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November 2019

It's been a busy run-up to (whisper) Christmas here at Bushbaby. Autumn is prime time for destination inspections; Abi fitted in a visit to Oman with 10-year old Imy in tow and then enjoyed a delicious Maldives mini-break - part celebration and part photo-shoot for our friends at Coco Bay (the go-to company for stylish, flattering beachwear if we do say so!). Emily travelled with her Mum to beautiful Sri Lanka, and Lops, our Asia specialist enjoyed an insightful whistle-stop tour of Cambodia. So plenty of updates and hot-off-the-press tips to share with you this month! With this in mind, we thought what better excuse for a newsletter edition all about Winter Sun, with a look at what you can see and do beyond the beach. Et voilà, we give you Beach Plus:
Beach Plus Adventure: Oman - treks in the Hajar mountains and quad-biking in the desert
Beach Plus Nature: Sri Lanka - the perfect touring destination with wildlife at every turn
Beach Plus Culture: Cambodia - beaches, temples and modern history aplenty
Beach Plus Ocean: Maldives - for incomparable marine life and stunning snorkelling/ diving

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Quick Facts
Great for:
From desert quad-biking and ancient forts to extraordinary mountain resorts, Oman should be at the top of your travel bucket list if you're travelling with thrill-seeking teens and in search of some easy-to-reach winter sunshine
Fly into:  Muscat
When to go: The weather is at its most pleasant from October through to April, with an almost Mediterranean climate and daytime temperatures rarely climbing much above 30°.
Top tip: The southern coast of Salalah is actually on the Indian Ocean so think Maldivian lookalike beaches!

Where to stay:
Desert Night's Camp for desert adventure
Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa for resort-based beach fun near Muscat
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar for a stunning setting in the Hajar Mountains
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for Middle East meets Indian Ocean white sand

Insta moments:
Abi has written a blog Oman - from Muscat to Salalah, about her recent trip so do have a read! To view her trip highlights head over to our Insta page or search #abioman19
Omani Explorer with Teens
If you're looking for a winter escape that ticks all the boxes for teens, Oman is perfect. Enjoy the many and varied activities on offer in the desert and mountains before relaxation on the beach beckons

Quick Facts
Great for:
Culture that's kid-friendly and wildlife - only in Sri Lanka can you climb to Dambulla Cave in the company of mischievous monkeys intent on ransacking your lunch box, cycle around Polonnaruwa, and in between, spot ellies, leopard and even giant squirrels…
Fly into:  Colombo
When to go: Sri Lanka is a well-established winter sun destination. If you're travelling over our summer though, it's a great time to explore the East Coast, proving Sri Lanka is a year-round destination!
Top tip: For a single destination beach trip with a wildlife twist, you can visit Uda Walawe National Park on a day trip from Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle.

Where to stay:
The Wallawwa for colonial chic, fresh off your long-haul flight, this is the place
Rosyth Estate House if afternoon tea and an incomparable view is what you are after
Keen swimmers can notch up laps at Ulagalla's stunning pool set amidst lush greenery
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle for beach-lovers of all ages

Insta Moments
Emily's blog about her trip to Sri Lanka is a must-read for anyone planning to visit and you can see her pics over on our Insta feed or by searching #emilysrilanka2019
East Meets West - Sri Lanka with Teens
For a first foray into Asia, this great itinerary covers a lot of ground, including the lush green tea plantations in the Hill Country, ancient cities, festivals, plenty of soft adventure and time on the beach. 

Quick Facts
Great for:
A warm welcome! Cambodia has arrived on the holiday scene as a destination that offers a plethora of experiences for families; combining an extraordinary historical past with a glittering future.
Fly into:  Phnom Penh or Siem Reap
When to go: Warm year-round, dry season Nov to May and peak season is during the cooler months of Nov to Feb. March until May tends to be hot, while the wet season begins through May to October and is a great time to see the temples because of the stunning water reflection.
Top Tip: With an amazing vibe & oodles of energy, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth. Phare artists use theatre, music, dance & circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories - do not miss it!

Where to stay
The Anantara Angkor Resort is within easy striking distance of the enchanting temples of Angkor Wat.
The Rosewood Phnom Penh is the place to stay for a roof-top drink spot that is hard to beat.
Six Senses Krabey Island if you want to arrive in style and channel your inner 007.
Shinta Mani Wild wowed us - if you too want to zip-line your way to the cocktail bar (oh yes) this eco-adventure is the one to book

Insta moments
Hot off the blog Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap! Plus see Lop's fun trip pics over on Insta #lopsCambodia19
Coast & Culture, Singapore to Cambodia,via Vietnam
This exciting itinerary includes 3 fascinating and contrasting destinations, giving you your fill of compelling culture, city-life and beach time on your very own tropical island.

Quick Facts
Great for:
 The ultimate in ‘toe in the sand’ luxury: even the sea-plane pilots fly bare-foot!
Fly into:  Male
When to go: Enjoy year-round temperatures of approximately 30 degrees, with a small drop at night. May – Oct is rainy season, but is generally confined to bursts later in the day. The delightful sea temperatures remain fairly constant around 28 degrees so no wet-suit needed!
Top Tip: The Maldives offers the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world so a decent camera to capture all the beauty under the sea is an essential piece of kit.

Where to stay
The eternal question - and the answer is that it will depend on you and your family! Our Maldives expert Abi is on hand to guide you and we've even written a blog 'How to choose a resort in the Maldives'. You're welcome!

Insta moments
As far as armchair travel goes, I think it's safe to say, we all wanted to dive into Abi's pics from her recent trip to the Maldives for the Coco-Bay shoot! Very glam and plenty of alluring spots to sip on a cool drink or snooze in the sun. #abimaldives19 - check it out!
Barefoot to Bling with Teens
Combine a stay on a tropical Maldivian island with a stop over in Dubai for some high-octane exposure at the excellent water parks to create a contrasting and exhilarating holiday experience when travelling with teens!

Flash Sale

If you're quick off the mark you could save 45% off a 7-night Al Waha B&B stay at Oman's superb Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Kids under 12 share free and with a hotel shuttle into Muscat you can explore in the morning and bask on the beach in the afternoon. Book by 15 Dec 19. Flights extra,

From £720 pp

30%Off & Free HB

Save up to 30% and enjoy free half-board at the wonderful Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Valid for stays 6 Jan-31 Oct 20 in a Premier Ocean View Room or Garden Pool Villa when staying 7 nights or more B&B. One child under 12 shares free. Book by 29 Feb 20.

From £1,250 pp

Kids stay free

If Abi's Insta pics have made your swoon, you too could enjoy a stay at the fabulous Anantara Dhigu.Maldives Resort; enjoy 30% off and a free upgrade to half-board on all bookings for 7 nights or more until Dec 23 2020. Oh, did we mention that 1 child under 12 can stay free if sharing! 

From £2,495 pp
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