At Explore Tailormade our regional specialists have travelled far and wide in search of their favourite hidden treasures; however new ideas and properties pop up all the time. We’ve listed some of our new favourite hidden treasures that can easily be added to a tailor-made holiday:
Launching in May 2017, luxury brand Belmond will be operating the Andean Explorer train, giving travellers South America’s first indulgent overnight train journey. One of the highest train routes in the world the new Andean Explorer will cross the Altiplano from Cusco to Puno to visit Lake Titicaca, before heading to the White City of Arequipa. Be one of the first to travel on this incredible journey of a lifetime, call us today on 01252 883 184.
Hue Ecolodge, sister property to Mai Chau Ecolodge in the north, has recently opened its doors. Located on Vietnam’s Perfume River, just over four miles from Hue city centre, the property offers a relaxing stay within manicured tropical gardens. Built from natural materials the bungalows are spacious and comfortable with a verandah. The restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine using ingredients from the lodge’s gardens. Speak to our Tailormade Regional Specialists today to add the ecolodge to your Vietnam itinerary.
The most recent addition to The Zanzibar Collection, Zawadi Hotel is about to open its doors for the first time. Located on the south-east coast of the island, Zawadi offers nine spacious villas, infinity pool, bar, lounge and restaurant all in a relaxed atmosphere, with ocean views. If the service provided at The Zanzibar Collection’s other hotels is anything to go by, you will be guaranteed the perfect beach stay. Contact us now on 01252 883 184 to book.
Wadi Rum is a perfect place to observe a clear night sky, with virtually no light pollution it is possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye. So what happens if you want to sleep under the stars but also like the comfort of a kingsize bed and private bathroom? You book the ‘Full of Stars’ tent! Located within a private camp this special tent offers a comfortable bubble room with uninterrupted views of the Wadi Rum desert and sky.
Located in Peru’s Sacred Valley and surrounded by lush green mountains, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is lovely hotel offering stand-alone casitas or rooms in the main hacienda. With friendly and welcoming staff, its own organic farm, locally sourced furniture and soft furnishings, it’s no surprise Hacienda Urubamba has been awarded Condé Nast’s Traveler HOT LIST Award 2016.
Aqua Expeditions have been operating luxury cruise vessels since 2007, and one of the newest additions to their fleet is the M/V Aqua Mekong. Travelling from Ho Chi Minh City, through the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh, up to Tonle Sap Lake and finishing in Siem Reap the boat operates on three, four or seven night itineraries. With three decks, a gym, games room, private cinema, bar, lounge, dining room and pool this elegantly designed boat feels like a floating hotel. All suites have air-conditioning, en suite facilities and floor-to-ceiling windows with day beds to watch the views pass by. Speak to your Tailormade Regional Specialist today to find out more on 01252 883 184.
Mai Chau Ecolodge opened its doors in 2014. Located in Vietnam’s beautiful northern landscape, with a back-drop of lush rice paddies and emerald mountains, the property offers 19 traditional stilt-style bungalows, each air-conditioned, with Wifi access and a private garden. The bungalows are all built entirely of natural materials with thatched roofs, bamboo interiors and wooden furniture. The lodge provides a secluded, peaceful retreat where guests can relax by the pool or in the massage room, or enjoy exploring the area on foot and by bike.
Head north to India’s picturesque town of Leh to stay in the luxury Chamba Camp in Thiksey. This region is an area of extreme beauty, with bright blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and ancient monasteries. You can visit the nearby Thiksey Monastery, enjoy a tour of Leh, chose from a range of optional activities, including a visit to Hemis Monastery, bird watching, trekking or rafting. The camp offers traditional, warm and spacious tented accommodation with four-poster beds and butler service. Each tent has en suite facilities plus air-conditioning with views of the Thiksey Monastery and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Contact Explore Tailormade’s Regional Specialist for Asia, to add this to your Indian adventure.
Karan Mahal Camp is a luxury camp situated in Srinagar, in India’s Kashmir Valley. With views of snow-capped mountains, rivers and meadows the spacious tents offer an indulgent stay with large four-poster beds and traditional décor. Excursions include a cruise aboard a shikara boat on the tranquil waters of Dal Lake, visit local villages and explore Old Srinagar. Prices start from £1095 per person, for two nights in Delhi with city tours, two nights luxury camp, and one final night in Delhi; including transfers, regional flights, guides, breakfast, one lunch and two dinners.
Located a few kilometres outside of Hue in Vietnam, Cat Tuong Quan Zen House provides a tranquil haven for those looking for a spiritual retreat. Meaning 'gentle man who brings joy and pleasure' the Zen House is a beautiful complex of halls, Buddhist alters and wooden villas, designed in manicured gardens and based around feng shui philosophy. If you are looking to learn more, experience the Buddhist way of living, practice zen, meditation, tai chi and yoga this is the place for you. The house offers day visits, lunch/dinner packages or a two-day stay. Speak to our Tailormade Regional Specialist for Vietnam to find out more. Call 0845 163 7781.