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Holiday Type / Spirit of Adventure

Travelling in style should not preclude you from savouring adrenalin-fuelled and unique encounters; more and more luxury resorts are appealing to their guests' sense of adventure without compromising on their level of refinement. Some seek out uncharted territory so that their very location acts as inspiration for unforgettable discoveries; a log cabin resort in the Canadian wilderness can offer its guests the exhilaration of helicopter glacier flights and grizzly bear encounters. Others combine more accessible destinations with the most adventurous experiences available; a Caribbean beach retreat could be the perfect springboard for a day flying through the rainforest on a zip-wire or swimming with the dolphins in their natural habitat.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

The site of a former 18th Century sugar plantation, the aptly-named Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has attracted quite the celebrity following, counting Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow amongst its fans. And for good reason. Yes, the sand is exceedingly white and powdery, the service is genuinely superb and the location between the majestic Pitons makes this the premier address on St Lucia, but there is much more to this exceptional beachfront resort than first meets the eye. From sampling gourmet fare in the charming Great Room restaurant to expl...

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Half Moon

Colonial-style architecture with contemporary accents, a sweeping crescent-shaped bay and myriad recreational and dining facilities define this world-class resort. Most guest accommodations lie along the curve of the bay; choose between ocean or garden views, deluxe rooms or spacious suites (some with private pools). Nestled in manicured gardens at the eastern end of the resort, the Royal Villas with private pools, two complimentary golf carts, dedicated butler, cook and housekeeper may be the perfect choice for families or groups of friends. T...

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Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Nestled within twenty seven acres of lush gardens overlooking Tamarin Bay lies an all-villa resort where guests’ every need is attended. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, no detail has been overlooked in the newly renovated villas featuring Hermès decorations and amenities that offer a mix of traditional and contemporary designs with an emphasis on latest technology. Each spacious villa is the epitome of privacy with a secluded living/dining veranda and private plunge pool outside. The Beachfront Luxury Suite Pool Villas are truly br...

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

This aristocrat amongst trains takes its passengers to some of the most celebrated cities in Europe – Paris, Venice, Budapest, Prague, Berlin and Istanbul. Travelling in its gloriously restored carriages revives the golden age of travel: a 24-hour cabin steward is on-hand throughout your journey, interiors gleam with polished wood and brass, ever-changing landscapes slip past your window and a formal black-tie dinner awaits in one of three dining cars. Cuisine is of the highest calibre, whilst the service is magnificent; breakfast and afternoon...

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Kasbah Tamadot

With a name that means ‘soft breeze’ in Berber, this ravishing retreat in the Atlas foothills transcends the merely luxurious. A forty five minute drive from Marrakech, Sir Richard Branson’s hotel lies in extensive grounds brimming with a lush variety of fruit trees, cacti and rambling roses – hidden staircases and courtyards appearing at almost every turn. Inside, eighteen antique-adorned rooms and suites marry traditional Moroccan colours and textures with more modern architectural notes. For added indulgence, nine spectacular Berber Tented S...

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Nestling above Walker Bay, South Africa’s premier marine and botanical reserve offers a wealth of activities for lovers of the great outdoors. Complimentary land-based activities range from guided flower safaris through the ancient milkwood forests on open 4x4 vehicles to hikes on walking trails up fynbos-clad mountains or gentle horseback rides, with ponies available for children. Picnic on the beach or walk along the rocky shores and explore the ancient coastal caves. Whale watching from the coastline between Hermanus and De Kelders is a high...

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The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

With the Zambezi gliding majestically by, and the mist of Victoria Falls rising downriver, the effect is entrancing. Set inside the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, zebra and giraffe roam freely through the hotel grounds. River-facing rooms are complemented by an outdoor dining terrace where meals are accompanied by incomparable river vistas. Guests enjoy complimentary entry to the Falls, which are just a short stroll through the private entrance in the gardens. Relax in a hammock overlooking the Zambezi or at The Royal Spa where massages take plac...

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Mahali Mzuri

Sir Richard Branson’s first East African camp enjoys a scenic location in the heart of an expansive, game-rich Mara conservancy. Twelve luxurious tented suites are perched on raised platforms along the hillside overlooking a lush valley – ten being configured for two adults, two accommodating additional guests on sofa beds. The lodge tent features a lounge/library with iPads, TV and DVD and dining area where delicious meals are served around the communal table or alfresco on the deck with valley views. Recreations focus around the twice daily g...

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Les Barmes De l'Ours

At the foot of the famous Bellevarde Olympic ski run, this charming chalet-style hotel characterises the epitome of luxury in Val d’Isere, combining a superb slope-side location and an outstanding spa. Just a short walk from the lively village, each of the hotel’s four levels offers a contrasting style of accommodation – Alpine Chalet, Contemporary, American Lodge and Scandinavian. The “Ours” Bear Suite benefits from a private Jacuzzi, whilst some of the rooms and suites feature fireplaces. Restaurant choices include La Rôtisserie for slope-sid...

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ICEHOTEL

As unique as it is transient, the Icehotel promises an unforgettable stay. Standing 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle it is created afresh each year by international artists - entirely hewn from ice and snow with no two Icehotels ever the same. From mid December to mid April, guests can spend one night in the Icehotel - the temperature remaining between -5 and -8 degrees - with further nights in the cosily contemporary Kaamos rooms or chalets. Glistening ice sculptures line pillared hallways hung with ice chandeliers, whilst individuall...

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