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Travel news: Enjoy the new Shangri-La Bosphorus or a cool, early summer in Tibet

Soak in river views at the Shangri-La Bosphorus or spend time in central Tibet including at Everest base camp.

Mahali Mzuri, a luxury safari camp, opens on the Maasai Mara reserve in August. Courtesy Virgin Limited Edition
Mahali Mzuri, a luxury safari camp, opens on the Maasai Mara reserve in August. Courtesy Virgin Limited Edition

Rest easy at the new Shangri-La Bosphorus

The Shangri-La Bosphorus has just opened in a converted 1930s tobacco warehouse on the European side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Its guestrooms range from 42- to 60-square-metres in size, most with river views; 17 suites have private terraces. Istanbul's Shangri-La has a Chi spa and a signature Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, all of which will be familiar to Abu Dhabi's residents. Local Turkish attractions close by include the over-the-top Dolmabahce Palace and the boutique-lined streets of Nisantasi. A double room starts from €649 (Dh3,061) per night, room only. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.

Enjoy the coolness of early summer in Tibet

Early summer is a good time to visit Tibet. Kathmandu Travels and Tours offers a number of organised tours of central Tibet, led by English-speaking Tibetan guides, including time at Everest base camp, from its base in Kathmandu, Nepal. The seven-night tour, for example, commences with a memorable flight over Mount Everest, before days spent on the road with time to take in the sights of Lhasa, Gyantse and Tashilumpo Monastery in Shigatse. An eight-day tour of Tibet costs from US$735 (Dh2,699) per person in a group of 12 staying in a three-star hotel, including breakfast and domestic transfers. Email info@kathmandu-travels.com or call 00 977 1 447 1577.

Choose a different way to experience India

A new adventure tour operator, Totally India, is offering a number of interesting ways to see the country - by vintage car, bike and rail - as well as specialist cultural and wildlife tours. If you're physically fit, sign up for a small-group, 15-day guided cycling tour of Rajasthan with Delhi as your starting point, from £1,190 (Dh6,640) land only, including domestic transfers, accommodation and some meals (www.totallyindia.net).

Book a luxury Kenyan safari and save

Mahali Mzuri, the latest property in the Virgin Limited Edition hotel portfolio owned by Richard Branson, opens on Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, west of Nairobi, this August. The 12-tented luxury safari camp is located in the Motorogi Conservancy, home to an abundance of animal life including a number of thriving lion prides. There are morning and afternoon game drives in open-top vehicles and the Great Migration takes place between July and October. Book a stay during August by May 31 and enjoy a complimentary night's stay on holidays of four, five or seven nights. Rates start from US$995 (Dh3,655) per person, per night, all-inclusive (www.mahalimzuri.virgin.com/en/mahali_mzuri).


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