1. Swim with humpback whales in Western Australia

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Whale watching is a popular activity in Australia but an even more unforgettable experience is being offered this August - the chance to swim with humpback whales at the Ningaloo Coast. The UNESCO-listed reef sees around 30,000 of these whales passing through during their migration along the west coast of Australia each year. A hidden gem, Ningaloo is a gorgeous haven that's rich with marine life and the initiative is part of a new government-backed trial, which could become permanent if it proves to be successful. 

 

2. Get to know the Indian Ocean culture at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives

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Start with luxury leather brand Nappa Dori's exclusive series of masterclasses where guests will learn the traditional methods of using thick hide as well as make and personalise their own handcrafted leather belts, wristbands and pouch keepsakes. The resort's tribute continues in the form of limited time treatments in the underwater spa, magical dining nights at Cardamon Lounge and a couple of yoga sessions at sunrise and sunset. But otherwise, who can say no to a Maldives getaway

 

3. Teleport yourself back to the Middle Ages in Visby, Sweden

 

One word: Medeltidsveckan. It's the world's largest festival celebrating the Middle Ages where the cobbled streets inside Visby's ancient town is bursting with markets, crafts, re-enactments, music, storytelling, jousting tournaments, banqueting and anything medieval-like that you can think of.

 

4. Embark on a rejuvenating journey at Amanbagh, Rajasthan, India

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Aman Wellness is a new concept by Aman and it's launching its Individual Wellness Immersion programmes where every experience is bespoke to each individual and follows a personalised routine which includes daily spa treatments, a diet or cleanse, recommended workouts and expert advice. 

 

5. Just relax at Villa 24, Samujana at Koh Samui, Thailand

Samujana villa 24 koh samui

Freshly revealed in July, the eight-bedroom Villa 24 is now Samujana's largest and most impressive on the luxury hillside estate. It offers uninterrupted sea views and panoramas of some of Koh Samui's most iconic landmarks. Serving perfectly as more than just a home away from home, the villa features designer kitchens, a private in-house cinema, a breathtaking infinity pool and a fully-equipped private gym. As it's an ideal place for getaways with family or friends, it also has an outdoor dining sala, jacuzzi and games room. If that's not enough to do, guests have access to nearby water sports and spa centres. 

 

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