This is further proof that companies like Abercrombie & Kent continue to evolve to provide the travel opportunities that travelers are looking for today, but do so without sacrificing quality. They have recently introduced a new way to incorporate mind, body and spirit into luxury travel in the form of their new Wellness-Inspired Luxury Small Group Journeys. Rooted in ancient traditions, these culturally-immersive journeys in India, Southeast Asia, Kenya and Peru are expert led and introduce traditional practices that foster mindfulness, health and well-being. These curated cultural journeys are highly experiential with wellness components incorporated throughout and a slower pace that allows guests to fully appreciate the destination.
“These new wellness-inspired Luxury Small Group Journeys are designed to enhance our guests’ well-being by connecting them to timeless traditions,’ explains Abercrombie & Kent Vice President of Product Development Stefanie Schmudde. “That means a perfect balance of expertly-led cultural experiences in luxurious A&K style that also nourish the mind, body and spirit.”
Each journey features luxurious accommodations chosen by local A&K experts for amenities that promote relaxation and tranquility. The intimate group size of no more than 18 allows A&K to choose the best hotels, boutique lodges and camps in one-of-a-kind locations that aren’t typically utilized for larger groups.
As on every A&K Luxury Small Group Journey, guests have the benefit of guidance from a Resident Tour Director® as well as expert local guides who live in the destination and share the kind of insights only a resident can offer. They explain the ins and outs of daily life, and go beyond the guidebook to bring the spirit of each locale to life in the most authentic way possible. Always a fan of the quality tours curated by Abercrombie & Kent, we especially like the looks of these wellness travel opportunities…
Wellness India: Ancient Traditions & Inspiring Icons
Oct 5-17 & Nov 9-21, 2019
Thirteen days from $9,995
An unhurried journey through Rajasthan and Varanasi includes monuments that reflect India’s rich spiritual heritage, from the temples dedicated to Shiva and Lord Vishnu to the Taj Mahal. Enjoy three rejuvenating nights in Udaipur complete with a guided meditation, bike ride through the countryside and a sunset cruise. Privately consult with an Ayurvedic doctor during a leisurely stay at intimate Amanbagh. Explore the countryside of Rajasthan with “Design Your Day” options that include visiting local artisans or photogenic village tours at dusk. Visit an A&K Philanthropy-supported residential school for young girls. Spend two awe-inspiring nights in the spiritual heart of India, Varanasi, where you can stay in a former palace on the banks of the sacred Ganges.
Wellness Southeast Asia: Timeless Rituals of Indochina
Oct 9-21 & Oct 30-Nov 11, 2019
Thirteen days from $8,995
Delve into the enduring traditions of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Take part in inspirational ceremonies that connect you to local cultures. Venture to Angkor Thom on a bicycle and witness sunrise at Angkor Wat. Savor the flavors of SE Asia on a progressive dining tour of Siem Reap. Luxuriate on a private tropical island with a three-night stay at the new Six Senses Krabey Island. Design Your Day experiences include a Khmer cooking class, spa treatment or sunset cruise. Discover the difference that clean water makes during a visit to a remote village, where A&K Philanthropy is building wells.
Wellness Kenya: Cultures & Wildlife
Oct 20-28 & Oct 29-Nov 6, 2019
Nine days from $10,995
Discover tribal traditions and learn about conservation efforts on an active safari in the Masai Mara and Tsavo National Park. Hike through the cloud forests of the lush Chyulu Hills and learn about traditional warrior training from the Maasai. Morning and afternoon game drives offer awe-inspiring adventures. Refresh and replenish with a restorative spa treatment as well as sunrise and sunset yoga. Gain a new perspective on giving back at an A&K Philanthropy-supported school and see how sustainable tourism is providing safe drinking water.
Wellness Peru: Spirit of the Incas
Nov 4-13 & Dec 3-12, 2019
Ten days from $7,395
Ancient practices and spiritual influence flourish in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Discover local traditions in a remote mountainside village and working farm, followed by a farm-to-table lunch. Learn about ayahuasca, a traditional medicine from the Amazon, and hand-feed llamas and alpacas at a breeding center. Kayak in a secluded lagoon 12,464 feet above sea level and hike up Huayna Picchu for a birds-eye view of Machu Picchu. Overnight at the only property located on the ancient Incan site to rise with the sun and explore the sanctuary before the crowds arrive. Design Your Day options in Cusco include browsing in the picturesque San Blas neighborhood (a haven for local artisans), a relaxing spa treatment or a personal coca-leaf fortune reading conducted by a shaman.