If heat really isn't your thing, where's better to explore than Iceland's glaciers?
Staying in Reykjavik’s unsurpassed boutique Hotel Borg, settle in to luxurious Nordic design and open fires before heading off on quad bikes for a night time spin to find one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the northern lights. Before exploring Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you'll be taken to Skógafoss and Sejalandfoss waterfalls where you can get intrepid and practice your climbing skills on vertical ice walls. The glacier visit will include dodging icebergs, finding seals and native Icelandic wildlife including the Great Sku, and cruising through the electric blue lagoon. Top the adventure off with a soothing hot spring bath and a splattering of silica mud.
Time | 5 nights
Price | from £2,199 pp from the UK; from $3,999 pp from NYC
The Explora Salto Chico is one of Chile’s finest hotels set in truly magical surroundings overlooking Lake Pehoe and the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia. A luxurious base from which to explore the region filled with breathtaking wilderness of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, beautiful lakes and forested valleys. A range of excursions are available to suit every ability and include sailing to the magnificent Grey Glacier, horse riding to the Laguna Verde and hiking alongside the towering Cuernos del Paine and the southern shore of Lago Sarmiento with its bizarre lime formations. The lodge is the only one in the area with its own stables bred and trained especially for its guests. At the end of an epic day of adventure, one can relax in one of the four open-air Jacuzzis, all with views of Lago Pehoe and the Macizo del Paine peaks.
Time | Recommended minimum of 5 nights
Rid yourself of the regular African Safari holiday, and stay in the luxury treehouses of the Island of Siankaba on the Zambezi river. Accommodation is in seven luxurious rooms fashioned in teak and canvas, and accessed by an elevated walkway, set amongst indigenous trees. Each room is unique and has a different view of the mighty Zambezi River, from its private deck area. A host of exciting activities are available both at the lodge and in nearby Livingstone Town. Guests can tailor their activities to their own requirements. From the lodge there are guided bird & tree walks, guided fishing trips, cultural village walks, sunset river cruises, dugout canoe trips and massages. From Livingstone the options include: Helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, white water rafting, elephant back safaris, trips to Livingstone Island, trips to Livingstone Museum, micro light flights, fishing, abseiling, bunji jumping and tours to Mosi O Tunya National Park and Chobe National Park.
Experience Costa Rica at its wildest on this thrilling adventure itinerary that includes white water rafting at the wonderful Pacuare Lodge, lush jungles, the dramatic Arenal volcano and picturesque beaches, with superb accommodation throughout. Head by road to a put-in point on the Pacuare River and travel by raft through spectacular jungle scenery down to Pacuare Lodge for three nights. This remote luxury lodge is a magical place for discovering the rainforest, and contains Costa Rica’s highest canopy walkway, as well as offering activities such as canyoning, horse riding and visits to some of the local indigenous Cabecar Indian communities. The lodge is lit by candles in the evening so is incredibly atmospheric and a fabulous destination for couples and honeymooners looking for a totally unique and memorable experience.
Time | 14 nights
Price | from £4000 pp