Four destination combinations for the ultimate chill and thrill itineraries
In an age where time is luxury, discerning travellers want to fit as much into their holidays as possible. Normally this means less time by the pool and more time soaking in the culture, collecting experiences that will provide more durable memories than your average ‘fly and flop’ holiday. I call it ‘chill and thrill’ travel.
We all need time to recharge, and some destinations are much better suited to this than others, which is why more and more people are taking multi-destination escapes that tick all the boxes. When your Zen has balanced itself out in one destination and your yin is in line with your yang, you might want more from your time in the sun, and that could mean hopping on a plane to visit another country. Here are four of the best combination-destinations that allow you to mix down time with do time.
Maldives and Sri Lanka
Despite the best efforts of resorts that try to offer more active options for their guests, the Maldives is a place you go to do nothing at all. Nothing, that is, that involves wearing anything more than a bathing suit, sunglasses and a grin. Spend five days here sunbathing and snorkelling, then spend five days in Sri Lanka exploring the colonial charms of Galle, the tea plantations in the Central Highlands around Nuwara Eliya or the ancient capital of Kandy.
Singapore and Australia
It takes a long time to get from anywhere to Australia, so it’s worth having a rest when you arrive. Fly into Sydney and head to the Blue Mountains for a few days at Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. The Emirates-owned property is a great place to unwind in natural surroundings of epic proportions, but there’s also plenty to do for more adventurous visitors. On the way home, stop off in Singapore to enjoy the buzzing nightlife, the amazing array of restaurants, and some of the most exciting new hotels in the world.
Seychelles and Tanzania
Just off the coast of the African continent, the Seychelles is a short flight from the Gulf, and an even shorter hop to safari destinations like Kenya and Tanzania. Mix it up a bit by spending a few days enjoying the Indian Ocean breezes of the Seychelles, with luxury resorts, spas and golf on tap, then head to Tanzania and embark on a five-night safari in the Serengeti, staying at some of the world’s best safari lodges.
Thailand and Cambodia
It’s easy to avoid the throngs of backpackers in Thailand by heading north to the Golden Triangle, where a handful of luxurious destination spas and wellness retreats make the perfect escape from city life. When the yoga, detox diet and pampering gets to be too much, take a short flight to Cambodia and spend a few days in Siem Reap exploring the majestic temple complex at Angkor Wat, then round it all off with a few nights at Cambodia’s first ever private island eco resort, Song Saa.
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