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Walking and cycling holidays; the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Andaman Islands; pearl diving in Bahrain; wine-and-dine excursions with COMO The Treasury in Perth, Australia; Waldhaus Flims Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa in Laax, Switzerland;
2018-05-01
Travel

Going all out

Walking and cycling holidays are growing in popularity. To take the path less travelled, with top accommodation and exceptional food laid on, check out Butterfield & Robinson, a specialist in the sector for 50 years. With countless trips on offer, from biking in South Africa to walking in Holland, it’s time to make your move.

Gem of a trip

The waters surrounding Bahrain are a diver’s paradise, teeming with marine life, but now underwater visitors can go even further and search for pearls. A choice of trips to four diving sites, all departing from the northern island of Muharracq, range from the shallow bay suitable for snorkelling to deeper locations 35 miles off the coast. A licensed pass allows visitors to dive for two hours and collect up to 60 oysters – ensuring the number of treasures collected is capped for sustainability.

GRAPE escape

A wine-and-dine excursion with a difference has now taken off – literally – in Western Australia. As part of a two-day experience, guests at COMO The Treasury in Perth can hop on to a seaplane for a spectacular low-level coastal flight to the renowned Margaret River wine region. An introduction to some prized local cuvées is followed by lunch; then it’s back to base and more local fare – this time at the State Buildings’ Petition Kitchen.

Beach LIFE

Sun-seekers looking to escape the cold, wet British weather should cast an eye towards India’s tropical Andaman Islands, where a new luxury resort has opened its doors. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa comprises 75 traditionally styled beach villas and three restaurants, and is located at Havelock Island’s spectacular Radhanagar Beach.

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