Luxurious holidays, sultry spas and rock ‘n’ roll resorts – no matter what you’re looking for in a holiday, the Karma Group of hotels have it all. The international travel and lifestyle brand is not just about delivering a fantastic holiday, but a whole lifestyle experience you’ll never forget.
As the package holiday is becoming a thing of the past, holidaymakers are now looking for something quite unique when they jet off, rather than just a flop and drop getaway in a seaside destination, as appealing as that sounds!
Karma offers plenty of choice, depending on your holiday wants and needs – all of which can be met in its hospitality brands, Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Estates, Karma Sanctum, Karma Beach, Karma Spa and Karma Boutique. Whether it’s a romantic escape, family-friendly fun or a non-stop party you’re after, there’s a holiday for you. Entertainment is at the heart of Karma’s ethos, offering top-quality music, shows and performances as standard at many of their resorts.
Karma has resorts in over 30 locations spread over four continents, offering extraordinary experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, such as Bali, Goa and Crete. With numerous travel awards and accolades under its belt, Karma Group has branched out and added three new resorts to its ever-growing portfolio.
Here are some highlights of the destinations that are new to Karma, together with a taste of Karma living at several of its resorts in these regions.
Things to do in Normandy France
Normandy is a captivating destination, rich in history and peppered with pretty towns and villages, with references to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at every turn. If you want to get away from it all and explore the beautiful countryside at your own pace, or get active and delve into the fascinating sights, Normandy is a perfect destination to enjoy either.
A highlight for visitors to this area is the spectacular Mont-Saint-Michel. The enchanting monastery, which sits just off the coast, is a breath-taking sight. The UNESCO World Heritage Site offers museums, a small parish church, and a spectacular abbey making it a place you just have to experience in person.
Another interesting place to visit is the Gardens of Giverny, where Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, lived and painted some of his masterpieces, such as his Water Lilies series. There are two gardens – a flower garden called The Clos Normand and a Japanese-inspired water garden, as well as the main house, which you can look around. If you want to get a real feel for how this important artist lived, it is a must-see.
The historic town of Rouen – and the capital of Normandy – has a rather intense past and is filled with interesting historical monuments, such as its beautiful Gothic cathedral. It is also famously where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in the central square in 1431.
In more modern times, during WWII, bombing raids devastated large parts of the city, but it has been restored and is one of the loveliest places to go for a day out.
You will have plenty to fill your day as there are a multitude of fascinating things to do in Normandy, France.
Karma Manoir des Deux Amants
Situated on the banks of the Seine in Normandy, Karma Manoir des Deux Amants, is a perfect resort to get away from it all. It is a picture of the French country idyll. Boasting beautifully manicured grounds that offer the ideal ambience for a leisurely stroll, as well as family-friendly amenities, it is an extraordinary holiday home. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool, a sensory shower, a children’s playground and a relaxing sauna. The spacious studios, one- and two-bedroom modern apartments include full or partial kitchens, flat screen TV and DVD player.
The location couldn’t be more perfect for exploring the surrounding countryside or sightseeing in the country’s cosmopolitan capital city, as Paris is just over an hour’s drive away.
Karma Résidence Normande
Karma Résidence Normande is an intimate and secluded slice of French country living. Get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet, with every room offering river-facing views over the Seine which only enhances the relaxing experience. The Résidence features amenities, including an outdoor and indoor pool, a fitness centre and free Wi-Fi access across the resort. The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are tastefully decorated, sleep up to six people and come with partial kitchens.
What to do in Tuscany
Seductive countryside, enchanting towns and cities, Tuscany offers many opportunities to see some of the most interesting places in Europe. The resort is perfectly-placed for exploring Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa and Florence, as well as the beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Viareggio, and Cecina, which are perfect for a day soaking up the glorious weather.
The historic city of Pisa, complete with its famous leaning tower makes for a great day out. Climb the 300 steps to the top and enjoy the view across the city, before heading down to take a fun picture next to the tower.
Art and culture are packed into every street, building and square of Florence. The likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many of their contemporaries created their masterpieces in Florence. A must-see for art lovers is The Uffizi gallery, which is a gem of a place filled with works by the likes of Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli and Mantegna.
Tuscan cypress trees accent dusky green hills, cut through with country byways and low stone walls. Hillside vineyards grow Sangiovese and Vernaccia in a region which has produced wine continually since the 8th century BC. Terracotta-hued villages fan out from gothic-era churches, and down their shaded laneways, a hungry traveller may find many an osteria or ristorante serving flavourful regional specialities. In the afternoon, the breeze carries the tang of the sea.
You can’t possibly visit Tuscany and not make the food and drink a big part of your holiday experience. Panzanella (bread salad), Ribollita (a bean and cabbage dish) and pasta of many varieties are typical of this area, all washed down with a glass or two of fine local wine. You’ll never be at a loss as to what to do in Tuscany the choice is endless.
And if you are looking for the where to stay in Tuscany, check out the resort below?
Where to stay in Tuscany
Karma Borgo di Colleoli
Located in the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside, Karma Borgo di Colleoli is a stunning historic building. It began life in the Middle Ages as a castle, then a sprawling manor house, which has been refurbished into a five-star luxury resort, surrounded by ancient olive groves.
The property’s former farm buildings have been transformed into several rustic studio, one- and three-bedroom apartments, all individually decorated. The large historical villa – the Karma Borgo di Colleoli Palace – offers 12 luxury suites, which revel in the heritage of the building.
Accommodation is equipped with TV and DVD, kitchen facilities, and air conditioning, with the suites boasting king-size beds and luxury finishes. The resort’s two superb panoramic swimming pools, are perfect for relaxing in and by, while the on-site restaurant and wine bar bring a perfect and lazy day to a close.
About Karma Group of hotels
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To book a stay at Karma Manoir des Deux Amants, Karma Residence Normande or Karma Borgo di Colleoli, please visit the Karma Group of hotels for more information.
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