Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Zhailjau Golf Resort
Track Tourism
Mountain climbing specialists, with an extensive photographic collection of Almaty.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Stan Tours
Turkmenistan tour specialists.
Silk Road Adventures
High-powered exploration, with hang-gliders and helicopters on hand to show off the steppes.
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?
Rixos Royal Spa
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Nurtau Golf Club
A professional club - Colin Montgomerie challenged the Kazakhstani President here in 2004.
Medeu Skating Rink
Skating has such romantic connotations - crisp skies, frosted breath and red cheeks - all come to life at Almaty's Medeo ice stadium.
Max Travel Star
Individual and weekend tours, with special emphasis on lake and fishing ventures.
Lake Kapchagai
Legendary for it's outdoor parties, Lake Kapchagai rules the summers.
Kolsai Lakes
Ever wanted to sleep in a yurt, wake up to views of a sparkling shimmering lake and spend the day riding to your heart's content? Here you are then.
Kazakh State Circus
The performers here are amongst the best riders in the world, and their astounding stunts are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping at the start of your evening.
Kan Tengri
Eco-friendly tour company with a deservedly stellar reputation.
Jibek Joly
Specialists in excursions - Charyn Canyon and Turgen Gorge.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
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.
Int’l Jazz Fest
High calibre, traditional jazz is on the cards at this festival.
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.
Ile River
Perfect for a lazy boat ride gazing at the steppes at they unroll to the horizon.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Galina Kosjakova
She can fly! Balloon trips with a female pilot.
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
Eagle Hunting
The most exhilarating (legal) experience in Kazakhstan.
Delta Car
Charyn Canyon
Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Charyn are a little smaller, but no less spectacular.
Chaba Spa
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Big Almaty Lake
A great spot for being at one with nature - and huge amounts of water.
Bali Spa Centre
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Asanov Shooting Club
Have a go at marksmanship, with displays and contests to whet your appetite.
ArtBatFest
An interactive art festival, ArtBatFest is a great place to wander for flashmobs, photography exhibitions and experimental theatre.
Arial Golf Club
A decent club for beginner or junior players, with reasonable prices to match.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
Aquarius Wellness Club
Ultimate bliss at the Royal Tulip Hotel, with a great gym, hammam, and extensive beauty treatments.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.

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