Abercrombie & Kent launches new wellness-inspired journeys
In a rapidly changing world, new challenges are thrown up by the day. Deadlines are more pressing, productivity demands are unparalleled and time is more precious than it’s ever been. To stay in control, achieve success and enjoy work-life balance, a focus on personal health and mindfulness is critical. Enter the luxury travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent, who have launched a collection of wellness-inspired luxury small group journeys to India, Southeast Asia, Kenya and Peru. Linked by a commitment to caring for the self and loved ones, these journeys are highly experiential, with wellness components incorporated throughout and a slower pace that allows guests full immersion in, and appreciation of, the destination.
Wellness India: Ancient Traditions & Inspiring Icons
A&K’s unhurried journey through Rajasthan and Varanasi invites guests to admire monuments that reflect India’s rich spiritual heritage, from temples dedicated to Shiva and Lord Vishnu to the glittering Taj Mahal. There are three rejuvenating nights in Udaipur complete with guided meditation, a bike ride through the countryside and a restful sunset cruise.
There is a private consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor during a stay at Amanbagh, plus opportunities to explore the Rajasthani countryside with options that include visiting local artisans or photogenic village tours at dusk. The A&K Philanthropy-supported residential school for young girls is a feature, plus two awe-inspiring nights in the spiritual heart of India, Varanasi. Guests bed down in a former palace on the banks of the sacred Ganges, partake in an evening aarti ceremony and take an evening boat ride to experience the pitru tarpana, a moving ceremony that honours the memory of a loved one.
2019 travel dates: 5–17 October; 9–21 November 2019
Twin share per person: $15,720
Single supplement: $7,345
Wellness Southeast Asia: Timeless Rituals of Indochina
The enduring traditions of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam form the backbone of this journey, where guests take part in inspirational ceremonies that make a deep connection with the local culture. There is a baci ceremony in Luang Prabang and the morning ritual of alms offering to local monks. Angkor Thom is explored on a tuk-tuk or bike, and sunrise at Angkor Wat is unforgettable.
The spiced-up flavours of Southeast Asia are showcased on a progressive dining tour of Siem Reap and there’s time to luxuriate on a private tropical island with a three-night stay at the new Six Senses Krabey Island. Design Your Day choices include a Khmer cooking class, a spa treatment or sunset cruise. Discover the difference that clean water makes during a visit to a remote village, where A&K Philanthropy is building wells.
2019 travel dates: 9–21 October; 30 October–11 November.
Twin share per person: $14,920
Single supplement: $7,050
Wellness Kenya: Cultures & Wildlife
Kenya’s rich tribal traditions and important conservation efforts are revealed on this active safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and Tsavo National Park. Guests hike through the cloud forests of the Chyulu Hills and learn about traditional warrior training from the Maasai. Morning and afternoon game drives offer awe-inspiring adventures and close-up observation of wildlife.
There is time to refresh and replenish with a restorative spa treatment, as well as sunrise and sunset yoga. Travellers will also gain a new perspective on giving back at an A&K Philanthropy-supported school and see how sustainable tourism is providing safe drinking water.
2019 travel dates: 20–28 October; 29 October–6 November.
Twin share per person: $17,485
Single supplement: $2,050
Wellness Peru: Spirit of the Incas
Ancient practices and spiritual influence flourish in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Guests on this journey discover local traditions in a remote mountainside village and working farm, followed by a farm-to-table lunch. Guests learn secrets of ayahuasca, a traditional medicine from the Amazon, and hand-feed llamas and alpacas at a dedicated breeding centre.
Active adventures include kayaking in a secluded lagoon 3,800 metres above sea level and hiking up towering Huayna Picchu for a bird’s-eye view of Machu Picchu. Bedding down at the only property adjoining the ancient Incan site means guests can rise with the sun and explore the sanctuary before the crowds arrive. Design Your Day options in Cusco include browsing in the picturesque San Blas neighbourhood, a haven for local artisans; a relaxing spa treatment; or a personal coca leaf fortune-reading conducted by a shaman.
2019 travel dates: 4–13 November; 3–12 December.
Twin share per person: $11,605
Single supplement: $3,815
The A&K experience
Each journey features luxurious hotels, boutique lodges and camps in one-of-a-kind locations chosen by local A&K experts for amenities that promote relaxation and tranquillity. Inspirational initiatives supported by A&K Philanthropy are a feature of each one, and a group-size of no more than 18 ensures an intimate experience. Many of the wellness-focused properties that feature are not typically used for group departures, such as Amanbagh in India and the brand-new Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia.
A Resident Tour Director accompanies each journey in addition to expert local guides, who live in the destination and share the kind of insights only a resident can offer. They explain the ins and outs of daily life and go beyond the guidebook to bring the spirit of each locale to life in the most authentic way possible.