Asia + The Middle East

The strangeness and shock of Asia is, for the Westerner, part of its seductive magic; its wild and wonderful chaos has a way of getting right under your skin. More than most others, this region rewards those who persevere.

In this part of the world, the way we make a luxury trip special is usually in the detail of how we select guides or plan different days.

Often it’s down to insisting on a certain room in a hotel – even changing an itinerary around to ensure that a particular room is available, without compromising the trip as a whole.

From the moment we start planning your luxury trip, we are constantly working behind the scenes to improve it, usually without you even knowing it. It is the detail that makes the difference.

Destinations

temples in Bagan, Myanmar

Burma

Since the change in infrastructure, Burma has become a more accessible destination for a vacation, but is currently still unspoilt by tourism. Given the lack of luxury hotels in the country, we tend to focus on the history, religion and ancient cultures. The need for an informative and engaging guide is essential to ensure you get the most out of your visit, which will often incorporate the highlights of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle. We also use a few luxury boats to discover the less accessible areas, and we have like everything else experienced these first hand.

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Bhutan

We have been delighting clients with innovative itineraries to this incredibly beautiful mountain kingdom for years. It never disappoints. Recently a new breed of luxury, small hotels has emerged. The road conditions are being constantly improved making it easier to travel between Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. Our knowledge of the country and network of guides still deliver authentic Bhutan. Few visitors are privileged to experience this. Now, as always, Bhutan is one of the most special countries on Earth.

Angkor Wat and reflecting pool at sunset, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia

We have spent many years developing some really interesting guides and cultural experiences. Clients often return with rave reviews of the c+l specials we have planned for their trip. Particular highlights have been the insight into modern history and access to cultural attractions avoiding the crowds . We have also found particular success taking clients to the coastal hideaways of Southern Cambodia and hidden corners of Phnom Penh. As always with c+l it is the hand-picked specialist guides who really make the difference.

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Central India

Most tourists visit Madhya Pradesh for its tiger reserves and beautiful Kipling-like landscapes. However for those who want to see spectacular architectural sights with no other tourists, the ruined temple complex at Mandu and the unique tiled fort at Gwalior are difficult to beat. And because we have seen all of the hotels and lodges and driven the long distances ourselves, we can manage expectations in a part of India where it is important to know the logistical challenges.

Sunset from the Pura Uluwatu temple on Bali island in Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesia embodies an extraordinary variety of geography and hundreds of distinct island cultures. Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi and Papua, to name but a few, are all unique and need to be approached in a particular way and we plan a stay on each island with a slightly different approach. We hand pick the best guides and create unique experiences such as chartering a private boat to discover the Komodo islands or to explore remote dive sites. With numerous luxurious hotels, the choice can be daunting which is where our expertise comes into play to match the hotel to our client’s budget, style and expectations.

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Japan

For a country that lived in self-imposed isolation until 150 years ago, Japan has not hesitated in making up for lost time since the world came calling. Anyone who’s eaten sushi or used a Sony Walkman feels they know something about this archipelago of some 6800 volcanic islands tucked away off the far eastern coast of Asia. Japan is a place of ancient gods and customs, but is also the cutting edge of cool modernity. You can catch sight of a farmer tending his paddy field, then turn the corner and find yourself next to a neon-festooned electronic games parlor in the suburb of a sprawling metropolis.

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Kerala

Kerala is the perfect destination for a gentle introduction to India for couples and families alike. The welcoming and relaxed attitude allows you to embrace the sleepy backwaters, the dramatic landscapes of the Western Ghats and the palm fringed beaches along the coast. In Fort Cocin we can organize tickets to a traditional Kathakali dance and private cooking classes in a part of India famed for its fresh ingredients and tasty cuisine. With plenty of new boutique hotels on the horizon we visit this part of India on a regular basis to guarantee we always know the best place to stay.

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Laos

Any visit to Laos is incomplete without Luang Prabang. And it now has some excellent places to stay. c+l really make the difference here with hand-crafted experiences around an otherwise well-trodden path. In the city we can offer private access to museums, monasteries and homes. And further afield we have created some unique ways to see the best of the Mekong River and its tribal peoples. Most clients also combine a visit to Laos with Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand.

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Jordan

Jordan, a kingdom which once captivated ancient travelers, continues to attract a new generation as a modern and vibrant nation. From the starkness of Wadi Rum, to the majestic ruins of bygone civilizations, to the wonders of the Dead Sea, Jordan is being unveiled as a completely unique destination. The Jordanians are multicultural, well-educated, extremely…

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Nepal

The attraction of Nepal lies in the magnificent Himalayas and the country’s tribal heritage. With trekking, it is important to understand fitness levels and expectations of comfort. We often like to organise trekking in the locations where few others tread, combined with a great guide some of the lesser known and more remote routes are well worth discovering. Meet artists, weaving workshops and carpenters whilst exploring the three medieval cities; Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. For those wanting a rural experience Pokhara offers the perfect balance of relaxation and sightseeing.

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Northern India

We work with a really special group of village houses in some of the most unspoiled and beautiful foothills in the Himalaya region as well as further north in Ladakh. The mountainous desert in Ladakh or the rolling lush paddy fields beneath the Himalayas create dramatic backdrops in spectacular locations and showcases a way of life which is much as it was centuries ago. As always, we design every itinerary around you and can add in a visit to Uttaranchal – perhaps near Rishikesh or to take in the wildlife around Corbett. Or we can take you on an off the beaten track camping experience in Ladakh.

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Oman

Oman works well for an exotic break encompassing diverse landscapes from the rolling sand dunes of the Empty Quarter to the dramatic Hajar mountains and the stunning coastline with wonderful marine life. With an expert guide we can also arrange cultural trips to Muscat, Nizawa and Sur. Many outfitters claim to offer a great camping experience but where we differentiate is that ours is a mobile tented experience, thereby offering total privacy in remote locations with plenty of creature comforts and excellent food.

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Malaysia

This stunning archipelago is part of the heart and soul of South East Asia and amongst the most diverse places in the world. Heavily influenced by its cosmopolitan make up there is plenty to keep culture vultures in awe. Aspects of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture can be found at every turn – from hawker markets selling exquisite street food to sprawling Chinese night markets and the religious call of prayer. The Petronas Towers loom over the dramatic Kuala Lumpur skyline, while isolated tribes in the remote North seem a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

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Rajasthan

The quintessentially Indian experiences lies in Rajasthan. Naturally the historical forts and magnificent palaces are a ‘must’ and we have devised unique ways to show them off to their best at different times of the day or with private access. No trip is complete without experiencing rural Rajasthan which offers a real insight into a more simple and traditional way of life which lets you experience something more authentic away from the cities. Luxury Rajasthan is not just about the quality of the hotel but also how we execute each day with little surprises along the way.

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Southern India

The overwhelmingly Hindu state of Tamil Nadu has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions from the spectacular temples of ancient dynasties to the colonial heritage left by the British and the French. South India is renowned for its Hindu art and architecture hence the need for a knowledgeable Hindu guide to explain the complex depiction of over 300 million Hindu gods/goddesses. Combining Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka gives you a true insight into the culture of this fascinating country.

Beautiful highland tea plantations in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Romantic boutique hotels and private villas are available on this tropical island getaway. Sri Lanka is perfect for getting out in the great outdoors with trekking and white-water rafting to balance the cultural sites of the North and the tranquil beach scene on the South coast. Sri Lanka is also great for families and first timers to Southern Asia as it is full of cultural stimulus but slightly less intense and more relaxed than India. The Maldives is only a short flight away, making it a perfect beach add on.

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Thailand

The buzzing metropolis of Bangkok is the main hub to South East Asia and one of our favorite Asian cities for atmosphere. We have developed a fascinating day which takes clients through the backstreets of Bangkok by bicycle exploring local neighborhoods, visiting a kick boxing school and Bangkrachao, one of the greenest areas of the city. Most travelers visit Thailand for its famous beaches which combines well with a cultural insight into Northern Thailand, Burma, Laos or Cambodia.

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United Arab Emirates

We focus on three of the seven Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras-al-Khaimah. Barren desert and rugged mountains are bordered by two Gulfs and the contrast of these beautiful landscapes with the more brash cosmopolitan cities makes for a diverse destination. The white sand beaches merge into colossal sand dunes, the perfect environment for camel riding, dune bashing or dinner under the stars in a private camp. For those in search of a more cultural experience we can take you away from the shopping malls and into the depths of the country to discover authentic villages.

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The Maldives

For those looking for sun, sand and crystal clear sea, The Maldives tick all the boxes. Each island only has one hotel, so you can make the most of the private white sand beaches and surrounding turquoise waters. We have visited all the best hotels in The Maldives and we know the owners of the hotels we work with, as well as the chefs, managers and many individual members of staff which allow us to make sure that they go the extra mile for you during your stay. Perfect for honeymooners and families wanting to relax.

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Vietnam

Vietnam is interesting to combine with its neighboring countries, Cambodia and Laos. It has some of the best cuisine in Asia and we have numerous gastronomic guides to introduce our clients to the wonders of Vietnamese cuisine from the authentic street food to the bustling food markets and actually learning the traditional cooking techniques themselves. As with everything we do, we base our recommendations upon places and people we know and trust.

Where to Go
Asia + The Middle East

Burma
Bhutan
Cambodia
Central India
Indonesia
Japan
Kerala
Laos
Jordan
Nepal
Northern India
Oman
Malaysia
Rajasthan
Southern India
Sri Lanka
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
The Maldives
Vietnam

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Asia + The Middle East

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