Whatever the season, these luxury adventure retreats have you covered
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa
This resort effortlessly combines luxury and sustainability on Zanibar’s east coast. The entire resort is self-contained, powered by wind and solar energy, and pays homage to its Omani heritage in many ways, with narrow white sandy passages guiding guests from their individual villas to the sea. But don’t let the rustic wooden villas and bare-feet vibe fool you; this is pampered ground. Each villa has its own butler service and private swimming pool with either a garden and outdoor bathtub or an upper-floor terrace with a cloth hammock for lounging. The open-air spa has a running waterfall and uses local products like coconut, seaweed and island spices. While some come to laze the day away under the shaded palms and watch the monkeys misbehave, most come to kitesurf out of the resort’s in-house kitesurfing school. When the tide is in on Paje beach, the blinding turquoise blue coastline is overcome with a sea of colourful sails piloted by energetic locals and tourists alike.
Rates from $730 per night www.whitesandvillas.com
Jackson, Wyoming, USA
Located about five miles north of Jackson, Wyoming, Amangani is a dramatic Rocky Mountain hideaway offering panoramic views of the nearby Snake River Valley and Teton Mountains. Though popular in the winter for skiing the snow-packed slopes of Jackson Hole, this all-suite Wyoming wilderness retreat has back-to-nature appeal all year round. Activities include horseback nature treks and guided tours, as well as dog sledding, white water rafting, fly-fishing, photography tours, and more. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight as spring brings elk and moose calves and bears emerging from hibernation, while the changing foliage of autumn coincides with the breeding season
Rooms from $595 per night, www.aman.com/resorts/amangani
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Queenstown, New Zealand
The lakefront boutique ski hotel is positioned in the heart of New Zealand’s adventure playground, Queenstown, and it oozes luxury. The penthouse here costs $10,000 per night but for that you’ll get a panoramic alpine view across Lake Wakatipu, rows of fine-dining restaurants, and art galleries on your doorstep. However, for the ultimate bird’s eye view over the snow-capped mountains and waterways, some of the world’s most spectacular natural terrains, take a scenic helicopter ride and let your adrenaline pulsate with a spot of heli-skiing. There’s also white-water rafting and some of the best dry-fly fishing, award-winning wineries, world heritage-listed national parks, championship golf, and a choice of two casinos for a roll of the dice.
Rooms from $750 per night, www.eichardts.com