Nowadays, travelers are looking for the best of both worlds – luxury and adventure. In fact, most seeking luxurious stays are still in search of deep, meaningful, authentic experiences, while those thrill-seeking adventurers aren’t necessarily willing to skimp on the grand accommodations and extravagant amenities. We’ve compiled a list of five luxury adventure getaways to kick off the New Year that are perfect for those who refuse refuse to sacrifice comfort.
Explore the Galapagos Islands in style
Set sail in luxury on Ecoventura’s 20-passenger mega yacht, MV Origin. 7-night itineraries on the intimate vessel include daily excursions led by certified naturalists and optional snorkel, kayak and hiking tours. Passengers are brought face-to-face with exotic wildlife via daily excursions through the archipelago’s diverse islands. When not out exploring one of the planet’s most precious and unique ecosystems, enjoy the premium staterooms, on-board jacuzzi, fitness center, full-time concierge and laundry services, an open bar policy, and locally sourced gourmet cuisine.
Your Decadent Desert Adventure Awaits…
Not far from geographic wonders like the San Andreas Fault Line and Joshua Tree, Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a luxurious desert escape for independent-minded travelers looking to lace up their hiking boots and explore before rejuvenating in authentic luxury. An 11-acre oasis set against the Santa Rosa Mountains in Indian Wells, CA, the four-diamond resort offers 215 sprawling guest rooms, suites, and villas amid Mediterranean-village inspired gardens and courtyards. Situated just 30 minutes from the most thrilling geological experience in the country, speed things up with a jeep or mountain bike tour of an earthquake zone then slow things back down by sipping a sunset cocktail by one of Miramonte’s fire pits, or with a naturally-infused treatment at the Well Spa. For adventurers, Miramonte sets the scene for an exhilarating escape enveloped in sophistication.
Extreme Adventures in Guatemala
Casa Palopo is a lakeside home turned boutique hotel surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes and 12 charming indigenous Mayan villages. The Extreme in Atitlan package shows travelers the best of the villages with a thrilling helicopter ride to the hotel, and a hike on the San Pedro Volcano. The package includes four nights accommodations, welcome cocktails and Guatemalan bites on the property’s main terrace, an exciting hiking excursion to the San Pedro Volcano, a paragliding excursion, and helicopter transfer back to Guatemala City.
Get Up Close With Local Wildlife on a Costa Rican Hot Springs & Spa Escape
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a haven for adventurous travelers seeking an upscale getaway in a nature’s playground where they can play by day and spa by sunset. Spread across 900 acres of primary and secondary rainforest located near the base of the Arenal Volcano, this off-the-grid spa resort envelops guests in a maze of lush green and exotic flora with thermal springs and cascading waterfalls naturally heated by the volcano’s magma and outdoor spa bungalows where treatments are rendered to the sounds of rushing streams and local wildlife. Among the property’s luxe amenities is the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens complete with six natural pools, private cabanas and a full bar. Just minutes away, adrenaline junkies can get their adventure fix with activities such as zip-lining, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and rappelling. With more than 500 species of local plant and wildlife right on property, guests are likely to spot birds, sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, tree frogs and coatimundi.
Snorkel Through Shipwrecks
Make your next big adventure on the seven-mile-long Bahamian Out Island of Bimini, a diving, boating and fishing mecca located just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. Once you enter the gates to Resorts World Bimini, a 750-acre luxury complex that’s home to a brand new Hilton hotel, four pools, exclusive beach access, the largest marina in The Bahamas, and the only casino in the world with panoramic water views, you’ll see why this property is bringing some luxury to this tiny island in a major way. Spend your days snorkeling 100-year old shipwrecks like the S.S. Sapona, through on-site tour operator Bimini Undersea — or dare to swim right alongside a pod of wild dolphins or even hammerhead sharks. Bimini is home to a biodiversity of over 45 shark species, and its waters are home to big game galore to get your sport fishing fix. After your fill of adventure, unwind at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini’s rooftop infinity pool, pamper yourself at the Serenity Spa, and enjoy handcrafted cocktails at the Lobby Raw Bar and dinner at the Sushi Bar, curated by Bravo Top Chef Season 3 winner, Chef Hung Huynh. For ultimate luxury, book a pool-facing suite with private access to the Hilton’s lagoon pool, right from your balcony.