Amazing destinations to include on your luxury adventure itinerary
A luxury getaway doesn’t have to mean long, lazy days relaxing on the beach, and although it’s an attractive prospect for many, the more adventurous type might disagree. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to inject a bit of adrenalin into your next trip without compromising on luxury at all – whether it’s exploring the Amazon, indulging in some extreme sports of taking an expedition to discover the unknown. There are always ways to do it in style, so buckle up and be prepared for adventure in these incredible destinations.
Awash with stunning vistas from every possible angle, from vast glaciers to some of South America’s highest peaks, Patagonia is a unique and sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile and comprising the southernmost section of the Andes mountains as well as deserts, pampa and grasslands. It also happens to be one of the world’s best spots for outdoor adventure, and travellers can take a guided horseback trip, hike the picturesque mountain paths, or opt for a boat trip which will take you to see the amazing glaciers from a truly special vantage point.
Concerned about the mod cons? You needn’t be, as all of this can be enjoyed in the utmost of luxury. The region boasts a range of opulent lodges that promise to cater to your every need, offering amenities including swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas and steam baths all as part of the package. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day outdoors, and guests can spend evenings cosied up in front of open fires or enjoying delicious meals cooked with local Chilean ingredients.
Thailand is one of the world’s most popular destinations, and not without good reason. Its alluring blend of culture, nature, philosophy and delicious food makes it an attractive prospect for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in an entirely new experience, and its pristine beaches attract sunseekers, party-goers and surfers in their droves.
For adventure, visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and try rafting or trekking in the Mae Hong Son region in northwest Thailand. Here, you can cycle through the countryside, passing through charming local villages where you can connect with the local people and experience life the way they do. From cultural encounters to wildlife spotting, there’s more than enough here for the active traveller – and, with some of the most lavish five-star spa hotels in the world scattered across the country, whatever you choose to do during your holiday in Thailand can be luxurious all the way. Check out our guide to the most luxurious destinations around Asia here.
When it comes to adventure and relaxation, Kauai is a place where you can enjoy the best of both. The breath-taking Na Pali coast on the island’s north shore boasts cascading waterfalls over 3,000 foot high cliffs, and is one of the most memorable sights you are ever likely to see – and the picturesque Hanalei bay is perfect for taking some time to unwind.
Here, you can choose from a two-mile trek to Hanakapiai Beach, where you can encounter endangered Hawaiian monk seals basking in the sunshine in the shallows – or opt for a more challenging 11-mile walk along the Kalalau Trail. Kayaking, snorkelling, zip-lining and horse riding are all activities on offer here – and with a raft of luxury accommodation to choose from, you can relax and enjoy.
If you’re looking for picturesque beaches, then they don’t come much better than Tulum – and the great thing about this bohemian Mexican hideaway is that there is plenty to see and do. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Mayans and is home to one of the best-preserved Mayan sites on the east coast of Mexico. And, after visiting those, you can take the plunge into a crystal-clear underground cenote for a swim, or visit the amazing Sian Ka’an biosphere to spot a little local wildlife – rounding off with a relaxing afternoon on one of the area’s picturesque beaches or a spot of outstanding snorkelling and diving.
If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, then head to Antarctica for an experience like no other. Take in spectacular scenery, amazing landscapes and breath-taking scenery and enjoy animal encounters that are truly out of this world.
A land of extremes, Antarctica is a place like nowhere else on earth. Here, you’ll need to be prepared for cold weather, but the rewards you will reap make it more than worth it.
Some companies offer expedition cruises to Antarctica, taking you on a journey of exploration and following in the footsteps of some of history’s bravest adventurers. Fly in for extreme skiing and climbing or visit Antarctica’s jewel in the crown, the South Pole. At the end of it all, you can head back to your luxury cruise liner to enjoy all the usual mod cons – warm up in the jacuzzi, refuel with a delicious meal cooked by the on-board chefs or unwind with a cocktail at the bar.
If you want to get the best of both worlds on your next getaway, then great news – adventure and luxury can go hand in hand, if only you know where to look. Head to one of these unforgettable destinations and you won’t be disappointed, as adrenaline and opulence both come as standard.