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Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards not only for our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where.

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London, September 2020 

Hurry! Where you need to book now

Luxury travel companies reveal where is booking up quick for 2021
Wildlife experiences, Christmas in the Maldives and the best villas are selling fast

 

With 2020 being a rollercoaster of a year for travel, 2021 is looking to be the year that everyone will want to get away. Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, alongside its sister company, luxury group tour specialist Cox & Kings have revealed the destinations you need to book now to ensure availability next year.

 

With many of the companies 2020 bookings simply moved into next year, availability is even more scarce for some of the most popular trips. Both companies flexible booking policies are designed to give clients additional peace of mind should they need to change their plans unexpectedly.

 

Included in the list of trips to book soon are the usual in demand destinations such as visiting Japan during cherry blossom season and gorilla trekking in Rwanda; but next year other trends are appearing. Luxury safari lodges are already reporting high occupancy; A&K’s villa arm are reporting that their larger family villas are booking up quickly; and destinations where the amount of tourists are restricted, such as at historical sites across Egypt are warning that occupancy is booking up quicker than normal. A full breakdown of trends and areas to book are outlined below.  

 

Kerry Golds, Managing Director commented on the companies trends findings

 

The rule book as we knew it is out of the window; it’s a new world for travel. So if you do want to see, do or go somewhere, we’d suggest booking sooner, rather than later to avoid disappointment.

 

Booking Trends

In a time when the rule book has been ripped up, the below consumer trends have appeared from the luxury traveller.

 

Longer trips

An increase in the average length of a trip; this is opposed to several smaller trips, which also minimises air travel.

 

For Cox & Kings, their slower paced tours with more nights in one destination are proving popular, including India: Golden Triangle & Shimla and Splendours of South America both in February. Their longer tours Grand Tour of South America – April and Grand Tour of Indochina in November are also popular.

 

Missed Milestones

Anecdotal feedback from clients indicate that missed milestones in 2020 are encouraging them to travel in 2021, for that trip of a lifetime or with the wider family. This is meaning villas are a popular choice as they are perfect for a large family gathering.

 

Cruise, but smaller

An increase in interest in smaller cruises – smaller boutique cruises such as Silversea, Sanctuary Retreats and luxury expedition cruises are proving popular. A&K’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy Escorted Tour Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat Escorted Tour has received a number of enquiries already for 2021.

 

On the back of demand A&K has introduced more private yacht products, with yacht Alexa J in Greece getting a number of enquiries already for summer 2021.

 

Demand For Train Travel

The Belmond Andean Explorer will not start operations again until April 2021. Meaning there is pent-up demand for Cox & Kings’ Train to Machu Pichu group tour with May proving very popular already.

 

Where, When and How?

Homes away from home

Given that families were kept apart in 2020, A&K’s villa arm are seeing increased demand in large group holidays across Europe. Close to home and ideal for a celebration with a long guest list, or a break for the whole family.

 

Increased demand for private homes across the world and at home in the UK has encouraged A&K to introduce more into their portfolio that can be found here.

 

Egypt

Egypt has been captivating tourists for decades. There has been much anticipation as 2020 promised the opening of the Egyptian Grand Museum and the Death on The Nile movie. Many of the most magnificent monuments and treasures of the Ancient World will now have strict visitor numbers, meaning less availability to see these wonders. Early booking is advised to see the awesome Great Pyramids and Sphinx before setting sail down the Nile on one of Sanctuary Retreats’ boutique river boats, who are reporting high occupancy throughout the year, especially during school holidays and Christmas.

 

The Maldives and Caribbean Christmas

Beach holidays have never been more popular as Brits look for a well-deserved break. Despite high prices and minimum stay requirements over the Christmas and New Year period, the best rooms in top Caribbean and Maldivian hotels are already being snapped up early. Popular resorts include Gili Lankanfushi and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. In the Caribbean, Blue Waters in Antigua is looking like a popular option.

 

Wildlife Across The World

Some of our favourite camps are reporting high occupancy already, particularly during school holidays. Kenya and Tanzania are looking busy for July and August with many families postponing their 2020 trip to see the migration in 2021. Luxury lodges Sanctuary Retreats are already reporting high occupancy rates, especially in Botswana where some camps are nearly full during peak season.

 

*Book Now* Gorilla-watching in Rwanda

Visits to the small number of mountain gorilla groups which live in the Rwandan rainforest are heavily restricted and you need a permit costing US$1,500 per person for an hour’s viewing (maximum eight for each gorilla group). Tour operators need to book these as far in advance as possible, particularly for high season departures (from June to September and December to February).

 

Tiger Safari In India

In India, the classic Northern India circuit is proving popular for clients wanting historic palaces, romantic lakes, bustling bazaars and colourful temples. For those in search of tiger, safari is proving popular in Ranthambore. Small properties like Aman-i-Khas are reporting high bookings for next year. Cox & Kings’ An Indian wildlife Odyssey is looking to be popular already.

 

Expedition Cruising to Antarctica and the Arctic

Expedition voyages depart for the Arctic from mid-May to October when the weather is at its warmest and wildlife, including polar bears, walrus and arctic fox, are at their most active. Demand is high for the most sophisticated polar vessels, with A&K holding many of the best boats able to do this type of journey.

 

Sail the Arctic with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent

In particular, a sailing with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent on a celebratory voyage through the Northeast Passage is selling well. The journey includes an award-winning Expedition Team, which includes a National Geographic photographer and a Russian Far East expert. Navigate from Tromso, Norway, to Nome, Alaska, visiting remote, legendary settlements strewn across the Russian High Arctic, seldom-seen Siberian islands, isolated wildlife habitats and Arctic nature reserves along the way. (27 August 2021 – 21 September 2021)

 

Antarctica

The perfect blend of luxury, adventure and epic scenery. However, the short season from November and March and the small size of the expedition vessels and the restriction on the number of people allowed to disembark onto the pristine ice floes combined with growing demand means early planning is essential to bag the best departure dates and cabin types.

 

Japan | Cherry Blossom and Olympics

When it comes to cherry blossom in Japan, it’s never too early to book your trip. Accommodation, trains and tours book up sometimes up to two years in advance. Tie that in with the 2020 Olympics in the summer of 2021, means that Japan is going to be tricky for availability next year.  Cox & Kings’ Japan’s Cultural Treasures tour is already looking like a popular departure.

 

Solo travellers

Solo travellers face the problem that most tours and accommodation are still designed around couples. Dedicated accommodation for singles is very hard to come by and they often face no choice but to book more expensive double rooms and cruise cabins. With the world on pause during 2020, this is a good chance to step in to avail of the no single supplement on the first three places on most of Cox and Kings’ small group tours. The company also offers dedicated solo ours, but these are booking up fast.

 

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Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck, and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take clients down the road less travelled. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we visit. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K has more people in more places than any other travel company with more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries.  Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your lifewww.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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About Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings UK is the world's longest established travel company. Its history stretches back 260 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed a regimental agent to the Foot Guards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company's fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire, and by the early 20th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank. The bank became part of Lloyds, and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company. Today, the company boasts an award-winning portfolio of escorted small-group tours, with an average of just 14 guests per tour, and its team of well-travelled experts create private tailor-made holidays globally, with a focus on high-quality service and attention to detail. Cox & Kings joined the Abercrombie & Kent Group in 2019. www.coxandkings.co.uk

 

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Monaco, 29 July 2020.  

Michael Wale Named President & Chief Executive Officer, Abercrombie & Kent

Michael Wale has been named President & Chief Executive Officer of the Abercrombie & Kent Group by Geoffrey Kent and Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, co-chairmen, effective October 1, 2020. He joins the luxury travel company from Kerzner International, the owner of Atlantis and One & Only Resorts, where he was CEO. Before joining Kerzner, his career spanned almost 40 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, culminating as President for Europe, Africa & Middle East, directly overseeing the operations of 250 hotels and resorts, for its ten brands, in 60 countries.

      “With Michael, Abercrombie & Kent will start an exciting new chapter,” explained Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.  “When guests book a holiday with us, they know we will guide them to amazing places, but the destination is a given.  What they expect from us – and what keeps them coming back – is how we go the extra mile. Michael’s extensive experience in guest services and operations will take what A&K is known for to the next level.”

 

     Geoffrey Kent added, “Michael Wale has a remarkable track record of steering leading luxury brands towards unequalled heights.  We look forward to working with him to elevate Abercrombie & Kent’s profile and achieve even higher standards of excellence.”

 

Michael Wale is currently based in Dubai and will be relocating to Monaco.  Michael will continue his association with Kerzner International as he joins the Board of the company.

 

      “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Abercrombie & Kent at this pivotal time in the company’s history,” said Wale.  “I have travelled with A&K before and understand its distinctive approach to luxury experiential travel. I also look forward to working with Geoffrey and Manfredi, two titans of the travel industry, to build a bright future for our guests, partners and staff.”

 

Abercrombie & Kent is the world's leading luxury and adventure travel company. Founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962 as the first luxury safari outfitter, A&K’s award-winning travel services now extend around the globe to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. The company’s unparalleled network of more than 55 local offices ensures an unwavering commitment to service—with the unquestioned best in expert guides, luxurious accommodations, safety standards, and thoughtfully-designed itineraries.  Recent innovations include Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent and Wings Over the World, regional journeys that combine the advantages of luxury small group travel with the comfort of privately-chartered flights. 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

A&K is majority-owned by the Heritage Group, a leading private group investing in tourism and other industries. Its Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of A&K. Geoffrey Kent, Founder and Co-Chairman of A&K, pioneered luxury adventure travel, introducing the first luxury tented safaris in 1962. Today A&K's award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K has more people in more places than any other travel company with more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

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London, July 2020. 

Privacy – the new must have

When you want a holiday that will truly spoil you and your family, look to luxury travel company, A&K. With five-star service, unique touches for that special celebration and access to areas off limits to other companies, our private experiences around the world go above and beyond the ordinary. We have selected below some our very best experiences, both on water and on land. From private jets to private homes, A&K have it covered.

 

Private Water Experiences

Equatorial Wonderland: Raja Ampat Sailing Trip

Why? During this 10-night voyage, you will embark on a far-reaching exploration on a private sailing charter of what is, without a doubt, one of the least-visited but most remarkable adventure destinations on our planet.

 

Starting in Sorong, this voyage will take you north to Wayag, then through Waigeo, Batanta and Misool to cover the highlights of the entire Raja Ampat region. Tailored to an active and nature-loving group, the expedition is packed with fun ways to enjoy the bounties of Raja Ampat’s equatorial wonderland. Each day presents opportunities for adventure in stunning natural habitats supported by the amenities of the yacht.

 

Explore The Galápagos Islands In Style

Step aboard the Stella Maris, a luxury yacht chartered exclusively for this adventure. This fantastic vessel accommodates up to 14 passengers, providing each with unparalleled comfort when cruising these fabled waters. The Al Fresco Area offers authentic Ecuadorian fine-dining experiences. Wines have been carefully selected by the owner from the best vineyards in South America. Daily excursions take you to the different islands of the Galápagos, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide. All excursions can be tailed to suit your interests, however some of the most popular options include a visit to San Cristobal island. This island is full of panoramic hiking trails over the volcanic landscape. This is probably the only site where the Galapagos' three booby species can be seen together which include; Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed. Espanola Island is a great spot for watching sea lion and marine iguana. Meanwhile, at Kicker Rock you can enjoy astonishing snorkelling trips to observe manta ray, sea turtle and shark.

 

Private Cruise Along The Amalfi Coast

Cruise the caerulean waters along the Amalfi Coast on board your own private motor-yacht. Allow your captain to take the helm as you sail towards the beautiful island of Capri and natural wonder of the Blue Grotto. Enjoy the luxury of this exclusive experience. By chartering your own boat enjoy a bespoke experience where you choose the route. Swim in a private cove, explore a picturesque village or just relax and enjoy the breath-taking view from deck. After shopping for souvenirs return to the yacht and ask your English-speaking captain to find a private bay to enjoy a swim. Drop anchor at Marina Piccolo on Capri and enjoy lunch.  Take the time to stroll along this charming cove which is lined with elegant bathing lidos. As you head towards the sea cave of the Blue Grotto you’ll pass high calcareous cliffs. Your captain will navigate the waters to enter the cave which is illuminated creating a natural blue light. A magical way to round off your day at sea.

 

Sunset Dhow Cruise in Oman

View the rugged coast of Muscat through the eyes of ancient mariners as you embark on a sunset dhow cruise. Your twilight trip will take you out into the Indian Ocean casting anchor at a natural cove. You’ll be transferred from your hotel to the marina where the traditional wooden vessel awaits you. Catch the breeze in its distinctive sails and venture out into warm waters rich with sealife from dolphin to turtle.  Your sunset cruise will give you a taste of why Omanis were drawn to the sea as fishermen, traders and shipbuilders. According to Middle Eastern mythology Sinbad the Sailor was born in Oman and it was from Sohar, the ancient capital and maritime port in the north, that he set sail on his seven fantastical voyages. A tale which is sure to enthral the children in your party.

 

Traditional Gulet Cruise in Turkey

Set sail with family or friends on board a traditional Turkish Gulet. Allow your skipper to take the wheel while you take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, explore hidden coves along the Aegean coast or simply relax on deck with a sundowner. From Bodrum, you can enjoy a choice of seven-day cruises. These vary from heading to the yachting mecca of Gocek or sailing around the beautiful Greek islands. A cruise to Gocek will take you to the hidden treasures along the Datca peninsula before sailing to Serce, an amazing land-locked harbour. Experienced the thrill of entering through a narrow pen and seeing the beautiful fjord-like bay for the first time. As you cruise along the shore you can hop aboard a launch to visit the ancient city of Caunos - a renowned breeding ground for turtle. Before arriving in Gocek, dive from your gulet and languish in the glittering waters of a bay known as Cleopatra’s Bath. For those wishing to sail further afield, why not go island hopping around Greece? As you leave Turkish waters you’ll arrive at the popular island of Kos. It may be hard to leave the golden beaches and taverna’s, but you’ll soon be weighing anchor off secluded beaches on the less-populated islands from Pserimos to Marathi. Back on deck, enjoy dinner served by your private chef and sit back to admire the ever-changing seascape. No two days will ever be the same on a gulet cruise.

 

Private Islands

Nihi Sumba Island | Indonesia

Located on an unspoiled island paradise, Nihi Sumba Island is a responsible luxury resort surrounded by deciduous forest, pristine white sands and the azure Indian Ocean. Despite being twice the size of Bali, Sumba's population barely reaches a sixth of Bali's. This intimate island retreat includes 28 exquisite villas set in 567 acres of land. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, each villa is perched upon a terrace with a spacious outdoor veranda. Interiors are open-plan, reflecting simple Indonesian architecture and utilising local materials such as Alang Alang, teak and rattan. Rooms are designed to incorporate the beautiful surrounding nature, be it the dazzling ocean, swaying palms or colourful bougainvillea. The Mamole three-bedroom Tree House Villa is the most recent addition to the resort, defining luxurious tropical living and offering the best view of the beach.

 

The Boathouse offers a range of unique experiences including surfing, free diving, stand-up paddle boarding and deep sea fishing. Exclusive to guests staying at Nihi Sumba Island, the beaches are a great place to learn with only 10 surfers permitted to ride the waves per day. Guests can hire out private charter boats to explore the most remote regions of Sumba and the vibrant marine life which inhabits the island's clear waters. As evening draws, the boathouse is transformed into a tranquil setting where you can enjoy sunset cocktails and spectacular views about an open fire.

 

Song Saa Private Island | Cambodia

Located in the untouched archipelago of Koh Rong off Cambodia, the two islands which make up Song Saa (Khmer for 'the sweethearts') are the natural setting for this hotel – the first of its kind in Cambodia. Based on the Maldivian footprint, Song Saa features 27 overwater, rainforest and beach villas, and has been built with the environment in mind using sustainable materials. The resort's tasteful design shows real attention to detail, and features beautiful fabrics, artworks and a palette of neutral, earthy colours reflecting its natural surroundings.

 

As a result of design and its isolated setting, the harmonious atmosphere at Song Saa is delightfully conducive to relaxation. Snorkel over beautiful coral reefs, wander among lush rainforest or lie on the white sand beach. At the resort's heart is a first class restaurant and lounge, positioned just off the island's shoreline, surrounded by sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in the sunsets and seascapes. Other facilities include a water sports centre and a beautiful wedding venue.

 

Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island | Maldives

For an idyllic, private retreat, the Cheval Blanc Randheli private island is beyond comparison. Take a seaplane for 40 minutes once you’ve landed at Malé, and glide over the glistening waters of Noonu Atoll.

 

Here you’ll find a one hectare of sandy bliss. Even more so because it is exclusively yours. Access this world of wonder from a private berth and jetty and enter luxury barefoot living. With four bedrooms across two buildings, this destination is suited to a family where part of the group would value even more privacy. Enjoy indoor-outdoor living with spacious rooms that border and open onto the 25-metre long private pool. When you’re not in the pool, or diving into the Indian Ocean, you can the private spa treatment room, fitness centre and screening room at your disposal, as well as a dining pergola, private beaches and meditation pavilions. The villa is impeccably furnished and decorated – with everything you could need to hand. If for any reason it isn’t, there’s no need to panic. You also have a dedicated team of Ambassadeurs at your service. This is part of the Cheval Blanc’s Art de Recevoir initiative, designed to ensure the most memorable of experiences for guests. The team is available 24/7 and housed on the premises, ensuring you are pampered with personalised activities and breath-taking experiences. 

 

Thanda Island Private Marina Reserve | Tanzania

Once an unknown deserted island 25 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania, Thanda Island is now home to one of the most luxurious private islands in the world. The owners are Swedish entrepreneurs Christin and Dan Olofsson who created their fantasy island home here: a Cape Cod-esque beach house with Scandi style interiors, plus two traditional Tanzanian bandas on the beach. When the Olofssons are not holidaying, the whole island is yours to rent.

 

Once you’ve settled into your beachfront suite, there's much to enjoy on the island from massages on the beach, meditation lessons, or yoga . If you’re feeling more energetic, there’s a tennis and volleyball court, or perhaps you’d prefer to hit the water. A boathouse is fully stocked with paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, or try snorkelling or scuba diving in the surrounding marine park. You can swim with whale sharks, dugongs and turtles, all protected by conservation projects supported by Thanda.

 

As well as making great efforts to protect the natural environment (Thanda Island is powered by solar energy), the private island provides training and employment in hospitality, sustainable fishing and marine conservation to young Tanzanians in the area.

 

Private Jet Journeys

Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet 2021

Embark on a unique multi-destination adventure in search of the world’s most amazing wildlife. Begin in Japan to observe snow monkey in the enchanting Ginza district, before stopping in the Philippines, Malaysia and India to see shark, honey bear and the elusive Bengal tiger. Then answer Africa’s call of the wild with exciting visits to Kenya, Madagascar and Rwanda to spot gorilla, lemur and all members of the Big Five. During this thrilling expedition, you’ll also enjoy insightful cultural experiences such as a visit to a Maasai school and private performances of traditional music.

 

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with VistaJet

VistaJet Members can explore the natural splendor of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during a 14-day exclusive trip. Guests will discover spectacular scenery, enjoy epic adventures, learn about the country’s rich heritage and culture, while safely and responsibly immersing themselves in the secluded, natural habitat of aquatic and land creatures. With the new Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge as an exclusive base, spectacular volcanoes and the abundant wildlife of the National Park can be explored. Guests can enjoy a hike in the Andes with world record breaking mountain athlete, Karl Egloff, sharing his own story, mountain climbing anecdotes and the best tips to handle hiking at altitude. From here, a privately chartered seven-night private yacht cruise in the Galapagos Islands awaits, including a private audience with a leading scientist from the Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island.

 

Private Homes

Sirai House | Kenya

Set at the foot of the iconic Mount Kenya, Sirai House is an enchanting private house set within over 100 hectares of game-abundant plains which make up the Borona Conservancy. Throughout your stay an excellent team of staff are on hand to ensure you feel fully pampered at all times. As well as top-class services, including a private chef and safari team, you are also presented with unparalleled style and luxury amenities.

 

Sitting beneath a wonderful high-vaulted ceiling, the living area is furnished to perfection. The high windows bring plenty of light into your space and the decorations and ornate fireplace complete the ambience. Accommodating up to 12 clients, the bedrooms are equally spacious and stylish. You will also find a home cinema and outdoor tennis court on site. Sirai House also provides you with a great range of wildlife-watching experiences. Enjoy game drives, horse rides, nature walks, picnics and informative guidance as you get to grips with the beauty of Kenya.

 

Lengishu House | Kenya

Lengishu, an exclusive-use family home on the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, is arguably one of the best places for a memorable and isolated getaway. Tucked into a ridge with views across the Laikipia plains and deep into the Northern Frontier, Lengishu is made up of a main house and four separate cottages, creating a retreat for up to 12 people. All rooms face east over the undulating valley below, offering some of the best sunrise views. 

 

A full team of staff are on hand making stays effortless, offering guests the freedom to choose their own itinerary, not bound by the constraints of other safari lodges. Activities are in abundance and again fully flexible, including private game drives both on land and by air, mountain biking and horse riding through the conservancy, as well as the rare opportunity to help with the conservation efforts by helping to track rhino on foot.  Should guests want to stay at home, the infinity pool overlooking the valley is hard to beat or a game of petanque on their own private pitch before a gym session and a massage by the in-house masseuse can keep guests fully entertained. 

 

Both Lengishu and the Borana Conservancy have sustainability front of mind - Lengishu is built with locally sourced materials, expertly crafted by local artisans. All the conservation fees paid by Lengishu's guests are invested into the conservation of land and wildlife notably the endangered black rhino and its habitat. This is something every guest of Lengishu can learn about - how the Borana Conservancy supports the conservation of wildlife and the local community and how every stay makes a difference. Images

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 7 night stay at Lengishu from £6,250pp including international flights based on 12 people sharing

 

Africa House, at Royal Malewane | South Africa 

Africa House, at Royal Malewane enjoys a privileged position within a private reserve in the Greater Kruger Area, renowned for yielding fantastic wildlife sightings. As you explore the sun-scorched plains and seasonal rivers, you stand a good chance of ticking off all of the Big Five. This wonderfully scenic villa can accommodate up to 12 clients. Your stay is also enriched by an exceptional team of staff. As well as a chef and housekeeping team, you are joined by a private ranger, guide and tracker, as well as a safari vehicle. Your experiences are completely catered to your preferences. 

 

These living spaces here have been wonderfully designed, with eclectic antique furniture and carved four-poster beds. With great social spaces and breath-taking views, the atmosphere is always laid back.  Africa House also enables access to the main lodge of the Royal Malewane, where you can use the outdoor swimming pool and fully equipped spa.

 

Mesa Home, Amangiri | USA

There’s a particular beauty to Utah’s desert. With its swathes of tufted scrubland interrupted by huge, peach-coloured boulders, it feels a world away from anywhere. Located in the south of the state lies the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here in turn you will find luxurious resort, Amangiri. Residing in nearly 250 hectares of the Colorado Plateau, and requiring an Act of Congress to be passed so it could be built here, Amangiri blends into countless untouched square miles of red rock country.

 

Take privacy to the next level in one of the world’s most dramatically secluded settings, with at stay at Amangiri’s four-bedroom Mesa Home property. Offering seclusion mere minutes from the resort, this lavish private residence is contemporary in style with a pared-back aesthetic and muted palette. It offers a stone terrace and 15-metre infinity pool from which to enjoy the spectacular desert views. If you are able to tear yourself away from this exclusive space, you can enjoy all the amenities of Amangiri. Beyond the resort, there is an enormous wilderness of geological wonders including slot canyons, teetering hoodoos and sandstone arches. Head out to explore by foot, 4x4, horseback, hot-air balloon, or helicopter.

 

All prices are based on double occupancy in low season

 

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Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]  

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck, and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take clients down the road less travelled. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we visit. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K has more people in more places than any other travel company with more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries.  Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your lifewww.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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London, 9 June 2020. 

A&K Launches UK and Ireland Product

Exceptional Journeys; from the mighty craic in Ireland to the fling in the highlands

Luxury travel company A&K has been selling UK and Ireland holidays to its well-heeled international clientele for decades. On the back of an increase in enquiries and response to their recent survey, for the first time they have curated a selection of trips across the British Isles tailored to Brits, with the added bonus of fully flexible booking.

 

In a recent survey of its clients, Europe and the UK came out on top as the most desired destinations to travel to post-lockdown. The carefully curated suite of A&K UK & Ireland itineraries are no ordinary trips, with their exclusive access and top guides. All self-guided trips can be upgraded to include a super car or a driver-guide. Booking with a tour operator for a holiday at home has added security and peace of mind should the situation change; A&K will alter arrangements and bookings to every holiday is stress free.

 

In England, tap into passion points such as art, history and culture in the form of medieval castles, thousand-year-old churches, world-renowned museums and enduring traditions. Scotland stirs with its everlasting charm; natural beauty simply dazzles, bagpipes seem to echo across the glens, and history can be felt at every turn. Discover Ireland; packed full of ancient artefacts, rich in myth and folklore made famous in story and song, and warm welcoming from the locals who buy you a Guinness in a local pub. The range of itineraries include following the homes and castles of the Royal family, a private island tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for those wishing to explore the 'real' Scotland, and the ultimate itineraries for golf lovers in ScotlandIreland or a mix of both.

 

The very best hotels have been chosen, from Gleneagles in Scotland - an icon of jazz-age glamour, dripping in luxury with an added shot of fun - to castles in Ireland, and stately homes in England such as Beaverbrook. The itineraries are supported by a whole host of incredible luxury experiences that A&K consultants can include in a tailor-made holiday. 

 

A&K’s Managing Director Kerry Golds commented;

 

We’ve been keen to develop a suite of UK and Ireland itineraries tailored to our UK clientele for quite a while, and decided now was the right time. The breadth and depth of these islands is truly remarkable and right on our doorstep. Many people might think that they can simply do these trips themselves.. but can they do them the A&K way?

 

What’s more, flexible booking terms were also revealed as an important factor, resulting in A&K’s introduction of flexible booking conditions. For new bookings made by 30 September 2020, A&K will not charge should clients wish to switch destination or move travel dates any time up to 35 days prior to departure and can rebook to travel any time before 31 December 2021. Full details can be found on the A&K website.

 

Best of British

A nine-night trip that celebrates the glorious green grass of home, with a leisurely drive through the British Isles staying in the country’s most iconic hotels and boutique properties along the way. From £2,250pp

From the rolling hills of Surrey, stay overnight at Beaverbrook, Surrey. Capture of the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with two nights at this extraordinary Victorian mansion, once home to the press baron and war-time MP Lord Beaverbrook. On the drive up north stop for an indulgent five course summer lunch at the fragrant 15th Century Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’s two Michelin starred restaurant. Then spend two nights at the boutique Holbeck Ghyll, ideally situated between Ambleside and Lake Windermere, so you can spend your days hiking through the rugged fell the spectacular lake vistas.  Gleneagles is one of Britain’s largest hotel and sporting estates – a glorious playground of 850 acres, offering guests an array of country pursuits and activities including falconry with Harris’ Hawks, horse riding in the equestrian centre, off-roading, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, gun dog training, archery as well as the opportunity to hike through the Ochil Halls and of course tee-off on three championship golf courses. The final stop is on to God’s Own – Yorkshire via a picnic on the glorious sandy beaches of Milsey Bay in Berwick.  The Grade II* listed Grantley Hall, near Ripon has caused a buzz amongst spa sybarites since its opening last summer. Make this trip ultra-luxurious by hiring a super car to glide you from one luxury resting spot to the next.

 

A British Royal Journey Through The UK

An eight-night trip for any avid Royal fan; features many royal homes and places of historical importance including Windsor Castle, Eton College, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Yacht Britannia, Scone Palace, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace. From £7,559pp including flights, VIP airport services and private entrances

 

With Netflix’s The Crown returning to our screens in November 2020, discover the locations and landmarks that make up Britain’s royal heritage. From the Scottish Wars of Independence to the Tower of London, learn the secrets of the monarchy and enjoy the same luxuries as them, such as Champagne Afternoon Tea aboard a beautiful floating hotel, and insider-access to palaces before the official opening times.

 

Highlights include a stay at The Goring Hotel (where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William). In London, you can enjoy a private early morning tour of the Tower of London Jewel House instead of the Tower of London or enjoy a private early morning tour of Kensington palace instead of the regular entrance. Visit to the Highgrove Shop, where a wide range of organic foods and other items promoted by the Prince of Wales are on sale. Visit the Queen's favourite residence on a visit to Windsor; visit the State Apartments, including St. George’s Hall that has been beautifully reconstructed following the fire of 1992. In Scotland, the family home of the Queen Mother, a day of sightseeing takes in all things Royal. Hop on board The Fingal, a vessel that spent most of its operational career transporting supplies to remote lighthouses but has now been restored into a luxurious floating hotel. Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Built in Scotland, this ship was used by the Royal Family for many official voyages overseas, and much loved by the Queen as a refuge for relaxation. A private tour takes in the grand reception rooms and the cosy private areas that were once used by the Royal Family.

 

The Tastes of Ireland

A seven- night self-drive trip including Dublin, The Wicklow Mountains, Ballyknocken, Powerscourt, Cork, Blarney Castle, Kerry, Ballymaloe, Foynes, Galway, Connemara, Clonmacnoise, County Kildare. From £3,349pp

 

Fresh flavours, passionate producers and traditions handed down through generations: experience Ireland's food for yourself. Learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse, home to Ireland's most celebrated export. Dine at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Adjoining the Merrion Hotel, this is Ireland's highest rated restaurant, and the proud possessor of two Michelin stars. Learn about the basics of Irish cooking at Ballyknocken House, Farm and Cookery School in Co. Wicklow, an hour south of Dublin. The experience includes a hands-on class on how to make perfect Irish soda scones, and a demonstration of how to make a traditional Irish stew using local lamb from the surrounding mountains. In Cork, visit the English Market, ironically one of the most noted food markets in Ireland. Often deemed the Irish riviera, drive to the picturesque coastal village of Kinsale for dinner. This village is often considered to be the gourmet capital of Ireland on account of the large number restaurants located there. On to West Cork which extends over to the bays of the Atlantic Coast. This area has become well established as a leading centre for artisanal cheeses including Durrus, Milleens and Gubbeen and a visit to one of the factories where you can learn about cheese making. Continue to drive along Beara Peninsula to Castletownbere, the leading port in Ireland for white fish landing. Hear about the importance of the fishing industry to the local economy before enjoying lunch of freshly caught fish in a local hostelry. Visit Ballymaloe, run by legendary chef Darina Allen, this is unquestionably the most celebrated cookery school in Ireland. A visit to Foynews, where the main legacy is Irish coffee, learn how to make it properly in a master class using Irish whiskey and fresh local cream. In 1942, Joe Sheridan decided that transatlantic passengers needed something stronger than ordinary coffee to revive them after the flight, and so introduced the original Irish coffee. If there’s still room ,add on Galway Bay, home to some of the finest oyster beds in Europe. Visit the Connemara Smokehouse, where the proprietors will welcome us and show us how salmon is filleted and prepared for the delicate smoking that imparts a distinctive flavour. Samples are of course included.

 

Highlands & Islands of Scotland

A seven night private tour of Isles of Mull and Iona, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Whisky Distilling, Inverewe Gardens. Designed for those wishing to explore the 'real' Scotland, beyond the cities and into the wild west and north coast where the views are stunning and the welcome warm

 

The Highlands and Islands are a veritable photo album of majestic mountains, mysterious lochs and sublime seascapes. This itinerary stretches beyond the cities and into the wild west and north coast. Alight on the Isle of Mull and enter Duart Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan Maclean. Walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis. Discover a rich history on the Isle of Skye. Visit the attractive town of Pitlochry and Blair Castle. Plot a course through the Cairngorm mountain range, enjoying stops at some of the best whisky distilleries in Scotland. Contemplate the legend of Nessie as you stare into the deep, dark waters of the loch. Visit Culloden Moor, the site where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated. Uncover Scottish folklore and much, much more.

 

British Motoring: From the Golden Age to Today

A five-night journey following the history of British motoring in England for the true petrol head. From £2,939pp

 

Go back in time and discover the history and legacy of British motoring at world-famous manufacturing plants and multiple museum visits. Then, try your hand at off-roading and experience the prestigious Goodwood Revival, held each September. Visit the Land Rover Experience Centre to witness expert demonstrations in off-road driving before taking your own turn behind the wheel beside a skilled Land Rover instructor. Hone your off-road driving techniques while putting the latest Land Rover production models through their paces on the Jungle Track, the Land Track and in the Adventure Zone. Highlights of the itinerary also include a visit to the Jaguar factory, Morgan Motor Company, National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The most luxurious hotels included in this itinerary include Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds, the Grand Hotel Brighton and Brown’s Hotel in London.

 

A Classic Par – Scottish Whisky And Golf

A six-night journey for any golf fan who enjoys the green grass of Scotland along with the peaty whiskeys from this fine land. From £4,869

 

Tee-off on some of Scotland’s famous and most challenging golf courses, from the location of the Ryder Cup to the Carnoustie Championship Course. Enjoy the Old Course Experience that comes with driving range privileges and dinner perks, everything packaged together for a luxury hole-in-one experience. Discover Scotland’s perfect pairing. Staying at Gleneagles, enjoy a private whisky Master Class in the hotel's exclusive cellar hosted by their senior whisky ambassador. The cellars at Gleneagles are home to some of the rarest and most prestigious wines and spirits in the world. You also have the opportunity to create your own blend of whisky with the 'Perfect Pour' Experience. Not only will you learn how to identify and blend flavours of whisky, but you will also create your own unique blend of whisky to enjoy at the Gleneagles bar and to take home with you.

 

Quintessentially English in The Cotswolds

A six-night journey for the inner anglophile in us all - as English as the bowler hat and umbrella, this tour includes some of the best of England, featuring a selection of the most iconic sights. From £3,059pp

 

Slip on the Barbour jacket and head out on a week-long tour of the essential sites and landmarks of the iconic Cotswolds. Saunter around dreamy Oxford colleges, stop off at Churchill’s birthplace, and breathe in the Cotswold hills. Gen up on ancient Roman history in Bath, and while you are there, drink in the Palladian architecture, in particular the majestic sweep of the Royal Crescent. Cup of tea anyone? Or would you prefer some famous Bath gin?

 

Gardens of Southern England

A seven-night trip to to discover the secret gardens of England. From formal walled gardens to open parkland. From £1,979pp

 

The flora and fauna of these historic houses and conservation projects will delight and inspire you for your next green-fingered project. Various private tours are available at each location, and afterwards you can sit back and relax in a tearoom, overlooking beautiful vistas. This peaceful self-drive itinerary is all about stunning landscapes, taking the time to simply stop and smell the roses. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen by promenading through Sydney Gardens to the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal. Enjoy a private tour of Cerney House Gardens and an introductory talk with Hidcote’s gardener before exploring the gardens known as the Arts and Craft Garden.  Last but not least, explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan for a private tour. Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England – lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this sleeping beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today, Heligan’s 200 acres are a mythical paradise for the explorer and romanticist alike.

 

A Northern Discovery

A seven-night discovery of the North, including Yorkshire and the Lake District. From £2,919pp

 

Industrial heritage, iconic landscapes, beautiful landscapes and boutique shops – it's no wonder Northern England is on top. Discover true Yorkshire life as a local, with a guide to take you across the moors, with hidden trails and legendary tales. Visit Snowdonia National Park and the quaint villages surrounding the Lake District. Not forgetting a private tasting of Carmel’s famous sticky toffee pudding, where the original dessert was created. Finally, indulge in some retail therapy at Chester’s famous medieval half-timbered arcades called ‘The Rows’.

 

On The Right Track with Belmond

A rise in slow-travel has us looking to train travel

 

Riding the Belmond Royal Scotsman is one of those pinch-me moments. Ranking among the world’s most luxurious trains, our mahogany-clad cars marry Edwardian elegance with the comforts of a country house. Ten intricately designed carriages, including the sublime Bamford Spa, form a palace on wheels. After a day´s adventures exploring the Highlands, retire into a haven of Edwardian-inspired elegance. Each en-suite cabin features sophisticated mahogany marquetry and an inviting medley of tweed furnishings and soft Highland wool. As the rugged Scottish landscape glides by, let the view—and motion—soothe you into a well-earned rest.

 

The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s only luxury sleeper train introduces new personalised experiences that take guests off the rails and into the heart of Ireland’s eclectic and adventurous landscape. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover or keen on Celtic culture, guests can now tailor their experience by choosing from a range of activities including kayaking at sunset on the lake at Killarney, paddle boarding across Clew Bay, kissing the blarney stone at Blarney Castle, horse riding on the beach in Carrowholly or exploring foodie Galway. New for 2020 – Belmond brings the warmth and craic of Irish hospitality direct to the rails with a ‘pop-up’ pub in the traditional style of a ‘Shebeen’ – once known as an illicit inn. This unique watering hole offers a taste of traditional Ireland, music, Guinness and dancing on board this iconic luxury adventure across the Emerald Isle.

 

 

All prices are based on double occupancy in low season

 

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Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]  

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck, and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take clients down the road less travelled. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we visit. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K has more people in more places than any other travel company with more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries.  Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your lifewww.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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London, 4 June 2020. 

Best of British - The Ultimate Road Trip

Relive the glory of the motoring age with a nine-night package curated by Abercrombie & Kent exploring the changing landscape of the British Isles while indulging in the UK’s finest hotels

This summer, celebrate the glorious green grass of home, with a leisurely drive through the British Isles staying in the country’s most iconic hotels and boutique properties along the way. The new Best of British experience curates a 10 day / 9 night drive from the rolling hills of Surrey to the Ochil Hills of Perthshire via the glacial ribbon lakes of Wordsworth’s Lake District and ‘God’s Own County’ – Yorkshire on your return.

Starting at Beaverbrook, Surrey – capture of the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with two nights at this extraordinary Victorian mansion, once home to the press baron and war-time MP Lord Beaverbrook and party hotspot for luminaries of the day. Prop up at the Art Deco Sir Franks Bar and indulge in innovative international cuisine, surrounded by the rolling countryside. It’s a four-hour drive to the Lake District but one which can be sweetened by an indulgent five course Summer lunch at the fragrant 15th Century Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’s two Michelin starred restaurant.  Heading north to Cumbria, spend two nights at the boutique Holbeck Ghyll, ideally situated between Ambleside & Lake Windermere. Spend your days hiking up through the rugged fell mountains and savour the spectacular lake vistas. There are plenty of opportunities to unwind with aromatherapy treatments at the Spa and fabulous fine dining.

From the Lake District you will observe the change in the countryside as Cumbria’s lakes and mountains give way to the woodlands and glens of the Scottish Lowlands. It’s a three-hour drive to the iconic Gleneagles hotel in Auchterarder and it’s always worth paying a visit en-route  to one of Scotland’s most important castles - Stirling Castle – where various Kings and Queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, were crowned.  Gleneagles is one of Britain’s largest hotel and sporting estates – a glorious playground of 850 acres, offering guests an array of country pursuits and activities including falconry with Harris’ Hawks, horse riding and lessons in the equestrian centre, off roading, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, gun dog training, archery as well as the opportunity to hike through the Ochil Halls and of course tee-off on three championship golf courses.  Having recently undergone a complete transformation, the hotel exudes luxury with redesigned and refreshed accommodation, bars and restaurants. Guests have the option to dress up for a decadent affair at Scotland’s only Michelin starred restaurant, or enjoy more relaxed yet refined dining at one of the hotel’s six remaining outlets. Heralding the golden age of travel, the American Bar captures the excitement of the ‘20s and ‘30s and there is an award-winning spa to completely unwind.

The final stop is on to God’s Own – Yorkshire via a picnic on the glorious sandy beaches of Milsey Bay in Berwick.  The Grade II* listed Grantley Hall, near Ripon has caused a buzz amongst spa sybarites since its opening last summer. The Three Graces Spa will be a welcome place of respite or for those who want to dig deeper, the Elite luxury gym, offers some of the most pioneering services available in the health and fitness industry including a cryotherapy chamber, altitude training facilities, underwater treadmill and 3D body scanners. Take time to wander in the beautiful grounds – notably an English Heritage Listed Japanese garden, which dates back to 1910 or pick up the pace with a bracing walk into the Yorkshire Dales with a picnic provided. London is a short four-hour drive down the A1 (M).

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers the Best of British Trip based on a nine night basis from £2,250 per person, based on two people sharing and includes accommodation on a B&B basis. Supercar hire can be added, price on request

  • Beaverbrook, Surrey – two nights on bed and breakfast basis including a complimentary upgrade to a Turret Room, Beaverbrook bubbles on arrival, a complimentary mini bar and late check outx
  • Lunch at  Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons for a 5 course Summer lunch menu 
  • Holbeck Ghyll – two nights on a bed and breakfast basis,staying in a Classic Room with Lake view (with a complimentary bottle of wine)
  • Gleneagles – three nights on a bed and breakfast basis  staying in a Manor Room with guaranteed complimentary upgrade to an Estate room, picnic lunch provided for lunchtime stop over at Milsey Bay Beach, Borders
  • Grantley Hall – two nights bed and breakfast  staying in a Deluxe room (including champagne afternoon tea picnic served in the hotel’s 38 acres of grounds or taken away to have while exploring the Yorkshire Dales). Rates includes £50pp of credit towards dinner in a restaurant of your choice on the second night
  • Drive back to London (4 hours)
 

London, 28 May 2020. 

Luxury Consumer Travel Trends Post Lockdown Revealed

  • The largest % of people believe they will be travelling in Spring 2021
  • Over half of those surveyed said they intend to start planning travel soon, if they have not already
  • Healthcare, hygiene and safety are all key destination factors
  • Europe and the UK are the big winners
  • Flexible booking conditions and comprehensive travel insurance will become more important than ever

 

Drawing on their expertise as leaders in luxury travel, Abercrombie & Kent alongside its sister company Cox & Kings, released the first in a series of luxury travel insights to try and discover how coronavirus may have affected their clients’ future travel plans directly from its well-heeled clientele. Overall, the first report revealed that

  • Consumer sentiment is decisive when it comes to holiday planning; with over half already planning or intending to start soon.
  • Safety and security of a destination came out on top, alongside buying from a reputable company.
  • Travel is a spending priority for the year ahead, with the majority of people’s budgets remaining unaffected. 

The six key results that feature from the travel trends report are:

People are keen to travel and are planning now

2020 will still see people trying to visit when it's safe to do so, with a goal of Autumn and Winter followed by Spring 2021. Summer 2020 is a write off for those asked. After a challenging time with the pandemic, planning and researching future travel is high on the agenda, with the majority of people planning now or planning to do so soon. 25% are re-looking at their bucket list and re-evaluating their travel plans.

Europe comes out on top.

Unsurprising Europe tops the list of places people intend to travel to in the next 12 months, with almost two-thirds of people (57%) looking to our nearest neighbours. Closer to home, domestic holidays are expected to perform well. The top ten destinations from both companies bare some similarities yet differ on some key geographies:

 

A&K

1. Europe

2. UK

3. North America

4. Africa

5. Far East

6. Caribbean

7. South America

8. Australasia

9. Indian Ocean

10. Middle East

 

Cox & Kings

1. Europe

2. UK

3. Far East

4. North America

5. South America / Africa

6. Indian Subcontinent

7. Middle East

8. Australasia

9. Caribbean

10. Indian Ocean

 

Beach is a popular option with nearly a third of A&K's audience opting for the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean; which is positive with the reopening of many Caribbean islands in June. Cox & Kings’ clientele who take advantage of their group touring offering, unsurprisingly put Caribbean in their lowest preference with South America, Africa and Indian Subcontinent all proving popular. However, those surveyed flagged that they will be a lot more cautious with where and when they travel (44%), highlighting the ever-evolving situation on the ground.

Budget

In a positive sign and a nod to the British tradition of holidaying abroad, over 70% said that their budget remains the same for the next 12 months.

Types of Holidays?

Pre-coronavirus, all sorts of holidays were possible. But when asked what type of holiday consumers would like to take compared to before, some distinct holiday type trends came to light:

  • A&K -  villa holidays (85%)  wildlife holidays (82.3%)
  • Cox & Kings - Private Touring (73.3%), Small Group (73.1%) and Arts & Culture (76.4%)

The research also highlighted other ‘factors’ that are important such as direct flights, consultant expertise and having comprehensive insurance.

Keeping It In The Family

When thinking about who to travel with, respondents wanted to keep it in the family and go as a couple or with their extended family. Solo travel came in third, highlighting the luxury travellers desire to explore the world post lockdown.

Safety and Flexibility

With every day bringing changes across the globe, flexibility with holiday bookings remains more critical than ever according to the research, explicitly citing 'flexibility without charges’ by over 80% of those surveyed. A&K and Cox & Kings have introduced the most flexible booking conditions for new bookings made before 30 September. For new bookings made by 30 September 2020, A&K and Cox & Kings will not charge any fees should clients choose to change to a new destination or move travel dates any time up to 35 days prior to departure. Clients can rebook to travel any time before 31 December 2021.

Expectedly, hygiene and safety of the destination came in second as a critical factor for booking a trip.

With the recent challenges facing clients on refunds and repatriations it is perhaps not surprising that consumers cited that the reputation of the travel company was in their top three concerns. A&K and Cox & Kings worked tirelessly to get their clients home quickly and safely at the height of global border closures. And as heritage brands that understand the value of customer service their teams remain on hand to process postponements, rebookings and refunds for affected clients.

The research has also established a new consumer panel – a powerhouse of A&K and Cox and King's clients who wish to be part of an on-going group to help provide further insights on future travel trends. This research will also help influence product development and strategy in the future.

Kerry Golds, Managing Director of A&K, commented on the results

What holidays look like has changed dramatically, this pandemic isn’t going to be easily forgotten. Unsurprisingly, people want to work with a reputable company so that if something bad does happen, they can rely on their operator to get them home quickly. 

We’re starting this consumer panel as our clients have and always will be at the heart of our business, so it’s vital we stay continue to exceed their expectations and we need data to inform us.

 

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Methodology

The research was conducted by Abercrombie & Kent and Cox & Kings in an email survey to their database of clients. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from these companies. Total sample size was 2,588 respondents (1,252 A&K and 1,336 Cox & Kings). Fieldwork was undertaken between 12 – 17th May. The survey was carried out online.

About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck, and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto 'off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

About Cox & Kings UK

Cox & Kings UK is the world's longest established travel company. Its history stretches back 260 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed a regimental agent to the Foot Guards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company's fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire, and by the early 20th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank. The bank became part of Lloyds, and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company. Today, the company organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel in the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a focus on high-quality service and attention to detail. www.coxandkings.co.uk

 

Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]  

London, 19 May 2020. 

World Ocean Day 2020

World Oceans Day on June 8th each year is celebrated to remind everyone of the major role oceans have in everyday life. Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent and its sister company Cox & Kings have curated a selection of trips that dive right into oceans across the world.

A&K, via its philanthropic arm A&K Philanthropy is helping to discover the potentially deadly effects of climate change on the planet’s valuable marine life, more details below.

Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]  

 

Equatorial Wonderland: Raja Ampat Sailing Trip

Private sailing yacht in Indonesia

Why? During this 10-night voyage, you will embark on a far-reaching exploration on a private sailing charter of what is, without a doubt, one of the least-visited but most remarkable adventure destinations on our planet.

 

Starting in Sorong, this voyage will take you north to Wayag, then through Waigeo, Batanta and Misool to cover the highlights of the entire Raja Ampat region. Tailored to an active and nature-loving group, the expedition is packed with fun ways to enjoy the bounties of Raja Ampat’s equatorial wonderland. Each day presents opportunities for adventure in stunning natural habitats supported by the amenities of the yacht.

 

A&K work with several luxury yachts and super yachts in the region. The smallest yacht has 5 cabins and 10 crew – the Rascal, priced below.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a ten night trip on a private yacht for 10 people from £10,000pp based on 10 people sharing. Includes flights, transfers, use of private yacht on a full board basis

 

Zanzibar Private Island Escape – Mnemba

Why? Zanzibar has some of the most unique coral along the Africa coast and Mnemba island (super exclusive) offers diving from sand banks, and deep wall drop offs. Visibility up to 30 mts.

 

A romantic hideaway, Mnemba Island is an exclusive paradise featuring twelve rustically chic beachside bandas, for just 24 guests, connected to the breathtaking Mnemba atoll. At just 500 meters in diameter and 1.5 kilometers in circumference, this tiny island is wrapped by an oval reef -- the Mnemba Atoll -- a marine conservation area. Even if the lodge is at a capacity, you'll be one of less than two dozen guests, with three members of lodge staff on hand to address your every whim. A monitoring and protection project for the green turtles that nest here has been in place for over two decades, with staff documenting all turtle breeding activities.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers seven nights’ all-inclusive from £6,635pp including flights, transfers and accommodation

 

The Iconic Islands of Hawaii

Why? Hawaii’s marine life is about 20 – 15 % endemic and the green turtles are highly protected.

 

From yellow butterfly fish that dart among the rocks to benevolent green sea turtles, it’s easy to see these fascinating locals while snorkelling, scuba diving. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) these gentle creatures are among Hawaii’s most beloved. If you’re snorkelling, they’ll coast on by as if they've known you all their lives. Spinner dolphins are aptly named for their affinity to spin as they leap out of the water. Hawaii’s abundant waters are home to a variety of fish. In fact, roughly 20% of fish species in Hawaii are unique to the islands. From the bandit angelfish to Hawaii’s state fish the humuhumunukunukuapuaa (which ironically isn’t endemic)

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 15 night Iconic Hawaii Islands trip to the four main islands; Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island  from £6,349pp based on two people sharing. Includes flights, transfers, accommodation on a B&B basis and activities such as snorkelling and guided swimming

 

Bioluminescent Plankton Night Snorkelling in the Maldives

Why? For over 40 years, Baros Maldives has been renowned as one of the best diving locations in the Indian Ocean, home to the first Dive Centre to open in the archipelago in 1979. 

 

Various species of phytoplankton are known to be bioluminescence. Found in warm water lagoons, this organism emits a beautiful glow when stressed. When they are washed ashore their chemical energy, luciferin, is turned to light energy. The bright blue-green light is this microscopic organism’s defence mechanism to disorientate and surprise their predators, whether it’s fish or sea mammals. This in turn creates an incredible night-time viewing on the beaches of the Maldives. . Baros, which has the most spectacular house reef just 15 to 30 metre from the shore, has launched exciting new dive offerings, appealing to divers of all levels. These include fascinating ‘Fluo Night Diving’, an activity promising to excite even the most practised diver. This is a unique adventure allows guests to see the reef in an entirely ‘different light’ and is completely safe, due to the resort’s close proximity to the sheltered waters on the house reef.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a seven night trip to Baros in the Maldives staying in a deluxe villa on a B&B basis from £1,720pp based on two people sharing (includes 35% discount)

 

A&K expedition – Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier

Why? Witness the amazing natural phenomena at Horizontal Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the ocean phenomenon creates horizontal currents that look like waterfalls turned sideways. Sir David Attenborough described it as “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder.”

 

Explore beautiful beaches at Broome, witness amazing natural phenomena at Horizontal Falls and the King George River, and discover Australia’s history in the fascinating rock art at Freshwater Cove. The west coast of Australia is studded with fascinating sights. Enjoy this unforgettable expedition in comfort and luxury on Le Bellot, an impressive mega-yacht perfectly matched to this type of voyage. Relax in spacious accommodation with a guaranteed balcony and enjoy unparalleled on-board assistance from your dedicated expedition team. Experts onboard include  Brad Climpson, Expedition Leader and Bart Pigram, Aboriginal Culture Expert;  A Yawuru man, Bart’s passion and experience is with protecting the indigenous Nyamba Buru Yawru community. Trip extensions offered to Ningaloo Reef, Perth and Margaret River and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Sailing dates - 6 May 2021 – 18 May 2021.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 13 day trip A&K expedition – Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier on its 2021 sailing from £10,570pp based on two people sharing. Includes accommodation with guaranteed balcony accommodation, all-inclusive cruising, covering on-board meals and most meals ashore, unlimited house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, complimentary wifi, and Traveller’s Valet® laundry service

 

Polynesia Idyllic Private Islands

Why? Walk, swim, kayak or paddleboard your way between 12 idyllic islands

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti.

 

The reef surrounding Tetiaroa is made of large and spectacular coral beds in the inner and outer lagoons which provide a perfect place for marine life to flourish. At least 167 fish species have been observed around the atoll, from colourful parrotfish and spotted eagle rays to blacktop sharks and bonefish. Whales often pause at Tetiaroa during their annual migrations and during the nesting season, large sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the coral sands. Guests can explore the spectacular lagoons by Polynesian canoe, kayak, paddle board, snorkelling, SCUBA diving as well as take guided tours of the atoll’s motus. Protection of the abundant tropical fish and other marine life is core to the resort’s mission. 

 

There is an eco-station for scientific research whose goal is to preserve the precious biodiversity on Tetiaroa with several projects including a fish replenishment program and an atoll conservation plan which guests can visit to learn more about the work that is being done. With deep respect for its cultural legacy, the use of historical practices and new technologies to provide extraordinary luxury in an environmentally friendly manner, the Brando brings the past and future together invigorating the spirit and enriching and changing all who visit.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a seven-night stay at The Brando in Polynesia from £10,000 pp based on two people sharing in a one bedroom villa on an all inclusive basis. Includes flights, transfers and room

 

AKP | Antarctica Climate Change Project

AKP is helping to discover the potentially deadly effects of climate change on the planet’s valuable marine life

 

Studying the effect of climate change on polar marine life in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica is the purpose of the Antarctica Climate Change Project, directed by award-winning climate change expert Dr. James McClintock of the University of Alabama. In addition to its research efforts, the project’s educational component supports outreach programs to students in grades K-12. Since 2007, AKP and A&K guests have contributed to Dr. McClintock’s pioneering studies with the purchase of essential laboratory supplies and equipment, including penguin satellite tags and drones. In 2012 the researchers at Palmer Station were presented with a “penguin cam.” The live-streaming equipment was installed on Torgersen Island to monitor a population of Adelie penguins. Watch them live October to February by clicking here.

 

Visit this Project

Travel with Dr. McClintock on one of A&K’s Antarctica cruises and deepen your understanding of environmental issues through his enriching lectures and excursions centred on environmental conservation. If conditions permit, visit the U.S. Palmer Research Station for a behind-the-scenes tour and the presentation of research equipment donated by AKP.

 

COX & KINGS

Queensland – Southern Great Barrier Reef

Why? Almost 60 years ago, a young Sir David Attenborough first visited the Southern Great Barrier Reef and he still describes it as ‘his most magical place on earth.’ 

 

Situated within a highly protected ‘Green Zone’ the coral cay is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef. Visit our Flora, Fauna and Marine Life page for more information about the Great Barrier Reef and the Islands history, flora and fauna.

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offer a seven night trip to the Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland Australia staying at Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island resorts from £1,550pp based on two people sharing. Includes international flights, transfers and room on a B&B basis

 

Belize Ambergris Reef Adventure

Why? With the biggest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and second biggest in the World, Ambergris offers some of the greatest sea life in the world.

 

Ambergris Caye is the largest of the 200-plus cayes (islands) in Belize, with long smooth beaches and inviting blue seas. Its coastline is protected by a 190 mile long barrier reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. It receives cooling Tradewinds most of the year, which keeps the temperature down and the mosquitoes away. The only inhabited area is the fishing village of San Pedro and the island offers a variety of activities as well as a small Mayan ruin

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offer a three night stay at a beach cabane at Portofino Hotel on a B&B basis including transfers and international flights from £1,500pp based on two people sharing. Room on B&B basis

 

Thailand Sea Canoeing Among Bioluminescent plankton

Why? Canoe with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bioluminescent plankton)

 

The glowing waves may seem like an optical illusion though it makes you feel the fantasy world of Avatar is not far from reality. Thailand is not only known for its gorgeous shores and island hopping. It’s a paradise for holidaymakers to indulge in bioluminescent beaches that comes to life at night. The neon-glowing waves can be seen around the beaches in Thailand.

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offers an 11 night Family Adventure in Thailand trip from £2,450pp based on a family of four travelling. Includes flights, transfers, accommodation on a B&B basis and canoeing with plankton

 

Island Hopping in The Cook Islands

Why? Explore the largest multi-use marine park in the world.

 

The Cook Islands is home to Mara Moana, the largest multi-use marine park in the world– spanning a total ocean area of nearly two million square kilometres, rich with marine biodiversity, including rare seabirds, beaked whales, manta rays and several threatened shark species. There are 136 identified coral species and some 650 species of fish in the coral reefs of Marae Moana, making it a bit of a ‘hidden gem’ – more info here. Alan Friedlander is currently chief scientist for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, has stated that Marae Moana a “key strategy” for restoring the health of our oceans – more info here.

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offers 12 night Island Hopping Tour of the Cook Islands from £3,495pp. Includes accommodation on a B&B basis, activities and domestic flights. International flights not included

 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

About Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings UK is the world's longest established travel company. Its history stretches back 260 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed a regimental agent to the Foot Guards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company's fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire, and by the early 20th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank. The bank became part of Lloyds, and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company. Today, the company organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel in the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a focus on high-quality service and attention to detail. www.coxandkings.co.uk

London, 28 April 2020.

AKP Responds to the Global Pandemic 

Helping the Most Vulnerable Fight

WORLDWIDE | During this time of uncertainty, AKP remains fully committed to supporting the 125,000 community members worldwide that rely on our programs. Many of AKP’s partner communities lack the infrastructure and essential resources needed to even stand a chance against a global pandemic. In response to challenges that we are currently facing, AKP is mobilizing our efforts around the globe. Working with our coordinators in Peru, Brazil, SE Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, we are planning for the most effective methods to assist to resource-limited regions where our A&K guests travel.

A Commitment to Fighting Hunger & Inspiring Hope

While the rest of the world “flattens the curve” with self-isolation, in many of our partner communities it is simply not possible under their current living conditions. Many governments have declared schools will be used as isolation wards for the sick. An added challenge becomes food. How will those who are sick get food if they’re living in isolation in a school building?

AKP programs provide school lunches to approximately 3,500 children everyday around the globe - when school is in session. We are working with our community partners in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to ramp up the school lunch kitchens, to get meals to those who are sick and isolated. AKP has the expertise, on-the-ground experience and long-term commitment to stand with our community partners during a crisis. They are currently working on initiatives to help feed those in need.

The AKP Emergency Relief Fund

AKP believes that we can help each other even though we are far apart – that’s why we have set up the AKP Emergency Relief Fund to help the most vulnerable as they fight to protect their families and livelihoods. Our AKP coordinators and community partners are working to address local needs through initiatives such as:

  • Procuring essential health items like soap and medical supplies to distribute through the communities in need;

     

  • Supplementing the income of women who run small community-based businesses as their revenue-generating operations are temporarily shut down; and

     

  • Providing vital resources that will help our brothers and sisters across the world get through these difficult times.

 

AKP Delivers More Than One Million Dollars of Medical Supplies & Equipment to Uganda & Cambodia

UGANDA & CAMBODIA | With health as one of AKP’s four mission pillars, AKP works toward eliminating healthcare disparities in disadvantaged populations. The places where A&K guests travel often face the greatest obstacles to health. Now more than ever, our partner communities are turning to AKP for support and relying on AKP’s Global Medical Assistance program with our partner, Project C.U.R.E. .

Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. In the past two months, three AKP-supported shipping containers (valued at approximately $350,000 USD each) have been successfully delivered to locations where A&K operates. These supplies are coming into country at an incredibly important time and will have a tremendous impact in these communities.

In March, two containers of medical supplies and equipment arrived in Uganda. The shipments were stocked with everything from gloves and disinfectant to wheelchairs and defibrillators, which are being utilized by the Bwindi Community Hospital to deliver critical care to patients and local community members.

In April, one container of medical equipment was gratefully received by the Ministry of Health in Cambodia. Our partners at Project C.U.R.E. report “We received word from General Sokren Seng in Cambodia informing us that the A&K container has been released from port and will be delivered to Phnom Penh over the weekend. The Ministry of Health of Cambodia will take possession of the goods and make sure that they get distributed to hospitals in need to combat COVID-19.”

Although a small effort in comparison to fighting this global pandemic, AKP is happy to do our part in addressing the health needs of others. AKP is planning to pack a shipping container for Tanzania at the end of May from Project C.U.R.E.’s Chicago warehouse.

 

London, 26 February 2020.

Discover the Arctic Through the Eyes of Abercrombie & Kent’s Explorers in Residence

At the heart of every Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruise is an emphasis on learning. Meet two extraordinary adventurers who will join A&K’s Arctic expedition cruises this summer as Explorers in Residence - each one a pioneer in their own fields, pushing boundaries and accomplishing remarkable feats.

 

Joining our Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise is Alex Pancoe, who summited Alaska’s Denali in July 2019 achieved what very few have: the Explorers Grand Slam. His recovery from a brain tumour at 18 inspired him to climb the seven tallest peaks with the goal of raising one million dollars for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago where he received treatment. Also on board will be Fiann Paul, a record-breaking ocean rower, who captained The Impossible Row across the treacherous Drake Passage in December, making him the first person to complete the Ocean Explorers Grand Slam.

 

“We have selected these accomplished Explorers in Residence because they not only have achieved at the highest level, but have inspirational stories to share about their pursuits,” explains Bob Simpson, Abercrombie & Kent’s Vice President of Expedition Cruising. “Guests will have the opportunity to learn from each of these remarkable individuals during on board lectures and shore excursions, and informally while enjoying a drink, sharing a meal or spotting wildlife while cruising the fjords.”

 

Pancoe will share stories from his adventures conquering the tallest peak on every continent and trekking the final degree to the North and South Poles. Guests can sign up to ascend Iceland’s Dynjandi Falls, rappel down a rock formation overlooking the ancient village of Qaqortoq and trek on the Greenland Ice Cap under his guidance. Fiann Paul describes his experience as Captain of The Impossible Row team, which completed the first completely human-powered crossing of the Drake Passage this past December. Kayak with him in the waters of Iceland’s Westfjords or Greenland’s Tunulliarfik Fjord.

 

These Explorers in Residence will be joined by Cultural Expert Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu, whose deep family roots in Greenland led her to focus on the unique cultural traditions in the villages she holds dear, adding an additional layer of expertise to A&K’s enrichment program. She joins the A&K Expedition Team of accomplished explorers, from award-winning scientists to habitat conservationists, historians and recipients of the prestigious Polar Medal.

 

Following routes once pioneered by the Vikings and great Arctic explorers, guests are invited to join Fiann Paul on the new 48-day Grand Arctic Voyage (July 31-Sept 16, 2020), which combines all three of A&K’s Arctic cruises into one extraordinary voyage of discovery:

 

Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (Jul 31-Aug 14, 2020) voyages through the Svalbard Islands and along the rarely-visited east coast of Greenland. Visit Svalbard, Norway’s polar bear haven, an Inuit village on Greenland’s Scoresby Sound and Iceland’s verdant West Fjords. 15 days from £13,410 (was £14,630).

 

Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise (August 13-27, 2020) explores spectacular Lindenow Fjord, Prince Christian Sound and the Westman archipelago, with excursions for active guests and families alike. Visit Inuit villages and discover the deeply-rooted Viking history of both countries. 15 days from £13,555pp with no single supplement.

 

The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (Aug 24- Sep 16, 2020) traces the rarely-transited route from western Greenland through the Canadian Arctic to the Bering Sea and Nome, Alaska. 24 days from £26,785pp (was £30,040).

 

 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 30 January 2020.

Abercrombie & Kent Appoints Northern Sales Manager

Appointment strengthens A&K’s trade team alongside Cox & Kings’

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has announced that Richard Hey joined the business this week as Agency Sales Manager covering the northern region.  

 

Richard is a familiar face in the luxury travel world having held roles at If Only and most recently, The Lux Collective. Mark Harris continues in his role as Agency Sales Manager looking after the south. The duo will be working closely with Sarah Turner and Laura Dawson, Trade Sales Managers for Cox & Kings to drive their agent engagement programme for both programmes respectively. This strong team underpins the ongoing commitment to the trade from both brands, offering a comprehensive spectrum of luxury products and services to agent partners.

 

2020 is a big year for the A&K Group on the back of a year of significant change in 2019; a majority stake in A&K was acquired by investment company the Heritage Group, headed by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio whose family founded ultra-luxury cruise company Silversea

 

Kerry Golds, Managing Director commented

 

The trade is a crucial pillar of our business and has only gone from strength to strength over recent years. Richard's expertise will be vital in an exciting time for A&K and C&K respectively. With both Agency Sales Teams now focussed on providing specialist knowledge we have a solid platform on which to further pioneer the world of luxury travel with our trade partners.

 

Richard Hey added

 

A&K has been ground-breaking the world of luxury since its inception. I'm excited to be joining a market leader in luxury travel at an impressive time in its history.

 

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A&K and C&K Trade Sales Team – Left to Right

  • Mark Harris – A&K Agency Sales Manager – South
  • Sarah Turner – C&K Agency Sales Manager – South
  • Richard Hey – A&K Agency Sales Manager – North
  • Laura Dawson – C&K Agency Sales Manager - North

 

ENDS

Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 07854933581 | [email protected]   

 

About Abercrombie & Kent:

Abercrombie & Kent was founded in 1962 by Geoffrey Kent when he headed out into Kenya's bush country with little more than a tent, his mother's silver ice bucket and a Land Rover adapted to provide refrigeration. These early trips formed the blueprint for African safaris, and the tone for every A&K journey that followed. Today, fifty-five years on from that first safari in East Africa, you can experience the A&K difference in more than 100 countries on all seven continents. With a network of 54 offices around the world and a family of more than 2,500 travel experts, A&K is in a unique position to ensure that every aspect is arranged with exacting precision for a stylish, seamless and safe journey. There is travel, and there is travel with A&K. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

London, 20 January 2020.

A&K Pledges Support for Australia

Luxury travel company encourages clients to still visit the continent

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has pledged $100,000 AUD to support relief efforts in Australia. The donation, encompassed from the global network of offices and its philanthropic arm, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP). The funds are being used to support Australian charities leading the humanitarian and wildlife relief efforts, including the Red Cross and RSPCA

 

Others can donate via the AKP website. In addition, A&K’s Australian based staff are being encouraged to use volunteer Community Service days to provide support where possible.

 

The size and scale of Australia’s bushfires is difficult to imagine. To date, more than over 20.5 million acres have burned. Shockingly, this is 10 times the number of acres burned in California’s 2018 and 2019 wildfire seasons combined, and larger than last year’s Amazon fires.

 

What some travellers don’t realise is just how big Australia really is. At almost 3 million square miles, it’s roughly the size of the U.S. mainland, which means a huge section of the country has not been impacted and most tourism businesses are still open.

 

All international airports are operating as normal and Tourism Australia’s travel alerts page provides updates on popular international destinations. The long list of areas that have not been affected by fires include Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Whitsundays, the Hunter Valley and North Coast of New South Wales, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island, and Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

 

Geoffrey Kent, Founder and Co-Chairman commented

 

We’re deeply saddened by the situation in Australia. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Australian communities who have been impacted.

 

Tourism is a key industry for Australia, and at present many of the main tourist areas remain unaffected. It’s important not to abandon this incredible country in its time of need.

 

Sujata Raman, Regional Managing Director, Abercrombie & Kent Australia / Asia Pacific added

 

At this difficult time, we have been heartened by the tremendous response of the local and global community in providing support to affected families and communities. Our inbound travel team have been working around the clock to ensure the many Abercrombie & Kent guests visiting Australia have been kept safe and comfortable and are being looked after in inimitable A&K Australia style.

 

Why we love the land down under

Cosmopolitan cities and outstanding natural wonders make Australia holidays irresistible. You’ll quickly discover why there’s so much more to luxury tours in Australia than ‘Sydney, rock and reef’. Explore sophisticated Melbourne and Adelaide as well as Perth. And while the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru are extraordinary sights, there’s also Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest and Kakadu National Park in the Top End.

 

With our extensive network of guides and experts, we’ll ensure you have those special moments that make luxury Australia holidays and tours so memorable. With our tailor-made holidays in Australia, we can arrange exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Sydney Opera House, a helicopter spin around the Hunter Valley's vineyards or a sheep-shearing lesson on a family ranch. Whether you’re travelling with family, in a small group or on your own, our team will reveal a huge and diverse country of modern and ancient indigenous culture.

 

 

Classic Australia

Cruise Sydney's handsome harbour with a glass of Australia's finest wine on our tailor made Australia tour. You’ll dine in the desert under the stars, gazing at Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), before rising early to watch the sunrise over this remarkable landscape. Other classic Australian experiences waiting for you include going walkabout in a UNESCO World Heritage rainforest with a local bushman to guide you, sailing and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the alleyways and arcades of cosmopolitan Melbourne.

 

Discover Australia

Explore the wonders of Australia on this whistle stop tour of the land down under. Visit Sydney’s humming harbourside and wander the atmospheric arcades of Melbourne. Snap the steeple-laden skyline of Adelaide, and potter around Perth’s repurposed heritage buildings. Of course, there’s more to see beyond just the major cities. Travel to Australia’s stunning west coast to experience the lesser-known beauty of Tasmania. Sample the fine wine of The Mornington Peninsula as you stop off at its maritime vineyards. From buzzing cosmopolitan cities to sun-drenched conservation parks, take in the very best contemporary Australia has to offer.

 

 

The Pristine Waters of Ningaloo Reef

On our Ningaloo reef tours you’ll snorkel or scuba dive with the dazzling marine life of Australia’s western coast

 

A&K expedition – Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier

Explore Kimberley’s wild coast on this exciting voyage, stopping in at Freshwater Cove, Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and Vanistart Bay

 

Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under Escorted Tour

Discover two of the world’s most captivating countries with our 18-day Australia and New Zealand itinerary

 

Exploring the outback

Spend three days exploring Australia’s iconic outback. Watch jumping saltwater crocodiles, explore Arnhem Land and swim in freshwater plunge pools

 

Heart Island Reef Experience

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a scenic flight to Heart Island before discovering the Heart Reef up close. Spot wildlife, snorkel in the lagoon and explore aboard a glass-bottomed boat

 

Insider access to Sydney’s attractions

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the animals at Taronga Zoo and a back-stage tour of Sydney Opera House with your private A&K guide. Explore the coastlines of Chowder Bay and Bondi Beach

 


 

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

 

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 9 January 2020.

Your wish, granted by Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent curate experiences for every traveller's wish

Every traveller has their wish list of dream destinations and longed-for travel experiences. Whatever your wish, A&K can fulfil it with our signature combination of authenticity, expertise and knowledge of nearly 60 years and a network of offices across the world.

 

2019 saw an increase in demand from our clients to get more involved in the inspiration and planning stages of their holiday - a natural evolution in the desire for more curated, experiential travel. That prompted us to set up My A&K, an area of our site where clients can begin building their dream trip, selecting and saving tours and experiences, before handing over to our specialists who will pull it all together for them. That demand for personalised, curated experiential travel is undoubtedly going to keep growing.

 

Below, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite experiences from our 2020 campaign, Your Wish, Granted. Read them all here.

 

See somewhere from a new angle

With A&K, there are always new ways to see old favourites – even for the most seasoned traveller. We know how to reveal the hidden side of a destination, whether it’s by taking you off the tourist trail, or showing you the highlights from a fresh perspective.

 

View Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park | Grenada

View the world’s first underwater sculpture park off the coast of Grenada. Listed as one of the Top 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic, you can swim among or sail over the 100 figures which inhabit this watery wonderland in Moliniere Bay. Observe how the power of the ocean has brought about dynamic changes.

Start your adventure by taking a 10-minute boat ride from St George’s, or 15 minutes from Grand Anse, to the protected area praised for being an artificial reef with flourishing marine life. The underwater gallery created by Jason deCaires Taylor can be seen from beneath the water if you dive or snorkel, or it can be viewed from a glass-bottom boat.

 

Sunset San Andreas Fault 4x4 Tour | California

Enjoy a 4x4 desert adventure on a jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault. On this sunset tour in Palm Desert, you’ll ride in an open-air Jeep, exploring the canyons along the San Andreas Fault as the sun goes down in the desert. 

The San Andreas Fault is a major fracture in the Earth’s crust. It extends more than 1,300km through California and represents a transform (strike-slip) boundary between two major tectonic plates: the Northern Pacific to the south and west and the North American to the north and east. Your journey begins before dark, as the sun sets you will be wowed by as long shadows bathe the hills in incredible red, yellow, orange, and purple hues. Wildlife also tends to be most active at sunrise and sunset, so your chances of catching Discover how and why the Cahuilla Indians lived along this fault and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more.

 

Delve into Rome’s Underground World | Italy

Take a journey back in time and descend below the modern streets of Rome to discover some of the Eternal City’s best-kept secrets. Join your local guide to learn more about ancient crypts and Roman catacombs. Start your amazing underground tour at the Basilica of San Clemente, easily the best example of exactly how deep you need to dig to understand Rome's history. You’ll descend three levels and through two thousand years of history. Underneath lies a functioning aqueduct, in which water still flows today. Marvel at one of the finest mosaics of the famous Tree of Life. Hear how in the 1860s, a priest discovered the structure we see today sitting on top of two millennia of foundations dating back to Nero's Great Fire in the year 64 AD. Your next stop will be one of Rome’s most important catacombs. Dating back almost 2,000 years this extensive network of tunnels, was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Explore the tombs carved right out of the rock and hear the fascinating history of this sacred place.

 

Balloon Ride over Luxor’s Temples | Egypt

Take to the skies above Luxor in a hot-air balloon and enjoy a panoramic views of the world greatest open-air museum. Leaving at sunrise, your scenic flight over Egypt's iconic monuments promises to be one of the highlights of your journey down the river. View the magnificent temples of Karnak and Hatshepsut, among many other privileged sights. Enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the sun rising over the east bank of the Nile, illuminating the land of the ancient Pharaohs. You’ll take off following a safety briefing and introduction to your ground crew and pilot. Your balloon will rise gently away from the crowds to reveal the wonders below.

 

Helicopter flight over Val d’Orcia | Italy

Take a helicopter ride over the UNESCO site of Val d’Orcia Nation Park, one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. After touring the enchanting reaches of the region, your pilot will take you down at Podere Le Ripi. Here, you will be led to the members’ cellar for an engaging wine-tasting session. Next, you are transferred to Il Silene Restaurant for lunch. Led by a Michelin-starred chef, the menu is focused around the natural ingredients of the surrounding area.

This divinely sculpted landscape has captured imaginations for centuries. Gaze over the expansive chalk plains and remarkably conical hills topped with breath-taking historic buildings. Here, you may spot an eclectic mix of Etruscan settlements, Roman roads and Renaissance castles. As well as being the inspiration for many important Renaissance artworks, such as those of Simone Martini and Giovanni Bellini, Val d’Orcia has also been used as a set for well-known films such as The English Patient and Gladiator.

 

Ziplining on the Mehrangarh Fort | Italy

Thrill seekers can experience Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur’s most impressive site, on an exciting zipline ride. Perched on a cliff, 124 metres above the city, the fort was home to maharajas since the 15th century. Today, you can still see cannonball dents imposed by Jaipur’s invading forces. Meet your expert guides who will brief you on the six ziplines. Then glide over the terraced Chokelao Gardens, leafy and brimming with orchids. You can also enjoy uninterrupted views over Jodhpur’s brilliant blue houses. Launch off a battlement accessed by a hidden tunnel. You’ll fly over crenellations and deep ravines. One line will whisk you deep into the arid red desert of Rao Jodha Park, gliding serenely over the surrounding mirror-like lakes. From volcanic rock and sandstone, you can look back at the fort in all its glory. Finish the adventure landing on the tip of a 30-metre fortified tower.

 

Stimulate Your Senses

In travel, what you see is only part of what you get. Imagine aromatic spice markets, thundering waterfalls and sizzling street food; the greatest destinations promise a multisensory extravaganza – and we can show them to you.

 

Pottery to palaces | India

The city of Jaipur seduces from all angles. Spend three nights exploring Rajasthan’s capital, a world-renowned epicentre for craft; block printed textiles, hand-painted pottery and intricate jewellery. Experience this first hand with private workshops and masterclasses in ancestral techniques. Then admire grandeur on a royal scale as you explore the city’s alluring palaces including private sections of City Palace, usually off-limits for other travellers.

 

Cheetah tracking in the Great Karoo | South Africa

Spend three nights in South Africa’s Great Karoo. Explore its varied landscape known for its heart-breaking natural beauty. Go cheetah tracking with a successful conservation programme and put your skills to the test scouting out the Big Five. You’ll also get to enjoy wilderness picnics and sleep out under the stars in a four-poster bed. Your base? A graceful farmhouse tucked away in a private game reserve.

 

Follow India’s Perfume Trail | India

Follow the scented trail through Lucknow, the northern capital of Uttar Pradesh, known for its grace, arts and culture. You will also explore the perfume capital of Kannauj, famed for its 200 or so perfume distilleries and its rose attar.

You’re A&K guide will accompany you as you meander through timeless lanes filled with fragrance. Learn how the process of making Attar, or Ittar, has its origins in medieval times as well as ancient India and Persia. Peruse some of the best perfumeries showcasing incense and beautifully-bottled essential oils. You’ll find scents of sandalwood, sweet-smelling jasmine and blends of amber and musk. They come in different forms from incense sticks and room sprays to therapeutic oils and laundry fragrances. Meet a perfume master with a canny ability to identify rare wood or laurel leaves. You’ll learn the delicate process behind making attar from plucking botanicals to the steaming distillation process.

 

Journey with a view

Whether you wish to lay eyes on mountain panoramas or oceanscapes, view-finding means more with A&K. With us, you can traverse the landscape in style – whether by rail, road, air or water – and savour the most stunning scenery on the planet.

 

Classic Nile | Egypt

A cruise down the majestic River Nile makes the wonders of Ancient Egypt come alive. You’ll be cruising on a floating five-star hotel with every modern comfort imaginable. This is a classic Nile tour with a pronounced sense of style. Drift past temples, tombs, colossal statues, wildlife and farmlands that line the banks as they have for millennia. At your side you’ll have the expert tutelage of an Egyptologist, revealing secret insights and deepening your appreciation. See where Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, lose yourself in the meandering alleys of bustling souks, ponder ancient hieroglyphics. And then relax as you sail gently down the Nile.

 

Cutting-edge California| USA

If you’re going to do one road trip in your entire life, you could do worse than taking the exhilarating Highway 1 from San Francisco along the California coast. Then why not do it in style? It’s almost obligatory to hire a Mustang convertible. En route you’ll stop at Napa Valley for wine tastings in smart estates and seek thrills on a hot-air-balloon ride over the vine-strewn hills. Wind along Big Sur’s coastal cliffs and lap up its ocean panoramas. When you get to Los Angeles, do as the Californians do and take on the luxurious shops with a private stylist.

 

Get Up Close To Wildlife

Let us whisk you off to exotic lands where the wildlife is as unique as the wilderness it inhabits. During your wildlife holiday, benefit from the expertise of our world-class guides

 

The spectacular zebra migration

Spend three nights in the deep reaches of Botswana’s premier national parks. Witness the great zebra migration, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. More than 25,000 zebras make the trek from the Chobe to the dazzling Makgadikgadi Pans. Witness the drama as it unfolds against the backdrop of wide-open vistas of shallow streams, carpeted emerald plains and giant baobabs.

 

The Great Ice Bear Adventure

A Churchill polar bear tour is without doubt the world’s ultimate polar bear-watching experience. Your adventure in Canada's Far North begins on the light aircraft flight to Churchill. From high above the remote hinterland you may well see polar bear, caribou, moose and wolf. Under the guidance of our team of specialist guides, you’ll trek the region's remote tundra and witness wild polar bears in their natural habitat. Climb aboard lumbering Tundra Buggies for a 'lunch with the bears' experience. After dinner each evening you may be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights in the Arctic's clear skies.

 

Give Back

Every holiday makes an impression – on our lives, but also on the places we visit. At A&K, we ensure this impact is a positive one. Our philanthropic arm, AKP, supports an amazing 42 projects in 22 countries, and we’re committed to integrating sustainability into your travel arrangements

 

Dipetsana Bike Shop | Botswana

Set in the small town of Kasane, Dipetsana Bike Shop is owned and run as a cooperative by five local women. On your visit, you’ll learn about everyday life here while coming to understand the importance of reliable and sustainable transport in this remote part of Botswana. Afterwards, a guide joins you for a cycling tour of the town. Seeing the shop at work, you’d think these highly trained women had been working in this cheery, bustling environment for decades. Several years ago, these inspiring entrepreneurs partnered with AKP, who were able to arrange for several shipping containers of second-hand bikes to be sent to them. A project with very little waste, even the containers have come to good use, forming the shop’s building. This has provided a means to support their families and broaden the community's mobility.

 

Hansraj Children’s Home | India

Hansraj Children’s Home is a residential girls’ school which serves around 100 children in the local area. This project is supported by A&K Philanthropy, with the aim of improving literacy rates in the area and combatting gender discrimination which makes it difficult for girls particularly to access education. The home provides free education, books, meals and clothes, as well as somewhere safe to spend the night, making it a vital resource for the area.

Most of the children here come from the tribal belts surrounding Udaipur. These rural communities are often situated far from the nearest school, creating another boundary to equal education. As you observe the good being done, hear from the girls how Hansraj Children’s Home has made a difference to their lives. You may even take part in games and other activities to help brighten up their day.

 

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

 

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 7 January 2020.

New: Multi-Centre Asia Itinerary and angles from A&K

Immersive, authentic experiences have been the talk of the industry for some time now – luckily, luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent have been specialising in them since they started nearly 60 years ago. While beach holidays are always popular, clients are generally looking to be immersed in a destination rather than a simple fly and flop. For those that want the best of both worlds there's always the twin or multi-centre which has seen constant growth over the past 10 years - and is something expected to grow. For example, a visit to Asia often encompasses more than one country.

 

With this demand from clients in mind, A&K have devised a new Luxury Tented Camps of South-east Asia which takes in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

 

Luxury Tented Camps of South-east Asia | 15 nights from £12,785pp

Embark on a thrilling adventure around South-east Asia, staying at the region’s most luxurious tented camps. This journey begins in the hills of Northern Thailand, on the edge of the fabled Golden Triangle, where you will bed down in style amidst bamboo jungles. Next, cruise on the Mekong to Laos, where the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang is waiting to charm you. Then it’s off into the remote Cambodian jungle for the ultimate eco-luxe experience. Your tour ends in Myanmar, where you’ll discover the fascinating people and places of Yangon, before indulging in beach bliss on the Mergui archipelago. The following hotels and resorts have been carefully selected for this itinerary.

 

 

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

Take advantage of the Four Seasons’ excellent activities. Join a guided excursion to the Golden Triangle, beginning with a longtail-boat ride on the iconic Mekong. Cruise to where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, before hopping onto dry land for a journey by tuk tuk or songthaew. You’ll visit the historic Buddhist temple of Chedi Luang and stop by a bustling market. Alternatively, head to the hotel’s ethical elephant camp to learn all about the loveable pachyderm and its conservation, while meeting the local population of Asian elephant. 

 

Rosewood Luang Prabang

Enjoy a farm-to-plate experience. Discover the types of crop grown here, lend a hand in a vegetable garden, then learn how to turn harvested rice into delicious kaopun (Lao noodles). Afterwards, hike through the forest to the nearby Kuang Si Falls. This three-tiered waterfall is famous for its sixty-metre cascade and inviting turquoise pool – just the place to cool off. Finally, head to Laos Buffalo Dairy. You’ll tour the farm, meet the buffalo, help feed the calves, and sample the diverse produce made from buffalo milk – everything from cheese to ice cream.

 

Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild

With an ethos of sustainability and conservation at its heart, this eco-luxe tented camp immerses you in nature. You can arrive in intrepid style with a zip line ride over a waterfall, join wildlife rangers on an anti-poaching patrol; navigate hidden backwaters by kayak; mountain bike between villages; or forage in nature’s larder accompanied by expert naturalists. 

 

Belmond Governors Residence

This charming, colonial-style mansion boasts a calming atmosphere throughout. In the evening, head out to experience the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda after dark. Discover Yangon's people and places as you explore the city on foot. Stroll along busy boulevards to admire a range of old-world architecture and learn about the cultural influences that have shaped this place. Stop at the iconic Strand Hotel for a drink and chat with Ma Thanegi, author and former personal assistant to leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. Then browse a dazzling array of produce at the city’s biggest and busiest marketplace, Bogyoke Aung San Market, before meeting artisans who produce hand-made goods from homewares to jewellery.

 

Wa Ale Island Resort

This eco-resort, the first of its kind in the Mergui Archipelago, is surrounded by nature. Spend your days snorkelling and diving the abundant reefs and caves here; enjoying daily yoga classes; and witnessing the exotic marine life. Accommodation comprises just 11 tented beach-villas and three treehouses, giving you a real sense of exclusivity.

 

 

With Asia in mind, A&K’s other itineraries are designed with immersive travel in mind. From untold Asia to Indochina Adventures.

 

Untold Asia | 15 nights from £7,679pp

Explore the magical rhythms which span South-east Asia. Travel by luxury train, boat, bike or simply walk barefoot on your private beach. Cruise the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok before cycling through its verdant hills. Watch the world go by as you relax in your colonial-style cabin on board the Eastern & Oriental Express. Be one of the first to stay in Singapore’s newly restored Raffles Hotel and marvel at the landscape of skyscrapers and botanical gardens in the country’s bicentennial year. Watch the sun rise at Angkor Wat before meeting Cambodia’s artisans in Siem Reap. Catch your breath on your own tropical island.

 

Indochina Adventures | 22 nights from £5,355pp

Visiting Vietnam’s cities, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue and Hoi An as well as Ho Chi Minh. 

Unwind in Phu Quoc Island before time in the Mekong Delta. You’ll travel to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, ending at the colonial city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Explore Indochina’s beautiful beaches, ancient streets and tropical jungles. Take a sampan cruise through the Mekong Delta and explore phenomenal monuments on foot, by bicycle and even by cyclo (pedicab). Witness market-life in Vietnam and see Cambodia’s forgotten jungle temples. Afterwards, head north to experience the welcoming tribal cultures of Laos.

 

Sanctuary Ananda cruise - Mandalay to Bagan | 4 nights from £795pp

See some of Myanmar’s most important and evocative sights on a Sanctuary Ananda cruise. You’ll have the chance to tour the beautiful city of Mandalay, explore the holy Sagaing Hill, learn to cook traditional Burmese food and discover more about the country’s fascinating culture. Watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon high over the temples and pagodas of Bagan for a truly unforgettable experience.

 

A New Era For Bangkok

Bangkok is, if not yet hip, then certainly on the cusp of hip. A hip Bangkok would be only the latest in a series of reincarnations this Buddhist city has undergone in the space of a few decades. Over the last 30 years, it has tripled in population and metamorphosed from a drowsy Asian backwater (quite literally: only a few feet above sea level, it's often flooded in monsoon season) to a densely populated, plugged-in metropolis.

 

Thai fashion designers are drawing inspiration from their own cultural heritage. Even the old-guard Jim Thompson silk company, best known for its high-quality, conservative neckties and scarves, has introduced a collection of bold, contemporary furniture and accessories in traditional materials—such as silk and teak—by the London-based Thai designer Ou Baholyodhin. Many creative enterprises are collaborations between Thais and expats, who bring an outsider's appreciation for the culture. One of the most popular spots for dinner in Bangkok these days is Le Café Siam, where French-born executive chef Xavier Lecourt's menu draws from both French and Thai traditions.

 

An area of rice paddies only 50 years ago, Sukhumvit is now home to the Emporium, the city's newest and most upscale shopping plaza (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and the like). The restaurant Agalico, whose owner is reputed to be a direct descendant of King Rama V, is where ladies who lunch go for afternoon tea. Sukhumvit has also become a boom area for small, chic day spas such as Pirom, Palm Herbal, and Being, all of which offer treatments with a Thai twist, like hot-oil papaya body wraps and a Thai-pepper body scrub.

 

ICONSIAM is a sensational riverside mixed-use shopping destination where the best of Thailand's retail, entertainment, hospitality, and more come together as one. Despite this futuristic building defining Thailand’s commitment to the future, there is a nod to the past.  SookSiam is an indoor “floating market” that sells a huge variety of traditional Thai street food. Designed in the style of a simulated floating market with street vendors along the “riverbanks”, SookSiam aims to promote the cuisine, arts and culture of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

 

A new subway system modelled after Singapore's and will have air-conditioned platforms, is scheduled to open this year.

 

HOTEL NEWS

Cappella Bangkok

Capella Bangkok opened its doors last summer, marking the first launch of a hotel along the banks of the Chao Phraya River for two decades. Set in the heart of the creative neighbourhoods of Chao Phraya and Charoenkrung, the property comprises 101 villas and suite and will become the first urban Thai property from the Capella Hotel Group. Woven among one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods within the 14-acre Chao Phraya Estate development, Capella Bangkok’s 350-metre riverside setting provides each villa and suite with unobstructed views of the river, while The Capella Living Room, a river-facing lounge filled with natural light, will host a carousel of local artisans, musicians and chefs and will reflect the neighbourhood’s passion for food, wellness and culture. Further, a number of ‘Capella Personal Assistants’ will curate crafted guest experiences that engage with the areas’ rich locality.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok At Chao Phraya River

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River in the centre of Thailand’s energetic capital, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is an urban sanctuary, with dramatic gardens, cascading waterfalls and mirror pools forming a natural extension of the flowing river. Take in sweeping water views from our light-filled lobby, savour inventive cuisine in our collection of restaurants, stroll the waterfront promenade or simply relax in one of our 299 guest rooms. Put yourself at the exciting heart of Bangkok’s revitalized riverside, and discover the city’s many intriguing contrasts in an atmosphere of Four Seasons care and gracious Thai hospitality.

 

Mandarin Oriental River Wing Renovation

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group renovated its Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s River Wing, designed to confirm this historic hotel’s position as one of the best in the world. Opened in late 2020, and taking seven months to complete, the renovation encompassed all the rooms and suites in the hotel’s River Wing, together with the lobby, swimming pools and Lord Jim’s, The Verandah and Riverside Terrace restaurants. The historic Authors’ and Garden Wings of the hotel will remain open throughout the renovation. More info here.

 

Peninsula Bangkok 

The newest luxury property in Bangkok is also the first major hotel on the Thonburi side of the river, so almost every excursion means a river crossing (boats run every few minutes). The service might be the friendliest in town, and the views from higher floors are stunning. The pool goes on and on. 

 

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok At Chao Phraya River

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River in the centre of Thailand’s energetic capital, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is an urban sanctuary, with our dramatic gardens, cascading waterfalls and mirror pools forming a natural extension of the flowing river. Take in sweeping water views from our light-filled lobby, savour inventive cuisine in our collection of restaurants, stroll the waterfront promenade or simply relax in one of our 299 guest rooms. Put yourself at the exciting heart of Bangkok’s revitalized riverside, and discover the city’s many intriguing contrasts in an atmosphere of Four Seasons care and gracious Thai hospitality.

 

VIETNAM

Why go now?

Most travellers to Vietnam follow a well-blazed trail between five familiar touchstones: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Huế, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Even returning visitors seldom stray from the H’s—which makes sense; they’re all eminently worthwhile and strung together on an easy north–south route, with quick flights or scenic train rides between them. But there’s so much more—from the mist-shrouded mountains of Hà Giang to the coffee plantations of Dalat to the coconut-palm idyll of Ninh Van Bay. With fewer crowds and calmer vibes, these B sides are as compelling as the big hits, and even first-timers should consider one or more for a best-of-Vietnam trip.

 

Undiscovered - Even though it is not considered as a tourist destination, this medium-sized town is bordered by stunning beaches and the countryside that surrounds it is also breathtaking. Quy Nhon is the capital of Binh Dinh Province.

 

Quy Nohn – luxury is arriving

Overshadowed by Vietnam’s larger coastal cities for decades, the world is slowly discovering the historic charms of unassuming Quy Nhon. Quy Nhon is a growing and busy small industrial town which belies its history as the birthplace of an emperor, a significant seaport in the 18th century and an important part of the 11th-century Champa kingdom, whose temples and towers are still remarkably well preserved. The emergence of this destination as an area of importance is only highlighted by the opening of Anantara Quy Nhon Villas – a brand new all-villa resort. The 26 one and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas are ensconced amid 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens. The resort is designed to blend seamlessly into the natural environment: locally-sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are discreetly incorporated into its contemporary design.

 

Zannier hotels are set to open Bãi San Hô , that will open on the second half of 2020. Surrounded by spectacular hills and lush vegetation, this discrete peninsula lies far away from the mainstream tourist paths, in the province of ình Định standing out with its soul and historical authenticity. The untouched and well protected coastline unmasks an impressive coral bay.

 

CAMBODIA

The Iconic Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Re-Opens

Following in the footsteps of its Singaporean sister, the iconic landmark, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, re-opened its doors in October 2019 following a meticulous six-month restoration. First opened in 1932, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy - to the historic heart of Cambodia for over eighty years. Set in Siem Reap’s leafy French Quarter, the hotel re-opens with restored rooms, a fresh façade, new signature restaurant and Children’s Club, as well as a menu of new extraordinary Raffles Curated Journeys; from exploring Angkor Wat by Vespa and temple picnics at sunrise, to an Insider Art Tour by Tuk Tuk.

 

Deemed the last bastion of Cambodia’s Golden Age of Travel, the hotel is deeply rooted in local culture; the restoration has retained colonial charm, heritage and architectural grandeur, yet still leads the way in answering the needs of today’s well-travelled guest. Travel back in time in an original timber elevator in the grand, marble-washed lobby, or enjoy a majestic Apsara performance – a traditional Cambodian dance.

 

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk