Unveiling the essence of Asia

Pique Your Wanderlust with the Latest Additions to the Secret Retreats Community – Secret’s Out – Part 2

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Secret Retreats Welcomes More New Members!

In this week’s newsletter we are pleased to share more good news with you. We have seven new members of the Secret Retreats community to introduce to you, that’s seven more wonderful travel experiences awaiting you in Asia.  These newly curated hidden gems offer their guests a unique blend of warm, boutique hospitality, a strong sense of place, wonderful stay experiences, and all are set within and surrounded by scenery of stunning natural beauty. From cruises on India’s greatest rivers by the superlative Assam Bengal Navigation company to a jungle lodge that has played host to British Royalty. A wonderfully romantic cruise aboard an Indonesian phinisi yacht, and an eco-resort on Indonesia’s Sumba Island where every dollar goes towards creating opportunity for the island’s youth. A gorgeous camp immersed in Rajasthan’s beautiful wilderness and country living Khmer style in a 5-room riverside boutique hotel in Kampot, a real foodie’s heaven. Join us on this voyage of discovery as we introduce you to our newest members.

Ombak Putih Yacht – Indonesia

Set sail on the 12 cabin Ombak Putih, a graceful traditional phinisi yacht that cruises and explores the stunning Indonesian archipelago. This traditional two-masted schooner takes you on a journey through the pristine waters of Indonesia, where you’ll discover remote islands, vibrant marine life, and enjoy authentic cultural encounters. It’s not just a cruise, it’s an expedition into the heart of Indonesia’s hidden treasures.

Khla Lodge – Cambodia

Set in the tranquil countryside of Kampot, Cambodia, Khla Lodge is a riverside sanctuary of serenity. This charming 5 room boutique retreat immerses you in the rich Khmer culture, allowing you to unwind in traditional wooden bungalows and explore nearby salt fields, the world renowned Kampot pepper plantations, ancient temples and villages where time has stood still for centuries in this rural idyll. Experience the warmth of Cambodian hospitality while surrounded by lush landscapes and the soothing sounds of nature.

Utsav Camp – India

Set against scenes of rugged beauty, with the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, the Utsav Camp seamlessly blends luxury with adventure. Guests are invited to explore the off-the-beaten-path natural surroundings through an array of thrilling outdoor activities, including trekking and wildlife encounters. At the end of each exhilarating day, comfortable accommodations including the Forest Bungalows, Swiss Tents and Stone Cabins, provide cozy retreats, while the night sky offers a canvas of stars that seem close enough to touch. Utsa Camp is not merely a place to rest, it’s an invitation to connect with nature’s grandeur, embark on exciting adventures, and rejuvenate the spirit in one of India’s most captivating landscapes.

Maringi Eco Resort – Indonesia

Maringi Eco Resort is a pristine haven in Indonesia that embodies the principles of responsible tourism and sustainability. Set within the beautiful countryside of Sumba Island, The Maringi Eco Resort is surrounded by unparalleled biodiversity. This eco-conscious retreat offers guests a chance to reconnect with nature without compromising on comfort. What sets Maringi apart is not only its commitment to preserving the environment but also its dedication to the local community. Through the Maringi Eco Resort Hospitality School, it empowers and educates the island’s youth, providing them with valuable skills and opportunities within the hospitality industry. By fostering a deep sense of environmental stewardship and offering vocational training, Maringi Eco Resort enriches both the lives of its students and the ecological well-being of the region, creating a harmonious coexistence between people and nature.

Diphlu River Lodge – India

The Diphlu River Lodge is located in Assam on the banks of the Diphlu River, a small tributary of the Brahmaputra River, one of India’s greatest rivers. The appropriately majestic surroundings are the perfect home for this well executed, and choice of Royals, boutique safari lodge. The lodge and its excellent team offer guests a perfect blend of wildlife, culture, and relaxation. Guests can embark on thrilling safaris into the Kaziranga National Park, famed for its Indian rhinos, and witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. At Diphlu River Lodge, comfort and sustainability go hand in hand, with tastefully designed accommodations that blend harmoniously with the environment. As the river’s gentle melodies soothe the senses, this lodge provides a serene retreat where travelers can immerse themselves in the wonders of India’s natural heritage.

Cruises on the Brahmaputra – India

Cruising along the Brahmaputra River, one of the world’s mightiest waterways, is an experience that transcends ordinary travel. With a choice of cruises from 4 to 7 to 10 nights, each cruise shares the beauty and natural wonders of life along the Brahmaputra. As you cruise serenely aboard the luxurious riverboats through the heart of Assam, you’ll witness a land teeming with wildlife, where the one-horned rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers roam free in Kaziranga National Park, and traditional cultures thrive in riverside villages.

Cruises on the Ganges – India

Cruising on the Ganges is a spiritual and cultural odyssey like no other. These cruises offer a blend of luxury and authenticity. Step aboard the elegant 22 stateroom MV Rajmahal and experience the utmost in comfort and hospitality. Relax in well-appointed cabins enjoying panoramic views of the river scenery from your cabin’s French balcony. Dine onboard on delicious Assamese, Indian and International cuisine. Take excursions with knowledgeable guides who unveil the mysteries of the Ganges. These cruises are more than just a scenic voyage, they are a passage through India’s great history. From the vibrant markets of Kolkata to the ancient city of Varanasi, you’ll trace the footsteps of emperors, explorers, and saints. The Ganges has borne witness to the rise and fall of civilizations, and these cruises will share with you these timeless and fascinating stories.

These wonderful boutique hotels, safari lodges, eco resorts and cruises in Asia are all remarkable additions to Secret Retreats that promise to share with you enchanting experiences on your next trip to Asia. Whether you’re a seafaring soul, a nature lover, or a culture and history enthusiast, these destinations offer a tapestry of experiences that will forever enrich your travel story.

The Charity Run

The Kinabalu Park Charity Run 2023 which will take place on the 11th of November 2023, with its theme “Run & Pave a Path for Hope” hosted by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, Sabah Parks & Aspiring Kinabalu Geopark is an exciting and meaningful event aimed at bringing the community together for a noble cause. Set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, this charity run is more than just a race, it’s an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of Sabah’s disadvantaged youth. Participants can lace up their running shoes and hit the scenic trails of Kinabalu Park, all while contributing to a charitable cause. The event not only promotes a healthy and active lifestyle but also raises funds to support various charitable initiatives dedicated to supporting and providing opportunity for the youth of Sabah, spreading hope and making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need. So, please mark your calendars for this inspiring event, and join in to run, give, and pave a path for hope for Sabah’s youth. For more information click here.

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