Beauty & the beasts

Helen Ochyra discovers serenity and nature in a private reserve to the north of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, written exclusively for FOUR Asia Magazine.

Botswana safari I thought I was seeing things at first. It was early after all and I had only just risen from my bed in the tent.I say tent. This was more a canopied suite – or “tented villa” according to the brochure – and it certainly didn’t feel like sleeping under canvas.That was until I drew back the voluminous curtains to see an elephant standing there. It was so close it was practically swimming in my plunge pool...

March 05, 2017

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National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

NG launches a new global hotel collection that emphasises sustainability and world-class experiences.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, are a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, these lodges offer an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collectionnumbers 24 properties...

March 02, 2017

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The ultimate charter

The new generation of yacht owners don’t just want to sit in Monaco or St Tropez, instead yachts are being chartered to increasingly far flung destinations such as Cuba, Taiwan, New Zealand and Antarctica and their owners are using them for scientific exploration.

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is a once in a lifetime experience that simply must be celebrated with a plunge into the sub-zero temperatures of the icy water. Tread in the footsteps of David Attenborough with a visit to the Gentoo Penguins which inhabit an abandoned Argentine research base and keep an eye out for whales, seals, and the other incredible inhabitants of this frozen landscape. The final stop is the volcanic island of...

February 26, 2017

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Thrill seeking in Oman

2017 will see one of Alila’s flagship resorts, Alila Jabal Akhdar, reach new heights. The stunning property, which lies 2,000 metres above sea-level in the Al Hajar mountain range in Oman, has drawn on its dramatic surroundings to offer guests the chance to see the region through a Via-Ferrata – a protected climbing route built to international standards.

​Jabal Akhdar - The Green Mountain in Arabic - is one of Oman’s most remarkable regions. Part of the Al Hajar mountain range, Alila Jabal Akhdar lies 2,000 metres above sea level and overlooks the dramatic gorge and spectacular mountain range. Guests at Alila Jabal Akhdar can relax and unwind whilst enjoy the stunning views of the canyon from the mountain-top infinity pool or at 3 strategic ‘jabals’ vantage look-out points...

February 25, 2017

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