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South + South East Asia

The strangeness and shock of
Asia are 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 trip special is usually in the detail of how we select guides and 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 designing your vacation we are constantly working behind the scenes to improve it, usually without you even knowing. It is the detail that makes the difference.

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“They don’t try to put me off or push for safer options – they go out on a limb to deliver at the extreme”
Anna Johansen, TX USA

destination spotlight

Luxury trip to Bhutan

bhutan

best visited: sept - dec

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.

One week itineraries from $5600 pp
excluding flights

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Explore ruins of Cambodia

cambodia

best visited: nov - april

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.

One week itineraries from $4300 pp
excluding flights

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Luxury trip to Central India

central india

best visited: oct - mar

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.

One week itineraries from $3800 pp
excluding flights

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Visit temples of Laos

laos

best visited: nov - april

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.

One week itineraries from $3800 pp
excluding flights

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Gulf of Oman beach vacation

Oman

BEST VISITED: OCT - MARCH

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.

One week itineraries from $4600 pp
excluding flights

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private island retreat Maldives

The Maldives

BEST VISITED: DEC - APRIL

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.

One week itineraries from $4800 pp
excluding flights

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explore Hindu art and architecture in South India

Southern India

BEST VISITED: NOV - MARCH

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.

One week itineraries from $3400 pp
excluding flights

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visit the palaces of Rajasthan in India

Rajasthan

BEST VISITED: OCT - APRIL

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.

One week itineraries from $4500 pp
excluding flights

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luxury river cruise trip Burma

Burma

BEST VISITED: NOV - MARCH

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.

One week itineraries from $4500 pp
excluding flights

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discover Vietnamese cuisine Asia

vietnam

BEST VISITED: NOV - APRIL

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.

One week itineraries from $4500 pp
excluding flights

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luxury guided tour of Bangkok

thailand

BEST VISITED: NOV - MARCH

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.

One week itineraries from $4300 pp
excluding flights

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private villas in Sri Lanka

sri lanka

BEST VISITED: DEC - Sept

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.

One week itineraries from $3800 pp
excluding flights

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Indian cooking vacation Kerala

Kerala

BEST VISITED: NOV - MARCH

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.

One week itineraries from $4800 pp
excluding flights

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luxury trekking vacation to Nepal

Nepal

BEST VISITED: OCT - MAY

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.

One week itineraries from $4800 pp
excluding flights

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luxury desert camp United Arab Emirates

united arab emirates

BEST VISITED: OCT - MARCH

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.

One week itineraries from $4000 pp
excluding flights

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rafting adventure vacation northern India

Northern india

BEST VISITED: OCT - MARCH/
JUNE - SEP FOR LADAKH

We work with a really special group of village houses in some of the most unspoilt 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.

One week itineraries from $4600 pp
excluding flights

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