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September 27, 2017

Stay in a luxury cave

Written By andrew attwood

What makes us particularly special is that we are offering accommodation in a luxury cave. This is an accommodation unit built under a rock. Glass doors open onto a wooden deck with hammock chairs and a spectacular view of the Drakensberg Mountains. This is an up market eco experience. The cave is cozy and comfortable and has features like a Jacuzzi spa bath, lounge with fire place and even has rock art on the walls.

We also offer a private dining experience where we setup a table on the deck of your cave and you dine by candlelight under the stars. And guys if you cant get her to say yes here then she just is not going to say it.

Antbear Lodge is a small owner run establishment with 15 separate accommodation units. Either Mountain View suites or garden view cottages.

We cook everything from scratch and have our own organic vegetable garden. We put a South African spin on all the food we create and we cater for all dietary requirements with absolute pleasure. We have chickens for eggs, cows for milk, bake our own bread and even make our own cheese.

Every single piece of furniture, window fittings, doors and finishing’s are all made here on the premises. We have created incredible artworks that are seriously big and bold. The woodwork alone makes this lodge a destination in its own right.

We also offer horse trails that are ideally suited for beginners. We use the softer horse whispering techniques to train our horses and go for gentle outrides on the farm.

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September 27, 2017

Thoddoo Retreat Guest House

Written By Heidi Grimwood

Special Packages to Thoddoo Retreat Guest House – Low Cost, Luxury Vacations to the Maldives

1 Nov 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

Bed & Breakfast Package

7 Nights –USD 959 Including all Taxes

10 Nights – USD 1310 Including all Taxes

14 Nights – USD 1778 Including all Taxes

Also Including in the Package

  • Free Beach Towels
  • Welcome Drinks
  • 1 water bottle everyday (1500 ml)
  • Fruit Basket on Arrival
  • 1 Adventure Snorkeling Trip near Rasdhoo
  • 1 free BBQ
  • Speed Boat Transfer From Male to Thoddoo and Back to Airport

 

Half Board Package

7 Nights – USD 1127 Including all Taxes

10 Nights – USD 1550 including all taxes

14 Nights – USD 2114 Including all Taxes

Also Including in the Package

  • Free Beach Towels
  • Welcome Drinks
  • 1 water bottle everyday (1500 ml)
  • Fruit Basket on Arrival
  • Complimentary Tea& Coffee
  • 1 Adventure Snorkeling Trip near Rasdhoo
  • 2 free BBQ
  • Speed Boat Transfer From Male to Thoddoo and Back to Airport

 

Full Board Packages

7 Nights – USD 1302 Including all Taxes

10 Nights – USD 1800 Including all Taxes

14 Nights – USD 2464 Including all Taxes

Also Including in the Package

  • Free Beach Towels
  • Welcome Drinks
  • 1 water bottle everyday (1500 ml)
  • Fruit Basket on Arrival
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • 2 Adventure Snorkeling Trip near Thoddoo
  • 2 free BBQ
  • 1 Night Fishing Trip near Rasdhoo
  • Speed Boat Transfer From Male to Thoddoo and Back to Airport
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September 27, 2017

Honeymoon Package Maldives

Written By Heidi Grimwood

Special Package Just for Honeymooners

Enjoy a romantic 7 night breaks in the Maldives and relax at the summer Shades Guest House. Your exclusive package includes:

  • 7 Nights Full Board for 2 People
  • FREE Sunset Dinner on Sand Bank
  • FREE Snorkelling Trip
  • FREE candle lit dinner

All this for ONLY $850 per couple.

A dream honeymoon not to be missed.

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September 27, 2017

Dream Vacation to the Maldives for Under $375

Written By Heidi Grimwood

Going to the Maldives is now so affordable with these amazing packages from luxury guest houses on local islands.

Amazing exclusive promotion for Go to the Maldives with this all inclusive package $375 for 6 people per night (only $62.50pps)

Also exclusive rate for day trips for your group:

  • Snorkelling, sandbank trip $230
  • Manta snorkelling and dolphin ride $160
  • Desert island and snorkelling $300
  • Sunset fishing $140
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September 27, 2017

3 Night Shark Diving Holiday, Maldives

Written By Heidi Grimwood

3 Nights Accommodation in Rasdhoo Guest House, Maldives

Package includes:

  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Breakfast each day
  • Shark dive (with equipment)
  • Free WIFI in guest house

Package total $1009.86 for two people

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September 25, 2017

September Tours

Written By September Tours

A Win Win Win for all travellers and travel businesses.  This is a test for our upgraded TOPs system for travel operators.  All systems are in TOP shape.

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September 22, 2017

17-Day Indonesia Cultural Journey (3 Islands)

Written By indoexcursions

Description

Sprawling across the equator for nearly 5,000 kilometres, the 17,000 islands of Indonesia form one of the most evocative countries on earth.  On this fascinating 17-Day Hosted Expedition, (limited to 8 participants) travellers visit the exotic islands of Java, Sulawesi and Bali, exploring their azure waters, slumbering volcanoes, towering temples, lush tropical forests and untouched coastal marine habitats.

The expedition is designed exclusively for discerning travellers who are seeking a seamless and luxurious journey, filled with intellectual experiences and rich in insider experiences.

We pride ourselves on demanding only the highest calibre of service delivery, and have carefully crafted tours that include only the most outstanding accommodation partners, avoid the well-beaten path taken by traditional tour operators, and showcase a side of Indonesia you’re not likely to discover on your own.

 

Activity Details

On Day 1, travellers make their way to JAKARTA, the Indonesian Capital, where we meet at a 5-star hotel for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation.

Wasting no time on Day 2, we fly to Central Java to visit the ancient TEMPLE OF BOROBUDUR. Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal 9th-century relic is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and a World Heritage Site.   Like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur makes the rest of Southeast Asia’s spectacular sites seem almost incidental. IndoExcursions travellers receive special passes to stay on the Borobudur grounds outside of public visiting hours, which allows us to watch the sun set over the enigmatic temple – a wonder to behold.

On Day 3, we awake early at Borobudur to watch the sun rise over the temple whilst enjoying a “picnic breakfast” on a nearby hill.  After breakfast, we drive through the Java countryside to our next destination, the CITY OF YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJA”). Ruled by a Sultan to this day, Jogja is the  cultural capital – the “soul” – of Java. After settling into our Jogja hotel, we visit several of the galleries that line the streets of the city and showcase the highest craftsmanship in Java. On Days 4 and 5, we explore the vibrant culture of Jogja, including the palace of the ruling Sultan, and PRAMBANAN, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, built in the 9th century.

Early on Day 6, we board a small plane and fly to TANA TORAJA, a tiny mountainous region in the central highlands of the Island of Sulawesi.  The indigenous people of Toraja lived in isolation for millennia. Cut off from the outside world, the Torajan people developed highly-unique customs and traditions which have been the fixation of cultural anthropologists since the early 1970s. Overland vehicles await us when we touch down in Toraja, so we can immediately begin our exploration of this pulsating tribal culture. On days 7, 8 and 9, we have 3 more days to explore the sites, villages and stunning scenery of Tana Toraja with our native Torajan guides. A true mecca for travellers!

On Day 10 we fly to the Island of BALI to spend 7 days on an island that many consider to be the very definition of tropical paradise : magnificent vistas, looming volcanoes, lush green forests and terraced rice fields tripping down hillsides. Almost everything in Bali has spiritual meaning and leaves you with a lasting impression of reverence, peace and tranquility. Our native Bali tour guides  take us on a true “insider journey” filled with unique access that we simply couldn’t arrange on our own.  We visit intricately carved temples rarely visited by tourists,  stop at villages where locals prepare us meals while excited youngsters perform ritual dances . . .  and discover the true essence of the “Island of the Gods.”

After 7 days in exotic Bali, we enjoy a farewell dinner together, and, on Day 17, we fly back to our original entry points into Indonesia.

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September 20, 2017

22-Day Cross-Indonesia Journey ​(4 Islands)

Written By indoexcursions

Description

Sprawling across the equator for nearly 5,000 kilometres, the 17,000 islands of Indonesia form one of the most evocative countries on earth.  On this fascinating 22-Day Hosted Expedition, (limited to 8 participants) travellers visit the exotic islands of Java, Sulawesi, Bali, and Lombok, exploring their azure waters, slumbering volcanoes, towering temples, lush tropical forests and untouched coastal marine habitats.

The expedition is designed exclusively for discerning travellers who are seeking a seamless and luxurious journey, filled with intellectual experiences and rich in insider experiences.

We pride ourselves on demanding only the highest calibre of service delivery, and have carefully crafted tours that include only the most outstanding accommodation partners, avoid the well-beaten path taken by traditional tour operators, and showcase a side of Indonesia you’re not likely to discover on your own.

 

Activity Details

On Day 1, travellers make their way to JAKARTA, the Indonesian Capital, where we meet at a 5-star hotel for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation.

Wasting no time on Day 2, we fly to Central Java to visit the ancient TEMPLE OF BOROBUDUR. This colossal 9th-century relic, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, is a World Heritage Site which makes other Southeast Asia sites seem almost incidental.

On Day 3, we awake early at Borobudur to watch the sun rise over the enigmatic temple, then drive through the Java countryside to the CITY OF YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJA”), the “cultural capital” of Java.  On Days 4 and 5 we explore Jogja, including the palace of the ruling Sultan, and PRAMBANAN, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, built in the 9th century.

Early on Day 6, we board a small plane and fly to TANA TORAJA, a tiny mountainous region in the central highlands of the Island of Sulawesi.  The indigenous people of Toraja lived in isolation for millennia. Cut off from the outside world, the Torajan people developed highly-unique customs and traditions which have been the fixation of cultural anthropologists since the early 1970s. Overland vehicles await us when we touch down in Toraja, so we can immediately begin our exploration of this vibrant tribal culture. On days 7, 8 and 9, we have 3 more days to explore the sites, villages and stunning scenery of Tana Toraja with our native Torajan guides. A true mecca for travellers!

On Day 10 we fly to Island of BALI to spend 7 days on an island where almost everything has spiritual meaning and leaves you with a lasting impression of reverence, peace and tranquility. Our native Bali tour guides take us off the well-trodden path to intricately carved temples rarely visited by tourists, magnificent vistas, looming volcanoes, crater lakes, lush green forests, terraced rice fields tripping down hillsides, and villages where locals prepare us meals while excited youngsters perform ritual dances.

On Day 17, we leave Bali and fly to the Island of LOMBOK to finish out our Cross-Indonesia adventure. After 16 days on an intense cultural journey, we know you need some time to chill out on the beach and enjoy margaritas for a few days before heading back to your home-country.  Lombok (sitting just a  flying fish skip off the east coast of Bali) is just what the doctor ordered. The island offers 120 white sandy beaches, spectacular tropical reefs, outstanding marine life, vivid sunsets, exquisite resorts . . . everything you dreamed of when you planned your tropical vacation.

After 5 days honing our tans and catching up on our reading on Lombok, we enjoy a farewell dinner together, and, on Day 22, we fly back to our original entry points in Indonesia.

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September 15, 2017

10-Day Indonesia Cultural Journey ​(2 Islands)

Written By indoexcursions

Description

Sprawling across the equator for 5,000 kilometres, the 17,000 islands of Indonesia form one of the most evocative countries on earth.  On this fascinating 10-Day Hosted Expedition, (limited to 8 participants) travellers embark on a intensely cultural journery to the islands of Java and Sulawesi.  Highlights include visits to the towering temples of Central Java (Borobudur and Prambanan); and a 4-day exploration of the vibrant tribal culture of Tana Toraja, isolated for millenia in the highlands of Sulawesi.

The expedition is designed for discerning travellers seeking a seamless and luxurious journey, filled with intellectual experiences and rich in insider experiences.

Our carefully crafted tours include only the most outstanding accommodation partners, avoid the well-beaten path of traditional tour operators, and showcase a side of Indonesia you’re not likely to discover on your own.

 

Activity Details

On Day 1, travellers make their way to JAKARTA, the Indonesian Capital, where we meet at a 5-star hotel for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation.

Wasting no time on Day 2, we fly to Central Java to visit the ancient TEMPLE OF BOROBUDUR. Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal 9th-century relic is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and a World Heritage Site. Like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur makes the rest of Southeast Asia’s spectacular sites seem almost incidental. IndoExcursions travellers receive special passes to stay on the Borobudur grounds outside of public visiting hours, which will allow us to watch the sun set over the enigmatic temple as the day comes to a close – a wonder to behold!

On Day 3, we awake early at Borobudur and watch the sun rise above the temple whilst enjoying a “picnic” breakfast” on a nearby hill.  After breakfast, we drive through the Java countryside to our next destination, the CITY OF YOGYAKARTA (“JOGJA”). Ruled by a Sultan to this day, Jogja is the “cultural capital” of Java. Central to the island’s artistic and cultural heritage, this is where Java’s arts are at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible.  After settling into our Jogja hotel, we visit several of the galleries that line the streets of the city and showcase the highest craftsmanship in Java.

On Days 4 and 5, we have 2 more days to explore the vibrant culture of Jogja.  Highlights include the walled palace of the Sultan; the resplendent Prambanan Hindi Temple Complex, erected in the 9th century about 50 years later than Borobudur; and an outdoor evening performance of a centuries-old dance of the Javanese court, set against the stunning backdrop of Prambanan’s main temple.

Early on Day 6, we board a small plane and fly to TANA TORAJA, a tiny mountainous region in the central highlands of the Island of Sulawesi.  The indigenous people of Toraja lived in isolation for millennia. Cut off from the outside world, the Torajans developed highly-unique customs and traditions which have been the fixation of cultural anthropologists since the early 1970s. Overland vehicles await us when we touch down in Toraja, so we can immediately begin our exploration of this pulsating tribal culture. On days 7, 8 and 9, we have 3 more days to explore the sites, villages and stunning scenery of Tana Toraja with our native Torajan guides. A true mecca for travellers!

After 4 days in Tana Toraja, we enjoy a farewell dinner together, and, on Day 10, we fly back to our original entry points in Indonesia.

This “insider journey,” is filled with unique access that you simply couldn’t discover on our own.  Our native guides will take us off the well-trodden path to intricately carved temples rarely visited by tourists and to villages where locals prepare us meals while excited youngsters perform ritual dances . . . to places that showcase the true essence of Indonesia.

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September 10, 2017

17-Day Paradise Islands Journey​ (3 Islands)

Written By indoexcursions

Description 

Sprawling across the equator for nearly 5,000 kilometres, the 17,000 islands of Indonesia form one of the most evocative countries on earth.  On this fascinating 17-Day hosted journey, (limited to 8 participants) travellers visit the exotic islands of BALI, LOMBOK and KOMODO, exploring their azure waters, slumbering volcanoes, towering temples, lush tropical forests and untouched coastal marine habitats.

The expedition is designed exclusively for discerning travellers who are seeking a seamless and luxurious journey, filled with intellectual experiences and rich in insider experiences.

We pride ourselves on demanding only the highest calibre of service delivery, and have carefully crafted tours that include only the most outstanding accommodation partners, avoid the well-beaten path taken by traditional tour operators, and showcase a side of Indonesia you’re not likely to discover on your own.

 

Activity Details

Join us for a 17-day journey across Indonesia (limited to 8 travellers). Visit the exotic islands of BALI and LOMBOK, and sail the KOMODO ISLANDS on a luxury liveaboard sailing vessel.

We begin our journey with a 6-day exploration of the Island of BALI. For many, Bali is the very definition of a tropical paradise : magnificent vistas, looming volcanoes, lush green forests and terraced rice fields tripping down hillsides. But Bali is so much more than this.

It’s the extraordinary richness of the Balinese culture that sets it apart from any other island in the world.  From the flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully-garbed locals shutting down roads, to the elaborate  temple  ceremonies,  to  the  enchanting  traditional  dances, to the otherworldly gamelan music played island-wide, almost everything in Bali has spiritual meaning and leaves you with a lasting impression of reverence, peace and tranquility.

After 6 Days in Bali, it will be time for a “Beach Vacation.” So, on Day 7, we’ll take a 30-minute flight to the Island of LOMBOK,  where we’ll have 5 days to slow down, unwind, “chill out.”

Lombok is Bali’s neighbor to the east, and, unlike it’s superstar neighbour, it’s the island-of-choice for those seeking ‘relaxation and serenity.’ Blessed with white sandy beaches, spectacular tropical reefs, exquisite marine life, vivid sunsets, and wonderful beach resorts . . . Lombok offers everything you dreamed of when you planned your tropical holiday!

After 5 days of R&R on Lombok, we’ll take a short flight to the Island of FLORES on Day 12. There, we’ll check into a beach resort in Labuan Bajo (the Island capital) and watch the sun set over the infamous KOMODO ISLANDS just west of Flores.

Early on Day 13, we’ll head to the Labuan Bajo port and board IndoExcursions’ large and luxurious phinisi ship – a magnificent traditional Indonesian sailing vessel with “mile-high” sails.  With 8 travellers onboard, a private chef and a full staff, we’ll set sail for the Komodo Islands – a World Heritage Site and home to the famed Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest monitor lizard.

For 4 glorious days, we’ll sail the azure waters of the Komodo Islands – an area boasting the greatest marine biodiversity on earth. During our voyage, you may snorkel on pristine sandy white beaches in the hope of encountering dolphins, green turtles and giant mantarays; or explore the island coasts in search of Komodo Dragons; or, if you prefer, you may spend the entire 4 days relaxing on deck with a margarita in hand.  All this, whilst enjoying world-class meals and accommodations on a luxurious sailing vessel. What’s not to love?

On Day 16, upon returning from our 4-day cruise, we’ll spend a final night in Labuan Bajo, enjoying a sumptuous farewell dinner together before going our separate ways the following morning.

We hope you’ll join us for 17 days of friendship and conversation . . . and the adventure of a lifetime!

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