Banff, Jasper & the Canadian Rockies

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Our pick of the best experiences in the Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies mountain range spans the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Offering ice-capped peaks, alpine lakes, diverse wildlife and beautiful national parks, it’s a destination best enjoyed outdoors. Discover the Canadian Rockies on a luxury holiday with Lightfoot Travel and prepare for stunning scenery and the ultimate in adventure.

Banff is a bustling ski resort town where crowds take advantage of the alpine activities and excellent art galleries and restaurants. Remember to visit the Cave and Basin, and indulgent hot springs. 

When the ice melts, the park offers the opportunity to kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board and hike around Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, famous for their turquoise glacial waters and spectacular mountainous backdrops.

At the heart of Banff National Park, Jasper is home to grizzly bears, moose, elk and caribou. It’s also a wonderful spot for stargazing, best enjoyed from the porch of a rustic log cabin. Boat trips to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island offer plenty for budding photographers and those who love being at one with nature.

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Mexico's Colonial Cities

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Our pick of the best experiences in Mexico’s colonial cities

As the centre of Spain’s colonial power and wealth for centuries, Mexico is home to many colonial cities. Boasting beguiling architecture, cobblestoned streets, grand civic buildings and UNESCO World Heritage sites, a luxury holiday to Mexico’s colonial cities with Lightfoot Travel will speed you back in time.

San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico’s most popular colonial cities. Here you’ll find the famous pink-hued church, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, as well as tin handicrafts, thriving vineyards and a creative vibe.

In Guanajuato, spend time wandering the winding streets (callejones), witness colourful facades, and visit the old silver mines that made Guanajuato the richest city in the country in the 16th century. Meanwhile, Santiago de Querétaro will impress with its baroque churches, colonial homes and green parks. 

Morelia is home to a UNESCO World Heritage listed cathedral, house museums, chocolate shops and restaurants – don’t miss the cheap and tasty taquerías (taco stalls). News of Morelia’s charms is spreading fast, so get there before everybody else…

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Facilities

  • Restaurants
  • Café
  • Sunrise or sunset views
  • Terrace with sun loungers
  • Yoga mats
  • Anantara Spa
  • Steam room and sauna
  • Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool
     

Activities

  • Diving, surfing and water sports
  • Manta and whale shark snorkelling (from August to December)
  • PADI certified freediving
  • Year-round surfing lessons, surf season from April to October
  • Coral adoption 
  • Over Water Anantara Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Tennis Courts
  • Children’s club with a weekly schedule of activities
  • Yoga and meditation 
  • Spice Spoons cooking classes
  • Beach games, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, chess and Pétanque
  • Infinity-edge beachfront swimming pool
  • Dolphin and turtle snorkelling excursions
     

Children

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Anantara Dhigu Resort is surrounded by soft, white sand beach on Dhigufinolhu Island in the Maldives’ South Malé Atoll. The lagoon is shared with two sister islands Anantara Veli Resort and Naladhu Maldives, providing guests with access to a wider range of dining options, activities and facilities.

A selection of sunrise and sunset villas and over water suites are available. Each one comes fully equipped with modern amenities. The marine décor complements the environment and guests can enjoy the outdoor bathroom with large terrazzo bathtub. Two bedroomed family villas are spacious and welcoming with private gardens, hammocks and a children’s play area. Some have an infinity pool and a personal villa host.

Enjoy sunrise views over the lagoon at breakfast in Fushi Café. Choose from expertly grilled meats and seafoods and Maldivian favourites at Sea.Fire.Salt. Aqua bar is perfect for watching the sunset with a cocktail, and authentic Italian cuisine in is best enjoyed at Terrazzo.
 

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Facilities

  • Observation/sun deck
  • Restaurant
  • Leisure deck with bar, entertainment area, whirlpools and outside showers
     

Activities

  • 3-day Amazon River cruise
  • 4-day Negro River cruise
  • 6-day Amazon & Negro River cruise
     

Children

No

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Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by their parents at all times. 

Details

Cruise the Amazon River in luxury aboard the Amazon Clipper Premium. This traditional riverboat offers spacious cabins and welcoming public spaces, but is small enough to dock at remote jungle locations and nimble enough to cruise to depths of only three feet. 

Accommodating 32 guests, the 16 cabins feature twin or queen-sized beds, private bathrooms with hot showers, air-conditioning, and large windows for observing the landscape. 

There’s a restaurant deck serving buffet-style meals, a leisure deck with a covered observation area, bar with comfortable seating, lecture room, and two whirlpools. The sun deck offers 360º panoramic views, ideal for watching the sunset and the night sky. 

Choose from a number of options, all operating from Manaus: a 3-day Amazon River cruise, 4-day Negro River cruise, and a 6-day option combining the two. All include excursions by foot or motorised canoe allowing you a closer look at the flora and unparalleled wildlife. 

Price scale

Facilities

•    Restaurant
•    Lounge area
•    Rooms with private decked terrace with hammock
•    En suite with hot fresh water  
•    Sun loungers  
•    Whale watching tower

Activities

•    Swimming
•    Snorkelling
•    Whale watching
•    Open air massage pavilion
•    Coastal trip with picnic lunch
•    Fisherman's village of Manafiafy
•    Visits to local markets and schools
•    Daytime and night rainforest walks 
•    Sport fishing
•    Motor boat trips into the mangroves
•    Canoeing
•    Kids’ activities such as scavenger hunts, weaving and beadwork and meeting local children

Children

No

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Located two hours north east of Fort Dauphin near the village of Manafiafy, Manafiafy Rainforest Lodge is tucked along protected, rainforest-fringed shores which are perfect for snorkelling and swimming. 

The four luxury bungalows and one family villa are nestled along the edge of the forest, just inches from the sea, all with private wooden terraces and views across the bay. Each one melds local wood, ravinala thatch and stone with modern comforts to create the ultimate stylish and relaxed atmosphere. A private terrace with hammock, a super king-sized and an en suite bathroom with hot water and a walk-in shower add to the comforts.

Meals are enjoyed in the open thatched dining area of Ravinala. You can also watch the sunset by the outdoor campfire or enjoy an aperitif in the lounge by the fireplace. Continental breakfasts are served in the public dining area or on your terrace. 

Price scale

Facilities

•    Dining and lounge area
•    Plunge pool
•    Private terrace with chairs and table  
•    Fully plumbed bathroom

Activities

•    Whale watching
•    Lemur walks
•    Village tours
•    Night walks
•    See the medicinal baobabs
•    Explore beautiful beaches
•    National Parks
•    Local markets

Children

No

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Details

Mandrare River Camp is a small safari camp, a three-hour drive from the nearest airport at Fort Dauphin, or it can also be reached by light aircraft. The camp's location provides exclusive access to the otherworldly Spiny Forest.

The seven en suite tents are all located in the shade of tamarind trees with views over the tranquil waters of the Mandrare River and the sacred mountains behind. Artful wooden furniture is individually hand carved to represent a different local wildlife theme of southeastern Madagascar, and there’s a private terrace and a fully equipped bathroom.

Meals can be enjoyed either in the private atmosphere of your own terrace or in the open dining area with a view of the nearby river bank. Between the activities a varied barbeque is served.

Activities at the camp are focused on exploring the area’s diverse wildlife, either on foot or in a 4x4. After a day out and about, return to the camp’s small plunge pool and lounge and bar area.

 

Price scale

Facilities

•    Four bedrooms
•    En suite bathrooms
•    Swimming pool
•    Library
•    Garden veranda 

Activities

•    Bird watching
•    Game drives
•    Guided walks 
•    Sunset cruises
•    Visit the capital of Madagascar, Antananarino

Children

No

Lighfoot perks

Details

Built on the site of an old granary, the classic red-brick building housing Maison Gallieni dates to 1879 and was once the first bank in all of Madagascar.

Designed as a guest house, it’s composed of four well-appointed rooms - Monaco, Tana, Fara, and Gallieni – and has indoor and outdoor common areas for relaxation. Three of the guest rooms are located on the ground floor and come with en suites with a modern shower, sink and toilet. The fourth bedroom is on the first floor with a fire heated living room, dining area, four-poster bed and an en suite bathroom with a bath. In an effort to respect the environment, rainwater is recovered and there’s eco- lighting.

Meals are enjoyed in the dining room or on the veranda, and give guests the opportunity to explore the city’s cuisine. 

As well as the outdoor and indoor lounges, there’s also a small library, heated swimming pool and garden veranda.

Lucerne, Interlaken & the Swiss Alps

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Lucerne, Interlaken & the Swiss Alps

The city of Lucerne is quintessentially Swiss. Picturesque spires and churches and elegant edifices line the cobblestone streets. No one would blame you for getting lost perusing the Old town while taking in all its beauty.

While it may not boast the extravagant nightlife and high-end retail heaven of cities like Zurich, this is the place to cozy up in one of the many beer halls or cafes and enjoy craft lager or a cappuccino. There are many interesting things to see like the Lion monument, Kapellbrücke, 14th-century octagonal water tower, and the Spreuer Bridge. There are plenty of excellent museums, so we certainly recommend taking in some culture.

Zermatt is the epitome of Alpine beauty; a fairy-tale 19th century Swiss village set against the iconic Matterhorn – a mighty peak, conquered for the first time by British mountaineer Edward Whymper some 150 years ago. Its high-altitude glaciers mean you can ski in Zermatt 365 days a year.

Zermatt’s ski area covers some 360km and is globally recognised as top-tier ski resort. Our experience of Zermatt has found that it is one of the best resorts in the world for intermediate, while also being a superb choice for families. Its glacial-skiing, spectacular off-piste trails and a cluster of 4,000 metre plus peaks on the Klein Matterhorn ensure there is plenty to challenge advanced skiers. Zermatt’s high-altitude makes it noticeably snowsure the year around.

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Lugano & Southern Switzerland

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Lugano & Southern Switzerland

The passion of Italy. The Alpine beauty of Switzerland. Ticino offers the best of all worlds. This Italian-speaking region of southern Switzerland is full of palm trees, pristine beaches, piazzas, churches, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The region stretches from the Alpine to the Mediterranean, covering vastly different territory along the way. In just a few kilometres you can travel from the mountains down rolling hills and to the sea, enjoying Italian weather, Italian style, Italian architecture, language, and food along the way.

Explore Lugano, a town on the eponymous lake known for its vibrant waterfront promenade lined with gardens and sculptures. Marvel at medieval churches and picturesque lanes in Mendrisiotto. Breathe in the sweet scent of camellias in Gambarogno. Or explore the castles in Bellinzona, a UNESCO Heritage site. In Ticino you can follow the Swiss tradition of living an active life in the magnificent Alps, and the Italian tradition, doing so with a glass of full-bodied vino in hand.

Whether travelling as a family, as a couple, or with friends, Ticino is the perfect spot for culture, nature, sport, cuisine, architecture, and breathtaking panoramas wherever you look.

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Price scale

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Two swimming pools
  • Steam room
  • Tennis court

Activities

  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Canoeing
  • Lei making
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Yoga

Children

No

Lighfoot perks

Details

Set among a wonderland of rainforest, with the huge volcano Haleakala in the background, Travaasa Hana is an unspoiled paradise.

Oceanfront Sea Ranch and Bay View cottages await. The chic and rustic rooms are decorated in retro Hawaiian plantation style, with plush feather beds, kapa-print furnishings, local artwork and bamboo floors. A hot tub and garden is wonderful for solitude and relaxation. The Garden View cottages have an indoor seating area and a shared outdoor patio.

The Preserve Kitchen + Bar is nestled amid rolling hills and palm trees overlooking Hana Bay and Kauiki Hill. 

Guests can laze by one of three pools; a heated wellness pool, a garden pool, and the lava rock whirlpool at the spa. There’s also a fully equipped fitness centre, yoga classes, snorkelling, throw net fishing, archery, and authentic Hawaiian activities  -such as lei making or learning the ukulele – are also available.
 

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