The richest and most influential of the six states that comprise the United Arab Emirates (the others being Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah). Abu Dhabi is the capital city and the financial powerhouse of the region. One of the world’s richest cities, it is proudly modern with towering iconic skyscrapers dwarfing atmospheric market streets. Ultra luxurious shopping malls where you will find all of the top designer brands from around the globe. It is also traditional and conservative, maybe less openly hedonistic than Dubai, with a more considered pace of life and planning.
The tourism powerhouse of the region, although Abu Dhabi is the main commercial centre. Incredible innovation and iconic design, with a real desire to be the best, the largest, the tallest and of course the most glamorous! Flight time from the UK is just over 7 hours. Whilst Dubai is one of the most liberal countries in the region, you do need to show respect to their customs, their rulers and their religion. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon.
Mauritius is a large sugar island, with towering peaks and fringed by golden sand beaches. A wonderful melting pot of cultures and influences, with Indian, Africans, Chinese and Europeans all blending their skills to present something uniquely Mauritian.
The capital Port Louis is a lively city with some excellent shopping. For something very different, go to the horse racing, a real fun day, with a weekly meeting each Saturday from May through to November.
Flying time from UK is approximately 12 hours.
A fascinating, highly traditional country, with just a handful of international hotels, wonderful culture and history, with varied sightseeing opportunities both on land and sea. Flying time is 8 hours. Our main featured hotels are grouped around the capital of Muscat. We also arrange the Six Senses Resort in Omans Musandam Peninsula which is usually accessed via Dubai.
Sri Lanka is shaped like a tropical tear drop, fantastic scenic and cultural variety. It is exotic, with wonderful history and culture, eco adventures and wildlife viewing, and wide smiles. In recent years the quality of accommodation has improved significantly, with many boutique heritage hotels and wonderfully luxurious resorts. The image of the island has moved more upscale – as have the prices – but we now rate it as one of the most exciting tropical destinations.
The beaches are good, but for us the real joy of the island is to tour around, staying in the very special boutique hotels and then end in a resort for a few days. The flying time from UK is 12 hours.
Romance, desert island escapism, an aquatic dream with some of the best beaches and clearest waters. Super snorkelling and diving, with most resorts having house reefs. Fantastic and highly innovative top class resorts. Although most islands are couples focused, a few Resorts – like Atmosphere and Niyama – have good all round family appeal.
An archipelago of 155 islands, of which only a small percentage are inhabited. Positioned almost directly between Africa and India, years ago the tourist board used a slogan “a 1000 miles from anywhere” which nicely summed up the location. A population of just over 80,000, of which the majority live on the main island of Mahé, the location of the capital, Victoria, and the international airport.
There are no direct flights to the Seychelles from the UK, so you travel via Dubai and Doha ( Qatar ) with change of flight. Total flying time including transit will be approx. 15 hours.
Dubai offers amazing and unique adventure experiences that go way beyond the desert drive and group camel ride. Just take a look at our 5 day “Fast and Furious in Dubai” experience. Not cheap, but for the affluent petrol-head looking for something very different, and a rather impressive answer to “What did you do on your last holiday?”
Of all the countries in the region, Oman probably offers the most diverse scenery, plus it has a rich culture and proud history. Tourism has arrived, but the pace is much more gradual, with the integrity of the destination foremost to any development plans.
All tours can be easily personalised to suit your own requirements, but these are just a few of our Oman Touring Options:
For years Sri Lanka has been popular for the wonderful scenic contrasts, the marvellous history and the smiling hospitality. Resort accommodation was largely adequate, low priced, but hardly outstanding on an international scale. All that has changed in the last few years and the island now offers some of the finest small boutique experience resorts to be found in the region.
The tours shown here are just a few suggestions, and can be easily tailored to suit your personal requirements.
Al Bait is a deluxe boutique hotel, combining subtle Arabian influences with just a few Asian flourishes. The building was originally a grand manor house, recently converted into a hotel oasis of style and refinement.
Set in extensive tropical gardens leading down to a long stretch of soft sand beach and with the dramatic Hajar Mountains as a back drop. The luxurious Al Bustan Palace has almost been completely enhanced in the last couple of years. With tropical gardens and equally extensive soft sand beachfront, there is plenty of space to move to quieter areas, even at busier times.