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EMERALD WATERWAYS ANNOUNCES AN EXCLUSIVE WINE LOVERS CRUISE ‘THE FLAVOURS OF BURGUNDY & PROVENCE’
Emerald Waterways are delighted to be welcoming some esteemed names from the world of wine on board the Emerald Liberte Star-Ship in July this year, for a one-time sailing through the renowned wine-producing region of Provence in the south of France.
This exclusive voyage, departing from Nice on the 27th July 2019 will include a series of special activities and excursions designed especially for wine lovers and aficionados alike. The 7-night voyage will include calls in Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Lyon, Chalon-Sur-Saone and Beuane before ending in Lyon on 03rd August.
In addition to some wonderful excursions and experiences, guests will be treated to the “Uncorked” events which will include private wine tastings, on-board wine masterclasses and informal Q&A’s complemented by the expertise of British leading Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker, Canadian wine expert DJ Kearney and American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark.
Activities will include a Provencale dinner with wine pairing, a tasting at the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellar, an on-board regional wine tasting, an on-board dessert wine tasting masterclass, a visit to Chateau Meursault with a private wine tasting as well as a cheese and olive tasting and pairing. These special wine activities will be included alongside some of Emerald’s signature EmeraldPLUS, DiscoverMORE and EmeraldACTIVE activities.
Emerald Waterways are officially represented in South Africa by Cruise Vacations who are taking bookings for this on-time special wine voyage. Fares start at just $3295 per person sharing and include all of Emerald’s signature amenities such as airport/ship transfers, meals, selected excursions, selected beverages and gratuities.
Further details, reservations and pricing are available by contacting your regular Travel Agent or Cruise Vacations on 011 5140564 email@example.com or via the website on www.cruise-vacations.co.za
LUX* NORTH MALE ATOLL MALDIVES: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON LUXURY
rooftop relaxing areas, private pools, peerless sophistication
FRESH INDIAN OCEAN IMAGINATION
“Next level” is the best way to describe LUX* North Male Atoll, opening February 1, 2019. This new resort presents a disruption to the Maldivian mould with these over -sized, penthouse residences, which demonstrate fresh forward-thinking design for the Indian Ocean. By blending super-yacht panache with a South Beach pulse, these standalone stays upstage the traditional thatched villa vibe. Discerning travellers seeking a smooth transition to holiday mode, have enriching adventures ahead, along with pure peace and pampering so they can reset, recharge and recalibrate — uninterrupted.
A short transfer from Male by luxury speedboat or scenic seaplane, as remote as this desert -island resort may feel, it is easily accessible, yet far from any other islands.
DESIGNED FOR SPACE AND PRIVACY
Singaporean design house Miaja specialises in styling unique properties to reflect the beauty and charm of their surroundings. Inspired by the curves, lines and the impeccable finish of a luxury boat and its sails, it has taken years to painstakingly perfect this resort on Olhahali, a six -hectare island fringed by white-sandy beaches. Welcome to a new level of living thanks to these 67 double -storey residences each featuring a private pool.
“We are so excited to be opening a truly different resort which dares to get away from what we call the
‘sea of sameness’ with a thoroughly original approach to a luxury Maldivian holiday. As well as offering
a fresh alternative to the Indian Ocean’s traditional thatched villas thanks to our penthouses and nautical design, there are lots of impressive new services and surprises — all part of our intention to create an exceptional Maldives experience for those wanting uncompromising personal service and first-class facilities as well as unexpected touches and a lighthearted atmosphere.
Wilderness Feature: Four Pools In Paradise…
By Nirvani Pillay
Senses alive, you breathe in the fragrant African scent with its hint of wild sage, and hear a tropical boubou calling from high above; crane your neck to spot it, squinting as the sun peeps through the branches of giant Albida trees. A nearby rustle of leaves reveals a bull elephant stretching upwards for a ripe ana pod to snack on. The earth around is thirsty for the first rains as hundreds of pregnant impalas delay the birth of their young in anticipation. Eland dart across the now dry swamp and leave behind a shallow dust cloud. Cameras at the ready… there might be a predator lurking nearby too.
Mana means ‘four’ and is named after the surrounding pools: Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk. A World Heritage Site, Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe’s most pristine national parks. As sentimentality goes, Wilderness Safaris’ newest camp is named after Chief Chikwenya who is buried on Chikwenya Island – a short paddle away from the mainland where Chikwenya sits on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Opulent yet humble and charming, Chikwenya Camp is the essence of southern Africa’s luxury ecotourism success. The quaint camp provides the perfect ambience to reconnect with nature and with yourself. An absence of unnatural sounds is undoubtedly a pure boost of endorphins. Pre-dawn, multiple bird species gently wake you from restful slumber. A cup of coffee and a muffin prepare you for your morning game drive just as the sun is rising over the horizon. There is a morning coolness which blesses you with gentle wildlife and your mind goes into bush mode; identify the spoor, make assumptions on its path, read the behaviour of plains game or the raucous chatter of Chacma baboons. There is a sentinel, an alarm call and then a fierce outburst as babies are underbelly (rather than over) for protection. The elusive predator remains unseen.
Stop for coffee, a rusk and a pee-behind-a-safe-tree before heading back. Brunch is served under another giant Albida tree, with bubbly. Bliss has never tasted this good. A gentle drive back to camp for a siesta and reprieve from the heat of the day, before tea and a boat drive on the Zambezi River to catch a tiger fish and watch a mesmerising sunset. Dinner under the open night sky completes the day. This is Mana Pools!
Visit www.wilderness-safaris.com to book Chikwenya Camp