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The Hoshinoya Kyoto brings the Edo period of nobility alive in exquisite luxury

Adventure, CITY, STAY

“Domo arigato,” I say to the taxi driver who smiles, bows twice and says “Hai. Hai.” I wheel my bag along a pathway by the Ooi river just over the Togetsukyo bridge heaving with crowds of tourists who clot in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. Some are in rent-a-kimino taking selfies, others are in school uniform giggling and smiling and then there’s the occasional western tourist biting into a Miffy shaped donut.

This side of the bridge is much quieter. My quest is to find the private boat ramp for the Hoshinoya Kyoto. I see the sign just ahead written in English and Japanese and stop and breathe a sigh of relief. ‘No. No. This way,’ says a Japanese man with a camera hung around his neck gesturing downstream. I smile. Perhaps I should have donned a pair of Blahniks and a flowy Camilla for this journey. “You have to be a very special Japanese person to stay at the Hoshinoya,” my taxi driver confided before he dropped me off.

Image courtesy of Hoshinoya Kyoto

Top Five Luxury Cycling Holidays

Adventure, Lifestyle, TravelManagers

On a cycling holiday you’re immersed in the landscape. Life doesn’t whiz by as you watch from the coach, car or train window: you become part of the landscape through which you are passing. Conversations with locals happen. Amazing photos happen because you can stop when and where you want. No deadlines, except getting to your bed for the night. Opting for the luxury version of a cycling holiday means you fully supported every kilometre of the journey, so all you have to do is ride, enjoy those leisurely breakfasts, long lunches and delicious dinners along the way, knowing that your luggage will be transported to your next destination daily.  You can choose from guided or self-guided options, and your trusty mount will be a well-maintained bike (or e-bike), with back up support if you get a flat tyre or the weather turns bad.

TravelManagers’ Helen Rolton shares some of her favourite luxury cycling holidays, which are designed to make your time on two wheels as enjoyable as possible.

Image courtesy of Northland Experiences

Ultimate Guide to Luxury Winter Cruising

Adventure, CRUISE, Inspiration, SNOW

Whoever said luxury cruises are best in summer has obviously not read this list of exceptional luxury winter cruises. Time to swap your swimmers for a scarf, and set a course for the world’s most remote regions. Discover the Northern Lights, one of the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and walls of looming glaciers. Dare to be different, cruise in winter.

Image courtesy of Silversea

At Home with Sir Richard Branson

Adventure, Inspiration, STAY

Private islands, Moroccan magic and African safaris; discover a world of luxury with Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Limited Edition (VLE). Travel to the world’s most spectacular destinations across the British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Kenya, Mallorca, Swiss Alps and Morocco. Sir Richard Branson has hand-selected each luxury hotel and destination retreat to ensure a truly unique experience.

Discover your next home away from home with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Limited Edition below.

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

Meditation with Monkeys at Bagus Jati, Bali

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, STAY

High up in the misty forests of central Bali, far from the crowded cities with their bright lights and traffic snarls, is the tiny village of Jati — just a handful of houses amid rice terraces and market gardens on a small road that leads, eventually, to Mount Batur. 

Image courtesy of Bagus Jati Health and Wellbeing Retreat

Spirit of the Incas

Adventure, Inspiration, STAY, Travel

From lush jungles to vast deserts, Peru is a country full of mystery and adventure. Discover the unyielding natural beauty and ancient civilisations of Peru with Abercrombie & Kent’s wellness-inspired cultural journey. Learn about the sacred rituals of the Incas, walk the through the ancient city of Machu Picchu and kayak Huaypo lagoon.

Image courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent

9 Reasons Namibia should be your next travel destination

Adventure, Inspiration, Regions, Travel

As far as countries that ‘fly under the travel radar’ go, Namibia is pretty much at the top of the list. And while most people have heard of this extraordinary destination, few have ever visited. Those who have experienced the rich culture of Namibia all agree – this is a jaw-dropping destination not to be missed.

Okonjima Nature Reserve, AfriCat Foundation, wildlife
Image courtesy of Okonjima Nature Reserve

7 Reasons to Visit Jordan (other than the Treasury in Petra)

Adventure, EARTH, Regions

There are cities, landmarks and experiences that make the cut on most bucket lists. And a visit to the ancient metropolis of Petra in Jordan is one of them. Petra is most famous for Al Khazneh (the Treasury). And while this is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling through Jordan, this remarkable country has so much more to offer.

the ancient metropolis of Petra in Jordan , camels
Image courtesy of Visit Jordan

24 Mediterranean Islands You Wish You Knew About

Adventure, Dive, EARTH, SEA, STAY

From Greece to Malta, the Mediterranean is full of secret islands waiting to be explored. But with so much choice (and so much beauty) how do you choose which islands to visit? With this ultimate guide, First Class will take you off the beaten path to some of the lesser known islands scattered throughout the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean island, view, ancient church
Image courtesy of Go Ferry

Swim with Whales in Tonga

Adventure, CRUISE, Swim

Set sail on a Sunsail private yacht and swim with humpback whales off the shores of the Tongan Archipelago.

Made up of 176 islands and even more beaches, Tonga is an island paradise with a lot to give. With some of the world’s most pristine island waters, snorkelling, diving and blue water sailing are island favourites. For a chance to take the trip from memorable to unforgettable, go for a swim with the locals – the humpback whales of Tonga.

Image courtesy of Tourism Tonga
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