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The whole world was shaped by people on horse-back, and these riding adventures provide a taster of that same pioneering spirit. Saddle a st   Find out more.

The whole world was shaped by people on horse-back, and these riding adventures provide a taster of that same pioneering spirit. Saddle a sturdy beast and ride out at sunrise.
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AT48 – Fire & Ice

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

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

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

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AT49 – Svalbard Skies

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

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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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AT50 – Lapland Cabins

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

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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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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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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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AT41 – Font of Knowledge

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

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Near the delightful village of Barbizon (famous for its art school) sits the Chateau de Fontainebleau, surrounded by ancient forests. Today, its rocky grounds have achieved international acclaim as the world’s best bouldering location. Climbers now join the horse-riders, cyclists and woodsmen, sharing the amazing views and clean forest air. 

What to do there…

Fontainebleau is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Fine-arts, Art-classes, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Swimming, Gardens, Tennis.

Where to stay…

4* Hotellerie du Bas Bréau is a charming huntsman’s lodge that has built its great reputation with a blend of exceptional service, fabulous cuisine and warm country style. Its passion for the area, and desire to show it off to the full, has led it to develop a truly great programme of adventure activities and relaxing excursions.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Fontainebleau is 1h from Paris.
  • Weather: warm May-Sep, cold Dec-Feb, occasional showers.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Fontainebleau, and the rest of the area south of Paris, offers a magnificent range and depth of experiences. There are wonderful cultural sites, adventurous and exciting activities, artistic and culinary delights – and not just a few of each, but loads!  You could try something new every day or focus on mastering your greatest passion for the whole holiday. 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: Font of Knowledge

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AT40 – Alpine Descent

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

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The soaring mountains and tranquil valleys of the French Alps are a serene and beautiful place, where the locals relax in warm chalet-taverns dreaming up exciting new adventure activities. Find a cosy Alpine lodge of your own to unwind in, then hit the town and let the townsfolk persuade you to try something crazy too. 

What to do there…

Megève is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Dog-sledding, Snow-shoeing, Ice-skating, Tobogganing, Paragliding, Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Hydro-speeding, Kayaking, Zip-lining, Cooking-classes, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Gym, Curling, Fishing, Golf, Scenic-flights, Tennis.

Where to stay…

Just outside Megève you can find 5* Les Fermes de Marie: nine stunning and homely farm-chalets in their own mini-hamlet. Their luxury-cottage style transports you to a different age and the warm friendly service makes you feel like one of the community. If you can bring yourself to leave, the concierge will ably advise.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Megève and Chamonix are 1h from Geneva, Switzerland, and <1h apart.
  • Weather: cold and snowy Nov-Apr, warm May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

You can enjoy and challenge yourself in almost every way imaginable here. Start with something crazy, from grabbing a wetsuit and hydro-speeding down a canyon river, to paraglide-skiing off-piste. Then warm down with an intensive massage and a cooking class on the fabulous mountain-style cuisine of the area. 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: Alpine Descent

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AT34 – Crater Safari

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

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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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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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AT29 – Gaucho Falls

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

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

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

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AT27 – Far & Away

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

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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

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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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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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AT22 – El Capitan’s Canyons

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

One week from £1675pp – 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...

Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Zion… this area has more stunning National Parks within a day’s travel than anywhere else on Earth. All around is unimaginable beauty that rejuvenates your spirit and inspires you to action. Climb over it, swim through it, squeeze under it, but above all enjoy it – this nature’s playground is open for all. 

What to do there…

Yosemite is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Rock-climbing, Rafting, Kayaking, Nature-walks, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Horse-riding, Yoga, Spa/Massage, Photography, Cooking-classes, Wine-tasting.
  • Other: Gold-panning, Logger-railroad, Jet-skis, Golf.

Where to stay…

5* Chateau du Sureau is a luxurious fairytale lodge on the edge of Yosemite, surrounded by tall forests and elderberry bushes. The service is simply outstanding and the staff focus on providing amazing adventures, with a relaxing feel of old-world charm. Fine dining is a specialty here and the chef will happily share his secrets.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Yosemite is 4-5h by road from San Francisco and LAX, or drive 1h to Fresno for regional flights. The Canyonlands are served by Page and Moab Airports (allow 0.5-1d travel).
  • Weather: warmer Apr-Oct, cooler Nov-Mar with limited rain..

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Yosemite has so much to see and do you could spend a month here and not get bored. Nor will you find yourself tired out because the hotel is charming, comfortable and dedicated to refined relaxation. Challenge yourself to try something scary, something improving and something decadent for a complete body, mind and spirit workout. 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: El Capitan's Canyons

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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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AT25 – Virgin Breeze

7:12 pm in British Virgin Islands, Central America & Caribbean by Central-America-Caribbean

One week from £1950pp – 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 £1950pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Even the lure of fresh fruit cocktails beneath tropical palm trees on soft white sand won’t keep you off the water long. The inviting cool breeze that kisses the Virgin Islands makes this a sailing paradise. 

What to do there…

Virgin Gorda is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Kite-boarding, Scuba-diving, Kayaking, Wind-surfing, Hiking, Cycling, Fishing, Horse-riding, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Tennis, Cultural-visits, Gym.

Where to stay…

The bright elegant suites of 5* Biras Creek Resort are a great place to enjoy an active Caribbean break in the lap of luxury. 5* Rosewood Little Dix Bay is an equally beautiful and family-friendly alternative.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: airports at Beef Island/St Thomas are <1h by boat.
Weather: hot with a cooling breeze; hurricane risk Jun-Nov.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Harness the wind by sail or kite and fly across the water or over it. BVI is an amazing country with a landscape you can hardly believe. Soak up the sunshine, devour the freshest seafood and relax with a refreshing drink before the call of the waves grows too strong again. 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: Virgin Breeze

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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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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.

One week from £1795pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

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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AT18 – 1-Year BC

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

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...

Blue River and Yoho National parks in the wilds of British Columbia are just a short hop from the famous Alberta ski resorts, Jasper and Banff, but feel a million miles from anywhere. Whether you fly by helicopter to the top of powder-fresh peaks or kayak fish-filled lakes, the spirit of adventure will course through your veins. 

What to do there…

Blue River and Yoho are perfect for 7 to 10 days of luxury adventures:
  • Major: Heli-skiing, Off-Piste, Skiing/Snowboarding, Nature-walks, Rock-climbing, Fishing, Mountain-biking, Kayaking, Rafting, Jet-boating, Horse-riding, Caving, Hot-springs.
  • Other: Golf, Wine-tasting, Gym/Fitness, Sauna, Massage.

Where to stay…

5* Albreda Lodge, at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Resort in Blue River, BC, is perhaps the world’s premier luxury heli-skiing resort. Even in summer there is magical fresh powder and huge long descents. The 4.5* Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Yoho is a great summer option, providing a spectacular range of outdoor adventure pursuits from a luxurious wood-cabin base.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: From Vancouver, there are weekly 2h direct flights to Blue River, or daily (1h) to Kamloops a 2.5h drive away. Yoho is 2.5-3h by car from Calgary (a 2h flight from Vancouver). Desolation Sound is <1h by helicopter from near Vancouver.
  • Weather: cold Nov-Mar and warm Apr-Oct, there is a lot of snow in the winter and some rain in summer.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There are so many opportunities for adventure in British Columbia it feels like you could try something new every day for a whole year. The exquisite mountain lodges that nestle in beautiful valleys and placid lakesides are nothing short of breathtaking. And these places really know how to deliver great service: friendly attentiveness, attention to detail, and the inspiration to create ‘perfect moments’. 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: 1-year BC

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AT19 – Quebecois Cool

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

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...

Québec is a region of pure beauty where, outside the cities, time seems to stand still. Grand manor houses sit elegantly on the banks of calm lakes, surrounded by forests and flowers. The wild country air and fantastic landscapes invigorate and gently coax you out for a huge range of exciting adventures. 

What to do there…

North Hatley is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cycling, Nature-walks, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Ice-skating, Dog-sledding, Sleigh-riding, Snow-shoeing, Kayaking, Wind-surfing, Fishing, Spa/Massage, Horse-riding.
  • Other: Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Cultural-visits.

Where to stay…

5* Manoir Hovey is the epitome of class; it feels like your own private estate in the wilderness. They are dedicated to meeting your needs: fine food and wine, roaring log fires and miles of undisturbed beauty to explore. Also try a sizzling hot-spring pool out in the snow at one of the great nearby spas.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: North Hatley is 3h by car from Québec and 2h from Montreal. Toronto is 1-1.5h flight from these major cities.
  • Weather: dry and warm Jun-Aug, cool and snowy Dec-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Here is a place you could come back to time and again because, with every passing season, the wilderness puts on a new show, and yet the luxurious manor and impeccable service stays the same. If that weren’t enough, the beautiful French-style cuisine served here is perhaps North America’s finest, complemented perfectly by expertly chosen wine and a view to die 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: Quebecois Cool

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AT21 – Pioneers Hideaway

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

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

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

What it feels like to be there...

Vail is one of the great American mountain resorts, its magnificent luxurious hotels only trumped by the wonders of nature itself. Deep powder all winter and stunning scenery all summer, there is no bad time to come. Throw in a relaxing spa, some fine wine and beautiful cuisine and you are getting pretty close to perfection. 

What to do there…

Vail is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Snow-mobiles, Dog-sledding, Snow-shoeing, Sleigh-riding, Ice-skating, Spa/Massage, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Rafting, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Golf, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Kid-friendly, Tennis.

Where to stay…

The 5* Four Seasons Resort Vail is a grand mountain chateau with roaring log fires and stunning décor. Every corner oozes style and the service is impeccable. The hotel is also truly dedicated to helping guests enjoy the natural environment, with activities to suit every mood and ability level.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Denver Airport to Vail is 2h drive and DeBeque is 2h more. Dunton is 1h from Durango (a 1h flight from Denver).
  • Weather: cool or cold and dry with lots of snow Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

A classic destination in any season, the Colorado wilderness is a wonderful place to escape the city and feel like an intrepid pioneer. Of course, behind the scenes you now benefit from the very best modern infrastructure and service, so your adventure time is utilised to the full. Visit a few hidden out-of-the-way places to connect with the historical feel of the area: forest cabins and ghost towns. 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: Pioneers Hideaway

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AT14 – South Island Spectacle

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £3995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £3995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Queenstown is the heart of South Island’s action zone. Elegant snow-capped mountains, giant creaking glaciers, fresh clear lakes, roaring waterfalls and towering fjords surround you. The people of this beautiful region practically invented adventure sports, such is their dedication to fun in the great outdoors. Join in, you will be amazed! 

What to do there…

Queenstown is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Heli-skiing, Glacier-treks, Jet-boating, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Wine-tasting, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Bungee, Rafting, Kayaking, Scuba-diving, Golf, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Jacuzzi, Games, Library, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

The 5* Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, is one of the world’s very best super-luxury activity hotels. A stylish lakeside lodge nestled beneath beautiful mountains, this place offers something of everything adventurous. Add fine dining, great wine and Jacuzzis, and the full package will keep even the most demanding guests satisfied.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Queenstown (<1h from Glenorchy) is a 1h flight or 6h scenic drive from Christchurch, or a 2h flight from Auckland.
  • Weather: South Island is mild with relatively few rainy days per month year-round. Jun-Aug is coolest, Dec-Feb warmest.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

New Zealand’s amazing environment has long made it an adventure traveller’s destination of choice. Now it has found a whole new gear: luxury overdrive! To differentiate from the many good basic hotels, the very best lodges use helicopters to whisk you around, getting you off the beaten track and giving you a month’s worth of experiences in a week. If you have the means, this is truly the ultimate package. 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: South Island Spectacle

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AT15 – North Island Nexus

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £2450pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2450pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Captivating caverns, icy mountain peaks, thunderous waterfalls, boiling mud pools, shimmering lakes, pristine beaches, the North Island is almost beyond belief. Excitement waits around every corner and now it comes served with supreme luxury, fine wine, elegant cuisine and a dose of culture. What more could you need? 

What to do there…

Taupo is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Scenic-flights, Cultural-visits, Wine-tasting, Caving, Jet-boating, Sky-diving, Micro-lights, Rafting, Kayaking, Bungee.
  • Other: Motor-racing, Para-sailing, Tennis, Swimming, Pètanque, Croquet, Beauticians.

Where to stay…

The 5* Huka Lodge is located right on the Waikato River, which borders the stunning Wairakei Park Reserve. The stylish country manor design blends in perfectly and offers so many fantastic activities you could do something new every day for a month.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Taupo is a 3.5h drive from Auckland, 4.5h from Wellington, 1h from Rotorua. Flying halves the journey time.
  • Weather: Mild and dry all year round.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Nothing can quite prepare you for the variety of amazing landscapes you find in such a compact area here, making North Island a ‘must see’ on every world traveller’s itinerary for years. Now, though, you can do it in supreme luxury, and without taking a month off. Flying around by helicopter lets you sample all the best bits in just a week or two, and there is no better base than Huka Lodge. 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: North Island Nexus

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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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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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