Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Ambassador Hotel
The closest Almaty comes to boutique, the Ambassador Hotel is an old-school property in the centre of the city with a limited number of rooms and some charm
Issyk Lake & Turgen Gorge
Hiking or biking amongst waterfalls cliffs and fir trees is the order of the day at Turgen Gorge a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Astra Hotel
The best-located business hotel in Almaty, with great extras.
Galerie Esthetique
Beauty brands galore at this chic beauty salon.
Lake Kapchagai
Legendary for it's outdoor parties, Lake Kapchagai rules the summers.
Ile River
Perfect for a lazy boat ride gazing at the steppes at they unroll to the horizon.
Alma Hotel
Sweet, simple and subtle, with delicious rooftop views.
Ile River Delta
A trip to the immense Ile River Delta might not be quick or cheap but it's certainly an unforgettable experience. Certainly it'll make you fall in love with the country hook line and sinker.
29 Bar
An all-in-one bar, with a great lunch menu and jam-packed party scene at night.
Zhailjau Golf Resort
Akzhol Travel
Great tour providers for those looking to get to grips with Kazakhstani culture.
Salta
Casanova
Rixos Royal Spa
Advantour
Krem Brûlée
Renowned for its delicious lunchtime baguettes, Krem also offers a scrumptious selection of mini pastries.
Caravanserai
Entrecôte
Unsurprisingly, steak is the speciality here, and it's excellent, as shown by the dozens of locals dining each day.
Bellagio
Offering a wonderful escape from the bustle of the city, Bellagio has introduced an exclusive Italian menu to Almaty.
Telli Café
The ideal spot for health fanatics, Telli offers a range of sensitive services.
Cream Café
With it's shaded terrace and Italian scooters, Cream Café's a tribute to the Med.
Kok Tobe
Phenomenal views await if you can make it up the holl to this playground wonderland.
Almaty Health and Spa Resort
An estate retreat not far from the city, with fabulous facilities.
Nurtau Golf Club
A professional club - Colin Montgomerie challenged the Kazakhstani President here in 2004.
Almaty Guide
Almaty guru Karlygash Makatova knows and translates everything cool about Almaty.
Lermontov Drama Theatre
This Russian theatre translates some Kazakh and English pieces, but focuses on Chekov et al.
Kasteev Art Museum
Art museum with a broad collection of Kazakh and Soviet art from the 1930s onwards.
Chaba Spa
Charyn Canyon
Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Charyn are a little smaller, but no less spectacular.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Delta Car
Mukanov/Musrepov Memorial
Memorial representing the works of several of Kazakhstan's literary behemoths.
Max Travel Star
Individual and weekend tours, with special emphasis on lake and fishing ventures.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Bali Spa Centre
Mukhtar Auezov House
A cultural hour or two at this famous playwright's preserved house.
WorldHotel Saltanat
Minimalist design hotel, packed with style. A favourite.
Shera Hotel
Local celeb hangout, with decent rooms a short break from the town centre.
Samal Resort
One of Hg2's top Almaty hotels, this luxury retreat ticks all the boxes.
Rixos
The Rixos has to be one of the best hotels in Almaty, with some truly incredible features.

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