AUGUST 2023 ISSUE
THERE’S A new way to tour one of Australia’s closest neighbours with a luxury yacht now available for charter in Vanuatu.
Triple888Eight yacht charters recently arrived in Vanuatu, which has more than 80 islands to explore.
The boat offers luxury and sophistication, with four well-appointed cabins accommodating up to eight guests. Onboard you’ll find a range of water sports equipment, including kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.
Each cabin boasts its own en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and entertainment system, ensuring maximum comfort and relaxation throughout your journey.
There’s a fully stocked bar, lounge and dining areas, and a spacious sundeck to observe Vanuatu’s crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and tropical landscapes.
Rates start from $US12,000 (approx. $AU17,750) per night or $US65,000 (approx. $AU96,000) per week (off season).
TRAIN HELPS EXPRESS YOUR DESIRE
RAIL TRAVEL is on track to move to new heights in 2024 with the launch of two luxury train journeys through Asia.
After a long hiatus, the Eastern and Oriental Express is returning to the rails with new tours in Malaysia next February.
The train will undertake two seasonal journeys departing from Singapore and travelling through Malaysia’s landscapes and cities: the ‘Essence of Malaysia’ (November to February) and ‘Wild Malaysia’ (March to October).
Leaving Singapore’s Woodlands station, the train’s 15 dark green carriages will take in destinations Penang, Langkawi and for the first time the Taman Negara National Park, before heading back to the Garden City.
‘The Essence of Malaysia’ is a three-night journey from Singapore through Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and finally to the colourful island of Penang.
The ‘Wild Malaysia’ itinerary covers the untouched areas surrounding the ‘Jungle Railway’ towards the Eastern side of the peninsula and gives guests the opportunity to visit the Taman Negara National Park.
Guests will enjoy restyled interiors, elevated on board experiences and journeys encompassing culture, gastronomy, architecture and the arts.
The Eastern and Oriental includes eight sleeping cars, two restaurant cars, a piano bar car and an open-air observation car.
From ornate marquetry to Malaysian embroidery and oriental silks, the train will have a sense of contemporary grandeur, bringing in a layered and vibrant experience of Southeast Asia through carefully curated design details and colour schemes.
Days will be punctuated by encounters with local characters and artisans who will unveil the secrets of the region as they teach ancient crafts and tell century-old tales.
FAB FOUR TO ADORE IN ‘24
AFRICA, INDIA and South America are the featured destinations in four all-inclusive, unique luxury adventures next year.
The itineraries have just been released for these 2024 Private Jet Journeys from Captain’s Choice.
Forgoing the formalities of commercial air travel, guests enjoy travelling by business class private jet, with expedited airport arrangements, private terminals where possible and seamless, direct flights.
Guests are escorted by dedicated expert tour managers and a tour doctor from Australia.
New for 2024 is ‘Remote Reaches of West Africa & Madeira’, which takes in six contrasting and far-flung regions.
Highlights include exploring the red dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the Sesriem Canyon in 4WD vehicles, a hot-air balloon trip at dawn above the world’s oldest desert followed by a champagne breakfast and a two-night stay at Reid’s Palace, which boasts the Michelin-starred William Restaurant.
Reserved for only 58 guests, the 16-day journey starts from $54,700 per person twin share, departing from Cape Town on September 9, 2024.
Returning by popular demand are three more itineraries: ‘African Adventures by Private Jet & Rovos Rail’, ‘Ultimate South America by Private Jet’ and ‘The Spirit and Colours of India by Private Jet’.
The latter journey explores the monuments and palaces of the southern continent from the Taj Mahal to the ghats of the Ganges.
A highlight of the journey is its alignment with the Diwali festival, giving guests the chance to absorb the atmosphere of this celebration, symbolising the victory of light over darkness.
The 15-day itinerary is for 58 guests only and prices start from $45,900 per person twin share,departing from Singapore on both October 31, 2023, and October 19, 2024.