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- South America Holidays 2015, 2016
With its wealth of natural wonders, ancient civilisations and captivating cultures, when it comes to touring, South America is emerging as a 'must visit' destination, thanks in part to a formidable reputation for the quality of its viniculture and gastronomy. We challenge you to find a better steak outside of Argentina, or a better 'new world' white wine than from Chile's Santa Cruz region. South America's reputation for the finer things in life is well deserved. Think tango, polo, those wines again, astoundingly beautiful natural habitats on an epic scale (hello, the Amazon River and its accompanying jungle) – not forgetting palate-tingling food, world-class heritage sites and museums and excellent hotels.
Elegant Buenos Aires, described as the 'Paris of the south', is at once buzzing and laid back, while outside of Argentina's cities you'll find unspoiled pampas, itching to be stomped by the thundering hooves of either gaucho steed or polo pony. Brazil is synonymous with carnival and excess, the Galapagos with animal encounters like nowhere else on Earth. Easter Island is one of the world's most mysterious, not to mention far flung, destinations, while music reverberates through the continent like a heartbeat. This means dance: Peruvian trovas, Ecuadorian passilos, Venezualan merengue and the gut-wrenching, heart-rending rat-a-tat of the tango. The people will welcome you with the same exuberant gusto as their national dances imply, but if you tire of the bustling cities there's millions of acres of untapped natural beauty ready to give you some headspace, from the snow-capped Andes to the placid waters of the Amazon and the empty wilds of Patagonia. You can't help but fall in love with South America.
South America holds a wealth of natural wonders, ancient civilisations and captivating cultures. Distances in the Americas are on a grander scale than anything we are used to at home, but with the expertise of Abercrombie & Kent staff in our five offices in South America, spectacular sights are seamlessly knitted together and brought to life.
South America with A&K
Chile is a land of extremes, from the surreal landscape of the Atacama, the world's driest desert, to the extraordinary Torres del Paine. Peru and Ecuador are an intriguing mix of Spanish colonial and hidden Inca traditions that come alive in the historical sites and legends recounted by the indigenous peoples. For those interested in Galapagos holidays you will find islands that take you to the home of plants and animals that can be found nowhere else.
Add to this the beaches and carnivals in Brazil, elegant 'Parisian' avenues and glamorous open-air cafés of Argentina's Buenos Aires.
South America Holidays 2015, 2016 with Abercrombie & Kent take you to the heart of this amazing region. Let our experts design your perfect South America Holiday.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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The South American Cowboys!
There is no doubt that for the gauchos of Argentina and Uruguay, the llaneros of Colombia, the huasos of Chile, the chagras of Ecuador, the gaúchos and vaqueiros of Brazil, and the sabaneros of Costa Rica, the horse is an important part of their lives. But what are the traditions and differences between them all?
Gaúchos & Vaqueiros of Brazil
In Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost province, gaúchos, are closer to the gauchos of Argentina, and are used to the vast lush rolling plains of the campahna. These cowboys are descendant of the first European settlers. The gaúchos of Brazil have developed their own culture and cuisine, heavily based on meat having Churrascos (BBQ’s). Unlike the leather clad northern Vaqueiros these cowboys are characterised by wide pantaloon trousers, a flat hat with a chin strap, a poncho draped over the shoulders, a wide belt, a neckerchief and comfortable boots.
Huasos of Chile
Chagras of Ecuador
Sabaneros of Costa Rica
Gauchos of Argentina and Uruguay
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Our favourite Latin American chillout spots
Uxua - Bahia, Brazil by Melissa Hookway
Tierra Atacama,Chile by Victoria Holdsworth
Pacific Coast, Mexico by Oliver Rodwell
Maroma Resort and Spa by Belmomd, Rivera Maya, Mexico by Charlie Lockwood
EOLO, Calafate, Argentina by Graeme Bull
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Top 10 Experiences of Latin America
Iguassu, Iguaçu and Iguazu; there are many spellings of this incredible waterfall and many ways to view it. We think the best is from two very different angles: from Argentina and Brazil, spread across two days to maximise your time and enjoyment.
2. Experience hidden Northern Peru at Gocta
From one waterfall to another, Gocta is about as different to Iguazu as it's possible to get. Located in Peru's Amazonas, it has two narrow drops that thunders down the forested cliff. What's more, it's in the middle of nowhere, so it's a much quieter alternative.
3. Indulge in asado in Argentina's cow country
Asado is the traditional South American barbecue, and the term applies to the range of techniques used as well as the social event itself. No Argentinian weekend is complete without one, so if you're in the pampas we highly recommend sampling some of the country's premier barbecued beef.
4. Swim in Mexico's spectacular cenotes
A cenote is more commonly known as a sinkhole, once used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. These days they are renowned swimming destinations, mainly dotted along the stunning Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
5. Snorkel with seals in the Galapagos Islands
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as you explore this incredible island chain and its enormous array of marine life on a cruise, hopping into the depths to snorkel with seals and a wide variety of fish.
6. Walk the 'way of the Moai' on Easter Island
The captivating presence of the Moai - the stone statues that adorn Easter Island - can be felt across the island, but the best way to experience the magic of the island and its ancient carved inhabitants is by walking the 'way of the Moai', a gentle hike that takes in many of the spectacular sights.
7. Kayak the Grey Lake
The Torres del Paine in Patagonia is one of the jewels in Latin America's crown, and one way to experience it's stunning toothpaste-blue glaciers is by kayaking the Grey Lake, a short expedition out into the water that affords incredible views, inconceivable from the shore.
8. Spot jaguars in the Pantanal
The Pantanal is so rich with wildlife, no animal lover will leave disappointed. The world's largest freshwater wetland, it boats the biggest concentration of large animals in the world, including giant otters, anacondas, tapirs, monkeys and of course, the elusive jaguar.
9. Sample some amazing wines on tasting through the Elqui Valley
Though it is home to the driest place on earth, Chile also boasts verdant valleys that produce incredibly flavoursome wines such as Syrah, Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon, perfectly sampled on a tour of the stunning Elqui Valley.
10. Try a spot of stargazing in the Atacama Desert
What do winemakers and astronomers have in common? The need for clear skies and pure light. Chile is blessed with both, and the Atacama Desert, the driest spot on the planet, is the perfect location for spotting the many constellations that make up the Southern Cross.
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Big Five: Island Escapes
Peter Island Resort & Spa, British Virgin Islands
Mountainous and jungle-cloaked with secluded coves and idyllic beaches, Peter Island has played host to an impressive array of visitors including explorer Christopher Columbus, Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro and footballer Rio Ferdinand. Reached only by boat or helicopter, the island began life as a resort in the 1960's and has always maintained a wonderfully laid-back and romantic atmosphere. With world-class diving, delicious private picnics, cooking lessons, horticultural tours and a blissful spa, there are plenty of ways to enjoy island life. We recommend heading to The Loop to watch the sunset whilst tucking into a fruit and cheese platter - delivered to you alongside your tipple of choice.
Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge, Madagascar
Located on a remote islet in the paradisiacal Mitsio Archipelago, Tsarabanjina Lodge combines castaway simplicity with Constance comforts to offer barefoot luxury at its best. Surrounded by vivid-blue waters, kaleidoscopic underwater scenery and powdery white beaches, you can do as little or as much as you like here. Take a trip to meet the lemurs on the nearby island of Nosy Komba, or watch the sun set behind the volcanic Frères islands to a ballet of tropical birds. When you're done with exploring and rejuvenated after a snooze in your private hammock, the beach bar is the place to be. It only closes when you're ready to leave, and the mango martinis are to die for.
Refugia, Chiloé Island, Chile
The largest island of the Chiloé archipelago - until recently one of the most isolated on earth - is a stunning natural wilderness. Rich in folklore, the island is a melting pot of ancient traditions and Hispanic culture, and there are charming little villages, costal treasures and three national parks to explore. Opened in 2012, Rufugia Lodge is the island's first luxury offering- an intimate 12-room gem with dreamy views over the water of Reloncavi Sound and the distant Andes peaks. Stylish yet homely: large glass windows make the most of the views, whilst the restaurant serves up delicious local fare accompanied by fantastic Chilean wines. From unwinding in the outdoor Jacuzzi to penguin safaris, rainforest treks and sailing trips; the experiences you have here are guaranteed to stay with you long after you return home.
Cappella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
Just two hours from Sydney, Lord Howe Island is one of Australia's best kept secrets. Subtropical, untouched and brimming with rare birds, flora and fauna: the island is a collage of soaring volcanic peaks, turquoise lagoons, lush vegetation and spectacular coral reefs. A real adventure playground, activities include bird-watching, surfing, guided hikes, snorkelling and diving, to name just a few. At the southern end of the island, the nine-suite Cappella Lodge provides a luxurious and eco-friendly base with beach-house chic interiors, a relaxed vibe and top notch contemporary Pacific cuisine. After an action-packed day, book yourself in for the three hour 'Dreaming' package at the Capella Spa - guaranteed to leave you feeling balanced and renewed.
Denis Private Island, Seychelles
With unspoilt surroundings, bags of character and the moto "The island is yours - Do as you will, without disturbing others", Denis Private Island is pure magic. Just half an hour by seaplane from the main island of Mahé, the 25 cottages are hidden among the lush foliage, just yards from the vivid crystalline waters. Spacious and elegant, the cottages offer privacy and comfort aplenty. We love the open-air bathrooms, and with no televisions, mobile phone signal or keys, this really is the place to simply kick back and unwind. A haven for turtles and rare sea birds, the wildlife is also a major draw; don a snorkel and head to the lagoon for encounters with triggerfish, clownfish, parrotfish, pirouetting rays and gliding turtles.
Big Five: Spring Breaks
Famous for its archaeological treasures, lip-smacking food and unmatched zest for life, Mexico is in full swing in Spring: celebrate the Spring Equinox at the spellbinding Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, witness the great Monarch Butterfly migrations in the highlands of Michoacan and tuck in at the Cancun and Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival. February through to the end of April is also whale-watching season on the wild pacific coast of Baja California. One of the longest peninsulas in the world, here you can see a greater variety of whales and dolphins than anywhere else on the planet.
From the vast open plains of the Serengeti to the snow-dusted peaks of Kilimanjaro and the dazzling white beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania has so much to offer. One of its biggest draws, the wildlife in Tanzania is spectacular; here you'll discover big game, flamingo-filled soda lakes and playful chimps. If you visit in the Spring you'll also find its plains are full of young, as many species - from the big cats to the plains game - give birth before the long rains begin. For the ultimate safari experience, we recommend topping off an exhilarating game drive with a reviving sundowner and a night spent out under the stars at our luxurious mobile camp.
With guaranteed warmth, a captivating culture and spellbinding landscapes, Morocco has all the appeal of an exotic location and yet is just a short-haul flight away. Arguably at its best in the Spring when the country is lush and green, and temperatures are comfortable, there is plenty to tempt you here from bustling cities to remote desert landscapes and the windswept Atlantic coast. Spring in the Atlas Mountains is particularly pretty, as the hills and valleys come into bloom against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Fabulous mountain retreats and guest houses provide comfort and relaxation, and you can stroll through the valleys and explore traditional Berber villages.
Although the Spring may not be the peak time to visit Cambodia weather-wise, the 'rainy season' is rarely as dramatic as it sounds. It generally means a tropical shower in the morning, clearing the air ahead of a glorious day on the beach or late afternoon - a perfect time to visit the spa. Hotel rates are often much lower and the crowds that descend on the country from December-February are long gone, leaving you to explore the countries mesmerising temples, relaxed leafy cities and a whole host of gorgeous, unspoilt islands in relative solitude. Experience castaway luxury at its best at Song Saa- Cambodia's first private island resort.
So much more than a beach destination, Turkey has stunning landscapes, a magnificent coastline, classical cities and an intriguing and unique culture. In Spring, the climate is pleasant enough to enjoy both the cities and the coast, and the landscape comes alive with flowers. A proud, historic city and Turkey's cultural capital, Istanbul is one of our favourite European cities, where time can be spent wandering the many districts, sharing delicious meze dishes and haggling with the sellers at the Grand Bazaar before an evening cruise to the 12th Century Maiden's Tower aboard a traditional kayak.
Big Five: Foodie Hotspots
It's hard to imagine a visit to Italy which doesn't involve indulgence. For the Italians, enjoyment of good food is simply a way of life. The principle of Italian cuisine is actually quite simple: fresh, natural ingredients prepared simply and with care. There are abundant food and wine-related activities on offer in the country. Some of our personal favourites are pizzamaking lessons in Rome, heading into the Tuscan woods in search of truffles and porcini mushrooms - and then preparing them with a local chef - and visiting wineries and olive oil producers for a glimpse into how the country's high quality produce is made.
Food is something of an obsession in Japan, and the cuisine is considered one of the finest and most unique in the world. The focus is on the freshest of ingredients and a delicate balance of flavours and textures. At high-end restaurants, food is elevated to an art form and is complex and technical yet tastes clean and fresh. At street level you can enjoy delicious yakitori grilled meats and bottled beer whilst sitting on makeshift benches. The cities of Tokyo and Kyoto are the best places to enjoy cooking courses, which we can easily arrange for you.
Home to around 50 of the best restaurants in the world, South Africa is no less than a foodie paradise. The South Africans have exacting standards, and the land produces an enviable bounty of delicious, quality produce which lends itself to fantastic and inventive cuisine. Private bush dinners prepared by your own personal chef come as standard, and there are innumerable Michelin starred restaurants and unique dining experiences to be had, not to mention private tours at some of the world's best wine estates. Le Quartier Francais, an exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschoek Valley, offers excellent cookery classes.
From sizzling street food to home cooked dishes and the finest royal cuisine, Vietnam's food is unfailingly delicious. Food is an integral part of everyday life in Vietnam, so much so that a famous proverb dictates that people should 'learn to eat before learning to speak'. Since good food is such an important part of a visit to Vietnam, we have designed a culinary tour to get you right to the heart of the nation's cuisine, offering the chance to explore local markets, learn about street food and enjoy cookery lessons with expert chefs and local families.
Forget all you think you know about Mexican food. The country has an incredibly varied and delicious cuisine, which displays indelible Aztec, Mayan and Spanish influences, as well as many more. The country's food varies from the most meticulous haute cuisine to weird and wonderful street food. The Oaxaca region is especially good for regional specialities, and you can enjoy a delicious meal courtesy of famous chef Alejandro Ruiz at Casa Oaxaca - featured in Thomasina Miers' 'Mexican Food Made Easy'. In the Colonial Heartlands, head to San Miguel de Allende and enjoy a lesson at the fantastic Sazon Cooking School.
Big, bold and beautiful: Welcome to North America
Vast, both geographically and culturally, North America is a place the just keeps on giving. Whether it's bear spotting in British Columbia, surf lessons in Santa Monica or sampling food pods in Portland, the United States and Canada offer more gob-smacking, jaw-dropping and thoroughly mind-blowing experiences than anywhere else on the planet.
THE PLACE TO BE
California's calling. Miles of golden sand and surf; laid-back, quirky cities from San Francisco to San Diego with the glamour of Los Angeles in between; the majesty of Yosemite, the wines of the Napa Valley…the Golden State has pretty much everything, and all on a grand scale. This really is the place to 'dream big'.
Off-the-beaten-path Oregon is one of our favourite states. Miles of rugged Pacific Coast, bordered by lush temperate rainforest makes it brilliant for leisurely coastal touring. Throw in the laidback city of Portland and wrap it all up in delicious local wines from the Dundee Hills, organic farm-to-fork food to make your mouth water, and humorous, charismatic people.
The birthplace of America is filled with rich history, cultural attractions, fascinating cities, scenic villages and outdoor adventures. The six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are renowned for their vibrant Autumn colours, but whatever the season, New England is a beauty.
The raw nature of Alaska is overwhelming. This vast state, once part of Russia, is home to towering mountain ranges, thick forests, mighty rivers, open tundra and tumbling glaciers. Wildlife viewing is amongst the best on the planet; from the brown bears of Brooks Falls to the whale watching of Glacier Bay.
Home to five national parks, Utah represents the best of the Desert Southwest. Nowhere else on earth offers landscapes as stark yet beautiful or as dramatic yet intimate. Our Mighty Five encompasses the iconic Wild West scenery of Monument Valley, the majestic canyons of Zion, the mysterious hoodoo rocks of Bryce, the white water rapids of Canyonlands and the natural bridges of Arches National Park.
Howdy Cowboy! They say it's like a Whole Other Country - and it is. The Lone Star state is home to vast open prairies and swaggering stockmen on the one hand - with glitzy Dallas and boho Austin on the other. There are dude ranches galore for the real cowboy experience.
British Columbia, Canada
An intoxicating blend of cosmopolitan and rural; wild and homely; sophisticated and sleepy, BC is a paradox. The towering mountains of the Coastal Ranges, the wilderness of Vancouver Island and the Great Bear Rainforest offer square mile upon mile to explore in splendid isolation, save for the grizzly bears you may see fishing for salmon.
Home of the Rocky Mountains, Alberta is a land of staggering beauty and awe-inspiring wildlife. A land where bears roam free, bison graze in boreal forests, moose amble through spectacular landscapes. From the dizzying mountains through crystal lakes to the open plains of the east, you could easily spend months in this province alone, fishing, walking, riding, ranching.
Set on Widgeon II, a re-purposed crabbing boat which was originally a World War II-era troop carrie, the unique setting of Tutka Bay's cooking school offers inspiration to explore Alaska's regional products such as halibut, salmon and oysters.
Take in the sounds and sights of Austin's historic 6th street. Located within the city's urban core in Downtown Austin, its jam-packed with eclectic bars and an ever changing array of live music spots.
A tranquil and luxurious resort, Amangiri (meaning 'peaceful mountain') is situated on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona. Soak up mesmerising views from your own private deck over the colourful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.
A collage of gemstone lakes, lush valleys, mighty waterfalls and glinting glaciers, Yosemite National Park offers adventure in spades. An early morning start, to avoid the crowds, is well worth the effort.
Tuck into seasonal Canadian cuisine at the Banffshire Club. Located at the Fairmont Banff Spring, famously known as 'The Castle in the Rockies', the hotel's signature dining room uses ingredients sourced from the best local and sustainable producers, farmers and growers. Try the Angus beef tartare with pepper cress and some smoked mustard. Delicious!
Experience the wild and rugged beauty of Canada's west onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. With domed glass windows curving high over your head, the Gold Leaf carriage offers the ultimate opportunity to see much of Canada's natural beauty and wildlife, including eagles, elk and black bears.
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With British Airways now operating direct flights from Heathrow to Santorini and Mykonos from May this year, it's never been easier to discover Greece's captivating islands. The most westerly of the Cyclades, Santorini is associated with the misty tales of Atlantis. With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, picturesque white-washed villages teetering on the edge of an extinct volcanic caldera, multi-coloured beaches of volcanic sand, and some of the oldest wineries in the world, we can't recommend it enough. Popular all year round, and in full swing during the summer months, the island can be busy but that doesn't take away from its magic.
With small-scale entrepreneurship now permitted in Cuba and the imminent scrapping of its two-currency system, you can feel change in the air all over the island, with an atmosphere that is, for the most part, incredibly positive. Fresh back from a trip there last month, our Latin America Product Manager, Lucinda Paxton, hasn't stopped raving about the food: "As state control over the country's food supply lessens, paladares and restaurants are gaining access to previously hard-to-find ingredients with lip-smacking results. I was amazed by the array of local fresh produce and innovative fusion dishes." When you're not busy discovering Cuba's food revolution for yourself, we recommend shimmying on down to one of the capital's top musical hotspots.
As its neighbour Myanmar continues to attract the crowds, with demand far outstripping supply in the best hotels, Laos, as Laos does best, remains as laid back and tranquil as ever. From kicking back with an ice-cold Beerlao at sunset by the river, in what might just be the world's most unhurried, friendly capital city, Vientiane, to trekking forest-topped mountains inhabited by remote hill tribes in the north, and discovering the cooler climes of the Bolaven Plateau in the south, Laos offers relaxation, culture and adventure in spades. Just make sure you get there before everyone else cottons on.
Straddling Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is home to otherworldly landscapes that to the north hide dinosaur bones and legends of cowboys past, and to the south the mythical granite towers and glinting glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. If your new year's resolution is to get outdoors and be more active, then Patagonia has your name on it. One of the most remote and beautiful environments in the world, you can trek over glaciers, gallop over vast grassy plains, kayak across turquoise glacial lakes and revel in splendid isolation. It is also rich in wildlife and birdlife, so you are likely to spot condors, penguins, wild guanaco and even pumas, to name just a few.
A mesmerising mix of rich culture, welcoming people and staggeringly beautiful landscapes, Ethiopia tourism is set to sky-rocket over the next few years with a boom in small hotels and restaurants. From the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to pristine national parks, and the buzzing restaurant and nightlife scene of its capital Addis Ababa, travel here is as rewarding as it is surprising. Located in Bale National park, the newly opened Bale Mountain Lodge is one of the country's first luxury wilderness lodges. The surrounding area is home to myriad rare species, including Ethiopian Wolves, and offers fantastic trekking opportunities. We'd recommend combining a stay with a visit to the tribes of the remote Omo River Valley, one of Africa's-and the world's-last great undiscovered places.
Big Five: Detox Destinations
Body Holiday, St Lucia
The Body Holiday is based on the principles of relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet - a holistic approach aimed at helping you feel refreshed and rejuvenated by the time you leave. The resort is set on a private cove in the north west of the island and has excellent facilities including an award-winning Wellness Centre. Treatments range from massages and facials to courses of Ayurvedic treatment, Reiki and sleep restoration.
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Where better to cleanse body and mind than in the beautiful Himalayan foothills, on the banks of India's holy Ganges River? At Ananda, you can relax and rejuvenate surrounded by mountains and ancient sal forests. Inside the historic viceregal palace lies one of the world's leading spa hotels, where staff and facilities are dedicated to your wellbeing.
Txai Itacaré, Brazil
In this vast and beautiful country, it is easy to feel at one with nature. Txai Itacaré nestles amidst coconut groves and rainforest,looking out over a deserted beach on Brazil's undeveloped Cacao Coast. A rustic, ecofriendly resort with just 40 rooms, Txai places an emphasis on achieving harmony between man and nature - there are no TVs in the bungalows, and many of the spa treatments are derived from natural produce from the surrounding and plentiful Bahia region.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
SHA was designed by prestigious Uruguayan architect Carlos Gilardi and prize-winning European designer Elvira Blanco Montenegro. Positioned on a beautiful mountainside overlooking the sea in the agreeably warm Valencia region, this pioneering hotel-cum clinic takes the idea of a spa retreat to thenext level. SHA aims to improve wellbeing with a combination of modern macrobiotic nutrition, natural therapies and a dynamic and practical education programme.
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
De-stress and detox at Bali's revered spa resort, where resident experts including a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and nutritionist will assist you in your quest to get healthy. Built into jungle clearings above the Ayung River, beautiful Balinese residences and communal areas are surrounded by dense tropical gardens in Bali's serene rural heartland, near the arty hub of Ubud. The Como Shambhala philosophy is of proactive holistic wellness. Their vision encompasses healthy eating, exercise and self-development, including adventure and cultural discovery.
Big Five: Romantic Getaways
Here are just five of our favourite romantic getaways, guaranteed to awaken the senses, set the pulse racing and provide peace, privacy and special attention.
1. Vietnam >
Between its mountains, beaches, booming cities and cultural diversity, you're bound to find something that tempts you in Vietnam. Southeast of Hanoi is the remarkable natural wonder of Halong Bay, where the mystical limestone rock formations - which legend tells were formed by a dragon's breath - form a beautiful backdrop to a romantic overnight cruise on a traditional wooden junk. The southern highlights include the buzzing and cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). Wide boulevards and French colonial buildings house world famous restaurants, designer boutiques and energetic nightlife.
2. Rajasthan, India >
India offers beautiful architecture, stunning landscapes, vibrant colours, varied art, dance and music, and delicious food. There is no better place to experience the romance of the country than Rajasthan, which practically drips with beauty. Head to the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur, which has a wonderfully romantic setting, and perhaps even treat yourself to a night at Taj Lake Palace which appears to float in the middle of Lake Pichola.
3. African Safari >
We think that the experience of seeing Africa's incredible wildlife in the surroundings of some of the world's best safari lodges and camps is romantic in itself. Our highly experienced guides can organise mobile camping in some of the most incredible and remote wildlife spots on earth, such as the Ngorongoro Crater. Sky beds also enable you to sleep out under the stars in the bush, an experience which may provide you with your very own private wildlife encounter.
4. St Petersburg, Russia >
For a spot of winter romance, why not head to deepest Russia, wrap up warm and explore one of Europe's most historic and cultural cities. Beautiful buildings in various shades - from pastels to deep hues - adorned with gold design provide a backdrop to the city. An important cultural centre throughout history, today you can enjoy everything from wandering around The Hermitage art museum - one of Europe's best - to world-class ballet or simply browsing the flea markets for art pieces.
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina >
The achingly cool and sleek Argentinian capital is a place where romance is in everything, from music, dance, literature and art to food, wine and architecture. The Argentinians are passionate people with a healthy appetite for the hedonistic side of life. No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without a private tango lesson, which we will be happy to organise. Further afield, you could head to a renowned winery for a private tour, or visit an estancia to enjoy a horse ride through beautiful scenery, privately guided by a local family.
Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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