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MADA­GAS­CAR

One of Au­tumn’s most en­joy­able eco­tourism des­ti­na­tions is Mada­gas­car – all thanks to its gor­geous weather and many in­ter­est­ing ways to en­counter na­ture, be it snorkelling the co­ral reefs or spot­ting a baby lemurs hitch­ing rides on their mamma’s backs.

Mala­gasy for “moun­tain­ous is­land” the ar­chi­pel­ago gets its name from the sig­na­ture stone for­ma­tions of Nosy Hara, a re­gion of twelve un­in­hab­ited is­lands en­cir­cled by co­ral reefs. Here among the azure sea you will find salt life at its best––ex­otic, eclec­tic and never in a hurry. In fact, you’ll of­ten hear “mora, mora” a Mala­gasy phrase that speaks to how ev­ery­thing needs its proper time. There is no reg­u­lar boat traf­fic into the Nosy Hara, so a sail there is a slice of heaven, and re­quires some plan­ning in ad­vance. This re­mote lo­cale pro­vides un­ri­valled en­coun­ters with sea life in­clud­ing 279 species of co­ral fish, 108 species of co­ral, a va­ri­ety of sponges, mol­luscs, ma­rine tur­tles, whales, dol­phins, birds, and 18 dif­fer­ent rep­tiles in­clud­ing the small­est chameleon in the world - a rare, unique trop­i­cal par­adise.

Constance Tsara­ban­jina, your sanc­tu­ary away from home, is in­fused with a warm Mala­gasy spirit and of­fers lux­u­ri­ous eco vil­las dot­ting ex­otic beaches, its own brand of bare­foot chic. An in­ti­mate re­treat, the re­sort cheer­fully an­tic­i­pates your ev­ery de­sire with staff ded­i­cated to au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences and a com­mit­ment to help you dis­cover yours.

The pri­vate beach of the restau­rant sets the stage for rus­tic el­e­gance and an abun­dance of seafood. The laid-back at­mos­phere mir­rors the sim­plic­ity of the nat­u­ral world, re­flected in the sim­ple, fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents that cre­ate flavour­ful cui­sine. You’ve never had afternoon tea quite like this be­fore, or din­ner at the beach for that mat­ter. con­stance­ho­tels.com

HOL­LAND En­coun­ters at Nosy Hara Ar­chi­pel­ago Ro­man­tic sail to the past

There is a light­ness about Am­s­ter­dam, in­fused with a pre­cise yet play­ful spirit unique in all the world. There isn’t a more breath­tak­ing ride in Au­tumn then on her le­gendary, of­ten painted canals.

Sail away from the crowds in search of your own space on the wa­ter. A much-

This page, Nosy Hara Ar­chi­pel­ago, Mada­gas­car, a re­gion of twelve un­in­hab­ited is­lands en­cir­cled by co­ral reefs.

This page, Am­s­ter­dam’s realm of canals alive in gor­geous, dis­tinc­tive hues

needed break from terra firma, a calm set­tles once you en­ter the realm of canals which come alive in gor­geous, dis­tinc­tive hues that only arise dur­ing the change of sea­sons, trans­form­ing the wa­ter­ways.

A UNESCO World Her­itage Site, the 165 canals are an ef­fi­cient and tran­quil way to sail through the city’s le­gendary his­tory as a lo­cal and ex­pe­ri­ence the free­dom of sail­ing wher­ever the day leads. The sights of Am­s­ter­dam will take your breath away as you sail past world-fa­mous mu­se­ums and rem­nants of me­dieval walls, con­structed to pro­tect her from one-time in­vaders.

An ex­cep­tional re­treat with a nod to the past in the heart of this ma­jes­tic

Au­tumn get­away, Wal­dorf As­to­ria Am­s­ter­dam is a col­lec­tion of six canal palaces on the Heren­gracht in Am­s­ter­dam, dat­ing from the six­teenth cen­tury. A win­dow into Dutch gra­cious­ness at its finest, the prop­erty com­bines le­gendary ser­vice and time­less el­e­gance to de­liver an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. A short walk from branded bou­tiques, mu­se­ums and the­atres, this ar­chi­tec­tural marvel hosts breath­tak­ing views of the canal or court­yard gar­dens from guest rooms, suites and lofts. Leave the day be­hind with lux­u­ri­ous treat­ments at Guerlain Spa which in­cludes a pri­vate indoor pool and fit­ness area. At the end of the day, you will enjoy in­dulging in world-class din­ing at the Lib­rije’s Zusje Am­s­ter­dam, a two-star Miche­lin restau­rant. wal­dor­fas­to­ria3.hil­ton.com

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