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Top 50 Adventures
We’ve scoured the globe to compile our ultimate list of adventures. From helicopter rides to the top of the world to nocturnal glow-in-the-dark diving in the Indian Ocean, there’s something to suit all explorers
Global Scavenger Hunt
The ultimate adventure is heading out into the unknown, which is exactly what the Global Scavenger Hunt entails. Participants will embark on an around the-world trip, without knowing where they’re going until they arrive.
The event encourages travelers to be creative, resourceful and intuitive, because there’s a series of scavenger activities to complete while you compete against other global travelers, all striving to win the coveted World’s Greatest Travelers trophy. The event is life-changing – not only for the participants, but also for those they help along the way: The trip
includes volunteering opportunities such as the building of elementary schools in places of need. Previous events have seen the construction of ten schools in Kenya, Ecuador and India.
Be one of the first to charter the magnificent, 237ft Cloudbreak, a brand-new explorer yacht designed by world-famous Espen Øino with a Christian Liaigre interior. Perfect for those with an adventurous spirit,
Cloudbreak comes equipped with myriad tenders and toys enabling guests to get out and explore. Jump into the custom Bell 429 Global Ranger to head up the slopes for unbeatable heli-skiing (the yacht even comes equipped with a ski room), or surf the yacht’s namesake Fijian surf spot, just south of Namotu Island.
One of the most famed saltwater fly-fishing destinations in the Indian Ocean, the Alphonse Group gives you the chance to perfect your fishing technique in idyllic, peaceful surroundings. It’s also one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries in the world and offers rare and thrilling experiences for fishermen.
The uninhabited St François Atoll is approximately 7 miles long and 4 miles wide, consisting of firm, white-sand bottoms and interlaced with channels and cuts. What makes St François a truly unique destination is that fishermen can wade through more than 10,000 acres of hard, white-sand flats in search of the various species – a typical day of fly-fishing involves wading away from the skiff for a few hours. A limit of 12 anglers a day ensures exclusivity. Hunting for giant trevally is one of the most exhilarating forms of fly-fishing, considering this formidable fish can weigh in excess of 150lb.
Our final adventure is the final frontier: space.
Only about 550 people throughout human history have visited space and had the profound experience of looking at the whole world from above. Many astronauts have waxed lyrical about the trip transforming them and enriching their lives.
Virgin Galactic is pioneering an innovative project to bring space travel to a wider market.
The company is developing commercial spacecraft with the aim of providing suborbital spaceflights to aspiring space tourists. Virgin Galactic believes that our understanding of space can benefit life on earth and contribute to human advancement.
Often named as one of the world’s most unforgettable courses, Sedona Golf Resort is a paradise for golf enthusiasts. The exhilarating 6,646yd, par-71 course provides jaw-dropping vistas, and the resort’s 10th hole, with red-rock views and fast bentgrass greens, is the most photographed in the Southwest. Coiling around the unmistakable red rocks of Sedona, each hole brings a unique challenge.
L’Auberge de Sedona, on the banks of Oak Creek, is a sublime base from which to explore the area. The Creekside is a private sanctuary just steps from the creek, with a large terrace to enjoy the surrounding nature.
World’s Biggest Cave
Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, is a relatively new addition to any adventurer’s bucket list – it was discovered only in 2009. Hang Son Doong is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience: it is so vast, it has its own weather system, underground clouds, river and jungles.
Entry to the cave is limited to a strict maximum of 224 visits per year, so access is extremely competitive. Remote Lands offers a private excursion to Hang Son Doong with a 262ft vertical drop into the cave that brings you to the first colossal passage. You’ll cross an underground river taking you to the enormous stalagmite formation known as the Hand of Dog. You’ll pass immense boulders that are straddled by cliffs more than 600ft high and marvel at the world’s largest jungle within a cave, known as the Garden of Eden.
A favorite location for snow-sport enthusiasts, Verbier is just as stunning in the summer months. The perfect Alpine getaway, The Lodge offers an abundance of invigorating outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, rock climbing and canyoning (climbing and jumping down a waterfall and riverbed of icy-cold meltwater) and mountain biking.
For the free birds, witness the almighty sites of Verbier from above by paraglider. See the Matterhorn in one direction and Mont Blanc in the other as you soar through the sky. This activity is available as a tandem flight, allowing you to kick
back and take in the spectacular scenery, or you can take a course and go solo.
Perched high in the Swiss Alps, The Lodge is an ideal location for an active family adventure. The chalet is spread across five floors and features beautiful en-suite bedrooms, suites, master suites and a kids’ bunkroom, Michelin-star-trained chefs, spa therapists and custom-made activities for children - known as The Lodge Rangers.
The immense beauty of St Lucia is best seen from above. Gaze below at the treetops, lush vegetation and flowing rivers as you glide through the open air on a zip line. The Ladera resort offers two zip-line adventures: one flying through the rainforest, and the other a high-adrenaline zip under the Petit Piton. Both offer outstanding views.
If you want to admire the island’s astonishing scenery while on solid ground, the Ladera resort is perched 1,100ft above the Caribbean Sea and offers dramatic views of the Piton Mountains. The unique resort fully utilizes its natural surroundings – each of its 32 suites has an open wall, meaning that the west side of each is left open to expose the awe-inspiring scenery while preserving complete privacy. The Heritage Suite offers views of the Pitons, situated within a World Heritage Site, and the open-air master bedroom lets you wake up to the same breathtaking views.
Japan’s cherished sport is steeped in ancient traditions, many of which are still practiced to this day (including salt purification). Sumo wrestlers’ lives are tightly disciplined, with many required to reside in communal sumo training stables where every aspect of their daily routine is decreed by strict rules.
Palace Hotel Tokyo’s Grappling Tokyo package offers an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of this traditional sport. Your personal guide, a sumo sports broadcaster, will show you the sacred Ryōgoku Kokugikan arena and the sumo wrestlers’ stable (depending on season) before witnessing the mighty warriors in action at a sumo-wrestling tournament.
Stay in the hotel’s crowning Palace suite, with a spacious living area and sumptuous furnishings.
Art of the Ninja
The art of the ninja is one of Japan’s most intriguing ancient disciplines. A ninja’s role began as a secret agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. Over time, their specialized skills became the stuff of legend – walking on water, invisibility and controlling natural elements.
While you might not be able to stop the rain from falling, you’ll learn extraordinary skills with a martial arts lesson from one of Japan’s most legendary sensei. This master has a karate dojo in Tokyo’s smartest neighborhood, where influential fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and other martial arts legends train. You’ll study and handle a variety of ninja weapons, including throwing stars and blowguns, and practice ninja techniques like stealth steps, hardened hands and the so-called inner eye.
This 10-night trip from Tokyo to Kyoto also explores Japan’s sensational landscapes and fascinating culture, including sumo wrestling, meditation and the Kyushu tradition of being buried up to your neck in warm, volcanic sand.
An invigorating way to let off steam, Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is Thailand’s full-contact combat sport and an excellent release from daily pressures. The Anantara Layan Phuket Resort has its own Muay Thai ring, where guests can partake in grueling sessions with expert instructors who offer classes to suit all ages and abilities.
After a sparring session, rest your well-worked muscles in the resort’s newly designed two-story residences, surrounded by lush greenery and idyllic lotus ponds. The exclusive accommodations have been designed to give guests the space, freedom and privacy to fully indulge in the island lifestyle, and they include media entertainment and spa rooms, as well
as elegantly furnished master bedrooms, lounges and dining rooms that open onto the outdoor decks. A 21ft infinity pool offers exceptional panoramic views across the serene Andaman Sea. Each residence has a live-in butler to cater to your every need.
Be like Bond
James Bond, the iconic not-so-secret agent, is famed for his exhilarating escapades, chasing villains in elegant vehicles and using state-of-the-art gadgets in incredible locations.
Experience a breathtaking trip on a private speedboat as you hurtle down the River Thames and see London from a new perspective. Set off on a motorbike tour through London’s twisting streets and secret alleyways, have a shaken-not-stirred martini in the iconic Dukes Hotel (often visited by Ian Fleming himself) and experience a number of historic locations, including the Queen’s official country residence, Windsor Castle.
The final stop of the itinerary is the grand Stoke Park, location for two Bond movies: Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies. The majestic country-house hotel is set within 300 acres of rambling green countryside, and a number of scenes from both films were shot within its opulent interior.
Be one of the privileged few people in the world to visit the center of the vast white continent at the lowest point on earth, the South Pole. Largely untouched, this rarely seen terrain is a surreal place almost beyond imagination.
White Desert is the brainchild of three explorers. After being stuck in a tent in the middle of a 1,150- mile traverse, they decided to bring a luxury, eco-friendly camp – one that moves location depending on Antarctica’s daylight hours and is
solar- and wind-powered.
The trip includes treks to ice tunnels, rock climbing and rappelling in the white wilderness, as well as the rare chance to stand among emperor penguins during their 6,000-strong march to the sea.
Chile by Explora
Chile has some of the most dramatic – and most varied – scenery on earth.
This 11-day tour begins in San Pedro de Atacama where you’ll experience the dramatic Atacama Desert, surrounded by immense volcanoes, snowcapped peaks, geysers, pre-Inca fortresses and shimmering salt lakes. The altitude and dry
atmosphere make the skies incredibly clear – perfect for stargazers. Learn all about the planets, stars and galaxies with world-renowned French astronomer Alain Maury.
You’ll be staying at the Hotel Salto Chico, one of the finest establishments in Chile, with spectacular surroundings overlooking Lake Pehoé and the formidable granite peaks of the Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia. Head off on a full-day hike around the Grey Glacier, where you’ll see beautiful icebergs, rivers, gorges and forests.
Arctic Explorer by Private Train
Travel above the Arctic Circle in pursuit of the sensational northern lights, or aurora borealis, while cozily aboard the luxury private train Golden Eagle.
The 12-day itinerary begins in St Petersburg and heads north to the Arctic Circle, where a guest astronomer teaches you about the northern lights. Take a tour of the unique Snow Hotel, with its igloo-esque rooms that glow blue in the night, and ride a dogsled behind a team of huskies.
Back in your elegant, spacious cabin, you’ll move through Russia and board the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker, hop on a hovercraft and skim over to Kizhi Island’s Unesco-listed open-air museum.
Dine in the Sky
For the adventurous gourmand, High Altitude Dining at the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler offers an unforgettable experience.
Once you’re suitably kitted out in a Canada Goose jacket and Sorel boots, take in the panoramic alpine views as your private helicopter soars to the remote Pemberton Icecap glacier, where you’ll explore a 12,000-year-old labyrinth of mystical chambers and aqua-blue splendor. As you witness the spectacular scenery, you’ll gather a key ingredient
for your imminent cocktail session: pure glacier ice. The resort’s lead mixologist will then create a signature specialty among the outstanding beauty of Whistler’s mountain peaks.
Following your once-in-a-lifetime cocktail hour, executive chef Eren Guryel will prepare an unforgettable dinner with locally sourced ingredients and premium-cut meats, all paired with custom cocktails that complement each dish.
Take a cross-country tour across Lapland and out to the Arctic Ocean on rapid Lynx Xtreme snowmobiles with former Formula One champion Mika Häkkinen.
Flying into the heart of Finnish Lapland, the bespoke expedition is catered around how much you wish to drive each day. A circular route is organized for you, as well as a plethora of exhilarating activities, including dog mushing, glacier hiking and iceberg climbing. Through it all, you’ll have a trained survivalist as your personal guide, who will teach you to build an igloo and ice shelter to ward off even the harshest of climes, and then ice fish with the region’s Sami people. Depending on when you visit, there’s also the chance of seeing the epic northern lights.
If you find your self-built igloo a little too chilly to spend the night in, your luxury accommodation offers relief from the cold, as well as a New Nordic-style trained chef who will prepare delicious campfire meals.
Learn the secrets of a champion skier – a triplemedalist champion, to be precise. During the exceptional weeklong trip in L’Apogée Courchevel, you’ll receive expert advice from Florence Masnada, double Olympic medalist, World Championships medalist and 15-time French champion.
Florence will share her precious advice, including morning workouts, tips and exercises before breakfast, plus recovering exercises, discovery and/or development of skiing in powder snow and ski touring, as well as talks about high-level sports.
Warm up in the penthouse, featuring its own fireplace, media room, rooftop hot tub and private butler. When you’re ready to hit the slopes again, you can do so with ease – this is a ski-in/ski-out property.
Omakase is a Japanese word that translates to “I’ll leave it up to you,” and that’s exactly what this experience involves. The Viceroy Snowmass spreads this mantra throughout your visit, creating an adventure designed especially for you. From experiences to check off your bucket list, to relaxation and wellness services, guests receive a curated itinerary with a few thoughtful surprises on the way.
One memorable experience offered is paragliding. You’ll take a chairlift or gondola up to the top of the mountain, be hooked to a tandem pilot and ski right off the mountain to soar through the air.
Other exceptional activities on offer are Krabloonik dogsledding, a Cloud 9 snowcat trip and winter hot-air ballooning.
Set in a remote valley surrounded by 3,000ft peaks, Deplar Farm is a unique resort that began life as a working sheep farm but was recently transformed into the ultimate luxury retreat.
Thrill-seeking guests can heli-ski from the mountaintops right down to the ocean’s shores. The heli-skiing package includes a private concierge and full guide service. Other activities on offer are sea kayaking, ski touring and whale watching.
The secluded resort has a maximum capacity of 28 guests, and it features all the luxury amenities you’d expect, plus a few extras: library, steam room, indoor and outdoor saunas and hot tubs, helipad, private theater and saltwater outdoor pool.
One of Fiji’s most luxurious resorts, the Nanuku Auberge Resort has a Pure Adventure package featuring the top outdoor activities in Fiji. Highlights of the offer include a guided waterfall tour, a Fijian food safari and jet skiing on the sparkling waters of the surrounding isles.
Thrill-seekers can become better acquainted with one of the world’s most feared (yet misunderstood) creatures with a shark-diving trip and get close to bull, blacktip reef, grey reef and female tiger sharks. Stay at the Vunikau Penthouse and take in the extraordinary 180-degree panoramic views over Beqa Lagoon.
Coastal Photo Safari
Capture your adventure with a beautiful keepsake; the Coastal Photo Safari is an extraordinary experience that immortalizes the beautiful beaches of Southern California through a renowned photographer’s lens.
Celebrated photographer Aaron Chang is widely credited with pioneering modern surf and ocean photography, and he takes guests on a private journey to discover the heart and soul of Southern California through his work. Part photography lesson, part surf photo shoot, the activity embodies the spirit of San Diego’s surf culture.
Coastal Photo Safari is offered by the recently redesigned Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara. The resort offers all the luxury services and amenities you would expect from Four Seasons. Set among a lush acreage of beautiful hillsides, pretty gardens and fairways, it is nestled on the northern shores of the Batiquitos Lagoon, a protected wildlife sanctuary regarded as one of California’s most precious saltwater wetlands.
Brazilian Explorer Documentary
Renowned for its exotic wildlife, the Pantanal, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, is an immense natural region that is home to the world’s largest tropical wetland area. Its unique ecosystem hosts more than 242 species of fish, 650 species of birds, 110 different species of mammals and 50 species of reptiles, as well as the most exotic flora.
The Brazilian Explorer expedition gives you the incredible chance to get close to giant anteaters, toucans, caimans and jaguars – all while being recorded 24/7 by your very own film crew. There’s also the opportunity to swim with one of the most mysterious animals of Brazil, the green anaconda. The heaviest and one of the longest snakes in the world, the green anaconda is – thankfully – non-venomous.
The 12-day tour is designed by a team of experts and will take adventurers from São Paulo to Bonito, the ecotourism capital of Brazil. The trip includes driving, hiking and rafting through the epic wetlands of the Pantanal, as well as the one-of-a-kind chance to star in your own nature documentary.
Experience a unique underwater quest by snorkeling after dark at Baros Maldives. After the sun sets, head out onto the resort’s house reef to witness the sea creatures who only come out at night. The resort also offers a glow-in-the-dark snorkeling experience to uncover a hidden fluorescent world under the sea. Snorkelers will have specialized blue flashlights that illuminate the neon yellow, green and red colors of the indigenous underwater inhabitants.
Baros Maldives is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and the adults-only resort is a secluded haven. For ultimate privacy, stay in the 2,885 sq ft Baros Residence, hidden away from the rest of the island but with direct access to the beach and a dedicated butler on call 24/7.
The island of Eleuthera is a mystery to even the most seasoned travelers. A secluded area with welcome clichés of turquoise water, swaying palm trees and untouched white, sandy beaches, it is nearly 110 miles long but only a mile wide.
Eleuthera’s crystalline waters are home to a Bahamian culinary specialty: fresh conch. Under the expert guidance of The Cove resort staff, guests can explore the sparkling waters in search of this tropical shellfish. Embark on a private charter to spot the spiral shells and dive beneath the waters for your catch. After catching their conch, guests are escorted to a private beach where they will turn their freshly caught seafood into a delicious conch-shell ceviche.
Stay in The Cove’s oceanfront villa. Perched on a bluff and just a few steps from a private beach, the expansive three-bedroom villa offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, and it has every amenity available, including a private butler.
Champion Free Diving
Free diving is considered the most natural way to explore beneath the waves. Relying on the participant’s ability to hold their breath until resurfacing, free diving is an exhilarating but perilous experience if not performed correctly. Expert guidance is a must, so why not learn from a titleholder? Hanli Prinsloo is a recordholding free diving champion, as well as a passionate ocean conservationist and founder of the I Am Water charitable foundation. She personally teaches guests
how to free dive in the warm waters off Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, known as “the world’s aquarium” thanks to the incredible diversity of marine species there.
Each day begins or ends with a yoga session to prepare guests’ lungs and body for deep breaths and extended time underwater. Learn to control your breathing and slow your heart rate to free dive successfully, and swim alongside the ocean’s most magnificent creatures – dolphins, sea lions, whale sharks and jack fish.
Not for the acrophobic, this gorge swing at Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is 312ft long and 390ft above water, and you’ll be freefalling for 230ft before you even begin the stomach-churning swinging. The high wire is suspended across the gorge at a point where the width is 1,036ft. Wearing a harness, you’ll take a heart-stopping leap off the edge of the gorge,
freefalling before you begin to do your best impression of a pendulum.
When you’re back on solid ground, head to the nearby Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to immerse yourself in the essence of Africa. The lodge overlooks a waterhole that is visited by herds of elephants, buffalo, kudu and a range of birds.
Stay in the sunset-facing Safari Suite, set in a natural bush environment on the edge of Zambezi National Park.
The best way to get a bird’s-eye view of the earth below is from a balloon. Arrive by helicopter to Saint-Crépin in Mont-Dauphin for a hot-air balloon breakfast after soaring 4,000ft up into the atmosphere as the sensational landscape opens
up beneath your feet.
Experience incredible views of the Ecrins Massif and its famous summits, as well as the wellpreserved, century-old natural beauty of Queyras Regional Park and the tranquil Serre-Ponçon Lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in Western Europe. After gaining a literal and philosophical new perspective on the world, unwind at the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo. The belle epoque-style hotel dates back to 1886, and the 1,184 sq ft terrace of the Suite Carre d’Or provides unrivaled views of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, its gardens and the Mediterranean Sea.
Ker & Downey Africa’s 10-day exploration of the craters, treetops and beaches of Tanzania and Zanzibar merges the intense beauty and wildlife of the continent with unique, luxurious accommodations, including a 30-acre coffee farm
and a lodge nestled among boulders.
The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a Unesco World Heritage Site and an area of conservation. It’s also the location of exclusive treetop camp The Highlands. Stay in a remote domed suite with floor-to-ceiling windows offering expansive views of the crater and the incredible array of wildlife. Soak up the astonishing views at different vantage points as you trek down the immense crater. Once safely at the bottom, indulge in a bucket-list lunch under the trees of Ngorongoro, completely immersed in the African wild.
Top of the World
A trip to the North Pole is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
To start this truly unique adventure, you’ll fly in a private plane to Russian research station Barneo. You’ll land on the 3,280ft-long runway on top of the polar ocean, where you’ll hop onto a helicopter. From there, you’ll fly up to “the top of the world,” or the North Pole, and be rewarded with astonishing panoramic views of the striking landscape, knowing that it’s a sight only a few people have been lucky enough to see.
Embrace the extreme solitude and isolation of the most unique place on earth, while keeping your eyes peeled for polar bears.
Become a Guide
On this remarkable family adventure to Tanzania, you and your children can learn how to guide like a professional. The full itinerary goes from Nomad Tanzania’s Entamanu and Alex Walker’s Serian Camp to Baraza in Zanzibar, and will leave the whole family - from children to grandparents - in awe.
While being led by award-winning safari guide and the owner of Alex Walker’s Serian, you and your family will learn how to track like bushmen from Alex Walker himself. You’ll track and hunt with the last remaining Hadzabe bushmen and learn about the behaviors of animals from insects to elephants. Drive a jeep across the Serengeti plains, camp under the
stars and get acquainted with Africa’s Big Five – the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros.
Earth’s highest mountain is a must-have on any adventurer’s bucket list, but even a seasoned mountaineer would struggle to climb all eight famous peaks in one hit. Steppes Travel provides an unmissable experience to swoop down over Everest and the other peaks, all from the luxury of a private helicopter. A private tour guide who has personally climbed Everest will share valuable information on this exceptional country and take you for an unforgettable breakfast
viewing of Everest after a tour over the Khumba Valley.
As well as close-range viewing of the eight peaks, there are marvelous experiences to be had on the ground, including visits to Sherpa communities to admire prized yaks and a trip to the wondrous ancient temple complex of Boudhanath, a Unesco World Heritage Site and the largest stupa (a place of meditation) in Nepal.
This extraordinary expedition takes in not only the most remote areas of jungle in South America but also offers the unique opportunity to check off two world-first experiences.
Travel by private light aircraft from Guyana’s capital Georgetown through the western Guyanese rainforest to the Potaro-Spiaruni region, home to the Kaieteur Falls. Kaieteur is the largest single-drop waterfall in the world, and this expedition offers the exclusive opportunity to become the first person ever to enter the cave behind the falls, which is thought
to be home to thousands of swallows. The trip also gives guests the chance to rappel from the prow of Mount Roraima on the Venezuelan border. You’ll descend 1,500ft to the jungle floor – a feat that has never been achieved before.
Australia’s unique wildlife is most active after dark, so One&Only Wolgan Valley’s nocturnal wildlife and stargazing tour is the perfect opportunity to see some of the less common animals as they emerge from their burrows, nests, trees and hollows. Your private guide will share extensive knowledge of the reserve and ensure you’re in the best place to spot possums, wombats, gliding marsupials, owls, kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos.
On clear nights, the tour includes an informative look at the Australian night sky. Since the reserve is so remote, there are no competing lights from cities or towns to obstruct the view of the southern sky. Guests will see planets, stars and neighboring galaxies, as well as hearing a combination of mythology and star lore. Stay in the Wolgan Villa, an expansive space of pure indulgence in a private corner of the resort. It has a landscaped garden, private terraces and a swimming pool with stunning views of the valley.
Nicaragua’s first luxury countryside resort, Nekupe (meaning “heaven” in Chorotega, the language of a native tribe of Nicaragua) is set among a spectacular 1,300-acre nature reserve.
The intimate eight-room resort provides luxury ATVs to navigate the expansive miles of terrain and has a wide range of activities to entice adventurers of all ages. The Ñampu package offers shooting lessons, hiking to Mombacho volcano, sport fishing and an enchanting night around the fire pit with a storyteller. There’s also a remarkable opportunity to head off site with a Nekupe tour guide and sandboard down a volcano in Léon.
Push your fitness to the extreme with the North Face Zagori Mountain Run. The 26.2-mile mountain marathon trails through the striking landscapes of Tymfi and Zagori, and the awe-inspiring scenery is the perfect motivation to run through the challenging terrain. There’s also a 13-mile half marathon and a gentler 6.2-mile race, which is ideal for nature lovers. Ensure you’re in peak condition for the marathon by pre-training in the Zagori region, as offered by The Aristi Mountain Resort. This also provides an opportunity to view the exhilarating race even if you are not taking part.
The Aristi Mountain Resort is a tranquil sanctuary set among the rugged peaks of the western Greek mountains. This National Geographic Special Lodges of the World resort offers the unique experience of exploring a 13th-century cliff-top monastery that is only accessible with a special key from the hotel.
Majestic country estate Cliveden House offers adventures for the distinguished gentleman – from falconry with a real British lord, to learning to fly over Downton Abbey in a vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane.
Through high-end bespoke concierge service Humphreys of Henley, guests can experience a truly unique adventure in the expansive countryside. Learn the noble art of falconry and the royal etiquette of game shooting with Lord Fermoy, and get acquainted with gigantic birds of prey, all while being privately chauffeured by helicopter through the beautiful
The luxurious hotel has a rich and decadent history. First acquired by the Manfield family in 1605, the opulent estate has hosted many famous faces during its 400-year history, including Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt and The Beatles - and was the location of Elite Traveler's May/June 2016 cover shoot. The Lady Astor Suite provides sweeping views of the
River Thames and is decorated with antiques, original works of art and exuberant ornamentation that dates from the reign of Elizabeth I.
Explore all the wonders that Scotland has to offer with a three-night luxury sailing adventure. A way to escape to and marvel at natural beauty, the bespoke trip delivers the best of Scotland’s dramatic landscapes – from exploring “Scotland’s last wilderness,” to the hauntingly beautiful lochs and sandy white beaches.
Ride off your sea legs on land by mountain biking through some of the world’s best single-track riding with sponsored Red Bull athlete and pro trials rider Danny MacAskill as your personal guide. Experience the island’s unspoiled backcountry, and discover the abandoned village of Skye (Danny’s birthplace) and the enchanting ridges and crests of the Torridon Giants.
Back on a different type of ocean vessel, get close to the residents of the Sound of Arisaig by sea kayaking. Because the area is a marine Special Area of Conservation, you’ll find a plethora of aquatic creatures such as seals, otters and even dolphins – and you can swim with enormous, but friendly, basking sharks.
Paws Up combines the best in luxury with remote, unspoiled wilderness that provides outstanding scenery. The deluxe accommodation – a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch set on a 10-mile sweep of the legendary Blackfoot River – is surrounded by timber-clad mountains, vast open spaces and immense horizons.
The resort is packed full of authentic ranch activities for all ages, but those looking for a thrill can go white-water rafting down the Alberton Gorge, which features Class III+ rapids, or float down the Blackfoot River in a raft or inflatable kayak.
Brand new for 2017, the resort has completed a luxurious tented camp along the Blackfoot River, built on stilts and cantilevered over the waters where Robert Redford filmed the iconic 1992 movie A River Runs Through It.
Perched nearly 9,850ft above sea level, on the curving rim of a great canyon, the five-star Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is the highest resort in the Middle East and the second highest in the world.
The soaring mountains are perfect for exploring, and a mountain-bike ride through Oman’s epic scenery is the best way to experience the cultural and historical points of interest, especially since you’ll have your own private guide to show you authentic local spots and share their unmatched knowledge of the area. The terrain is ideal for explorers, who can discover the labyrinth of narrow roads and visit the historic fortress Bahla Fort, situated at the base of the Jebel Akhdar
highlands, or head to the pottery souk in a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Located on the eponymous “green mountain” (al Jabal al Akhdar in Arabic), the resort is a secluded haven with luxury villas overlooking the vast canyon or tucked away in an exotic garden. The villas are furnished with authentic traditional Omani designs but equipped with state-of-the art technologies.
Wild West Wrangling
For adventurers looking for an authentic western experience, Smith Fork Ranch in Colorado is the ideal luxurious getaway. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the ranch is an extraordinary escape from your everyday life.
The ranch has access to 1.7 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness areas, and it offers horseback riding through the Rockies using old Indian trails that wind along ridges, peaks and valleys, through aspen groves and mountain streams. The ambitious rider can also try cattle and team penning.
Dining is complemented by glorious views, and in keeping with the authentic western experience, there’s a campfire breakfast, barbecue, trailside picnics and gourmet farm-to-table cuisine.
Due to open in June 2017, Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge is situated within the grounds of an eroded volcanic cone. The 67-acre Bisate site is made up of just six exclusive forest villas.
The lodge is in an elevated position giving sweeping views of nearby volcanoes, including mounts Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno, and is located close to Kinigi, in the Volcanoes National Park, home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla, golden monkeys, elephants and buffalo. Guests can embark on gorilla treks knowing they are contributing to the conservation of these curious creatures; Bisate believes that, through high-end ecotourism, guests are able to make a dramatic and far-reaching impact on the disappearing species and the entire ecosystem.
The generously sized villas are designed in keeping with traditional Rwandan structures. The spherical, thatched villas, with interiors of woven materials, offer breathtaking panoramas across a private deck toward Mount Bisoke.
Dorado Beach is considered one of the world’s finest kitesurfing destinations, with warm waters and consistent, year-round winds.
Goodwinds offers lessons for all abilities, from complete beginners to advanced kitesurfers. The company’s highly regarded instructors provide multi-day lessons for beginners, as well as freeride, freestyle, wave-riding and foil-boarding sessions for seasoned riders looking to perfect their technique and face new challenges.
Stay at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in a secluded area on Puerto Rico’s Caribbean coast, where conservationist Laurance Rockefeller first unveiled his eco-friendly private resort. The retreat preserves this legacy and incorporates Rockefeller’s environmental design beliefs – the property is a gold-certified Audubon Society Sanctuary, one of only 20 in the world. Covering 8,000 sq ft on the northern coastline, the Su Casa is the crown jewel of the resort and served as Clara Livingston’s cherished abode from 1928 to 1955. Guests can now experience the Spanish hacienda restored to its original 1920s splendor – with an expansive wraparound veranda overlooking the ocean, rising palm trees, immaculate gardens and private infinity-edge pool – and feel immersed in the surrounding nature.
Get up close and personal with the Bengal beasts of India in their natural habitat with a lavish safari. Situated on the edge of prime tiger-spotting territory in the vast Ranthambore National Park wildlife reserve, the Aman-i-Khás boutique hotel in Rajasthan offers a private excursion the national park to become acquainted with the exotic wildlife whilst on board an
open-top chauffeured jeep. The park - a former royal hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur - is now home to leopards, marsh crocodiles, tigers, jungle cats and sloth bears.
With soaring 20ft-high canopies, refined interiors and sunken marble bathtubs, this is camping at its most luxurious. Other amenities include a personal butler, a central outdoor fire pit and a spa offering massages, scrubs and facials.
Ride & Seek
Follow in the footsteps (or tire tracks) of Julius Caesar on a 1,820-mile cycling tour from London to Rome. The epic 33-day journey begins in London before riders head to the White Cliffs of Dover and cross the Channel into France by boat. The cycling route continues through France to the Champagne region and into the gastronomic hub of Burgundy. Riders then head past the picturesque Lake Geneva, Switzerland, and then over to Italy.
The path through Italy heads toward the striking northern lakes of Como and Maggiore, continuing up to the magnificent limestone peaks of the Dolomites. Riders then experience a well-earned breather with a descent down to Venice and along the Adriatic coast. After crossing the renowned Rubicon, once marking the boundary between Roman-controlled Italy and Cisalpine Gaul, the route heads inland through the rugged regions of Abruzzo and Molise, before heading to the finish line, Rome.
All accommodations throughout the route are handpicked based on the highest levels of luxury and comfort, and include one night in the biggest castle in Europe and another in a converted 17th-century convent in Rome.
For those who want an adventure of the transcendent kind, Exotic Voyages provides a grand 111-day spiritual
journey through Asia.
This unique opportunity spans 13 countries across Asia and the Middle East, and the expedition’s name, The Razor’s Edge, is inspired by W. Somerset Maugham’s 1944 novel, in which the protagonist travels overseas in search of a deeper meaning to his existence. At each destination, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the surrounding culture.
Highlights of the trip include visiting a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima, Japan, to see one of the country’s most iconic torii gates, which appears to float on water; forest bathing in Mount Gyejok in South Korea; a barefoot walk along an 8.5-mile red-clay trail and a Buddhist Baci ceremony in Laos that is not offered to tourists and is believed to offer health and protection.
The full itinerary covers Oman, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan. For those who can’t do all 111 days in one hit, Exotic Voyages offers smaller trips that can be taken over a period of time.
Explore the raw beauty of one of North America’s last frontiers, Baja California, on two wheels with EagleRider. A unique way to see the sights, your trip begins in Los Angeles and continues through the US/Mexico border at Tijuana to the tip of the peninsula at El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, and back again. You have the option to customize any part of the journey to
build the kind of tour you want while creating unforgettable memories en route.
Along the way, your personal chef prepares custom meals, and you’ll stay in luxury ranches, boutique hotels and five-star resorts. Other amenities include private cigar-makers, luxury fishing and yacht charters, private whale watching, private dune buggies and helicopter rides.
Soar through the sand dunes of Morocco on a motorcycle on the ultimate enduro riding trip. The Dakar-like trip is surprisingly family-friendly, since there’s an enduro riding expert on hand to provide specialist guidance and supervision throughout the journey. Wim de Cramer – who spends most of the year preparing his team for the Dakar Rally – provides
his expertise throughout your trip.
Starting with your first ride at the expansive sand dunes, you’ll continue with a 81-mile road-book warm-up, followed by a full-day trip of 136 miles and the grand finale: an exciting 186-mile off-road trip.
Italy in a Ferrari
They say you never forget your first time behind the wheel of a Ferrari, but busy city streets can hinder the driving experience. Truly enjoy the awesome roar of the latest model by embarking on a tour through Italy while seeing the best of the country’s beauty and culture.
The bespoke tour takes in the finest areas of Italy, from exploring the imposing Basilica of St Francis to seeing a sunset in Florence and navigating the steep hill towns and rolling vineyards. A private tour manager leads the way in an Alfa Romeo Giulia, offering assistance when you need it and discreetly melting away when you don’t.
After testing your driving skills with the twisting roads that lace the hills of Italy, simply leave your Ferrari at your luxurious hotel and find it cleaned and fully refueled the next morning.
Land Rover Defender Road Trip
Set off on the ultimate road trip with a custom-built Land Rover Defender, the most iconic vehicle for the adventurous. This bespoke 4x4 has been completely overhauled by Bowler Motorsport (famed for creating powerful, indestructible 4x4s for the Dakar Rally) and is designed to tackle any environment.
Trailblazing through France, Switzerland and northwest Italy, you’ll see the commanding snowcapped peaks of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso, as well as medieval castles and fortresses, including the 14th-century Castello Fénis and Castello di Verrès.
Momentum Adventure provide unrivaled access to Unesco World Heritage Sites and a wealth of one-of-akind activities, including hiking into the most remote areas of Gran Paradiso National Park and a surprise experience that only Momentum’s guides are legally allowed to perform due to the area’s protected nature.
You’ll then motorbike up to a secluded mountain lake near Gran San Bernardo, followed by a trip to abandoned Roman mountain passages that only you and your guide have exclusive access to. Here, you’ll find incredible hideaways built by master craftsmen in beautiful, remote locations.
The whole trip is professionally filmed, photographed and documented by the founder of Momentum Adventure, Matthew Robertson, giving you a one-of-a-kind momento from your trip of a lifetime.