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They say you have only 16 summers with your children before they depart on their own adventures. True to an extent but we find them quite keen to stick with the ‘rents’ when they sniff that there’s something exciting in the offing. So get ahead…plan something fun which will appeal to their much hipper nature, but more importantly, something that everyone will regard as huge fun. Our destination specialists are adept at suggesting places to fulfil even the most jaded families, from wilderness adventures in the Canadian West and fly-boarding in the Maldives to cool beach club hang-outs in Ibiza.
The northern Vietnamese city of Hanoi is home to a plethora of intoxicating smells, colour and sounds. An hour after leaving the airport, a cacophony of noise erupts with the hooting of car horns and beeping of mopeds as they speed around in their droves like a scene from Quadrophenia. Chaos reigns but somehow there seem to be unwritten rules of the road ingrained in the locals as they meander freely and skilfully around each other.
When Red Savannah’s expert on Oman holidays, Ed Granville, recently visited the country, he scratched the surface of the desert to uncover ancient rivers, lost cities and discovered that the desert, in fact, experiences a monsoon season.
Miles of coastline, a beautiful climate and good road infrastructure are just a few reasons why a South Africa holiday lends itself so well to self-drive. This country is a multi-cultural delight which is famous for providing a warm welcome to all its visitors and this is why it’s often referred to as the ‘Rainbow Nation’.
This article is brought to you by our Guest writer, Ross at The Luxury Editor a UK based travel website uncovering the finer travel experiences in life. A year ago Ross was lucky enough to spend a month in Malaysia where he explored the cities, countryside and the coast. Here he shares some of his tips.
Tucked away in a beautiful cove on Moyo Island, Indonesia, is the utterly heavenly Amanwana. Moyo is an almost deserted island of great beauty that sits directly across the Flores Sea to the east of Lombok, sandwiched neatly between the mighty jaws of Sumbawa.
You have to fly over the Angkor heritage site to appreciate its vast size. The site covers some 400 km2 and six hundred years of Khmer empire building leaving as evidence an enormous complex of Buddhist and Hindu temples, monuments and deserted cities. Several days are required to even begin to do justice to the ‘top sights’ of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and Preah Khan. Angkor Wat alone has walls extending almost half a mile; the largest religious monument in the world covers 500 acres. Though utterly absorbing, you would be forgiven for feeling a little ‘templed out’ after a day or two. There is much to see and do, however, to break the temple visits. Our Cambodia specialist, Melissa Matthews, explores Siem Reap and its environs to offer alternatives to the temples:
Thought to have been built at some point in the late 8th Century, Borobudur’s rediscovery in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles caused a sensation among the world’s scholars. Bear in mind that this pre-dated Henri Mouhot’s discovery of Angkor Wat in Cambodia by 47 years. The big question: How did the Buddhist faith spread to Java from India, a distance of some 5,000 kilometres?
For adults and children alike, a sea view or proximity to a beach is one of the most important factors when selecting a holiday villa. Whilst for some, little is required other than a bucket and spade, for others, access to the beach clubs of the Côte d’Azur or night-life in Ibiza are of more importance. But for everyone, nothing beats cocktails on the terrace as the sun melts into the Mediterranean or Caribbean Sea. Our Villas team presents their top villas by the sea in Europe and the Caribbean.
In the second of two articles, our India expert, Bea Searle offers her recommendations on places to visit in the fascinating city of Kolkata in West Bengal.