Bali is a land of mystical beauty and ancient culture. The peaceful, friendly people are some of the nicest you will meet on your travels. You can’t help but get immersed in the cultural essence of Bali, it’s everywhere and so beautiful to see. You will see why it is called ‘Island of The Gods’.
It can be a laid back beach trip or as action-packed as you like, with surfing, water sports and golf, but number one on our list would be white water rafting, the best we’ve experienced… take a waterproof camera! A tour of the island is an absolute must. Hotels can provide private guides who will take you to meet the local families in their rural homes. You’ll see stunningly beautiful rice plantations draped over the emerald green hillsides, the iconic Ulundanu Temple on Lake Bratan – surely the most photographed part of Bali and Ubud, the cultural capital. You can bathe in Hot Springs in Lovina by day and watch traditional Balinese shows in the evenings. One thing is certain, you will return home happier and relaxed.
Seychelles is famous for having some of the best uncrowded and pristine beaches in the world. As you come in to land and catch sight of islands clustered around the island of Mahe, you’ll soon see why.
The three main islands, Mahe, Praslin & La-Digue, each offer something different, plus there’s the exclusive North Island where Price William and Princess Kate had their honeymoon.
A boat trip around the main island of Mahe will have you swooning at the beachside villas you pass, before you land on a tiny island where your boat crew turn into chefs and prepare a barbecue of freshly caught fish wrapped in banana leaves on an old tin barrel. Wash it down with some ice cold beers, your feet tickled by the lapping waves of the Indian Ocean, and you’ll think you’ve landed in heaven. Or explore further on an island-hopping trip by boat, helicopter or plane, to see some of the famous granite boulders reminiscent of Bounty adverts. There are plenty of things to see and do in Seychelles – like kayaking and scuba diving, golf, or visit national reserves and marine parks, watch giant turtles or visit an artist’s studio, followed by some authentic Creole cooking as you watch a seriously beautiful sunset.
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A small cluster of islands are in St Anne Marine National Park which protects the diverse marine life there. Daily excursions can be made around these islands where you can experience the underwater world by semi-submersible boats or snorkelling.
The Maldives live up to their ‘desert island’ reputation – and then some.
The saying ‘No news, no shoes’ began in The Maldives and as soon as you arrive at your idyllic island resort by speedboat or seaplane you will realise why. Famous for it’s under-water restaurants and over-water bungalows, outdoor bathrooms and private plunge pools, it’s no wonder that The Maldives are a top destination for honeymooners and for getting away-from-it-all. You won’t need shoes to walk in the white powder sand that surrounds your resort, or to watch the dolphins leaping past or sample some colourful coral at one of the world’s best diving sites. Choose anything from a luxury five star all-inclusive resort to a ‘homestay’ with a local family on a non-resort island, which has just been allowed by their government.
A few facts : Ninety-nine percent of the maldives is made up of sea. Yes, 99 per cent! Sat over the equator, the Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands, which are formed around 26 atolls creating sheltered crystal-clear lagoons are teeming with marine life. Only about 90 of these little pieces of paradise are tourist resorts, and each one has its own unique personality and style.