Far Flung Treats
Where's making a splash in far-flung lands?
We've waded through a plethora of new openings to bring you a round-up what's making a splash in far-flung lands, from Australasia to Costa Rica and the Amazon.
Rosewood Yangon - Myanmar
Yangon, the gateway to explorations in Myanmar has a smart new addition to its hotel scene. The Rosewood Yangon, located in the city’s historic heart, occupies a former heritage building and fuses classic architecture with contemporary Burmese flourishes.
The hotel is elegant and light-filled, with views over the Yangon River from the panoramic rooftop bar – the only ultra-luxe rooftop bar in the city. Rooms and suites are lavish and comfortable with balconies and the hotel also has a spa and five restaurants.
You’re perfectly placed to explore Shwedagon Pagoda, a shimmering gilded stupa, or take a day trip visit to the Golden Rock, a precariously placed, gold-enrobed boulder. When you’re ready to move on, Myanmar adventures await. Explore the mystical temples of Bagan and meet colourful ethnic tribes that live around serene Lake Inle.
"The Rosewood Yangon makes an excellent start or finish to an explorative journey through Myanmar."
The Rosewood spa is the go-to place for wellness in Yangon. Located on level five and shimmering in marble, you can succumb to a jet-lag easing massage using Myanmar-inspired healing treatments.
Aqua Blu - Indonesia
Sensational Aqua Blu is an expedition yacht that explores eastern Indonesia on three exotic news itineraries, including one to Raja Ampat.
Couples longing to discover this untouched marine wilderness can now do so as Aqua Blu is the first vessel that allows you to book a cabin instead of chartering the whole yacht. And with cabins resembling luxury hotel bedrooms, spacious decks, a spa and a Jacuzzi – there’s little reason to hesitate.
So where will you boldly go? You could sail from Bali to meet the fierce creatures of Komodo National Park or discover the old forts and ancient customs of the Spice Islands. Raja Ampat will dazzle as you sail around forested islands set against the most iridescent blue water. Under the surface is even more mesmerising; spot giant manta rays, reef sharks, dolphins and minke whale.
"Aqua Blu is the first vessel in Raja Ampat that allows you to book a cabin instead of chartering the whole yacht."
Make time for the daily excursions from Aqua Blu. With a full range of equipment from launch boats, kayaks, paddle boards and scuba diving kit, the opportunity for adventure is endless.
Mount Mulligan Lodge - Australia
To get to grips with the vast wilderness of the far north of Queensland, travel by helicopter from Cairns. As you fly low over the Outback, you’ll see a red-rust escarpment emerge from eucalyptus forests and glinting rooftops hint at the habitation below.
Welcome to Mount Mulligan Lodge, just eight luxurious rooms and 28,000 hectares of bush to play in. Although the lodge, part of a working cattle station, is new, the surroundings are ancient, and you can explore it by all-terrain buggy. Discover caves once inhabited by the local Djungan people, learn about the gold rush in an abandoned ghost town and explore Mount Mulligan itself – ten times the size of Uluru. The weir that runs alongside the lodge is also perfect for adventure: kayaking, fishing for barramundi or paddle boarding.
"Experience the wilderness of the outback in absolute luxury."
Savour a high standard of food at the lodge. Dinner is a tasting menu showcasing a twist on outback cuisine. Sample kangaroo, grass-fed beef, asparagus and charred peppers, washed down with renowned Australia wines.
THE LINDIS - New Zealand
Set like a sleepy half-closed eye hidden in the Ahuriri Valley of New Zealand’s South Island, this sleek get-away-from-it-all retreat has been making waves since its opening in 2018. Even more exciting is this year’s addition of Lindis Pods.
Wonders of minimalism, these steel, glass and timber structures offer isolation within isolation to fully immerse yourself in the starkly beautiful landscape. Utterly private with mirrored exteriors that reflect the scenery, the standalone pods offer epic views onto the weather systems that roll into the valley. A thoughtfully positioned bathtub sits on the wooden deck – equally good to watch the sunrise pierce snow-swirled pinnacles as it is for stargazing, especially as The Lindis is in a dark sky conservation area. By day you can stay near or go far, canter across the valley on horseback or fly-fish for rainbow trout just metres from your room.
"Don’t forget to admire the night sky before you succumb to the comfort of your bed. In these unpolluted skies, the galaxy shines brighter than ever."
Keen fishermen and women will enjoy casting a line on the Ahuriri River, a world-renowned fly-fishing location. In summer it’s trout that fill the river – try your luck!
Kasiiya Papagayo - Costa Rica
Set on a jungle-clad peninsula on the west coast of Costa Rica, wilderness resort Kasiiya Papagayo is camouflaged withing 123 acres of tropical forest.
Wake up in your wooden-decked tented suite to the scamper of monkeys, the call of birds and the swish of waves. In just a few steps you can be overlooking the surf-crested Pacific Ocean from your terrace. Take an al fresco bath before padding through jungle tracks to a breakfast of fresh tropical fruit and just-picked avocado on toast. Ponder the day’s activities – perhaps a trip to one of the resort’s three beaches, one of which is accessible only by boat. For something more active, you can surf nearby breaks, take a yoga class in the jungle or paddle-board around turtles.
"Appreciate the untamed tropical beauty here - switch off and tune in to nature."
If you’re interested in marine life, take an Ocean Discovery boat trip into the Gulf of Papagayo. You may be lucky enough to see manta rays or even whale sharks in these pristine waters. A deserted beach makes a great spot for a picnic lunch.
Aqua Nera - Peruvian Amazon
Make 2020 the year you explore the Amazon River aboard the brand-new, state-of-the-art river ship Aqua Nera. With 20 spacious river-facing suites that have panoramic windows and day beds, this could be the most relaxing and sumptuous way to enjoy the world’s largest river.
Arrive in Iquitos, Peru, to start your cruise and be acquainted with your vessel. On board there are indoor and outdoor bars and dining areas, a cinema, gym, spa and outdoor plunge pool. And with a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, you’ll be very well looked after. Each day, expert guides will take you on excursions around the river and into the rainforest. Spot sloths in the trees, fish for piranha and meet the native residents of Amazonia. Come back aboard for fine food created from the finest Amazonian produce.
"Be immersed in the world of the Amazon River on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise that voyages through untouched rainforest."
Active types will enjoy cycling jungle tracks around the Amazon and into riverside communities. Aqua Nera has its own fleet of all-terrain bikes which are available for guests to use.
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