Tuesday, September 8, 2015

5 tops destinations for Eid…

Another Eid holiday is looming large, so it’s time to look at a possible short escape to paradise, whether it be beach, scenery, culture or wildlife based. Our friends at Lightfoot Travel have suggested five possible destinations that combine wow-factor and convenience, served by direct flights with the UAE’s best airlines and where late September is amongst the best possible times to visit.

Phuket, Thailand: Trisara 
Sanskrit for ‘The Garden in the Third Heaven’, Trisara’s name is a fitting description of the splendours you will experience whilst staying in this intimate, all-villa resort in Phuket. Each of the spacious villas ooze Thai charm and boast their own ocean-facing, private pools, surrounded by a tropical forest and exotic gardens. A relaxing retreat with an array of experiences to entertain guests: private boat charters, world-class spa, private cooking classes a Kid’s Club and much more.

South Coast, Sri Lanka: Cape Weligama
Located just 30 minutes from Galle, Cape Weligama’s dramatic cliffside location, offering sprawling views of the Indian Ocean, is just one of the hotels many appeals. The collection of private residences are designed in the style of a traditional (but highly opulent) Sri Lankan village, with chic, contemporary and luxurious interiors. The highlight is their ‘no bills to sign’ policy, meaning that everything from dining to beverages are included – the makings of a stress free holiday. Historic, UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort, is also nearby for a spot of culture and sightseeing.

Lower Zambezi, Zambia: Sausage Tree Camp
There are few places in Africa that offer such a combination of incredible wildlife, varied activities, resplendent scenery and luxury safari camps as Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Activities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, river cruises, canoe safaris and tiger fishing, much of it based around the timeless, mighty Zambezi. Sausage Tree is probably the most opulent camp in the park, with expansive and stylish tented rooms (some with private pools that elephants like to drink from), and probably best of all, a private guiding experience for all guests, meaning your unforgettable African wildlife experiences will be shared only with the guide and your nearest and dearest.

North Male Atoll, Maldives: One & Only Reethi Rah
Nothing spells out luxury more than the One&Only Reethi Rah, a true Maldivian paradise offering unrivalled decadence amidst a heavenly tropical backdrop, filled with sandy coves and turquoise bays. This is a sanctuary where couples and families intermingle seamlessly, making the most of diverse activities to suit all tastes. There is wall climbing, tennis, diving & snorkelling, plus a myriad of water sports activities, game fishing, and even painting classes. Additionally, for those that like this sort of thing, there is also a strong likelihood of the chance for a touch of celebrity spotting.

Ubud, Bali: Como Shambhala
Detoxing, rejuvenating and relaxing has never been so stylish and comfortable. The COMO Shambhala Estate, located along a riverbank on the outskirts of Ubud, is Bali’s most enticing wellness retreat. Guests can tailor-make their program based on specific personal requirements, incorporating daily classes, exploring the mystical surroundings or simply kicking back at this glorious hotel. Getting back into shape has rarely been so enjoyable.

Lightfoot Travel is a luxury tour operator with offices in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition to short breaks, UAE staycations and Eid holidays, Lightfoot organise luxury tailor made itineraries to all corners of the globe. Call +971 4 455 8788 to book your holiday now

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