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If you are looking to splurge on your next adventure, these luxury destinations will fit the bill. Often, when people go on adventures, images of sweaty safari hats and dusty hiking boots usually come to mind. But this is not the case when it comes to traveling luxuriously. Elevate your holiday by visiting these luxury destinations guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for exploration without giving up modern comforts and luxuries.
1. The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are on the bucket list of world explorers, thanks to its abundance of interesting wildlife, which includes giant tortoises and baby sea lions. The archipelago is a World Heritage Site and has been the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
As an archipelago, the best way to explore the Galapagos is to go on a guided island-hopping cruise. You will find day trips coming from the main tourist hub that will take you to famous islands like Santa Cruz but taking a small yacht cruise is the best way to go, especially if you plan on visiting the more remote islands. As your boat hops from one island to another, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fun activities like snorkelling, hiking, and kayaking. Keep your eyes peeled on the different species you’ll encounter, from marine iguanas to blue-footed boobies and the giant tortoises!
After your island-hopping excursion, the best way to relax is to visit one of the beautiful beaches of the Galapagos. Gardner Bay in Espanola Island is one of these beaches. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy swimming and snorkelling, where you’ll discover abundant marine life.
2. Hawaii – Kauai
Kauai is famous for its stunning natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, including the Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Bay, and more. Home to gorgeous mountains and majestic waterfalls, including white sand beaches, Kauai is a haven for those who love exploring nature and taking up outdoor adventures.
Some of Kauai’s beautiful beaches are easily accessible, but others are very secluded that it could take several miles on foot to reach them. The Poipu beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It’s located on the South shore and is easily accessible. Since you’re here for exploration, it’s worth visiting the Na Pali Coast, where you can go hiking or go on a whale-watching cruise. This area is not accessible by car, so the only way to get here is on a boat or a helicopter ride.
There are various luxury resorts in Kauai, such as the Hilton, Marriott, and Grand Hyatt. But if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet, away from crowds of tourists, you should stay in one of the sensational luxury Kauai villas. Some of these villas are set in a secluded area, offering privacy and a totally relaxing stay. Best of all, these villas open to the island’s most stunning views!
3. The Greek Islands
Given its varied landscape and incredible islands, Greece would be the perfect place to explore and try outdoor adventures. Island hopping is the best way to explore the many Greek islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas.
Given the many islands to visit in Greece, you’ll have plenty of choices for your island-hopping excursions. For those seeking a cosmopolitan vibe with a vibrant nightlife, Mykonos and Santorini are the best islands to visit in the Cyclades. Both are popular with tourists and offer stunning views, picturesque beaches, and exciting nightlife scenes.
If you prefer to visit islands with a more laid-back vibe, head to Folegandros, Milos, and Paros. All three islands are also part of the Cyclades, yet they have a more peaceful atmosphere, unlike the touristy and often crowded islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Folegandros is a small island home to whitewashed villages and locally run tavernas, while Milos is a volcanic island with dramatic cliffs set among turquoise waters. Meanwhile, Paros offers a blend of picturesque villages and wide, sandy beaches.
If you love exploring the great outdoors, a trip to California has got to be on your bucket list. It’s home to the Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe, and other interesting natural attractions. The scenery in these places is absolutely stunning, and there are plenty of activities suitable for all ages. And if you want to experience nature at its finest, you can get out glamping in California, where you’ll be staying on a camping site equipped with luxurious facilities, such as a hot tub and pool.
Covering a vast area of 3,027 km², the Yosemite National Park is where you should go to enjoy nature at its best. But if you want to go glamping in Yosemite, reservations are required. If camping is not an option, you can make a day trip to the park and enjoy some amazing sceneries, such as the “Tunnel View”.
If you’re heading to California in the winter season, visit Lake Tahoe, a ski town that offers plenty of opportunities for winter activities, such as skiing and snowboarding. The Mammoth Lakes is another excellent destination for winter sports in California. But if you come here during summer, you can enjoy all types of outdoor activities, from hiking to fishing and boating.
5. Italy – Rome
If you’re someone who loves exploring historical monuments, Italy should be on top of your list. Its sprawling capital city of Rome is known as the cradle of Western Civilisation and home to some of the world’s most incredible historic sites, including the Colosseum.
While you will find many of Italy’s historical sites in Rome, there are many other places in Italy to visit for a glimpse of the country’s historical past. Pompeii is a must-visit. Situated close to Mount Vesuvius, this vast archaeological site is home to countless ruins of streets and houses.
Venice may be more famous for being a honeymoon destination, but it’s also a haven for history lovers. Its labyrinth of canals is lined with architectural wonders, such as the Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. This UNESCO-listed city is full of interesting remnants from its golden age of music and art.
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