20 Dec 10 £2325 £185 artisans, interiors are a fusion of traditional Malaysian design and contemporary features that Price includes flights from London with Malaysian Airlines & reflect the vibrancy of the natural environment – with timber floors, soaring ceilings, large private car transfers. verandahs, outdoor showers and, in many cases, a private pool. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Langkawi Airport – 25 minutes. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Upper Malaleuca Villa Elegant Facts £20 to £30 & Beach Villa £395 to £440. • 90 pavilions & villas Flight supplements from (per person, each way) Business Class £970 • SPA: The spa features luxurious treatments combining ancient Eastern traditions and modern & First Class £2280. Western therapies • KIDS: Fantastic staff at the ‘Kids For All Seasons’ programme ensure youngsters have Elegant Offer lots of fun activities to keep them amused Complimentary Night • Facilities include two large pools, non-motorised watersports, beaches, fitness facilities, tennis Stay 4 for 3. Valid 10 Apr-31 Oct 10 inclusive. and nearby scuba-diving • Italian, Mediterranean and South East Asian specialities are on offer in the three dining venues • Romantics can experience the spa’s impressive couples’ treatment room, relax in a private cabana around the pool, or indulge in an intimate dinner on the beach • Off-site there’s plenty to do too, with jungle trekking, sailing and kayaking available locally • Navigate the hotel’s grounds with complimentary bicycles and buggy services • There is a golf course just a 30-minute drive away Elegant Opinion “Take an early morning stroll (Jalan Jalan) with the naturalist and learn more about the local flora, fauna and resident animals...” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 56 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 53. MALAYSIA NEW Pangkor Laut Resort Pangkor Laut, Malaysia Set against the backdrop of an ancient rainforest on the privately-owned island of Pangkor Elegant Facts Laut, you’ll discover the exotic Pangkor Laut Resort, Spa village and Pangkor Laut Estates • 120 villas (22 villas in the Spa Village) & 8 Estate Residences • SPA: At the Spa Village treatments draw on the healing cultures of the region, at Marina Bay. The resort has been uniquely designed to resemble a typical Malay village with and programmes have been designed to promote spiritual health and elegantly furnished villas blending naturally into the surrounding environment while secluded physical wellbeing bays, pristine beaches and a delightful atmosphere of serenity complete the picture. • KIDS: Babysitting is available, at an extra charge, payable locally • As well as the fully-equipped gym, squash and tennis courts there’s a selection of water-based activities that include non-motorised sports and water-skiing • Malay dishes celebrating the region’s culinary arts and International cuisine can be enjoyed at a variety of restaurants each in a unique setting • Learn the art of South East Asian cooking under the guidance of the chefs and take some classic recipes home with you • The Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut – an 18-hole, par 72, course is just a 30-minute boat ride away Elegant Opinion “Emerald Bay has been voted amongst the most beautiful beaches in the PRICES: 7 nights from £1660 per person (1-15 Jan & 10-20 Dec 10), from £1495 (16 Jan-7 Apr, 16- world; where better for a private dinner for two or a wedding ceremony?” 30 Jun & 16 Aug-30 Nov 10), from £1425 (8 Apr-15 Jun 10), from £1725 (1 Jul-15 Aug 10) & from £1840 (1-9 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Garden Villa, meals extra. Includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, Ipoh Airport – 1 hour private car transfer & 45-minute boat transfer. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Tanjong Jara Resort Peninsular, Malaysia Tanjong Jara Resort has been designed to reflect the grandeur of 17th century Malay Elegant Facts palaces and the resort’s philosophy is based on the Malay concept of ‘Sucimurni’, which • 98 rooms & 1 suite • SPA: The award-winning Spa Village offers treatments and programmes emphasises purity of spirit, health and wellbeing. Every room celebrates traditional royal influenced by Malay traditions luxury. Each room has a view of the South China Sea or the tropical gardens while the Anjung • KIDS: Children welcome, although there are no dedicated children’s facilities rooms feature an outdoor bath set in a private courtyard. • Two swimming pools, two tennis courts, a cookery school, library, gift shop and boutique • Three dining venues, including an over-river restaurant, serve a variety of Malaysian and International fresh fish dishes • Guests can join the resident naturalist for jungle walks, river cruises, bicycle tours and nature talks • Tenggol Island – part of the Terengganu Marine Park – is a 45-minute boat trip away and offers untouched coral gardens and rare marine species for diving and snorklling from March to October Elegant Opinion “Spa Village therapist, Pak Yahya, is renowned for his healing hands. Voted as one of Tatler’s top six worldwide therapists 2008, he’s also the local midwife!” PRICES: 7 nights from £1650 per person (1-15 Jan & 1-9 Dec 10), from £1495 (16 Jan-7 Apr, 16-30 Jun & 16 Aug-30 Nov 10), from £1720 (1 Jul-15 Aug 10) & from £1830 (10-23 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Bumbung Room, meals extra. Includes 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 TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Kuala Terengganu Airport – 1 hour. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 57
  • 54. Indonesia An archipelago of 18,000 islands, Indonesia offers breathtaking scenery, gracious hospitality and hotels that are the closest thing to perfection. Bali is without doubt the best-known, claimed by many to be the most enchanting island in the world and certainly its towering volcanoes, verdant rice terraces and golden sand beaches all confirm this. Ubud shouldn’t be overlooked – located in the centre of the island it’s awash with cultural sights, temples, art galleries and shops. A thirty-minute flight from Bali takes you to the beautiful island of Lombok whose residents follow the Islamic faith, but even though their religious values are different, the welcoming smiles are almost identical and, in general, the island is less developed and attracts fewer tourists. Even more off the beaten track is the remote island of Moyo, where a small and exclusive tented resort acts like a magnet for the contemporary Robinson Crusoe. Last, but by no means least, there’s the magnificent island of Java – home to ancient temples and the site of the world’s largest monument to Buddhism at Borobudur. Java Sea Domestic Airport Flores Sea International Airport Indonesia Java COMO Shambhala Estate •Amanjiwo Bali Amandari •• • The Oberoi, Lombok Amankila Lombok Moyo Island • Denpasar Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Karma Kandara Resort Amanusa Climate Guide: Indonesia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Temp °C 29 29 30 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 29 Rain mm 300 300 211 147 114 97 64 43 66 112 142 203 58
  • 55. Bottom left image courtesy of COMO Shambhala Estate. Bottom right image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Travel Facts GMT: + 8 hours. Flying Time: From Heathrow to Bali 16 hours. Flight Information: Singapore Airlines from Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore; British Airways and Qantas from Heathrow to Singapore with onward connecting flights to Bali and Lombok; Malaysia Airlines from Heathrow, with onward connecting flights to Java. Flight Supplements: With British Airways, Club World to Denpasar, Bali via Singapore from £940 per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Best Time to Visit: The islands enjoy high temperatures and humidity year-round. However, the best time to visit is between April and October. Heavy rains interspersed with periods of bright sunshine can be expected between November and March. Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information. In certain areas, Elegant Concierge precautions against malaria are necessary. If you want to get out and about, why not consider these options from Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be our Concierge Team... advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. Adopt a turtle in Bali. This project is run under the supervision of Conservation International and allows travellers to become adoptive parents of a living environmental link with the past and the future – a baby turtle. Learn the art of Balinese cooking in a traditional house compound, the best way to learn about Balinese culture. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 59
  • 56. INDONESIA Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Bali From its dramatic hilltop setting to its oceanside dining, fabulous spa and its own cookery Prices per person in a One Bedroom Villa, meals extra, from: school, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay captures the mystique of this spiritual Depart 7 nights Extra nights land. Exotic and inspiring, each of the luxurious thatched-roof Balinese villas provides a 6-15 Jan 10 £2860 £240 private tropical paradise complete with separate sleeping, bathing and living pavilions, 16 Jan-30 Jun 10 £2705 £240 including a private plunge pool with infinity views. Two ‘Bedroom’ Villas in fact feature two 1-14 Jul 10 £2930 £240 separate thatched-roof sleeping pavilions nestled into the hillside, and a spacious plunge 15 Jul-15 Aug 10 £3175 £280 pool with sea views – for the ultimate in privacy, opt for one of the nine spacious Residence 16 Aug-30 Nov 10 £2955 £280 1-9 Dec 10 £3095 £280 Villas, with access to the beach. 10-19 Dec 10 £3290 £280 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. • 147 villas TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Denpasar Airport – • SPA: The large spa features a menu of modern and traditional rituals and recipes 15 minutes. • KIDS: The Jimba Club for 2 to 12-year-olds, keeps children entertained throughout the day. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Ocean View Babysitting is complimentary until 11pm and the daytime Kids’ Club is fantastic One Bedroom Villa £60, Ocean Front One Bedroom Villa £90 & Royal • Facilities include an infinity-edge pool, tennis, nearby golf, a gym and cooking school Villa £860 to £1015. • International cuisine, Asian specialities and innovative Indonesian dishes are on offer in the Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus four restaurants £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • Nestled on the tip of the Bukit peninsula, the hotel sits amongst thirty-five acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens which gently descend to the beach • More energetic guests can enjoy a range of activities including morning workouts, bike rides and watersports • Although the beach can be a little rocky, it’s always immaculate and the facilities are divine Elegant Opinion “‘Beds on the Beach’ recline on a canopied bed positioned on a beach, surrounded by candles and serenaded by live jazz music as you indulge your senses in a five-course gourmet dinner.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 60 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 57. INDONESIA NEW Karma Kandara Resort Bali Karma Kandara has a spectacular cliff-top location high above the Indian Ocean and is Prices per person (based on 6 people sharing) in a Three surrounded by dramatic coastline, limestone caves and temples. A network of walkways and Bedroom Villa, meals extra, from: bridges meander through the tropical gardens leading to forty-six pool villas – each a Depart 7 nights Extra nights contemporary reinvention of Balinese traditional style. Comprising of two or three pavilions, 5-15 Jan 10 £1760 £90 these luxury residences feature their own garden courtyard complete with deck and infinity 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £1595 £90 pool. Guests can choose from one, two, three or four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms 1 Apr-30 Jun 10 £1470 £65 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £1655 £65 and the open plan living rooms comprise a kitchen, dining and lounge area dotted with local 16 Aug-30 Nov 10 £1430 £65 art and antiques. 1-9 Dec 10 £1585 £65 10-19 Dec 10 £1765 £65 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & • 46 villas private car transfers. • SPA: The Karma Wellness offers treatments including oxygen facials and Reiki in a range of TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Denpasar Airport – idyllic spa shacks which overlook the ocean 20 minutes. • KIDS: There is a children’s pool and a complimentary Kids’ Club is open daily from 8am Room supplements from (per person, per night) Three Bedroom Cliff to 8pm offering facilities and supervision by trained staff for infants of all ages Front Residence £45 to £195 & Grand Cliff Front Residence £390 to • Swimming pool, gymnasium, library, private cooking and yoga classes, beach club offering £525. watersports and celebrity rugby player bootcamps Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Two restaurants and a bar/lounge serve everything from wood-fired pizzas to six course £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. gourmet wine-pairing menus, and in-villa barbecues Elegant Offer • A Moroccan themed rooftop lounge complete with colourful banquettes, Shisa pipes and glass lanterns is the perfect place for evening cocktails and tapas-style dishes Complimentary Night • Tailored guest experiences range from private beach picnics, scenic helicopter flights, Stay 7 for 6 plus receive 1 complimentary Balinese Massage per adult mountain treks, luxury catamaran rides to select dive sites and golf and 1 Detox Spa Bath at Karma Spa. Valid 1 Apr-19 Dec 10 inclusive. Elegant Opinion “Karma Resorts’ newest addition overlooks Bali’s only live coral reef and prides itself on the magnificent and unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 61
  • 58. INDONESIA COMO Shambhala Estate Ubud, Bali This luxurious residential health retreat is located on a ridge overlooking the spectacular Prices per person in a Garden Room, accommodation only, from: Ayung River. Combining well-appointed accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities, this Depart 7 nights Extra nights haven of relaxation offers guests an holistic approach to take care of mind, body and spirit, 6-15 Jan 10 £1875 £105 all surrounded by nine-hectares of lush tropical gardens and extensive woodland to create a 16 Jan-28 Mar 10 £1720 £105 sense of real privacy. Perfect for those seeking total wellbeing, COMO Shambhala Estate’s 29 Mar-30 Jun 10 £1760 £105 team is proud to devise a completely bespoke programme to help each guest find a sense 1 Jul-15 Aug 10 £1945 £105 of peace to carry forward in their everyday lives. 16 Aug-30 Nov 10 £1720 £105 1-9 Dec 10 £1875 £105 10-19 Dec 10 £2055 £105 Elegant Facts Price includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. • 5 Residences, 5 Retreat Villas & 4 Private Villas TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Denpasar Airport – 1 hour. • SPA: COMO Shambhala Retreat offers holistic Asian-inspired therapies Room supplements from (per person, per night) Terrace Suite £55, • KIDS: Children over the age of 12 years old are welcome Estate Suite £125 & COMO Shambhala Suite £375. • Outdoor pool, indoor/jungle gymnasiums, tennis courts Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus • Pilates studio, yoga pavilion and hydrotherapy pools £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • Two restaurants – food is fabulous, with both restaurants offering unique healthy dishes with high quality ingredients – and the open sided Glow also boasting beautiful views Elegant Offers • Each uniquely-styled residence has its own infinity pool, large airy living pavilion and personal Room Rate Reduction assistant to fulfil guests’ every need Book a 3 night Wellness programme & receive a special reduced rate • Not for those seeking bustling bars and shopping, this is however a haven of calm and for additional nights. tranquillity from the outside world Valid 15 Jan-15 Apr & 15 Oct-15 Dec 10 inclusive. • For utmost privacy and seclusion, book an entire Residence or opt for one of the self- Complimentary Nights contained Villas Book a 5 for 7 night Wellness or Bespoke programme & receive an additional night free. Elegant Opinion Valid 15 Jan-15 Apr & 15 Oct-15 Dec 10 inclusive. “Revitalise and unwind with a mid morning aqua-therapy session in the Vitality Pool, filled with water from The Source – the Estate’s sacred healing natural spring.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 62 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 59. INDONESIA Amanresorts in Indonesia Aman’s exclusive selection of intimate properties throughout the islands of Indonesia creatively and intuitively respond to their environment. All are elegantly pleasing yet each is different in look and mood. Whether you choose to enjoy them one at a time or spend a few days at two or even three, a lifestyle experience is guaranteed. NEW Amanusa Nusa Dua, Bali Set alongside a gorgeous beach amidst tropical foliage, the sense of peace that prevails over this intimate resort encourages guests to completely relax. There are just thirty-five suites, eight of which have private pools, featuring complimentary internet access and outdoor terraces. The lagoon and coral reef in front of the resort is safe for swimming, snorkelling and seasonal watersports. Guests can also enjoy the beach club, spa, gym, tennis courts, library, boutique and golf at the neighbouring course. When it comes to dining, options include the Terrace Restaurant, which serves Thai and Indonesian cuisine, and the Italian Restaurant which is open for dinner. PRICES: 7 nights from £3125 per person (6-15 Jan, 1Jul-15 Aug & 1-9 Dec 10), from £2965 (16 Jan-30 Jun 10) & from £3305 (10-19 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Garden Suite, meals extra. Includes flights from London with British Airways & private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Denpasar Airport – 15 minutes. Amankila Amandari Manggis, Bali Ubud, Bali Amankila’s setting simply takes your breath away. Nestled on a hilltop on Amandari’s traditional Balinese village design, including an open-air lobby Bali’s east coast, all of its thirty-four elevated, free-standing guest suites designed to emulate a wantilan (village meeting place), is a fitting enjoy spectacular views over the Lombok Strait. Such views are an intrinsic complement to its exceptional setting. All of the guest rooms include feature here – whether dining, lounging around the three-tiered cliffside tropical gardens and lush greenery; many have pools with views of the pool or relaxing at the Beach Club. Pool Suites boast private swimming Ayung Valley. For fabulous panoramic views take the Amandari Villa and pools while the Amankila Suite has a pool and its own butler service. enjoy a separate living room pavilion walled entirely with windows. PRICES: 7 nights from £3125 per person (6-15 Jan, 1Jul-15 Aug & 1-9 Dec 10), from PRICES: 3 nights from £1095 per person (6 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults £2965 (16 Jan-30 Jun 10) & from £3305 (10-19 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Village Suite, meals extra & private car transfers. Flights available on request. sharing a Garden Suite, meals extra. Includes flights from London with British Airways TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Denpasar Airport – 45 minutes. & private car transfers. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Denpasar Airport – 1 hour. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 63
  • 60. INDONESIA Amanjiwo Borobudur, Java Imagine the scene: a natural amphitheatre with beautiful limestone hills rising behind, a Prices per person in a Garden Suite, meals extra, from: sweeping plain in front, and four sacred volcanoes gracing the horizon – and at its heart, Depart 3 nights Extra nights Amanjiwo. Add the sight of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, framed 6 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1040 £335 by the resort’s entrance, and you cannot fail to be soothed by the all-pervading calm here. Mirroring its unique neighbour, the resort’s suites radiate outward in two deep crescents, Price includes flights accommodation & transfers only. Flights available rimmed by flower-bedecked walls, while highlights include the likes of thatched pavilions with on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Yogyakarta Airport – 1 hour. day bed, four-poster beds, outdoor sunken baths and private pools. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Borobudur Suite £50, Garden Pool Suite £95 & Borobudur Pool Suite £145. Elegant Facts • 35 suites • SPA: Relaxing Spa Suite • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting available at an extra charge, payable locally • Lap pool, tennis centre and excursions • Restaurant serving Indonesian and International cuisine • This serene location is ideal for relaxing, whilst combining your stay with some cultural sightseeing around Yogyakarta • Amanjiwo organises many exciting excursions to allow guests the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas including elephant safaris, bike rides, and treks in the hills • If you are prone to motion sickness, you should choose the route along the main roads from the airport for your transfer • The hotel can get busier in the afternoon as it’s stunning architecture makes it something of a tourist attraction Elegant Opinion “No visit to Amanjiwo would be complete without a tour of Borobudur, the Eighth Wonder of the Orient, and one of humanity’s most imposing creations.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 64 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 61. INDONESIA The Oberoi, Lombok Medana Beach, Lombok Lush rainforest, sparkling blue seas, the golden sands of a private beach, and a warmly Prices per person in a Luxury Pavilion Garden View, intimate atmosphere: The Oberoi, Lombok fulfils all the criteria for an idyllic garden resort meals extra, from: hideaway. As you would expect from Oberoi, it also offers rather more – and not least in its Depart 7 nights Extra nights signature-style accommodation. Tucked away among twenty-four acres of tropical gardens, 6-15 Jan 10 £2545 £195 expansive thatched-roof villas and terraced pavilions feature the likes of glass-walled 16 Jan-31 Mar 10 £2385 £195 bathrooms, sunken marble garden baths, private courtyards with rock ponds and expansive 1 Apr-30 Jun 10 £2520 £210 1-20 Jul 10 £2705 £210 shaded terraces on which to relax and soak up the beautiful garden or beach views. 21 Jul-20 Aug 10 £2950 £245 21 Aug-30 Nov 10 £2480 £210 1-9 Dec 10 £2640 £210 Elegant Facts 10-19 Dec 10 £2815 £210 • 50 villas & pavilions Price includes flights from London with Singapore Airlines & • SPA: Stunning Oberoi Spa by Banyan Tree private car transfers. • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting available at an extra charge, payable locally TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Lombok Airport – • Outdoor pool, beach club and scuba-diving 45 minutes. • Two restaurants offering fine cuisine Room supplements from (per person, per night) Luxury Pavilion Ocean • Located opposite the beautiful Gili Islands, The Oberoi can arrange for snorkelling, diving and View £65, Luxury Villa Garden View £145 & Luxury Villa Ocean View deep-sea fishing excursions to the impressive coral reef £195 to £205. • Every room comes complete with its own butler service to ensure that guests are perfectly Flight supplements from (per person, each way) World Traveller Plus looked after £345, Club World £940 & First £1875. • While there are no other restaurants nearby, each villa has its own outdoor dining pavilion and Elegant Offers the hotel offers its à la carte menu as room service at no extra charge Complimentary Night Elegant Opinion Stay 7 for 6. Valid 1 May-30 Jun 10 inclusive. “This beautifully landscaped resort with 500 metres of golden beach frontage is set within Complimentary Nights seventeen acres of grounds, recreating the atmosphere of a Balinese village.” Stay 7 for 5. Valid 1 Nov-19 Dec 10 inclusive. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 65
  • 62. China The great land of China is one of contrasts where sparkling sky scraper-filled cities sit alongside quiet mountain-top villages and you can reach ancient historical landmarks on a high-speed train. Cruise along the Yangzi River, relax on a beach, or simply sit back and watch the people, a continual source of entertainment… One of the world’s oldest civilisations cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, and enjoying rapid economic growth over recent decades, China offers an unrivalled diversity of ancient and modern travel experiences. A multi-national country it comprises of fifty-six nationalities, the Han people making up ninety per cent of the total population. The Han culture outdates many European cultures by at least a thousand years and it is the language of the Han Chinese that is most widely spoken; commonly referred to as Mandarin Chinese, in its various dialects it has been the official language of China since the Qin dynasty (around 221 BC), making it the oldest living language in the world. Chinese food ranks among the world’s great cuisines and while there are as many dishes in China as there are regions, there are just three distinct styles; Sichuan’s use of chilies makes for hot and spicy dishes, in the north steamed bread rather than pancakes and rice is used with pickled vegetables, while in the south, lighter stir-fry dishes prevail. The busy cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai are ideal bases from which to explore. In the capital, Beijing, you’ll find some of the world’s most experimental modern structures such as the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic stadium, sitting side by side with ancient architecture: the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex, the Summer Palace set in tranquil, traditional gardens and a superbly preserved section of the Great Wall of China. Probably the most celebrated landmark however is Tiananmen Square. Dawn or sunset is the best time to visit, as the patriotic Chinese raise and lower their national flag. Xi’an, regarded as one of China’s four ancient capitals, is home to the world-renowned life-size Terracotta Army – built over a thousand years ago to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife. Close by is the Famen Temple which holds the finger bones of Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism and one of the country’s most famous and well-preserved buildings – the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Shanghai is representative of China’s fast-moving climate, and is a city of real contrasts. On one side of the river the old town, Nanshi, retains a traditional feel with its Yu Gardens, classic architecture and Jade Buddha Temple. On the other, there are westernised restaurants, air- conditioned designer shops and soaring buildings punctuating the skyline – travel to the top of the TV tower (all 468 metres) by lift, for wonderful city and river views. More than ten years after its handover from Britain to China, Hong Kong still continues to delight and confound. It’s a great shopping destination with glitzy malls and street markets selling everything from electronic gadgets to designer fashions and antique collectables. Iconic travel experiences include the tram ride to Victoria Peak for unrivalled harbour views, and a trip to Kowloon on the Star Ferry. For a welcome respite after all the sightseeing and shopping, look no further than Sanya on Hainan Island. Known as the ‘Oriental Hawaii’, its alluring stretch of pristine beaches is the perfect place to unwind. 66 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 64. China Travel Facts The Golden Triangle Itinerary GMT: + 8 hours. We’d recommend this itinerary or something similar, for first time Flying Time: From Heathrow to Shanghai, 11 hours, to Beijing 10 hours and Hong Kong, 12 hours. visitors to China, as it takes in the country’s three greatest cities as Flight Information: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Shanghai; well as a boat cruise on the Yangzi River. British Airways from Heathrow to Beijing with connecting flights to Xi’an. British Airways, Day 1: Beijing Qantas and Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Hong Kong with connecting flights to Sanya. Arrive Beijing: 3 nights Peninsula Beijing. With two full days here, you can visit Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £1200 (British Airways) per person, Tiananmen Square, and the imperial palace also known as the ‘Forbidden City’ where each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived and carried out their administrative Weather: In Beijing and Xi’an the climate is continental, with hot summers and cool, dry duties. At the Summer Palace take a stroll around the most beautiful and best winters. Shanghai and Hong Kong tend to be warmer, but have more rainfall year-round. preserved gardens in China. Enjoy a morning visit to the Great Wall at the Juyong Pass The best time to visit China is in March or May, or from September to October. and later a Beijing-style dinner. Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 113 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up- Day 4: Xi’an to-date information. In certain areas precautions against malaria are necessary. Transfer to Xi’an: 2 nights Sofitel on Renmin Square. Whilst here you can marvel at the Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be 7000 strong Terracotta Army of warriors and horses; visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange representative of Xi’an’s cultural history and the Banpo Village dating back to the rate variations etc. Neolithic period. Day 6: Yangzi River Transfer to Ghongquing: 3 nights on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. No trip to China would be complete without an adventure on the Yangzi River and China’s only five-star cruiser the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer will take you through the most celebrated stretch of the Yangzi, the spectacular Three Gorges, providing you with unique and illuminating glimpses of the geography, people and culture of the Yangzi basin. Day 9: Shanghai Following a short city tour of Yichang, transfer to Shanghai: 3 nights PuLi Hotel & Spa. Shanghai is China’s most contemporary city and home to the famous Jade Buddha Temple and Yuyuan Garden. Whilst here, take the express train to Suzhou where you can visit a silk factory and the Garden of the Humble Administrator. Day 12: Flight home. Beijing China Shaolin Xi’an Yangzi River Shanghai Lijiang Hong Kong Hainan Island (Sanya) Domestic Airport International Airport Forbidden City, Beijing The Golden Triangle Itinerary: 11 nights from £3195 per person NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. These Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals 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 897 555 who will happily put together an itinerary according to your preferences, which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. 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. 68 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 65. CHINA Feel free to call our Travel Consultants who would be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary specially for you Shilin Stone Forests Tangula Train Itinerary Discover some of China’s mesmerising culture and breathtaking natural beauty and delve into some of the country’s most fascinating sights along the way on board the Tangula Train. Day 1: Beijing Arrive Beijing: 3 nights Aman at the Summer Palace. Whilst here enjoy a visit to the Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing feats of human ingenuity; visit the largest public square in the world – Tiananmen Square; the ‘Forbidden City’ and the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests. Day 4: Tangula Train Transfer to the station: 4 nights Tangula Train. The Southern Route departs Beijing for Lijiang travelling through exquisite landscapes a world away from city life. Highlights include visiting the Shilin Stone Forest comprising thousands of jagged limestone peaks, and Kunming, named the ‘Eternal Spring’ due to its evergreen foliage which makes it appear to be forever springtime, all enhanced by the backdrop of hilltop temples, lakes and parks. There is also the opportunity to discover China’s rural way of life and culture in Xingyi populated by the Han and Yi, as well as the colourful traditions of the Bai people in Dali. Day 8: Lijiang Arrive Lijiang: 2 nights Banyan Tree Lijiang. The quintessentially Chinese city of Lijiang with its narrow streets and traditional tea houses is famous for its intricate system of waterways and bridges: at the foot of Elephant Hill, the Black Dragon Pool with its magnificent White Marble Bridge offers splendid views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains – the source of many ancient legends. From Lijiang you can visit the Jade Peak Monastery and the famed Tiger Leaping Gorge. Day 10: Xi’an Transfer to Xi’an: 2 nights Sofitel on Renmin Square. Enjoy visits to see the amazing life-size Terracotta Warriors at the Terracotta Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – built in 652AD it contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures. Day 12: Shanghai Transfer to Shanghai: 2 nights PuLi Hotel & Spa. During your stay enjoy a visit to Yuyuan Garden and the old town area of the city; walk along the lively waterfront, known as ‘the bund’ and see the two white-jade Buddhas at the Jade Buddha Temple. The Golden Triangle Itinerary: 11 nights from £6445 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 69
  • 66. CHINA Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Hong Kong Located in the heart of the business and entertainment district of Hong Kong, offering some Elegant Facts of the most spacious and luxurious accommodation in Asia, the Mandarin Oriental boasts • 502 rooms & suites • SPA: First Kinesis Centre in Hong Kong, and Mandarin Spa including Hong spectacular views over Victoria Harbour or the city with its futuristic neon skyscrapers. A Kong’s first authentic Ayurvedic Centre lavish redesign has seen the rooms and suites transformed into contemporary, elegant • KIDS: The Mandarin Oriental is extremely child-friendly, with each guest accommodation, with enough technology to impress even the most seasoned traveller. under the age of 5 years old receiving a baseball cap, polo shirt, back-pack and teddy bear on arrival, as well as mini slippers and bathrobes in-room • Indoor pool with flume jet, high-tech fitness centre, beauty salon and gentleman’s barber • Ten restaurants and bars • Service is legendary and there is no mistaking why, when you experience first-hand the impeccable care staff take over guests • With the glamour of Hong Kong on your doorstep this is an unlikely retreat complete with excellent spa and wellness facility Elegant Opinion “The Krug Room, known by insiders as ‘the’ place to dine, is a secret restaurant in the heart of the kitchen with seats for just twelve diners.” PRICES: 3 nights from £495 per person (1-9 Jan, 28 Jan-28 Feb, 1 Apr-13 May & 13 Sep-30 Nov 10) & from £630 (10-27 Jan, 1-31 Mar, 14 May-12 Sep & 1-31 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Superior Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hong Kong Airport – 45 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Peninsula Hong Kong Hong Kong The Peninsula Hong Kong exudes timeless elegance – right down to its fleet of fourteen Elegant Facts Rolls-Royce Extended Wheel-base Phantoms and private helicopter which flies guests • 300 rooms & suites • SPA: Excellent Peninsula Spa by ESPA around the city. It enjoys a superb location in Tsim Sha Tsui, the shopping mecca of Kowloon, • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting available at an extra charge, and the heart of its entertainment district. Its restaurants and bars are among the city’s most payable locally stylish, while rooms and suites combine harbour views and technological innovations. • Pool and fitness centre • Nine restaurants and bars • Service is impeccable and the Concierges are extremely well-connected, friendly and professional – in fact nothing is too much trouble • The spectacularly luxurious and spacious, Roman-style swimming pool opens onto the hotel’s beautiful sun terrace and provides a wonderful view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island • During the day the lobby is full of hustle and bustle, but as soon as you enter the lifts you find yourself in an oasis of peace and tranquillity Elegant Opinion “Suites feature handmade telescopes – based on those used in India in the 1700s which were created exclusively for The Peninsula in Bombay.” PRICES: 3 nights from £480 per person (4-17 Jan, 1 Mar-5 May & 10 Sep-18 Nov 10) & from £560 (18 Jan-28 Feb, 6 May-9 Sep & 19 Nov-23 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hong Kong Airport – 45 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 70 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 67. CHINA The Peninsula Beijing Beijing The Peninsula Beijing imaginatively combines the best of old and new – from the vibrant Elegant Facts lobby, expanded Peninsula Arcade, and authentic ‘noble house’ styled restaurant, to the, • 525 rooms & suites • SPA: The Peninsula Spa by ESPA Asian-influenced décor for which Peninsula hotels are famed. Hardwood floors adorned with • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, Chinese rugs add an unusual twist in the luxurious rooms, while the suites include the huge payable locally new Beijing Suites and the striking Duplex Suites on the top floor. • Peninsula Arcade with designer boutiques • Two of Beijing’s finest restaurants • The $35 million restructure and renovation has ensured that the redesigned guest rooms, suites, club lounge, fitness centre and swimming pool are more luxurious and spacious than ever • Ideally located in the centre of Beijing, the hotel is just a short stroll from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and high-end shopping malls • The lobby and basement floors of the hotel are home to some fifty exclusive boutiques which, while not to everyone’s taste, are perfect for retail therapy Elegant Opinion “Long recognised as the premier hotel in Beijing, The Peninsula Beijing enjoys an unparalleled location.” PRICES: 3 nights from £250 per person (1 Jan-28 Feb & 1-31 Dec 10), from £355 (1 Mar-30 Apr, 1 Jun-31 Aug & 16-30 Nov 10) & from £390 (1-31 May & 1 Sep-30 Nov 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Beijing Airport – 1 hour 35 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing Beijing Housed in an historic structure, once the quarters for those awaiting an audience with the Elegant Facts Empress Dowager Cixi and just steps from one of China’s most iconic sites, this Aman • 51 rooms & suites • SPA: Spa treatments include massages, face and body treatments; and a property pays homage to traditional Chinese architecture, harmoniously blending modern dedicated Pilates/yoga room comforts with classic fabrics. Rooms feature traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds, • KIDS: Children are welcome. Babysitting is available at an additional creating a mysterious sense of peeking through the veil of time to the romance of another era. charge, payable locally • Excellent fitness facilities include a 25 metre indoor lap pool and a 300m2 gym. The library hosts a selection of books on various subjects, available in several languages • Light meals can be enjoyed at The Lounge while The Grill specialises in grilled-to-order cuts of meat and seafood. Traditional Cantonese, Peking duck and imperial dishes are served at The Chinese Restaurant • Why not have your name or a message written in Chinese by the resident calligrapher • Accompanied visits to the top attractions as well as Beijing’s secret boutiques, restaurants and bars can be arranged by the Aman guides PRICES: 3 nights from £635 per person (1 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Guest Elegant Opinion “A tranquil retreat and ideal base from which to discover the city of Beijing.” Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Beijing Airport – 50 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 71
  • 68. CHINA NEW Raffles, Beijing Hotel Beijing Just a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City and historical Tiananmen Square this Elegant Facts remarkable hotel is an icon of Beijing’s historical heritage, and the venue for many significant • 171 guest rooms • SPA: IN ONE SPA provides a complete sensory experience political and cultural events. Décor is an incomparable fusion of classical European elements • KIDS: Children welcome and traditional Chinese accents with suites named after visiting dignitaries. Guests can dine • Fitness enthusiasts can make full use of the indoor swimming pool, in two distinctive restaurants serving a selection of French, Italian and Chinese fare. gymnasium, aerobics rooms, as well as indoor tennis and squash courts • Authentic flavours and French fine dining can be enjoyed at East 33 and Jaan’s; the Writers Bar is a great place to meet for aperitifs or cocktails accompanied by caviar and oysters and the exclusive Raffles Blend coffee is served at Raffles La Vie • All south-facing rooms in the main building offer a spectacular view of Chang Avenue, the main east-west thoroughfare that leads to Tiananmen Square Elegant Opinion “Nestled between the famous Chang Avenue and Wangfujing District, Raffles, Beijing Hotel perfectly captures the glory of the city’s legacy and the grandeur of its presence.” PRICES: 3 nights from £330 per person (2 Jan-28 Feb & 16 Nov-20 Dec 10), from £350 (1-31 Mar 10 & 16 Jun-31 Aug 10) & from £415 (1 Apr-15 Jun & 1 Sep-15 Nov 10). Price based on two adults For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, sharing a Landmark Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Beijing Airport – 45 minutes. Sofitel Xi’an On Renmin Square Xi’an The Sofitel stands within Renmin Square – the premier venue in the Commercial and Elegant Facts Government District. Set among (and incorporating) the striking beauty of several Heritage • 432 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa offers a range of massages, thermal baths, a Hammam and a Buildings and built to China’s five-star platinum hotel standards, a choice of rooms, suites Thalassotherapy area and expansive apartments are equipped with contemporary features including wireless • KIDS: Outdoor playground for children and babysitting can be arranged internet access setting new heights in luxury for travellers to this destination. on request • Indoor heated swimming pool, fitness centre, Jacuzzi and sauna • Four restaurants serving International fare, with Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine a speciality • There are two bars, including one pub that features live DJ entertainment and ten private karaoke rooms • Historical points of interest including the Bell Tower and Shaanxi History Museum are in easy reach Elegant Opinion “Built to meet the elaborate standards of China’s new platinum five-star hotel rating, the Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square is the ultimate accommodation facility in the ancient city of Xi’an.” PRICES: 3 nights from £175 per person (2 Jan-31 Mar & 16 Nov-20 Dec 10), from £255 (1 Apr-31 May & 1 Sep-15 Nov 10) & from £210 (1 Jun-31 Aug 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Superior Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Xi’an Airport – 1 hour. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 72 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 69. CHINA The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Situated on the famous Nanjing Xi Lu, guest rooms combine contemporary Chinese décor, Elegant Facts artwork and rosewood furnishings, with the luxury of Sealy beds, ultra-soft linens and throws • 610 rooms & suites • SPA: The Spa is one of Shanghai’s largest and most luxurious and Shanghai skyline views. Suites, predominantly on the top floor, introduce their own • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, individual touches of Chinese, Japanese and European glamour, while the renowned Ritz- payable locally Carlton Club Level here includes six daily food and beverage presentations. • Extensive health club with large pool • Stunning Ritz-Carlton Salon • Four restaurants offering International cuisine • Attention to detail and service is exceptional, with small touches such as a bowl of fruit in your room every day and papers delivered in exquisitely woven bags, making the stay even more special • Relax in The Ritz Bar, Shanghai’s definitive jazz venue • Although staying here can be expensive, the hotel offers supreme luxury and the convenience of a location in the middle of Shanghai Elegant Opinion “You’ll find The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai – a timeless symbol of luxury, perfectly at home in a constantly changing metropolis.” PRICES: 3 nights from £595 per person (2 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Shanghai Pudong Airport – 45 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai Voted in Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2009 as one of the ‘10 Ones To Watch’, this urban Elegant Facts resort blends a central location in the JingAn District, with contemporary design and a strong • 209 rooms & 20 suites • SPA: The first Anantara Spa in Shanghai offers an extensive menu inspired by sense of culture, into a luxury city escape. All rooms have a flat-screen LCD television, Bose ® the renowned properties of tea music system with iPod docking station and portable phones with citywide coverage. Club • KIDS: Children welcome Level guests enjoy complimentary refreshments throughout the day and butler service. • There is a state-of-the-art gymnasium, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, and 25 metre lap infinity-edge pool • Jing’An Restaurant has a unique partially modular menu allowing guests to tailor their own dishes and offers spectacular views across JinAn Park • Long Bar offers one of Shanghai’s ‘longest’ wine and Champagne by-the- glass lists • The hotel is conveniently connected by a skybridge to the new multi-use development Park Place and is ideal for business travellers Elegant Opinion “Look a little closer and you’ll discover that Shanghai’s history is well preserved. It’s a city where old and new co-exist, where tradition meets innovation, much like The PuLi.” PRICES: 3 nights from £425 per person (1 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Shanghai Airport – 45 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 73
  • 70. CHINA NEW Mandarin Oriental, Sanya Sanya Situated on a 1.2 km stretch of coral beach surrounded by tropical gardens with swaying Elegant Facts palm and coconut trees, Sanya City enjoys spectacular panoramic ocean views and a close • 297 rooms & suites • SPA: The 3200m2 Spa Village offers an extensive selection of wellness and proximity to a natural coral reef. The first venture of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in facial treatments, incorporating philosophies of Traditional Chinese China extends the Group’s successful lifestyle retreat concept, designed for seasoned Therapies, Thai methodology and Aromatherapy international travellers in search of tranquillity, serenity, and the utmost in relaxation. • KIDS: Open daily from 9am – 6pm, the MoMo Kids Club offers supervised activities and junior menus • Facilities include three outdoor pools situated by the sea • An eclectic choice of contemporary cuisine and fine beverages are served at eleven unique restaurants and bars including an all-day dining restaurant, seafood restaurant and Cantonese restaurant • A Wine Cellar features an extensive wine list, with 200 wine labels and a display of over 2500 wine bottles • The Cigar Divan is for connoisseurs, with a premium selection of cigars from around the world Elegant Opinion “Experience authentic Chinese kung fu with a Shaolin Master in this stunning PRICES: 3 nights from £345 per person (8 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a private and secluded bay.” Terrace Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sanya Phoenix Airport – 25 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW The Ritz Carlton Sanya Sanya Successfully merging Asian graciousness with Western modernity The Ritz Carlton Sanya Elegant Facts takes its inspiration from the classic design of Beijing’s Summer Palace, complete with high • 450 rooms, suites & villas • SPA: The ESPA spa is the largest in the region pitched ceilings, dark woods and intricate carvings. Choose from Pool Villas each serviced • KIDS: Ritz Kids® Club by their own private butler; Club Rooms and all-day dining in the Club Lounge or Lagoon • Eight dining outlets Rooms with steps directly into one of the resort’s lagoon pools. • Facilities include four swimming pools, a fitness centre and tennis courts • Check out the designer brands: Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Paul & Shark and Zegna, in the stylish arcade • Pick up tips from the ‘romanceologist’ and impress your beloved or simply say ‘I do’ at the only oceanfront wedding chapel in Sanya Elegant Opinion “Distance yourself from worldly concerns and discover The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, a luxury hotel where majestic mountains share the landscape with miles of secluded beaches, rainforests and the pristine South China Sea.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, PRICES: 3 nights from £450 per person (2 Jan-31 Mar & 1 Nov-20 Dec 10) & from £375 (1 Apr-31 please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sanya Phoenix Airport – 40 minutes. 74 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 71. CHINA Yangzi River Cruise No trip to China would be complete without an adventure on the Yangzi River... As China’s only five-star cruiser, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers a range of spacious, beautifully appointed cabins and suites that set it apart from any other. Each has its own balcony from which to enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the spectacular Three Gorges region. The views are complemented by attentive service; shore 1 2 excursions with knowledgeable guides; innovative à la carte menus showcasing Chinese and Continental cuisine, and an array of on-board programmes that include Main image 1 Spa – Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer A gorge on the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’s route 2 Celestial Suite bedroom – calligraphy, silk embroidery and T’ai Chi classes. Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer A cruise on the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer takes in Chongquing, the gateway to the THREE NIGHTS DOWNSTREAM: FOUR NIGHTS UPSTREAM: southwest frontier of China; the ancient river town of Wanzhou; the shortest and Departs Thursday, arrives Sunday Departs Sunday, arrives Thursday narrowest of the Three Gorges, the Qutang Gorge, known for its towering cliffs; the Day 1: Day 1: Wu Gorge, where, according to legend, the celestial being Yao Ji and her twelve Chongquing. Yichang. attendants loved the area so much they were transformed into the graceful peaks Day 2: Day 2: along the river; and the longest of the gorges, the Xiling Gorge, an enchanting Wanzhou. Xiling Gorge (passing through the passage that marks the start or end of your cruise. Three Gorges Dam Shiplock)/The Three Day 3: Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge/Shennong Gorges Dam. Stream/Xiling Gorge. Day 3: Elegant Cruising Brochure 2010 Day 4: Shennong Stream/Wu Gorge/ Brand new for 2010, our Elegant Cruising Brochure showcases a host of luxury cruise The Three Gorges Dam/Yichang. Qutang Gorge. options covering the globe. Available from November 2009, to pre-order a personal copy Day 4: please call 01244 897 200. Yangzi River: Downstream Wanzhou. Alternatively, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 3 nights from £880 p.p. Day 5: Chongquing. Yangzi River: Upstream 4 nights from £880 p.p. Prices are based on two adults sharing and include daily meals with drinks (house wine, local beer and bottled water), transfers and entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing. Flights and transfers extra. For more information, or to make a booking, please call our Travel Consultants. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 75
  • 72. Australasia Australia South Pacific NEW New Zealand Australasia Combinations If you think the journey to Australia or New Zealand might be too long, especially if you’re travelling with your family, why not consider stopping en route (before or after your main destination)? The cities of the Orient – Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong – are perfect stop-over choices and can make a great additional aspect to your holiday for their shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Alternatively, the movie star lifestyle of Los Angeles offers a complete contrast to the wide open spaces of New Zealand or the Fijian beach resorts... We’d be happy to create a personal itinerary that’s as simple or as detailed as you require, simply call 01244 897 555 and speak to one of our Travel Consultants.
  • 73. Australia Australia is one of those places on earth that will instantly transport you from the familiar, into an entirely new and wonderfully compelling experience, whether that’s climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, watching the sunrise over Uluru, or a helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef… _ A trip to Australia isn’t complete without spending at least a few days in the vibrant city of Sydney with its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.The list of things to do could go on and on: visit the historic Rocks (home to the first immigrants), enjoy fish and chips alongside Darling Harbour, stroll through the stunning botanical gardens, relax on sweeping Manly Beach or take a harbour cruise alongside the city’s million dollar homes. Not far from the city you can visit the Hunter Valley famous for its wine, and take lunch in one of the vineyards. Melbourne at the southernmost tip of the country, is an incredible ‘lifestyle’ city and passionate about food and wine. It also has a fabulous arts scene with a non-stop programme of festivals, art exhibitions and musical extravaganzas. Outside of Melbourne, visit the Little Penguins on Phillip Island, explore the Yarra Valley, and pan for gold at Sovereign Hill. The Blue Mountains, (which are easily accessible from Sydney) are so-called due to the ‘blue’ haze given off by the native Eucalyptus trees. In this area, the Jamieson Valley is an excellent place to take a guided bush walk amongst the gum trees, canyons, waterfalls and Aboriginal sites such as The Three Sisters rock formation. You can also visit the Jenolan Caves, and if you time it right you may be lucky enough to catch a concert in the ‘Cathedral Cave’. Treat yourself to some time out and meander along the boardwalks, carefully laid on the rainforest floor. The world-famous rock formation, Uluru in the ‘Red Centre’ of the Australian Outback, along with _ the neighbouring Olgas, are both of deep cultural and spiritual significance to the Aboriginal People, and set the backdrop for some truly unique experiences. Learn about the surrounding Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from its indigenous landowners, enjoy a guided walk culminating in _ a bushman’s breakfast of billy tea and damper on a private sand dune, walk to Uluru pre sunset _ and prepare to watch – glass of Champagne in hand – as it appears to change colours before your eyes, or enjoy a sumptuous dinner beneath the twinkling stars of the ‘Milky Way’. The Gold Coast consists of fifty-seven kilometres of coastline and is an adventurer’s paradise, with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia, golf courses and theme parks, plus its hinterland region which includes Lamington National Park and the Tambourine Mountains. There are naturally plenty of outdoor pursuits to enjoy including horse-riding, hot-air ballooning, hang- gliding, 4WD safaris and abseiling. In the Great Barrier Reef – which spans an incredible 1660m – you can enjoy all things marine. Snorkel amongst the brightly coloured fish, go paddle skiing, venture out on a motorised dinghy, hop on a glass bottom boat excursion, speed across the ocean by catamaran to the outer reef, and much more. Do also pay a visit to one of the idyllic Whitsunday Islands (we feature Hamilton Island) which are still relatively undiscovered. If it’s whale-watching that you’d like to try, Byron Bay offers excellent land-based opportunities, and dolphins, turtles and mantra rays are regular visitors. Explore more the rainforest and its inhabitants and savour some of the world’s most rare and tropical fruits which grow in plenty due to the favourable climate. When it comes to good quality food, Kangaroo Island’s produce will not disappoint the gourmet connoisseur who can indulge in everything from wine and excellent cheeses to fresh oysters and lobster. The island itself is picturesque: think seaside cottages and cliff-top cabins; plus it’s home to a colony of Sea Lions – and not much else, resulting in a wildly serene retreat. 78 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 75. Australia Rock to Reef Itinerary Visit some of Australia’s most iconic natural monuments including Uluru, islands off the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains … _ Day 1: Perth Day 13: Sydney Perth: 3 nights The Richardson Hotel & Spa. Perth quite literally is the sunshine state, Transfer to Sydney: 3 nights The Observatory Hotel, Sydney. This vibrant city is built having more hours of sunshine per year than any other state in Australia. Here you can around one of the most spectacular harbours in the world. There’s plenty to see and enjoy gardens, parks and reserves; and take trips to the wineries in the beautiful do whilst you’re here – shop at Darling Harbour and in the Rocks District, visit the Margaret River region or visit Monkey Mia to experience dolphins in the wild. Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Park Zoo and enjoy dinner and a performance at the Day 4: Adelaide Sydney Opera House. Transfer to Adelaide: 2 nights Voyages Longitude 131º. Uluru is one of Australia’s most _ Day 13: Flight home. beautiful and remarkable landmarks. During your stay here, you can really immerse yourself in the mystery and spirituality of this sacred desert region, visiting the Uluru _ Cultural Centre, even enjoying a gourmet dinner under the stars. Day 6: Kangaroo Island Transfer to Kangaroo Island: 2 nights Southern Ocean Lodge. Kangaroo Island possesses a rich and diverse collection of flora and fauna seldom found anywhere else. Whilst here enjoy beach fishing, star-gazing, coastal trekking, mountain-biking and a nocturnal tour of the lodge’s grounds. Day 8: Cairns Transfer to Cairns; 3 nights Voyages Lizard Island. The farthest island north of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island was named by Captain James Cook after the numerous lizards he encountered. Snorkelling, island walks and nature trails, tennis and fishing are just some of the activities you can enjoy during your stay here. Vineyard Day 11: Blue Mountains Transfer to the Blue Mountains: 2 nights Lillianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa. A fine, mist oil is given off by the eucalyptus trees causing the blue haze that gives the Rock to Reef Itinerary: 15 nights from £8395 per person Blue Mountains their name. Enjoy a bush walk, taking in the dramatic gorges and gum Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals and private transfers trees of the area or visit the Jenolan Caves – the world’s oldest known open caves; throughout. Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced underground you can experience any of the nine spectacular show caves with their according to your preferences which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the amazing formations, rivers and pools. time of booking. Travel Facts GMT: + 8 to 10 hours. Domestic Airport Flying Time: From Heathrow to Sydney, 21 hours 50 minutes. Connecting flight to Cairns, 3 hours. From Heathrow to Adelaide, 24 hours. International Airport Great Barrier Flight Information: British Airways and Qantas from Heathrow (via Singapore or Bangkok) to Reef Sydney, with onward connections across Australia with Qantas; Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow; Singapore Airlines from Heathrow & Manchester: and Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Port Douglas Northern • Cairns Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle & Glasgow. Territory •Whitsundays Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £1575 (British Airways) per person, each way. More details appear on pages 12-13. Queensland Australia Weather: Summer falls from November to March. The Cairns region has a tropical climate – Uluru _ Brisbane January to March is very hot, with heavy tropical showers. Gold Coast • Byron Bay South Health/Visas: Visas are required, please see page 113 or visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to- Australia New South Wales date information. Perth Adelaide Blue Mountains • Sydney Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be Kangaroo Island • advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate Southern Ocean variations etc. Melbourne Pacific Ocean NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. These itineraries are only examples of the holiday experiences we can create for you. Feel free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 555 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. 80 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 76. AUSTRALIA Feel free to call our Travel Consultants who would be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary specially for you Blue Mountains, Wolgan Valley Coast to Coast Itinerary This itinerary takes in vibrant cities and outstanding coastlines; presenting some great opportunities to experience the best of Australia’s relaxed lifestyle… Day 1: Melbourne Melbourne: 3 nights Park Hyatt Melbourne. Use the next couple of days to explore the city’s parks, gardens and museums; take an excursion to Phillip Island for the Fairy Penguin Parade; treat yourself to lunch and enjoy some great local wine in the nearby Yarra Valley wine district; or opt for a full day out on the Great Ocean Road tour and see the Twelve Apostles. Day 4: Whitsundays Transfer to Hamilton Island: 3 nights Qualia, the Whitsundays. Slow down to a leisurely pace and do as much or as little as you’d like: bushwalking, snorkelling, cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, scuba-diving are all available or relax in Spa Qualia. Day 9: Byron Bay Transfer to Byron Bay: 3 nights The Byron at Byron Resoret & Spa. This is one of Australia’s best land-based whale-watching points and is also home to many resident artists – Nimbin Village shouldn’t be missed for its psychedelic street façades and colourful locals. You can also visit Tropical Fruit World and taste some rare, tropical fruits. Day 12: Blue Mountains Drop your car off and transfer to Wolgan Valley: 2 nights Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. Situated in the Blue Mountains, Wolgan Valley is a great place to experience Australia’s wildlife – take a nature walk or a guided Aboriginal tour; head back to the resort and relax in the Timeless Spa, then after dinner enjoy some star-gazing. Day 14: Sydney Transfer to Sydney: 3 nights Park Hyatt, Sydney. There’s plenty to do in Australia’s oldest and largest settlement. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for panoramic views, take a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, enjoy an art exhibition, visit a museum even spend a day exploring the Hunter Valley region and sample some local wines. Coast to Coast Itinerary: 15 nights from £6195 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 81
  • 77. AUSTRALIA Park Hyatt Sydney Sydney On one side the soaring arch of the Harbour Bridge, on the other, the spiky silhouette of the Prices per person in a City/Harbour View Room, Opera House, and in front, the vast expanse of Sydney Harbour itself. Can there be a more meals extra, from: memorable city hotel setting than that of the Park Hyatt Sydney? Every one of the stylish Depart 2 nights Extra nights guest rooms comes complete with butler service and is light and airy which may have 5 Jan-31 Mar 10 £435 £195 something to do with the floor-to-ceiling windows – all the better to admire the view. And 1 Apr-30 Sep 10 £330 £145 with such a great location in the historic Rocks District, also comes the convenience of 1 Oct-20 Dec 10 £435 £195 having the city’s central business, cultural and shopping districts and restaurants right on Flights & transfers available on request. your doorstep. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sydney Airport – 30 minutes. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Opera View Room Elegant Facts £30, City/Harbour Deluxe Room £70 to £105, Opera Deluxe Room • 158 rooms & suites £95 & Premier Suite £230. • SPA: The Iluka Spa offers an extensive range of Jurlique treatments that tap into western and eastern spa philosophies • KIDS: There are limited facilities for youngsters, however they are warmly welcomed and babysitters can be arranged • Facilities include a rooftop terrace with sun deck, heated pool, Jacuzzi and a 24-hour gym • Modern Australian cuisine blended with Mediterranean flavours is served in the main restaurant, complemented by an extensive wine cellar • Locations don’t come better than the Park Hyatt Sydney with its utterly perfect position and awe-inspiring views • Indulge in afternoon tea in style, with a monthly Pret a Portea event where guests can relax with a Champagne high tea and a fashion show by a leading Australian or luxury designer – plus there are gift bags to take home Elegant Opinion “True harbour-side dining is experienced at harbourkitchen&bar where you can almost reach out and touch the Opera House and listen to the water lapping underneath the boardwalk.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 82 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 78. AUSTRALIA The Observatory Hotel Sydney The first Orient-Express Hotel in the Pacific Rim area, with signature Orient-Express-style Elegant Facts touches including beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, charming views of • 100 rooms & suites • SPA: Attracting the local elite, The Observatory Hotel Day Spa is one of the Observatory Hill, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour sunsets, and outstanding cuisine. With its best in Sydney and offers a range of treatments by La Prairie and Payot superb location close to Sydney Harbour, the hotel is the perfect base to explore Australia’s • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, most vibrant city. payable locally • Exclusive health and leisure club • Cuisine with French and Japanese influences • Famed for its high levels of service, the hotel’s concierge team are happy to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a truly special stay • The hotel offers great value for money thanks to its luxurious surroundings and world-class service Elegant Opinion “See the best view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the top of Observatory Hill, whilst enjoying a gourmet picnic.” PRICES: 2 nights from £215 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, Deluxe City View Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sydney Airport – 30 minutes. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, near Sydney Undoubtedly one of Australia’s classics, this historical resort is set on an incredible two acres Elegant Facts of manicured gardens, just a two hour drive from Sydney. This Five-Star European-style • 85 rooms & suites • SPA: The private Blue Mountains Spa Retreat books up quickly and without house retains its reputation as a haven of relaxation through individually designed Double, reservations you may be disappointed, however its range of treatments is Attic and One-Bedroom Suites blending Victorian heritage with contemporary touches – simply fabulous marble bathrooms and of course, breathtaking mountain panoramas. • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally • Facilities include tennis and a gym • Two excellent restaurants • Its cliff top location allows guests to watch the ultimate sunset with the sandstone rocks of the Jamieson Valley lit by spectacular colours • A proud holder of a coveted Chef’s Hat, the divine Darley’s Restaurant boasts stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers, and an ambience second only to the mouthwatering modern Australian cuisine served Elegant Opinion “Enjoy a ‘Rendezvous with Kangaroos’, which includes breakfast while providing guests a unique way to experience Australia’s flora and fauna.” PRICES: 2 nights from £275 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sydney Airport – 2 hours. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 83
  • 79. AUSTRALIA NEW Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa Blue Mountains Emirates Hotels and Resorts’ most recent opening, Wolgan Valley, was inspired by the Elegant Facts acclaimed Al Maha Resort & Spa in Dubai, and is themed on an Australian homestead. Set • 40 suites • SPA: The Timeless Spa offers therapies based on Rasool and Ayurveda, as within a private 4000-acre conservation and wildlife reserve, the exclusive resort has just well as Middle Eastern and South Eastern traditions forty free-standing suites, each with a private outdoor deck, garden courtyard and swimming • KIDS: The resort is recommended for children aged 8 years old and over, pool, binoculars, two mountain bikes and modern conveniences. who will appreciate a host of nature activities • Steam rooms, swimming pool, fully-equipped gymnasium and tennis courts • Two dining venues offer meals and snacks throughout the day, there is a private dining room for ten guests, or in-suite dining 24-hours a day • Aboriginal interpretive tours, nature walks, wildlife safaris and horse-riding trips, with two selected activities per day included in the rate • Sydney, with its iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, is a three-hour drive away Elegant Opinion “Contrast the luxury of the resort with a stroll down to the restored 1832 heritage homestead for a glimpse of the life the early Australian settlers carved out of the wilderness.” PRICES: 2 nights from £1125 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Heritage Suite, including full board. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Sydney Airport – 3 hours. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Longitude 131˚ Uluru – Longitude 131°, a luxury wilderness camp in the heart of the Red Centre is a romantic, eco- Elegant Facts sensitive resort with just fifteen elevated tents – their sweeping canopies topping an isolated • 15 tents • SPA: Not available sand dune. Each morning, watch the sun set Uluru alight, come evening, drift off in the silent _ • KIDS: Children under 12 years old are not catered for at the hotel desert under constellations brimming with tales of Anangu Aborigines. And each day, take • Unrivalled location overlooking Uluru _ the road less travelled and immerse yourself in the mystery of this uniquely powerful place. • Unique choice of excursions • Convivial dining under the stars • Dine under a glittering canopy of stars and enjoy an unforgettable gourmet three-course meal with your fellow travellers, or indulge in more intimate private dining • The individually-designed tents are so palatial that they create the illusion of camping whilst surrounding guests with supreme luxury • The exclusively designed tours are seasonal and subject to sunrise and sunset times; bespoke itineraries can also be arranged Elegant Opinion “Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, immerse yourself in the magnificient Australian wilderness.” PRICES: 2 nights from £1165 per person (6 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Luxury Tent, all-inclusive. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Ayers Rock Airport – 20 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 84 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 80. AUSTRALIA Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Palazzo Versace has been recognised as Australia’s most luxurious designer hotel. The hotel Elegant Facts rooms are stylish, with the signature Versace design elements evident on all walls and • 205 rooms & suites • SPA: State-of-the-art spa furnishings; and guests can immerse themselves in total relaxation in their private dual spas. • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, Overlooking the Gold Coast Broadwater and private marina, staying here is a unique, payable locally sophisticated and unforgettable five-star experience. • Golf, tennis and surfing • Three restaurants • The proud recipient of two stars from the ‘Food and Wine Guide 2008’, and one hat from the ‘Good Food Guide 2008’, Vanitas is the place to eat • Like the Versace brand, the hotel epitomises luxury – from its architectural Renaissance splendour to the world-class service from a team of highly trained, yet impeccably discreet staff • Palazzo Versace is also home to a divine Versace boutique, so be prepared to melt your credit card Elegant Opinion “Palazzo Versace is perfect for the haute couture fashion holiday experience.” PRICES: 2 nights from £290 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Superior Room, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Brisbane Airport – 1 hour. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa Byron Bay This 45-acre resort has been planned and designed to sit beautifully in harmony with the Elegant Facts local environment whilst providing guests with the ultimate luxurious, relaxing and • 92 eco-friendly suites • SPA: Spa and Wellness Centre rejuvenating holiday. A short stroll across the boardwalk, leads you to the breathtakingly • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, beautiful Tallow Beach where the Byron’s spa is a haven of tranquillity, and provides a range payable locally of luxurious pampering treatments whilst drawing inspiration from the local surroundings. • 25m infinity pool, poolside sauna, tennis court, gymnasium and mini-library • One restaurant offering contemporary dining alfresco • Guests can start the day with complimentary daily yoga classes held on the spa deck and overlooking the beautiful rainforest • Suites appear to be floating amongst the luscious greenery, the covered balconies offer superb views whilst protecting guests from insects • Although some may not like the hotel’s distance from the elegant and bustling Byron Bay, the short drive does mean that the resort remains private and secluded Elegant Opinion “Join the chef for a complimentary tour of the Byron Bay Farmers Market, each Thursday morning.” PRICES: 2 nights from £225 per person (5 Jan-8 Apr & 14 Apr-20 Dec 10) & from £345 (9-13 Apr 10). Price based on two adults sharing a One Bedroom Superior Suite, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Ballina Byron Airport – 25 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 85
  • 81. AUSTRALIA Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef Its breathtaking location right on the Great Barrier Reef, and its twenty-four powdery white Elegant Facts beaches, fringed with colourful coral reefs, means LIzard Island is fabulous for snorkelling • 40 rooms & suites • SPA: Luxurious Azure Spa and diving right off the white sands. There is a choice of villas, open-plan suites or the • KIDS: Children under 13 years of age are not catered for ultimate pavilion either set high on Sunset Ridge amongst native eucalyptus bushland • Well-equipped gym, diving and tennis providing incredible sea views, or in a sweeping arc along the beach. • Gourmet cuisine in the main restaurant • Osprey’s restaurant’s incredible views along the seascape and divine fresh seafood and local produce ensures an amazing dining experience • The location allows beginners and the more experienced the opportunity to dive and snorkel in some of the most beautiful marine locations in the world Elegant Opinion “An idyllic retreat right on the Great Barrier Reef offering sensational diving, snorkelling, sailing, and indulgent spa treatments, this is Australia’s premier island resort.” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, PRICES: 2 nights from £985 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing an please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Anchor Bay Room, all-inclusive. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cairns Airport – 1 hour domestic flight transfer. Bedarra Island Great Barrier Reef Sixteen secluded villas, with floor-to-ceiling windows lie hidden amidst a million-year-old Elegant Facts rainforest, just minutes from the beach and spectacular sea views. Timber and glass • 16 villas & suites • SPA: Enjoy selected spa treatments combine in contemporary designs that bring the outside in, throughout the separate living • KIDS: Children under 13 years of age are not catered for area, bedroom and bathroom. The dining here is simply exquisite; flawless service and a new • Leisure facilities include a pool and two beaches menu every day means you’ll always be tempted by the superb choice. • Gourmet cuisine is served on the terrace • An indulgent tropical private haven • Bathe in your own private plunge pool while enjoying spectacular views over Wedgerock Bay (Point Suites and Pavilions only), or lounge in a luxury hammock and listen to the sounds of the ocean breaking on the beach just in front of you • Collect one of the resort’s mouthwatering picnics and take it with you on a complimentary motorised dinghy to find your own deserted piece of paradise Elegant Opinion “When you simply don’t wish to be found, there is no better place to disappear to than Bedarra Island.” PRICES: 2 nights from £985 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Hillside Villa, all-inclusive. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cairns Airport – 45-minute domestic flight & 20-minute please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk boat transfer. 86 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 82. AUSTRALIA Qualia Hamilton Island Located on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, this elegant retreat Elegant Facts is a symphony of natural timber, stone and glass. The resort offers guests a unique sense of • 60 spacious One Bedroom Freestanding Pavilions & Two Bedroom Beach Houses openness and harmony. Each Pavilion boasts its own private sun deck or plunge pool, so • SPA: Spa Qualia offers a range of local and international treatments guests can relax in the shade of the native eucalyptus trees and take in the spectacular views • KIDS: The resort only caters for guests aged 18 years old and over which of neighbouring tropical islands and unusual wildlife. means most are couples or small groups of friends • Two swimming pools, well-stocked library and fitness centre • Two bars and restaurants including a private dining room • Indulge in an upgrade to a one bedroom Beach House and enjoy a ten person dining area, barbecue, heavenly full-sized swimming pool and a separate guesthouse • Guests may see wildlife such as sea eagles, ospreys, dugongs, turtles and, in the winter season, even migrating Humpback Whales Elegant Opinion “Qualia His & Her – enjoy a round of golf at the new Hamilton Island Golf Club then unwind together at Spa Qualia with the signature treatment ‘wine lovers’.” PRICES: 2 nights from £845 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Leeward Pavilion, including full board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Hamilton Airport – 10 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW Peppers Balé Resort Port Douglas Inspired by the pavilion accommodation found in South East Asia, each of the low rise, open- Elegant Facts plan villas are fully self-contained featuring private plunge pools, poolside pavilions with day • 16 villas • SPA: Massages and treatments at the day spa utilise the aromatic properties beds, internal and external spaces throughout, a full kitchen, lounge and dining facilities. If of natural ingredients to melt away the stress of daily life leaving you feeling you can leave the privacy of your own private sanctuary you’ll find the resort offers a day spa, rejuvenated and refreshed pool, fine dining restaurant and all sorts of personalised excursions. • KIDS: Children welcome • Swimming pool, fully-equipped fitness centre, club lounge and yoga pavilion • Sassi at Balé offers a fine dining experience on exquisite gourmet creations made from fresh regional produce • Private helicopter rides, guided walks or trips to the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest can all be arranged Elegant Opinion “The way of life in Port Douglas is every bit as captivating as the natural environment. Taking a stroll, you can sample a variety of cafés, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Alternatively, world-class golf, game fishing, diving and sailing can be enjoyed at this uniquely indulgent holiday destination.” PRICES: 2 nights from £540 per person (5 Jan-30 Jun & 1 Nov-20 Dec 10) & from £640 (1 Jul-31 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a One Bedroom Sanctuary, meals extra. Flights & transfers For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, available on request. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Cairns Airport – 1 hour. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 87
  • 83. AUSTRALIA Park Hyatt Melbourne Melbourne Resembling stately 18th century townhouses, the two buildings owned by the hotel are Elegant Facts located in one of Melbourne’s most historic areas. The lobby is a crescendo of lavish marble • 240 guest rooms including 24 suites and the opulent Presidential Suite • SPA: Enjoy a quintessential pampering experience at the Park Club Health flooring, stunning contemporary artwork and superior staff service, which makes check-in a and Day Spa and choose from a variety of tempting treatments divine experience for even the most travel-weary guest. This opulence carries through to the • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, fabulous accommodation, with each room boasting luxurious furnishings and superb views. payable locally • Fitness Centre and 25m indoor swimming pool • Radii Restaurant and Bar, and Tea Lounge • The Radii Restaurant and Bar is famed in Melbourne circles for its creative and contemporary cuisine, and serves remarkable regional flavoured Australian fare • If you’re hiring a car, do budget for parking which – as with many cities worldwide – is very expensive, albeit extremely convenient Elegant Opinion “Relax, luxuriate, be pampered. Spoil yourself with a decadent stay in Melbourne’s leading luxury hotel.” PRICES: 2 nights from £225 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Park Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Melbourne Airport – 40 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk NEW The Richardson Hotel & Spa Perth This luxury boutique hotel is just a short walk from Kings Park, the new Perth Convention Elegant Facts Centre and the Central Business District. Guest rooms, which include six Penthouse Suites • 74 rooms & suites • SPA: The spa offers treatments designed by ESPA which include therapies on the eighth floor, are some of the most spacious in the city, contemporary and richly for men, facials and body wraps decorated, with Australian hardwoods used for a luxurious finish. Each has a television and • KIDS: Children welcome entertainment system, and most have a balcony. • Indoor heated swimming pool, poolside garden, sauna and gymnasium • The glamorous restaurant serves inventive cuisine with French, Oriental and Australian influences • There is a private dining room for fourteen guests, whilst The Conservatory can take a larger private function • Some great surfing, incredible beaches, Rottnest Island and Freemantle Market are within easy reach, whilst highlights further afield include the Margaret River gourmet trail and The Pinnacles Elegant Opinion “The Richardson’s superb facilities, state-of-the-art technology and attentive staff provide all the luxuries one would expect of a hotel that prides itself in making each visit an enjoyable and memorable experience.” PRICES: 2 nights from £275 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Classic Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Perth Airport – 25 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 88 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 84. AUSTRALIA Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island Southern Ocean Lodge is a sensitive and sophisticated sanctuary of comfort and style. Prices per person in a Flinders Suite, all-inclusive, from: Twenty-one luxe lodges are situated atop a stretch of secluded cliffs and command Depart 2 nights Extra nights spectacular views of the pounding Southern Ocean surf and the dramatic landscapes of the 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £595 £280 Flinders Chase, Cape Bouger and Kelly Hill National Parks. When you stay here you can feel as if there’s no one around for miles. Interiors are calming while the striking glass walls, Flights & transfers available on request. sunken lounges and outside terraces merge into the natural wilderness of the bush to give TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Kingscote Airport – 50 minutes. guests awe-inspiring views with a sense of peace and seclusion. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Ocean Retreat £55, Remarkable Suite £140 & Osprey Pavilion £250. Elegant Facts • 21 luxury lodges • SPA: Private Southern Ocean Lodge Spa • KIDS: The lodge welcomes children of six years old and over • Signature itinerary of guided excursions exploring Kangaroo Island • Stylish restaurant and bar • Upgrade to the premium Osprey Pavilion for a unique experience with its curved 120m2 floor plan, sunken lounge and open fireplace, as well as spacious outdoor terrace and private plunge pool • Wildlife lovers will adore the organised excursions to see New Zealand fur seals, koalas, kangaroos, Australian sea lions, ospreys, echidnas and other species in their natural habitat • Although unlikely to appeal to those seeking high adventure, Southern Ocean Lodge offers the epitome of peace and seclusion Elegant Opinion “So many guests have seen images of the Lodge before they arrive – but walking through the doors and seeing the vast sweep of the Southern Ocean before them never fails to inspire awe!” For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 89
  • 85. New Zealand It’s hard not to be passionate about New Zealand – there’s its spectacular scenery, the likes of which is generally seen in the pages of a National Geographic magazine, exceptional food and wine, an entire Maori culture to absorb and of course the genuinely welcoming Kiwi’s themselves… When visiting New Zealand we recommend that you visit both islands – the contrast is striking. The more populated North Island has the pick of the beaches and is home to the lunar landscape of Tongariro National Park, Wellington’s café culture, the steaming geysers around Rotorua, and a much stronger Maori influence. Its more rural neighbour has a wonderful remoteness with sweeping mountain ranges, isolated farming communities, a rugged coastline, magical fiordland and the pick of the wildlife. Although it’s not actually New Zealand’s capital, Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ certainly feels like it. Home to the country’s largest urban population, the city sprawls as far as the eye can see and its cosmopolitan feel, great waterfront and lively bars and restaurants have drawn some comparisons with Sydney. The ocean (particularly in parts of South Island) throws up an astonishing amount of wildlife. Animal enthusiasts can dolphin or whale-watch in Kaikoura, stumble across sea lions playing on the Otago Peninsula and even search for the rare yellow-eyed penguin. On the opposite coast bottlenose dolphins glide through the wildly remote Doubtful Sound, seal pups play amidst the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound and little blue penguins come in from a day’s fishing to Stewart Island. Sailing is a real passion here and windsurfing, kite-surfing and surfing are also popular, but many of the beaches along New Zealand’s coast are perfect just for walking, swimming and picnicking. As ‘Lord of the Rings’ illustrated, New Zealand’s natural appeal isn’t just confined to the coast. From sea level the land climbs an impressive 3755 metres to its crowning glory – Mount Cook. On a clear day visitors can marvel at views of its snowy peak, photograph mirror images in Lake Matheson and take scenic flights over this part of the southern alps. Other mountainous regions include Glenorchy, Mount Aspiring National Park, Mount Taranaki and Tongariro National Park. Throughout the country you’ll find different culinary styles, exotic influences and vibrant flavours all made from fresh produce. As expected the seafood is hard to beat – tender yellow-finned tuna, huge green-lipped mussels, scallops and oysters but non fish-lovers will not go hungry. Lamb and beef are accompanied by seasonal delights such as asparagus and kumara or olives and aubergine, and of course award-winning wines. If you get the chance, do try a hangi, the traditional Maori meal cooked in an earth oven. You’ll find plenty of excellent wineries such as Blenheim and Nelson in the Hawke’s Bay area, serving delicious sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs amongst other labels gaining international acclaim. Maori culture, such as the hangi, is omnipresent in North Island (less so in South Island) and belies the suggestion that New Zealand has no history or culture. Maori history and culture is an integral part of what New Zealand is today, and visitors should take time to delve into what lies behind this unique race. The Maori influence is felt most clearly in and around the steaming mud-bubbling town of Rotorua. 90 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 87. New Zealand New Zealand Lodges Itinerary From the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand’s largest lake, taking in some of the country’s Maori and vini – cultures ensures you get to experience some of New Zealand’s highlights … Day 1: Auckland Day 10: Blenheim Arrive Auckland: Overnight Mollies. Auckland has one of the world’s most beautiful Drive to Wellington: 2 nights Timara Lodge. Blenheim is the heart of the wine region, harbours and is often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’ – head to Skytower for some home to the Cloudy Bay and Hunters wine estates amongst others. magnificent views of the city, surrounding bays and beaches. Day 12: Christchurch Day 2: Bay of Islands Drive to Christchurch: Overnight Otahuna Lodge. This ‘little hill amongst the hills’ is a Pick up a rental vehicle and drive to Bay of Islands: 2 nights Kauri Cliffs. Spend the delightful place to contemplate what has been and what is yet to come. day on one of Kauri Cliffs three beaches, enjoy a spa treatment or swim with dolphins. If you prefer something energetic there’s horse-riding, fishing and nature bush walks. Day 13: Queenstown Transfer to Queenstown, pick up a rental vehicle: Overnight Eichardt’s Private Hotel. Day 4: Taupo The surreal landscape here formed the perfect location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Fly to Rotorua, pick up a rental vehicle: 2 nights Huka Lodge, Taupo. Whilst here visit the spectacular Huka Falls or Craters of the Moon and Orakei Korako thermal reserves; Day 14: Glenorchy take a boat ride to see the sacred Maori rock carvings or enjoy a round of golf on the Drive to Glenorchy: 3 nights Blanket Bay. Enjoy a jet boat ride across the Dart River or Wairakei International course. a hike through nearby Routeburn National Park. Alternatively relax in the lodge’s steam rooms and spa. Day 6: Hawke’s Bay Drive to Hawke’s Bay: 2 nights The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Here is some of New Day 17: Drive to Queenstown; transfer to Auckland: Flight home. Zealand’s most dramatic coastline. Popular beaches include Waimarama and Ocean beaches – Waimarama has a strong rip current making it popular with surfers. New Zealand Lodges Itinerary: Day 8: Palliser Bay 16 nights from £9885 per person Drive to Palliser Bay: 2 nights Wharekauhau Country Estate. A working sheep station Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals, car hire and private transfers. comprising 5000 acres of forests, lakes, mountains, bush and open country, as well as Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced according to sixteen miles of dramatic coastline, this is the perfect place to relax. your preferences which can be discussed with our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. Travel Facts GMT: +12 hours. Flying Time: From Heathrow to Christchurch 23 hours 25 minutes, Auckland 23 hours Bay of Islands 30 minutes. Tasman Sea Flight Information: British Airways and Qantas from Heathrow to Auckland and Christchurch Auckland (via Sydney); Singapore Airlines from Heathrow and Manchester (via Singapore); Air New Zealand from Heathrow (via Hong Kong). Rotorua Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £1640 (British Airways) per person, each Taupo way. More details appear on pages 12-13. North New Zealand Island Hawke’s Bay Weather: The climate is the opposite of that in the Northern Hemisphere, making New Zealand’s warmer months from October to April and cooler months from May to September. Its climate is Nelson Wellington generally mild, benefiting from long hours of sunshine. Blenheim Domestic Airport Palliser Bay Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date resort information. South Pricing: All prices shown exclude flights and transfers unless otherwise stated. Please be International Airport Island Waipara Christchurch advised that prices are for guidance only and are subject to change, availability, exchange rate variations etc. Glenorchy South Pacific Ocean Queenstown Dunedin NB: All hotels and excursions can be made to suit your tastes and interests. These itineraries are only examples of the holiday experiences we can create for you. Feel free to call our Concierge on 01244 897 555 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. 92 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 88. NEW ZEALAND Feel free to call our Travel Consultants who would be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary specially for you New Zealand Country House Itinerary This suggested itinerary takes in some of New Zealand’s finest natural elements: vineyards, National Parks, a working farm and a dash of the historical… Day 1: Auckland Arrive Auckland: Overnight Hotel De Brett. The House Bar has become one of Auckland’s premier meeting places and it’s a great place to unwind after your flight over a chilled glass of New Zealand’s finest in anticipation of the days ahead. Day 2: Bay of Islands Pick up a rental vehicle and drive to Bay of Islands: 2 nights The Cavalli Beach House Retreat. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the New Zealand Maori and the British Crown. Day 4: Rotorua Transfer to Rotorua and pick up a rental vehicle: 2 nights Kawaha Point Lodge. Enjoy a dip in the thermal spas at the Polynesia Spa; visit the buried village of Te Waiora; perhaps find a unique souvenir at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Day 6: Hawke’s Bay Drive to Hawke’s Bay: 2 nights Greenhill Lodge. Hawke’s Bay has produced some of the finest wines in the country, so a visit to the vineyards of the region is a must. You might also like to wander around Napier’s Art Deco district or drive up Te Mata Peak for some stunning views. Day 8: Nelson Transfer to Nelson and pick up a rental vehicle: 2 nights Eden House. Nelson’s artisans settled here, drawn by the landscape of mountains, valleys and unspoilt shores of the Abel Tasman National Park. Day 10: Waipara Drive to Waipara: 2 nights Claremont Country Estate. If you get time en route, stop off at Kaikoura and enjoy a whale-watching excursion. Claremont Estate is a working farm, breeding deer and sheep – it’s worth a tour of the property to see how it’s done. Day 12: Christchurch Drive to Christchurch: 2 nights 36 Chester Street West. Located in a quiet street in the heart of the Garden City No. 36 is just a five-minute walk from Christchurch’s attractions that include a huge range of restaurants and shops and even a vintage tram. Day 14: Dunedin Drive to Dunedin: 2 nights Belmont House – museums, galleries, universities, a unique yellow-eyed penguin colony, a castle and even a chocolate factory can all be found in New Zealand’s Wildlife and Heritage destination. Day 16: Queenstown Drive to Queenstown: 3 nights Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa. Visit the boutique wineries and vineyard for which central Otago is renowned. If you love the great outdoors then spend the day at Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound in the Fiordland National Park. If you’re a thrill seeker, opt for some bungee jumping, parapenting or river surfing. Day 20: Transfer Queenstown to Auckland; flight home. New Zealand Country House Itinerary: 19 nights from £6625 per person Price includes: accommodation, meals, private transfers, mid size automatic rental vehicle. Activities mentioned are for guidance only and your itinerary will be priced Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals, car hire and private transfers. according to your preferences which can be discussed with our travel consultants at Activities mentioned the time of booking. 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 93
  • 89. NEW ZEALAND Kauri Cliffs Bay of Islands, North Island Guests here are treated to some spectacular views overlooking Cape Brett and the Cavalli Elegant Facts Islands, with the championship golf course forming part of the panorama. Nestled on the • 22 suites & 2 bedroom Owner’s Cottage • SPA: The spa and gym offer a variety of massages, body, water, skin, nail edge of an impressive native forest, overlooking the ocean, are eleven cottages, each treatments and hair care housing two guest suites and home to features such as a private porch, spacious bedroom • KIDS: Children welcome with sitting area and fireplace and an en suite bathroom. • Facilities include an 18-hole world-class championship golf course, astro-turf tennis courts and a pool • Gourmet à la carte cuisine is served in the main dining room or verandah • Winner of the 2008 New Zealand Leading Golf Resort in the World Travel Awards, the David Harman-designed golf course is one not to be missed • Stay in the Owner’s Cottage and experience the ultimate in Kauri Cliffs luxury • A car transfer from Auckland takes approximately four hours but Kauri Cliffs is well worth the journey – alternatively, shorter plane and helicopter transfers are available on request Elegant Opinion “Ensure you enjoy a barbecue of fresh local produce with some fine New Zealand wines, cooked by your own chef on Kauri Cliffs’ private ‘Pink’ Beach.” PRICES: 2 nights from £1120 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar 10), from £945 (1-30 Apr & 1 Oct-14 Dec 10) & from £765 (1 May-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from KeriKeri Airport – 25 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Eagles Nest Bay of Islands, North Island This property is perched on its own personal ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Elegant Facts Pacific Ocean and Bay of Islands, with villas offering the ultimate in luxurious furnishings, • 5 individually-designed villas • SPA: In-villa beauty treatments and therapies tasteful artwork and modern conveniences – four of the five also have their own private, • KIDS: Children welcome infinity-edge lap pools. A maximum occupancy of just 22 people combines with Eagles • Mountain bikes, 1.5km jogging circuit and fitness equipment available Nest’s slower pace and air of serenity to help guests unwind from the moment they arrive. • In-villa dining is available, on request, with personal menus and chef • Just a few minutes by car from historic Russell, guests can explore the local museums, restaurants and bars, or take advantage of whale-watching, big game fishing and dolphin encounter excursions from Russell’s Wharf • Guests can access the services of Derrin Tuckey, a Personal Trainer • With these levels of luxury and personal service, a stay at Eagles Nest is special enough to remember for a long time Elegant Opinion “For the more adventurous, Eagles Nest has a choice of walking tracks through beautiful native bush, some leading to secluded bays.” PRICES: 2 nights from £945 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar & 1-14 Dec 10), from £670 (1 Apr-30 Sep 10) For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, & from £795 (1 Oct-30 Nov 10). Price based on two adults sharing a One Bedroom Villa, incl please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Kerikeri Airport – 45 minutes including a 5-minute ferry transfer. 94 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 90. NEW ZEALAND Mollies Auckland, North Island Mollies is an enchanting urban retreat with an interior décor that’s pure escapism. Elegantly Elegant Facts furnished with antiques and sleek contemporary furniture, the all-suite accommodation is • 12 suites, villas & lodge rooms • SPA: Beautiful East Day Spa spacious, luxurious and well appointed – Luxury Executive Suites have their own balcony • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, and unique interior features, while Luxury Villa Suites feature partial views of either the payable locally harbour or garden, with a spacious lounge, separate bedroom and en suite bathroom. • Excellent excursions around Auckland • Gourmet dining in the main restaurant • Winner of the Best Night Out category in the Metro/Audio Restaurant of the Year Awards, Mollies’ gourmet food is a real treat for the taste buds • The owner, a former opera instructor, often gives amazing performances alongside some of her students, in the hotel’s intimate living room • Located in one of the most sought after areas of Auckland, Mollies is fabulous if you’re looking for something special that’s tucked away Elegant Opinion “The ultimate in pampering awaits you at East Day Spa at Mollies. Renew and indulge your mind, body and soul with one of its signature spa treatments.” PRICES: 2 nights from £465 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Premier Villa Suite, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Auckland Airport – 30 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Treetops Lodge & Estate Rotorua, North Island A secluded retreat, perfect for those with a love of nature who wish to see native flora and Elegant Facts fauna preserved. This luxury lodge boasts an elegant architectural style that is derived from • 12 suites & villas • SPA: In-room massages are available New Zealand’s pioneering past, with timber and stone finishes echoing the beauty and • KIDS: Children welcome simplicity of the environment. The accommodation comprises of four Lodge Suites and eight • Various activities including golf and fishing Private Villas, all beautifully appointed and filled with luxurious fabrics and furnishings. • Restaurant featuring local produce and wines • Guests can explore the local environment on foot, horse-back or in 4x4 vehicles with the aid of experienced guides – or try fly fishing in the trout fishing capital of the world • Mouthwatering local salmon, cheeses, organic lamb and game foods fresh from the surrounding forest are served, alongside a selection of New Zealand’s finest wines • While the villas are partly attached, guests will find them extremely peaceful with luxurious extras such as refreshing spa baths Elegant Opinion “Horse-ride with a Maori guide to see red stag, fallow and sika deer close up, then on to the magnificent Bridal Veil Falls, followed by a picnic.” PRICES: 2 nights from £780 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar & 1 Sep-20 Dec 10), from £880 (1 Apr-31 May 10) & from £535 (1 Jun-31 Aug 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Lodge Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Rotorua Airport – 20 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 95
  • 91. NEW ZEALAND Huka Lodge Taupo, North Island Huka Lodge is just a short stroll from the spectacular and mighty cascades of water that Elegant Facts form Huka Falls and of course the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo. The Lodge itself is • 18 junior suites, 1 bedroom suite, 4 bedroom Owner’s Cottage and 2 bedroom Alan Pye Cottage consistently listed by leading travel publications as one of the world’s top luxurious retreats. • SPA: In-room massages are available Suites offer a spacious bedroom, sitting area, dressing room, bathroom and private terrace. • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, Also available is the owner’s luxurious four bedroom cottage, located in the grounds. payable locally • Nearby activities include trout fishing, golf, white-water rafting, horse-riding • Facilities include a heated swimming pool and gift shop • Freshly prepared cuisine can be taken in the dining room, wine cellar, library, trophy room or in the gardens • The must-do Huka Lodge Experience enables guests to enjoy a helicopter ride over the breathtaking Lake Taupo and majestic Kaimanawa Mountains, before stopping for a delicious lunch • Dining is a single sitting with a fixed nightly menu, however the chefs are more than happy to accommodate dietary requirements Elegant Opinion “For a unique experience, dine in the wine cellar, by the outdoor fireplace, or at PRICES: 2 nights from £1470 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar 10), from £1020 (1-30 Apr & 1 Oct-14 Dec a private table under the stars.” 10) & from £805 (1 May-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Lodge Room, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Taupo Airport – 15 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Greenhill Lodge Hawke’s Bay, North Island A charming retreat and unique example of Edwardian architecture, Greenhill’s Elegant Facts accommodation comprises two King Suites with separate sitting areas and three King Lodge • 6 rooms & suites • SPA: Fully-equipped gym and spa room Rooms. Located in the grounds is a Villa Suite which comes with two bedrooms, two • KIDS: Children welcome bathrooms, and a sitting room complete with a stone fireplace made from local greywacke • Wide range of activities available river stone. Enjoy the magnificent views from the dining room. • Fine foods and wines in the dining room • Vineyards and white sand beaches nearby • The three-storey Viewing Tower with its floor-to-ceiling window and wonderful balcony offers guests fabulous views of the Hawke’s Bay vineyards and countryside by day, and the beautiful stars twinkling at night • Set in New Zealand’s second largest grape-producing region, Greenhill offers guests an extensive list of some of the freshest and finest wines available • This elegant country house, complete with gym, billiard room, library and swimming pool will appeal to those seeking tranquillity Elegant Opinion “Hosted by Greenhill’s wine guide, enjoy a ‘grape to glass’ journey through the winemaking process.” PRICES: 2 nights from £590 per person (5 Jan-30 Apr & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £445 (1 May-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a King Room, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Napier Airport – 25 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 96 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
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  • 93. NEW ZEALAND The Farm at Cape Kidnappers Hawke’s Bay, North Island One of only three Relais & Châteaux properties in New Zealand, nestled amongst 6,000- Elegant Facts acres of pasture land this cluster of lodge buildings combine dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass, • 22 suites & 4 bedroom Owner’s Cottage • SPA: The wonderfully relaxing spa is situated on the hills above the lodge weathered woods and natural stone. Spacious and delightfully designed, accommodation buildings and offers a variety of treatments in the three treatment rooms, offers luxurious furnishings, oversized bath tubs and individual private balconies from which including a couple’s spa suite guests can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque landscape and ocean. • KIDS: Children welcome. Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally • Internationally-renowned golf course, outdoor infinity pool, sauna and spa • Restaurant with noted sommelier and private dining available • Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, The Farm’s course stands 140 metres above sea level • For the more adventurous there is a 4WD property tour, quad-biking, mountain-biking or hot air-ballooning and paragliding at Hawke’s Bay Elegant Opinion “Join the team on a radio tracking and monitoring expedition with the chance to get up close and learn more about one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds – the Kiwi.” PRICES: 2 nights from £1305 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar 10), from £945 (1-30 Apr & 1 Oct-14 Dec 10) & from £765 (1 May-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Ridge Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Napier Airport – 40 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Wharekauhau Country Estate Palliser Bay, North Island The scenery here is awe-inspiring and it’s not hard to believe that the Maori ‘tohunga’, or holy Elegant Facts men, came here to be initiated into their priesthood. Today, guests are free to do as much • 12 suites & 2 estate houses • SPA: A range of treatments and massages are available at the spa or as little as they wish. Twelve superbly appointed suites feature four-poster beds, open • KIDS: Children under 15 years old are required to dine separately fireplaces, a fully-stocked bar and built-in views of the magnificent ocean – and in addition, • 4WD safaris and specialist wine tours at nearby vineyards there are two beautifully furnished, three bedroom estate houses, ideal for families. • Gym and sauna • Fine dining and wines in the restaurant • With a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and tennis court you might think Wharekauhau is best-suited to the more active, but the private courtyard and secluded gardens offer superb opportunities to relax too • Seasonal cuisine and wine are simply mouthwatering, and don’t miss the utterly divine country breakfasts eaten family-style in the main kitchen • A range of activities and excursions for the more adventurous guests are available to experience Elegant Opinion “No visit to Wharekauhau is complete without a tour of the surrounding farm and forest in a comfortable 4WD vehicle or quad-bike.” PRICES: 2 nights from £905 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar & 1 Oct-30 Nov 10), from £650 (1 Apr-30 Sep 10) & from £995 (1-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Cottage Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Wellington Airport – 1 hour 30 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 98 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 94. NEW ZEALAND Timara Lodge Blenheim, South Island Timara Lodge is an oasis of peace and tranquillity and the perfect place for those seeking Elegant Facts somewhere to relax and unwind without compromising on luxury. Guests can choose from • 2 suites & 2 lodge rooms • SPA: Not available the Lake Suite with its Regency and Victorian furniture, the Garden Suite with its bay window • KIDS: The lodge welcomes children of 15 years old and over and panoramic views, the light and airy Balcony Room with bi-folding windows overlooking • Swimming pool, tennis courts and library the gardens, or the Mountain Room, (honeymoon suite) with its two-person spa bath. • Golf, art galleries and excursions available nearby • Neighbouring winery • Ingredients sourced from across New Zealand are combined with freshly- harvested produce and herbs from Timara Lodge’s gardens, and wine from the local Spy Valley vineyards to provide guests with a sumptuous feast • The hotel’s extensive twenty-five-acre gardens are simply beautiful and feature a five-acre man-made lake, an historic arboretum and a scented rose garden, all surrounded by immaculately landscaped lawns and borders • With just four rooms on the property, and with such a special experience on offer, early reservations are highly reccommended Elegant Opinion “Visit the environmentally considerate and energy efficient Spy Valley Winery.” PRICES: 2 nights from £790 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Double Room, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Blenheim Airport – 20 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Edenhouse Nelson, South Island A gracious country house situated in forty-eight acres of private land, Edenhouse features Elegant Facts wonderfully landscaped gardens and numerous private courtyards – offering guests the • 2 bedrooms, and a separate cottage with 1 further bedroom • SPA: Garden Spa opportunity to sit and relax, or enjoy a sumptuous alfresco dinner. Accommodation has been • KIDS: Edenhouse welcomes children 16 years old and over designed to maximise space and light, with bedrooms featuring quality furnishings and • Library and artist studio linens, and large, well-appointed bathrooms. • Formal dining room and private outdoor dining • Nestled under a pergola is the private Garden Spa which offers guests a range of fabulous treatments • As the only New Zealand property to feature in an edition of a UK House and Garden supplement showcasing ‘The Most Stylish Hotels in the World’, guests are assured a delightful stay • The Abel Tasman National Park, Mount Arthur and Nelson are just thirty minutes away, so to explore the local area do consider hiring a car Elegant Opinion “Cruise, kayak or walk in the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park with its soft golden sand beaches.” PRICES: 2 nights from £480 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Nelson Airport – 45 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 99
  • 95. NEW ZEALAND Otahuna Lodge Christchurch, South Island This unique Lodge dates back to 1895 and is one of the best examples of Queen Anne Elegant Facts architecture in Australasia, Otahuna Lodge has been recognised as one of only eight elite • 5 suites & 2 master suites • SPA: In-room massages available Qualmark quality-in-tourism members. Its superior luxury accommodation boasts beautiful • KIDS: Children over the age of 13 years old are welcome architectural features, custom-made linens and a magnificent collection of New Zealand • Gymnasium and fitness facilities, spa, heated pool, tennis courts artwork and rare photographs, many of which chronicle its history. • Restaurant, private dining and sunken wine cellar • Service at Otahuna Lodge can only be described as perfect, with staff committed to doing whatever it takes to make your stay divine • Food is spectacular with much of the produce grown on the estate – five course meals are served in the formal dining room with wood panelling, roaring fire and antique furniture; or – more originally – in the sunken wine cellar, tranquil library or romantic drawing room turret • Hidden away in Tai Tapu, guests need a car or taxi to access Christchurch’s attractions, however it is just twenty minutes to the city Elegant Opinion “A must during any stay at Otahuna Lodge is a guided tour of the property’s spectacular botanic and working gardens, planted in the late 1800s.” PRICES: 2 nights from £790 per person (5 Jan-31 Mar 10 & 1 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £540 (1 Apr-30 Sep 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Christchurch Airport – 20 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk The Spire Hotel Queenstown, South Island The award-winning Spire Hotel offers the modern traveller a blend of elegant style with suites Elegant Facts combining designer furnishings and subtle lighting with the latest technology. From mouth- • 10 suites • SPA: Not available watering cuisine at Inspire Restaurant to Manhattan-style cocktails in the cosmopolitan bar, • KIDS: Family-friendly, there’s lots to do for guests of all ages and the or recommendations for the wide choice of local attractions in and around Queenstown, the hotel is happy to provide babysitting on request hotel staff’s mission is to provide an unforgettable guest experience. • One restaurant and bar • DVD library and laundry service • Tour Desk for excursions, picnic hampers available • The Spire’s team will arrange a wide selection of activities for you to enjoy, including mountain-biking or jet-boating in the summer skiing in the winter • Reservations at local restaurants, bars and even access to one of the city’s two casinos can all be pre-booked Elegant Opinion “Stylish rooms feature an interactive multimedia system, plasma television, wi-fi network and iPod dock along with iconic touches such as Charles Eames chairs and Philippe Starck lamps.” PRICES: 2 nights from £585 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Suite, including breakfast. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Queenstown Airport – 15 minutes. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 100 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 96. NEW ZEALAND Eichardt’s Private Hotel Queenstown, South Island Eichardt’s Private Hotel and its premium lakefront position offers a first-class standard of Elegant Facts elegant accommodation, with five suites, all generously proportioned with dark wooden • 5 suites • SPA: Spa facilities are located nearby, alternatively in-room health and beauty furnishings, blending contemporary and provincial styles. Each offers expansive lake or treatments can be arranged, allowing guests to relax after a busy day with a mountain views and features super-king beds, fireplaces and oversized bathrooms, with pampering massage separate showers and heated floors. • KIDS: Children welcome • Fly fishing, hiking and many outdoor pursuits • Ideally located in the centre of Queenstown • Experience stunning mountain or lakeside views from your suite, that boasts luxurious furnishings from one of New Zealand’s leading interior designers – Virginia Fisher • Evening meals are not actually served in the hotel itself, but after complimentary cocktails in The Parlour guests can take a short walk to dine at one of the many restaurants that Queenstown has to offer Elegant Opinion “Eichardt’s is delighted to welcome families or small groups of friends to stay in one of four additional Lakefront Cottage Suites.” PRICES: 2 nights from £750 per person (5 Jan-20 Dec 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Mountain View Suite, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Queenstown Airport – 15 minutes. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Blanket Bay Glenorchy, South Island Blanket Bay is an ultimate hideaway, built in the style of a grand alpine lodge with a lofty, Elegant Facts thirty foot high ‘Great Room’ at its heart. Guest rooms feature king-size beds, sitting areas, • 4 chalet suites, 3 lodge suites & 6 lodge rooms • SPA: A range of spa treatments are available along with a steam room, terraces or balconies and en suite facilities. Natural materials are showcased throughout, Jacuzzi, gym and outdoor heated pool suites boast fireplaces and extensive terraces – some with separate lounges – and all rooms • KIDS: The lodge welcomes children 13 years old and over are placed to take full advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas. • Those seeking adventure will relish the jet-boating, helicopter excursions, rafting, horse-riding and guided hikes • Pacific Rim cuisine is served in 3 beautiful dining settings, plus a wine cellar • Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world, is only a short flight away and Blanket Bay’s team are happy to arrange trips to other sights including Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls • With fantastic views to the mountains across the lake, guests are treated to some spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of the lodge’s restaurant or terrace Elegant Opinion “Lift off from the lower lawn in a private helicopter to Milford Sound – on your return, depart for a jet-boat excursion on the Dart River.” PRICES: 2 nights from £765 per person (5 Jan-14 Apr & 15 Oct-20 Dec 10) & from £515 (15 Apr-14 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Lodge Room, including half board. Flights & transfers available on request. For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Queenstown Airport – 1 hour. please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 101
  • 97. South Pacific The islands of the South Pacific have excited the imagination of people the world over, since their discovery in the 18th century, for they offer an unbeatable combination of tropical beauty, welcoming people and endless possibilities for island-hopping. The white sand beaches of Fiji, with nodding palm trees and blue seas containing wonderful reef systems perfect for diving and snorkelling, rank a close second to the Fijian people who make wonderful hosts – possessing a sense of fun and being naturally friendly. Years of tourism have done little to dent their spirit or their deep feelings for tradition. You’ll find that mekes or communal dances, the kava drinking ceremonies and fire-walking demonstrations are still practiced in some of the island’s traditional villages. French Polynesia has long been recognised as one of the scenic wonders of the world, inspiring many great writers – Robert Louis Stevenson and Somerset Maugham amongst them – who tried to do justice to its unique beauty. The artist Gauguin looked no further for inspiration and painted his most famous works here. Close to Tahiti the Cook Islands are spread across an area as large as Western Europe. Our featured island of Aitutaki is a forty-five- minute flight from Rarotonga, its warm, crystal clear waters filling a triangular shaped, turquoise blue lagoon. Moorea Pearl• Resort & Spa Papeete Four Seasons Resort Tahiti Bora Bora •• French Polynesia St Regis Bora Bora Le Meridien Tahiti• Bora Bora French Polynesia Viatape International Airport South Pacific Ocean Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Vatulele• Savusavu Yasawa Island• Resort & Spa Cook Islands Fiji Aitutaki Rarotonga Suva Climate Guide: French Polynesia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec •Royal Davui Island Resort Temp °C 26 26 27 26 26 25 24 24 25 25 26 26 Rain mm 313 245 174 131 105 68 59 48 65 87 153 279 Climate Guide: Fiji Climate Guide: Cook Islands 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 31 31 31 30 28 28 27 27 27 28 29 30 Temp °C 29 29 29 28 27 26 25 25 25 26 27 28 Rain mm 319 271 413 401 255 141 113 140 164 211 254 264 Rain mm 234 257 284 196 150 122 112 119 127 135 163 206 102
  • 98. Main and bottom left image courtesy of Yasawa Island Resort & Spa. Bottom right image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Travel Facts GMT: Fiji + 12 hours; French Polynesia – 10 hours; Cook Islands – 9 hours. Flying Time: From London Heathrow to French Polynesia, 22 hours. From Heathrow to Fiji, 26 hours. From Heathrow to the Cook Islands, 24 hours 45 minutes. Flight Information: Air New Zealand from Heathrow, via Los Angeles or Auckland. British Airways and Qantas to Los Angeles or Auckland with onward connecting flights to French Polynesia, Fiji and the Cook Islands. Flight Supplements: Upgrades start from as little as £1190 (Air New Zealand) per person, each way. More details appear on page 12-13. Best Time to Visit: Fiji’s climate is decidedly tropical. The optimum time to plan a visit is probably between the cooler and drier months between May and October. Humidity and temperatures are at their peak between January and March. French Polynesia is probably at its best between May and October. From November through April you can expect slightly higher temperatures and humidity with intermittent showers not unlikely. Cook Islands June to August are the cooler months while November through to March is the wet season with tropical showers and higher humidity. Health/Visas: Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up-to-date travel information. 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 103
  • 99. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Yasawa Island Resort & Spa Fiji Situated on a remote and unspoiled island is the secluded and exclusive Yasawa Island Prices per person in a Bure Suite, including full board, from: Resort & Spa. Hidden amongst the palms, just a few steps from a pristine white beach are Depart 5 nights Extra nights the luxury bungalows, each one air-conditioned and decorated in a uniquely contemporary 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1640 £330 Fijian style complete with thatched roofs, plantation shutters, and even a private beach hut on the edge of the sands. Here guests can swim in crystal clear waters amongst the vividly Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request. coloured corals, dine on succulent seafood freshly-caught each day and indulge themselves TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Nadi Airport – 35-minute domestic flight. in the Bavari Spa – Fiji’s first beachfront spa where just the whisper of the waves and the sea Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Bure £60, breezes break the silence. Family Bure £170 & Honeymoon Suite £335. Elegant Facts • 18 bures • SPA: The resort’s signature massage, the Baravi Rhythm, is performed by two synchronised therapists, working in time with the sound of the waves • KIDS: The resort operates a child policy accommodating children under the age of 12 years old: 1-31 Jan, 16 Jun-15 Jul and 1-31 Dec • Recreational facilities include deep-sea fishing, (local charges apply), windsurfing, snorkelling and tennis • Fresh lobster plucked from the nearby reef is a speciality • If you’ve never dived before, consider enrolling on the beginners ‘Discover Scuba’ programme. courtesy of the resort’s accredited PADI dive centre – this complimentary two-hour pool lesson is offered on any day, as an introduction to diving • Thinking of getting married on a beach? Call our Travel Consultants to help you arrange a romantic wedding at Yasawa Island Resort & Spa For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 104 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 100. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Vatulele Fiji Boasting a magnificent three-quarter mile white beach and surrounded by coral reefs, Prices per person in a Deluxe Beach Bure, Vatulele’s spacious bures are set back from the beach and feature expansive terraces. There including full board, from: are two oversized villas set at either end of the resort – The Point is built over two floors and Depart 5 nights Extra nights commands a view of the entire beach and lagoon while Vale Vigi, the most remotely located 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £2160 £430 bure, can truly claim to be a luxury escape. Facilities include sport fishing and massage treatments, with world-class dive sites within fifteen minutes from the resort – divers will be Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Nadi Airport – delighted to know that Vatulele has the only Five-Star ‘Gold Palm’ PADI dive facility in Fiji. 30 minutes. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Deluxe Beach Bure with Pool £65, Vale Viqi £260 & The Point £545. Elegant Facts Elegant Offers • 18 deluxe beach villas • SPA: A Fijian therapist can provide relaxing or rejuvenating massages Early Booking Offer • KIDS: Children over the age of 13 years old are welcome Book 60 days prior to travel and receive 3 nights for 2. Valid 5 Jan-31 Mar 10 inclusive. • As the bures are set in jungle, Vatulele will not suit travellers who feel more comfortable in a ‘bug free’, sterile environment Early Booking Offer • Guides can take you on hikes into the jungle, where you’ll learn about native plant medicines, Book 60 days prior to travel and receive 7 nights for 5. see ancient petroglyphs, visit important archaeological sites, or swim in underground caves Valid 5 Jan-31 Mar 10 inclusive. • The resort offers a cross-section of diving possibilities: soft coral, hard coral and pelagics including dive sites along the ‘drop-off’ • An extensive wine cellar offers guests an excellent selection of wines, complementing the delicious cuisine and stunning settings • A picnic breakfast or lunch can be specially prepared for you and yours on your very own private paradise – Nooki Nooki Island For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 105
  • 101. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji On this remote island escape you’ll find the emphasis is on privacy and rustic luxury living. Prices per person in a Deluxe Vale, including full board, from: Individually designed to fit amongst the rocks and old-growth forest, are just sixteen vales, Depart 5 nights Extra nights each featuring a living room and bedroom in separate buildings joined by a hallway with a 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1870 £365 private plunge pool off the living room balcony. Days here are as relaxing or as active as you want them to be – Beqa Lagoon is renowned for some of Fiji’s best diving locations and Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request divers will find everything from soft coral to shipwrecks within the protective lagoon reef TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Nadi Airport – 20-minute domestic flight & 30 minute launch transfer. system. Designed to complement the climate, menus consist of seasonal ingredients and Room supplements from (per person, per night) Premium Vale £30 & fresh seafood makes a daily appearance. Royal Davui Suite £80. Elegant Facts • 16 vales • SPA: Exotic nut and floral extracts blended with fresh coconut milk and virgin coconut oils are used at the spa helping hydrate, condition and protect your skin • KIDS: This is an adult-only property • Activities include catamaran sailing, sea kayaks, snorkelling, board games, bocce and croquet, island walks, cultural village visits and volleyball • Menus take into account the Fijian climate and make full use of the seasonal fresh produce available. Dining is a relaxed affair held at the Banyan Restaurant • Brave divers might like to enquire about the Big Fish Encounter and experience the thrill of diving with sharks • White-water rafting on the Upper Navua River and a jet-ski safari tour around the lagoon can be arranged For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 106 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 102. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Bora Bora, French Polynesia Surrounded by lush gardens, a tranquil lagoon, and the deep-blue Pacific Ocean, this Prices per person in a Resort View Overwater Villa, exclusive Polynesian luxury hideaway has been designed to immerse its guests in the meals extra, from: island’s naturally soothing aquatic disposition. Beneath the shadow of the dramatic Mount Depart 5 nights Extra nights Otemanu the over-water bungalows blend classic Polynesian architecture with striking works 4 Jan-25 Jun 10 £1595 £310 of art, private pools and deep bath tubs set by sliding doors to maximise on the panoramic 26 Jun-5 Sep 10 £1810 £355 fresh-air views of the lagoon. The theme continues through to the spa where glass floor- 6 Sep-20 Dec 10 £1595 £310 windows beneath treatment beds allow you to watch tropical fish swimming as therapists Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request. exfoliate your skin with black pearl powder. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bora Bora Airport – 15 minutes by boat. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Beach View Overwater Elegant Facts Villa £25 to £30, Lagoon View Overwater Villa £70 to £85 & Mountain • 121 hideaways & 7 beachfront villas View Overwater Villa £145 to £175. • SPA: Enjoy a holistic Polynesian experience at The Spa where ESPA trained professionals use a range of natural ingredients to soothe and revitalise Elegant Offers • KIDS: Here, the Kids For All Seasons programme takes full advantage of the tropical Complimentary Night environment. At the Tamarii Club children aged 5-12 years old can enjoy a host of activities Stay 4 for 3. Valid 4 Jan-25 Jun & 6 Sep-22 Dec 10 inclusive and creative play, while Teen Chill Island is unique and unprecedented in French Polynesia • Land-based activities include yoga at sunrise or classes in Polynesian dance at the open-air Complimentary Meals fitness centre, while a host of water-based activities include swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing Stay 3 nights & receive complimentary breakfast. and water-skiing Valid 4 Jan-22 Dec 10 inclusive. • Arii Moana’s imaginative menu offers tempting seafood specialties, accompanied by the finest wines, while Tere Nui serves modern Polynesian specialties with a French culinary influence • Visits to a black pearl farm, where the exotic gems, indigenous to the remote lagoons of French Polynesia, are cultured and the lagoonarium – an outdoor aquarium filled with fish and marine life can be arranged For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 107
  • 103. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW St Regis Bora Bora Bora Bora, French Polynesia The St Regis Bora Bora brings a new dimension to French Polynesia, offering its guests an Prices per person in an Overwater Villa, meals extra, from: array of services and facilities. Trendy Bali – Thai style Overwater or Beach Villas sit alongside Depart 5 nights Extra nights powdery sands or the tranquil lagoon and guests are treated to the services of a personal 5 Jan-31 May 10 £2295 £450 butler who’ll take care of any arrangements. The resort boasts a man-made interior lagoon, 1 Jun-31 Oct 10 £2555 £505 called a hoa, for snorkelling and swimming, while Miri Miri Spa set on its own private lagoon 1 Nov-20 Dec 10 £2295 £450 island, offers to soothe body and soul. Guests can enjoy a choice of Mediterranean and Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request. Pacific fusion cuisine or dine at the Sushi Bar – the first of its kind in the region. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Bora Bora Airport – 20 minutes by boat. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Superior Overwater Elegant Facts Villa £45 to £55, Pool Beach Villa £95 to £130 & Deluxe Overwater £180 to £195. • 100 villas • SPA: The Miri Miri Spa is set on its own island and offers guests a selection of Tahitian and Elegant Offers Pacific Rim treatments • KIDS: The resort has a host of fun filled activities to keep little ones happy Complimentary Night Stay 4 for 3. Valid 1 Apr-31 Dec 10 inclusive. • The Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten offers one of the finest gastronomic experiences in French Polynesia Complimentary Nights • Water activities include snorkelling, reef fishing, deep-sea fishing and the only catch and Stay 10 for 7. Valid 1 Apr-31 Dec 10 inclusive. release fly fishing in the resort’s private lagoonarium – an ‘ethereal’ water wonderland which is a private saltwater vivid blue lagoon filled with a variety of beautiful native fish • Guests can keep up their fitness programmes in the spa’s state-of-the-art gymnasium For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk 108 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 104. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Moto Tautau, off Taha’a island, French Polynesia Le Taha’a is the kind of place where the most strenuous activity you’re likely to engage in is Prices per person in a Raiatea Overwater Suite, getting ready for dinner. The resort’s Over Water Bungalows are quite simply architectural meals extra, from: gems, featuring bamboo and slate floors, tamanu wood furniture and wonderful touches Depart 5 nights Extra nights such as the canoe-shaped bathtubs or the glass-topped bedside tables that allows you to 5 Jan-31 May 10 £1770 £345 watch the fish below. The Ohiri restaurant is more like a giant tree house, with stairs winding 1 Jun-31 Oct 10 £1975 £385 up the tree trunk to the restaurant and bar – a rather unique setting from which to enjoy the 1 Nov-20 Dec 10 £1770 £345 sunsets and exquisite International cuisine served there. At the Manea Spa, guests are Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request. treated to sumptuous treatments made from regional ingredients. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Raiatea Airport – 35 minutes by boat. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Taha’a Overwater Suite Elegant Facts £40, Beach Villa £55 to £80, Sunset Overwater Suite £80 to £95 & Bora • 60 villas & suites Bora Overwater Suite £95 to £120. • SPA: The Manea Spa located in a coconut grove, has been built from natural materials in pure Polynesian style ensuring it merges perfectly with its motu environment Elegant Offers • KIDS: Children welcome, babysitting available at an extra charge, payable locally Complimentary Night • Facilities include tennis, fishing, water-skiing, diving and kayaking. Divers might like to know Stay 4 for 3. Valid 1 Jan-31 May & 1 Nov-21 Dec 10 inclusive. there are more than twenty-five recorded sites around Taha’a and Raiatea • There are three restaurants here that include Ohiri where exotic dishes such as vanilla-scented Complimentary Nights grilled tuna can be enjoyed. Guests are also treated to beach barbecues, and Polynesian and Stay 10 for 5. Valid 1 Jan-31 May & 1 Nov-21 Dec 10 inclusive seafood buffets to the accompaniment of live entertainment • This is French Polynesia’s only Relais and Châteaux property • Excursions to mainland Taha’a include visiting a black pearl farm and a vanilla plantation. Braver guests might like to go swimming with the sharks For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 109
  • 105. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa Moorea Island, French Polynesia This little gem is perfect for couples and families alike. Accommodation includes family Elegant Facts rooms, individual bungalows in the garden, on the beach or over-water. Guests can indulge • 94 rooms & bungalows • SPA: The Manea Spa is pure Polynesian from its design to its treatments – themselves at the beachside gourmet restaurant, le Matiehani, considered to be one of the that are based on traditional medicinal philosophy and ancestral practices best on the island or in the Manea Spa specialising in Taurumi, a Polynesian tradition • KIDS: Children welcome combining spirituality, energy, the spoken word, and touch. • Facilities include ping pong, kayaks, a swimming pool, petanque and snorkelling • Although there are just two restaurants and one bar, the food is exquisite and guests are treated to special dinners and themed evenings, most notably the Polynesian evening complete with a fire dance • In-house Polynesian tatoos are available • Deep-sea fishing, diving, horse-back riding, mountain hiking, jet-skiing and glass-bottom boat tours can be arranged For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk PRICES: 5 nights from £740 per person (5 Jan-31 May & 1 Nov-20 Dec 10) & from £835 (1 Jun-31 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Beach Bungalow, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Moorea Airport – 10 minutes. NEW Le Meridien Tahiti Tahiti, French Polynesia Le Meridien Tahiti is situated in the heart of the Punaauia region of Tahiti, not far from Elegant Facts Papeete, the island’s capital and cultural hub of the South Pacific. Brightly coloured rooms • 150 rooms • SPA: Massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room with traditional Polynesian furnishings look out over the blue lagoon and feature terraces • KIDS: Babysitting is available at an extra charge, payable locally ideal for viewing the colourful sunsets. Dining options include La Plantation restaurant where • Facilities include outdoor tennis courts, a sand-bottom swimming pool, the sensual flavours of Polynesia are cleverly intermingled with the finest French cuisine. kayaks and Polynesian paddle canoes, petanque, table tennis and aqua gym classes • As well as La Plantation, guests can dine at the à la carte restaurant, Le Carre • Rooms facing north have the best views of Moorea, Tahiti’s sister island • The 18-hole Atimano golf course is just twenty minutes away; mountain- biking, trekking or horse-riding in the hilly hinterland, can be arranged and nearby Tamanu Iti offers an interesting view of Tahitian daily life For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk PRICES: 5 nights from £645 per person (1 Apr-31 May & 1 Nov-20 Dec 10) & from £685 (1 Jun-31 Oct 10). Price based on two adults sharing a Panoramic Lagoon View Room, meals extra. Flights & transfers available on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Papeete Airport – 15 minutes. 110 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 106. SOUTH PACIFIC NEW Pacific Resort Aitutaki Aitutaki, Cook Islands Standing on a rocky headland, bordered by stretches of white sand beach, the Pacific Prices per person in a Beach Front Bungalow, Resort Aitutaki looks down into the crystal clear waters of Aitutaki lagoon and its abundance meals extra, from: of colourful fish and magnificent coral formations. The beautifully appointed beachside Depart 5 nights Extra nights bungalows, with thatch-covered roofs and hardwood floors are decorated with an eclectic 5 Jan-20 Dec 10 £1450 £280 collection of Asian antiques and local art; each features a lagoon-facing verandah. The more private suites and villas sit hidden away in the forest upon the headland with steps Price includes accommodation only. Flights & transfers on request. TRANSFER INFORMATION: Transfer time from Aitutaki Airport – descending through the trees down to the beach. Days here are spent snorkelling in the 10 minutes. warm waters of the lagoon or gently kayaking around the islands. Room supplements from (per person, per night) Beachfront Suite £95 & Beachfront Villa £160. Elegant Facts • 27 bungalows, suites & villas • SPA: The Spa offers a range of island-inspired treatments • KIDS: Children are welcome at the resort; babysitting is available at an additional charge, payable locally • Learn about the fragrant plants and flowers of Aitutaki on a Garden Tour, swim in the pool, snorkel in the lagoon or kayak around the island • Enjoy succulent seafood, International and South Pacific cuisine at its very best accompanied by world-class wines at the signature Rapae Bay Restaurant; cocktails and light meals are served at the beachfront Black Rock Café • Available at an additional cost, the activities desk can organise bicycle and car rentals, island tours, diving, fishing, golfing and the ever-popular all-day lagoon excursions For more detailed information about accommodation, restaurants and facilities, please visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 111
  • 107. Essential Information Elegant Resorts (part of the Thomas Cook Group) is a member of Single Travellers & Children’s Prices advice prior to booking, please speak to our Travel Consultants. ABTA and a fully bonded tour operator with a licence granted by the Please call 01244 897 555 for a tailor-made price. Further details can be found on our website. Civil Aviation Authority. We specialise in deluxe and individual holidays around the world and, thanks to our knowledgeable and Groups & Conventions UK Airports and Flight arrangements friendly travel team, have achieved a reputation for offering our Some of the larger hotels play host to groups and conventions and Airlines are able to offer assistance at UK airports for those clients a service and commitment that is second to none. Like you, we shall do our utmost to let you know at enquiry stage if any of passengers who need it due to disability or a medical condition. If we don’t compromise our standards. Like you, we expect the best. these groups coincide with your chosen holiday. However, you have a disability it is important that you make the appropriate sometimes we are not informed and unfortunately we have no enquiries about any special requirements well in advance of travel. Brochure Statement control over the situation whatsoever. This brochure is prepared many months before the start of the Passports & Visas holiday season and particular attention has been given to all details Early Check-in & Late Check-out The following information applies to British Citizen’s holding a UK provided. However, for a variety of reasons, there may be At some of our featured destinations, flight arrival times are early in passport issued in the UK. Non-British Citizen passport holders or amendments made at any time to the facilities or services available. the morning and you will arrive at your accommodation before the British Citizens holding a UK Passport issued abroad should contact In this event, your Travel Consultant will advise you of any change(s) normal check-in time. In these circumstances, it is highly the appropriate consulate or embassy for clarification. Please note, immediately. Should such an event occur during your holiday, please recommended that accommodation is reserved from the night both passport and visa regulations can change and you should contact either our local representative (where applicable) or our before allowing an immediate check–in. Similarly, many flight therefore check with the relevant embassy well in advance of travel. travel team here in Chester on +44 1244 897 555. departure times are late in the evening, after normal check out time. It can often take some time to obtain a visa, so you are advised to In this instance, we recommend accommodation is reserved until apply in plenty of time. Our Holidays the day after departure allowing a late check-out. Our Travel Our holidays cater for the most discerning of travellers and the Your responsibility: It is the responsibility of passengers to ensure Consultants will advise you at the time of booking if either of these hotels we have selected rank amongst the finest in the world. Each they have valid, acceptable passports and any required visa or any situations apply to your individual holiday arrangements. one offers the highest standards of accommodation, cuisine and other documentation for the travel they are to undertake - you must service available. However they are all very individual and do cater Baggage be able to meet the entry requirements for both your final for – and satisfy – different requirements. Whilst we appreciate the For full details of items permitted on board, please check with the destinations and any stop-off points en-route. (Please note, some importance of value for money, we also understand there is a healthy airline you are flying with or see our website. countries require between 2/3 blank pages at the end of your demand for the best – whether this is the choice of accommodation passport). Passengers without the correct documentation may be Airport Transfers refused carriage by the airline or entry into any country. Where entry or the flight. This is why we offer the flexibility and comfort of Our featured hotel prices include transfers to your chosen is refused, fines or other financial penalty will be imposed on or by scheduled flights, the option of private car transfers and why we only destination if required. Helicopter transfers and car hire are available the airline and the passenger(s) concerned will be required to work with hotels/villas offering the highest standards. These on request. immediately return to their country of departure. Any passenger who enhancements, even if they do cost a little extra, all contribute to the kind of individual first-class holiday we know our guests expect. For BEFORE YOU GO travels without the required passport/visa/other documentation is solely responsible for and must immediately pay all fines, those travelling with children, some hotels do not accept youngsters Health Precautions at certain times of the year. Other hotels, meanwhile, welcome surcharges, other financial penalty, costs (including the cost of their Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You children and have some especially attractive offers. Whilst we immediate return flight) and any other sums of any description which should take health advice about your specific needs as early as are incurred or imposed by the airline or incurred by ourselves. This attempt to give as much advice as possible throughout this possible. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, will be the case regardless of whether the lack of correct brochure, if you are still finding it difficult to make your choice, please www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org.uk, your General do not hesitate to contact our Travel Consultants on 01244 897 555 documentation is spotted at the departure airport. We can accept Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Please note you are strongly for further guidance. We do know the strengths and weaknesses of no liability in this situation and no compensation, expenses, refund advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. the individual hotels and it would be our pleasure to help you decide or other sum will be paid. Clients travelling to worldwide destinations are recommended to between them. seek advice from the sources mentioned above and, where Validity: A valid passport is essential when you travel abroad. recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, Although your passport has been issued for 10 years (5 years for Our Pricing for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid and Dengue Fever. All prices and offers shown throughout this brochure are for children) you should note that some overseas countries have an In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance immigration requirement for a passport to remain valid for a guidance only and subject to availability at the time of booking. Our of travel. minimum period after the date of entry to that country (typically 6 holiday prices are based on specially negotiated airline, hotel and transfer rates, which can increase, decrease or be restricted. Should months). If your passport is in its final year of validity, you are advised Biting insects (including mosquitoes) are common in many our special rates not be available, we shall advise you immediately to check the requirements of the destination before you make your countries, and they can spread disease. Insect repellents, especially and offer you the option to reserve your holiday at the higher final travel plans. those containing DEET, can be useful in helping to prevent bites. You published rates. We reserve the right to change prices. We advise can also reduce the risk of bites by wearing clothes that cover your Names: At the time of booking, please ensure you supply your first that you contact us for the most up-to-date holiday price. A tailor- skin, including your arms and legs, especially during the evening and name and surname, (as they appear on your passport), as both of made quotation will be provided at the time of your enquiry. at night. these must be stated on your flight ticket. This will reduce confusion What the price includes: and delays at check-in, especially when travelling to the USA. It is We would also like to draw your attention to DVT (Deep Vein Unless otherwise stated, all flight inclusive package prices shown anticipated that clients could face more queries and delays as more Thrombosis) and ask that for further details you consult with your throughout this brochure include the following: countries introduce Advance Passenger Information systems. You doctor before travelling. Alternatively, visit the Government’s website may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid if the name www.dh.gov.uk/dvt • All international and internal flights (where applicable and on your passport and travel documents don’t match. If, after excluding UK regional flights) Travel Advice booking a holiday but before travelling, any member of your party The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit issues and changes their name, e.g. as a result of getting married, we must be • Accommodation (grade as shown) based on two persons sharing notified immediately so that we can make the necessary changes to frequently updates advice for those travelling outside the UK. The • Private transfers (shared for some destinations) advice includes general warnings and specific information for the your holiday documentation. benefit of travellers. Ask your travel agent for details of any current • Meals as shown (where applicable)* Children: Children are required to have their own passport. advice for the country or countries which you plan to visit when you book your holiday. You are also advised to check this information Important Information For All Passengers: From 2009, the UK • ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) before you go by accessing the latest Travel Advice on Government will implement its requirement for Advanced Passenger • Taxes & Charges www.fco.gov.uk Information from all passengers travelling internationally into and out of the UK. Advance Passenger Information means your • Air Passenger Duty & Security Alternatively, e-mail traveladvicepublicenquiries@fco.gov.uk or passport/identity card details and, in some instances, your contact telephone the Foreign Office Travel Advice Unit on 0845 850 2829. • Aviation Fuel Costs information, are provided to the authorities before you travel. The DISABLED TRAVELLERS Airlines will only provide each country’s Customs and Immigration *Restrictions may apply at hotel restaurants – e.g. when a price is Overseas Accommodation & Overseas Authorities with the required relevant information. Some based on half or full board basis and there is more than one Transport Arrangements governments also require airlines to provide them with direct access restaurant at the hotel, some of the restaurants may levy an It is important, if you have any disability, that the appropriate to airline passenger bookings, which may contain other passenger additional supplement or give a credit towards a meal in another enquiries are made about the suitability of particular overseas data. It is important that the information provided is accurate so you restaurant. Unless otherwise stated, all extras will be at a charge. accommodation, resorts, overseas transport and services, and that pass through Immigration on arrival without delay. You must provide you are fully satisfied you have made the correct choice before you this information when you check in and we strongly recommend that book and confirm your holiday. For clients who require support or you do so in advance of going to the airport. 112 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 108. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL Cambodia: www.cambodianembassy.org.uk GENERAL INFORMATION PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO THE USA China: www.chinese-embassy.org.uk Data Protection Please read all sections carefully to ensure you comply with U.S. To comply with the Data Protection Act we would like to advise you entry requirements: Australia: www.australia.org.uk (A visa may also be issued at that in order to provide you with the products or services you Elegant Resorts) require, the personal information you supply to us will be passed to USA – Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) relevant trusted partners or suppliers. This may involve sending your Tour Operators and Airlines are required to provide details of the full Laos: There is currently no Laos representation in the UK. details to countries that do not have an equal level of privacy address of your destination accommodation and country of www.laoparis.com legislation to that in the UK. Your details may also be used for residence and from 2009 the name on your passport, your date of improving our customer service, analysis and occasionally, for the birth and passport number to the U.S. authorities. This is in addition Please always verify visa requirements at the time of booking particularly if you are planning a stay of more than 14 nights. prevention of crime. We may also occasionally contact you by post to the application you must make as part of the Visa Waiver or telephone to update you about great offers, products and Programme (VWP) for authorisation to travel under ESTA (the Overseas Safety Standards services. Should you not wish to receive such information, please Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) – see below ‘USA – Although the accommodation featured does operate to its own advise one of our Travel Consultants. Travel Authorisation (ESTA) and Visa Waiver Programme’. It is country’s standards, regrettably the safety standards and regulations important the information collected by tour operators and airlines as overseas may not be of the same level that we enjoy in the UK. For ABTA – The Travel Association part of APIS is the same as the information you have submitted instance, the design and height of balconies may differ. The setting Elegant Resorts Ltd are members of ABTA with the membership under ESTA as any differences may delay or prevent your entry to and enforcement of local regulations is a matter for the authorities of number V1712. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to the USA. the country and the foreign supplier of the services concerned. We get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go USA – Passports are working to improve standards wherever possible. You should according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of British passport holders travelling to the USA (or via the USA) are familiarise yourself with fire procedures, including emergency exits in service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information required to have either individual machine-readable passports or your accommodation, the swimming pool(s) area. If in doubt, ask about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme biometric passports. (If you need to check your passport we your representative or an appropriate member of staff. available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park recommend you contact the UK Passport Office). Families will be Street, London SE1 9EQ Tel: 020 3117 0500 or look at their website Security, Health & Safety Overseas www.abta.com required to obtain individual passports for each traveller including all Health & safety is a prime subject for everyone who travels the world children. today and we would ask that you observe good housekeeping Your Financial Protection USA – Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) habits and a common sense approach. Your personal welfare is our When you buy an ATOL protected air package or flight from us you If you have a machine readable or Biometric passport you should be priority and we ask that you are fully aware of security, health & will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via the authorised able to qualify for travel (of up to 90 days) without a visa, under the safety whilst overseas. Petty crime, robberies and muggings can agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). That is, provided no one in your occur anywhere in the world, although the chances of anything and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number party has ever been arrested (even if not convicted), or is suffering unpleasant happening will be considerably reduced if you take a few 2885 (Elegant Resorts Ltd). In the unlikely event of our insolvency, from a serious communicable disease (please visit: simple precautions. Whilst out and about, try not to carry a lot of the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will www.usembassy.org.uk for details of all restrictions). For cash with you and always leave your passport, unnecessary arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance passengers holding a non-British Passport, or, if you are unsure travellers cheques and any expensive jewellery in a secure place. booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at whether you qualify for travel under the VWP please consult the www.atol.org.uk Electricity Identity & Passport Service or US Embassy. For travellers who Depending on your location, there may be blackouts. Please be The price of your holiday includes the amount of £2.50 per person qualify for travel under the VWP, see important details on obtaining patient whilst the hotel rectifies the situation. as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the travel authorisation below. CAA. Local Information USA – Travel Authorisation (ESTA) Local events, religious festivities and public holidays are likely to Where you book a package holiday from our brochure, which does US Customs & Border Control have introduced an Electronic influence the provision of services and facilities within the hotels and not include a flight, or where you book accommodation only, we System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). The system is web based around holiday resorts at certain times. provide security by way of a bond held by ABTA. only and requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior In Muslim countries, dates of religious feasts and festivals are fixed Telephone Calls to travel. ESTA is compulsory. You may be denied boarding or by local sightings of the moon so we cannot work out when they will To ensure we consistently deliver excellent customer service, refused entry to the U.S. if you have not registered and obtained be beforehand. telephone calls to Elegant Resorts UK offices are recorded. authorisation. To apply visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov It is very important that you complete your ESTA application using the exact Ramadan, which is observed for one month each year, is a period of address as displayed on the documentation you receive from your fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier, and Airline/Operator. (If you have booked a flight only or the address of there are certain restrictions on drinking alcohol and on restaurant your accommodation is confirmed on arrival, please use our resort facilities. In 2010, Ramadan is expected to run for a month from 11 office address as stated on your holiday invoice/tickets). Your Airline August. Also, the Muslim New Year is different to the Christian one or Tour Operator will be providing accommodation details for all and during this period many shops and restaurants may be closed. passengers to the U.S. immigration authorities after you have Chinese New Year is a major celebration throughout Asia so flights departed to the U.S. If there are any differences between the Tour and hotels may be extremely busy during this time. Most ethnic Operator/Airline information compared to what you have written on Chinese businesses, including shops and restaurants (but not your waiver form you may be denied entry into the USA. We hotels), close totally. In 2010, the Chinese New Year is 14 February. recommend that you carry your ESTA approval with you when you travel. For additional information on travel to the U.S. visit If you are concerned about the possible impact of holidays and http://www.usembassy.org.uk/ events or would like to know more, please contact the appropriate tourist board. HOW TO CONTACT THE PASSPORT SERVICE General passport enquiries should be directed to the Identity and Smoking Passport Service. Please visit their website: www.ips.gov.uk or Restrictive legislation against smoking is increasingly common in telephone: 0870 521 0410. destinations worldwide. You may find that your hotel or areas within your hotel and holiday resort operate enforced smoking restrictions. Apply early: If you need to apply for a passport or renew an expired Fines may be imposed for breaching regulations. To find out more passport, you should do so well in advance of travel and at least four visit the FCO website www.fco.gov.uk weeks before. (If you are 16 or over and have never had a passport in your own name, you should apply for one at least six weeks Driving before your holiday. The UK passport service has to confirm your Laws, licensing requirements and age limits vary throughout the identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend world. We recommend you check with your travel agent, or the an interview in order to protect your identity). Visit www.ips.gov.uk relevant embassy or consulate. Bhutan: www.fco.gov.uk Vietnam: www.vietnamembassy.org.uk ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 113
  • 109. 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 114 ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555
  • 110. 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 Pangkor Laut Resort, Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, from the transfer. We must be given reasonable notice of the transfer request – at least C13. Complaints The Sarojin, Australia Tourist Board, Aman Resorts, China Tourist Board, Six Senses 14 days prior to departure. We aim to provide the best holiday possible. However, if you are not satisfied please Destination Spa Phuket, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, complain as soon as possible to the relevant person (for example, the accommodation Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Neil Emmerson, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, C7. Cancellation By You management or transport supplier). If they cannot help you must tell your holiday Trisara, Cape Kidnappers, Mandarin Oriental Sanya, Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, Hong 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 Kong Tourist Board, New Zealand Tourist Board, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Four 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 Seasons Resort Langkawi, COMO Shambhala Estate and Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran activates the cancellation. 897 000 reversing the costs of the call, or call our 24-hour helpline as detailed in your Bay. Printed by Pindar Graphics, Preston. 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 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 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 115
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  • 112. Booking Your Holiday – call 01244 897 555 We’re delighted you’ve chosen to book your Asia or Australasia 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. ASIA & AUSTRALASIA RESERVATIONS 01244 897 555 117
  • 113. 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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