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Bermuda Shorts All Year Long!

Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda

Towering coconut palms, soft coral-pink sand, glistening sun on crystal-clear turquoise waters… vacation is the best time of the year. Especially when spent just two hours from the U.S. East Coast, in island paradise Bermuda. A traveller's delight, the picturesque island offers a moderate sub-tropical climate all-year-long. And her largest resort is now even offering a money-back guarantee* for the temperate weather conditions!

Bermuda is a year-round outdoor destination that experiences neither the chills of the northeast U.S. nor the intense heat of the Caribbean. Blue skies with bright sunshine and mild temperatures are the default setting, thanks to the Gulf Stream and Bermuda Azores-High. The mid-Atlantic wind makes for world-class sailing, and while there is no particular rain season, occasional rainfall throughout the year keeps the parks and golf courses lush. Whatever time of year, visitors can take advantage of these moderate temperatures to relax and play their favourite sports – all while wearing Bermuda shorts.

Wear your shorts all year long in Bermuda

Whether a short weekend trip or annual leave, well-deserved time-off should be spent in a place where the temperature corresponds with guest expectations. For vacation from November 2017 through March 2018, luxury resort Fairmont Southampton is offering a 'Bermuda Shorts' Temperature Guarantee, ensuring that the daytime temperature will reach at least 71
°F from November until December 2017, or 63°F from January until March 2018 – if not, the hotel room for that night will be complimentary.

A clear win-win situation for hotel guests: They either get to enjoy temperate weather, or a night for free. The special offer further includes popular holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Easter.

Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda

“Fairmont Southampton's innovative temperature guarantee might well be a world's first. In a nutshell, we are so confident about the appealing climate of our destination that we are willing to guarantee this in writing to our guests”, says Kiaran MacDonald, Regional Vice President Caribbean & General Manager.

“In the odd case that the temperature should drop below certain degrees, our all-encompassing resort offers plenty of options, with its award-winning golf course, a full-service spa with indoor pool, newly renovated Toddler and Games Rooms, and much more.”

Enjoy walking on the beautiful Bermuda beaches

For over four centuries, Bermuda has welcomed adventure seekers, explorers and romantics alike, and has long been known as a hidden gem with a mystique of its own. And while many believe this exotic island to be part of the Caribbean, it actually rests hundreds of miles north of the Bahamas in an astoundingly beautiful stretch of the Atlantic.

Bermuda recently became even more popular following a world-renown sailing competition and super yacht visits from around the globe. The sophisticated destination is equally suitable for expecting parents, couples, families, friends and single travellers alike, due to its high levels of safety and hygiene, and convenient location close to the U.S. East Coast. Blending local Bermudian culture with American influences and British old-world charm, the polished island offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and diverse activities for every season.

Turtle Hill Golf Club in Bermuda

From hitting the golf courses to relaxing in a spa and horseback riding on the beach, to watersports such as sailing, scuba diving and kite surfing, to hiking and cycling the railway trail, to whale watching or visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is a lot to discover for the young and the young at heart.

In addition, Fairmont Southampton provides an 'Experience Southampton' guest program with daily activities at the resort to its guests – come rain or shine.

Relax at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda

For more information about the 'Bermuda Shorts' Temperature Guarantee, please visit www.fairmont.com/bermuda-shorts 

To discover the 'Experience Southampton' guest program, please visit the website at www.fairmont.com/bermuda-events
 

The Lygon Arms Completes its Refurbishment

A beautiful bedroom at The Lygon Arms in Broadway at the Cotswolds

The Lygon Arms, located in Broadway in the heart of the Cotswolds, UK, has unveiled the final chapter of its multi-million-pound refurbishment and expansion.

The no-expense-spared transformation of this 16th century coaching inn, honours the building's charm and heritage, and debuts an enriched guest experience complete with 86 newly designed rooms and suites, a refreshed spa, and the late-summer launch of two new culinary experiences; Lygon Bar & Grill and Lygon Wine Bar.

The Swimming Pool at The Lygon Arms

The redesign of the guest rooms and suites, spearheaded by Anita Rosato Interior Design, beautifully embodies the hotel's 600-year character and style, while incorporating the contemporary luxuries and technological conveniences that meet the needs of today's modern luxury traveller.

Steeped in traditional British opulence and comfort, each room unveils a unique design, all individually decorated to create eclectic accommodations for families, couples and the solo traveller. The final renovation brings the total room count of The Lygon Arms to 86, including three one-of-a-kind signature Luxury Suites and six Courtyard Suites, inspired by famed past guests such as King Charles I.

Lygon Bar & Grill

This final chapter includes the newly opened Lygon Bar & Grill and the Lygon Wine Bar; a new restaurant and wine-bar, two of the most sought-after dining destinations in the Cotswolds. The Lygon Bar & Grill concentrates on seasonality and product provenance, while representing the traditional brilliance of British food in a relaxed setting. The Mediterranean-inspired Lygon Wine Bar boasts a fine selection of European and international wines, complimented by light Italian dishes.

“It is with great pleasure that we debut the final phase of this monumental refurbishment of The Lygon Arms, that unveils an exciting new chapter in the property's grand history,” says General Manager Graeme Nesbitt.

“Our team has worked alongside the best talent to create a vision that celebrates and brings to life the property's charm and long-standing heritage, and above all, ensures our guest experience is truly memorable.”

As part of the new vision for the hotel, the property opened the luxurious Lygon Spa offering a full range of unique beauty treatments. The hotel's public areas also have new looks that encompass the relaxation and luxury of the chic Cotswold countryside.

The multiple stories at The Lygon Arms have been woven into the fabric of the new additions, in order to stay true to the hotel's heritage, whilst ushering in an exciting next chapter built on personal service, passionate management and a luxurious and laid-back atmosphere.

About The Lygon Arms

The Lygon Arms in Broadway in The Cotswolds

Situated within the idyllic Cotswolds village of Broadway in Worcestershire lies the four-star Lygon Arms country house hotel. With roots dating back to the 14th century, The Lygon Arms is steeped in history, and remainders of the vast Tudor influence are visibly appreciated in the superb restoration of original features.

The Lygon Arms boasts two new restaurants in addition to a variety of relaxed lounges, a dedicated afternoon tea room and a summer alfresco courtyard. Alongside this is the luxurious Lygon Spa, and 86 guest rooms, including the regally appointed Charles I suite.

The next chapter at The Lygon Arms has recently been crafted as homage to its origins and gateway to its future standing. Today the Lygon Arms displays quintessentially Cotswolds and timeless design, and offers the highest standards of service, gastronomy, and comfort, whilst keeping the piece of history that makes The Lygon Arms unique.

For more information about The Lygon Arms click on www.lygonarmshotel.co.uk
 

Colourful Autumn at Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire

A visit to Staffordshire's Trentham Gardens is always a colourful experience between the months of October and November. Boasting a “rediscovered” Capability Brown parkland, a mile-long lake and award-winning gardens, Trentham has - for more than a decade - been one of the best places in the whole of The Midlands for visitors to head to at this time of the year.

But the introduction of one of the largest 'pictorial meadows' planting schemes in any historic landscape in the country over the last couple of years has done much to improve its autumnal appeal still further.

Of all the places in Britain to visit for a spot of leaf-peeping, few can now compete with the dramatic “floor to ceiling” range of autumnal colours on offer at Trentham Gardens. The woodland trees, reflected in the lake, are just one element of the seasonal show that is complemented every year by The Rivers of Grass - a breathtaking prairie garden landscape of grasses and vast herbaceous perennials designed by Dutch gardening guru, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf.

But the iconic perennial plantings of Oudolf and fellow Chelsea gold medalist Tom Stuart-Smith along with Trentham's own team - has also been expanded by the introduction of some eye-catching perennial and annual meadows, designed and planted by a third Chelsea gold medalist Nigel Dunnett who needs little introduction to the nation's horticultural fraternity.

Best known, perhaps, for his role in the plantings at London's Queen Elizabeth Park, Dunnett is now heavily involved in implementing a new range of plantings throughout Trentham Gardens. Having provided a stunning swathe of colour since the summer the lakeside areas, for example, will continue to offer rich displays while the flowers slowly fade and the foliage tints.

Elsewhere, mellow tinted grasses offer a staggering impact, alongside the vast perennial displays throughout the garden. And a collection of Japanese Cherries, recently introduced to the western gardens, is now starting to deliver yet more colour to the gardens.

Other trees, chosen with autumn in mind, have been added to enhance the lakeside woodland walk, including 150-plus North American trees. Some of the new tree planting will take time to light-up the skies at Trentham, but amongst the current natural appeal of Trentham are the colours of the magnificent mature Oaks and other trees reflected in the lake - with the wonderful backdrop of Kings Wood Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which Capability Brown included in his landscape.

For details about The Trentham Estate visit www.trentham.co.uk/trentham
 

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This month, courtesy of our partner, CroisiEurope, our lucky prizewinner and partner could be spending 5 days on the water in and around Venice, staying on a beautiful river cruise ship. This glorious city is one of Europe’s highlights, with stunning architecture, the Grande Canale and tiny canals running across the city between historic villas and palaces. The skyline is a true joy to behold.

There are excursions taking you to iconic and hidden treasures – outstanding art is everywhere: in churches, the Doge’s palace and St Mark’s cathedral. Venice also offers excellent food, wine and shopping. It is the perfect place for a longer city break. You might also explore other islands in the lagoon, Murano for example, so famous for its glassmaking.

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Five Reasons to Fall
for Kent this Autumn


Visit Kent in the Autumn


There’s a chill in the air, the trees are about to shed their summer guise and the schools are back. Yes, summer might be over, but Kent has plenty of reasons to swap the end of season blues for the vibrant reds and bright oranges of autumn.

With Kent just a short ride on the train from London with Southeastern Railway, it’s the perfect place to head to for an autumnal adventure. So, grab hold of that pumpkin-spiced latte and read on to discover Visit Kent’s top five reasons to fall head over heels for the Garden of England this season…

The Kent Green Hop Beer Festival

1. Hopping Harvest

There’s a reason people call Kent the Garden of England and with an autumn ripe with events and festivals celebrating our bountiful local produce, it’s no wonder why. Make sure to savour the date as the Kent Green Hop Beer Festival returns from now until 8th October, with scores of opportunities to taste newly released beers made from just-harvested hops produced by over 30 of Kent's finest brewers - sample some of them at the Canterbury Food & Drink Festival.

Visit the vineyards in Kent and enjoy a fine glass of wine

Meanwhile, budding sommeliers should head to one of the county’s spectacular vineyards and indulge in a tour and tasting during the harvest season. Chapel Down, Biddenden Vineyards, Hush Heath Estate and recently opened Gusbourne Estate each offer unique opportunities for self-guided or guided tours and tastings.

2. Auburn Autumn

Whilst summer in Kent is awash with blue skies and turquoise seas, autumn is a riot of reds, golds and burnt ambers. Make a date with any National Trust site in Kent this month and you are sure to see a gorgeous garden or two, but for a real vibrant visit, the 770 acres of woodland at Scotney Castle and rolling Wealden views at Emmetts Garden are a particularly stunning sight. And if you’re visiting Scotney Castle between 21st October and 12th November, be sure to join in with one of their autumn colour walk events, taking place daily.

Enjoy a leaf-crunching walk at Bedgebury in the Autumn

3. Leaf-crunching walks

Whether you want to admire the leaves as they turn from green to auburn or kick through them as they fall, we guarantee a Kentish woodland wander will leave you in awe, whatever your age! For orchard views and a taste of the harvest, stroll the ‘land for all seasons’ walk through Perry Woods near Faversham. Alternatively, why not take an amble past the dawn redwoods and swamp cypress of Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst for a classic autumn adventure? No matter what pace you’re looking to set, lace up those walking boots and breathe in the fresh Kent air on a ramble this season.

4. Back to school

The new school term doesn’t need to be filled with textbooks and boredom. September is a great excuse to get outside and uncover our county’s rich history. Whether it’s learning about the courage of the famous “Few” who fought in the skies above us at the Battle of Britain Memorial, or discovering 400 years of innovation and Naval craftsmanship at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, education isn’t just for inside the classroom!

5. Coffees and cafés

Grab a book, order that warming hot chocolate (with all the trimmings!) and sink into a cosy Kentish café this season. Enjoy a whole bean coffee and a hearty breakfast at Dame Kelly Holmes’ Café 1809 in Hildenborough. Alternatively, kick back, relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the Dover Marina Hotel and Spa, complete with panoramic views across the windswept Dover beach for added cosiness.

Visit Hever Castle in Kent in the Autumn

For more seasonal inspiration, and general information about Kent, please visit the website at www.visitkent.co.uk 
 

Festive Breaks at Luxury Family Hotels


Take a well earned break at Christmas with Luxury Family Hotels


After the madness that December always brings, with present shopping, school nativities and festive celebrations, guests can enjoy all the delights of a family Christmas without having to do any of the hard work!

For guests who want to celebrate New Year without worrying about childcare, then the New Year packages will be perfect, and for those needing some down-time in between the major festivities, then the recharger breaks offer the chance to chill out in sumptuous surroundings.

Take a well earned break at Christmas with Luxury Family Hotels

During the festive season, each hotel will provide activities and games for the younger guests, two-hours free childcare a day in the Ofsted-registered Den, a games' room for older kids and free baby listening services as well as plenty of entertainment for the parents. Hotels breaks include:

Christmas in a magnificent stately home: The Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds

A magnificent stately home hotel, set in over 1,800 acres of National Trust parkland, The Ickworth is a stunning setting for a seasonal break. With the twinkling of the Christmas tree lights and the flickering of the open fires, families of all ages will enjoy a traditional Christmas.

Christmas packages start from just £1,499 per room for a three-night dinner, bed and breakfast break with all the trimmings. New Year Break rates are from £1,199 for a two-night package.

Enjoy Christmas by the sea at Polurrian Bay in Cornwall

Christmas by the sea at Polurrian Bay, Cornwall

For Christmas with a spectacular sea view, there will be no better place to stay than at the Polurrian Bay Hotel this December. It really will be the season to be jolly; from the afternoon tea, mulled wine and carol singing on Christmas Eve afternoon; to the candlelit dinner for parents while the kids are enjoying a festive movie.

Christmas rates are from £1,010 for a three-night dinner inclusive package. Recharger Break rates are from £485 per room for a two-night package, based upon two adults sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. New Year Break rates are from £590 for a two-night package.

Christmas in Cornwall at Fowey Hall

Enjoy a festive break at Fowey Hall in Cornwall

Guests at Fowey Hall will enjoy a warm Cornish welcome this festive season. A grand Queen Anne mansion thought to be the original inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows, its welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere makes it feel more like a friend's country retreat, where kids can roam freely and parents can unwind whilst drinking mulled wine cocktails and eating mince pies.

Christmas rates are from £1,595 for a four night dinner inclusive package. Festive Recharger rates are from £870 for a three-night dinner inclusive package. New Year Break packages are inclusive of breakfast, dinner, 25-minute spa treatment and entertainment, rates from £1,100 for a three nights.

How to book

Take a well earned break at Christmas with Luxury Family Hotels

More information is available from the website at www.luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk

 

Or by telephoning the Central Reservations team on 0844 482 2152.

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   Simple, Quick and
   Convenient Malaria
Protection
for Travellers


Simple, quick and convenient malaria protection for travellers with Maloff Protect

Survey reveals almost half of UK adults who travel to malaria-risk areas don't think they need antimalarial protection despite NHS’ recommendation


New research of over 1,000 UK adults highlights that almost half (48%) of those who travel to areas at risk of malaria may be leaving themselves exposed to this potentially fatal disease.

For many, lack of knowledge about where in the world malaria is a risk and lack of time to obtain a prescription of antimalarials were cited as reasons for travelling without antimalarial protection. This month, marks the launch of Maloff Protect (atovaquone/proguanil), the first antimalarial medication available without a prescription from a pharmacy.

Each year, four million people leave the UK to travel to areas where they are likely to be at risk of malaria. In 2015, over 1,400 people returned to the UK with malaria and 6 of these cases were fatal.

“Malaria is a serious tropical infection that can cause people to become very ill with high fevers, chills and other flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches. It can very quickly become life-threatening if it’s not treated quickly,” says Dr Ellie Cannon, a London-based GP.

“Malaria can affect anyone. Travellers visiting at-risk areas should follow the NHS’ ABCD approach to malaria prevention, taking steps to avoid being bitten and taking antimalarial medication as appropriate.”


Get simple, quick and convenient malaria protection with Maloff Protect

The survey revealed a lack of knowledge about where malaria is a risk. Malaria is present in over 90 countries worldwide, mainly across tropical and subtropical regions. Nearly three quarters of people (72%) didn’t know that malaria was a risk in Central America and 47% within the Indian subcontinent.

Importantly, almost 1 in 3 people (32%) didn’t know that malaria was a risk in Africa – the continent that is home to 90% of malaria cases and 92% of deaths from malaria. According to the survey, 1 in 13 people didn’t take antimalarials because they didn’t have time to obtain them or they didn’t know where to obtain them. This statistic rose to 1 in 5 people aged 18-34.

“I’m proof that malaria doesn’t discriminate,” says television presenter Charlie Webster who contracted malaria whilst cycling 3,000 miles through Brazil on her way to the Olympics in Rio in 2016. “Malaria made me critically ill and very nearly killed me. Malaria is preventable – anyone travelling to countries where they may be at risk should make sure they take the necessary precautions against this potentially life-threatening illness.”

Survey results also suggest that people perceive the risk of malaria to be lower depending on the purpose of their trip. 54% of people admitted that they wouldn’t take antimalarials on a business trip; 51% wouldn’t take antimalarials if they were going to see friends and family; 27% of people wouldn’t take antimalarials if they were backpacking and 22% of people wouldn’t take them if they were going on a holiday or leisure trip.

Get simple, quick and convenient malaria protection with Maloff Protect

Glenmark has launched Off Somewhere – a campaign encouraging travellers to be aware of the risks of malaria on their trip and the steps they can take to
#BeMozzieReady.

For more information and tips about malaria prevention, follow
@BeMozzieReady on Instagram.

For more information about Maloff Protect visit www.maloffprotect.co.uk
 

  Exciting and Unique
Experiences Available
  from Audley Travel


Botswana Safari Camp

Audley Travel introduces a selection of new experiences across its programmes. From unique accommodation to breath-taking experiences - they are all now available to be included on Audley's tailor-made itineraries.


Audley has bolstered its offering in Botswana with the introduction of new safari camps in both the Khwai and Sankuyo Concessions. In Khwai Concession, Sable Alley overlooks a lagoon that connects the Khwai and Sable Alley rivers and is a short distance from the world-famous Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It is on the footprint of one of Botswana's original safari camps so is a well-loved (yet not over populated) area of Khwai known for its game populations.

A resident pod of hippo and large herds of elephant and buffalo are reliably regular visitors to the lagoon and can be watched from the comfort of the swimming pool and other outdoor areas. Game drives and walks are available exploring the 440,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve and Sable Alley also offers mokoro safaris where guests enjoy watching the animals from a canoe. Accommodation is in 12 elevated luxury tents, each with en-suite bathrooms, private verandas and private indoor and outdoor showers.

Also new in Khwai is Hyena Pan (sister camp to Sable Alley), a tranquil tented camp which is well visited by hippo, elephant and buffalo as well as a fantastic array of water birds. Accommodation is in eight en-suite tents with gas generated showers. It is the ideal place to get away from the outside world, with no mobile signal or Wi-Fi to distract guests from the amazing sights on their doorstep.

Skybeds safari accommodation

The third new camp is Skybeds – a truly unique safari accommodation. Guests stay on a three-storey five-metre-high raised platform with all the comforts expected from more traditional accommodation. Each Skybed is lit by lanterns at night, creating a fantastic romantic ambiance and overlooks a water hole which is frequented by wild dog, lion, elephant and hyena.

In Sankuyo Concession, the new addition to Audley's portfolio is Rra Dinare (which means 'father of many buffalo'). The camp overlooks the Gomoti River and its floodplains and offers eight tents. Communal areas (including a pool) feature open, thatched spaces to relax and enjoy the surroundings. These lodges can be included on tailor-made safaris which cost from £4,165 per person for a 11-day trip.

Sleep under the stars in an isolated glass pod in New Zealand


Sleep under the stars in an isolated glass pod in New Zealand. New for Audley in New Zealand is PurePod - glamping with a difference. The PurePod is made totally of glass (even the roof and the floor) meaning guests experience the beauty of the nature around them whilst sheltered in luxury with no one else around. Guests park their cars around 1km from the pod and the walk introduces them to the local environment as well as giving them a real understanding of the isolation and privacy that awaits them at their home for the night. Meals can be provided on request or guests cook food of their own choice. Binoculars or a telescope are provided for bird watching and star gazing, and guests must rely on the natural environment for their entertainment as there is no TV in the pod.

There are four PurePods on New Zealand's South Island, all within 2.5 hours of Christchurch. Two are near Kaikoura (one above the Kahutara River and one with great views of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains), a third is hidden high above a fantastic winery in Waipara and the last is above the Little River township on Banks Peninsula. A night in the PurePods is available on tailor-made tours to New Zealand's South Island, which cost from £4,225 per person for 16 days.

See one of the Hidden Beaches with Audley

Audley's Hidden Beaches team is proving its expertise in designing tailor-made trips with the introduction of some eclectic mixes of beach and culture that offer clients something completely new.

In the Indian Ocean, the specialists recommend trips that combine highlights such as the Cultural Triangle or Kandy in Sri Lanka with time relaxing on the beach at Paradee in Koh Samet, Thailand or island hopping in the Seychelles. Audley's specialists also recommend that clients consider Oman for their twin centre beach and culture stay. A trip balancing the dramatic scenery of the mountains in Jebel Akhdar, Oman with relaxation on a Thai beach or an island in the Seychelles is available.

Audley can now also offer a solution for couples who crave some time relaxing in the Maldives, but want to explore and soak up some culture – traditionally difficult to fit into a Maldives trip. Audley recommend clients think beyond the usual twin centre of Dubai or Abu Dhabi and satisfy their hunger for culture with time in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok. For the ultimate, once in a lifetime trip, the Maldives and Bangkok can be combined with a few days at Thailand's first jungle camp - Elephant Hills – where guests can watch the majestic animals interact with their natural environment. Prices start from £2,359 per person for a 13-day trip.

There is also a new destination in Russia. Audley has introduced Karelia, north of St Petersburg, to its Russian programme. Traditionally a simple stop on a river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg, Audley's specialists see huge potential in the area and now offer it as an option on itineraries in the region.

Guests will stay in Petrozavodsk – Audley's specialists recommend the Frigate Hotel. This boutique hotel is on the shores of Lake Onega, Europe's second largest lake, and offers guests delicious meals at the finest fish restaurant in Karelia which is conveniently on site.

Kizhi Island in Russia

Highlights in the region include Kizhi Island and UNESCO site Kizhi Pogost. Kizhi Island is at the centre of Lake Onega and home to the open-air Museum of Cultural History and Architecture. Populated from the 16th century to the 1950s, the abandoned island now boasts an impressive collection of restored traditional log buildings – the bell tower and two churches towards the southern end of the island are known as Kizhi Pogost and were declared a world heritage site in 1990.

Also recommended by Audley's Russia specialists is a day trip to Valaam Island, an archipelago in Ladoga Lake which is home to a 14th century monastery. The trip also includes a stop at Kinerma, honoured in 2016 with its spot on the list of the most beautiful villages in Russia. Audley recommends two days in Karelia and the destination is best suited to inclusion on itineraries based around Moscow and St Petersburg.

New for Audley in Japan is the San'In Coast – an area relatively untouched by tourists and man in general – impressive when so much of Japan's coastline is man-made. It is found bordering the Sea of Japan, 1.5 hours flight or six hours on a train from Tokyo. It is an area very popular with domestic visitors, but international tourists are yet to discover its charm – making it the ideal destination for Audley to offer on its tailor-made tours.

San'In in Japan


The vista is a relatively unspoilt, rugged coastline. Visitors to the region experience an older, more traditional Japan. Time here is well spent exploring the coastline as well as visiting the religious shrines, quaint villages, castle towns and abandoned silver mines. To relax after a long day, a visit to the healing waters of the hot spring resort of Tamatsukuri Onsen is a must, as is taking some time to enjoy the calm of the white sand and turquoise water beaches.

Audley recommends no less than four days in San'in and the destination is best suited to itineraries focusing on Central Japan, Shikoku or Kyushu. Prices start from £4,200 for 12 days.

Visit the Alpaca Farm in Ecuador

Last but not least is Audley's latest addition in South America - the indigenous community of San Rafael, two hours south east of the town of Riobamba. Tourism in this part of Ecuador is extremely limited and Audley's new experience gives its clients unique access that can't be booked elsewhere.

Visitors to San Rafael are greeted with fantastic views of the Sangay Volcano and surrounding valleys before being welcomed into a project established to reintroduce the native alpaca to communities in the Paramo highlands with the goal of generating a sustainable source of income for the women of these communities. The trip is a unique opportunity to visit an authentic indigenous village which has had little outside influence on its culture.

Visitors interact with locals who wear their traditional clothing (on a daily basis, rather than for the benefit of visiting tour groups) and practice the customs and beliefs of their ancestors. A highlight of the visit is seeing the alpacas in their mountain top farm, with the Sangay Volcano rising up as a backdrop. For guests who want to stay a little longer, an overnight stay in the community can be arranged. This authentic experience can be included on itineraries visiting Riobamba, which cost from £5,815 per person for 13 days.

For details visit www.audleytravel.com