Our Blog

In the coming weeks on our blog, we will cover a range of exciting topics, across three main areas:

- Tips and tricks for finding the perfect holiday – building on our information booklet
- Spotlights on great locations for luxury adventure – building on our guidebook content
- New ideas from the community – exploring the best new locations and insights raised

If you have any suggestions for topics that you would find helpful, interesting or informative, please just let us know and we will get on to it as soon as we can.


Escape London 2012 and Host Your Own UK Holiday Olympics in the South West

9:02 am in Blog by Rob Pendleton

For those of you who missed out on tickets, can’t stand the thought of the crowds, parking issues and military lock-downs, or just prefer   Find out more.

For those of you who missed out on tickets, can’t stand the thought of the crowds, parking issues and military lock-downs, or just prefer to participate in rather than watch activities: AdventureTemples think their new Adventure Butler Service in Cornwall (& Devon from 1st August) could be the answer to your Olympic sized difficulties. Get away and enjoy pure adventure activities including archery, canoeing, cycling, wild swimming, horse riding, shooting and sailing, all with the spectacular natural backdrop of the South West’s coasts and countryside. Less Olympic types in the family can also enjoy more cerebral or relaxing pursuits too, including geology walks, myth & mystery tours, massages and beach meditation – all the bases are covered. Choose from over 90 experiences for Mind, Body and Spirit on the Adventure Butler Service Menu now available from luxury Hotels, B&B’s, Apartments and Cottages across Cornwall & Devon. Decide the broad budget level that best suits your pocket – Bronze £30-45pp, Silver £45-60pp, Gold £60-100pp or Platinum £100-2000pp – and your Butler will do the rest. The holiday of an Olympiad awaits.

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A holiday in Cornwall doesn’t just mean Surfing! – Check out our inspirational ‘Adventure Butler’ experience-packages!

10:21 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

This month saw over 500 luxury cottages, B&B’s and boutique hotels across Cornwall offer our new‘Adventure Butler Service’. Perfec   Find out more.

This month saw over 500 luxury cottages, B&B’s and boutique hotels across Cornwall offer our new‘Adventure Butler Service’. Perfect for groups with disparate desires, the service sets up cliff walks with geologists, church tours with enthusiastic ecclesiasts and stately home visits with local historians: all from a menu of over 90 inspired experiences. Beyond the activities typical of a beach-break (which do, of course, appear on the menu), you can enjoy a meditational retreat, food foraging, or even a week long art course with a famous local artist. Our CEO Rob Pendleton explains: “Cornwall is about so much more than the bucket and spade. It is about great people who love the county and want to share it with others. It's about us giving visitors something special to take home: a new skill, a fun memory or just that relaxed vibe the Cornish exude. Our partners are passionate about Cornwall, what they do, and our butlers have the knowledge and contacts to make creating a great trip easy.” Example partners include Lau-ra Churchill, who offers meditational retreats both from her base in Hayle and out in the wonderful natural environment. Fine Artist, Tamsin Dearing, who joins guests at their cottage to teach graphite pencil portraiture. Bart Nicolaas Engelbertus, author of ‘7 step guide for resilience’, who delivers high impact stress relief and personal development courses and famous local artist Ashley Hanson, who delivers residential and day classes for people looking to master his eponymous ‘Colour and Coast’ style. Thankfully for those who have only just heard about the service, it isn’t too late. Guests can enjoy the benefit of an Adventure Butler wherever they stay. We will contact and invite accommodation providers into the network on our guests behalf. Half day activity sessions, including those mentioned above, start from £30-50 in a small group, and a little more for private tuition & guiding. The art-retreat with Ashley Hanson (24-28 Sep) costs from just £395pp – including materials, lunches and 5 full-days of on-location scene capture, studio time and intensive technical lessons.

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It isn’t too late to find a spectacular summer break in Cornwall, with our ‘Adventure Butler Service’

10:37 am in Blog, Uncategorized by Jessica Bradbury

In the last month, over 500 4 and 5 star cottages, B&B’s and boutique hotels in Cornwall have started offering our new Adventure Butl   Find out more.

In the last month, over 500 4 and 5 star cottages, B&B’s and boutique hotels in Cornwall have started offering our new Adventure Butler Service. On completion of their booking, guests receive an AdventureTemples menu with over 90 activities and experiences – from surfing to fine art classes; food foraging to rock climbing. Customers can book the very best the county has to offer, before they arrive, with the expert help of a sophisticated local network. Thankfully, for those who haven’t booked yet, or have only just heard about the service, it isn’t too late. Our Butlers are able to guide people to a great range of accommodation with late availability across the South West. And for others, whose chosen accommodation doesn’t formally offer the service yet; if you bring it to our attention, a Butler will make contact and bring the accommodation into our network, so guests can enjoy the benefit of an Adventure Butler wherever they stay. Rob Pendleton, CEO of AdventureTemples, explains: “We want everyone looking to enjoy a luxury summer stay in the South West to have the option of an Adventure Butler. Having someone friendly and knowledgeable, always just a phone call away, is a vital resource for making the most of your stay – especially if you haven’t booked everything yet. Don’t tell everyone, but due to popular demand, we have started to offer the service to visitors in Devon too, two months ahead of our projected September launch date. Being well-connected across the region means we can help when others can’t. Give us a try!” If you need any more persuading, why not check out what our Cornwall customers are saying about us already here? Pictures included!

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How to Find and Book the Perfect Holiday with Our New Practical, Free Mini-guide

9:47 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

There are lots of reasons people end up on underwhelming holidays. However, the good news is that, according to the experts in our luxury ad   Find out more.

There are lots of reasons people end up on underwhelming holidays. However, the good news is that, according to the experts in our luxury adventure travel community, almost all the common mistakes are preventable – with the right preparation or advice. Even better, with our community we have produced a new, free guide to help others to get it right for themselves, and offer free guidance and support too, online. So, what are the problems that holidaymakers feel spoil their holidays? Community founder, Rob Pendleton, explains. “The 10 most common travel pitfalls, according to our members, are: 1. I wanted excitement and adventure, but I got bed bugs and backpacker groups 2. I wanted to experience a country’s culture, but I ended up endlessly repacking and getting on a bus 3. I really wanted to try X, but with limited time off I couldn’t risk getting stuck for a week if I didn’t like it 4. I wanted ‘this’ holiday, but my travel partner wanted ‘that’ 5. I found a nice-looking hotel and crossed my fingers I would find something good to do locally 6. There was so much information on the internet that I didn’t know who or what to trust, so I guessed 7. I wanted to try something different this year, but I didn’t have time to research it, so I went back to somewhere I knew 8. The review sites said our hotel was 4/5, but they must have been written by someone with very different expectations 9. My hotel seemed like a bargain, but it just meant all the good activities were ridiculously expensive 10. I took a guidebook, but the information was very generic and out of date.” After interviewing hundreds of holidaymakers, and tourism professionals, Rob put together the AdventureTemples mini-guide, ‘How to find the perfect holiday’. This shares examples of why people fell into the 10 traps above, what they could have done differently, and details an effective, easy to follow process for booking the perfect holiday. If one or more of these problems has struck a chord; to get the mini-guide, simply register (free) on the community website. The site has over 300 useful discussion forums about activities, destinations and tourism hot-topics, with new travel stories every fortnight on our  ‘Luxplorers’ Blog. Or, for the very latest in Luxury Adventure Travel, follow @adventuretemple on Twitter and join their regular tweet-casts to speak with community founders and selected experts.

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Inspired Experiences, at Your Service with our New ‘Adventure Butler’ Service

1:14 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

We’re launching a new ‘Adventure Butler’ service this month, offering over 90 activities and experiences, designed to ma   Find out more.

We're launching a new 'Adventure Butler' service this month, offering over 90 activities and experiences, designed to make a good holiday, great. We're proud to be working in partnership with leading luxury holiday companies like Unique Home Stays and Blue Chip Holidays, alongside other boutique luxury accommodation providers, across the South West. Our AdventureTemples Butlers deliver a unique personal concierge service, offering guests a one-stop-shop for all their activity booking needs. With activities as diverse as surfing, wild food foraging, yoga, and a cookery class with a published chef: there is something to suit all tastes and ages, whatever the weather. On booking a luxury cottage, apartment or room, guests receive an AdventureTemples ‘Experiences Menu’, giving them the opportunity to choose from over 90 amazing, exclusive, tailor-made activities for body, mind and spirit. Steve Kessell, from VisitCornwall said: “I am thrilled AdventureTemples have decided to launch their unique service in Cornwall; it helps both the busy B&B, hotel and holiday home owners provide more for their guests, and increases business for the hundreds of passionate activity service providers who showcase the best of our region, making Cornwall such a fantastic place to take a holiday.” The ‘Adventure Butler Service’ will be available in 500, five and four star locations in Cornwall this Spring/Summer season, and is open for bookings from 18th May. We're set to expand to cover Devon and Dorset by the summer of 2013. So, come rain or shine, there are no excuses: luxury holidays in the UK can be packed full of inspirational experiences, by your very own ‘Adventure Butler’; call or email us to start planning!

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Everything’s Rosy in Morocco this May

1:15 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

Forget the Chelsea Flower Show, for the sweetest smelling floral festival on the planet, head to El-Kelaa Des M’gouna (Valley of the R   Find out more.

Forget the Chelsea Flower Show, for the sweetest smelling floral festival on the planet, head to El-Kelaa Des M'gouna (Valley of the Roses), Morocco, in mid May. There, visitors and locals alike are showered with petals at the three-day Festival of Roses. Timed to coincide with the harvest, it can be tricky to guess which days to plan a visit, we've have been tipped-off that it will be 4/5/6th May this year - so now is the time to book, before word spreads! Those lucky enough to witness the celebrations will watch in heady-scented awe, as literally tonnes of rose petals are taken from the fields to the factories in town, to produce precious rose oil or pure rose water, used in perfumeries and kitchens across the world. Dancing, music, street performers and delicious cuisine will make this luxury adventure holiday unforgettable, and one where images will flood back every time you see or smell a rose. Stay in nearby Ouarzazate, at 5* Berbère Palace or 5* Le Temple Des Arts, to unwind in the lap of luxury. Combining the festival with a four night stay at Richard Branson's luxury hill fort 5* Kasbah Tamadot, in the foothills of Mt. Toubkal, adds even greater opulence and excitement to your adventure. Fill the days with horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, cultural visits and quad biking and the nights with sumptuous dining and fine wine. A week split between the hotels featured above costs from £1395pp, based on two sharing on a B&B basis, including international flights (subject to availability, terms and conditions). Alternative and bespoke packages are also available so don't hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation!

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Try the Ultimate Holiday ‘Eggs-perience’ this Easter

1:02 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

We have created a new South American all-Inclusive package for anyone looking to book a last-minute Easter holiday. The ‘eggs-perience’   Find out more.

We have created a new South American all-Inclusive package for anyone looking to book a last-minute Easter holiday. The ‘eggs-perience’ begins in the Galapagos where Easter coincides with the start of the hatching season for rare green sea turtles. From a new small luxury catamaran, the Athala II, guests spot and interact with extraordinary wildlife on a journey of a lifetime. For those with a little more time, the adventure continues on to Easter Island or Rapa Nui, home of the famous Moai statues and the intrepid ‘bird-man’ cult – where youths swam shark filled waters and climbed high cliffs carrying an egg to win exclusive collection rights for their tribe. Today, visitors can explore Orongo and its museum to see the tiny stone houses that sheltered the competitors and hear more about rituals of the last indigenous tribe of the island. One week on board the Athala II costs from £4995pp. A three-day, activity packed extension (with cultural tours, boat-trips, cycling and hiking) at 5* Posada de Mike Rapu additionally costs from £2495pp. Prices are based on 2 sharing, including international flights, all meals, selected drinks and tours: subject to availability, terms and conditions.Additional stopovers in Chile, Peru and Ecuador are available on request.  

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April Showers? Not on these Holidays, Guaranteed

9:52 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

[gallery] AdventureTemples now feature two South American trips this April that will suit even the most hydrophobic holidaymakers. In fact,   Find out more.

AdventureTemples now feature two South American trips this April that will suit even the most hydrophobic holidaymakers. In fact, we're so confident, that we'll offer a full money-back guarantee for any day of the trip ruined by the rain. Our CEO, Rob explains, “People say, ‘money-back guarantee, there must be a catch’, and I tell them that they are right. But the catch is simply that we know our destinations so well that we are willing to play the odds. In-depth knowledge helps us turn good holidays into truly great ones for our clients. Whether it is knowing local festival schedules, turtle hatching seasons, mountain pass closures, or the sunniest time to visit, we know the information that makes or breaks a holiday.” So, don’t risk getting peppered by April showers. Take advantage of 0% precipitation forecasts and trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, or hike across the stunning pink salt-flats and volcanoes of the Atacama, Chile. One week B&B, based from opulent, oxygen-enriched 5* Monasterio in Cuzco and 5* Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu, where you can be the first to explore the stones at dawn, starts from £1395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights. Alternatively, a week all-inclusive desert exploration at designer 5* Tierra Atacama starts from £2750pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights. Longer stays are available on request, or the two trips can be combined for the ultimate rain-free adventure. Note: Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. Both trips feature in our coffee-table style guidebook 'The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World' 2012 Edition  (RRP £25: ISBN 9780956989406)

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Make More of Mother’s Day 2012: True Stories of ‘Mother and Child’ Adventure Holidays

12:09 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

Our online community is a global meeting place, where people who love active luxury holidays can get together to inspire each other and sh   Find out more.

Our online community is a global meeting place, where people who love active luxury holidays can get together to inspire each other and share practical information about the best travel experiences in the world. In the build up to Mothers Day 2012, the forum's founders have noticed a hot new trend emerging. It promises to make this year's celebration of motherhood truly memorable for some lucky ladies. Member, Libby MacFarlane, helps explain: "Every year my Mother and I embark on a heart-opening Mother/Daughter adventure - from the white sand beaches of Asia, to the bold snowy peaks of Colorado, to the cobblestone streets of Paris. It offers us the space to truly connect with each other, while finding ourselves. These trips have opened me up to a world outside and a world within, and most importantly a world shared between a Mother and a Daughter." AdventureTemples Director, Nadia Pendleton (whose sons, aged 3 and 1, have joined her abroad as bumps and babes) continues: "Memories of seeing my eldest Luca ride a baby elephant in Thailand, or little Marcus giggling as he tickled a huge Boa Constrictor snake in Dominica, will stay with me forever. For some of our members, like Libby and her mum Paula, freshly-cut Mother's Day flowers no longer seemed to 'cut it'. But, booking a holiday together can be the perfect gift, whether you get away on the day itself, or another time that is special to you. It is really inspirational and a lot of our members have decided to try it." So if buying chocolates isn't 'thinking outside the box', or a card just isn't 'pushing the envelope', it might be time to consider booking a Mothers' Day holiday of a lifetime. Inspired by members' stories, we offer a truly special getaway, set in the gentle backwaters of Kerala. Swap stories and create shared memories for the future, practice Yoga, take cookery and art classes, enjoy cultural visits and walks, or simply sit on the deck of a houseboat admiring the spectacular flora and fauna in this unique natural environment. A stay at 5* Zuri Kumarakom Kerala, a deluxe spa resort set in 18 verdant acres on the shores of Lake Vembanad costs from £1395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation. The spa offers Ayurvedic practices alongside Western and Oriental therapies and suites have stunning gardens with private plunge pools. This trip features in our coffee table book, 'The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World' - 2012 Edition, which makes a great Mother's Day present in its own right (RRP £25).

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Ladies: Jump at the Chance to Propose this Leap Year!

12:22 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

This leap year, we offer ladies the chance to take a leap of faith and propose while skydiving or bungee jumping (followed, thankfully, by a   Find out more.

This leap year, we offer ladies the chance to take a leap of faith and propose while skydiving or bungee jumping (followed, thankfully, by a Jacuzzi, fine dining and the chance to lie in front of an open stone fireplace in a deluxe five-star suite). With twice as many men saying they would like to be proposed to while sky diving on holiday than women,*AdventureTemples believe there is no better, more original way to convince him to 'take the plunge' than by whisking him away on a luxury adventure holiday that will be unforgettable, in more ways than one. Choose to pack the holiday with heart-racing activities from heli-sking, jetboating and kayaking. Or, opt for a gentler style of romance: hot air balloon rides, hiking, horse riding, wine tours art trails and many more are on offer too. Stay at the 5* Blanket Bay, an elegant alpine lodge on the crystal shores of Lake Wakatipu, described by Sir Ian McKellen as “the most splendid property, possibly the best in the world”. One week costs from £3995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and half board accommodation.

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Our New Honeymoon Gift List Service, Launching at the UK Weddings Show!

1:19 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

 We like to make all Honeymooners feel like VIPs, especially with our new Gift List Service, where couples can shape their plans directly   Find out more.

 We like to make all Honeymooners feel like VIPs, especially with our new Gift List Service, where couples can shape their plans directly with our CEO, Rob.

We're launching our free, bespoke, Honeymoon Gift List service at the UK Weddings Show, Excel, London, this weekend (4/5 Feb). AdventureTemples believes that a honeymoon should be filled with unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and our original 'Luxplorer' and CEO, Rob Pendleton, is the man to help couples plan their dream trip.

Many honeymoon gift services simply invite guests to contribute money towards the overall cost of the trip, or provide commodities such as spa treatments or champagne on arrival. We however, offer guests more: the opportunity to bestow truly memorable adventures and experiences (from hot air balloon rides over the Serengeti, to private Gorilla treks, or white water rafting the Nile), shaped in consultation with the company's founder. Each couple is given their own web page under the AdventureTemples' "umbrella", that they can have personalised with special messages to friends and family. They use our expert guidance to choose their destination and uncover the activities they would most like to enjoy on the trip. With prices ranging from £10 to £1000, and easy payment via PayPal, there is something for all budgets and tastes. “I have created the service I wish existed when I got married,” says Rob, who took a 36 country, 366-day honeymoon around the world. “I want to help all couples have an extraordinary honeymoon, one that sets them on the road to an exciting, adventurous life together and one that they will one day be able to tell their grandchildren about. Every couple wants the VIP treatment on their honeymoon and, at AdventureTemples, we believe that should start from the minute they write their wish-list.” We have a proven record of providing indelible honeymoons, as you can seen in this review by recent customers Andrew and Carrie Burland. Feel free to get in touch to book your free consultation by emailing info@adventuretemples.com or calling 0843 508 5005.

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Visit the ‘Realm of the Dragon’ in the ‘Year of the Dragon’

9:58 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

January 23rd sees the start of 14 days of celebrations for Chinese New Year. This year, according to the lunar calendar, it is the year of t   Find out more.

January 23rd sees the start of 14 days of celebrations for Chinese New Year. This year, according to the lunar calendar, it is the year of the Dragon: inspiring bravery, creativity and pioneering spirit. We have brought this intrepid philosophy to life, in an outstanding luxury adventure holiday, which transports you to an ancient, mystical corner of China in supreme opulent comfort. AdventureTemples believes great holidays should stimulate the mind, body and spirit. Our ‘Mystical Valleys’ journey starts deep in the verdant gorges of Guilin, at the 5* Hotel of Modern Art (HOMA). There, guests can learn the ancient Chinese arts of calligraphy, ink painting, printmaking, pottery, stone carving and jewellery making, against the inspirational backdrop of a billion-dollar park. Yuzi Paradise was created by entrepreneur Rhy Chang Tsao. He tells us, “By infusing cultural elements into our beautiful natural surroundings, we offer a new experience of art and nature.” The remarkable landscape of Guilin has inspired films like ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and guests’ personal VIP-hosts, help them to explore it to the full – with guided cave treks, mountain biking and lake-side yoga or Tai-Chi. Next, it's off to the 5* Banyan Tree in ancient Lijiang, sitting in the shadow of the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The area offers up nature and culture, in blissful harmony – from hiking, skiing and horse riding through flora and fauna sanctuaries, to exploring the ethnic charms and architectural styles of the old town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the ‘Venice of the Orient’. Fine cuisine under the stars is the perfect way to end your Chinese Dragon adventure and staff are only too happy to accommodate. This trip was voted as one of the ’50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World’ for 2012, by our online community of experts, and costs from around £3750pp (based on 2 sharing, including flights and accommodation on a B&B basis).

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Remedy those Festive Extravagances in ‘Comfort and Joy’ with three spectacular holidays to help you start the 2012 New Year fighting fit

5:19 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

The excesses of the festive season are not exactly the best preparation for a flying start to the New Year. Our CEO Rob says; “Our ho   Find out more.

The excesses of the festive season are not exactly the best preparation for a flying start to the New Year. Our CEO Rob says; "Our holidays provide the perfect antidote to your Christmas bloat, but without the tiresome cramp of a fat-camp. Alongside expert guides and activity instructors, who will entertain you in the great outdoors, each hand-selected lodge and hotel offers supreme luxury, fresh gourmet cuisine and pristine spas, to help guests forget their indulgent-excess and concentrate on having a healthy fun start to 2012." Too much to drink? Detox in Morocco from £1195pp*  Purify your senses with the fragrance of spices and oils in the Marrakesh souks, clear your head with a hike up Mount Toubkal and follow it with an invigorating Hammam chaser. After a few days at the 5* Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains, continue the natural high, surfing in Essaouira. The fresh clear water washes away the last of the sins and the desire to catch a wave is so addictive the hours will melt away, along with your unwanted inches. End the day with mint tea and some delicious French-Berber fusion cuisine on the expansive terrace of 5* Heure Bleue Palais. Too much to eat? Burn off the pounds in Belize from £1,995pp*  Feel instantly weightless and burn calories without sweating by scuba diving some of the worlds greatest dive sites in Belize. Stay in elegant thatched cabanas on soft golden sands at 5* Turtle Inn: designed by Frances and Eleanor Coppola to offer the ultimate in movie star treatment. Forget faddy celeb diets though, dining here focuses on the best freshly caught fish and seafood and the fruits from the nearby tropical plantations. Explore the jungle and pick some sweet delicacies, and search for the elusive jaguar on a private safari from 5* Blancaneaux Lodge, opposite the spectacular Privassion Creek Waterfall. Too much partying? Find inner peace in China from £1,995pp*  Study the centre of balance and calm with the art of Tai-Chi in ancient Gui-Lin. Expert tutors help practitioners of all levels reach new heights. Venture out for peaceful nature walks, guided by a private VIP-host, who caters to their guests' every whim while staying at stunning 5* HOMA (Hotel of Modern Art) in the heart of the Yuzi paradise, a billion dollar 1,320 acre park dedicated to the creation of art. With waterfalls, mountains, two rivers, four lakes and countless caves to explore, guests can lose themselves and find themselves at the same time. These amazing trips are all featured in our definitive 2012 guidebook to 'The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World' as voted for by their online community of 'Luxplorers'. The book is available here. *Prices are subject to availability, based on 2 sharing for 7 nights on a B&B basis, including flights.

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Tis the season to be . . . selfish!The perfect holiday for you, is also the perfect present for them…

10:50 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

Christmas only a week away and still need a gift? Want to look fabulously generous, but get great value for money? AdventureTemples think   Find out more.

Christmas only a week away and still need a gift? Want to look fabulously generous, but get great value for money? AdventureTemples think that the perfect holiday, makes the perfect present.

Our CEO Rob has a message of support for busy husbands, wives and partners everywhere: "With the economic uncertainty, it has probably crossed your mind that you might be able to get away with no present at all this Christmas. But the time approaches and you start to worry about appearing ungenerous. So what do you do? Time for a classic play from parents everywhere with children born in Dec or Jan. The two-for-one present!"
He continues, "To get away with it, you have to choose a holiday that you wanted to take anyway, but which can be dressed up as all about THEM! But that isnt quite enough - you need something to hand over on the day. Well, we can help with all of that. Firstly, order our guidebook 'The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World'- 2012 Edition - so you have something special to put under the tree. In case you've left it really late, we'll send a personalised letter (from me) and a link to the e-version of the book, while the post office are working their magic. You can book in a 3-way consultation with me, or one of my experienced team, about the perfect trip for you. Or choose your favourite trip from the book over the holidays for us to custom tailor to your exact requirements." Sounds great, but what sort of trips can prospective present-buyers present? Well, here are three examples of a one-week package from the guidebook, to suit £2000, £5000 and £10000 budgets*: From £2,000 - Languorous Lakes, Slovenia  What it's like: Bled is a stunning mix of old and new, active and laid back charm. Enjoy the beautiful alpine landscape, exceptional hospitality, modern facilities and old fashioned refinement. Guests stay at the 5* Grand Hotel Toplice, a 1930’s icon set on Lake Bled then at 5* Kendov Dvorec, a 14th century riverside Manor house in nearby Idrija, to explore the surrounding hills and caves and celebrate heart-warming Slovenian cuisine. Want to be Active: Go mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, hydro-speeding, horse riding, golfing, paragliding, hunting, fishing or cave trekking. Want to Relax: Try lake swimming, boat tripping, hot-air ballooning, wine tasting, the spa, cultural visits or a cooking-class. From £5,000 - Captivating Cappadocia, Turkey  What it's like: The rock fairy chimneys and carved temples of Cappadocia are magical. Explore the unique landscape on foot, horseback or gliding through the air. Take refuge from the sun in your own private cave pool at 5* Argos in Cappadocia, or enjoy the peace and quiet of a stylish suite carved into the rocks at the 5* Anatolian Houses. Istanbul’s rich heritage and frenetic atmosphere provides a fascinating contrast, with buzzy night markets and belly dancing available, close to the 5* luxury of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorous. Want to be Active: Go trekking, horse-riding, rafting, climbing and belly-dancing. Want to Relax: Try hot air ballooning, spa, historical site visits or nature walks. From £10,000 - Font of Knowledge, France  What it is like: The elegant grounds and ancient forests of the Chateau de Fontainebleau, just an hour outside Paris, are perfect for an exciting, yet refined, adventure. Horse-ride through the castle gardens in the morning mist, watch sunlight glint through the trees while cycling the forest paths, or try the world's best rock climbing boulders. After active days in the country, from charming huntsman’s lodge Bas-Bréau, 5* Plaza Athenée Paris feels like pure decadence. Frequented by royalty, film stars and famous divas and featured in Sex in the City, this is the place to beautify, Parisian style, at the Dior Spa. Indulge in the hotel’s 3-Michelin-star, Alain Ducasse restaurant, and even learn secrets from the master himself, at his École de Cuisine. Want to be Active: Go bouldering, mountain-biking, horse-riding, hiking, hunting or fishing. Want to Relax: Enjoy fine arts, art classes, historical monuments, cookery, shopping, spa or wine tasting. Rob says: "Whatever your partner is into, an AdventureTemples luxury adventure holiday will be so packed with unforgettable experiences that they are sure to think you booked it all just for them. So dont waste your money on trinkets soon forgotten. Book yourself - I mean 'your partner' - an AdventureTemples holiday for Christmas." *Each package is tailor-made to suit clients personal requirements, these are guideline budgets and are subject to availability.

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Our Top Three Winter Warmer Breaks; for a Weekend, a Week, or a Little Longer…

11:37 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

  Getting fed up of the cold, wet weather and need to get away from it all? Well, we at AdventureTemples think we can solve the problem   Find out more.

  Getting fed up of the cold, wet weather and need to get away from it all? Well, we at AdventureTemples think we can solve the problem with one of 3 perfect 'winter warmers' lasting a Weekend, a Week and a Little Longer. Each trip combines luxury and adventure, proving you don’t have to compromise on comfort and style to be intrepid... 1. Got A Weekend? - Be Petra-fied! Jordan offers visitors an exciting combination of history, culture, stunning environment and surprising modernity. The last of these means that it really has become 'doable' as a luxury adventure weekender. Choose a beautiful natural setting from the 5* Evason Ma’In, beside thermal waterfalls, or the 5* Kempinski Ishtar, right on the shores of the Dead Sea. Then, take your pick from mudpacks and salt baths, ancient temples and souk art, or a 4x4 to the desert for camel or mountain bike rides. Leave the tour groups behind by exploring Petra at sunrise or sunset and finish each day with a traditional feast under the stars. This perfectly formed weekend of activities and rejuvenation comes from £545pp (based on 2 sharing accommodation on a B&B basis, with international flights). 2. Got A Week? - Get a Cappa-chino! With natural scenery unlike anywhere on earth, the ‘fairy chimneys’ of Cappadocia, Turkey offer a breathtaking backdrop for a captivating week of luxury adventure. Choose from 5* Anatolian Houses, beautifully carved cave suites, adorned with local art, or, 5* Argos in Cappadocia, where suites have private underground pools: a luxuriant way to cool off after a trek or horse ride. There are lots of activities to try, but the best way to start has to be with a hot air balloon flight across the idyllic landscape. Prices for the week start from £1695pp including a night in the stunning 5* Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus (based on 2 sharing accommodation on a B&B basis, with international and domestic flights). 3. Got A Little Longer? - Go on a Zanzi-barefoot Safari! If Robinson Crusoe had been a 'Luxplorer', he would have made 5* Mnemba Private Island Lodge, just off Zanzibar, his home. The sand and sea of this exclusive barefoot paradise is a veritable adventure playground. Take a scuba trip to explore intricate corals alongside sea turtles and playful dolphins. Fish, kayak, go bird watching, sail or windsurf, and then enjoy the relaxing natural spa treatments. AdventureTemples holidays don’t just stimulate the body; they also inspire the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. Absorb Zanzibar’s colourful history, diversity and rich culture, around the ancient spice markets of vibrant Stone Town. When you have had your fill of island life, let them whisk you off to be at one with the lions, deep in the Selous Game Reserves, at 5* Sand Rivers. Dine on the river banks and rise early to see magnificent wildlife on a walking safari, up close and personal. Selous is very exclusive; perfect for leaving the world behind; and sure to inspire the budding wildlife photographer and ecologist in you. A 10 day version of this ultra-luxury adventure starts from £7995pp (based on 2 sharing accommodation on an all-inclusive basis, with international and domestic flights and a huge range of activities and experiences included). All three of these incredible trips feature in our definitive coffee-table style guidebook 'The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World' 2012 Edition, which can be ordered here for yourself, or as a beautiful gift for friends and family. If you have any questions at all, or would like to find out more, feel free to get in touch, or ask one of the many luxploring gurus in our community!  

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Our Recommendations for Truly Special Winter Escapes

11:42 am in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

The classic alpine ski break offers an amazing combination of exhilarating activity, outstanding natural scenery and exceptional luxury. But   Find out more.

The classic alpine ski break offers an amazing combination of exhilarating activity, outstanding natural scenery and exceptional luxury. But if repeating the same holiday every winter has started to get tired, or you want to try something extra special this year, AdventureTemples offer 5 superb alternatives that will thrill, delight and amaze you, your family and your friends. We believe that “every holiday should feel like a once in a lifetime experience”, and we want to inspire you to break the mould, by taking one of 5 truly special winter holidays with a difference… 1. Lapland Cabins  The Lapland Alps surrounding luxurious ‘Lyngen Lodge’ rise from Arctic fjords like enormous cliff walls, straining to hold back giant snowdrifts. Board the Lodge’s speedboat, and pick out the lines you plan to carve on the 1,000m long, off-piste ‘ride of your life’. Later relax under the Northern Lights as you unwind in an outdoor hot tub, dabble in some wine tasting and enjoy the finest fresh Norwegian cuisine. Next, move on to ‘Engholm’s Husky Lodges’ where the intimate cabins are secluded and romantic. They are also great for families. Set in a magical winter wonderland, you can get involved in a day of dog-sledding with graceful Huskies, horse-ride in the snow, or play Santa and ride a sleigh. 2. Black Ski  The Olympics are coming, but forget Stratford and try Sochi in Russia; host of the 2014 Winter Games. Choose 5* ‘Grand Hotel Polyana’ in the mountains, or 5* ‘Rodina Grand Hotel and Spa’ on the Black Sea coast, but don’t think too hard, they are only an hour apart. Where else can you try superb downhill and cross country skiing in the morning, before scuba-diving in the afternoon and luxuriating in a world class spa all evening? Next, on to 5* ‘Kempinski Moika 22’ in St Petersburg to soak up some culture in the historical sites, or try your hand at fine arts classes. Too mellow? Try bridge jumping, or fly a MIG fighter jet! 3. Powder Paradise  The slopes around the ‘Chalets at Country Resort Niseko’ are blessed with track-free powder throughout the winter season, and Hokkaido Island’s beautiful mountains and cool river-rapids are bathed in pleasant warm sun much of the year. The region is Japan’s ultimate adventure playground; you can even test your night vision with some flood-lit skiing; but despite the adrenaline in the air, there are no crowds or jostling machismo. To find even more calming pursuits, move on to ‘Hoshinoya Karuizawa’ for a purification ritual in an Onsen bath and a riverside walk through the wild forests, on the side of a gently smoking volcano. There is nothing cold about the winter welcome you get from the Japanese; the service in these striking lodges is personalised, graceful and refined. 4. One Year BC  Blue River and Yoho National Parks in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada are just a short hop from the famous ski resorts, Jasper and Banff, but feel a million miles from anywhere. ‘Albreda Lodge’ offers the ultimate helicopter skiing week, set in an exclusive and remote mountain lodge, this one is a real treat for confirmed ski buffs looking for something 'above and beyond' a luxurious resort break. Balance your adrenaline levels with a relaxing yet stunning nature walk to really drink in your surroundings, and finish off with a choice of steamy sauna, hot tub or massage, while your gourmet meal is prepared. 5. Quebecois Cool For the ultimate in urban igloo chic, stay a night or two at the ‘Hotel de Glace’ in Quebec, Canada. Finally a true icy adventure for the non-skier. Each room is uniquely sculpted and lavishly furnished. You can even enjoy a log fire or personal spa in your ice carved suite. While in the city you can take in a game of ice-hockey or, if you prefer your ice in a glass, visit one of the many trendy bars or gourmet restaurants. Then retreat to the gorgeous countryside mansion ‘Manoir Hovey’ to skate the frozen lakes, dip in a nearby hot spring pool and sleigh ride home for gourmet French cuisine. Whatever your passion you are sure to find the perfect holiday with AdventureTemples. Each trip we offer is designed to exhilarate the body, inspire the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. Each brings superb variety from a stunning luxury base and is custom tailored to your personal requirements. These truly are the Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World.

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Why amazing holidays are the best investment to make for 2012

5:17 pm in Blog by Jessica Bradbury

As the economy takes another dive, we would like to provide a timely reminder that fantastic holiday memories will never decrease in value.   Find out more.

As the economy takes another dive, we would like to provide a timely reminder that fantastic holiday memories will never decrease in value. So buying an amazing AdventureTemples holiday could just be the best investment you could make right now. Here’s why:

Are you making the most of your holidays? With a general tightening of the purse-strings, many people can only take one holiday per year. With that in mind, a simple beach holiday surely isnt enough? Holiday-makers are getting increasingly shrewd about what experience-value they’re getting for the money they’re paying, and rightfully so. Try to do something truly memorable with whatever time off you can spare! Get a really great holiday experience... Pick a destination that excites you, accommodation that makes you catch your breath, and a range of activities that will leave you exhilarated and inspired. All of our world-class hotels offer a range of activities in under a day-trip away, to cater for holiday-makers with differing needs. We delight in tailoring your holiday to suit you. That makes for a really great holiday experience, and AdventureTemples love to help you to achieve it. Why us? Because we’ve done them! All of the holidays we offer have been tested by a member of our team, or our online adventure travel community – and each has been voted as one of the 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World. By "adventure" we mean something new and exciting, and that differs from person to person. This is why we have 88 activities on offer, from scuba diving and gorilla watching, to spa treatments and cooking classes: something will strike a chord with almost every discerning traveller.

Many people plan their holiday solely to relax, and there is the mistaken belief that ‘adventure’ holidays leave you more tired than when you started. On the contrary, getting bored leads to much of your holiday stress and a beach/pool can only offer so much. Get in touch with us and we will tease out what you really want in a holiday, and make it happen. Do as much or as little as you please, then return to your luxury hotel, yurt or hacienda, for a word-class spa treatment and to indulge in the finest food and wine. Inspiration and relaxation together make for the perfect break. Reap some serious dividends... Instead of returning from your annual holiday with sunburn, bloating and a few books crossed of your reading list, come back feeling like you have actually gained something. Be it a new passion, skill, cultural insight, a new recipe, anecdotes to share with your friends and family, or simply an all-round epic experience – not just to tide you over until next year, but something that you’ll remember and recommend forever. Any holiday is going to make a dent in your wallet, but with AdventureTemples you know that you’re getting the best experience-value for money. We relish the chance to prove this, so please feel free to browse our website, read our free downloadable 'How To Find The Perfect Holiday' booklet, order our prestigious guidebook to 'The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World', or just drop us a line to tell us what you want... We promise you wont be disappointed!

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