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
Galerie Esthetique
Beauty brands galore at this chic beauty salon.
29 Bar
An all-in-one bar, with a great lunch menu and jam-packed party scene at night.
Akzhol Travel
Great tour providers for those looking to get to grips with Kazakhstani culture.
Salta
Caravanserai
Telli Café
The ideal spot for health fanatics, Telli offers a range of sensitive services.
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.
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.
WorldHotel Saltanat
Minimalist design hotel, packed with style. A favourite.
Samal Resort
One of Hg2's top Almaty hotels, this luxury retreat ticks all the boxes.
Favor
A little hidden but well-worth the search, Favor does steaks like nobody's business.
Alasha
A charming Uzbek offering, complete with lush carpets and shisha room.
Sadu
With a chic interior sophisticated menu and health-promoting juices this boutique / restaurant combo is a wonderful place to visit for lunch.
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Shymbulak
OK, so you'll undoubtedly have experienced more challenging skiing, and you will almost certainly be used to better facilities, but how often do you get to ski in Central Asia?
Stan Tours
Turkmenistan tour specialists.
Jibek Joly
Specialists in excursions - Charyn Canyon and Turgen Gorge.
Kan Tengri
Eco-friendly tour company with a deservedly stellar reputation.
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Aquarius Wellness Club
Ultimate bliss at the Royal Tulip Hotel, with a great gym, hammam, and extensive beauty treatments.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Ajar Stud Farm
Hacking on purebred Arabian horses - less highly strung steeds available for the timid.
Asanov Shooting Club
Have a go at marksmanship, with displays and contests to whet your appetite.
Via del Mondo
A loving selection of the best and rarest wines and fine cigars.
Shock
A treasure trove of Sauvage sale pieces, this is one for those who are more max-it than plastic, and looking for bargains.
Telli
An on-site homeopathic pharmacy complements the high end skincare brands at Telli.
Meha
French and Italian outerwear, with a popular summer sale.
Hediard
Expensive little tidbits and gourmet foodstuffs on offer at this pricey deli.
La Riya
Sexy and feminine, La Riya offers bold designs for the modern woman.
Lutece Wine Gallery
Regular free tastings and reasonably priced wine make this a popular stop.
Mega Centre
The biggest selection of Western brands in Kazakhstan, alongside local chains, makes this a popular mall.
Ganni
A wide range of excellent carpets, sold by an experienced and helpful trader.
Erbol
Hand-made carpets, brought to wherever is most convenient.
Four Rooms
Chic concept store selling beautiful Italian clothes and accessories.
Bacchus Winery
Wine tours and tastings from these experienced manufacturers.
Assia
The perfect boutique for picking up quality gifts.
Azat Akimbek Gallery
A stunning collection of art and antiques lie in this gallery, covering years of history.

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