As the world opens up again, avid travelers can finally pursue their dreams of venturing to faraway lands in search of the ultimate vacation. From sailing the serene seas, soaking up the culture in small local villages, trekking through nature and seeing majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, we reveal the destinations that should be at the top of your travel list.
A magical part of Indonesia, Raja Ampat is nothing short of another world, with jewel-toned seas and prehistoric rock formations. The best way to explore this pristine paradise is via the Phinisi yacht. Inspired by traditional Indonesian sailing ships, the majestic vessels incorporate aesthetic materials such as ironwood and teak while housing all the luxurious comforts that yacht travel is known for. Ideal for traveling through this serene destination, the vessel will cruise around towering limestone rocks rising from emerald waters and white sandy bays, while providing the perfect base to return to after days of diving and snorkeling. .
Time is better spent on the water. However, there are plenty of local villages to explore and the Komodo Islands feature pink sand beaches and Komodo dragons relaxing on land and swimming nearby. Other days can be spent resting on empty beaches, hiking through thick jungle, and enjoying a bespoke lunch by the ocean. Motorized water sports are fantastic for discovering tiny limestone coves, and the calm, crystal clear seas are perfect for water skis and jet skis.
A two-in-one vacation, this trip offers a breathtaking opportunity to experience two of the world’s most iconic landscapes: the world’s driest desert and the world’s largest salt flats. The Atacama Desert is exceptionally arid, located between the Andes mountain ranges and the Chilean coast, and may be the oldest desert on the planet. The unearthly landscape has led to comparisons to Mars, but among the cracked red earth there is incredible flora and fauna and exceptional wildlife. Don’t miss the sunrise from Valle De Luna – waking up at 4am is totally worth it.
The salt flats are just as surreal. Stay at Kachi Lodge, located on the salt flats near the foothills of the Tunupa Volcano. Comprised of six domes, all designed with open panels that allow you to enjoy the view from your cozy bed, you feel like one with the landscape. The delicious local cuisine of the famous Gustu restaurant provides sustenance between hours spent exploring the apartments, seemingly one with the sky; a visit during the rainy season turns them into an endless reflective lake that can be explored by canoe. At night, the stars are a sight to behold.
Located on the edge of the gulf, nestled between its much larger neighbors Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Oman is a region full of charm and ancient character. Explore the varied landscape by car to see as much as you can, driving your own adventure through a land of outstanding beauty. Along the way, discover the spectacular Islamic architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, get lost in the maze of the Muttrah Souk, visit the rosewater distilleries in the Al-Hajar Mountains, and experience the hospitality without precedent of the Bedouin community.
First, climb up to Jebel Akhdar (The Green Mountain). Entering the Al-Hajar mountain range, you will soon discover spectacular views of the valleys, covered in orchids and flourishing with orchards of apricot, almond and pomegranate trees. Then, the mountainous tracks will give way to the imposing desert dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Under spectacular stars, sit around the campfires until the early hours of the morning for the ultimate Arabian night in Bedouin-style luxury. End the trip in the ancient port city of Muscat. With a no-skyscraper policy, the view of the rugged Al-Hajar mountains remains an unobstructed backdrop, unchanged for centuries.
Starting with discovering the cultural highlights of Kigali, this week-long trip is also an immersive experience of Rwandan wildlife and history. After your arrival and overnight in Kigali, you will travel by private helicopter to Bisate, a luxurious safari camp adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park. Led by experienced guides, over several days you can see and learn about wildlife from unprecedented levels of access. The trip will end with a mountainside hike to track and observe the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat – where Dian Fossey conducted her groundbreaking research. It is truly a life changing experience.
Later, travel by helicopter again to Nyungwe Forest National Park to stay at One&Only Nyungwe House. The luxury resort is located in the middle of a working tea plantation. The attentive staff will teach you how to pick the leaves and make your own tea – Rwanda’s biggest export – before taking part in a traditional tea ceremony. Incredible excursions, such as chimpanzee and Colobus monkey tracking and rainforest hikes, will make this vacation truly special. Be sure to traverse the 200-meter-long Canopy Walkway, suspended 60 meters above a deep wooded valley amidst brilliant birds and butterflies.