Ubud is Bali’s thriving cultural heart. The seductive town is home to traditional arts, crafts and dance, and attracts those in search of mindfulness, culinary inventiveness, sustainable design and relaxation.
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Top Summer Holiday Destinations in Asia
Summer is often the best time for our clients to travel, especially for those who are travelling with the family. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that only a handful of destinations in Asia have good weather in July and August. Across the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent summer temperatures can soar to unbearable heights and the monsoon rains threaten to make your holiday a washout. Thankfully, there are exceptions and we can wholeheartedly recommend the following destinations during summer months.
Summer in Indonesia is the very best time of year to visit. Bali promises a winning dose of culture and luxury – our Ultimate Aman Experience combines Amankila, Amandari and Aman Villas at Nusa Dua – or our Boutique Indonesia tour explores further flung tropical islands including Lombok and Moyo Island. Central and East Coast Sri Lanka has warm and sunny tropical weather in July and August and some excellent resorts have opened up here in recent years, such as Ulagalla in the Cultural Triangle and Jungle Beach near Trincomalee. Sri Lanka’s south coast is also lovely from mid-August.
Ladakh in Northern India is another one of our summer favourites: look forward to brilliant sunshine, stunning clear blue skies and Himalayan mountains dotted with Buddhist temples. Stay at The Ultimate Travelling Camp or do a Shakti Village Walk Experience for a stylish yet authentic taste of this unique Himalayan region. Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand also enjoys sunny and dry weather during summer months, unlike Phuket in the Andaman Sea. The Four Seasons Koh Samui is one of Ampersand’s favourite beach hotels in Asia.
Central Vietnam also is a great choice – whilst the south is mid-monsoon, Vietnam’s central beaches promise intense sunshine and the odd refreshing shower. Vietnam’s two finest beach resorts are located in this region: Amanoi and the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay; interesting to note that this is both the GM’s favourite time of the year to be there.
Lombok is a fraction smaller than Bali and located just across the Strait. Blissful beaches, excellent surfing and endless trekking through jungle-clad slopes the island is a nature-lover’s dream.
Rugged and oversized landscapes abound in the remote Buddhist region of Ladakh. Prayer flags, monasteries and whitewashed stupas are dotted throughout this deeply spiritual area of northern India.
The largest town on Sri Lanka's eastern coast, Trincomalee is home to some great beaches with fantastic snorkelling and scuba-diving, as well as whale and dolphin watching.
The sprawling ancient city of Anuradhapura is home to a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders; stepped pools, bell-shaped dagobas and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s 1,300 year rule.
The sun-washed town of Nha Trang, on Vietnam’s dramatic southern Vietnam coast emanates a Mediterranean feel reminiscent of the French Riviera, with a cosmopolitan party vibe and sophisticated boutiques.
Historical Hoi-An boasts grand architecture and a rich cultural heritage, with Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and European influences. It is also a hotspot for food markets and food lovers.
Vinh Hy Bay
Vinh Hy Bay, near the Nui Chua National Park, is home to the exquisite Amanoi. A stunning eco-tourist spot, the bay has unspoilt rural beauty with fantastic diving and snorkelling.
In Bali's far southwestern tip, Uluwatu is home to the important Hindu temple, Pura Luhur. Atop sheer cliffs it is one of several important temples dedicated to the sea spirits.
Sumba Island is truly the forgotten island; wild and rugged it's as though you are on the edge of the world. It is also home to the exclusive Nihi Sumba.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Leslie Siben, India