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The other side of luxury

31 March 2019

When most people think of luxury, they imagine the most opulent suites and accommodations, lavish amenities and not having to lift a finger. But there can be another side to luxury too – take a look at these suggestions for luxury getaways without a marble bathroom in sight.

An expedition voyage

Expedition cruises journey to some of the world’s most spectacular and unspoilt destinations. Whether you dream of watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky or feeling the heat of the Amazonian jungle, expedition cruising creates some unforgettable memories. With the emphasis firmly on destination, most expedition cruise ships are modest when compared with large contemporary ships. Vessels are usually on the smaller side, allowing them to reach remote environments far away from the crowds.

Exploring your surroundings onshore is a huge part of the expedition cruise experience – hiking, wildlife-spotting, nature photography and rafting is just a taste of what you can expect – your destination will determine exactly what you can explore. Expedition teams have a wealth of specialist knowledge to share too.

A growing number of companies now offer expedition cruises. Popular destinations include the frozen wilderness of Alaska and the Arctic Circle, the unique habitat of the Galapagos Islands, and iconic rivers like the Amazon or Yangtze, while the ultimate adventurer will love Antarctica. No matter where you choose for your cruise, you’re guaranteed an adventure quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Exploring the jungle

For beachside bliss with a wilder twist, why not explore the jungles of Costa Rica and traverse jungles by horseback before heading up to the north coast and its endless beaches. Raft down the Pacuare River and feel the warm water, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest, or if you’re looking for something even more adventurous try the white-water rapids, or simply take in the incredible flora and fauna surrounding you.

Real adrenaline junkies can head to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to countless wildlife species, including jaguars, ocelots, and the quetzal. Zip-line in between the treetops for an exhilarating experience and take in incredible views of the surrounding mountainside.

A safari stay

Always wanted to see the Big Five? For a luxurious safari experience in a malaria-free reserve, try Makanyane Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

“There are only eight lodges and the personal service is incredible. The lodges have glass walls overlooking the river - the wildlife is literally only separated from you by a pane of glass. We saw the Big Five and more and slept out under the stars – it was amazing!”

Zoe, Travel Counsellor

Sustainable escape

If you still want to experience the luxurious sands and sun of the Indian Ocean, why not try a sustainable resort and give back while you’re on holiday? At Kuredu Island Resort & Spa house reef and lagoon clean ups are hosted, where guests and staff alike can show their commitment to a clean environment and help to keep the resort as pristine as possible.

Ready to book a luxury escape with a difference? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today.

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