BEST FOR GETTING BACK TO NATURE

Woodbridge on the Derwent, Tasmania

Start the day with a campfire breakfast in the hotel’s riverside truffle orchard, watching possums and platypus play. Disappear for a few days with a guide on the Cradle Mountain Overland Track. Or board a seaplane from the hotel’s jetty and fly over the pristine Southwest Wilderness forests. Enjoy views up the “Shipwreck Coast”, followed by a water landing and gourmet picnic at Recherché Bay.

BEST FOR EXPLORING

Ka’ana Boutique Resort and Spa, Belize

There's so much to explore in Belize. Cave tube into large underground cave chambers or zip line through the sub-tropical jungle canopy. Travel into the jungle on a once-in-a-lifetime jaguar tracking expedition. Be sure to visit the intriguing nearby Mayan sites including the Tikal and Caracol temples. Ride on horseback or travel by helicopter to get a bird's-eye view of the Maya Mountains and the 1000-Foot Falls. Enjoy a private picnic, set against the backdrop of a 150-foot waterfall on Privassion River.

BEST FOR WILDLIFE SPOTTING

The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

Trek through the rainforest and bathe under cascading waterfalls. Raft Class IV rapids, ride horseback along the coast and snorkel over coral reefs.

Head to the manatee refuge and learn about the endangered West Indian manatee. Getting there is half the fun in a small motorized train or a pushcart called a "burra" along the narrow-gauge railway. Tour the wildlife-rich estuaries in a small motorized skiff or if you prefer a hand-paddled canoe.

BEST FOR ECO-ADVENTURE

Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands

Set on the Ecuadorian archipelagos, this is the ultimate destination for environmental protection and sustainability. One of the most ecologically diverse hotspots on the planet, exotic creatures are abundant.

The carbon-neutral, alternative energy-efficient hotel has its own giant tortoise reserve. Sail on the hotel’s yacht in search of sea lions, lava lizards and Darwin’s finches. You could see birds with sky-blue feet, 400kg tortoises, swimming iguanas and tropical albatrosses.

BEST FOR ADRENALIN JUNKIES

Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, United States 

The perfect location for adventure all year round. White-water rafting, kayaking and wave surfing make the perfect activities in summer. Try hiking, horseback riding and exploring miles of trails by mountain bike. When winter arrives, the area becomes a different place altogether. The snow brings a fresh set of activities: skiing here is renowned worldwide. You’ll be tested by runs like Corbets Couloir, Crags, and Cirque. But you can also try snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, dog-sledding or sleigh-riding. 

BEST FOR DISCOVERING THE BUSH

Kenya

Outside the area of the Great Migration, Northern Kenya has an even wilder feel.

It is home to wildlife not seen further south. This includes the endangered Grevy’s zebra, the rare Beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Land on the Samburu airstrip and sleep in luxury tents. Game drives can be timed to include breakfasts and sundowners in the bush. These are followed by lunch or dinner on the riverbank, watching elephants as they come down to drink.

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