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 itinerary:
Ecuador is a land of stunning scenery with the mighty Andes, rolling fertile valleys and the Avenue of Volcanoes. At Explore Tailormade we believe one of the best ways to enjoy these breathtaking views is to sit back and relax on a train journey through the countryside. Your expedition will include a guided tour of the local villages you encounter at your final destination and some stations have small museums where you can find out more of the trains history before you embark. Journeys can include the icecaps of Chimborazo Volcano, markets selling traditional wares, Cotopaxi Volcano or the iconic zig-zagging along the Devil’s Nose route. Call us today to add a train journey to your holiday.
Burma has had its doors open for a few years now but at Explore Tailormade HQ, we’re still on the lookout for hidden treasures to share with you. The Mergui Archipelago, located close to the border with Thailand in the south, is made up of around 800 islands and is home to the nomadic sea gypsies or Moken. This is an excellent place to go diving or snorkelling where a huge range of fish, rays, octopus and colourful coral can be found. Spend a few days kayaking and exploring the untouched islands. Call us now on 0845 163 7781 to add Mergui to your tailor-made itinerary
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.
Hot off the press - Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp is about to open its doors on the banks of the Zambezi River on the eastern edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. The 11 tented camps each have their own deck and plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers plus spacious lounge area. This is the perfect base from which to enjoy game drives, boat excursions, canoe trips and walking safaris. The camp opens on 1st April 2014; book before 1st May 2014 to get three nights for the price of two!
The Pride of Africa is a luxury train that captures the romance and elegance of a South African bygone era. The wood panelled suites are spacious with Edwardian features, air-conditioning and private en suite facilities. The train also has a comfortable lounge car, relaxing observation car and an sophisticated dining carriage, where guests tend to dress for dinner. Offering a variety of three day routes from Cape Town to Pretoria, Victoria Falls and Durban, or longer 10 day journeys including Namibia and Tanzania; the Pride of Africa will really make your African holiday a special one. Price starts from £1245 per person for three days, including excursions, meals, drinks and a 5* service.
Thailand is well-known for its secluded bays and beautiful beaches; explore the islands, coves and national parks on a cruise aboard the Suwan Macha. The cruise starts in Phuket and ends at Koh Phi Phi, with stops along the way at Phang Nga and James Bond Island, plus snorkel, swim, visit a sea gypsy village and hidden lagoons. The private double or twin cabins can accommodate up to 10 passengers and each have a fan, comfy bed and room for storage, and there is a communal deck where you can relax. A four day package including transfers, meals, accommodation, soft drinks, water sport equipment and entrance fees start from £575 per person, excluding international flights. Call us now on 0845 163 7781 for more information.
Bangkok; where a futuristic transport system, cybercafés and vast neon and steel structures rub shoulders with lumbering elephants, alms-collecting monks and elaborately decorated temples. Many people pass through the city trying to get to the beaches or jungles as quickly as possible, but we recommend spending a few days relaxing on a luxury cruise that takes you up-river from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. A three day, full-board cruise in a luxury en suite, air-conditioned cabin, including guided excursions, costs from £1480 per person, excluding flights. Speak to our Tailormade Regional Specialists to add this onto your Thailand adventure. Call 0845 163 7781.
Offering a unique alternative to camping or hotels, the Adventure Domes in Patagonia provide a comfortable and spacious stay within beautiful natural surroundings of the Magallanico forest. This year we are offering a three or four day itinerary giving you the chance to explore Los Glaciares National Park in depth. Trekking to Argentino Lake and Perito Moreno Glacier, your mountain guide will share his knowledge of the surrounding area, flora and the fauna. Prices start from £695 per person including accommodation, meals and drinks, transfers from and to El Calafate, excludes Los Glaciares National Park fee.
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.
Tailormade Sales Manager, Rena, visited Lake Mburu National Park in Uganda last year; one of her hidden gems from the country is Mihingo Lodge. The luxury tented rooms are built on wooden stilts for fabulous views over the lake, while the restaurant and pool have perfect sunset views over the national park. The lodge has an array of activities available including walking safaris, game drives, boat trips to see hippos, crocodiles and birds, visit the observation hide or enjoy a night safari in search of jenets, honey badgers, bushbabies and leopards - Lake Mburu National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see this elusive cat.
If you’re planning a holiday to Argentina or Chile, our Tailormade Regional specialists recommend staying in a traditional estancia to add something special to your holiday. “Estancia” is Spanish for a large estate or cattle ranch and many of the traditional properties are still working farms, giving guests a true gaucho experience, with rustic accommodation and warm hospitality. There are some fabulous properties just outside Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile – contact Hanna or Maria on 0845 163 7781 today for more information.