Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve
Birds of many kinds of feather flock together in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve and it is worth going for them alone, though also watch out for rare antelope.
Radisson Blu
Russian Drama Theatre
Museum of Modern Art
Central Mosque
Sadu
Portofino
Line Brew
Grillage
Favor
Alasha
Rafè II
Fantastic food and drinks on offer at the sleek café-cum-restaurant.
Rafè
Babyccinos, cakes, Princess Diana's biography - this place takes Anglophile to a new level.
Éclair
A great place to stop in the Left Bank for restorative afternoon tea and pastries.
Café Corso
Décor and clientele don't quite match at this chintzy little establishment with burly vodka slurpers propping up the bar. One for the brave.
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
Prestige Hotel
Eight individual rooms rule the roost at this boutique hotel, whose friendly staff make any staff. One of our top picks.
Rixos Royal Spa
Literally everything you could want in one place, many visitors end up booking into the hotel because they're too relaxed to leave.
Suntana Aquapark
With temperature-controlled sand flown in from the Maldives, relax here while gazing out at an ice-clad city.
Tulpar Horse Club
Riding lessons, followed by dinner in the on-site restaurant. Nomadic bliss.
Nomadic Travel
This tour agency specialises in homestays with local families.
Kokshetau National Park
Another National Park, Kokshetau is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and invigorating weekend.
Khan Shatyr Gym
Astana's sleek, modern and well-equipped gym, complete with running track.
Kazakhstan Sport Centre
Get your skates on at this large rink.
Keremet Banya
If you like your baths with company, this place offers a huge number of options.
Ishim River
Cross/ski down/swim in the iced-over river for a bracing morning.
Cross-Country
If you've ever been tempted to try your hand (or legs?!) at cross-country skiing then this could be the perfect opportunity; head out into the wilds for a proper adventure.
Daulet Tennis Complex
The top tennis facility in Kazakhstan, you can play to (imaginary) thousands on tournament courts.
Duman Centre
An oceanarium at the farthest possible point from the sea.
Ice City
Enormous ice sculptures of famous landmarks, with built-in slides. What's not to love?
Burabay National Nature Park
Located in the North of Kazakhstan, Astana is perfectly placed for exploring the steppe; head out for day trips (or longer) to beautiful national parks for walking and nature-watching.
Astana Golf Club
This 18-hole golf course is expensive, and all about the glam factor.
Akmola Tourist
Tour operator, which specialises in sanatoria, but has many other options.
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Keruen
From high end to mass market, there are brands at the Keruen to suit all tastes.
Khan Shatyr
The best shopping centre in Astana, head here for beach parties on the rooftop sand. Seriously.
Saryarka
More manageable shopping at this smaller venue, though decent brands are still available.
Central Park & Ishim River
Wander around the statues in this huge park, and take your time exploring.
Uspensky Cathedral
The city's main cathedral, the Upensky is an impressive sight.
Palace of Independence
See the city in miniature with the Palace's model of Astana.

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