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YOGA

An Indian, though too-dry summer on the Peninsula saw abundance in the food garden, especially luscious figs going gangbusters, a much relished extended swimming season and shared suppers on the beach.

Whilst I adore that time of year, I undertook a three week dash to India to explore new regions and new hotels. Mumbai, an explosive megalopolis surprised and excited me. Undoubtedly one of life’s greatest experiences was attending the Sacred Sufi music festival. The Rajasthan landscape keeps delivering wonderful and most ambient new properties. More on these discoveries below.

With the onset of Autumn and the sun slung lower in the sky, the sea glistens, sunsets dazzle, and the afternoon light takes on a glorious shimmering quality. There is more time for reading and the occasional Netflix binge. However, most of my energy is currently taken up with a complete re-build of the web-site that feels as gargantuan as a house renovation might. We hope to be launching our dynamic new site later in May.

Days are now shorter and winter is around the corner. You might, like me, prefer to minimalise your exposure to winter.

We have some wonderful offerings for you to escape the winter blues, so plan an exotic holiday before another year runs away on you.

Warmest wishes,

Marieke

BOOKING NOW – Luxury Guided Tours to

Sri Lanka – 8 June

South India – 12 August

Women’s Tour of India – 1 September

Culinary and Cultural Tour of India – 10 October

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Sri Lanka has so much more to offer the inquisitive traveller beyond its picture postcard perfection. This pearl of an island is not a soft version of India, nor just lazy beaches or the new Bali for surfing families. I project that within a few years some of its magic will have worn off as Chinese and Russian investments see the demolition of many charming, historic precincts in Colombo and less than pleasingly aesthetic developments elsewhere. Visit its gems now before it too becomes spoiled and over-run. Sri Lankan Airlines now has direct flights from Melbourne.

5 Reasons to visit with us –

  • the Bawa legacy that continues to influence tropical architecture and landscape
  • UNESCO and Buddhist monuments and caves of great historic significance
  • stunning luxury accommodation in colonial and boutique hotels, including Amangalla and Kahanda Kanda
  • wildlife – elephants, leopards, and a huge variety of birds
  • slow pace with gentle people, great cuisine, gorgeous scenery
Book Now & Request a Brochure

India’s scope is so vast and multifarious in its contrasts that if you have only visited Rajasthan, it may be time to explore the South that is like another country. If you are planning your first trip to this endlessly fascinating land, then the South is a ‘soft-landing’.

5 Reasons to visit with us –

  • monastically luxurious, environmentally conscious lodgings
  • wondrous temple architecture and UNESCO monuments of Tamil Nadu
  • life in the slow lane – the south is more languorous, sweet and gentle
  • a private music performance as you drift on your houseboat on the backwaters
  • landscapes that support fishermen, spices and tea plantations
Read More about this Tour that starts 12 August

These are some of the fabulous creative women who are changing the face of modern India who you will meet if you join me for my inaugural Women’s Tour in India that starts in Mumbai on 1 September.

4 Reasons to join me on this exciting exploration –

  • stay at some of my all-time favourite properties in India including the sybaritic hideaway, Ahilya Fort, and the glamorous, incomparable Raas Devigarh
  • travel with like-minded, adventurous women who love getting beneath the tourist veil, don’t want to fly solo and are drawn to India like a siren call
  • learn to tie a sari, create a blockprint and mix a masala
  • appreciate or collect the work of artisans who create amazing textiles, fashion, jewellery
Book Now

Luxury Culinary and Cultural Tour of North India

exotic estates, fabulous cuisine, hands-on cooking classes

10-23 October

India has been ‘my subject’ for well over 20 years and it is always exciting to re-imagine how I might offer a new experience of her magic and mysteries. Whilst Indian food somehow does not photograph well, it is one of the world’s great cuisines with infinite regional variety. This program starts in Delhi and ends in the much less visited Kolkata.

4 Reasons to join me on this inaugural program –

  • share my passion for all things Indian and spend two weeks with my esteemed guide Durga Singh who brings exceptional insight into his rich culture
  • stay in salubrious quarters from the lavish Amanbagh to the intimate Dev Shree owned by special friends with exceptional skills in their kitchens
  • wonderful authentic cuisine, markets, spices, cooking sessions
  • visit some of India’s most iconic cities – the blue city of Jodhpur, the pink city of Jaipur, the pearly city of Udaipur, the surprising city of Calcutta

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RESIDENTIAL YOGA RETREAT – Trentham 20-23 November with Saraswathi

“Mindful Compassion” – Cultivating Friendliness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity will be the theme for this intensive immersion that will be held at a gorgeous property in central Victoria. Spaces are limited and I have already received registrations.

This course will be profoundly relevant to students, teachers, therapists, psychologists seeking to work with a most gifted, empathetic teacher.

Register Your Interest

THE GIFT of TRAVEL – 2019

Rajasthan is where to fall in love with India. 
Our classic Royal Tour has been reimagined for 10-23 January.Welcome to mystery, to enchantment, to unsurpassable beauty. 
To ravishing colour and light. To timelessness. 
To a kaleidoscope of cultures, religions and landscapes. 
To a richness of humanity. To exotic splendour. Where a thousand lifestyles breathe as one nation. 
A fascinating tapestry of languages, customs and beliefs. So varied that it may take a lifetime to imbibe its true essence. It is a whole continent in a country, as large and varied as Europe.
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Magnificent Morocco is being offered again in 2019.

Morocco is one of those countries, not unlike India that gets under your skin. Here are some reasons why you should make it your next destination –

  • it is both multicultural and tolerant, imbued with ancient Arabic and Berber cultures and Persian, Andalusian and French influences
  • heartwarming hospitality from both the locals and ex-pats whom you will meet and wonderful cuisines
  • dazzling variety of experiences from medieval medinas and souks to ancient Roman sites and the High Atlas Mountains

Enquire Now for May 2019

Tailor Made trips for private travellers and small groups

As a travel curator/concierge, it is imperative to keep abreast of new developments and I was delighted by some exceptional new discoveries in Rajasthan, from grand hideaways and ambitious fort restorations to a new sculpture park and an intimate villa-style property with exceptional service.

For DIY travellers, you can avail our expertise for a fee or we can create the holiday of your dreams with seamless all-inclusive arrangements.

ONCE in a LIFTEIME – Sacred Sufi Music Festival

Ever since sending a French family from Chile to this festival that is held every February, I have yearned to go. It is an understatement to say it exceeded all expectations and is perhaps one of my life’s greatest highlights. The fist three days is by private invitation held at the incomparable Rajput-Mughal Nagaur Fort that has been under constant conservancy since 2007. You could not conceive a more ethereal and heavenly setting – stunning royal tents to sleep in, fountains and courtyards for contemplation, outstanding, lavish catering, sublime music and a magical transformation as the sun sets and many thousands of diyas are lit in the performance spaces. The international audience of eclectic sophisticates is limited to two hundred people. Musicians come from all over the world to transport you to other worlds and a sense of the divine.

Contact me if you’d like an Invitation for 2019

MEXICO is on my radar for 2019

Late last year I spent some time in the darling town of Todos Santos on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, backed by the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range that is popular with artists, and known for its many galleries. This reignited a love affair begun many years ago. I leave soon to refresh those wonderful memories and to design a new tour that will be offered in May 2019.

If you are in Melbourne make a point of visiting ACCA to see the current installation of twelve contemporary artists working in Mexico City.

Drop me a line if you are interested in joining me in this Hot new destination next year.

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