As luxury travel evolves, the emphasis is increasingly on what you can see, do and experience in your dream destination, rather than just where you rest your head for the night - no matter how utterly irresistible.
Across their varied portfolio, One&Only Resorts nails the balance between seriously stunning accommodation and unforgettable experiences - whether once-in-a-lifetime primate encounters, horse-riding across the Aussie outback, or surfing the Sea of Cortez.
The Ones For... Wildlife Encounters
Nicknamed 'The Land of a Thousand Hills', Rwanda is home to some of the world's most wonderful wildlife including, of course, the country's famed Mountain Gorillas. Where to stay to tick trekking with these amazing animals off your bucket list? The clue is in the name. One&Only Gorilla's Nest is a jungle sanctuary nestled within the eucalyptus trees of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. While the array of activities includes climbing volcanoes and meeting local people, the main allure is easily the park's population of around 300 mountain gorillas - a rare and elusive species that is only found in two places on the planet. Join an expert guide and tracker as you hike through the park in search of these mighty primates - real once-in-a-lifetime stuff!
Your encounters with Rwanda's wildlife can continue at One&Only Nyungwe House, a collection of luxury wooden bungalows surrounded by the mist-shrouded tea terraces of Nyungwe Forest National Park. More primates await here - 13 species to be precise - as well as 27 species of endemic bird, hundreds of tree species and many rare flowers... phew! Discover the park's splendour on a Monkey Trek with a local expert, spotting the recognisable black-and-white Colobus monkeys and cheeky chimpanzees.
Rwandan Mountain Gorilla
Nature walk from One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Forest hike from One&Only Nyungwe House
Adventure photography from One&Only Nyungwe House
The One For... The Great Outdoors
For alfresco adventures aplenty, there's nowhere better than Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a homestead-inspired luxury resort in the heart of Australia's UNESCO-listed Greater Blue Mountains. Head into the great outdoors with a mind-boggling choice of activities. The resort is home to its very own stables of friendly horses, inviting you to saddle up to explore winding trails, scenic hills, native woodland and sprawling grassland, perhaps passing gathering of kangaroos and stopping for a gourmet picnic mid-ride. Other outdoor adventures include bushwalking in the beautiful Blue Mountains, a 4WD tour to spot some of the wonderful local wildlife, mountain biking across rising escarpments, or stargazing beneath the captivatingly clear night sky.
Horse arena at One&Only Wolgan Valley
4WD tour at at One&Only Wolgan Valley
Stargazing at One&Only Wolgan Valley
The One For... Superior Surfing
A true paradise for surfers, One&Only Palmilla offers easy access to the superb surf spots in the Sea of Cortez. For the ultimate surfing experience, hop in the resort's ultra-cool Land Rover Defender and be whisked along the coast in One&Only style, joining TropicSurf pros as you hit the world-class waves - no matter what your experience level. Afterwards, refuel with a gourmet picnic before returning to the resort for an ice-cold beer beside a bonfire on the beach. Begin the day after your surfing adventures with a spa treatment specially designed for surfers - including a dreamy deep tissue massage and cooling emulsion for sun-kissed skin.
The One For... World-Class Wine
It's no secret that some of the world's best wine is from South Africa. In fact, the country's wineries produce a combined one billion litres of wine annually! A stay at One&Only Cape Town in the heart of the cosmopolitan capital allows you to head out to the vivacious Cape Winelands on a carefully curated tasting tour. Travel through the beautiful valleys and sun-dappled vineyards to visit both big-name. boutique and up-and-coming wineries in the region, tasting the incredible vintages. Share and compare tasting notes, or simply sit back and savour every sip. Back at the resort, the wine discovery continues. The Head Sommelier Luvo Ntzeo boasts the title of Best Young Sommelier in South Africa by the esteemed Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Meet him or one of his expert team to engage in exceptional wine and food pairings, sampling just some of the labels in the jaw-dropping Wine Loft, home to no less than 5,000 bottles of the good stuff!
The Ones For... Aquatic Adventures
While the Indian Ocean evokes images of beautiful white beaches and plenty of relaxation (and for good reason), the crystal-clear waters also play host to a range of adventures. One&Only Reethi Rah boasts direct access to some of the Maldives' most active reefs, making snorkelling and diving from here pretty special, particularly when paired with the expert guidance of the professional PADI instructors and resident marine biologist. From globally recognised courses to guided dives and bespoke adventures, there's something for every ability - whether you're a beginner or a master diver. So, which marine animals might you spot? Think wild turtles, reef sharks, whale sharks, sting rays, manta rays, anemones, sea-stars, and a seemingly endless array of tropical fish!
Over at One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius, the many water-based activities include thrilling deep-sea game fishing. Hop aboard the 55-foot fishing boat and glide across the waters of the Indian Ocean, hunting for blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish, making the most of the world-class equipment at hand. Of course, any fishing trip should end with a feast, and here, you can enjoy your very own catch of the day freshly grilled by an expert chef right on the beach - bliss!