Rottnest Island in Winter is perfect for lovers of the outdoors

Rottnest Island in Winter is perfect for lovers of the outdoors

Given the southern part of Western Australia can get a bit nippy in Winter, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s not much going on. Au contraire! WA offers a wild and woolly time for the winter traveller, and a trip to Rottnest Island is chief among them.

The change of season brings a change in pace on Rottnest – gone are the summer crowds, bustling marketplace and almost too-full pubs. Instead, island life takes a slow turn, where it’s easy to spend hours exploring Rottnest’s colourful history, changeable natural splendour, and endearingly warm welcome.

 

#1 Thar be whales

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Between April and October is the ideal time to see the annual migration of Humpback and Southern Right whales as they stop over in the warm waters surrounding Rottnest. On land, the best place to catch sight of the ocean’s gentle giants is Cape Vlamingh, on Rottnest’s western-most point.
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Exploring Jaipur, India’s Pink City

Exploring Jaipur, India’s Pink City

Once the seat of the Maharajas of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a city purpose-built to display royal grandeur.

Situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jaipur is much more than a fantastic example of Indian Vastu shastra architecture. The city’s wide streets and interconnecting boulevards play host to a blend of desert heritage, colourful tradition and fiery cuisine.

India’s Pink City

Jaipur’s moniker as India’s Pink City isn’t a metaphor for a desert sunset (though that’s worth checking out on its own). In 1876, to celebrate a visit by the then Prince of Wales, many of the city’s old buildings were painted a pinkish terracotta – the colour of warmth and welcome. The net effect is astonishing and makes Jaipur one of the most photo-friendly tourist destinations in all India.

A city of palaces and forts

Generations of Rajasthani Maharajas and their families called Jaipur home, and in the finest tradition of royalty, many decided to construct their take on palatial grandeur.
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Karma Conversations… with rugby legend, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies

Karma Conversations… with rugby legend, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies

There are not too many people in the world who can lay claim to having the initials ‘OBE’ after their name, but Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies is one of them.

When not presenting for the BBC or being awarded honours by Her Majesty, Davies is also known to frequent Karma’s resorts. During his recent trip to our flagship 5-star luxury resort, Karma Kanda, in Bali, we took the opportunity to catch up with ‘Jiffy’ and ask him for his take on Karma resorts, luxury, and of course the 2017 rugby season!

What brings you to Bali?

We’ve never been before, yet we’d always wanted to come. It seemed like the perfect time of year for it, and we’ve also been very keen to stay (here) at Karma Kandara. I love the food; I’ve had quite a few Nasi Goreng while I’ve been here, it’s delicious!
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Good Karma – our causes, our communities

Good Karma – our causes, our communities

Compassion, philanthropy and playing an active part in communities form an important part of Karma’s business philosophy.

In fact, Karma’s founder and Chairman, John Spence, believes that our responsibility to the people and environments that make Karma destinations such wondrous places to experience extends to the future development of communities. That’s why Karma supports non-profit organisations around the globe.

Briefly, here’s two of the charities that Karma Group supports and some of the stories that make us smile.

Christel House

Christel House is a global charity that transforms the lives of impoverished children around the world – breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Karma Group became involved with Christel House through our Indian resorts, covering destinations including Goa, Kerala and India’s Pink City, Jaipur. Karma has directly contributed a whopping $892,000 US dollars as part of our ongoing support, which has helped to build libraries, buy books, directly educate and take kids on fantastic adventures within India and abroad, and serve an astounding 7,486,714 meals.
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The Karma guide to… our boutique St Tropez estate, Le Preverger

The Karma guide to… our boutique St Tropez estate, Le Preverger

Nestled in the hills above St Tropez, Le Preverger has long been known as a jewel in the crown of the French Riviera.

If the walls of Le Preverger could talk. Laura Ashley sat by that window having a drink with Princess Di and Margaret Thatcher. Jeanne Moreau, the monarch of french new-wave film, used to host extravagant parties right there with the likes of Dalí, Picasso and Brigitte Bardot in attendance.

In the 1940s when Ashley travelled Provence on the back of her newlywed husband’s motorbike, they happened to pass Le Preverger and stopped for a gander. So enchanted was Ashley by the property that she vowed to “work like hell to become successful and live there”. In 1983, Ashley was given the keys to Le Preverger, fulfilling her life-long dream.

Join the jet set

Set amid 200 acres of prime provincial farmland – including a small private vineyard, chestnut woods and an olive grove with over 1000 trees – Le Preverger exudes a kind of nonchalance and Bohemian chic, yet simultaneously epitomises all the class, glamour and rarified air of the international jet set.
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