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Abercrombie & Kent Launches New Wellness-Inspired Cultural Journeys Designed to Enrich the Mind, Body and Spirit

Discover India, Southeast Asia, Kenya and Peru through mindful and active experiences

January 14, 2019

As excitement around New Year’s resolutions starts to wane, the best motivation for those who committed to self-care in 2019 comes from luxury travel experts Abercrombie & Kent in the form of 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.” Rewarding interactions with local experts are at the heart of every journey.

Mind: Calm your mind through guided meditation near Kuang Si Falls, led by a local teacher. The theories about ritual structures in Machu Picchu are revealed during a private lecture with a renowned scholar. Learn about the role jewelry plays in tribal traditions at a beading demonstration with a Maasai artisan.

Body: Be as active as you wish, from gentle sunrise yoga to cycling through Siem Reap’s temples or Rajasthan’s countryside. Run with the Maasai or hike up a towering peak above Machu Picchu. There is also time to indulge in a complimentary spa treatment. Healthy culinary experiences nourish the body with meals made from local ingredients and Chef’s Table experiences. Learn about healing herbs in Ayurvedic-inspired meals; take part in cooking demonstrations with freshly-picked produce from organic gardens in the Masai Mara and on Krabey Island.

Spirit: Inspirational experiences reveal how different cultures relate to the world, from a Pachamama (Payment to the Earth) ceremony in the Sacred Valley, to a silent alms offering to local monks in Luang Prabang and an Ancestor’s Ceremony on an evening cruise along the Ganges. Philanthropic initiatives that give back to the community include the Cambodia Clean Water Project, the Safe Water for Schools Initiative in the Masai Mara, Children of the Rainbow School in Peru’s Sacred Valley, or the Hansraj Children’s Home for underprivileged girls in India.

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. “In many cases, we’re featuring wellness-focused properties that aren’t typically used for group departures, such as Amanbagh in India and the brand new Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia,” explains Schmudde.

Wellness India: Ancient Traditions & Inspiring Icons
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 stay in a former palace on the banks of the sacred Ganges, partake in an evening aarti ceremony, and take an evening boat ride to experience the pitru tarpana, a moving ceremony that honors the memory of a loved one. Thirteen days from $9,995; Oct 5-17, Nov 9-21, 2019

Wellness Southeast Asia: Timeless Rituals of Indochina
Delve into the enduring traditions of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Take part in inspirational ceremonies that connect you to local cultures, such as a baci ceremony in Luang Prabang and tak bat, a silent food offering to local monks. Venture to Angkor Thom on a tuk tuk or 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. Thirteen days from $8,995; Oct 9-21, Oct 30-Nov 11, 2019

Wellness Kenya: Cultures & Wildlife
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. Nine days from $10,995; Oct 20-28, Oct 29-Nov 6, 2019

Wellness Peru: Spirit of the Incas
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. Ten days from $7,395; Nov 4-13, Dec 3-12, 2019

Every Luxury from Start to Finish
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.

Breakfast in Bed is an exclusive amenity for A&K guests, providing two opportunities to enjoy continental breakfast served in the comfort of their hotel room, as well as Traveller’s Valet®, complimentary mid-journey laundry service and Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from hotel to hotel. Private arrival and departure transfers are always included, regardless of when guests arrive or depart.

Whether on an African safari, a cultural tour to India or Southeast Asia or an adventure in Peru, A&K’s Wellness-Inspired Luxury Small Group Journeys are an uncommonly rewarding way to experience the world. Find more information at www.abercrombiekent.com, call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel professional.

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Pricing is per person, double occupancy

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