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Time for Travel specialises in arranging luxury holidays, which we tailor-make to your own requirements. Not a package in sight so ideally we need to talk to you to get it exactly right. We will not only find you some of the finest safaris in Africa, but can organise island-hopping in the Caribbean, cultural and wildlife visits in India and Sri Lanka, and outback and wilderness adventures in Australia and New Zealand. In addition we can arrange glorious beach breaks in all these places, as well as in Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and the Gulf States. And to tempt you to sample the beaches and cultural treasures of south-east Asia, we have just added Thailand and Indochina to our travel portfolio. In the following pages we hope to convey a flavour of our enthusiasm for sensitive and discerning travel off the beaten track. There is nothing more refreshing than well planned journeys to faroff lands: they recharge the body, strengthen the mind and enhance the senses. It is our pleasure to share our experience and knowledge with you and to create for you a unique and memorable holiday. More detailed information and suggested itineraries are available on our website www.timefortravel.co.uk or do please call us for first hand advice.

Contents
Holiday types
Luxury Holidays Family Holidays Safaris Weddings and Honeymoons Page 2 3 4 5 6&7 8&9 10 & 11 12 & 13 14 15 16 & 17 18 & 19 20

Africa
South Africa Namibia Botswana Zambia Malawi Mozambique Kenya Tanzania Zanzibar

Indian sub-continent
Sri Lanka India 21 22 & 23

Indochina
Thailand Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia 24 25

Australasia
Australia New Zealand 26 & 27 28 & 29

Caribbean
Caribbean Islands 30 & 31

Indian Ocean
Mauritius Maldives Seychelles Dubai & Oman 32 & 33 34 35 36 37 Back cover

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LUXURY HOLIDAYS

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ur tailor-made holidays use exclusive destinations: old-established hotels, new boutique guesthouses, private wildlife reserves, the best B&B in town or the smartest designer spa. Whatever your destination, our aim is to provide a luxurious stay with exceptional services.

We can also provide First Class travel, private charter flights, independent guiding, personal butlers, exquisite dining and dedicated pampering. If you prefer, all these special treats can be enjoyed in a single location by staying at one of the increasingly popular safari houses, beach villas or private lodges.

These sole-use, fully staffed properties come complete with stunning settings, gourmet chefs, swimming pools, tennis courts, open-air bathrooms, expert service and total privacy. They are ideal for families or groups of friends seeking a remote, one-stop wilderness or beach vacation.

Perhaps their strongest attribute is their flexibility to provide what you want to do, when you want to do it: the ultimate tailormade luxury holiday bliss.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

here has never been a better time to take the children, or grandchildren, on adventures in far-flung destinations. Family holidays in the African bush, across the plains of India or in the Australian outback are good examples of this new approach, and a select number of locations now welcome children of all ages. Topnotch care and special adventure activities for both younger children

and teenagers are increasingly available in wilderness lodges and private hotels around the world. These activities, with or without Mum and Dad, are not only great fun but extremely stimulating and the perfect introduction to the life and style of other countries. Knowing that the children are happily occupied allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the holiday with complete peace of mind.

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SAFARIS
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afaris come in all different shapes and sizes, and you can do them in India, Oman, Sri Lanka and Australasia as well as in Africa. You can walk, canoe, fly, have your own private 4x4 and driver guide, be carried by horse, elephant, balloon or boat, or stay put and let the wildlife come to you.

Do you want to follow the game in a classic safari tent with bucket shower and long drop loo, or stay somewhere a little (or a lot) more luxurious and permanent with a pool and personal butler? There are endless possibilities. We would be delighted to help choose the right one for you.

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS

etting married on a tropical island with clear blue waters lapping a sandy shore doesn't have to be a distant fantasy. In fact, almost any spot is possible, from the sophistication of Cape Town or Sydney to the remote wilderness of the African bush to the heights of the Himalayas a unique location to suit every taste. We can arrange everything from the paperwork right down to the minister, witnesses and even an on-line wedding list. Apart from the lasting memory of tying the knot in such a stylish way, the cost

compares very favourably with a conventional wedding at home. Your honeymoon has to be an idyllic holiday, full of romantic indulgence and some calculated extravagance. We specialise in planning perfect honeymoons that can include relaxation, seclusion, adventure or a perfect combination of all three. Many luxury hotels and game lodges now have dedicated honeymoon suites including private gardens, pools, outside baths, 'starbeds' and secluded hideaways for romantic dining.

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South Africa

outh Africa has something for even the most demanding traveller, with one of the greatest displays of animal and plant life in the world, including superb big five game viewing in spectacular, contrasting landscapes. Here you will find many worldclass, private game reserves, some in malaria free areas. Cape Town, with its famous Table Mountain trademark, is frequently voted the best city in Africa. Elsewhere you can explore the extensive Winelands, choose from the varied activities and scenery of the Garden Route, take a luxurious train journey or go whale watching while never being far from excellent restaurants and first class wines. In contrast, head for the sub tropical beaches on the Dolphin Coast and spectacular mountain landscapes in KwaZulu Natal, often overlooked but never forgotten. Wherever you go, you will be entranced by the friendliness of the people. Then there is the luxury! Top international facilities and service combined with the excellent standards of hotels, lodges, spas and estates compete with the unparalleled natural beauty of the land.
S.A. North Season Average day F S.A. Cape Season Average day F 78 79 77 Jan Jan Feb Variable 77 Feb Dry 77 72 75 Mar 69 Apr 66 May 67 60 Jun 65 Mar Apr May Jun Dry 62 Jul 63 66 Aug Rains 64 65 70 63 Sep 75 Oct Dry 75 76 Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Variable 75 Nov 77 Dec Dec

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+2 Cape Town and Johannesburg

Ideal for
Cosmopolitan cities and nightlife Childrens safaris and child care Self-drive touring and family holidays Malaria free safaris Gourmet food and wines Battlefield tours Golf and Spas Fly-in safaris and luxury hotels Marine life Horse and elephant safaris Luxury train journeys Vineyards Weddings and honeymoons Private safari houses and villas

Combines well with


Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius and Seychelles

Mapungubwe Conservation Area Waterberg National Park Kgalakgadi TSHWANE Transfrontier Park JOHANNESBURG Kruger National Park Swaziland Richards Bay

BLOEMFONTEIN SPRINGBOK

Umfolozi National Park Lesotho

DURBAN

Natal Drakenberg National Park Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Variable

CAPE TOWN

EAST LONDON

Plettenberg PORT ELIZABETH Bay

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NAMIBIA

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+1 Windhoek

Ideal for
Skeleton coast explorations Namib desert and highest dunes Stunning and remote landscapes Active family holidays Desert game viewing Luxury fly-in safaris Marine and coastal wildlife Self-drive touring Indigenous tribes Tented camps Adventure activities

Combines well with


Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa and Mauritius

vast country of compelling beauty and one of the worlds true wilderness areas, this sparsely populated land is rich in spectacular scenery, wonderful game parks, limitless horizons, incredible geology and intriguing cultures. Travellers to Namibia have a huge choice of landscapes to explore including the ancient Namib Desert, containing the highest of all sand dunes, the desolate Skeleton Coast, littered with decaying shipwrecks and bleached whalebones, and the spectacular Fish River Canyon. In the north, Damaraland has some of Namibia's most rugged and remote areas, which miraculously support desert-adapted black rhino and elephant together with ostriches and gemsbok. Also

found here are ancient San rock paintings and the colourful Himba people whose nomadic lifestyle has survived into the 21st century. The Etosha National Park consists of a vast salt pan surrounded by huge areas of grassland, scrub and a multitude of animals, while the lush Caprivi Strip with its riverine forests teems with wildlife. To the west at Swakopmund, the rich cold waters of the Atlantic support a great variety of marine and birdlife. A well-maintained road network makes a self-drive holiday very appealing, or get off the beaten track with an exclusive guided mobile safari into the remote Kaokoland. For an unforgettable and unique experience take a fly-in safari by light aircraft over this land of deserts, seascapes and salt pans.

Etosha National Park Kaudom Game Park

Caprivi Strip Mdumo National Park

Sk ele

Swakopmund

Pa al T on S tiOA NaC sON aTt Co LE onE tSK

Damaraland

rk

WINDHOEK
Namib Naukluft National Park

Luderitz Fishriver Canyon National Park

Namibia Season Average day F

Jan 86

Feb Variable 84

Mar 84

Apr 77

May 72

Jun 68

Jul Dry 68

Aug 74

Sep 79

Oct 84

Nov 84

Dec 88

Variable

botswana

ver many years, Time for Travel has developed a deep affection for Botswana's immense and pristine wilderness. A stable, safe political framework has ensured a long-term conservation policy where nature is protected and visitor numbers are restricted, resulting in safaris of the highest quality.

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+2 Gaborone and Maun

Ideal for
Mekoro, walking and 4x4 safaris Desert and delta safaris Top game viewing Fishing Fly-in safaris Luxury camps and lodges San people Horse and elephant safaris Mobile camping Honeymoons

Of the three distinct habitats found in this magnificent country, the Okavango Delta is probably the best known. 1.6 million hectares of small, palm fringed islands, lagoons and tranquil crystal clear waterways are home to one of the most numerous and diverse animal populations anywhere in the world, as well as an incredibly varied birdlife. The Moremi and Chobe National Parks, together with the Linyanti and Selinda Reserves contain vast numbers of big game, while the Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Pans offers an extreme, stark landscape of desert life beneath huge African skies. Safaris on land, in boats and on foot cover a rich variety of locations, often involving scenic flights from camp to camp, allowing breathtaking aerial views of landscapes and animals. Exclusive permanent camps provide luxurious facilities, some with private plunge pools, salas and dedicated honeymoon or family accommodation, while small mobile safaris offer independence with private guiding.

Combines well with


Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius and Mozambique

VICTORIA FALLS
Savuti & Linyanti Okavango Delta Moremi Kasane Chobe National Park

MAUN

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park Tuli Block Reserve

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

GABORONE Botswana Season Average day F 86 Jan Rain 88 Feb Mar 90 Apr 86 May 82 Jun 78 Jul Dry 80 81 92 96 Aug Sep Oct Nov Variable 94 92 Dec
Kgalakgadi Transfrontier Park

Variable

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n the heart of the African sub-continent, the vast, beautiful country of Zambia remains impressively untainted by commercialism, yet offers exceptionally warm hospitality and an excellent selection of small luxury lodges and remote camps. Pure wilderness areas of traditional African bush and wetlands are superbly preserved, and reveal scenes unchanged for centuries. The mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is a truly breathtaking spectacle. A multitude of white knuckle sports such as white water rafting and bungee jumping are available nearby or just enjoy the tranquil waters of the upper

Zambezi, game viewing or boating in privacy and comfort. Walking safaris between small, intimate camps are legendary and some of Africa's very best guides can be found in the superb game reserves of the Luangwa and Lower Zambezi valleys. These areas teem with a rich diversity of animals and birdlife to rival any other reserve in Africa. The Kafue is Zambias largest park and contains the Busanga Plains, which is home to the distinctive red lechwe antelope and ever attendant predators. Safaris by canoe, 4x4 or foot are all recommended and will leave you feeling like one of the intrepid explorers of old, marvelling at the abundant wilderness.

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zambia

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+2 Lusaka and Livingstone

Ideal for
Family safaris Top game viewing and birdlife Luxury safaris Zambezi River Walking safaris Private safari houses Victoria Falls White water rafting & canoeing Weddings and Honeymoons

Combines well with


South Africa, Lake Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique and Mauritius

KASAMA
North Luangwa National Park West Lunga National Park Mfuwe South Luangwa National Park

NDOLA

Zambia North Season Average day F Zambia South Season Average day F

Jan 80 Jan Rain 80

Feb Rain 80 Feb 80

Mar 80 Mar 80

Apr 80 Apr 80

May 78 May 78

Jun 75 Jun 75

Jul 75 Jul Dry 75

Aug Dry 77 Aug 77

Sep 84 Sep 84

Oct 90 Oct 90

Nov Var. 85 Nov 85

Dec Rain 85 Dec Rain 85

Kafue National Park

Variable

LUSAKA
Sioma Ngwesi National Park Zambezi River

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lake Kariba

Variable

Variable

Livingstone

VICTORIA FALLS

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malawi

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+2 Lilongwe

Ideal for
Freshwater lakeside hotels Honeymoons Family holidays Friendly people Game viewing and lake safaris Walking, mountain biking and canoeing Luxury yacht cruising and water sports

Combines well with


South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique

lso known as The Warm Heart of Africa due in part to the incomparable friendliness of its people, Malawi is a compact jewel and is blessed with a temperate climate and stunning scenery. The fertile valleys, upland plateaus and forested mountains, including the Liwonde, Nyika Plateaux (8000ft) and Vwaza Marsh National Parks, support a rare diversity of wildlife. Home to Africa's most beautiful great lake with its deserted sand beaches and warm fresh waters, Malawi is a perfect choice for combining a safari with relaxation in lakeside lodges or secluded island retreats. Lake Malawi contains a greater variety of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world and is a paradise for scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and canoeing or charter a luxury crewed yacht and sail for days in isolated contentment.

Nyika National Park Vwaza Game Reserve

Livingstonia

Lake Malawi

Likoma Island

Kasunga National Park Nkhotakota Games Reserve

Lilongwe

Liwonde National Park

Blantyre Majete Game Reserve Lengwe National Park

Malawi Season Average day F

Jan Rain 80

Feb 80

Mar Var. 80

Apr 80

May 77

Jun 75

Jul Dry 75

Aug 77

Sep 82

Oct 86

Nov 86

Dec 80

Variable

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Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+2 Maputo, Pemba, Vilanculos,

mozambique

Ideal for
Remote luxury Deserted beaches Honeymoons Lazy pace Eco lodges Best marine life and reefs History and culture Bush and beach combinations

Combines well with


South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia

his huge country, noted for its friendly people and laidback, almost Latin American lifestyle, has an attractive, if gently decaying colonial heritage. However, its main attractions are its 1500 miles of coastline with sand so fine it squeaks, the clearest water and outstanding tropical island retreats, some with game viewing nearby. Exclusive beach lodges, which are becoming increasingly accessible, offer a variety of watersports and in particular some
Mozambique North Season Average day F Mozambique South Season Average day F 86 Jan 84 Jan Rain 84 Feb 83 Feb Mar Var. 84 Mar Rain 81 79 77 68 82 Apr 79 May 76 Jun Apr May Jun

outstanding scuba diving. The surrounding Indian Ocean waters contain dazzling coral heads and reefs, and exceptional marine life including the rare dugong, manta rays, whale sharks and turtles. Luxuriously simple or simply luxurious, the individual beach villas provide delightful accommodation in various styles. They are perfect for family holidays, honeymoons or just relaxing in the tropical heat, and combine well with a safari.
Jul 75 Jul 68 Aug 75 Aug 75 Sep 77 Sep 80 Oct 80 Oct 81 Nov 83 Nov 83 Dec 85 Dec 85
Lake Malawi

Niasa
Lichinga

Quirimbas Archipelago

Pemba

Caborabassa

Tete

Gile

Isla da Mozambique

Gorongosa Beira Zinave Kruger Limpopo National Park


Bazaruto Archipelago

Vilanculos

Dry and fine

Variable

Banhine MAPUTO

Variable

Dry and fine

Variable

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KENYA

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+3 Nairobi and Mombasa

Ideal for
Indian Ocean beaches The Great Migration National Parks and private reserves Superb Family holidays Luxury safari houses and villas Indigenous tribes Walking, riding, camel and balloon safaris The Rift Valley lakes Honeymoons Safari and beach combinations Private guided safaris

Combines well with


Zanzibar, Mauritius, Tanzania and Mozambique Islands Gorilla viewing in Uganda

Lake Turkana

Lodwar Marsabit

Samburu
Kisumu Nakuru

Shaba

Aberdare

Meru Laikipia
Mt Kenya

Masai Mara NAIROBI Game Reserve Serengeti Amboseli Tsavo


Lamu Malindi Mombasa

Kenya Season Highlands av. F Coast av. F

Jan 77 87

Feb Dry 79 87

Mar 77 90

Apr 75 89

May Rain 72 85

Jun 70 83

Jul 69 82

Aug Dry 70 83

Sep 75 84

Oct 76 86

Nov Rain 74 88

Dec Dry 74 89

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ynonymous with the very word 'safari', Kenya, straddling the equator and possessing a beautiful coastline, has long been the definitive showcase for African wildlife. Against a backdrop of enormous lakes, imposing mountains and wilderness savannah, classic guided game viewing can be enjoyed in 4x4s, on foot or on horseback. In many wildlife areas, indigenous tribal groups are often encountered tending their herds in a way of life hardly changed in centuries. Of the many National Parks, the Masai Mara holds one of the highest densities of game and co-hosts, with the Serengeti, the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and their attendant

predators. The game viewing in the Amboseli, Laikipia and Meru Reserves is a photographer's dream, while the beauty of the Rift Valley lakes dazzles with an abundance of flamingos. Away from the crowds we can suggest a superb array of quiet, luxurious camps, private ranches and peaceful lodges. The range of facilities is excellent for both individuals and families alike and can include hot air ballooning, camel safaris and fly camping. For some gentle relaxation after the excitement of game viewing, head for the unspoilt Swahili coast. Here you will find marvellous beach resorts including island retreats, stylish hotels, luxurious villas and family beach houses.

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anzania contains all the classic images of Africa the majestic snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro, the great endless plains of the Serengeti, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the tall, proud Maasai who colour the landscape in their vibrant red robes.

In the north, world famous National Parks offer outstanding game viewing and an incredible diversity of habitats within easy reach of each other. A typical safari will take in Tarangire National Park, the stunningly beautiful Ngorongoro Crater and the incomparable Serengeti, where the annual Great Migration is unquestionably the finest wildlife spectacle on earth. Safari accommodation is excellent and ranges from intimate lodges to comfortable tented camps or stay in top-notch seasonal mobile camps and follow the game concentrations with your own guide and private 4x4. The south is vast, wild and remote, with the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park offering between them boat, 4x4 and guided walking safaris with exceptional game viewing. To the west in the Mahale mountains on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, exotic tented camps provide incredible opportunities to view chimpanzees in their natural environment. This 'primate and beach' experience combines well with the nearby Katavi National Park, offering a definitive wilderness experience. 18

ta n z a n i a

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+3 Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam

Ideal for
Private 4x4 safaris with driver-guide Chimpanzees Luxury fly-in safaris and top game Family holidays The Great Migration Mount Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Plains Walking safaris and fly camping Safaris and beach combinations Professional guides Mobile, balloon and river safaris Weddings and Honeymoons

Combines well with


Zanzibar, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique Islands

Lake Victoria

Serengeti

Mt Kilimanjaro

Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Lake Eyasi

Arusha

CRATER Lake Manyara

Pemba Zanzibar

Mahale Mountains Ugalla Katavi

Tarangire

DAR ES SALAAM
Selous Game Reserve

Mafia Island

Ruaha

Tanzania Season Average day F

Jan Dry 92

Feb 92

Mar Var. 90

Apr 85

May Rain 80

Jun 79

Jul 78

Aug Dry 80

Sep 84

Oct 87

Nov Rain 89

Dec Dry 89

Lake Malawi

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zanzibar

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+3 Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar

Ideal for
Boutique beach hotels Luxury desert island lodges Family holidays History and culture Marine life and reefs Diving with dolphins Dhow charters Scuba diving and water sports Weddings and Honeymoons

Combines well with


Tanzania and Kenya

DUBAI

AFRICA

AN

INDIA

ZANZIBAR

MALDIVES

SRI LANKA

SEYCHELLES Indian Ocean


GA SC AR DA

MAURITIUS

anzibar is renowned for its warm hospitality, beautiful white beaches and tranquil turquoise waters. The island's ancient capital Stone Town displays a fascinating mosaic of architecture, culture, sights and sounds, with a heady mixture of Arabic, African and European influences. Heavily carved Zanzibari doors, antiques, ornate balconies and romantic rooftop dining are found in the labyrinth of narrow streets. The idyllic, coral fringed coastline provides many opportunities for excellent diving and water-sports. Around the island we have identified a good selection of private beach hotels, lodges and romantic hideaways where you will feel suitably removed from the pressures of everyday life. In addition, the nearby Islands of Mnemba and Pemba offer unrivalled barefoot luxury in a number of exclusive remote locations.

MA

Zanzibar Season Average day F

Jan 74

Feb Dry 75

Mar 75

Apr 74

May Rain 76

Jun 75

Jul 74

Aug Dry 73

Sep 75

Oct 76

Nov Var. 77

Dec Dry 72

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Sri Lanka

his jewel shaped island of incredibly diverse attractions and charming people offers a rich cultural heritage together with an infectious serenity in some of the most beautiful, scenic surroundings in the world. An unhurried chauffeur-driven tour is an ideal way to see all the major highlights. You will be enchanted by stunning landscapes of lush forests, colourful villages, tea plantations, spice gardens, ancient temples and lakes. Scattered around the island are numerous National Parks where you can either stay or just visit for the day, or take an exclusive guided mobile safari to see a number of different reserves, ideal for a family. The wildlife is plentiful, including elephant, leopard, sloth bear, monkeys, crocodiles and over 130 species of birds. To the south and west are stretches of palm fringed, golden sand beaches offering a delectable choice of boutique hotels and exotic villas with private pools, perfect for a relaxing tropical holiday, with or without the family.

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+5.5 Colombo

Ideal for
Colourful history and rich culture Ancient palaces, temples and monasteries Small luxury hotels and beach villas Family holidays Tented safaris and wildlife and bird viewing Private guided tours Tea plantation trekking and guesthouses Train journeys Tropical rain forests

Combines well with


India and the Maldives

Jafna

Wilpattu National Park

Trincomalee Anuradhapura
Sigiriya

Dambulla Kandy

Polonnaruwa Batticoloa

COLOMBO
Bentota

Nuwara Mt Pidurutalagala Eliya

Adams Peak Ratnapura

Arugam Bay Yala National Park

Hikkaduwa Tangala Galle

Sri Lanka S.W. Season Average day F

Jan 77

Feb Dry 78

Mar 80

Apr 79

May 77

Jun 79

Jul 79

Aug 79

Sep Var. 80

Oct 79

Nov Dry 79

Dec 78

Variable

Tropical rains

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he fascinating, rich tapestry of India with its potent mix of ancient past and pulsating present has a cultural, architectural and natural diversity unlike any other country. From bustling cities to idyllic beaches and mountain retreats, you will encounter a rich variety of peoples, landscapes and religious pageantry. The scenic grandeur of the Himalayan foothills contrasts starkly with the sweeping dunes of Rajasthan and its walled cities. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal is but one location in the golden triangle, an area crammed with ancient forts, shrines, palaces and historical and cultural curiosities. Elsewhere, dense jungles and National Parks such as Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Corbett, display a rich diversity of wildlife. Here you can stay in tented luxury and ride elephantback in search of the endangered Bengal tiger, Asiatic rhino and many fascinating lesser known mammals and birds. For relaxation, visit Kerala with its slow-paced backwater houseboats, boutique hotels and palm-fringed beaches, or sample the fragrant western ghats verdant hills with lush spice plantations and peaceful wildlife reserves. Throughout the country, enjoy world-class health resorts and smaller local spas, where ancient therapies such as ayurveda are practised along with yoga and a variety of natural treatments. 22

India

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+5.5 Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa and Kochi

Ideal for
Luxury hotels and palaces Safaris and game viewing The food Private guided tours Palaces and cultural tours Family and beach holidays Himalayan village walks The People of India Spas and treatments Train journeys Tropical rain forests

Combines well with


Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Srinagar
an

China

Punjab

DELHI

Nanda Devi Corbett Tibet


Nepal Bhutan

Agra Kazaranga Jaipur Varanasi Bangladesh Ranthambore Udaipur Bandhaygarh Kolkata Pench Kanha Gir Bhopal Nagpur Mumbai Hyderabad Goa Chennai Periyar Kochi
Sri Lanka

India North Season Average day F India South Season Average day F

Jan 69 Jan 82

Feb Dry 75 Feb Dry 86

Mar 88 Mar 90

Apr 97 Apr Hot 94

May Hot 103 May 98

Jun 102 Jun 97

Jul 95 Jul Hot/wet 93

Aug 93 Aug 92

Sep 94 Sep Hot 91

Oct Dry 91 Oct 88

Nov 83 Nov Dry 84

Dec 73 Dec 82

Hot/wet

Pa

ki

st

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Thailand

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+7 Bangkok

Ideal for
Island escapes Family holidays Sumptuous hotels and resorts Thai and gourmet cuisine Honeymoons Buddhist palaces and temples Diving and water sports Therapeutic spas and treatments Adventure activities Eco resorts Safaris and nature parks Luxury train journeys

hailand is an idyllic country offering a unique blend of tropical islands, white sand beaches, vast rice fields, national parks, forests, an outstanding cultural heritage and warm friendly people. Its hotels, spas and resorts are some of the finest in the world. The country effortlessly combines the old and the new; from ancient Buddhist temples and remote hill tribes in the north, to designer shopping malls, colourful night-life, floating markets and the spectacular Grand Palace in Bangkok. Visitors can luxuriate in world-renowned spas, go elephant trekking, or venture near the Golden Triangle to stay in enchanting jungle camps. In contrast, the wonderful beaches provide perfect hideaways for exploring beautiful islands, marine parks and stunning coastlines.
Hoi An

Combines well with


Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand

Chiang Rai Chiang Mai

Luang Prabang Laos

HANOI

VIENTIANE Thailand

Siem Reap Nha Trang Hua Min Cambodia Dalat m PHNOM PENH na iet V Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Koh Samui Khao Lak

BANKOK

Phuket

Exquisite boutique hotels, chic resorts and spas offer the highest standards of service and hospitality, combined with superb cuisine, blissful therapeutic treatments, infinity swimming pools and a vast array of water sports and recreational activities. Whether you choose a pampering spa escape or a tranquil eco resort, an unforgettable family holiday or honeymoon, or simply an exhilarating cultural adventure, Thailand will refresh and revitalise.
Thailand (excl Koh Samui) Season Average day F Thailand Koh Samui Season Average day F 86 90 88 Jan 90 Feb Dry 93 93 Jan Feb Dry 91 Mar 93 Apr Mar Apr May Tropical showers 90 May Variable 91 90 90 Jun Jun Jul 90 Jul 90 Aug 90 Aug 90 Sep 88 Sep 90 Oct Variable 88 Oct 88 88 Nov 84 Nov Dry 90 Dec Variable 84 Dec

Tropical Rains

Tropical Showers

Tropical Rains

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INDOCHINA

ndochina is a magical part of South East Asia, comprising lands of temples, traditions, inspiring scenery and beautiful coastlines, side by side with alluring cities. Vietnam offers a rich array of scenic and cultural highlights, from the colourful hill tribes of Sapa in the north to the vast canal network of the Mekong Delta in the south. It has World Heritage Sites at Halong Bay, with its towering limestone islands, and at Hoi An, a traditional fishing village of cobbled streets, artisan workshops, vibrant floating markets and excellent cuisine. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) are both beguiling cities of French colonial elegance that provide excellent bases for exploring and sightseeing. For the beach lover there are sweeping stretches of sand along the central coast where the clear turquoise water is perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving, and the old colonial hill station of Dalat provides a cool retreat amongst spectacular mountain scenery. The highlight of Cambodia is the astonishing temple complex of Angkor, a legacy of the once thriving Khmer Empire. Visit it in the early morning to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat, a once in a lifetime experience. Nearby, the picturesque and welcoming market town of Siem Reap offers a wealth of local interest and markets.

Between Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand is Laos: friendly and relaxed a hidden treasure as yet unspoilt by the modern world. The former royal capital, Luang Prabang, is a World Heritage site dominated by temples and palaces, whilst atmospheric Vientiane, the slow paced modern capital beside the Mekong River, is equally endowed with museums and shrines. All three countries offer outstanding luxury hotels, spa resorts and villas, and are easily accessed by short flights from Bangkok.

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+7 Vietnam: Hanoi Cambodia: Phnom Penh Laos: Vientiane

Ideal for
Historical and cultural sites Honeymoons Beach escapes Luxury spas and villas Superb cuisine Family holidays Diving and watersports Charming city hotels Tropical hideaways

Combines well with


Thailand, Australia and New Zealand

Chiang Rai Chiang Mai

Luang Prabang Laos

HANOI

VIENTIANE Thailand

Hoi An

Siem Reap Nha Trang Hua Min Cambodia Dalat m PHNOM PENH na iet V Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Koh Samui Khao Lak

BANKOK

Phuket

Vietnam - Hanoi Season Average day F Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh Season Average day F

Jan 64 Jan 88

Feb Dry 66 Feb Dry 88

Mar 72 Mar 90

Apr Variable 79 Apr 91

May 86 May 91

Jun 90 Jun 88

Jul Tropical Rains 90 Jul 88

Aug 88 Aug 88

Sep 88 Sep 88

Oct Variable 81 Oct 86

Nov Dry 75 Nov Variable 86

Dec 70 Dec Dry 86

Tropical Rains

Vietnam, Loas and Cambodia are year round destinations with complex weather systems with both sunshine and rain. The best time to visit Laos and Cambodia is during the dry season from November to April.

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ustralia is a vast land of beauty, with a huge potential for the extraordinary and the unexpected; not the least of which will be the characters you meet. They will be down to earth people, often irreverent in a uniquely Australian way but always friendly and genuinely hospitable. The sheer size and complexity of the country make it impossible to see everything in one trip, but Sydney with its cosmopolitan society and world-famous landmarks, Uluru (Ayers Rock) with its deep aboriginal spiritual connections, and the marine wonders of the Great Barrier Reef would certainly be on a wish list for the first time visitor. For a gentle alternative, the winelands and rolling farmland of Western and Southern Australia contain private homesteads and sheep stations where you can enjoy some of the best hospitality, food and wine in Australia. For the more adventurous, our carefully chosen selection of outback properties, private bush camps and small lodges in wilderness locations throughout the continent, offer a unique insight into Australias natural environment and cultural legacy. If the natural world on a smaller scale is your preference, Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia has a unique ecosystem that supports a rich mixture of flora and fauna now extinct on the mainland. There are also remote islands to discover in the tropical north of Queensland, while in Tasmania you can explore some of Australias best walking trails in a wilderness of moraine lakes, heathlands and mountains. Wherever you go, a visit to Australia will be the experience of a lifetime.

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Australia

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT +8 to +10 Sydney, Perth, Darwin and Cairns

Ideal for
Cosmopolitan cities Gourmet food and fine wines Deserts and wilderness trips Remote islands and beach hotels Family holidays Sheep station home stays Train journeys and self-drive touring Coastal villas and marine life Private yachts The Great Barrier Reef Aboriginal history Tropical rain forests and wildlife Vineyard tours Outback safaris and swagging

Combines well with


New Zealand, Thailand and Dubai

DARWIN
Kakadu The Kimberley Northern Te r r i t o r y
Gr

Broome

Cairns

ea

a tB
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ie
r

Alice Springs
We s t e r n A u s t r a l i a Uluru South Australia

Queensland

BRISBANE
New S o u t h Wa l e s

Re
ef

PERTH ADELAIDE

CANBERRA
Vi c t o r i a

SYDNEY

MELBOURNE

Australia Tropical North Desert Centre NSW & Victoria Tasmania

Jan

Feb Hot

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct Hot Hot Dry

Nov

Dec
Ta s m a n i a

Wet and Hot Dry/hot Dry/hot Dry

Cooler and dryer Milder Variable Variable Variable

Wet & hot

HOBART

Dry/Hot Hot

Southern Outback Variable/hot

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hen its winter in the UK its summer in New Zealand a time of warm, cloudless days and balmy, sub-tropical evenings. Its a clean, safe and courteous country with many things that seem reassuringly familiar. As a self-drive and multitouring destination, New Zealand is unparalleled, while the luxury and location of its fabulous lodge hideaways lead the world. On North Island, there are vineyards, giant forests, vast lakes, bubbling geysers, and the fascinating Maori 28

culture at Rotorua. For beach based activities head up to the subtropical Bay of Islands with its abundant marine life, where you can swim with dolphins. Auckland and Wellington are cultured and calm, offering fine restaurants, galleries and shopping. South Island has spectacular wideopen spaces, and Queenstown, the countrys adventure capital. From here you can take a flight to Fjordland, go whale watching, jet boating on the wildest white water rapids or set foot on the sparkling

Tasman glacier. On both islands there is plentiful and varied animal, plant and birdlife and wherever you go there is always a huge diversity of scenic, sporting and cultural attractions. Small wonder that all who travel to New Zealand come back utterly enchanted.

New Zealand

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT +12 Auckland and Christchurch

Ideal for
Family holidays & self drive touring Wildlife, Lakes and fishing Private guided tours Helicopter explorations Luxury hotels and spas Marine wildlife Mountain tramping and skiing Luxury private yachts Vineyard tours

Combines well with


Australia and Pacific Islands, Indo China

Auckland
North Island

Bay of Plenty

Tauranga
Lake Taupo

Napier

Hawkes Bay

Nelson

WELLINGTON

Mt Cooke

Christchurch

NZ North Island Season Average day F NZ South Island Season Average day F

Jan 74 Jan 73

Feb 75 Feb Dry 71

Mar Dry 72 Mar 68

Apr 67 Apr 64

May 63 May 57

Jun 59 Jun 53

Jul Variable 58 Jul Variable 52

Aug 58 Aug 54

Sep 61 Sep 58

Oct Dry 64 Oct 63

Nov 66 Nov Dry 66

Dec 70 Dec 69
Stewart Island

Queenstown Dunedin

South Island

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eaches of powdery white sand lined with palm trees, and translucent aquamarine waters warmed by year round sunshine are found almost everywhere in the Caribbean. Isolated bays are in plentiful supply and lush landscapes abound. Yet each island has its own unique character, fascinating history and friendly laid-back culture, creating a wonderful mixture of delightful opportunities and adventures. Islands such as St. Lucia, Tobago and Grenada have beautiful mountainous rainforests to explore, and a natural, idyllic environment rich in plant and birdlife. Other islands such as the Turks & Caicos,

Caribbean

Antigua, and the Virgin Islands offer tranquillity combined with plentiful water-sports, while Jamaica and Barbados are lively and literally buzz to the Caribbean beat. Golf is available on most large islands and fishing can be found everywhere. The Caribbean islands have an excellent selection of accommodation, ranging from the smartest private hotels and exclusive island villas to stylish motor cruisers and crewed yacht charters. If you like sipping rum punch while dancing to calypso rhythms under the stars, retreating to a relaxing secluded hideaway, or exploring spectacular reefs, look no further, the Caribbean has it all.

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT -3 to -5 Antigua, Barbados Nassau, Jamaica

Ideal for
Choice of island styles Luxury beach hotels and spas Family holidays Honeymoons Luxury villas Private islands and yachts Scuba diving and water-sports Easy access and hot holidays

Combinations
Island hopping, villas and yacths, rum punches

The Bahamas

Cuba

Turks and Caicos Islands

Jamaica

Haiti Dominican Republic

British Virgin Puerto Rico Islands Anguilla


St Barts St. Kitts & Nevis Montserrat Antigua & Barbuda

Guadaloupe
Dominica Martinique St. Lucia

St Martin

Caribbean Islands Season Average day F

Jan 82

Feb 82

Mar 82

Apr 84

May 86

Jun Variable 86

Jul 88

Aug Dry 88

Sep 88

Oct 86

Nov 84

Dec Dry 84

St Vincent & The Grenadines Barbados Grenada Trinidad & Tobago

Drier months

Tropical rains

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Mauritius

auritius has all the elements of a perfect tropical island paradise: dramatic emerald mountains, glorious seascapes and everywhere peaceful white sand beaches cooled by gentle trade winds. To match these natural delights is a superb range of hotels, villas and sophisticated beach resorts. Genuinely cheerful staff offer a warm welcome from the moment of arrival and continue to pamper with a standard of service difficult to surpass.

Everywhere, fine dining is the norm. The cuisine is a delicious mix of Creole, European, Chinese and Indian influences with seafood and fresh fruit a speciality. The island has several fine golf courses and most hotels offer an excellent range of watersports, including diving and deep sea fishing, a comprehensive menu of spa treatments and even dedicated childrens clubs with first class care.

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+4 Mauritius

Ideal for
Luxury beach and spa hotels Family friendly holidays with childrens clubs Golf and gourmet food Luxury beach villas Weddings and honeymoons Private yachts Destination spas Scuba diving and deep sea fishing Complimentary water-sports Water skiing and kite surfing

Combines well with


South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Dubai

DUBAI

AFRICA

AN

INDIA

ZANZIBAR

MALDIVES

SRI LANKA

SEYCHELLES Indian Ocean


GA SC AR DA

MAURITIUS

Mauritius Season Average day F

Jan Var. 86

Feb Rain 84

Mar 84

Apr 82

May 79

Jun 76

Jul Dry 75

Aug 75

Sep 77

Oct 80

Nov 83

Dec 85

Variable

Variable

MA

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Maldives

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+5 Male

Ideal for
Coral Islands Luxury hotels Family holidays with child care Luxury villas Outstanding marine life Private islands Reefs and scuba diving Dedicated spas Water sports

he pure white atols of the Maldives glisten in the sun, their palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze. Over 1200 tiny islands make up this glorious archipelago but only about 70 are large enough to be inhabited. Kick off your shoes and unwind, for this is the ultimate barefoot paradise - but with delicious cuisine. You can choose to stay in a rustic hideaway, a water-villa on stilts, on a private yacht or in a deluxe hotel with everything from a private butler to the latest spa treatments. But, wherever you are, you will be surrounded by crystal clear lagoons and magnificent coral gardens which provide unparalleled opportunities for scuba diving or snorkelling.

Combines well with


Sri Lanka, India and the Gulf

DUBAI

AFRICA

AN

INDIA

ZANZIBAR

MALDIVES SRI LANKA SEYCHELLES Indian Ocean

AS

CA

R MA D

MAURITIUS

AG

Maldives Season Average day F

Jan 85

Feb Dry 85

Mar 87

Apr 91

May 93

Jun 93

Jul 87

Aug 84

Sep 86

Oct 87

Nov Dry 87

Dec 86

Sunny with tropical showers

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parkling warm blue waters washing magnificent white sand beaches are just two of the stunning features of this group of beautiful islands. Unspoilt and un-crowded, they offer a luxuriant, tranquil respite from the busy world and provide many ideal locations for romantic retreats and exclusive hideaways. Island hopping by plane or yacht is a wonderful way to fully appreciate these marine jewels, with their unique granite outcrops and an abundance of rare birds, plants, giant tortoises and tropical fish.

S e yc h e l l e s

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+4 Mahe

Ideal for
Luxury island hotels and spas Honeymoons Salt-water fly fishing Island hopping Reefs and scuba diving Private yachts Water sports Luxury villas Small hotels

Combines well with


Kenya and South Africa

DUBAI

AFRICA

AN

INDIA

ZANZIBAR MALDIVES SEYCHELLES Indian Ocean


AS CA R

SRI LANKA

Seychelles Season Average day F

Jan Rain 85

Feb 84

Mar 85

Apr 86

May 85

Jun 83

Jul Dry 81

Aug 81

Sep 82

Oct 83

Nov Var. 84

Dec Rain 83

Variable

MA D

MAURITIUS

AG

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Dubai & Oman

Factfile
Time zone Point of entry GMT+4 Dubai and Muscat

Ideal for
Long and short beach breaks Shopping and souks Luxury hotels Resort hotels Desert excursions and camping Water-sports Dhow and yacht charter Dubai golf and racing Mountains and ancient lifestyles Scuba diving

ubai, the perfect winter sun destination, is instantly welcoming, impressive and ambitiously progressive, with its stunning futuristic skyline of ultra luxurious hotels gleaming against vivid blue skies. The country's Jumeirah Coast is blessed with fabulous sandy beaches and warm waters sporting traditional dhows and luxury yachts. Inland, as well as outstanding golf courses, racing and tax free shopping malls, you can explore deserts, giant sand dunes and traditional villages. There is also a lively calendar of world class events in sport, music, culture and entertainment. At a more leisurely pace, follow the age old pursuit of hunting for bargains and handicrafts in the local souks and gold bazaars. Oman, an ancient land of beauty, has one of the oldest civilizations on the Arabian Peninsula and is rich in cultural interest. It is a country of extremes including high mountains, a desolate Empty Quarter, green hills and ancient forts with the capital city, Muscat, being renowned for its colourful souks and friendly people. Having emerged from its historical shell, Oman now offers sophisticated hotels and resorts, guided mountain adventures and luxury desert camping, as well as over 600 miles of coastline with year round sunshine, diving, watersports and abundant marine life.

Combines well with


Mauritius, Maldives and India

DUBAI

AFRICA

AN

INDIA

ZANZIBAR

MALDIVES

SRI LANKA

SEYCHELLES Indian Ocean


AS CA R MA D

MAURITIUS

AG

Dubai & Oman Season Dubai av. F Oman av. F

Jan 70 77

Feb 75 80

Mar Best 80 86

Apr 85 91

May 95 102

Jun 100 105

Jul Very hot 110 102

Aug 105 98

Sep 100 97

Oct 90 95

Nov Best 85 86

Dec 75 79

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About us

Paddy Jeffries

Sarah Jeffries

Robert Ralph

Caroline Nesbitt

Carolyn Price

SPECIALISTS

IN

TAILOR-M ADE

HOLIDAYS

Responsible travel
We practice the principles of green tourism in the office and in the field, and are committed to using services that support responsible travel where local communities, wildlife and eco-projects benefit. Specifically, we support Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT), Children of The Wilderness, Kawaza School Foundation, Carbon Tanzania and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. ATOL For your peace of mind Time for Travel is a UK limited company, operating under EU travel regulations. All air holidays starting from the UK and booked by us are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority and we act as agents for licensed tour operators.
Our thanks go to the following who supplied photographs for this brochure: Dana Allen, Black Rhino, Dora Nawas, Namibia. Shompole, Kenya. Jacks Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana. Jembisa Private Safari House, SA. Mauritius, Beachomber Resorts. Wolwedans Camps, Balloon launch, Namibnaukluft. Wilderness Safaris, Footsteps Camps Ker & Downey, Botswana. Samara, SA. Garonga Safari Lodge, SA. Banyan Resorts, Velaa, Maldives. Samara Private Game Reserve, SA. The Marine Hotel, Hermanus, SA. Conservation Corporation Africa. Singita Lodges, monitor lizard. Mowani Mountain Camp. R.Piliza, Namib girl. Stephan Brckner, Wolwedans Camps NamibNaukluft. Colin Bell, elephants & marabou stork. Jacks Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans. African Wild dog, Mike Myers. Robin Pope Safaris, Tom Savage, two giraffes. Chiawa Tented Lodge. Dana Allen, Buffalo. Norman Carr Safaris, Hippo pod. Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi. Dana Allen, highlands view. Black backed jackal, Mike Myers. Chef Nkwichi Lodge, Manda Wilderness. Vamizi Lodge beach, Quirimbas Archipelago. Kudu. Shompole Lodge, wet-feet. Kiangazi House pool & Lake Naivasha. Barmen, Greystoke Camp. Leopard drinking, Colin Bell. Nomad Tanzania Tarangire NP. Buffalo plains. Male lion. Singita Grumeti Reserves. Matemwe Villas, Breezes Beach Club. Taprobane Island. Clingendael Lodge pool. Painted Storks, Kulu Safaris. Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Bengal Tiger. Shakti Himalayas, Leti 360. Chhatra Sagar, Rajasthan. Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai. Buddha statues Ayutthaya. Evason Hideaways & Six Senses Spa, Koh Yao Noi. Beautiful beaches of Indochina. Correctist Monk, Laos. Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam. Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Yellow-footed rock Wallabies. Short-beaked Echidna. Aboriginal children, Bamurru Plains Kakadu N.P. Gila Monster, South Australia Media. New Zealand sealion. Exclusively NZ. Sailing, Bay of Islands. Geyser, North Island. Vineyards, South Island. Jet Boating, Shotover River, South Island. Jade Mountain pool room. Palm Island, The Grenadines. Carlyle Bay, Antigua. Ile aux Cerfs. Le Touessrok, fishing. La Residence, Ocean front suite. Mind & Body, Le Telfair Hotel. Watersports, Beachcomber Hotels. Soneva Gili, Crusoe Residences. Six Senses Latitude Laamu, Water Villa. Private Beach bar-b-q. North Island beach & Scuba diving, Dana Allen. Children with giant tortoise, Dana Allen. Pool suite, Banyan Tree Hotel, Mahe. Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman. Burj-Al-Arab Hotel and coastline, Dubai. Alanaka Tours, Oman. Copywriting: Robert Ralph

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