India & the Orient from Abercrombie & Kent
Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has released its new brochure India and the Orient, taking full advantage of sixteen countries with a range of new focuses and travel styles. In India, A&K highlights the spice-laden markets, opulent palaces, beach temples, desert forts, and flavoursome cuisine. In the Orient A&K’s portfolio presents luxury access through China, Southeast Asia, Japan, Mongolia and Central Asia. Whether you are travelling to India or elsewhere in the Orient, expect your journey to deliver on the high standards that is quintessential to A&K.
India is a land that will tell you a thousand stories and leave you wanting more. Embark on A&K’s new two-week private journey that covers India from north to south. Stroll through the lively alleyways of Old Delhi, watch the sun set on the timeless Taj Mahal and admire the beautiful lakes in the romantic city of Udaipur.
The enchanting Sri Lanka has a greater presence this year with a new private journey that covers the country’s most important scenic and cultural attractions. On this journey, travellers will visit five World Heritage listed sites, explore Buddhist philosophy and experience lush tea estates. New boutique accommodation choices have been included with stays at Water Garden Sigiriya, Stone House Kandy, Camellia Hills and Taru Villas Rampart Street. Travellers booking this journey can fly free to Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan Airlines.
For honeymooners and beachcombers, enjoy the hot tropical climate of the Maldives with consistent year-round temperatures. This year an additional two Maldives resorts have been added to the A&K offering: the sleek and spectacular One&Only Reethi Rah, an ultra-luxury all-villa resort on one of the country’s most sizeable islands, and Como Cocoa Island which has overwater suites designed to resemble the local fishing boats.
Expeditionary cruising makes an appearance this year too with a two-week navigation through Japan on board the exclusively chartered l’Austral. Listen to fascinating lectures from A&K’s award-winning expedition team and choose from a variety of enriching experiences en route.
Recently refurbished, the elegant Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets a new standard in luxury river cruising. The boutique ship has been upgraded with contemporary artworks, stylish textiles and soft furnishings reflecting a fresh, contemporary design whilst maintaining local Chinese influences with its ‘silver-leaf’ wallpaper. With 3 and 4 night cruises between Chongqing and Yichang, there are plenty of exciting activities to keep all entertained. There is Chinese Opera mask painting, introductory Mandarin lessons, cooking, kite making, movie nights and early morning Tai Chi.
Travellers seeking the best of Southeast Asia will want to consider the two-week ‘Indochina Escapade’. This journey combines Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, offering a rewarding experience with ancient relics, cultural insights, delectable cuisine and unparalleled landscapes. Elegant luxury hotels are included such as Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi and Park Hyatt Saigon.
In Vietnam, a new five-day extension to the former French hill station of Sapa has been added and there are new stopovers in Bangkok and Hong Kong for travellers flying with Cathay Pacific. For families and multi-generational travellers, there are some magical suggestions in the region including hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka, cooking classes in India and biking in Vietnam. There are also ideas for special milestone celebrations like booking out an exclusive seaside villa in Thailand or taking a scenic flight over Mt Everest.
A&K believes passionately that travel should both respect the natural environment and benefit the indigenous peoples whose lands we visit.The Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP), first established in Africa, extends to India and the Orient. In India, AKP supports two school projects Deepalaya in Delhi and Hansraj in Udaipur. In Sri Lanka, AKP supports Project Leopard, which aims to protect the leopard population of Yala by reducing human-leopard conflict in nearby communities. In Cambodia, Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project also receives AKP support and constructs wells providing villages with access to clean water. All of these projects can be included for visiting A&K guests and a donation to AKP is made on behalf of every A&K guest travelling.