Destination Known: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Gist: Touted as the next Dubai, Almaty is a city that is fast flourishing into a sparkly newly-sewn metropolis. The destination is s far eastern city that was the capital of Kazakhstan but now serves as a commercial hub. It’s name translate into “full of apples,” because it is believed that the apple tree originates from Almaty. This is the chance to see this fledgling city before it becomes a formidable urban center.

Fly Fact, Vol. 116

It’s curious to think that without a little rust, Uluru wouldn’t be red at all. This extraordinary rock formation rears abruptly from the heart of Australia’s dusty, russet desert and famously glows a fiery orange-red, especially at sunset. As you hike round the base of what’s probably the world’s largest monolith, think also about Uluru being made up of arkosic sandstone. This acquires its distinctive reddish hue when exposed to oxidation and the iron in the arkose rusts. So what color would this iconic, vivid chunk of rock be without a little chemical decay? A dismal, rather dull grey.

Check-In: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Arizona

Rich, green landscapes and glorious mountain ranges surround this hidden gem and create a beautiful and relaxing environment.  Guests can continue this relaxation at the resort’s serene hacienda-style spa and salon that offers numerous unique treatments and techniques.  Or, if being outdoors is more their style, Tubac Resort has an amazing 27-hole championship golf course (where “Tin Cup” was filmed), in addition to activities such as horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching, cave exploring, and more!  There is also an 18th century mission-style wedding chapel that was voted Best of Weddings in 2011 by The Knot.  Minutes from this pet-friendly hotel is quite an eclectic assortment of fine dining, art galleries, wineries, and boutique shops.  The resort offers many other amenities as well, like a state-of-the-art fitness center, beautiful pool area, in-house restaurants, and babysitting!

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