We all know how exciting a trip to the beach can be after a long stretch of working, however a relaxing break is very different to the thrill of a bungee jump or snowboarding. If you are thinking of choosing your next getaway based the latter, then there are a few things you need to bear in mind before you put on your board shoes and head off-piste – extreme sports are just that, after all.
Whichever sport you would like to try, and however much of your trip away you would like it to occupy, you need to find good-quality tour operators that will ensure your experience is as enjoyable and pain-free as possible.
This means getting in contact with your overarching tour ...
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
In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr translates as the 'festival of breaking the fast' – and is the name given to one of the most important religious festivals in the Muslim calendar.
Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the month of Shawwal, and every year, millions of Muslims throughout the world join in this vibrant, exciting and joyous celebration. But the way in which these celebrations take shape differs from each country to the next.
A time for celebration
Having spent 29 or 30 days fasting (this time being dependant on the state of the moon), Muslims see Eid al-Fitr as a time to celebrate. Across the globe, friends and family members are reunited as the streets ...
Taking a trip beneath the waves is a truly remarkable experience. People prize the ability to admire otherwise unobservable species, drift through decades-long derelict wrecks, and explore the Earth's dark depths – and there are all sorts of places a person can travel to experience the best diving trip possible. Here are five of our favourites.
Any lover of luxury knows of the Seychelles, but the archipelago doesn't just offer relaxation and tranquillity – it is well equipped when it comes to diving, too. Guests basing themselves at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare, one of the island's most idyllic locations, are in for a treat when they set out by boat to the ...
There are few cities in Germany as culturally or architecturally striking as Dresden. Located in the state of Saxony on the banks of the beautiful River Elbe, the city is a marvel, and a place that is perfectly suited to the wants and needs of a wide range of visitors. If you're looking to enjoy an exceptional city break, Dresden is an excellent place to do so.
Despite the heavy damage endured during the bombing of 1945, Dresden's aesthetic beauty has remained – a true testament to the inhabitants' amazing restoration efforts. Across the length and breadth of the city, visitors are met by an exceptional view of the many domes and rooftops that sit atop the elegant baroque ...
Europe is undoubtedly beautiful and inspiring, and it should come as no surprise that many of the world's most renowned fairy tales have originated from the continent.
From vast mountain vistas to perfect lakes surrounded by winding cobbled paths, there are plenty of fairy tale-like locations to explore across Europe. You never know, you could find your own happily ever after here…
Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
Ever found yourself entranced by the icy tales of the Snow Queen, or perhaps Hans Christian Anderson's Ice-Maiden? If snowy scenes are more your thing than a weekend at the beach, then Štrbské Pleso might well be your fairy tale-style escape.
Sitting in the Tatras Mountains, Štrbské ...
There are few locations in China that encapsulate the dream-like, legendary mythos of the Chinese people than the Yellow Mountains. Also known as Mount Huangshan, this region, located in Anhui province in China's eastern reaches, is a home to all sorts of beautiful natural and cultural landmarks – a place that shouldn't be missed by any visitor to China's eastern seaboard.
Ancient and mythological
The Yellow Mountains have long been an aspect of the Chinese cultural identity. This focus stretches back to the mythological era of Chinese history – that of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. This era, brimming with demigods and epic tales, preceded the first Chinese dynasty – the Xia ...
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 ...
A religion with a sum of believers estimated to number 350 million, Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world, and it is observed in countries as diverse as Vietnam, China, Japan and the USA.
A religion that teaches peace, harmony and enlightenment, one of its largest celebrations takes place in May, when people who follow the Mahayana branch of the faith celebrate and pray on the date said to mark Prince Siddhartha Gautama's birth.
South Korean Carnivals
A country with a sizeable Buddhist population, Korea's take on the celebration of Buddha's Birthday is an exciting experience. Known as "seokga tansinil", the majority of the country's population join approximately 15 million ...