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.
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
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.
Laelia Spa
This new spa has all you could wish for (except a pool).
Advantour
Tour agency providing comprehensive itineraries.

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