Tropical South East Asian destinations are becoming ever more popular as flights grow cheaper and more widely available, and word travels back from travellers who have been lucky enough to experience crystal-clear waters, fantastic food and stunning scenery.
Of all the countries in South East Asia however, there are two that truly stand out, but for completely distinct reasons: Thailand, the spiritual, developed home of South East Asian travel, and Myanmar, which still retains much of its rural charm and allure. Read on to find out how to get the most out of these magical countries.
Myanmar’s former royal capital, Mandalay is the first stop on our journey, reached via the ...
The meeting point of diverse continents, empires and people for countless millennia, Istanbul is an atmospheric melting pot that rewards those who love to wander. Whether you are taking a stroll down the pretty, terraced alleys; negotiating a bargain in one of the many souks; or taking in the long list of sights and landmarks across the capital, it makes a fantastic city break destination.
From Byzantium, to Constantinople, then Istanbul, the city has an unparalleled history. Founded in 660 BCE, the metropolis was the seat of the Roman Byzantine, then the Ottoman Empire, and today is the capital of modern Turkey. Through the years it was a key stop on the Silk Road and ...
Ornate, laid-back and filled with cheer, Budapest is a fantastic city break destination, offering sights, tastes and experiences as exciting and diverse as its rival European capital cities.
Straddling the Danube, the famous Hungarian destination is regularly listed as one of the most liveable places in Eastern Europe, and has lots to offer, from relaxing riverside bars to beautiful architecture. Grand, luxurious hotels like Kempinski Hotel Corvinus are right in the centre of the city too – perfect for travellers looking to enjoy a short stay. For additional information on sightseeing, please click here.
Here is everything you need to know about getting the most out of a city break to ...
A true paradise, Indonesia is a beautiful tropical destination. Comprising roughly 13,000 islands, it personifies south east Asia, and despite having a growing population and thriving economy, still has huge areas that have retained the mystical, jungle character that people think of when they daydream about this picturesque corner of the Earth.
Whether you are considering a trip to Indonesia or are yet unaware of its many natural and historical sights, read on and enjoy a trip through the country nicknamed ‘zamrud khatulistiwa’ – the emerald of the equator.
The first location in our tour is the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Seventh in the world for the number of ...
If you are planning a trip away to a city destination, this can be the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe or pick up the hottest new tech from the best foreign stores. Whether you are looking for beautiful luxury items, classic designer pieces, or something that you can’t find in your own country, these five cities should be high on your travel itinerary.
St Moritz – luxury retail with outstanding beauty
Famous for its winter sports and summer hiking opportunities, St Moritz is also a well-known destination for all things luxurious. Accommodation comes in the form of classic alpine spa resorts like Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, while the dining is excellent Swiss gourmet – ...
When you think of traditional Germany, Bavaria is likely to be the first place that comes to mind. This culture-filled south-eastern corner of Germany is a captivating place for a week away if you are the type of person who enjoys rich culture, tradition and stunning natural surroundings, and one of the best ways to enjoy a tour of the free state is to divide your trip between the grand city of Munich and the beautiful alpine surroundings of Berchtesgaden.
Here’s how to get the most out of these two classic German locations – how to get there, what to see, where to eat, and where to stay.
Munich – a cultural hub
Arriving at Munich International Airport, Memmingen Airport or via train ...
If you are the kind of traveller for whom a trip away is as much about the flavours you sample as the sights you see, it makes sense to compile a list of the best restaurants you would like to visit before you go – exceptional restaurants often feature long waiting lists, after all.
To help you plan and pre-book tables for your next trip away, we have brought together some of the best destinations, and the finest dining experiences they offer.
Berlin’s farmers’ and street food markets draw visitors from far and wide, but the city is also known for having one of the best culinary scenes in the world, especially when it comes to fine dining.
For classic haute cuisine served ...
Today, the Baltic cuisine is a melting pot of culinary influences but the past can be detected in its recipes. Hearty meat dishes reflect the harsh climate and of course, the Baltic Sea still provides bountiful catches of a wide variety of fresh fish. Latvians long ago mastered the art of preserving food, so look out for delicious pickled vegetables, salted meat and smoked fish. You're sure to find something to tempt your palate!
Latvia's 500 kilometre coastline is strewn with fishing villages that provide the country's restaurants and cafes with fresh eels, flounders, lampreys, cod, and of course herring.
In the fish pavilion of Riga central market, you'll find a wide variety of fresh ...
With the arrival of the new year comes a time of reflection on the past year’s events and also a shift towards looking to the future. 2018 is here and so is the time to make new memories and challenge yourself to visit new places to make this new year your best one yet! View our picks of once-in-a-lifetime destinations to help make your 2018 travel dreams come true.
Safari in the Masai Mara
A visit to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which spans over 1,500 sq km should be on your list of potential destinations to make 2018 memorable. Known for its biodiversity and being home to some of the world’s most amazing animals including lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, cheetahs and elephants ...
Drawing on the aesthetic history of East and West, two gems in Kempinski’s constellation of hotels present a new vision of world leisure architecture. These palatial new hotels in the Gulf States blend seamlessly into architectural elements of 17th and 18th-century Europe and Islamic art, fusing breath-taking aesthetic history with comfort, rounding up the transcendence with today’s newest technology.
As an ode to luxury and a historical link between East and West, the City of the Doges inspired the ultra-luxe Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha. With its architectural language drawn partly from Venetian palaces with its characteristic Gothic arcades, such as the Ca’ d’Oro, and a few ...