Rixos Khadisha Shymkent
At a Glance
Best accommodation option in Shymkent
Convenient location in the centre of the city
Large spa offering a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments
Beautiful architectures, from the exterior into the interior
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Kazakhstan's Southern Desert enjoys the warmest climate in all of Kazakhstan, with temperatures often hitting 36°C during the summer months of June-August. The weather may get a little chilly during the winter months of December-February but it is noticeably warmer than the rest of Kazakhstan.
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Decorated in a neoclassical style, Rixos Khadisha Shymkent combines comfort and elegance in the heart of the city, offering fantastic views of the Shymkent cityscape.
Rooms are pleasantly designed and spacious, featuring a coffee machine and a flat screen TV. For dining, the Kazakhasia restaurant serves delicious Central Asian dishes, and the Olivia Restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine. The hotel also has a few bars, with the White Horse bar offering excellent cocktails and live music every weekend, and the Vita Bar concocting fresh fruit cocktails for the health-conscious guests.
The hotel has a wide variety of health services and facilities. They have a large spa, a Turkish hamam, and a vitamin bar. The hotel also offers aerobic and kick-boxing rooms. The fitness centre houses modern equipment for those wanting to keep fit as well as a swimming pool for a refreshing dip.
The 177 rooms and suites are well-furnished with a gorgeous views over the city. All rooms have air-conditions, a coffee machine and a flat screen LCD interactive TV. There is also a modern en-suite bathroom with heated flooring.
The hotel offers baby-sitting and child care services.
The hotel has a swimming pool, and seven massage rooms where guests can enjoy a range of services including Balinese massages. The Techno gym fitness centre has the latest equipment for those wanting to keep fit and saunas and steam baths are also available. For those interested in classes, the hotel has an aerobics and kickboxing room.
The hotel offers an excellent base to explore the Silk Road cities of southern Kazakhstan.
Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve
Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Aksu Zhabagly Reserve offers a stunningly diverse landscapes from semi-deserts to snow-capped peaks. It is also home for argali, deer, lynx, snow leopards, bears and many wildlife.
Baikonur Town & Space History
Glimpse into the past and future of space history at the Museum of History of Space Travels, Memorials of Outdated Spaceships and Protons, International Space School, Memorials of the Airplanes AN-12, I1-14 and where Yuri Gagarin and Korolev once lived.
Noah's Ark Day Trip
Believed to be the final landing site of Noah’s Ark during the Great Flood, you will visit Kazygurt mountain where the sacred stones of “Adam & Eve”, “Noah’s Breakfast Ark”, “Dastarkan” and animal stones can be found.
Discover Sayram, one of Kazakh’s oldest settlements including a visit to the Local History Museum, Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum and medieval minaret.
Twin Silk Road Cities: Turkestan & Otrar
Discover Silk Road history with a visit to Otrar including the Local History Museum, Arystan-Bab Mausoleum and Otrar archaeological site before exploring the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Hilvet underground mosque and Necropolis in Turkestan.
Best of Kazakhstan
Astana, Shymkent, Almaty & Altyn Emel
from £3500 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- Diverse terrain of Singing Sand Dune, Red & White Mountains and turqouise lakes
- Get up close to the nomadic Kazakh life at Sofievka ethno-village
- Be amazed by the billion-dollar metropolis of Astana, a city of the future
Location & directions
The hotel is a fifteen minute drive from the nearest international airport and close to attractions like Abay park, which is just across the street.
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