Fuel your sense of adventure and step into the unknown
Unleash the intrepid traveller within and step into the unknown with these rich and rare experiences that will leave you completely inspired for life.
Welcome to the Jungle
Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China
Just north of Myanmar and Laos lies Xishuangbanna in China’s Yunnan province. Known for its steamy rainforests, rare plants and rare wildlife, it is also home to an array of ethnic minorities, the largest of which is the Dai. At the Sānchàhé Nature Reserve – one of China’s first attempts at ecotourism – you’ll watch wild elephants crash through the undergrowth from treetop hideaways, spot monkeys and exotic birds as you walk across elevated bridges and take a zip through the aerial cable car for unrivalled panoramic views. Sign up for a guided tour to the Dai village, traditional Bulang village and tea plantations and transport yourself to another time. Tucked away in the primeval forests is the Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa, which blends contemporary style with the astonishing natural beauty of the region. Nestled along the banks of the Luosuo River, unwind at one of the resort’s 23 villas with a private plunge pool and exclusive butler service.
With the Western side of Istanbul in Europe and the Eastern side in Asia, the colourful markets, café culture and architecture and mosaics of the mosques and churches of this mystical city provide endless inspiration. Don’t miss the Haghia Sophia, one of the great architectural beauties of our time and a monument for the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. A stop at the Blue Mosque is also not to be missed, named for its 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles commissioned by Sultan Ahmed in 1609. When the sightseeing and the market haggling becomes all a bit too much, check into the Vault Karaköy. Set in a beautiful historic building within an up-and-coming cultural hub, the hotel’s in-house art curator offers some of the best contemporary art in the city. Finally, no trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the hotel’s hammam to be scrubbed, detoxified and pummeled with a traditional Turkish massage.
From the breathtaking views of The Andes to the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean, everything about Santiago is Instagram-able. But South America’s fifth largest city also boasts a host of cultural and historic sites – the Museum of Chilean Pre-Columbian Art is a must-visit – all amid a bustling backdrop of restaurants and bars that bring the city’s vibrant energy to life. Santiago is an easy city to explore, with a labyrinth of alleys and walkways that lead to rows of boutiques and antique stores. Take the cable car up to Cerro San Cristóbal for striking views or go on an hour’s drive from the city and visit the UNESCO-listed Valparaiso, a historic seaport. Such a cosmopolitan city as this has attracted a veritable list of luxury hotel chains but we recommend The Singular Santiago, a stunning hotel that embraces the style of early 20th-century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences.