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Bird-watching Archives - AdventureTemples

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Bird-watching

10:44 am in Activities A, B, C, Spirit by Activity

There is no feeling of peacefulness quite as rich as that experienced watching our feathered friends. Intense variety and refined, gentle be   Find out more.

There is no feeling of peacefulness quite as rich as that experienced watching our feathered friends. Intense variety and refined, gentle beauty, reward the patient.
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AT48 – Fire & Ice

7:12 pm in Iceland, Northern Europe by Northern-Europe

One week from £795pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

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What it feels like to be there...

In a land of extremes, Southern Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, geysers and glaciers, as well as its hot tubs in the snow and icy vodka by warm fires. It is a place of often surprising natural beauty and contrasts, where flowers bloom in snowy meadows, the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the night sky and whales splash amid icebergs. 

What to do there…

Southern Iceland is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Northern-lights, Glacier-treks, Volcano-treks, Hiking, Snow-mobiles, Scenic-flights, Bird-watching, Whale-watching, Fishing, Rafting, Horse-riding.
  • Other: Golf, Jacuzzi, Spa/Massage, Quad-bikes, 4x4-tours.

Where to stay…

4* Hotel Ranga is a cosy, eccentric lodge on the banks of a salmon river near the famous Mt Hekla volcano. From Sep-Apr there is a high chance of viewing the Aurora from one of the outdoor geothermal hot-tubs. The proprietors’ passion for their country is infectious and they know all the secrets of a great adventure here.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Keflavik airport is 2h by car; Reykjavik city about 1h.
  • Weather: cool/cold all year round, freezing Dec-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Iceland is a magical, elemental place that charms your socks off. The hotels might not have hand-carved Italian marble sinks, but luxury isn’t about that here. It is more essential, to be found in experiences such as bathing in a volcano-heated lagoon, or eating fish caught fresh that day. Iceland is just full to the brim with exciting things to do and friendly, engaging people ready to share it all with you. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Fire and Ice

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AT33 – Spice Park

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, Tanzania by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £1450pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

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Dolphins follow your boat as you sail across the warm ocean. Leap in for a swim over ornate corals, with a friendly sea-turtle for company – this is how life should be! Return for a luxuriant massage before eating the freshest of fish from a beachside barbeque, then retire to a sumptuous bed. 

What to do there…

Zanzibar is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Wind-surfing, Sailing, Sea-kayaking, Fishing, Boat-trips, Bird-watching, Dolphin-swimming, Turtle-hatching, Cultural-visits, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Library, Museum Visits, Historical-sites.

Where to stay…

5* andBeyond Mnemba Private Island Lodge is a luxurious barefoot paradise on its own private island, where you will be pampered and entertained in equal measure. You even share a beach with sea-turtles laying their eggs. The 5* Melia Zanzibar is a magnificent alternative on the main island, dedicated to holistic well-being and healthy adventures.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Zanzibar is <1h flight or 2h ferry from Dar Es Salaam. Selous is about 1h flight from both or 3h by 4x4 from Dar.
  • Weather: generally hot and dry, some rain Nov–Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Zanzibar is a melting pot of African, Middle Eastern and European traditions, blending cultures, foods and architectural styles. This makes a historical tour of Stone Town a fascinating addition to a holiday where relaxation and adventure are almost too easy to come by. After a day on, in or by the sea, retreat from the sun to a shady Zanzibari banda for a cool, comfortable rest. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Spice Park

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AT34 – Crater Safari

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, Tanzania by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £3195pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

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Serengeti, meaning ‘endless plains’ in Maasai, is the goliath among safari parks. Home to the world’s largest mammal migration, seeing the colonial hunters’ Big 5 is almost a given here, and a photo collection to die for is guaranteed. With many of the world’s most luxurious safari camps and lodges, it is easy to see the beasts in style. 

What to do there…

Serengeti is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Safari, Game-drives, Hot-air-ballooning, Horse-riding, Bird-watching, Photography, Cultural-visits.
  • Other: Big-5, Swimming, Spa/Massage, Library, Yoga, Cycling, Tennis, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Singita Grumeti Reserves has achieved almost cult status in safari circles as the ultimate in luxury wildlife adventure, with its four-poster beds, private infinity pools and 340,000 acres of private game park. 5* Bilila Lodge is a sleek and stylish alternative, blending the intimacy of a lodge with the facilities of a luxury hotel.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Nairobi is about 6h drive from the parks. Charter flights from Dar Es Salaam take 2-3h (Grumeti for Serengeti and Lake Manyara for Ngorongoro) or about 1h from Arusha.
  • Weather: generally hot and dry, some rain Nov–Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Serengeti lets you chalk up the Big 5 one after another: lions, rhino, elephants, buffalo and even the elusive leopard. Add an electrifying landscape and the many other extraordinary animals – zebra, wildebeest, crocs, hippos, giraffe, hyena, jackals, warthogs and a hundred types of deer – and this could be the only trip you ever need take to see the lot. Grab you camera and go for it! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Crater Safari

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AT35 – Mist & Spray

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, Uganda by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £3195pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

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Climbing through the twisted vines of the forest, accompanied by armed rangers, you know you are on an adventure. Up ahead in the steamy jungle something is stirring. Then you catch sight of a mighty Silverback, standing his ground as his babies frolic almost within your reach. So intimate a family, so wild and yet so human. 

What to do there…

Bwindi is packed with activities and perfect for 4-7 days:
  • Major: Gorilla-watching, Jungle-treks, Cultural-visits, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Photography, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Dance, Community-projects, Spa/Massage.

Where to stay…

5* Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the Silverback of Bwindi hotels. Eight volcanic stone cottages surround a grand central lodge, with sumptuous sofas and views across the botanical gardens to the cloudy mountains beyond. Your butler will pander to your every whim, setting you a roaring fire, ready for the cool mountain nights.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Bwindi is a 1.5-2h flight or 8h drive from Entebbe. Jinja is 1.5-2h drive from Kampala/Entebbe.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year round, wet Mar-May.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is nothing quite like meeting a troop of Gorillas in the wild. They exude raw power yet treat each other with such tenderness. Soak it up and, if you can, go back for more. You will sense changing moods and social dynamics. But take time to see the area too. The volcanoes and forest valleys are a thing of beauty, and visits to the local communities are always rewarding. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Mist and Spray  

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AT36 – Wine Gardens

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £1895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

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What it feels like to be there...

The Garden Route brings together dense jungle, steep mountains, lush valleys, placid lakes, beautiful sandy coves and dramatic cliffs – classic adventure scenery. The South Africans know how to live it well too, with plush treetop lodges, exciting activities, fine wines and gourmet cuisine. Then there’s the elephants, monkeys, whales… 

What to do there…

Plettenberg Bay is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Boat-trips, Whale-watching, Scenic-flights, Zip-lining, Bungee, Horse-riding, Elephant-riding, Bird-watching, Spa/Massage, Community-projects, Cultural-visits.
  • Other: Swimming, Quad-bikes, Falconry, Monkey-sanctuary.

Where to stay…

5* Tsala Treetop Lodge is a design masterpiece tucked into the forest canopy, effortlessly blending excitement with indulgence. Sumptuous materials and artistic features surround you, from acorn-shaped iron fireplaces to huge porcelain stand-alone baths. The excellent service and spirit of adventure make for a perfect stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Plettenberg Bay is 1.5h drive from George airport (a 1h flight from Cape Town). Or, driving the Garden Route from Cape Town takes 6-7h, passing Franschhoek after 1h.
  • Weather: warm and sunny all year round, showers Apr-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Whatever thrill you seek, from the 216m Tsitsikama bungee jump to the splash of a whale’s tail-fin, there is something for you here – loads of things in fact. If you get the chance, visit the Siyazama Nursery School, founded and sponsored by Tsala. It is a great way to meet local people and understand more about the life and culture. We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Wine Gardens  

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AT28 – Incredible Inca

7:12 pm in Peru, South America by South-America

One week from £1395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

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What it feels like to be there...

Cuzco, high in the Andes, is the ancient seat of the mighty Inca empire. The dramatic ruins all around are fascinating, but none can compare with Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the ancient world. The mountains and valleys are bursting with exciting opportunities. Take a deep breath and prepare for an incredible adventure. 

What to do there…

Cuzco is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Mountain-treks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Horse-riding, Rafting, Kayaking, Paragliding, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Spa/Massage, Art-classes.
  • Other: Fine-dining, Archaeology, Botany.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel Monasterio is a national monument. Built in 1592, it exudes the majesty and grandeur befitting its long history. Luxury adventure are ingrained in the stonework, and great service and fine dining are always on tap. For your trip to the famous ruins, 5* Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge lets you sleep in style right by the ancient stones.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Lima to Cuzco is 1-1.5h flight, then Machu Picchu is 3h by train. Puno is 6h drive or 1h flight to Juliaca and 1h drive.
  • Weather: cool all year, with rain or snow Jan-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Rafting steep-sided valleys, riding through ancient ruins, paragliding over high mountains – you could play in this area for a month. But the biggest draw is clear: mighty Machu Picchu is beyond belief. Delight in being first to enter from your hotel doorstep, then climb the famous dome-rock Huayna Picchu for a breathtaking panorama. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Incredible Inca  

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AT30 – Galapa-gosh

7:12 pm in Ecuador, South America by South-America

One week from £4750pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation on a featured vessel What it feels like to be ther   Find out more.

One week from £4750pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation on a featured vessel

What it feels like to be there...

Floating through the mild Pacific waters around the Galapagos, it feels like you are filming a wildlife documentary. Fantastic, unusual creatures with no fear of man allow you to get up close and personal. The underwater wonders are just as fabulous: seals, sea lions, manta rays and hammerheads make this a world-class dive site. 

What to do there…

The Galapagos is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Boat-trips, Sailing, Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Hiking, Nature-walks, Photography, Bird-watching, Ecology.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Sun-bathing, Swimming, Jacuzzi, Library.

Where to stay…

The best way to see these amazing islands is from a boat. The key decision is whether you want an expedition vessel or a scuba diving live-aboard. We recommend 'Eclipse' as the best of the former and the ‘Galapagos Aggressors (I & II)’ for the latter.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Galapagos are a 2.5-4h flight from Quito via Guayaquil (connections vary). Cotacachi is 1.5h drive from Quito.
  • Weather: the mainland is warm and humid all year round, wetter Dec-May. Galapagos are dry and warm all year.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The Galapagos is about life; evolution playing out before your eyes. The diving is truly magnificent, so if you have any Cousteau fantasies, qualify before you come and log some warm-up dives. There is so much going on above the water and near the surface that you won’t miss out if you aren’t ready to take the plunge. Day after day of close encounters and perfect photo-opps will keep you fully entertained. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Galapa-gosh

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AT29 – Gaucho Falls

7:12 pm in Argentina, South America by South-America

One week from £2950pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2950pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Argentine Pampas is Gaucho territory. Famed for their rugged toughness and epic horsemanship, these cowboys have long roamed the plains, protecting the best walking steaks in the world. Refined estancias offer warmth, luxury and polo culture, to complete the dream ranch holiday experience. 

What to do there…

Cordoba is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Polo, Hiking, Nature-walks, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Cooking-classes, Star-gazing, Cave-treks, Cultural-visits.
  • Other: Swimming, Spa/Massage, Gym/Fitness, Shooting, Golf, Working-farm, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Estancia El Colibri is an opulent manor house, filled with art and chandeliers. Its elegant suites brim with style, and its balconies and verandas look out over stunning farmland. The stables are filled with elite horses, and expert tutors can coach beginners and experienced riders of all ages in the fine arts of equestrianism and polo.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Buenos Aires is 1-1.5h flight from Cordoba, <1h from the hotel. Iguazu is 2h flight from Cordoba and Buenos Aires.
  • Weather: generally warm Nov-Feb and cold Jun-Aug with wet periods in Mar-Apr and Sep-Oct. Can vary wildly day-to-day.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Simply the perfect ranch and riding holiday; there is no place on earth offering more to the experienced rider or absolute beginner. Fine, strong but gentle horses, a working farm to help out on, exciting excursions to head off and do, beautiful lodgings and simply wonderful food – what more could you ask for? We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Gaucho Falls  

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AT27 – Far & Away

7:12 pm in Chile, South America by South-America

One week from £2750pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2750pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Atacama Desert plays host to the most incredible sunsets, shining over high volcanoes, twisted red rock and pink sand dunes. Wonder at how life survives in the driest place on earth, congregating around stunning oases and even on the caustic salt flats. Then return to a luxurious hotel – monument to another ingenious survivor, man. 

What to do there…

The Atacama is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Volcano-treks, Desert-treks, Bird-watching, Horse-riding, Cycling, Hot-springs, Star-gazing, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Cultural-visits, Wine-tasting, Historical-sites, 4x4-tours, Geyser-treks, Salt-pan-treks.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel De Larache in San Pedro is stunning and simple. Every corner oozes designer style and the service is world class. The clear air and on-site observatory offer magnificent views of distant stars. 5* Tierra Atacama is a beautiful artistic alternative, with romantic volcano-view rooms and wonderful split-level family suites.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santiago to Calama (Atacama) takes 2h; San Pedro is then 1h by car. Easter Island is 5.5h flight from Santiago.
  • Weather: Atacama is dry; hot in the day and cold at night. Easter Island is tropical, warm and wet all year round.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The light seems brighter and air cleaner than anywhere you have ever been before. Pastel shades of pink, orange, green and blue dance through each new and magnificent vista. As the day draws to a close, a billion stars light up the sky while you settle in to your luxurious designer-chic bedroom for a cosy, silent night’s sleep. Chile is a great place to escape from it all, ‘far and away’. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Far and Away

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AT23 – Turtle Swings

7:12 pm in Central America & Caribbean, Costa Rica by Central-America-Caribbean

One week from £1895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

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Punta Islita peers out of the jungle at the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Powerful surf crashes on to wide beaches and rocky cliffs, summoning turtles from their eggs. Howler monkeys call from the dense trees raising you from a lazy hammock. Time for an adventure! 

What to do there…

Punta Islita is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Nature-walks, Zip-lining, Turtle-hatching, Surfing, Horse-riding, Kayaking, Fishing, Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Cultural-visits, Boat-trips, Bird-watching, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Language-classes, Monkey-quest, Night-safari, Cocktail-mixing, Golf, Gym/Fitness, Tennis.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel Punta Islita is a stylish luxury eco-resort on a verdant hillside above stunning beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. The staff are passionate about their local environment and community, and love to share it all with you. Intense activity, supreme relaxation and mental inspiration – this place has the lot.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: San José is 3.5h scenic drive from Punta Islita and 2.5h from Arenal. Punta Islita to Arenal is also a 2.5h drive.
  • Weather: warm and tropical all year round, wetter May-Nov.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Watching the baby sea turtles hatch at sun down is a truly special experience and yet it is almost lost in the fabulous array of activities on offer here. What’s more, the hotel is so integrated into the community that this is the perfect chance to learn the culture, art, language or cuisine of the local people. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Turtle Swings

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AT17 – Outback Rocks

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £9995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £9995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Australia's 'Top End' wilderness region around the Kakadu National Park is a simply stunning wetland region, with miles of beautiful winding rivers, deciduous forests and sunny grasslands as far as the eye can see. Crocodiles laze on the banks, a menagerie of birds flit among the trees and buffalo roam the plains. 

What to do there…

'Top End' is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Boat-trips, Nature-walks, Bird-watching, Fishing, Cultural-visits, Scenic-flights, Crocodile-watching.
  • Other: Safari, Air-boats, Buffalo-mustering, Historical-sites, Swimming.

Where to stay…

Getting back to nature – the simple life – couldn’t be easier at 5* Bamurru Plains. A working buffalo station in a truly beautiful wetland area, each ‘safari suite’ is designed for luxurious comfort and total escapism. They take care of everything, leaving you free to explore the wonders of nature and relax.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Kakadu and Darwin Airport are both 3h drive or 0.5h flight away. From Darwin, flights to Alice Springs take 2h. Travel to Ayers Rock takes 6h by car or a 1h flight and 0.5h drive. Flight connections vary.
  • Weather: Darwin is hot all year round with tropical rain Nov-Mar; Alice Springs/Ayres Rock are hot and dry almost all year.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The scale of the outback wilderness is difficult for modern urbanites to comprehend. With mile after mile of undisturbed natural beauty, it really is just you and a lazy crocodile or two, staring at the sun glinting off the serene scenery. You can fly in and out in minutes, but we recommend spending time travelling overland. Hour after hour of nature, with nowhere to be but here and now, is truly liberating. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Outback Rocks

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AT11 – Ocean Lion

3:21 pm in Sri Lanka, Western Asia by Western-Asia

One week from £1095pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1095pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Sri Lanka’s Sigiriya rock is a gigantic natural wonder made even greater by human endeavour. Steps carved into its steep sides and precarious rope walkways take you up, past exquisite erotic art, to the fortress at the summit. Along the way you pass through the huge rock-hewn Lion gate, to the baths, palaces and temples beyond. 

What to do there…

Sigiriya is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Elephant-riding, Horse-riding, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Nature-walks, Boat-trips, Spa/Massage, Jungle-treks, Community-projects, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Safari, Cave-treks, Music, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Ecology, Hot-air-ballooning Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Heritance Kandalama is an eco-design masterpiece from renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, who cleverly blended the 160-room hotel into the rock faces and surrounding jungle, using stilts so animals can pass underneath on their way to the lake. The stylish rooms and activities concierge make the hotel a great luxury adventure base.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Sigiriya to Colombo airport by car takes 2-3h and it is a further 3-4h on to Godellawela on the southern coast, or a short sea-plane transfer.
  • Weather: except the cooler mountain areas, Sri Lanka is hot all year. Tropical showers are frequent (less in Dec-Mar).

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

With dense, warm jungle all around, ancient temple complexes to the north and east, cool tea plantations in the mountains to the south and beautiful beaches just a day’s drive away, this area is packed with activities to excite your body, mind and spirit. Take time to enjoy the small things, such as a simple but refreshing jungle shower viewed from the comfort of your hotel. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Ocean Lion

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AT09 – Genghis Can

3:21 pm in Mongolia, North & Central Asia by North-Central-Asia

One week from £1395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1395pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Mongolia embodies adventure like no other country on earth, with genuine wilderness from the steppes to the Gobi desert. Stunning Gorkhi-Terelj National Park sits near the capital Ulaan Bataar like an ornate gateway to the harsher lands beyond. Trek in the footsteps of the young Genghis Khan at the nearby Burkhan Khaldun mountain. 

What to do there…

Gorkhi-Terelj is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Camel-riding, Bird-watching, Cycling, Nature-walks, Fishing, Boat-trips, Kayaking, Ice-skating, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Photography, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The 5* Terelj Hotel has brought unbridled opulence to Mongolia, finally making it accessible to luxury adventurers. Its palatial style makes you feel like the guest of royalty, and the concierge staff treat you with helpful deference. Its location and the activities on offer make it easy to live out some great wilderness-conquering fantasies.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Ulaan Bataar airport is just over 1h away by car. Eznis Airways flights to Dalanzadgad take 1.5h, running 4 times per week. A 4x4 journey into the Gobi takes 1.5h from there.
  • Weather: this is a land of extremes, from below freezing Nov-Mar to pleasantly warm in Jun-Aug. Very little rain all year.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

It is an amazing experience being this far off the tourist trail. With so much wild space to explore in every direction, adventures seem to seek you out. To get the real Genghis Khan feel, don’t miss the chance to ride horses through the beautiful meadows, the wind in your hair and high mountains on the distant horizon. The friendly guides will proudly share it all with you. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Genghis Can

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AT12 – Backwater Bliss

3:21 pm in India, Western Asia by Western-Asia

One week from £1395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1395pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Known locally as God’s own country, Kerala is one of India’s natural wonders. Cruise or kayak it and find your own backwater bliss. With its mangroves, laid back lakes, brilliant sunsets and chattering birds, you will feel a million miles from the pressures of home in the comfort of a luxurious Indian estate. 

What to do there…

Kottayam is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Boat-trips, Sailing, Fishing, Nature-walks, Cultural-visits, Bird-watching, Spa/Massage, Yoga, Cooking-classes, Art-classes.
  • Other: Swimming, Cycling, Volleyball, Historical-sites, Backwater-kayaking, Cricket, Games, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The 5* Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort blends traditional design with the highly manicured modern finish favoured by India’s elite travellers. Staff focus on your holiday experience and have crafted trips and tours to suit every mood and show off the majestic beauty of this incredible area.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Cochin airport (about 2h from Kottayam, <1h from Cochin) can be reached via Mumbai and the Middle East.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year, with frequent exciting monsoon rains flashing down Jun-Sep (less often Oct-Nov).

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Kerala has always been a place of immense natural beauty with lots of potential for adventure, but in the past luxury often meant faded glory and day-to-day travelling was a challenge. Now, there is a blend of modern 5* luxury and sensitively restored and upgraded historical guest houses to suit the tastes of every traveller. Choose something to suit you, then get out there to enjoy Kerala’s wonders. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Backwater Bliss

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AT02 – Hill-tribe Haven

3:21 pm in South-East Asia, Thailand by South-East-Asia

One week from £1695pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1695pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The morning mist rolls through the hill tops, caressing the rice paddies and swirling around ornate temple spires. Art and cookery classes are available to intrigue the mind; jungle walks, elephant treks and climbing to energise the body; and meditation or yoga to enrich the soul. Let the ways of the hill-tribes refresh and enchant you in this luxurious haven. 

What to do there…

Chiang Mai is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Elephant-riding, Nature-walks, Bird-watching, Yoga, Meditation, Spa/Massage
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Boat-trips, Rafting, Rock-climbing, Golf, Tennis, Cycling, Music, Swimming, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Set in its own idyllic 60-acre nature park, surrounded by rolling hills and paddy fields, the 5* Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi is every bit as beautiful as any of the famous 300 temples of Chiang Mai. Its staff are experts at tailoring and arranging activities for every mood. Our other favourite is the elegantly modern designer 5* The Chedi Chiang Mai.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Chiang Mai airport is 15 min away. Bangkok flights take 1h, with connections to most Asian capitals.
  • Weather: Nov to Mar has cool nights, but days are hot year-round. May to Oct the rains come in bursts from 2.30-4pm.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Get a local guide to take you into the mountains to spend time with the hill tribes. They are amazing and friendly people who live a fascinating lifestyle, which they will share with you in a very engaging way. Chiang Mai is famous in Thailand as the place to learn to cook, so taking a class will reward you time and again back home. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Hill-Tribe Haven

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AT05 – Am-nesia

3:21 pm in Indonesia, South-East Asia by South-East-Asia

One week from £2295pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Sumba is a remote Indonesian island with a strong tribal culture. Its people are inspired by the beautiful, fish-stocked sea and lush jungle – and they wait to welcome you into their fold. Learn their ways and live out an adventure story from the comfort of a luxury villa set on over 2km of private beach in a 400-acre tropical estate. 

What to do there…

Sumba is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Fishing, Scuba-diving, Surfing, Sailing, Cultural-visits, Horse-riding, Cycling, Jungle-treks, Nature-walks, Bird-watching, Art-classes, Spa/Massage, Community-projects.
  • Other: Cooking-classes, Yoga, Meditation, Swimming.

Where to stay…

Nihiwatu is an ultra-boutique 5* hotel with just 7 beach bungalows and 3 two-bedroom villas. Its huge private estate is an ideal place to explore and seek out your own little piece of adventure heaven. Whether you are in the jungle, a fertile paddy field or somewhere on the 2,500m of exclusive white sandy beach, the opportunities to lose yourself and have fun are endless.

 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: charter flights to Tambolaka airport on Sumba take 1.5h from Bali, followed by a scenic 1.5h drive to Nihiwatu. You will need at least one night in Bali for flight connections.
  • Weather: tropical, hot and humid, with daily short bursts of heavy rain in the wet-season, Nov-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

One comment in the guest book says it all: ‘I still can’t believe this place actually exists.’ It is a rare privilege to find a hotel as dedicated to its community as it is to delivering perfect service to its guests. Best of all, the communities of Sumba will welcome and revere you just because you are a Nihiwatu guest, so take a break from yoga, surfing, fishing and relaxing to spend some time with them. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Am-nesia

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AT06 – Amazing Angkor

3:21 pm in Cambodia, South-East Asia by South-East-Asia

One week from £1495pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1495pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Angkor is everything an ancient temple should be – and more. The sheer scale is incredible, with mile after mile of stunning structures to explore, some covered in ornate carvings and others overgrown by giant trees and twisting vines. Culture, history and art are the highlights, but there are great opportunities for physical activity too. 

What to do there…

Siem Reap is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Art-classes, Spa/Massage, Bird-watching, Elephant-riding, Cycling, Hot-air-ballooning, Micro-lights, Scenic-flights.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Quad-bikes, Golf, Cooking-classes, Ecology, Horse-riding, Boat-trips, Swimming.

Where to stay…

The 5* Hotel de la Paix is a work of art in itself, offering stunning experience packages, especially in the areas of community, spa and culture. The 4* Heritage Suites is an exquisite alternative, providing an impressive range of activities through its in-house adventures company. Either would be a perfect base for experiencing Angkor.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (4h apart over land) both have international airports with connections across Asia.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year round, with short, sharp monsoon showers common from May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Walking through the Angkor temples is an exciting and intimate experience. Almost no other site in the world offers such unrestricted access to its ruins, yet the intense beauty makes it feel private despite the many other visitors. Stare in awe at sprawling temple-scapes, intricate carvings and the ravages of nature on stone. This is truly a wonder of the world and a great adventure. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Amazing Angkor

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