Explore Roman ruins or sample the hospitality of isolated Berber villages.
Whether it is glorious desert safaris, spectacular scuba diving or simply delving into history, Northern Africa has something for everyone.
While the great pyramids of Egypt reveal the magnificent lifestyles of ancient times, the Nile and the corals of the Red Sea provide the secrets of Egypt’s wildlife, marine life and culture. Morocco is full of contrasts with the Atlas Mountains providing a snow-capped backbone and the cities of Taroudant and Zagora offering a gateway to the desert. Marrakech feeds the senses with its bustling souq.
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A small steam powered boat, the MISR Royal Steamer was originally commissioned by the British Royal Navy and launched in 1918 when she journeyed 3276 nautical miles from England to Alexandria. Steeped in history she has since served in multiple wars and been the private yacht to Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk before being restored and rebuilt to her original drawings in 2006.
Cruise in complete serenity aboard Kazazian Cruises in one of their Nile view cabins or owner’s suite, only available by private charter.
Located on the banks of the Nile, the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa combines contemporary décor with Arabic touches and excellent facilities, including two infinity pools. Choose a guestroom with a balcony with views of either the Nile, the city or the gardens or for a special treat, book one of the spa suites, which have a bedroom, adjoining treatment room & outdoor Jacuzzi.
The luxurious Four Seasons Alexandria is in the very heart of downtown Alexandria, with views looking out to the Mediterranean. This is a hotel that you never have to leave. A high-end shopping mall and access to a private beach area are all connected to the hotel by secret passages! There are a large outdoor infinity pool and an indoor pool making it very suitable for families. There are a spacious spa and an impressive choice of restaurants. Take lunch at the Fresca café which has a small outdoor terrace facing the promenade, making it a great spot for watching local life go by.
Heure Bleue Palais is the flagship hotel of Essaouira and offers a wonderfully comfortable retreat in an excellent location within the medina walls. It boasts a large heated, rooftop pool which provides a magnificent view of the old city. This charming historic home has just 33 rooms and suites focused around a central courtyard.
With just eight rooms Riad Honey has a small and intimate atmosphere. Sympathetically designed, it has been decorated with an authentic and oriental feel and the simple yet charming rooms feature traditional craft techniques and materials.
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My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat.
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