This little oasis, located a kilometre off the busy Al-Farabi Avenue, is all about R&R. There are a number of facilities and activities available – including a large indoor pool with sauna, billiards, bowling, basketball and paintball – but less active types should be content to enjoy the beautiful wooded setting and fresh, mountain air. There are two hotels on-site – an old-school property and a newer building, with rooms in the latter providing a more pleasant experience. Rooms here are smart and spacious with small but perfectly-formed bathrooms, and several are themed: the Kazakh room has a charmingly detailed yurt-style seating area complete with traditional carpet, shanyrak light and brightly-coloured blankets; English visitors may be interested to see the Old English room, which translates here as chintzy linens and ornate furniture; and for something a little more exotic there are Moroccan, Japanese and Eros rooms, too. During the warmer months guests can take further advantage of the idyllic setting and enjoy lunch on the outdoor restaurant.