Fancy an adventure with spectacular sights to behold at every turn? Then hire a car and hit the road during your next vacation.
Road trip #1: The Milford Road, New Zealand
This 119km long stretch of highway is bound to leave more than one speechless. The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound showcases the best of what New Zealand has to offer. Highlights include Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and Lake Gunn.
Perfect pitstops: Fiordland Lodge for its spectacular backdrop of Mount Luxmore and Murchison Mountains, Blanket Bay for its prime location on the edge of Lake Wakatipu or Minaret Station, accessible only by helicopter is perfect for the adventure-seekers.
Road trip #2: Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast for us non-Italian speakers), has been labelled Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline and with good reason: Mediterranean villages perched over steep cliffs, luxuriously lush gardens, miles and miles of coastline bordering turquoise and emerald seas. Feel that wind in your hair as you drive along the coast in your convertible (our vehicle of choice!), and don’t forget to sample the Campanian cuisine and sip Lemoncello at local restaurants as you marvel at the views before you.
Perfect pitstops: Belmond Hotel Caruso for its spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast; Le Sirenuse for its warm service and Michelin-starred restaurant; and Palace Hotel and Spa as it’s the crème de la crème of Amalfi hotels and where the beautiful hang out while on the coast.
Road trip #3: Garden Route, South Africa
Stretching from the South to the East, traversing South Africa’s gorgeous Garden Route is a wonderful journey. Start off in Mossel Bay and make your way to the Storms River and admire the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation that calls this route home. The coast is dotted with numerous lagoons, lakes, forests and beaches. Head a little inland to discover Wine Country, that includes the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, and sample the region’s superb wines. Don’t be afraid to lose yourself and wander the coastal trails, and don’t forget to pack your binoculars if you’re a bird watching enthusiast.
Perfect pitstops: Birkenhead House overlooks the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay; Grootbos is tucked away in the tranquil Milkwood Forest and The Delaire Graff Estate & Spa has 10 sumptuous lodges in the South African winelands.
Road Trip #4: Ring Road, Iceland
As its name implies, the Ring Road is a loop that takes you around the mysterious country of Iceland, on a journey to discovering surreal natural wonders. Start off your adventure in the capital city, Reykjavik, and slowly make your way around the island. Hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, crater lakes will be your constant companions. En route, stop for a glacier hike, a dip in thermal springs and of course countless photo ops.
Perfect pitstops: The Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel is home to the famed spa and is a short walk from the Blue Lagoon; 101 Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the capital; and Hotel Ranga overlooks the Hekla volcano.
Roadtrip #5: Salta, Northwest Argentina
An adventure awaits up in north-western Argentina. The region of Salta, perhaps the wildest region in Argentina, is not for the faint of heart. Hop aboard a 4WD and prepare to admire wild scenery, vineyards, fields of cacti, snow-capped peaks, endless rivers and arid deserts. The salt flats in Jujuy are impressive as is the Hill of Seven Colors in Quebrada de Purmamarca. .
Perfect pitstops: Legado Mitico Salta is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Salta and is inspired by the history and culture of the Argentinean northwest. While House of Jasmines’ location at the food of the Andes, in a colonial ranch, make it a quiet and welcome respite after many days on the road.