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At the crossroads between the ancient and the modern; visiting cultural centres is a great way to expand your mind and connect with the livi   Find out more.

At the crossroads between the ancient and the modern; visiting cultural centres is a great way to expand your mind and connect with the living history of the people you have travelled to meet.
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AT42 – Sparkling Santorini

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

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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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AT43- Captivating Cappadocia

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

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The rock fairy chimneys and carved-out temples of Cappadocia are simply incredible. Its weather-worn landscape, so unlike anywhere else on Earth, must be seen to be believed. Add to that the enormous hewn tunnels and sculpted mansion houses and it’s as if man and nature have worked together to create an adventure wonderland. 

What to do there…

Cappadocia is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Turkish-bath, Wine-tasting, Swimming, Sauna.

Where to stay…

5* Anatolian Houses marries luxury service with real character. Built in the traditional style with carved stones, its bedroom suites are set into caves. The hotel is filled with local art and oozes charm. A great alternative is 5* Argos in Cappadocia, with grand mansion house rooms and underground suites with private cave pools.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Istanbul to Nevsehir is 1-1.5h flight, then <1h drive; alternatively Kayseri 1.5h flight, 1.5h drive.
  • Weather: mostly dry all year, hot Jun-Sep, cool Dec-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

As much as we love adventure, we also appreciate coming home to a luxury retreat. After a day out horse-riding or trekking through the fairy chimneys, you are in for a simple yet wonderful surprise. Never have you been in a room more peaceful, dark and pleasantly cool, until you have slept in a Cappadocian cave. Close your door, turn out the lights and let the world melt 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: Captivating Cappadocia

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AT44 – Languorous Lakes

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

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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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AT46 – What’s the Matter

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

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Beneath the mighty peak of the Matterhorn is the pretty, bustling town of Zermatt. The quiet buzz of electric cars is the only traffic noise, but the strains of jolly Alpine bands spill out from the shops on to the streets. Chocolate-brown houses, laden with flower boxes, contrast with the jagged, icy mountains on the close horizon. 

What to do there…

Zermatt is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Sledging, Snow-shoeing, Ice-climbing, Ice-skating, Paragliding, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Downhill-scooters.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Yoga, Pilates, Cinema.

Where to stay…

High on a cliff-face above the centre of town sits gorgeous 5* The Omnia. Accessed through a tunnel and 45m lift through the rock, the drama of your entry is surpassed only by the amazing views from within. The epitome of designer chic, this hotel aims to magnify the splendour of nature and the elements, ensuring you an exciting stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Zermatt and Montana are about 3-3.5h drive from Geneva, Zurich and Basel or 2.5h from Bern (similar by train).
  • Weather: warm/showery May-Oct, cool/snowy Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The peaks around Zermatt have the altitude for year-round skiing, but in summer this area is a mountaineer’s paradise. Scaling the summit of the Matterhorn has been every climber’s dream since Edward Whymper first conquered it in 1865. Sadly, four of his party fell to their deaths on the descent, but the route is now established and readily achievable with the right guide, equipment and coaching. 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: What's the Matter?

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AT47 – Black Ski

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

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Every so often geography and geology throw us a nice surprise. Sochi is a warm spa town on the Black Sea coast and its neighbour Polyana is a great ski resort in the Western Caucasus. Together they create a fabulous adventure double act, allowing you to ski down a pristine piste then hit the beach for a scuba dive an hour or so later. 

What to do there…

Sochi/Polyana are packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Spa/Massage, Lake-swimming, Scuba-diving, Hot-air-ballooning, Sky-diving, Horse-riding, Skiing/Snowboarding, Heli-skiing, Cross-country-ski, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites Hiking.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Cycling, Tennis, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Choose a seaside or mountain base, safe in the knowledge you can do all the available activities from either. 5* Rodina Grand Hotel & Spa is an imperious naval palace with opulent décor and world-class wellness centre. 5* Grand Hotel Polyana is a new luxury ski and spa resort, with amenity-rich rooms, stylish wooden villas and a private cable car station.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Adler/Sochi Airport is 2.5h from Moscow, 3.5h from St Petersburg. Sochi to Krasnaya Polyana is about 1h by car.
  • Weather: mild to warm and humid all year round in Sochi; mild May-Oct and cold and snowy Nov-Apr in Polyana.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

It is fabulous to find a hidden gem and right now Sochi is just that: a little wonderland where few from outside Eastern Europe have ever been. With the 2014 Winter Olympics looming, this place is only going to get bigger. Fortunately with so much attention on its way, Russia wants it done right, so bigger should mean better. We say go now for that ‘I was there’ feeling when the Games hit your TV screen. 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: Black Ski

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AT38 – Dolo-mighty

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

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Jagged pale-hued mountains, stunning evergreen valleys, placid lakes and grand Alpine lodges – the Dolomites force you to stop and stare. But not for long! The clear air refreshes your senses and inspires you to get out there. Ski, cycle, hike and climb before retreating to a steamy hot tub or a steaming fondue. 

What to do there…

Trentino Dolomites are packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Heli-skiing, Ice-climbing, Snow-shoeing, Spa/Massage, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Rock-climbing, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Swimming, Wine-tasting, Golf, Fondue, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Rosa Alpina blends gracious style and glamour with the inspiration to get active. This beautiful Alpine hotel offers Michelin-star cuisine, an exceptional outdoor activity centre and an innovative spa. 5* Vigilius Mountain Resort is an unbelievably stylish and exclusive designer retreat, accessible only by cable car and offering epic views.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Bolzano is 1-2h from Verona, Innsbruck, Bergamo and Venice by car and 1.5h from Rome by air. Ortisei, Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo are all 1-2.5h from Bolzano by car.
  • Weather: generally mild Apr-Oct, with occasional rain; cool to cold Nov-Mar, with regular snow.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Fine living and mutual respect is the Italian way, and just a few friendly words in the local language can open doors: a fabulous trattoria, a special wine recommendation, a stunning vantage point off the tourist trail, or a magically ornate church fresco. Make friends with your guides and bartenders and enjoy where they lead 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: Dolo-mighty  

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AT39- Volcanology

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

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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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AT36 – Wine Gardens

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

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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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AT37 – Kruger Bay

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

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Kruger Park’s myriad of stunning lodges make it the most luxurious safari park in the world, and also one of the best. The dry plains camouflage lions perfectly, so watching this apex beast making a kill is very much on the agenda. Elephants bathe in the shady tree-lined watering holes while crocodiles lurk below and leopards crouch above. 

What to do there…

Kruger is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Safari, Game-drives, Nature-walks, Photography, Cultural-visits, Scenic-flights, Elephant-riding, Bird-watching, Wine-tasting, Star-gazing.
  • Other: Swimming, Library, Spa/Massage, Picnics, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The exquisite suites of ultra-luxury 5* Leopard Hills have private plunge pools overlooking a watering hole. At stunning 5* Ulusaba you can experience both epic cliff-side panorama suites and intimate jungle treehouses – and even indulge in a spot of tennis. Pafuri Camp has fabulous 4* en-suite cabins set in a gentle shady river bend.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Jo’burg to Kruger Park is a 6h drive, or a 1h flight to Nelspruit plus 2h drive, or a 1.5h direct charter flight to selected reserves. Jo’burg to Richards Bay is 1.5h flight.
  • Weather: warm and sunny all year round, showers May-Aug.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

That you can find such opulent lodges in such a wild place almost defies belief. Each morning your heart is in your mouth as you set out in an open-sided jeep to find lions and leopards that could kill you with one mighty swipe. Your guides will amaze you time and again as they spot animals completely hidden from your inexperienced eyes. Have no fear, they will keep you safe – but do keep your eyes open! 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: Kruger Bay  

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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AT31 – Petra-fied

7:12 pm in Jordan, Middle East & North Africa by Middle-East-Northern-Africa

One week from £1035pp – 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...

Jordan is truly blessed with an exciting history, culture, environment and geography. Bathe in the Dead Sea, visit grand ancient temples, hike in beautiful canyons, visit historic religious sites and learn to cook spectacular Arabic stews – all within just a few hours’ drive. And do it from luxury hotels at the very birthplace of Spa culture. 

What to do there…

The Dead Sea is a great location and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Canyon-treks, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Cycling, Camel-riding, Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Hot-springs.
  • Other: Dead-Sea-bathing, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Library, Cinema.

Where to stay…

5* Evason Ma'In is situated in a quiet canyon with hot spring waterfalls gently splashing around you. Staff emphasise health, adventure and rejuvenation and really know how to pamper you. Alternatively, the 5* Kempinski Ishtar is right on the Dead Sea shore, packed with great activities and very family friendly.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Amman Airport is 1h from Ma’In and Ishtar, Dead Sea.  From there, Petra is 3h and Wadi Rum or Aqaba 2h more.
  • Weather: dry all year, cool Nov-Mar and warm Apr-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Petra is the most spectacular site in a country full of wonders. Give yourself 4-5h to explore it fully, especially if you make the fabulous trek up to the monastery and panoramic viewpoints. The moment you catch your first glimpse of the majestic library as you emerge from the winding canyons will stay with you forever. Breathtaking! 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: Petra-fied

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AT32 – Atlas Air

7:12 pm in Middle East & North Africa, Morocco by Middle-East-Northern-Africa

One week from £1595pp – 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...

With the heady sights, sounds and scents of the souks still intoxicating your senses, you escape to the clear air of the Moroccan countryside. There, beneath mighty Mount Toubkal, you find a luxurious Kasbah hill fort. You are welcomed warmly to your room, which is full of gold lacquer, bright woven fabrics and grand antiques. 

What to do there…

Toubkal is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Mountain-biking, Hiking, Nature-walks, Mountain-treks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Quad-bikes, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Berber-tents, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Kasbah Tamadot is the epitome of style and charm. Every inch has been designed with you in mind. Many of the well-trained and caring staff come from the local villages and use their life-long experience of the area to enhance yours. With so much to do and nowhere you’d rather come back to, this is a stunning and special retreat.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Toubkal is 1h drive south of Marrakesh. Essaouira is about a 3h drive west of both Toubkal and Marrakesh.
  • Weather: warm and dry all year round, hottest Jun-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

When you find a perfect blend of exotic, accessible culture, intense sensory relaxation and challenging, exciting activities, you know it’s going to be a great holiday. The friendly Moroccan people welcome you warmly and are delighted to share the best their country has to offer. Whether you come to climb Toubkal or enjoy the verdant valleys below, you are near the peak of boutique travel experiences. 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: Atlas Air

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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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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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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.

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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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AT20 – Cowboy Creek

7:12 pm in North America, USA by North-America

One week from £1795pp – 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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What it feels like to be there...

Texan hospitality is famous in the US, and when you combine it with supreme luxury lodgings and world-beating adventures it creates something special. Be it rafting breathtaking caverns, riding the ranch or storming the historic adobe forts, excitement is never far away. And come home to classic Texan cooking - ribs never tasted finer. 

What to do there…

Cibolo Creek is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Rafting, Cultural-visits, Star-gazing, Nature-walks, Cave-treks, Fishing, Hunting, Spa/Massage, Hot-springs.
  • Other: Quad-bikes, 4x4-tours, Ghost-towns, Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Cibolo Creek Ranch could have fallen right out of your Wild-West fantasies. Built in the classic adobe fort style, the rooms are warmly decorated with antique furniture and log fires. This is a working ranch with loads going on, and they promise to find more interesting things to do than you can spare days to stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Cibolo Creek has a private airstrip or is a 3h drive from Midland Odessa or El Paso (both about 1h flight from Dallas).
  • Weather: it is warm and dry all year round (hot May-Sep)

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

If you have ever fancied yourself as a rugged cowboy or perhaps a Southern country gent, this is the place for you. The guest list here is teeming with famous names, so you will be in good company as you ride over the plains and into the mountains, wrestle long-horn cattle or raft past high canyon walls. Take in some of the Native American sites too, for a relaxing spot of culture before retiring for margaritas. 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: Cowboy Creek

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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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AT10 – Himalayan Nirvana

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

One week from £1995pp – 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...

High in the majestic Himalayas, the amazing warmth of the Bhutanese people offsets the cool mountain climate. Colourful prayer flags flicker on bridges and peak markers, and the amazing Taktsang monastery clings to a near-vertical rock face. Become one of the few foreigners ever to have marvelled at this ancient land. 

What to do there…

Paro is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Fishing, Rafting, Nature-walks, Spa/Massage, Yoga.
  • Other: Archery, Mountain-biking, Golf, Swimming.

Where to stay…

5* Amankora is the perfect way to experience a Himalayan nirvana. Its 5 ultra-luxury lodges are positioned across the country, near all the top sights, to show off the very best of Bhutan. The 5* Uma Paro, located in Bhutan’s most accessible and adventure-packed region, is an epic alternative, offering great tailored experience packages.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: the airport is just a few minutes away from Paro’s hotels and around 1h from Thimphu by 4x4.
  • Weather: cool and mild all year round, getting colder with altitude and in winter months, Nov-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

As you walk across a windswept bridge, dodging the threads of the prayer flags whipping in the breeze, Bhutanese kids will run excitedly to welcome you. They will take you to watch their fathers competing in archery tournaments and point out the most beautiful temples and painted houses. Then, with a friendly smile, they will wave you on your way. Travel as it should be. 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: Himalayan Nirvana

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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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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.

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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.

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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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