Fat bumblebees hum as they dip in and out of violet trumpet flowers languidly swaying over the verandah. Tiny yellow-bellied warblers dart in between sucking nectar as they sing. Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa is only 50 minutes from Bali’s international airport but stepping through its ornately carved wooden door is like entering the land of the lotus eaters, Homer’s mythical isle of honey-sweet fruit, which once tasted banishes any desire to leave.
If you’re planning a luxury family holiday for 2019, we have just the list for you – the top five unique and indulgent family holiday experiences, as compiled by TravelManagers’ Adela Backhouse.
1. Lapland, Finland
You can’t go past Christmas time in Lapland – after all, it is the home of Santa. Finland’s Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the perfect place to experience the Northern Lights, husky and reindeer safaris and they even have an ‘ice tank’. It’s the ‘place to be’ on your family Lapland adventure. You can even stay in an ice or glass igloo, or even a chalet and of course visit Santa’s Home. Once the kids are tuckered out from playing in the snow, you can settle into your chic but cosy villa and reward your exertions with a glass of red wine.
When you first become a vampire, you’re fixated on the small things. You look for hours at a pattern on a carpet, a stained glass window or even life itself, according to Ann Rice in The Vampire Lestat. This is the book I take with me for my week at Golden Door in NSW’s Hunter Valley. And whilst perhaps the Golden Door is not the perfect place for vampires: lack of night life, in bed by nine and up at sunrise, being there does transform you into a mindful mortal. You take time to watch nature such as the flight of the butterfly who mesmerised me with its golden wings that flitted and danced upwards to the clear sky and back to the magnolia tree with its white flowers and large brown leaves.
When it comes to “it” status in the world of fame and celebrity, it’s not something you would usually associate with a building. Head to 443 Greenwich Street in Tribeca, and you’ll find the “it girl” of the building world. And it’s packed with A-listers.When it comes to “it” status in the world of fame and celebrity, it’s not something you would usually associate with a building. Head to 443 Greenwich Street in Tribeca, and you’ll find the “it girl” of the building world. And it’s packed with A-listers.
We’ve all had that dream, you know the one, where you’re flying. Well, that dream, that weightless feeling and lightness of thought can be a reality. Paragliding is not often something a traveller, thinks about when embarking on a journey. There are other adventure sports that tend to take front and centre, like sky diving or bungee jumping, but paragliding offers something magical. And to fly above some of the most remarkable and beautiful locations in the world truly is a dream come true.
It’s a country over flowing with history, with monuments and relics, and a certain allure that cannot be denied. Being one of the most impressive ancient civilisations in the world, Egypt has always been an exciting and enticing adventure for travellers. Books and movies bursting with intrigue have been set here, so it should come as no surprise that Egypt is one of the top travel destinations of 2019. And, what is a visit to Egypt without a cruise down the famous Nile River?
There are those who chase the sun, and those who chase the snow. If being surrounded by mountains, snow and apres ski chalets is your idea of a good time, then have we got a treat for you. Based on the time of year we’ve discovered the top luxury ski locations and lodges. Time to don your ski gear, put on that beanie and hit the slopes.
New Year is a magical time. And it’s not just because of the fireworks. It’s a time where the whole world comes together to celebrate a new beginning, the chance to take on new challenges and to be inspired. A chance to meet new people and, of course, to travel to new destinations (my favourite part of the new year). With that in mind, here are our top 16 travel destinations for 2019.
Located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, Bisate Lodge offers guests breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes of the Afro-alpine forests. It’s here, at Bisate Lodge, guests can experience one of the most humbling moments in their lives – the chance to walk with gorillas.