Life is too short to stay in your comfort zone and, after all the time spent in lockdown, we bet you're yearning for a dose of adventure. Whether you fancy deep-sea fishing off the Caribbean coast, cycling around Cyprus, or kayaking through Malaysian mangroves, get ready for experiences of a lifetime right from these luxury hotels.
So, do you promise to be more adventurous?
The One For... Voyaging to the Galápagos
A far-away land that compares to nowhere else on the planet, the Galápagos is on many travellers' bucket lists. With Celebrity Cruises, discover this isolated volcanic archipelago - the place that helped to spawn Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection - and encounter a staggering array of wildlife, mystical landscapes and so much more. Built specifically to cruise the Galápagos Islands, the shiny new 100-passenger Celebrity Flora has been equipped with cutting-edge technology, an Ecuadorian design and a focus on sustainability.
Game-changing amenities include six Zodiacs and a team of onboard Galápagos naturalists - one for every twelve guests - while every stateroom on board is a suite, featuring incredible design features and indulgent touches that make unwinding after a day of adventures, easier than ever. Accompanied by the Galápagos National Park-certified expedition team, enjoy complimentary twice-daily shore landings and excursions, visiting areas often only open to scientists and spotting species that don't exist anywhere else on the planet - including marine iguanas and Galápagos hawks.
The One For... Natural Malaysia
Set amongst dense tropical foliage and overlooking Tanjung Rhu Beach, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Malaysia's incredible natural landscape, with a little added luxury of course. For an adventure that combines striking scenery with wildlife encounters, head on an expert-led boat safari past ancient sea stacks, tangled mangroves and little-known tributaries, as you enter the intricate waterways of the UNESCO-endorsed Langkawi Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Home to one of the most diverse tropical ecosystems on the planet, animals include eagles, monkeys, walking fish and even vipers!
Perhaps you'd prefer to trek through the lush jungle, try out generations-old Malaysian fishing methods, traverse Langkawi's adrenaline-pumping Sky Bridge, or abseil down an ancient limestone rock. If water adventures are more your thing, you'll be in heaven at the resort's Watersports Centre. Along with the usual kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding, you can also enjoy access to Malaysia's first and only X-Jet blades; fly high above the sparkling Andaman Sea propelled by nothing but water and adrenaline!
The One For... The Great Cypriot Outdoors
An all-suite retreat that welcomes guests of all ages, Columbia Beach Resort nestles against a backdrop of spectacular white cliffs and unspoilt countryside, while overlooking the beautiful blue Pissouri Bay. For many, lockdown has led to more cycling than ever before, so if you're in search of somewhere more scenic to pursue your new passion (or continue an old one), Cyprus is one of Europe's most envied destinations for both road cycling and mountain biking. Swap your sunbed for the saddle at professional cycling centre BikeCyprus, run by the former Swiss cycling champion Thomas Wegmüller. Organised mountain bike itineraries include challenging climbs like the Pissouri Cliff - don't worry, less advanced routes are available - while excursions by road take in old stone villages and ever-growing olive groves, led by locals who know the trails well.
From land to water, this luxury Cyprus resort also celebrates the Mediterranean Sea... after all, it's within touching distance. Uncover beautiful reefs, caverns, caves and the world-famous Zenobia Wreck as you scuba-dive along the Cypriot coast, or combine adrenaline-pumping adventure with to-die-for views as you paraglide over the bay.
The One For... The Ultimate South African Safari
Nothing says adventure quite like the thrill of embarking on a safari, rising with the sun and heading out onto the plains, your heart beating as you get closer to the incredible wildlife. South Africa is easily one of the planet's finest wildlife-viewing destinations and nowhere is this truer than at the exclusive Ulusaba Private Game Reserve! Owned by Sir Richard Branson, this eco-conscious and ultra-luxe private reserve resides in 3,500 hectares of open bush close to Kruger National Park. From treehouse-style rooms accessed via a swing bridge, to lofty suites in the perfectly perched Rock Lodge, this bush property immerses you in the very heart of South Africa, with a popular wildlife watering hole in close proximity and an enviable wine cellar showcasing some of the country's best tipples.
Of course, the undeniable highlight will be the unforgettable twice-daily game drives in state-of-the-art vehicles, led by world-leading rangers and trackers. Head in search of the African 'Big Five' - leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino - and much more in the way of wildlife, including the much harder-to-spot 'Little Five': rhino beetles, elephant shrews, leopard tortoises, buffalo weavers and ant lions. Birdwatchers can look out for a range of colourful species, or to really get closer to nature, there is the chance to get out on foot amongst Africa's iconic animals on a morning game walk.
The One For... Scuba-Diving of Dreams
A million miles from everyday life, Milaidhoo Island Maldives cleverly combines laid-back, barefoot living with uncompromising luxury and true hospitality. While perfect for restful relaxation, thanks to the on-site PADI centre, you can also dive headfirst into the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that surrounds the resort. No matter whether a complete beginner or seasoned diver, an array of experiences can be arranged by the experts, allowing you to discover the utterly magical Maldivian marine life - from dolphins to seemingly countless tropical fish. The world-famous Hanifaru Bay is also on your doorstep here, perhaps best known for being a breeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks, giving you an excellent chance of seeing these mesmerising sea giants while snorkelling or diving here.
For even more insight into the precious reef and what is done to protect its inhabitants, spend a day beside the resident marine biologist, learning loads about the local wildlife so you can head home an expert. If diving isn't your thing, fear not... there are plenty of other activities to choose from. Hop aboard a luxury boat and cruise through the simply stunning atoll (likely spotting dolphins as they swim), glide across the house reef in a glass-bottom kayak, or head out fishing alongside a local fisherman, learning a traditional Maldivian method from an authentic local boat.
The One For... Anguillan Adventure
Despite opening over 30 years ago, Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection continues to set the standard for modern day island glamour, combining Caribbean charm with contemporary touches. The paradise island of Anguilla isn't all about sunbathing and sipping cocktails though (although we agree that this is pretty glorious) . there is also plenty of opportunity to get out and about to explore the island.
Boating is so deeply embedded in Anguilla's culture, it's the national sport. Do as the locals do and set sail on the gentle tropical waters to explore the island's many reefs! How about the incredible 'Catch n Cook' experience? You will join a friendly local expert for an afternoon of sea fishing, learning brand new skills while admiring the captivating Caribbean scenery. All that adventure will leave you hungry, so on your return to Malliouhana, sit down for a chef-prepared seafood dinner using your hard-earned catch of the day - talk about fresh! For a paddle boarding experience with a thrilling twist, wait until evening falls to take to your state-of-the-art Lucid Paddleboard, navigating through the crystal-clear waters of Mead's Bay by starlight to spot the nocturnal marine life swimming below your feet.
The One For... Moroccan Exploration
Surrounded by magnificent landscape gardens, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort perfectly captures the rich and colourful architecture of Morocco... as well as its sense of adventure and discovery. The resort embraces the seven kilometres of beautiful beach before it, offering everything from horse and camel riding along the sand, quad biking over Morocco's unique terrain, or zipping along the Atlantic Coast by exhilarating jet ski. Head a little further inland and discover yet more fun-filled activities for all ages. Enjoy splendid sea views from the seven-metre climbing wall - which is great both first timers and avid climbers - or venture into the forest for a paint-balling experience like no other. Other options include mountain biking, bungee jumping, ziplining, archery, go-karting, pond fishing, Nordic walking... phew!
Of course, the marvels of Morocco are also on your doorstep and eye-opening excursions range from shopping at bustling souks, to meeting local fishermen in charming coastal villages, to experiencing the serenity of the Moroccan mountains. Marrakech, Casablanca and the capital of Rabat are also within driving distance, allowing you to experience the many sides of Morocco from this luxury beachfront base.