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AT47 – Black Ski
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. (Courtesy of Grand Hotel Polyana.)
AT37 – Kruger Bay
Kruger Park’s myriad 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 jaguars crouch above. (Courtesy of Pafuri Camp.)
AT17 – Outback Rocks
Kakadu is a simply stunning wetland outback, with miles of beautiful lakes, winding rivers, deciduous forests and sunny grasslands as far as the eye can see. Crocodiles laze on the banks, buffalo roam the meadows and a menagerie of birds flit among the trees. (Courtesy of Longitude 131.)
AT42 – Sparkling Santorini
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. (Courtesy of Grace Santorini.)
AT02 – Hill-tribe Haven
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. (Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.)
AT07 – Mystical Valleys
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. (Courtesy of Banyan Tree)
AT27 – Far & Away
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. (Courtesy of Tierra Atacama.)
AT32 – Atlas Air
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. (Courtesy of Shutterstock)
AT12 – Backwater Bliss
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. (Courtesy of Malabar Escapes.)
AT22 – El Capitan’s Canyons
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. (Courtesy of Shutterstock)
WHAT MAKES THESE 50 HOLIDAYS THE BEST IN THE WORLD?
To be called an “AdventureTemple”, a holiday location must be truly special – never rough and ready, never one-dimensional and everything good to do is within a day-trip, so you can unpack and relax. Each trip can challenge your body, inspire your mind and rejuvenate your spirit: superb variety from a stunning luxury base. Find the perfect holiday for you, right here, today; and let us do the rest.
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