Destinations Done Differently
Holidays are meant to be unique: they are born out of a desire to do something unusual but that means different things to different people. From tobogganing down The Great Wall to glimpsing elephants from a private plunge pool, each of these trip ideas is a common holiday destination made extraordinary.
Many wildlife enthusiasts flock to the likes of Kenya to see the big five, yet Zimbabwe is blessed with some of the most iconic safari and tourism hot spots in Africa. This itinerary will take you on a private tour of Victoria Falls before you try your hand at fishing for Tiger Fish on Lake Kariba. Drive through Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, which is a particularly beautiful part of Zimbabwe, before setting out on foot with a knowledgeable guide.
Explore Istanbul like a local with a private guide, marvel at the magnificent mosques, then shop for bargains in the bustling bazaar. Next stop is the monumental landscapes of Cappadocia with its distinctive rock formations – known as fairy chimneys – and beautiful frescoes hidden in 10th century churches. You will also take to the skies in a hot air balloon as the sun rises over this unique and breath-taking landscape. Continue to the ancient city of Ephesus and wander through one of the seven wonders of the ancient world before ending your adventure on the fragrant, sun-drenched beaches of Bodrum.
This design-led boutique enjoys a stunning beachfront location and eco-friendly amenities without sacrificing that feeling of luxury. SALT of Palmar is perfect for those who want to give back to the community while they holiday: the emphasis is on home-grown produce and no single-use plastics. There is also a skill swap programme so you can really get a feel for local life and each guest receives a ‘This is Mauritius’ guidebook, created by the locals so you’ll know all the best places to go!
Situated on an isolated 178- acre piece of land right on the edge of the well known Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge offers some of the most breath-taking views out over the lush green forests where the endangered mountain gorillas of the Virunga Massif can be found. Singita's philosophy of minimum impact on the land is paramount to the construction of this brand new lodge and it has been designed to embody the spirit of Rwanda using locally sourced materials. Even the name "Kwitonda" is after a famous silverback that used to roam the forests of the National Park and was known for his gentle nature and humility.
St Moritz isn’t just a ski resort, it is simply stunning in the summer with its rolling hills and eye-catching fauna. At the centre of it all is a glistening lake where you can cool off with numerous water sports. Giardino Mountain, with its complimentary climbing, gliding and sailing programme, is the perfect place to stay if you want to make the most of all that is on offer.
Fly to the United States and soak up the elegance of Charleston with its antebellum architecture, waterfront parks and boutique shops. Next is Jekyll Island where you will spend an idyllic few days cycling through oak trees draped with Spanish moss and snapping a few pics of Driftwood Beach. Then it's onto the enchanting city of Savannah where you must try the ice cream – the locals are very proud of it! Last but not least is Bluffton, one of South Carolina's many treasures and a tranquil spot to end your trip.
Embark on a Rwandan adventure and have incredible encounters with two of the world's great ape species; mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Travel in to the heart of the lesser known Nyungwe Forest in search of the resident chimpanzee community before travelling up to the misty valleys of Volcanoes National Park and watch a gorilla family feed and play amongst the lush green fern.
From big game safaris in Mana Pool and Hwange National Park, fishing on Lake Kariba and enjoying the spectacle of the Victoria Fall, this luxury safari is the perfect balance of relaxation with activity. A perfect blend of dramatic landscapes, wildlife and genuine Zimbabwe hospitality.
Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Dolomites as you ski through 12 inter-connected ski resorts with a ski guide who knows the most magnificent spots. You will also be staying in family-run mountain rifugios and charming hotels along the way. However, this trip is more than just a ski extravaganza, it is also a gastronomic experience thanks to the region’s intoxicating blend of Italian, Austrian and Ladin cultures and cuisine, alongside the excellent local wines.
Bardia National Park is one of Nepal’s best kept secrets where wild elephants, rhinoceros and swamp deer roam free. This is also an excellent spot to glimpse the elusive Bengal tiger.
Tiger Tops Karnali is an exclusive lodge nestled within this sparsely populated park, so it feels like you have the whole place to yourself. The lodge itself is a luxury eco-friendly one with just 20 rooms, each one showcasing local Tharu design.
Why confine yourself to just one Caribbean island? Hop around the Grenadines on a luxury yacht, waking up to a new sunset every day, before a beach stay on the spice island of Grenada. An unforgettable way to take in some absolutely stunning sights in and around the Windward Islands of the Caribbean Sea.
Jordan is a land of enthralling beauty which stands at the crossroads of the Middle East where each area is bursting with a unique history. During this trip you will journey along the King’s Highway to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore Kerak’s Crusader Castle and climb to the top of Mount Nebo. And then there’s Wadi Rum, an immense desert whose deep red hues look out of this world!
Escape the humdrum of everyday life in favour of a stunning 5* hotel in a UNESCO World Heritage Site with divine views. This south-facing mountain lodge has a panoramic restaurant and a show-stopping spa with an outdoor heated pool – perfect for soaking up the sun and views at once!
When people say they’re going to Ecuador, many are heading for The Galapagos, bypassing the mainland almost entirely. Which is a shame because mainland Ecuador is a real treat! This country may be small, but it packs in a lot: astonishingly diverse wildlife, smouldering volcanoes, picturesque colonial towns and colourful markets are just some of the attractions. This is the ultimate destination for those who want to mix culture with adventure.
If you're searching for the ultimate bucket list trip, it doesn't get better than this. Only for the boldest of adventurers, this itinerary takes you deeper into the Great White Continent, lands you at the incredible Emperor penguin colony and offers you the chance to overnight at the South Pole. This memorable Antarctic experience promises to be adrenaline-fueled and one-of-a-kind.
The newest addition to the African Bush Camps collection, Nyamatusi Camp is a wonderfully luxurious option in the wildlife haven of Mana pools. African Bush Camps is renowned for their high level of guiding and attention to detail and their newest camp, Nyamatusi, is no exception to this. This intimate camp consists of six large luxury tented suites with en-suite facilities, indoor and outdoor showers, an indulgent bath tub, and a private plunge pool which looks out over the river and the escarpment beyond.
This fascinating journey to India is ideal for the seasoned traveller, it will take you through the fertile plains and temple towns of Tamil Nadu, which for many is an undiscovered secret. Experience both the splendour of the Dravidian art and heritage coupled with the laid-back rural highlights.
Embark on a whistle-stop tour of China’s must-dos with lots of cool and quirky experiences. Highlights include tobogganing down the Great Wall of China and visiting the mighty Terracotta Army then cycling along the old city walls of Xian. Spend a memorable night floating along the mighty Yangshuo River enjoying a spectacular impression show then end your adventure in Shanghai’s arty French Colonial District.
A veritable melting pot of habitats, terrains and species, Uganda contains a hugely diverse ecosystem. From the grassland of Murchison Falls National Park to the dense expanse of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a wide variety of wildlife inhabits these conservation areas, allowing for a superb safari experience. This itinerary allows you to experience the very best that Uganda has to offer, not forgetting a breath-taking gorilla trek.
When faced with the vast expanse of Australia, many people choose to drive or fly but we think that this part is best explored by boat! True North pioneered luxury adventure-cruising along the Kimberly coast and has long been regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding experiences so it’s the perfect companion to the phenomenal scenery you’ll be seeing. Most cruise options feature an onboard helicopter opening up a whole range of options from scenic flights and heli-picnics to overnight camping adventures, this is an excellent way to discover virtually unseen and untouched parts of Australia.
Raja Ampat is a strong contender for one of the most beautiful island chains in South East Asia. It is a place where hidden coves are adorned with ancient rock paintings and jungle-clad islands dot crystal-clear waters which are teeming with life – in fact it is often cited as a biological hotspot. Sail through the stunning, undiscovered waters of this Indonesian Archipelago on this beautifully crafted luxury wooden Phinisi sailing boat.
Immerse yourself in two sides of Turkey: the vibrant and multi-cultural city of Istanbul and the stunning peninsula of Bodrum. Istanbul is an intoxicating mix of east and west influences with a dizzying amount to entertain you, we’ve also included a private cruise on the grand Bosphorous River which is a fantastic way to soak in the sights. Leave the bustling city behind and fly to Bodrum with its crystal-clear waters, long stretches of golden coastline and elegant marinas, surrounded by lively restaurants and bustling bars. This duel-centre itinerary is ideal for those who want a relaxing beach holiday with a dash of culture.
Why go on a beach holiday when you can soak up the sun on a private island? Escape to the ultimate island hideaway where the secluded cottages have no phones or internet connection and guests can truly unplug and unwind far away from modern life. Guests come here for peace, quiet, seclusion and the perfect balance of wilderness and luxury. It is also the perfect base for island hopping or you can say hi to the resident tortoises.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains, peaceful woods, and crystal blue lakes, Chamonix is a fantastic year-round outdoor playground. Summer holidays in this part of the world are action packed: there are 350m of hiking trails, thrilling white water rafting opportunities and, for the truly adventurous souls, paragliding. This is somewhere you are not going to be bored. Complement your holiday with a stay at Refuge du Montenvers, an iconic mountaineer refuge which is steeped in history and enjoys spectacular mountain views, especially from the large sunny terrace.