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Boat-trips Archives - AdventureTemples

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AT01 – Andaman Elements

9:28 pm in South-East Asia, Thailand by South-East-Asia

One week from £1295pp – 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 £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Railay is a hidden oasis of beauty. Cut off from the mainland by high cliffs and dense jungle, this tiny peninsula is only accessible by boat. The area is packed with world-beating activities for body, mind and spirit – all from a beautiful luxury base. Neighbouring Phi-Phi Island is home to great diving and was the backdrop to the film. 

What to do there…

Railay is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Rock-climbing, Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Boat-trips, Cave-treks, Nature-walks, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Sailing, Windsurfing, Swimming, Tennis, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Home to one of our favourite super-luxury hotels, Railay’s incredible natural environment can be enjoyed in effortless style at the 5* Rayavadee. The hotel exudes opulence and its private activity classes, spa services and fine dining are first class. Railay can also be enjoyed from the sleek, design-conscious 4* Bhu Nga Thani.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Krabi Airport is 1h away by car/speedboat. Phuket Airport is 3.5-4.5h away. Both airports are 1h from Bangkok.
  • Weather: Nov to May is peak season, but off-season offers great seclusion and the rains come in bursts from 2.30-4pm.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Railay has a chilled out, adventurous vibe. The long west beach is linked to the eastern bay by the peninsula’s only shopping strip, a tiny, sandy street with a great coffee and cocktails bar and ice cream parlour. You will share gorgeous cliffs, jungle, beaches and islands with tanned rock-climbers and playful monkeys, but the exclusive Phranang beach and best caves are all right next to Rayavadee. 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: Andaman Elements

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Boat-trips

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

Man’s intense, dependent connection with the water seems to magnify the impact of the scenery on all your senses. Wherever you travel,   Find out more.

Man's intense, dependent connection with the water seems to magnify the impact of the scenery on all your senses. Wherever you travel, it will look better if you arrive by boat!
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AT50 – Lapland Cabins

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

One week from £1295pp – 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 £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Lapland Alps rise out of Arctic fjords like enormous cliff walls straining to hold back giant snowdrifts. Speedboat along the water, picking out the lines you plan to carve down the mountainside. Then, with oxygen-rich air surging into your lungs, trek up 1,000m+ peaks, finishing the day with the off-piste ride of your life. 

What to do there…

Lapland is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Cross-country-ski, Northern-lights, Scenic-flights, Dog-sledding, Glacier-treks, Boat-trips, Fishing, Hiking, Nature-walks, Sailing, Kayaking, Horse-riding, Sleigh-riding, Photography.
  • Other: Sauna, Jacuzzi, Library, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

4.5* Lyngen Lodge is the perfect place to experience the magic of Arctic Norway. Beautiful, comfortable and homely, this fjord-side luxury cabin has startling mountain views from its decadent outdoor hot-tub. For pure dog-sledding magic, try 3* Engholm Husky Lodge – a series of delightful wilderness cabins, offering a multi-day tour.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Tromso is about 2h from Lyngen by car + ferry or the same from Karasjok via Lakselv (<1h flight + 1h car). Storfjord is about 2h from Oslo via Aalesund (<1h flight + <1h car).
  • Weather: freezing Nov-Mar, cool Apr-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The winter wonder of the Northern Lights is best seen from January to early March, while the ski season continues until May. If you go for the beautiful Karasjok dog-sled lodges, you forgo a little luxury but gain so much in charming remote exclusivity that you won’t notice. Laplanders go above and beyond to make sure you have an amazing time, whatever you choose to do – so just 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: Lapland Cabins

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AT49 – Svalbard Skies

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

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...

High in the Arctic Circle, Svalbard is a land of glaciers, tundra, polar bears and reindeer. Perpetual night descends Nov-Jan and the Aurora Borealis heralds in the spring. From Apr-Aug it becomes a land of midnight sun, with a brilliant red-dawn sky and warm bright nights. 

What to do there…

Svalbard is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Northern-lights, Dog-sledding, Bear-tracking, Glacier-treks, Hiking, Kayaking, Boat-trips, Horse-riding, Snow-mobiles.
  • Other: Sauna, Fishing, Polar-safari, Arctic-dining.

Where to stay…

4* Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen is the northernmost full-service hotel in the world. It is situated in Longyearbyen and is the best on the island.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Svalbard is about 1.5h flight from Tromso and 3h from Oslo.
Weather: cold all year round, freezing Nov-May.  

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is nothing quite like the warmth you feel wrapped up in fleeces and a windproof, staring out from your Husky-sled at a polar bear, or touring an ice grotto inside a glacier. Svalbard is truly exceptional. 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: Svalbard Skies

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AT42 – Sparkling Santorini

7:12 pm in Greece, Southern Europe by Southern-Europe

One week from £895pp – 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 £895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Elegant whitewashed buildings cling to the steep cliffs that surround Santorini’s famous volcanic caldera. The crater, filled with deep blue sea glinting in the bright sunshine, is said to hide the lost city of Atlantis. Its stunning natural beauty offers wonderful sailing and swimming opportunities, so get your bathers and deck shoes on. 

What to do there…

Santorini is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Boat-trips, Wind-surfing, Sea-kayaking, Horse-riding, Volcano-treks, Nature-walks, Scenic-flights, Wine-tasting, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Library, Swimming, Jet-skis, Caldera-views, Motorcycling.

Where to stay…

5* Grace Santorini is the perfect place from which to explore this amazing island. Spectacular design, epic views and great service are a given. What is truly special is how they reveal the magic, myth and mystery that this island's name evokes, through a variety of inspired activities. The 5* Santorini Princess is a blissful alternative, with wonderful personal service.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santorini is 1h flight or 6h ferry from Athens.
  • Weather: dry and sunny all year round, hot May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Santorini has traditionally been seen as a place with relaxing spas, great views and pretty churches, but it actually offers so much more. There are few better places to sail, starting in the sheltered caldera lagoon, then venturing out to nearby islands. Or jump on a horse and trek across the island, taking in the panoramic vistas of the Aegean, then finish the day tasting traditional sweet Vinsantos wine. 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: Sparkling Santorini

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AT44 – Languorous Lakes

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Slovenia by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £695pp – 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 £695pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Bled is a fascinating mix of West and East, old and new, active and laid back, yet somehow it succeeds in being all things to all people. Whether you gallop through the verdant Alpine hills, sip sparkling wine from your hot air balloon, descend a steep mountain on your bike or row across the still surface of the lake, a fun time is assured. 

What to do there…

Lake Bled is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Lake-swimming, Boat-trips, Hiking, Cycling, Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Kayaking, Hydro-speeding, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cultural-visits, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Swimming, Lake-side-lido, Golf.

Where to stay…

The 5* Grand Hotel Toplice is a 1930s icon set right on the lake and oozing authentic style and splendour. Take one of their rowing boats for a fabulous tour of the lake. 4* Vila Bled is a presidential manor house by the water, packed with old-fashioned Eastern European charm, warm hospitality and exciting activities.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: By car, Bled and Idrija are both about 1h from Ljubljana and <1.5h apart. Predjama is 1h from Ljubljana.
  • Weather: warm Apr-Oct, wet Oct-Nov, cold/snowy Nov-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

For a place with so many exciting, rejuvenating adventures on tap, the hotels and restaurants of Lake Bled have a charming, old-world quality. But loosen the collars of the well-to-do and you will find it is the same crowd jumping down a gorge with a hydro-speed float and distance swimming the refreshing lakes. Enjoy the rituals of dressing for dinner and acknowledging fellow guests. 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: Languorous Lakes

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AT45 – Uphill, Downhill

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Switzerland by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £895pp – 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 £895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Adelboden is nestled on a tranquil hillside under the grand peaks of the Swiss Alps. With pristine scenery and stunning views in every direction, you could enjoy just standing around and staring – but you’d miss out on lots of fun! Summer or winter, you could stay a whole month and only scratch the surface of the activities on offer. 

What to do there…

Adelboden is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Tobogganing, Snow-shoeing, Spa/Massage, Hiking, Nature-walks, Cultural-visits, Mountain-biking, Downhill-scooters, Paragliding, Boat-trips.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Bungee, Llama-treks, Games, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* The Cambrian is a luxury mountain lodge perched high on the hillside and ideally situated for both great views and epic adventures. Sophisticated, stylish and dedicated to great service, you will be excited, challenged, engaged and relaxed every day of your stay. The valley vista from the outdoor pool is simply heaven.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Adelboden and Interlaken are about 2-2.5h drive from Geneva, Zurich and Basel, 1h from Bern (train adds 1h or so).
  • Weather: warm/showery May-Oct, cool/snowy Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The slopes in these valleys have made the area famous for skiing, but don’t for a minute believe they go unused in summer. Downhill scooting is the new and accessible adventure activity that’s taking the area by storm. You leap on an elongated scooter with big fat tyres and plot your course down the mountains back to the gondola ski lifts. Lots of exhilaration and little effort, what more could you need? 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: Uphill, Downhill

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AT39- Volcanology

7:12 pm in Italy, Southern Europe by Southern-Europe

One week from £725pp – 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 £725pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Sandwiched between imposing Mount Etna and the beautiful Ionian Sea, Taormina is a pretty Sicilian town in a treat of a location. There are so many great historical sites and exciting things to do it is a real struggle to work out what to leave out. Why not jump in a helicopter and pick your favourites from the air? 

What to do there…

Taormina is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Volcano-treks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Sailing, Boat-trips, Fishing, Scuba-diving, Spa/Massage, Photography, Scenic-flights, Cooking-classes.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Library.

Where to stay…

The 5* Grand Hotel Timeo by Orient-Express is the perfect place from which to explore Sicily. Its pretty garden walkways and grand terraces have a real sense of occasion, and the cool opulence of the bedrooms puts you at ease. 4* Villa Carlotta is a stunning alternative, stylishly furnished, filled with artistic touches and blessed with panoramic viewpoints.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Taormina is 1h drive from Catania Airport, a 1.5h flight from Rome. Naples is 1h flight from both Catania and Rome and 1.5h from the Amalfi Coast.
  • Weather: warm all year round, hot Jun-Sep, wetter Oct-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

At over 3,300m, climbing Mount Etna is a challenge, but what makes it truly special is the scene that greets you at the top. A barren, black, lava-coated landscape, capped with ice and still fuming from some of its craters. At night you can often see the orange glow as molten rocks spurt out and run down the sides. Fortunately, it is so closely monitored there is little real danger! 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: Volcanology

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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.

One week from £1450pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

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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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.

One week from £1895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

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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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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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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AT24 – Mayan Blue

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

One week from £1750pp – 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 £1750pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Belize is an amazing adventure playground: turquoise oceans, white sand islands, vibrant reefs, startling caves, verdant jungle and ancient temples. It really is quite the most spectacular place – and not short of luxurious yet laidback lodges to pass the evenings in either. It is home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s premier dive sites. 

What to do there…

Placencia is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Sailing, Boat-trips, Fishing, Cycling, Caving, Nature-walks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Kid-friendly, Waterfall-bathing, Spa/Massage.

Where to stay…

Staying in the stunning villas and cottages of 5* Turtle Inn is like being on your own tropical film set – as you might expect of a resort designed by a certain Mr and Mrs Coppola. The stylish cabanas are artistically furnished and the crew will direct you off on a fantastic range of adventures and experiences in the local area.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Placencia is 2.5-3h from both Belize City and San Ignacio by car. San Ignacio area is about 2h from Belize City.
  • Weather: hot all year round with a cooling breeze, Jun-Nov is wetter and has a higher risk of hurricanes.
 

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second largest reef in the world and a great place to dive, whatever your level. The stunning caves you see on land are often replicated under the ocean, but colonised and capped by coral. Amazing! If you prefer your fun on land, check out the Mayan ruins scattered throughout the jungle. Less touristy than some Mexican sites, you can enjoy them in peace. 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: Mayan Blue  

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AT26 – Pleasure & Paine

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

One week from £3395pp – 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 £3395pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The giant twisting rock towers of Torres del Paine, deep in Southern Patagonia, climb majestically out of a fairytale landscape where tiny snowflakes sparkle like falling crystals in the sunshine, flowers pop out through frozen meadows and out-of-place pink flamingos stand in an iceberg filled lake. 

What to do there…

Torres del Paine is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Boat-trips, Glacier-treks, Photography, Ecology, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Wine-tasting, Ranch-visits, Swimming, Jacuzzi, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel Salto Chico is the perfect place to experience the wonder of Torres del Paine, with the best views, facilities and their own stables. Adventure guides flock from all over the world to study here, such is their dedication to service. 5* Patagonia Camp is an exciting, eco-alternative, with luxury yurts around a stylish central lodge.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santiago to Torres del Paine is 3.5-4h flight (to Punta Arenas) and 5-5.5h drive. Santiago to Portillo is 1.5-2h drive.
  • Weather: Santiago is warm and dry year round, Torres del Paine is cold and dry, with snow Jun-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is something truly special about returning from an exciting day’s hike, lying back in a hot tub in a frozen wilderness and sipping champagne while your damp hair freezes and turns crunchy. Or taking a horse-ride through the snow to a lake where a great glacier ‘seeds’ sky-blue icebergs that float gently towards you. These are the moments that make Torres del Paine fantastical. 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: Pleasure and Paine

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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.

One week from £1895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

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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AT16 – Rainforest Reef

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

One week from £1850pp – 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 £1850pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Great Barrier Reef is an immense and beautiful natural wonder. Teeming with life and colour, it would take more than 10 hours to drive its length. The warm sea laps the white-golden sands of the surrounding islands and coasts, and jungle palms flutter and wave back at the giant clams and turtles in the shallows. 

What to do there…

The Barrier Reef is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Boat-trips, Spa/Massage, Wine-tasting.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Golf, Library.

Where to stay…

5* Qualia sits on the white-sand jungle islands of the Whitsundays at the south end of the Barrier Reef. Dedicated to sensory experiences, the blend of exciting water sports, relaxing spas and fine dining make it a magnificent resort. 5* Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas, at the north end, is a great alternative, with direct access to rainforests and reef.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Hamilton Island is 1.5h from Cairns or Brisbane by air, 2-3h from Sydney and Melbourne. Port Douglas and Daintree are 1-2h north of Cairns by car.
  • Weather: hot and wet year round (dryer in winter, Jun-Aug)

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world to get a perfect aquarium-style underwater view. It is so huge, bright and interesting at relatively shallow depths that even non-divers see it in style. The decadent hotels and yachts offer plenty of relaxing luxuriousness to accompany the exciting adventures on the water. 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: Rainforest Reef

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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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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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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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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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AT13 – Manta Mania

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

One week from £1425pp – 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 £1425pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Stand in the clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean and watch in wonder as a private aquarium plays around your toes. Watch coconut palms wave lazily in the breeze, motioning you deeper. Swim amid the bright corals, sea turtles and friendly giant manta rays. Go amphibian and get to know the calm sea like never before. 

What to do there…

Male Atolls is a water-activities paradise, perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Sailing, Wind-surfing, Sea-kayaking, Fishing, Boat-trips, Scenic-flights, Yoga, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Wine-tasting, Snorkelling, Swimming.

Where to stay…

5* Huvafen Fushi is the crème-de-la-crème of luxury island boutique hotels, offering water sports and a spa. 5* Velassaru has an intimate resort feel and is dedicated to creating moments and experiences.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Male airport is 0.5h away from hotels by speedboat.
Weather: tropical heat all year round, rains common Jun-Jul.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Maldives beach resorts are perhaps the most beautiful in the world, but the adventure is in the water. Dive in and be amazed! 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: Manta Mania

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