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Family Travel Destinations

12 March

Fun ways to enjoy family travel

Have you started planning your next family break?

Travelling with the family holiday is often restricted to school holidays however there’s nothing stopping you from booking your family holiday at any point in the year.

It’s important that there is something for everyone to get involved in. You can get the children involved in thrilling activities and have more peaceful amenities for the adults. There are plenty of great destinations around the world the whole family can enjoy;

California

California is a great destination for the family too. It’s filled with popular and thrilling theme parks such as six flags. Here you can find one of the largest and fastest rollercoasters in the world, you might only want to go here if you are brave enough.

You could enjoy surfing on Orange County’s beautiful beaches. Huntington Beach is recognised for hosting surfing events. Orange County’s legend surfer Corky Carroll said “Orange County is the cultural centre of the surf world and Huntington Beach is like the heartbeat”.

There are plenty of national parks based in California too. Yellowstone is the world’s first national park filled with wildlife activities, waterfalls and is popular for camping. There are a variety of activities the family can enjoy such as; watching its beautiful waterfalls, tours, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, fly-fishing and dining.

Orlando

Theme parks here are BIG, BIG, BIG. All ages will definitely find something to keep them entertained here. Number one place of interest is Universal Studios which is part of Universal Orlando® Resort. It’s so much more than a theme park; it’s an entire universe that will give you an action-packed visit, with thrills that will last till the end of your holiday. Stephen Spielberg once said “Universal Studios will give people the chance to discover their own hero, this gives you an idea of what to expect!”

You could also bring the family to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The easiest way to discover the magic here is with a Fast-Pass which will get you quickly into the main areas. You will hear great reviews on the Kilimanjaro Safari; if you’re lucky enough to get here early the animals are usually a bit more active. It’s been known for Giraffes putting their heads right into the vehicles.

Costa Rica

Looking for a break when summer is over? Costa Rica is recognised as a tropical paradise, this is a great destination to enjoy a holiday getaway from the winter falls – known to be the happiest destinations around the world and perfect for families that are searching for variety on their holiday.

It’s filled with wildlife adventures into one package; there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Parents can enjoy canopy for sloths, monkeys and macaws and children can rummage at ground level for poison-arrow frogs and other bizarre mini beasts. Activities to be involved in are; zip lining and river-rafting for thrill seeking families.

Canary Islands

Looking for that all-round family holiday destination? Then the Canary Islands are the perfect place for you. It’s complete with many beaches, theme parks and sunshine. In Tenerife you’ll find people flocking to Loro Park to see the various tropical birds and to the Zoo Monkey Park as part of their daily excursions, which is a great day out. There’s a plenty more to do too, from beaches, shopping and sightseeing.

Wherever you decide to go, let us know what you’re thinking and we can help narrow your search!

Canary Islands

16 May

Which Canary Island will be your cup of tea?

We’re all thinking about our next sun holiday and the Canary Islands are proven to be popular with most holiday-makers. If you’re a regular to one particular island just have a scan through to see if another island would suit you better…

Tenerife is for the holiday-maker that can’t relax and needs to be exploring the outdoors! 

Tenerife is the largest of the islands so you will never be short of things to do. It’s strongly influenced by the tribal culture of the Guanches, the original inhabitants of the island, which makes it interesting for those wanting to learn more about the history of the island and experience its strong culture. It’s home to Mount Teide, Spain’s tallest peak, which makes this place a dream for outdoor adventurists. Many people also flock to Loro Park to see the various tropical birds and to the Zoo Monkey Park as part of their daily excursions, which is a great day out.

If it’s action packed water parks you want, Siam Park is a Thai themed water park which has already established itself as one of the best in the world. You can choose to lay back and relax on the lazy river or get a fast-paced adrenaline hit on any one of the other 28 rides the park has to offer.

Lanzarote is for the fussy holiday maker that wants variety on their break away!

Lanzarote is the perfect size for exploring the island, one of the main sight-seeing places is Timanfaya National Park which has a vast volcanic landscape and has been the setting for many films including scenes from Star Wars!

Another top place to go is the underground entertainment complex of Jameos Del Agua – a product of famous local artist César Manrique – it’s built with cafés, restaurants and shops underneath a tropical island beach;  the person who built it wanted to celebrate the beauty of this island.

With the all year warm weather and stunning beaches, it really is an island for everyone.

Gran Canaria is for the beach lover or sun worshiper!

People typically talk about Gran Canaria and its beaches; it has many beaches that stretch for miles along the coast. You will find beaches like Mogan that face onto picturesque villages or beaches like Anfi del Mar that are covered in white sand and are great for the water-sport-mad-other-half that’s with you.

There are other activities in Gran Canaria that you can try your hand at but as it’s known mostly for being home to the best beaches in the Canaries, it’s a must see if you want to work on that all-important tan.

Fuerteventura is for the disco queens or kings and late night party person!

Like Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura is well known for its beaches as there are 150 of them! Alongside that, the nightlife here is second to none. From quirky seaside carnivals to some top class night clubs, there is so much for you to enjoy.

All the bars and restaurants here cater for the holiday-makers that are looking to stay out that little bit later so a great place to visit if that’s what you’re looking for.

San Diego

04 November

With its mild year round weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as one of America’s best tourist destinations. This laid back city is two hours drive south from Los Angeles and just 30 minutes north of the Mexican border and is regarded as “Modern California at its best”.

Since my last visit 12 years earlier, San Diego has undergone a major revitalisation and is now one of the most exciting city centres in the US in fact it gets hipper and more sophisticated every year.

The rapidly evolving city abounds with hip hotels, boutique stores and trendy eateries but still retains links to the past with plenty of well preserved 19th century Victorian buildings – thus keeping its charm.

San Diego specializes in variety, from mountains to desert, parklands to lush vineyards, there is something to suit everyone. It has everything a family could want in a holiday: beautiful beaches, tons of attractions (including the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Legoland), luxurious resorts, quaint neighbourhoods, miles of museums and great food.

With more than 93 golf courses in every conceivable setting it is no wonder that the city is considered one of the best golf destinations in the world. Weatherbill.com awarded San Diego top billing for having more perfect days for golf than anywhere else in the US.

Once the sun sets, both locals and visitors head to the historic Gaslamp Quarter – this once-seedy red-light district has been reinvented as the centre of downtown entertainment with restaurants, bars and boutiques filling more than 16 blocks.

The district’s grand, historic buildings have been restored to their original character, and while the original visitors of the 1880’s such as Wyatt Earp (who once ran three gambling halls here) may not recognise the quarter today now the wild west saloons and bordellos have gone,though four newly installed gaslamps glow and enhance the historical feel of the neighbourhood.

One of the highlights to my recent trip was crossing the arching Coronado Island Bay Bridge to Coronado Island. Though not technically an island – a peninsula – this affluent beach community is home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado or “The Del” as it is known by locals.

The now Historic National Landmark was opened in 1888 and was the largest resort hotel in the world. Eleven US Presidents have visited The Del, Charles Lindbergh was honoured here in 1927 after his successful trans-Atlantic flight, Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino have both been guests but perhaps the most famous visitor was the Prince of Wales in 1920.

Many have speculated that he met Wallis Simpson who was a Coronado resident; here in the Crown Room when he was being honoured with a grand banquet, contradictory evidence in both Edward and Wallis’s memoirs may show that they met later, but the romance of a love story remains.

The Del’s brunch in the Crown Room is an institution and a firm favourite with both guests and locals. A mouth watering array of seasonal delicious offerings all served under the four magnificent crown chandeliers designed by L. Frank Baum who wrote the Wizard of Oz while staying at the hotel.

A walk along the magnificent stretch of beach to people watch is a must after brunch, as the beach is rumoured to have been used as the famous Baywatch beach, those with more energy can don red swimming costumes and run in slow motion along the powdery fine sand! San Diego has traditionally been used as an ideal ending to a Californian self drive tour but with the wealth of activities the city offers, I found it a wonderful holiday destination worthy of a much longer stay

Mauritius

20 October

It is not surprising that Mark Twain once remarked that God modelled Heaven on Mauritius, because this jewel of the Indian Ocean is truly paradise on earth.

This relatively small picture perfect island (smaller than Shropshire!) has calm crystal lagoons, lush mountain peaks and palm fringed beaches encircled by coral reefs. The exotic mix of Indian, European, Chinese and Creole influences gives a feel of a “world-in-one-island” that is reflected in its history, food, culture and architecture.

Mauritius is famed for its vivid coral reef, world class golf courses and luxurious accommodation but the island offers so much more once you can tear yourself away from the palm fringed beaches. There is a warmth and generosity of spirit that the Mauritian people display that is hard to find elsewhere and this is one of my enduring memories of my first trip Mauritius in 2003.

It’s capital, Port Louis, Africa’s wealthiest city has a distinct charm, it’s crumbling buildings with a historic past and a cosmopolitan waterfront form a perfect contrast for leisurely discovery. The spice and fruit market is perhaps the biggest draw where once can see mounds of watermelons, pineapples and lychee and smell an air filled with fresh tea leaves and frangipani.

Once night falls, the air fills with the sound of Sega the national dance of the island, originally introduced by African slaves in the French colonial period. This exotic and sometimes erotic dance said to be a cry from the soul trying to transcend the miseries and heartaches of life, while at the same time expressing the universal human desire for joy and happiness. Today the Sega and its beat are a part of every Mauritian’s life.

Further inland, take a trip to the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere to see Giant Amazon water lilies, bright bougainvillea and hibiscus. The gardens are home to one of the largest species of palm in the world – the Talipot which blooms every 60 years. The stalk can bear over 20 million tiny cream flowers so it is well worth the wait if you are lucky to see it in its glory!

2012 saw the 200th anniversary of the famous Turf Club in Mauritius, the oldest racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere. It has an enviable location on the West Coast at Champ de Mars with a backdrop of mountains on one side and sea on the other. Crowds of up to 30,000 gather each Saturday from May to November to enjoy the electrifying atmosphere, entry is free but it is worth paying a small charge to sit at The Lodge for a bird’s eye view of the finishing line.

The excellent sea conditions and beautiful coral reefs make Mauritius a perfect place to scuba dive, the reefs have not been bleached or affected by the warming of the ocean, so the crystal clear waters and abundance of fish life provide magnificent backdrops for underwater photography. Lagoons on the North East Coast where the sea is protected from trade winds have the best tropical fish life and coral reefs and provide safe and enjoyable dives to suit all abilities. Artificial reefs have been created by sinking old Japanese fishing trawlers to provide exciting and unusual dive sites.

Many people immediately think of Mauritius as the perfect place to celebrate their nuptials (as I did for my own honeymoon nearly 10 years ago), and whilst Mauritius still proves an excellent choice for weddings and honeymoon, few places beat it for a family holiday. The weather is hot without being unbearable and the island offers lots of activities both on land and sea for children and adults alike. With a plethora of family friendly hotels famed for having exceptional service it is no wonder Mauritius is considered one of the safest and friendliest destinations in the world.

When one considers the year round climate, chic hotels, sophisticated cuisine, powder soft beaches and gently swaying fields of sugar cane, it is easy to appreciate the wisdom of Mark Twain’s words.

Marrakech

13 October

Marrakech, Morocco’s best known city has a life of its own. With its frenetic energy, it is a constant hive of activity through a maze of bustling streets and lively squares. Few cities in the world enjoy such a dramatic setting as the ancient walled city that sits low beneath the snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

Marrakech has attracted visitors for centuries, the exoticism of Arabia blends with the vibrancy of Africa to offer a unique and heady experience of sights, sounds and colours.

I found the city easy to explore as it is split into distinct areas, two of the most popular are the Ville Nouvelle (new city) and the Medina (old city). The Ville Nouvelle is home to modern restaurants, cafes and bars in wide tree lines avenues, while steps away, the dark, maze like alleyways of the Medina enclosed by an ancient wall, has the market square, Djemaa el-Fna, at its heart.

During the day, a multitude of souks in the Medina offer pretty much anything you can think to buy and wish to haggle for! From traditional Moroccan slippers, leather goods and silks, to pottery and textiles all offered with the pantomime of bartering and cups of sweet mint tea. For those worried about the hassle of haggling, aggressive behaviour is not tolerated in Marrakech and is punishable by law.

Djemaa el-Fna really comes to life as dusk falls and the carnival begins, an extraordinary collection of musicians, fortune tellers, fire eaters and dancers gather to entertain the ever shifting circles of mesmerised onlookers. Snake charmers ask for a few dirhams for a photograph with a snake draped over your shoulders – and a few more to have it removed!

Shopping completed, I visited the Ali Ben Youseef Medersa, a 16th century Koran school, where up to 900 students once lived and studied, known for its breathtaking interior. The peaceful courtyard and facades are covered with intricate tiling, stucco and carved cedar so striking that it was said to have upstaged Kate Winslet in the scenes they shared in the film Hideous Kinky!

A visit to the MajorelleGardens offers a stunning yet tranquil experience, once owned by the French artist Louis Majorelle, the gardens house one of the largest collections of rare and exotic plants in North Africa. The gardens were purchased in the 1980’s by long-time Marrakech resident Yves Saint Laurent who tended then till his death in 2008 and whose ashes have been scattered amongst the great palms and pools filled with water lilies.

I ended my trip with a stay at the Kasbah Tamadot in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Sir Richards Branson’s luxurious retreat (bought during one of his famous ballooning expeditions!) is an hour’s drive from Marrakech and lies in extensive grounds filled with fruit trees, cacti and rambling roses. The location is simply magnificent, where dramatic views can be enjoyed on the rooftop terrace of the snow capped mountains and of the neighbouring valley below.

The Kasbah employs local Berber staff from the surrounding villages, giving guests a sense of staying in a Moroccan home rather than a hotel. There are 18 antique adorned rooms using traditional Moroccan furnishings and 10 spectacular Berber Tented Suites (some with views of MountToubkal, the Atlas’ highest peak), each with a uniquely descriptive Berber name which tells you something about it. (mine was Ayour meaning moon as the light of the moon illuminates the room at night!)

Dine around the candlelit pool or under the stars on the rooftop terrace, try an authentic Moroccan Hamman in the spa where ones skin is deeply cleansed, purified and softened or discover the beautiful Atlas region by foot or for the more adventurous – by mule!

I found it difficult to leave Marrakech behind, and I’m sure as many who have travelled before me, as soon as I returned home, I quickly found another reason to return!

Honeymoon

07 October

And after the I do’s …

Originally ‘honeymoon’ simply described the period just after the wedding when things are at their sweetest; it is assumed to wane in a month.

I have to confess the romantic in me hopes the magic of becoming a newly appointed Mr and Mrs has to last longer than 30 days. Equally though, I am not adverse to giving that first flush of love a helping hand, and lets face it; after all the hubbub of a wedding, the honeymoon is the time you and your new spouse can get away from it all and relax.

But the greatest quandary for all couples, whether marrying for the first time or the eighth, is the choice of a honeymoon. That special spot that will be a source of wonder and conversation for years to come – possibly even for ever!

There are those who swear that surprising the bride is one of the better beginnings to a perfect honeymoon. But only if the couple have identical expectations of what a perfect honeymoon is – say the wives who were surprised, but not impressed.

Deciding the destination of your luxury honeymoon can be exciting but tricky too. It’s meant to be the once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully!!) experience, nothing short of perfection is required. But when the world’s your oyster, where do you start? To compare long-haul to short-haul for a start let’s look at the merits of Africa and the Indian Ocean, and Italy.

Whether you’re looking for complete relaxation and moonlit strolls along a beautiful white sand beaches, a bit of adventure, or maybe both. From a completely relaxing beach based luxury honeymoon on the stunning white sand beaches of the Seychelles and Mauritius, to pure adventure and thrills on a safari adventure in Kenya, or diving in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives, Africa and the Indian Ocean have so much to offer.

If you’re getting married in the British summer, a honeymoon in a hot European destination is a good choice if you want to avoid long flights and tiring jet lag. Italy is a popular romantic destinations for honeymoons, with many luxury hotels in a variety of places – be it rolling hills or lake-side hot-spots. The fashionable AmalfiCoast is a top choice in Italy for its spectacular coastlines, rugged cliffs, cascades of brightly coloured houses, lemon groves and olive trees on terraced hillsides, all tumbling down to an aquamarine sea.

The perfect honeymoon destination does exist, thank goodness it is different for all of us and a good honeymoon advisor has the task of matching your particular wants and needs with that perfect destination, always with the hope of exceeding your honeymoon expectations.…

Mekong River Cruise

30 September

Vietnam’s beauty, whether the majestic limestone pinnacles of Halong Bay or the grace and elegance of the aodai, is haunting. Its cities – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – bear the hallmarks of French colonial splendour. The Mekong Delta inspires images of lush green vegetation and productivity, images of traditional Vietnamese floating markets. In the north and inland, there are tribal areas bursting with ethnic diversity and colour. The coast is home to a fascinating collection of sites which include Khmer temples, beautifully preserved old Chinese towns and, for those seeking relaxation, beautiful beaches.

The mighty MekongRiver has long been the lifeblood for the people of Vietnam & Cambodia, and now it is becoming increasingly popular as the new river cruise destination in the Far East.  From floating markets to off the beaten track ancient temples, there is a wealth of sights to see in the lower Mekong region.

The Jahan joins it’s sister ship the famous Jayavarman as the top two vessels on the Mekong. It brings the singular touches of a luxury boutique hotel together with the leisurely pace of a river cruise and the opportunity to collect new experiences along the mighty Mekong. The 26 carefully designed staterooms and suites with floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors that open onto a private balcony offer privacy and uncompromised luxury.

The concept of The Jahan is inspired by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who ruled over India in the 14th century, and is famously known for his enduring love of his wife, which saw the Taj Mahal being created. Like Taj Mahal, no detail on The Jahan has been overlooked, with cabin design maximised for both style and comfort. You could truly say The Jahan was made with love. One of the highlights of The Jahan is that all accommodations feature floor to ceiling sliding doors that open on to a large balcony, where you can relax in privacy as you enjoy the magnificent ever changing vistas of the Mekong.

A MekongRiver journey is about meeting the people and seeing how they live – as The Jahan holds a maximum of 52 passengers at any one time, shore excursions are far more intimate and authentic. One of it’s highlights is the range of shore touring options available; tours can be booked on private basis so that you can explore each destination according to your own tastes, and at your own pace. The more active can kayak the canals around Cai Be, or cycle to local villages. Whilst the more sedate may prefer to immerse themselves in a visit to the floating markets, or discover local bird life on a jeep safari.

Service on board is impeccable, but with the highest staff to passenger ratio on the Mekong, and training given both locally and in Europe you would expect nothing less! The Jahan boasts some world-class facilities; Stay fit on-board at the gym, then relax in the steam room/sauna, or practise Tai Chi which is offered each morning on deck. The small pool is ideal for cooling off after a days sightseeing, or perhaps indulge in the spa. The lounge area features movies and lectures to keep you informed and entertained, and the observatory has unsurpassed views on all sides.

As the day closes feast on the exquisite range of local and international dishes in the restaurant, then retire to the lounge with large comfortable sofas and a library, or continue your evening discussing the excitement of the day in the exquisite bar.

Vietnam’s natural beauty, contagious energy and unforgettable cuisine make it a diverse and exciting travel destination, but it is the unfailingly friendly people that make Vietnam a place to return to time and time again.

The Most Amazing Hotel Beds

23 September

If you’ve completely forgotten the luxury of a truly great nights sleep, a great hotel bed can be an excellent refresher course. There’s something so exhilarating about hotel beds, it would be a sin to spend all of your time in a hotel bed simply sleeping. Leave your reading book at home; in these fantasy hotel beds you’ll kick up your feet and rest your travel-weary self. These beds really are what dreams are made of.

A four-poster king-size bed under a vast star-studded sky – there’s nothing quite as alluring as an African sleep out. Set on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge is famous not only for its health and wellbeing retreats, but for its so-called star beds. Made by the local Laikipia Masai community, the net-covered four-posters – or mkokuteni – constructed on wheels, can be left under the thatched roof of the suites or wheeled out on to platforms for a night under the stars.

Pristine, gleaming sand, a warm sapphire sea, swaying coconut palms and a remote-controlled rotating circular bed that turns to face the setting sun – this is hedonism in all its pleasurable glory. Located on idyllic RangaliIsland, the Conrad Maldives has gained international renown for its two Sunset Water Villas, whose circular beds revolve 180 degrees so you can watch the sun go down as well as rise over the horizon. With a personal butler and jet boat shuttle to the main resort, there is little more to do here than relax and wallow in self-indulgence.

They probably use the phrase in their marketing literature because surely the Ice Hotel in the Canadian province of Quebec is one of the world’s best place to chill out – literally. Each year the entire hotel – floors, walls, light mountings and, yes, even the beds – is carved entirely anew out of ice. One-metre thick walls keep the hotel at a crisp -2C to -5C. Thankfully, the supplied arctic sleeping bag and fur blankets keep you much warmer while you sleep. The hotel opens only from January to early April, after which it is allowed to melt away under the warm spring sun.

One of the hardest places to fall asleep is on an aeroplane. But that’s not a problem at a certain accommodation establishment in Costa Rica. Here, with its 727 Fuselage Suite – a fully outfitted two-bedroom executive suite built into the frame of an old 1965 Boeing 727- the Hotel Costa Verde has given a whole new meaning to the mile high club. Perched up in the treetops on the edge of Manuel Antonio national park, the plane looks as if it has crash landed in the jungle. Fortunately, that appearance is by design, rather than by accident: the plane is mounted atop a 15-metre pillar, so your bed won’t be taking off anytime soon.

If you enjoy the odd immersion in kitsch, consider bedding down for the night Indian-style at the Wigwam Motel on the American Route 66. A throwback to the glory days of the 1950s (and when Native American politics were perhaps less mainstream than now), this slice of Americana is worth sleeping in for bragging rights alone. Luxury accommodation it’s not (think roadside motel-style rooms with standard mod cons), but the beds are comfortable and big enough to sleep your entire tribe. Today, only three gimmicky Native American villages remain: Cave City, Kentucky; Holbrook, Arizona; and Rialto, California.

The Ranch at Rock Creek – Montana

09 September

The big country experience in frontier land Montana

After a day’s trekking across “BIG” Montana landscapes, cowboys and cowgirls alike will appreciate a “Saddle Soar Soak” as administered at the spa at Rock Creek. Welcome to ranch life with a difference!

The Ranch at Rock Creek, located on over 6,800 acres of rolling hillsides near the town of Philipsburg, offers guests the opportunity to escape mundane urbanite existences and share the lifelong love of the big outdoors that spurred former banker, Jim Manley, to develop this most remote, yet engaging and luxurious of frontier style activity resorts.

Rock Creek is a Montana ranch from a picture book: broad hayfields dotted with stock ponds; grassy hills rising to uplands covered with sage brush and stands of pine; endless rail fences; attractive ranch buildings spread on both sides of the creek; and a row of canvas tents bordering the stream. Cattle graze among the cottonwood. A band of mares, some with spring foals, collects along the fence line. Nothing is missing from his romantic fantasy.

The ranch offers a range of accommodation with elegant rooms in the main Granite Lodge, rooms and lofts in a remodeled 19th-century barn, luxury canvas tents by the edge of the creek including the highly recommended Trapper tent and finally two larger log homes. Each style has been impeccably designed, and whilst of recent construction have that old feel. For a wilderness romance to the rhythm of the gurgling, trout-rich creek, couples should consider the Trapper Tent.

The attentive and competent staff clearly outnumber the guests;, they seem proud of the ranch and want guests to enjoy it to the fullest. In keeping with that goal the property includes virtually everything in one up front price. This encourages the guest to have a great time without keeping on eye on the tab. Even waders, life vests and coolers filled with local microbrews are included. Each guest gets a bicycle for personal use around the ranch. And one room in the barn is filled with cowboy paraphernalia for guests who would like to dress the part – no extra charge!!

A good description of everyday life would be cowboy culture without the dusty, uncomfortable bits. Guests can try barrel racing, trail rides, mountain biking, clay shooting and fly fishing. The kids can go on adventurous mountain hikes. There is even a paintball course for the trigger happy.

The surrounding communities are an important part of why The Ranch at Rock Creek is so special. Guests can enjoy visiting the nearby town of Philipsburg, with its sloping main street, charming shops, and intriguing architecture. If one chooses to explore beyond the boundaries of The Ranch, off-site guided trips can be arranged, along with golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Works Golf Course which is just a short drive from The Ranch

Once sated by the rigours of the day, retire to a suite or the soothing spa. Come sundown re-congregate with your fellow “city slickers” for some excellent ranch fare with local cuisine as prepared by chef Josh Drage (specialities include elk and bison). Guest eat together in the convivial dining room at round table that encourage socialising before meeting again for some good honest wilderness entertainment around the bar at the Silver Dollar Saloon – featuring a silver dollar studded bar and saddle-topped bar stools.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is a 1.5 hour transfer from local airports of Missoula and Butte. Transfer time is based on motorised transport and not by stagecoach!

Montana is renowned for it’s outdoor adventure possibilities, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing and mountain biking are just a few of the opportunities and with two beautiful national parks, Yellowstone and Glacier, the surroundings are guaranteed to be spectacular. Art galleries, ghost towns, hot springs, wildlife watching and cowboy ranches, Montana’s diverse landscape is just waiting to be explored!