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 ...
With an ancient history spanning 3,500 years, Changsha is one of the best cities in China to experience the culture of this far eastern nation. Located on the banks of the Xiang River, visitors will see the traditional architecture sitting alongside new modern skyscrapers.
Home to incredible cuisine, cultural experiences and Mount Yuelu, overlooking the city with its vast green forests, there is much to enjoy during your stay.
A traditional city dating back to the Zhou dynasty (1046 to 256 BC), Changsha was rebuilt in 1949 following World War Two and has since seen an influx of different cultures – the city is now home to over 50 different ethnic groups. Despite this ...
Up in the magnificent mountains of the Bavarian Alps you will find historic Berchtesgaden, a haven for guests who wish to relax, unwind and surround themselves with tranquil alpine beauty.
Situated on the Austrian border, this German town is an ideal destination for those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With the vast majority of the town left untouched, nature lovers can explore the impressive surroundings at their pleasure. The highest mountain residing completely in Germany, the Watzmann presents visitors a challenge many are eager to take on.
With an endless variety of historic, cultural and natural attractions, Berchtesgaden welcomes ...
Sitting in the heart of central Germany, Frankfurt (or as it's known in German, Frankfurt-am-Main) is a vibrant capital for business and finance. It is best known for hosting some of the world's largest tradeshows, however there is a lot more to Frankfurt than plentiful business opportunities, and the city is a great place to explore.
There's no disputing Frankfurt's iconic skyline. But, sitting at the very heart of the city, you will find the opposite of this modernity – Frankfurt's Altstadt.
Translating literally as 'old town', within Altstadt you will find historic architecture in abundance.
From St. Paul's Church to the Fountain of Justice and the Old Opera House ...
China's Pearl River Delta, located in Guangdong Province, is one of the most bustling and dynamic regions in the country, named the world's largest urban area by the World Bank, and home to 42 million people in 2010. This destination is perfect for those travellers who are seeking an exciting and action-packed trip away.
The area is also home to Huizhou. A small city (by Chinese standards, at least) and only 40 miles north of sprawling Shenzhen and its border with Hong Kong, it offers respite from the fast-paced lifestyle of the rest of the region.
Ask any Chinese citizen what comes to their mind when they think of Huizhou, and they will likely mention the city's many ...
One of the quintessential Turkish resort towns, for decades, Bodrum has captivated countless visitors with its enjoyable combination of history, culture and bold seafront beauty. Located on the Bodrum Peninsula, which extends out of the south western tip of the country towards the Greek Island of Kos, this is a place that appeals to every variety of visitor, whatever the time of year.
Bodrum offers a breadth of experiences that, compared to most other Mediterranean destinations, is unmatched. As recent as the mid-century, the city was a tiny fishing village, home to intellectuals, writers and artists who had been exiled there during the preceding decades.
Yet, as the decades ...
The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is a thriving cosmopolitan city, totally contrasting the arid desert that surrounds it. While not traditionally seen as a major tourist destination, Riyadh does, in fact, have a huge amount to offer to visitors who have come to the country for business, family, or religious purposes, or simply for pleasure.
With a heritage stretching back to the pre-Islamic era, Riyadh has a historical and cultural collection in the same league as the country's other particularly notable cities of Mecca and Medina. From its tribal beginnings, the city was once a regional capital of the Umayyad and Abbasid Islamic dynasties during the Islamic Golden Age (betw
One of the last true wildernesses on Earth, Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is a rare gem, offering travellers accustomed to the hustle and bustle of ordinary life a chance to truly immerse themselves in nature. Although the Masai Mara lacks the attractions of a traditional holiday, this is a magical place, one that must be seen first-hand to be believed.
The Wild Masai Mara
The name "Masai Mara" derives from the people that traditionally occupied the area – the Maasai. In the language of this group, the word "mara" means "mottled", and as such refers to the spotted appearance of the area – the characteristic blots of animals and cloud shadows that can be seen against the enormous ...
While city breaks, cultural excursions and sports-led vacations all hold a worthy place in our holiday line-ups, there really is something wonderful about visiting the most biologically bountiful locations the world has to offer.
On May 25th, the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity, and if you want to experience beautiful, natural places – from cloud forests to steaming jungles – there are a number of destinations you can visit, all of which are relatively close to some of Kempinski's luxury hotels.
Mt. Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia
Located in Malaysia, and a short flight away for guests staying at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Mt. Kinabalu ...
Set among rolling hills and forests, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is a place unlike many other northern European cities. Nestled between Germany, Poland and Latvia, the Baltic nation's capital exudes medieval mystery and baroque classicism, making the city an enjoyable place for a weekend retreat, or a cultural stop-off for those touring Lithuania as a whole.
If there is one thing that Vilnius is known for across the world, it is its baroque spires, colonnades and exquisite architectural carvings. The city is home to one of Europe's largest baroque old towns, with the combination of winding streets, diverse facades and a delightful street culture that could easily ...