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If you are lucky

Some things come down to luck, if you are in the right place at the right time you might just spot something you’ll never forget, be it a breath-taking natural wonder or a stunning wildlife show seemingly put on just for you. Even with extensive planning some things can’t be guaranteed, but should you witness them, they will stay with you forever.

Other things may not be so extraordinary, but will still put a big smile on your face. Like catching a lobster to later BBQ at Londo Lodge in Mozambique or spotting celebrities while enjoying a chilled glass of Italian wine at Villa d'Este on Lake Como.

All prices include international flights and transfers unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs may apply.

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A lucky catch at Londo Lodge

A perfect island hideaway beautifully positioned in the Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique. With only 6 villas, it is intimate and very relaxed. Kick your shoes off when you arrive, sit on your private deck admiring the glimmering sea with a cocktail in hand or enjoy a relaxing massage in the spa area. The pristine clear sea is perfect for diving, snorkeling and fishing trips and you could get a lucky catch and return with a lobster for supper.

From £2,505pp (saving £2,080 on 2 for 1 offer) for 7 nights at Londo Lodge, travel before 15 December.

Aurora Borealis from your bed in Canada

Canada’s Yukon offers a winter wonderland of snowmobiling through forests, dog sledding along frozen rives and then relaxing in your cosy lodge room after a hearty dinner. When you stay at Takhine River Lodge, gaze through your skylight and if you’re lucky you may just experience nature’s most spectacular display of lights, the aurora borealis, from the comfort of your bed.

From £3,095pp based on 2 people staying 3 nights in Vancouver on a room only basis and then 4 nights at Takhini River Lodge on half board on their Winter Yukon Fun package.

Baby turtles at GoldenEye, Jamaica

Named after the book Ian Fleming wrote here, GoldenEye is testament to the uber world of James Bond. Magically reinvigorated over the last few years, this beautiful property has reopened with brand new beachfront cottages and suites that are perfect for couples. If you’re lucky you may get to witness the hawksbill turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs on GoldenEye’s beautiful beach or maybe a release of the new infants into the water by the conservation society.

From £2,250pp based on 2 sharing a Lagoon Suite for 7 nights on a B&B basis staying now until 14 December.

Celebrity spotting on Lake Como

Fancy some celebrity spotting on Lake Como? Why not treat yourself to a long weekend retreat to Villa d’Este on the shores of the lake. You never know what rich and famous stars you might meet there – George Clooney is still unmarried and has a house nearby!

Prices from £2,500pp based on two people sharing a double classic room on a B&B basis for 7 nights inclusive of flights and private transfers.

Champagne powder days

If last season is anything to go by, you could be lucky enough to wake-up to buckets of fresh snow in the Alps. Catch the first ski lifts and float waist-deep through powder, cutting first tracks as you go. Stay in Lodge Bodensee, one of our Premier chalets, and enjoy Laurent Perrier champagne and canapés receptions as well as delicious gourmet 5-course evening meals prepared by your private chef and served with a selection of wines.

From £840pp based on 2 sharing a room for 7 nights on a shared chalet basis in Lodge Bodensee in St Anton, Austria, departing 09 December.

Eagles, chamois and marmots in Val d’Isere

When skiing in Val d’Isere you could spot chamois, marmots, ibex, golden eagles, bearded vultures and eagle owls if you are lucky (and quiet!) enough. Stay in Chalet Nepenthe, one of our Original chalets, and enjoy Laurent Perrier champagne and canapés receptions as well as delicious gourmet 4-course evening meals prepared by your private chef/host and served with a selection of wines.

From £870pp based on 6 sharing Chalet Nepenthe in Val d’Isere for 7 nights departing 09 December.

Hatching turtles in Muscat

The Turtle Care Project protects hawksbill and green turtles, native to the beaches of Oman. A turtle ranger ensures the nests are sheltered away from any threats and guests can be connected to a hot line and woken at any hour of the day or night should there be a hatching or a turtle comes into lay.

From £1,735pp based on two people sharing a Superior Room at Al Waha for 7 nights on a B&B basis.

Humpback whales at Kuri Bay

Hidden away at the heart of Australia’s remote coastal wilderness lies Kuri Bay; an old pearl farm that has recently been transformed into a luxury lodge. For the lucky few who visit these shores during the summer months, you may encounter some of the thousands of Humpback Whales that come to the waters to breed.

From £1,600pp for 3 nights as part of a Western Australia safari, based on two people sharing and including all meals, drinks and selected activities. Best visited from May to September.

Make new friends at Jalousie Plantation

The Jalousie Plantation enjoys a spectacular location nestled on a hillside between the two famous pitons and in 325 acres of lush tropical gardens. The resort has been undergoing a huge refurbishment with beautiful new suites complete with private plunge pools. The rainforest spa is incredible and if you’re very lucky you may meet the lone spinner dolphin while out kayaking in the bay.

From £2,450pp (saving £1,240) for 2 adults sharing a Luxury Cottage for nights 7 on a room only basis, book by 30 September and travel by 19 December.

Northern Lights Safari in Iceland

Scientists forecast that this winter will be one of the best in recent years for viewing the Northern Lights. Why not let Scott Dunn put together a Northern Lights Safari so you can enjoy the waterfalls, hot springs and volcanic landscape of Iceland by day and, weather permitting, view the spectacular natural phenomenon by night.

Prices from £2,750pp for a two night stay in Hotel Borg, Reykjavik and three nights a remote Hotel Ranga, including return flights, taxes, and a choice of guided day tours.

Rajan swimming in The Andamans

Visit Barefoot at Havelock Island on the Andaman Islands and you may get lucky and see Rajan bathing in the sea. Rajan is a 60-year-old retired elephant who used to work as an aquatic elephant taxiing people between the islands in the area. He still likes to take a paddle and can sometimes be seen from the beach swimming alongside his human keeper, in the crystal-clear water.

From £1,895pp in an Andaman Villa on a B&B basis for 7 nights with 1 night either side in Madras at The Trident Hotel, travel October 2012 - May 2013 (no Christmas availability)

Weird and wonderful Madagascar

Head to Madagascar’s southern coast and you will see some amazing wildlife, from nocturnal lemurs with large eyes to Madagascar’s famous residents, the chameleons that range in size from an inch to two feet long. If you are lucky, you will also encounter tiny spiny tenrecs, which are much like a hedgehog but with sharper spikes.

From £3,495pp (saving £440pp) for 9 nights at a combination of Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge and Mandrare River Camp on a fully inclusive basis, valid until 10 September and between 15 November to 20 December.

Wild orangutans in Borneo

Head deep into the heart of Sabah’s lush rainforests to the Danum Valley, where jungle treks might just be rewarded by sightings of the timid “man of the forest” – the orangutan. These rare and elusive creatures are few and far between in the wild, but they have been known to quite literally cross your path on a walk through their jungle home, it is a magical and truly a once in a lifetime experience.

From £4,100pp for a two week itinerary through Borneo, including 2 nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge and including most meals and some activities.

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