Arguably, one of the best experiences on a holiday is discovering and immersing yourself into a new culture. This could mean tasting a dish you’ve never tried before, learning a new language, discovering a whole new way of life, and our favourite - meeting new people. For those looking to take a deep dive into something new, we’ve listed our top picks of regions that share culturally rich experiences.
Fiji is a popular destination for holiday goers looking to relax in a resort. But Fiji can offer far more enriching experiences than just that delicious Pina Colada by the pool. With a culture centered around family and traditional values, the culture is modest with most locals living stress free lives (hence the term “on island time”). Qamea Resort & Spa in Fiji is not only a luxury resort - it prides itself on offering guests the most authentic Fijian experience. Each villa strives to keep to traditional Fijian design elements while the dining options allow guests to try Fiji favourites. Venture outside the resort and visit traditional villages, observe a Kava ceremony or partake in Meke - a ceremony celebration of food, dance entertainment and song.
Many travel to Indonesia for a beach holiday in Bali, but there’s a lot of exciting cultural elements to explore that are worth your time. There’s ancient and sacred temples that can be found in almost any region you visit. Spicy and flavoursome curries and other traditional dishes. And live performances such as a traditional Balinese dance. Although Bali is the go-to for a stay in Indonesia, we recommend staying on the lesser-known islands in the southern-most point of Indonesia, East Nusa Tenggara. Here you will find the stunning 5-star resort, Nihi Sumba. Each villa at the resort is designed using Balinese design elements and offers views to the nature of the property. You can explore the range of sumba cultural activities on offer such as a visit to rice paddy terraces or to a native village. Or take the opportunity to relax with a spa safari. Top it off with authentic gourmet meals and you have one amazing Indonesian experience. Explore a stay at Nihi Sumba »
The Japanese culture is one that many enjoy exploring. There’s exquisite and exotic cuisine such as traditional sushi, teriyaki, tempura and sake. Drape yourself in a traditional Kimono. Take in a popular sumo wrestling match. There’s the famous natural landmark of Mt Fuji. And if you happen to be in the country at the right time, you can catch cherry blossoms in bloom. Hoshinoya in Tokyo, is a beautifully designed hotel with Japanese design incorporated in the exterior and interior of the hotel for an authentic and immersive cultural stay. Upon arrival, you pass a Zen garden and are greeted with a guide in a traditional kimono. The perfect introduction to your authentic stay.
A traditional stay at Hoshinoya »
The home to many high-end labels such as Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel - Paris is highly regarded as one of the most influential cities in the fashion industry, so don’t feel shy about busting out your eccentric wardrobe and designer handbags. Art fanatics will already know that France’s Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and is on the bucket-list for many art lovers. Then you have operas, theatres and films that exude famed French entertainment. Oh...and of course their cuisine, known to be rich with flavours. And of course possibly one of the most famous structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower, France’s most famous landmark. Immerse yourself in the French lifestyle with a stay at Le Meurice in France - an elegantly restored vintage hotel featuring suites inspired by the beauty of Versailles. This hotel is perfectly positioned in the heart of France.
Explore the beauty of Le Meurice »