Luxury holidays are fabulous. Getting pampered in the lap of luxury really is the stuff of dreams. But, for some of us, even the best massages, the softest sheets and the most delicious dinners aren’t quite fulfilling enough. Some of us need that little injection of adventure to make a luxury holiday complete.
So, if you like to be pampered but also want to challenge yourself and experience something new, try these top luxury holidays with a twist!
Safaris can be many different things. If you love the thrill of sleeping in tents and hearing the terrifying roars of lions during the night, then you can get exactly that. Or, if you prefer to sleep in a luxurious hotel with breakfast and dinner prepared for you, that’s an option too. With some safaris, you can have your guide come and pick you up every morning and take you where you want to go. So if you have a fascination with elephants, are desperate to see some monkeys or want to explore different areas, you can tailor the experience to suit you.
And as an added once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can even enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti! How about that for an unbelievable combination of luxury and adventure?
Destination surf tour
Mastering a new skill is a fantastic way to spend your holiday. It leaves you feeling accomplished, strong and pretty much invincible. So why not combine luxury accommodation at night with a physical challenge during the day?
Surf camps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. There are beginner camps, intermediate surf camps and even exclusive destination surf tours for women. So whatever your needs and capabilities, there’s a surf camp out there to suit you. Just make sure you select a surf tour who offer luxury accommodation and excursions as well as the surf school.
A bucket list holiday
This one takes a bit of organising (and some budget) but the end result will be absolutely amazing. All you need to do is pick a dream destination. Whether it’s New Zealand, Argentina or anywhere else in the world, look for luxury accommodation in that place. Then, write down your bucket list of adventurous things you’d like to do such as sky dive, bungee jump, white water rafting, ride in a helicopter, drive a luxury sports car…whatever you want. Then, you need to get to work booking all of these experiences.
The idea is to stay in one (or more) centralised luxury accommodation and then tick off one item from your bucket list every day during your holiday. So if you’re going away for two weeks, plan 10 – 12 bucket list activities and allow yourself a few travel days. Though it may be stressful and time consuming to organise and book everything beforehand, once you arrive it will be one amazing adventure after the other. And, because you’ll be staying in a nice hotel or apartment in your dream destination, you can return from each adventure and just relax and soak up all the pampering you want.
It’s a lot of work to organise, but the end result will be a once in a lifetime dream holiday full of adventure.
Take on a huge challenge
Whether it’s climbing Kilimanjaro, kayaking through the Alps or cycling across Mongolia, taking on a huge challenge is super rewarding. By taking on one mammoth challenge, you’ll find yourself forgetting about the stresses of the outside world and, in a weird way, managing to relax on a whole new level. It will also leave you feeling accomplished and empowered at the end.
But of course, the cherry on top of this kind of holiday is a few days soaking up nothing but luxury at the end. So whatever challenge you choose, make sure you book yourself into a nice hotel for a bit of well-earned pampering before you fly back home.
You don’t have to choose between adventure and luxury. With a bit of careful planning and some creative thinking, you can actually get the best of both worlds. So be brave and get started on your next big adventure!