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AT01 – Andaman Elements

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

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Railay has a chilled out, adventurous vibe. The long west beach is linked to the eastern bay by the peninsula’s only shopping strip, a tiny, sandy street with a great coffee and cocktails bar and ice cream parlour. You will share gorgeous cliffs, jungle, beaches and islands with tanned rock-climbers and playful monkeys, but the exclusive Phranang beach and best caves are all right next to Rayavadee. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Andaman Elements

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Nature-walks

10:44 am in Activities M, N, O, Spirit by Activity

A practiced eye and attention to detail pay dividends as you amble amid the wonders of nature. Stress and strain ebb away as surely as shado   Find out more.

A practiced eye and attention to detail pay dividends as you amble amid the wonders of nature. Stress and strain ebb away as surely as shadows retreating in the bright, dewy light of dawn.
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AT50 – Lapland Cabins

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

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What it feels like to be there...

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The winter wonder of the Northern Lights is best seen from January to early March, while the ski season continues until May. If you go for the beautiful Karasjok dog-sled lodges, you forgo a little luxury but gain so much in charming remote exclusivity that you won’t notice. Laplanders go above and beyond to make sure you have an amazing time, whatever you choose to do – so just go for it! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Lapland Cabins

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AT42 – Sparkling Santorini

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

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What it feels like to be there...

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Santorini has traditionally been seen as a place with relaxing spas, great views and pretty churches, but it actually offers so much more. There are few better places to sail, starting in the sheltered caldera lagoon, then venturing out to nearby islands. Or jump on a horse and trek across the island, taking in the panoramic vistas of the Aegean, then finish the day tasting traditional sweet Vinsantos wine. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Sparkling Santorini

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AT43- Captivating Cappadocia

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

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What it feels like to be there...

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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AT45 – Uphill, Downhill

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

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The slopes in these valleys have made the area famous for skiing, but don’t for a minute believe they go unused in summer. Downhill scooting is the new and accessible adventure activity that’s taking the area by storm. You leap on an elongated scooter with big fat tyres and plot your course down the mountains back to the gondola ski lifts. Lots of exhilaration and little effort, what more could you need? We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Uphill, Downhill

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AT41 – Font of Knowledge

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

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.

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What it feels like to be there...

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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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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What it feels like to be there...

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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AT37 – Kruger Bay

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

One week from £1995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB 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...

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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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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What it feels like to be there...

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

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

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AT30 – Galapa-gosh

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

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

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What it feels like to be there...

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

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

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AT29 – Gaucho Falls

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

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

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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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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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AT22 – El Capitan’s Canyons

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

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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

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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

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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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AT17 – Outback Rocks

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

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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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AT18 – 1-Year BC

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

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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

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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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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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AT21 – Pioneers Hideaway

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

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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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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.

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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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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.

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What it feels like to be there...

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

What to do there…

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

Where to stay…

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

Some practical information worth knowing…

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

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

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

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AT12 – Backwater Bliss

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

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

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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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AT08 – Powder Paradise

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

One week from £2375pp – 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...

Niseko is blessed with track-free powder throughout the winter season, and its beautiful mountains and cool river rapids are bathed in pleasant warm sun most of the year. Hokkaido island is Japan’s ultimate adventure playground and a great luxury activity destination for travellers looking for something unusual and exclusive. 

What to do there…

Niseko is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Snow-mobiles, Snow-shoeing, Hot-springs, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Night-skiing, Rafting, Fishing, Mountain-biking, Golf, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The Chalets at Country Resort is a beautiful estate with 33 serviced 4* chalets with 2-5 bedrooms. Exclusive and private, its wood cabins fit perfectly into their environment and are packed with all the facilities you might need. The helpful concierge service sets up activities and equipment, stocks your kitchen and books meals out.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Niseko is about 2h by air and road from Tokyo or Osaka. Karuizawa is 2-2.5h by train from Tokyo.
  • Weather: Niseko’s ski season is Nov-May, with warm weather the rest of the year. Nagano’s ski season is Dec-Apr, with the region experiencing warm weather May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

This is a mountain escape like no other. Where most ski resorts are a bit crowded and impersonal, this one feels as if it has been designed just for you. There is still a great buzz in the village and on the bigger lifts, but when you are out on the mountain or back in your chalet, it feels like the world has melted away. The friendly concierge service really ‘gets’ what you need and tries hard to exceed expectations. 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: Powder Paradise

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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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AT03 – Wild Cave Island

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

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

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

What it feels like to be there...

Borneo has all the ingredients for an amazing adventure: colourful coral reefs, turquoise seas, white sand, dense jungle, deep dark caves, a towering mountain, and an orangutan or two. What more could you need? How about a stylish eco-lodge to relax in while you observe - and help conserve - this island paradise? 

What to do there…

Kinabalu is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Jungle-treks, Nature-walks, Ecology, Orangutan-watching, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Mountain-treks, Swimming, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The 4.5* Gayana Eco Resort has 52 over-water cabins and is a great base from which to experience the coral-rich waters off Borneo. Situated on a jungle covered island near Kota Kinabalu, you can drop straight from your room into nature, or grab a boat to the mainland for a trip to the orangutan sanctuaries or Mount Kinabalu.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Kota Kinabalu (<1h away) is the main travel hub for the region. Overland and sea travel are slow, but interesting.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year round. Expect a short but spectacular daily jungle shower Nov-Jan.
  • Warning: Sarawak is a remote jungle area and while its better hotels and restaurants are good, they are not yet comparable with the high-end luxury of Peninsular Malaysia.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Being able to actively conserve the natural environment you have come to see is a great addition to the eco-lodge experience. Gayana has an on-site Marine Ecology Center where you can plant corals and propagate endangered giant clams during your stay. If you want more, take a magnificent overnight trip to Sandakan’s orangutan sanctuary and Turtle Island, or a day trip to nearby Rasa Ria’s bijou sanctuary. 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: Wild Cave Island

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AT04 – Pristine Peninsula

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

One week from £1275pp – 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 £1275pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

With its beautiful 5* villas located on white sandy beaches between calm coral seas and pristine primary jungle Peninsular Malaysia is a place that really knows how to do luxury adventures. Grab your khakis and swing through the trees with the monkeys, before cooling off with a snorkel over bright and bountiful reefs. 

What to do there…

Terengganu is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 10 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Jungle-treks, Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Nature-walks, Canopy-walks, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Tennis, Snorkelling, Boat-trips, Cycling, Cultural-visits, Swimming.

Where to stay…

The 5* Tanjong Jara Resort is the perfect base for exploring the spectacular reefs of Tenggol Island and the virgin jungle to the east of the Taman Negara National Park. It offers a fantastic range of activities to stimulate body, mind and spirit, and serves the very pinnacle of Malaysian fine cuisine.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan are around 1h away by car and have well-connected regional airports.
  • Weather: it is warm and humid all year round, with short daily showers in the cooler season, Nov-Feb
  • Warning: Taman Negara is a remote jungle – the canopy walk and waterfalls are fantastic, but getting there can be tough.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The East Coast of Malaysia feels light years away from the bustle of daily life, but you don’t feel isolated in a tourist bubble, you are part of a living and breathing community. A short walk down the exclusive beach or a trip to the jungle, river or islands will bring you into the lives of friendly locals, who are happy to share their arts, beliefs, traditions and exciting foods. Try everything! 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: Pristine Peninsula

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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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AT07 – Mystical Valleys

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

One week from £1975pp – 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 £1975pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

As gentle mists shroud unfathomably steep, verdant valleys, your eyes will widen as you struggle to take in the beauty of the view. But this is just the backdrop to Yuzi Paradise, a billion dollar, 1,320-acre park dedicated to the creation of art. A stay here is an adventure that will inspire the artist in you. 

What to do there…

Guilin is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Art-classes, Cycling, Nature-walks, Cave-treks, Yoga, Meditation, Tai-chi, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Boat-trips, Fishing, Hiking, Kid-friendly, Swimming.

Where to stay…

The 5* Hotel of Modern Art (HOMA) is at the heart of Yuzi Paradise. It pairs each group of guests with a VIP host whose job is to anticipate your every need and facilitate your every whim. Stay in luxurious and, of course, artistically designed rooms, and let your host arrange the perfect blend of action, art and indulgence.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Guilin airport is 1.5h from Hong Kong (HK) or 2.5h from Shanghai. Guilin to Lijiang flights change in Kunming or Chongqing (2h flying + connection). Lijiang to HK or Shanghai flights connect similarly and take at least 5h.
  • Weather: Guilin is hot Jun-Sep and wet Apr-Jul, otherwise mild and generally dry. Lijiang is cold Nov-Feb and wet Jun-Sep, otherwise mild and generally dry.
  • Warning: Lijiang is special, but getting there takes a day of internal travel. Consider HK for ‘extensions’ <4 days.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Trips to China are sometimes hard work, but always very rewarding. HOMA offers something different, though; a trip where the biggest challenge is choosing between activities, classes and spa treatments. Otherwise, it is pure pleasure in a scenic location. 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: Mystical Valleys

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