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For travellers who love to mix luxury with a sense of adventure, a stay in an Almaty
hotel is ideal: all the indulgence of a top hotel, with a fascinating city at your doorstep
and magnificent Central Asian landscapes just beyond. The city itself is a mix of modern
Kazakh bustle, old-world Russian charm, and cosmopolitan glitz. With its Silk Road
history it has a legacy of economic and cultural exchange, and today's Almaty takes up
this mantle. As a commercial hub it offers great shopping, and with its mix of influences
you won't be hard pressed to find interesting entertainment and experiences. Here are
some ideas to make your itinerary sparkle!
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Night at the Opera
Centrally located on Kabanbai Batyr Street and easy to find - the staff at your Almaty
hotel will be able to direct you if you're unsure - the Abay State Opera and Ballet Theatre
is the jewel in Almaty's cultural crown. With all the glamour that you'd expect from a
night at the opera, this venue also offers the opportunity to see something you might not
get at the Met or Royal Opera House. Kazakh operas, including Abylay Khan and Abay,
are often performed; you can also catch the Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, or
ballets from Russia. As well, you can see many Western classics here. Fully restored in
2000, it lays claim to the title of largest theatre in Central Asia and attracts performers
from all over. Several evening performances are held weekly.
Among the kinds of museums you might expect - the Central State Museum, the
Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Museum are all worth a visit - are some
more unusual gems. Tucked away in Panikoy Park, within easy walking distance of
many a top Almaty hotel, the Musical Instruments Museum exhibits many traditional
and folk instruments. But what makes it truly special is that many of the guides are
competent musicians and often stage mini-concerts for visitors. On Kabanbai Batryr
Street, you'll find the Book Museum, which, with its collection of rare manuscripts,
books and printing plates, offers a fascinating glimpse into Kazakh literature and the
role old Almaty played in the trade of knowledge along the Silk Road. Car-lovers
shouldn't miss the unique Retro Car Musuem on Zhandosova street.
As you send your way back to your Almaty hotel from a day of exploring, passing
through Zelyony Bazaar you may notice the city's fortune tellers rolling and sorting
beads on their cloth-draped tables. For many, this is both an age-old family tradition
and an important livelihood; so whether you are curious about your own future or
simply interested in local spiritual customs, a visit to one of them is sure to be an
Looking for an Almaty hotel? Roberta Stuart is the Travel Manager for World Hotels,
a company offering the best rooms at an Almaty hotel and a selection of unique and
four and 5 star hotels in Almaty around the world.