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Red-eyed tree frog, Costa Rica

Five brand new travel experiences

To ensure we're able to offer you the freshest experiences on your travels, we're always on the lookout for new hotels and accommodation options, as well as the latest tours and excursions.

Five of our newest travel experiences will take you to China, Uganda, Borneo, Costa Rica and Turkey.

Hot air ballooning over Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda by specialist Steve Howes

Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lion, leopard and hyena can be spotted from the air in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Hot air ballooning, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Hot air balllooning is a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape and wildlife from above

Late last year, the Ugandan Wildlife Authority allowed the first hot air balloon flight over the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ballooning has long been popular in East Africa for wildlife viewing and taking in the majesty of the environment. 

An early start is unavoidable but the morning wake-up call will soon be forgotten as you float over the bush below, spotting animals such as lion, leopard and hyena from the air. The early start has another benefit because when you land there’s plenty of time to try and track the game you saw from above, but this time up close on the ground.

Enjoy a hot air balloon flight as part of a tailor-made itinerary to Uganda including a stay at Katara Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge. Contact our Uganda specialists for more information.

Stay with a host family at Kampong Melano homestay, Borneo by specialist Nicki Hollamby

Kampong Melano,Malaysian Borneo

Enjoy traditional homecooked food by your Malay host family at Kampong Melano

Kampong Melano,Malaysian Borneo

Enjoy a relaxing walk along the beach near Kampong Melano, Malaysian Borneo

It's often said that one of the best things about traveling to new countries is the people that you meet. Kampong Melano is a traditional Malay community on the edge of the remote Tanjung Datu National Park where the most western tip of Sarawak (one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo) meets Indonesia.

Home to around 50 families who live in traditional wooden Malay houses scattered around the bay, this wonderful community will welcome you into their homes, to combine an adventure into the remote corners of the country, with an experience of a simple, yet beautiful way of life.

Stay at Kampong Melano as part of a tailor-made itinerary to Borneo including time to visit the orang-utans in Bako National Park. Contact our Borneo specialists for more information.

Experience the Amandayan Hotel in Lijiang, China by specialist Cheryl Saunders

Lijiang, China

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Lijiang

Amandayan suite

The elegant and luxurious Amandayan suite

Newly opened in February 2015, the Amandayan is an elegant and luxurious addition to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lijiang. Overlooking the picturesque roofs and winding lanes of Lijiang’s Old Town, the Amandayan has been thoughtfully designed in the traditional style of the local Naxi ethnic minority. 

Wooden decor prevails in each of the 35 suites, set around tranquil courtyards with excellent views out across the surrounding mountainous scenery. As befitting an Aman property, the facilities here are excellent and focus on giving guests a restful stay, while offering opportunities to explore and learn more about the local area and culture.

Relax at the Amandayan as part of a tailor-made itinerary to China, including time to explore the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge and little-visited minority villages in Yunnan Province. Contact our China specialists for more information.

Unwind at Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica by specialist Holly Kennedy

Chayote Lodge, Llano Bonito

Intimate Chayote Lodge, perfect for relaxation after exploring the Arenal Volcano region

Red-eye Tree Frog, Tortuguero National Park

Red-eye Tree Frog, Tortuguero National Park

Nestled in the mountainous Central Valley, just one hour outside the capital of San José, Chayote Lodge is an exciting new addition to Costa Rica. This intimate, boutique hotel has been inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, its design reflecting various elements of the coffee-making process. The guest bungalows, for example, have been designed to resemble the traditional coffee receiving stations, or ‘recibidores’.

Each of the spacious bungalows features a private terrace with wonderful views of the surrounding valley and volcanoes on a clear day. Meals using fresh local produce are served in the Quelites restaurant, which has a cosy fireplace and also an outdoor terrace cafe to enjoy the views.

Unwind at Chayote Lodge as part of a tailor-made itinerary to Costa Rica including time to spot wildlife in Tortuguero National Park and Arenal Volcano region. Contact our Costa Rica specialists for more information.

Spend the night in a luxurious cave in Cappadocia, Turkey

Knife and Fort Culinary Tour

Knife and Fort Culinary Tour

Downtown Food Carts Tour

Downtown Food Carts Tour

Set within a series of three iconic fairy chimneys, the Cappadocia Cave Suites in Turkey are a bit like a storybook come to life. A few of the rooms at Cappadocia Cave Suites are actually within the chimneys themselves, and the other rooms are beautifully decorated and located on all different levels of the hill. 

Various terraces dot the property, and the views from these lookout points as well as from the hotel restaurant are unrivaled. The hotel is also within an easy walk to the small and picturesque town of Göreme. 

The region of Cappadocia itself is an out-of-this-world expanse of rock formations, cave dwellings and vivid colors. A visit to the region will provide unforgettable memories of beautiful landscapes and opportunity for various outdoor activities, whether it be biking, hot air balloon rides, or jeep safaris.

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