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Centara West Sands Resort and Villas

Phuket, Thailand

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Amenities & Facilities

Air conditioning Airport nearby Bar Coffee and tea making facilities Luggage Storage Onsite Parking Restaurant Rooms Satellite TV

Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket is located on the west coast of Phuket and set in 47 acres of land with 500 metres of pristine beach frontage on Mai Khao Beach, the longest and quietest stretch of beach on this side of the island.

The resort has been designed to blend in with its ecologically sensitive environment, and has its own green systems that ensure the natural resources of the area are conserved.

The design focus of the resort is an extensive water park named Splash Jungle and with swimming pools, a lazy river and 12 exhilarating waterslides. Access to the water park is offered with our compliments to all guests. All rooms, suites and villas are of modern design and are carefully sited to take advantage of the stunning views of the Andaman Sea and Phuket’s dramatic hinterland.

Although this part of Phuket is renowned for its extensive areas of natural and undisturbed beauty, the resort is only 15 minutes away from Phuket International Airport.

7 Night Package in Deluxe Room from:

From R 16 100 per person sharing 2017
* Rates are subject to change and availability.

Rate Includes:

* Return Flight Johannesburg - Phuket - Johannesburg
* Return Airport Shuttle ex Phuket Airport
* 7 Nights Accommodation in Deluxe Room
* Breakfast Daily

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras

Terms & Conditions:

* Rates valid for South African residents only.
* Rates are subject to change and availability.

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Sanctuary Ananda

Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers, Myanmar (Burma)

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Amenities & Facilities

Air conditioning Laundry service Restaurant Rooms Spa Swimming Pool

A country of smiles, a land of grace, a people of welcome, a place of charm and culture.

Myanmar is slowly unfolding its charms and hidden treasures to a world hungry for new adventures, new experiences. A land that time had almost forgotten has at last opened her doors to those looking for wonderment and places to treasure.
Bordered by five countries – Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh and India – Myanmar formerly Burma is a gentle land of shimmering lakes, mythical rivers, emerald forests, villages unchanged for centuries and its people are full of warmth and grace. While its temples and stupas, shrines and monasteries are as much part of the landscape as the colourful markets, vibrant festivals and remote villages. It is a land waiting to be uncovered, waiting to be discovered but gently, slowly and with care which is why one of the best ways to explore its beauty is on our luxury cruise ship – Sanctuary Ananda.

The luxurious all suite cruise ship will take you in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the great rivers of Myanmar on the majestic Ayeyarwady from Bagan to Mandalay visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, while journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, will take you to places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, ancient towns almost to the Indian border.

Why choose the Sanctuary Ananda - The only all-balcony ship on the Ayeyarwady, sails every full day of each itinerary, Wi-Fi in all suites, individually controlled air conditioning in all suites, largest entry level suites on the river, one of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river, fascinating itineraries with full choice of excursions included, delicious dining options serving both Asian and international dishes, custom built with shallow draft to navigate the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. While the Ananda is sailing along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers, it is the perfect moment to relax and visit the Thambyadine Spa.

Cruise options

7 NIGHT BAGAN - MANDALAY - BAGAN CRUISE ANANDA

Day 1 Bagan

Check in at 12:30pm and settle into your suite. If you arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan.
After lunch on board, we will visit Kayminga pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand. This is the perfect starting point to understand how Bagan was built over several centuries and how the architectural style has evolved. Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda which is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha, two bones and a copy of a tooth. Finally, enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plains and admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. A welcome briefing and champagne reception will be hosted in the Kansi Panorama Lounge before a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.

Day 2 Bagan

Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain (Available October - March only. An additional charge applies, please book in advance), followed by breakfast back on board. In the morning, visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U. The daily market is where the farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware. We will then return to the ship for lunch and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing. Relax as we sail past villages set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge. Enjoy the wide variety of on board activities before tucking into a delicious dinner in the Talifoo Restaurant.

Day 3 Mandalay

The morning will be spent sailing as you enjoy the passing countryside. A back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef will be available. In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Next, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda before heading to Amarapura. Once known as 'The City of Immortals', today, the leisurely 'clack-clack' from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital. Finally, visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. After sunset, return to the Sanctuary Ananda where a local performance will be followed by dinner on board.

Day 4 Mandalay

This morning enjoy a tour of Mandalay. This will include a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only palace building to survive the bombings of World War II as well as a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein) built by King Mindon in 1857, in effect a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan. Enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants, after which we will visit a gold leaf beating workshop where you will see how the thin gold leaf that covers Buddha statues is produced. Next, move on to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image. Continue on to visit a bronze-casting workshop to learn how the impressively-large statues you've seen across Myanmar are made. Your last stop of the day will be at the 774-ft (236-m) high Mandalay Hill upon which the Su Taung Pyai Pagoda rests. Once you reach the summit (via either one of the lengthy staircases or more relaxing escalators) you will be afforded a 360-degree view of Mandalay, from the Shan mountain range to the east to the Royal Palace in the south.

Day 5 Sin Kyun

Early this morning Sanctuary Ananda will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specialises in farming and hat making. Take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Departing the village after breakfast we sail towards Pakokku. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from the ship while passing Mingun, where you can see the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. As we continue our journey south, relax as we sail past villages, set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge or your suite balcony. After lunch enjoy our onboard activities, followed by a delicious dinner.

Day 6 Pakokku

After breakfast, join our back of house tour and take a cooking class with our Executive Chef. One of our chefs will take you to the local market in Pakokku where mouth-watering fruit and vegetables are laid out with consummate style. We will return to the Sanctuary Ananda for lunch as we sail on to Bagan. After lunch on board, depart to visit Kyauk Gu U Min Temple, one of only four temples in Bagan built from stone brick. Known as the 'Rock Cave Tunnel', this cave-like temple is the perfect place to meditate. Built into a river bank, this is a temple unlike any other build in Bagan. Enjoy this wonder as you stroll past the underground corridors lit up by light wells. En route back to the ship, visit a local village where you will be able to witness the traditional way of life for the Burmese people of this region. Get the chance to feel like a local as you wander past their settlements. It is interesting to see how unaffected their daily routine is in the shadow of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A local performance will be followed by dinner on board.

Day 7 Bagan

Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain (Available October - March only. An additional charge applies, please book in advance), followed by breakfast back on board. This morning visit the temples of Bagan. First, visit the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan. A horse-cart will be your mode of transport through the Bagan plains, with several photo stops and a visit to Sulamani pagoda. En route to Mount Popa, visit a jaggery workshop which produces unrefined sugar. Lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort with spectacular views of the site. Choose to climb the 777 steps where pilgrims give offerings and pray to carved figures. Return to the ship in the early evening and enjoy the sunset as we sail. Tonight, a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.

Day 8 Bagan

Enjoy an early breakfast on your final morning before check out at 9am. If you are departing on a later flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. Leaving at 9am we will visit a local village in the heart of the Bagan plain, to see the way of life of the local people. Next visit a lacquerware workshop. This ancient craft has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop the traditional methods are still used.

Also available:

Is the 7 Night cruise if the 7 NIGHT MANDALAY - BAGAN - MANDALAY CRUISE ANANDA.
Please contact us for more information; also note that cruise duration are also available.

Rates from:

7 NIGHT CRUISE ANANDA - Suite
EUR 2 875 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 01 Mar 2017 to 28 Mar 2017
EUR 1 350 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 31 Mar 2017 to 02 May 2017
Sanctuary Ananda is closed from 03 May 2017 to 05 Sep 2017.
EUR 1 350 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 06 Sep 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
EUR 3 595 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 04 Oct 2017 to 25 Nov 2017
EUR 2 875 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 29 Nov 2017 to 16 Dec 2017
EUR 4 175 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 20 Dec 2017 to 27 Dec 2017

Rate Includes:

Rates Include:
* Accommodation
* All meals
* Soft drinks and local beer whilst on-board
* Local wine at meal times
* Guided excursions for the respective itineraries
* All port charges

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras
* All flights and transfers
* Wine ouside of meal times
* Spirits
* Gratuities

Term & Conditions:

* Rates valid for South African residents only.
* Rates are subject to change and availability.
* Rates are based on Euros EUR.
* Please note that all the above validity dates are based on departure date.
* Please note that 4 and 7 night itineraries are also available, contact us for a quote.
* Sanctuary Ananda is closed from 03 May 2017 to 05 Sep 2017.

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LUX Tea Horse Road Lijiang

Lijiang, China

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Amenities & Facilities

Bar Luggage Storage Nature or Scenic Area Restaurant Rooms

A luxury hotel in Lijiang, China – the gateway to the fascinating Yunnan province.

Mountain Light... Opening a window onto one of China’s hidden treasures, discovering a unique journey through one of China’s most spectacular routes – the Tea Horse Road...

LUX Tea Horse Road – an exclusive and original discovery adventure that guides, inspires and delights our guests as they embark on a transformational journey through the historic circuit of LUX Tea Horse Road – is a unique experience, an experience of a lifetime.

Tucked into Lijiang’s ancient town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, this boutique hotel stages exceptional local experiences to connect discerning travellers with the essence of the ancient town and its magical surroundings.

Located in a typical courtyard-shape residence, our luxury hotel in Lijiang banishes thoughtless patterns and offers a simple, fresh and sensory approach to showcasing the renowned ‘city of bridges’ of Lijiang.

Home to a profusion of traditional architecture and culture, Lijiang provides LUX the perfect backdrop to celebrate the local Naxi culture whilst providing its guests a Lighter, Brighter experience in refreshingly modern comforts.

Expect personalized adventurous excursions inspired by The LUX* Tea Horse Road original trail, experience original Naxi cooking classes directly from Baisha villagers, learn about the legendary Pu’er tea with in-house tea ceremonies, find your message in a bottle around the narrow lanes of the old town, dare the challenging surroundings on a horseback or simply enjoy what we love most, explore the myriads of faces of Lijiang ancient town.

ROOMS & SUITES

LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang features traditional Naxi architecture, a timber-framed structure enriched by elements of Han and Zang dynasties combined with striking design elements.
The main two-storied building is home to luxurious yet contemporary rooms, the Cha Ma Dao Library and the main courtyard. The adjacent building features the exclusive hotel restaurant and the bar where Tea Horse Road’s storytellers and local musicians enliven winter evenings. LUX* provides complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang provides:

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

BREAKFAST:
A fusion of local morning-boosters combined with all-time favorites is served at the breakfast buffet in the restaurant as well as a selection of a la carte fresh and healthy Western and Asian options.
07:30 – 10:00

LUNCH:
Served in our restaurant or alfresco in the main courtyard while gazing at the ancient town tiled roofs, a distinctive selection of a la carte Naxi specialties is available and locally sourced. Want to make the most of you time in Lijiang? Tasty options to go are available on request.
11:00 – 14:00 (reservation required)

DINNER:
Our resident chef showcases Naxi cuisine with a twist on special themed nights or on a reservation basis with a tailor-made Chefs Table... Lijiang Style! Ranging from juicy Naxi hot pot to Yunnan BBQ to name just a few, your host will marry your meal with a selection of local and imported wines and spirits.
18:00 – 22:00 (reservation required)

THE BAR:

A place designed to inspire your next adventure along the Tea Horse Road while sipping priceless Pu’er tea or simply relaxing after a long hike with one of your favorite drinks.

TEA LOUNGE:

Join us at the Teahouse to learn more about the art of tea making. Yunnan Pu'er teas which used to travel along the ancient tea horse road, you name it, we have it and we want you to try it!

THE JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB LIJIANG, YUNNAN

Designed by Neil Haworth, this extraordinary course is situated 3,100 metres above sea level, making it the highest in Asia and the second highest globally, after La Paz in Bolivia. Thanks to the effects of altitude, balls can travel up to 20% further than on normal courses, enabling Haworth to design – at 8,548 yards – the longest par 72 in the world, and one of the courses on every ambitious golfer’s must-play list.
The foremost 9 holes offer Scottish-style play, the rear 9 occupy a mountainous course, testing golfers’ skill and versatility to the max. At the course’s heart, the clubhouse features local crafts and artefacts worthy of its mythical paradise location, the legendary Shangri-La.

SPECIAL:

2 Night Stay Special

R 7 144 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Feb 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
R 7 667 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 May 2017 to 06 May 2017
R 7 144 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 07 May 2017 to 31 May 2017
R 7 667 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Jun 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
R 9 415 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Oct 2017 to 05 Oct 2017
R 7 667 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 06 Oct 2017 to 31 Oct 2017

Rate Includes:

* 2 Nights Standard Accommodation
* Breakfast daily

Rate Exclude:

* All transportation
* All items of a personal nature.
* Travel and medical insurance.
* Meals not mentioned.
* All Extras

Terms & Conditions:

* Rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases and availability.
* Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply.
* Rates valid for South African residents only

For mobile users, you may launch the full service webpage by clicking HERE or launch the CONTACT US page.

LUX Tea Horse Road Benzilan

Benzilan, China

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Amenities & Facilities

Bar Luggage Storage Nature or Scenic Area Restaurant Rooms

At the core of the LUX* Tea Horse Road lies the promise of exploring nature at its best, introducing reinvigorating experiences set to enlighten the spirit and nurture the body.

A gateway to the glacier of Meili Snow Mountain National Park, this luxury boutique hotel is located at the entrance of Benzilan town. Considered the only mountain retreat of the area, the hotel encompasses local culture across the main building’s architectural elements coupled with signature LUX* service inspired by unrivalled Tibetan hospitality.

The valley offers mild climatic conditions throughout the year, making it the perfect base to explore the surrounding glaciers or venture off the beaten tracks on hidden mountain trails. Originally famous along the Tea Horse Road for its sturdy and fearless horsemen, Benzilan has preserved its authenticity and opens an extraordinary window onto the Tibetan culture to those ready to venture along the LUX* Tea Horse Road.

Whether you are aiming to conquer Meili Snow Mountain’s peaks or simply stroll among breathtaking scenic trails to reenergize your body, Benzilan is where you will immerse yourself with the Tibetan locale. The perfect place to try the local organic produce or to start your day with a refreshing morning meditation overlooking the legendary Yangtze River before heading to the nearby monasteries, LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan promises authentic experiences inspired by the Tea Horse Road.

ROOMS & SUITES

Reflecting architectural elements of local wooden residences, LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan offers tranquil views of the riverside. Each of its 30 rooms and suites, located on two levels across the two main buildings, are adorned with distinctive Tibetan touches fused with a light color palette and airy living spaces.
The main building welcomes the hotel’s guests in a spacious lobby featuring a star-roofed terrace overlooking the river. At night, impromptu movies under the stars, storytellers around the centered fireplace and local baristas at the signature Café’ LUX* are just few of the pop up delights which can be found here.
The hotel’s infinity pool is located meters away from the rolling waves of the Yangtze River with stunning views of the surrounding mountains dotted with farms, wooden houses and small temples.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

All-day Dining Restaurant
With a selection of local specialties and all-time western favorites, this buffet restaurant surprises with a la carte options hand-picked from the daily menu and designed by the resident chef. Overlooking the riverside with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, the main dining area stretches over 150sqm. In order to present the freshest wares that the valley has to offer, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to reflect seasonality and embrace local traditions.

CHANT TO THE KAWAGEBO - A SPIRITUAL PLACE OF RARE TRANQUILITY

Known as the most important holy abode after the Songzanlin lamasery in Shangri-La, few kilometers away from Benzilan rests the lamasery of Dongzhulin, a spiritual place of rare tranquility. Connect with your inner-self while surrounded by sacred mountains with a morning meditation conducted by our in-house master and relax over a cup of tea with one of the resident spiritual guides of the monastery to know the untold stories of the muleteers and their resilience. In time, cheerful monks have received traders and travelers of all sorts and today they welcome you to chant with them to the major peak of the Meili Snow Mountain, the sacred Kawagebo.

SPECIAL:

2 Night Stay Special

R 6 906 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Feb 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
R 7 903 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 May 2017 to 30 Jun 2017
R 8 563 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Jul 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
R 7 903 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Sep 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
R 8 563 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 01 Oct 2017 to 05 Oct 2017
R 7 903 per person sharing for 2 Nights
Valid 06 Oct 2017 to 31 Oct 2017

Rate Includes:

* 2 Nights Standard Accommodation
* Breakfast daily

Rate Exclude:

* All transportation
* All items of a personal nature.
* Travel and medical insurance.
* Meals not mentioned.
* All Extras

Terms & Conditions:

* Rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases and availability.
* Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply.
* Rates valid for South African residents only

For mobile users, you may launch the full service webpage by clicking HERE or launch the CONTACT US page.