If you can’t sit still, cancel the meditation class and sign up for one of these adrenaline-filled green retreats
THE ONE IN THE DESERT
 
Feynan Ecolodge, Jordan
Follow in the footsteps of the Bedouins and spend the night at Feynan Ecolodge in Wadi Feynan. It’s the ultimate off-the-grid escape. Set in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, this lodge manages to mix luxe with clever green thinking. Expect solar power, candlelit rooms and drinking water served in handmade clay pots. But when you can tear yourself away from your room you should as you can meet Bedouin villagers, go on hikes through the wadis and use the hotel’s telescope to take in the staggering night sky.
 
THE ONE THAT COMPRISES 55,000 HECTARES

Mahu Whenua, New Zealand
Famed record-producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange has taken 55,000 acres of rolling farmland and turned it into a conservation area complete with a chic eco lodge. Just 12 people will be able to stay at Mahu Whenua (meaning ‘healing land’) that’s just outside Wanaka. The former sheepstation is now home to birds, animals and 1.36 million native trees and shrubs, which the team planted. The sky is the limit (quite literally) when it comes to outdoor adventures at Mahu Whenua. Take one the resort’s horses out for a ride, or jump into a heli to go heli-biking, heli-skiing or heli-hiking depending on the season.

THE ONE WITH DINOSAUR BONES
 
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
If you’re looking for the ultimate nomadic adventure, then Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia is hard to beat. Not only will you sleep in a traditional felt ger, but will you be able to see the true nomads in action as the resort lets them graze their animals on the land as they walk between the plains. You too will also be given the chance to explore the land of Genghis Khan by foot, horseback, 4WD or Bactrian camel. Journey around the 600-foot Hongoryn Els (‘singing’ sand dunes), through the Yol Valley or even Tugrigiin Shiree – where they found the bones of the famed fighting dinosaurs.
 
THE ONE IN THE AMAZON

Caiman Lodge, Amazon
When you arrive at your jungle hideaway by canoe, you know that you’re all set for adventure. Caiman Lodge can be found within the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, which is rich in monkeys, bird species and amphibians. Forty huts complete with hammocks are scattered throughout the grounds. Although the tower that features three separate rooms is sought-after for the view of the lagoon. Guests can tour the area by bike, canoe or Jeep. They can go for a hike with the resort’s naturalist and they can even camp in the jungle.
  
 

Suggested Itineraries

From $7,500 pp

Trekking in Mongolia

Asia Mongolia Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • A camping trek through some of the most remote parts of Mongolia, the western Altai Mountains
  • Meeting the famed eagle hunters and staying alongside a host family
  • Exploring some of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia’s heartland, including the stunning Orkhon Valley
  • Spending the night in Mandala Mongolia – the most luxurious and intimate accommodation available in the country

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 11 nights

From $9,500 pp

Classic Mongolia

Mongolia

  • Scrambling up the towering Khongoryn Els sand dunes for a glorious sunset and then sliding back down
  • Riding camels with an authentic nomadic camel breeder in the Gobi Desert
  • Staying at the luxurious Three Camel Lodge
  • Horse riding through the forest to the seldom-visited Tovkhon Monastery
  • Spending the night in your own bespoke ensuite luxury ger that has been set up in the wilderness just for you

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 11 nights

From $3,500 pp

Classic Jordan

Jordan

  • Potter through bustling Amman with its vibrant neighbourhoods and historic sites
  • Take in magnificent Petra, marvelling at sites such as The Treasury, Monastery and High Place of Sacrifice
  • Spend the night in a luxury camp deep within the Wadi Rum
  • Slather yourself with mud and go for a float in the Dead Sea

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 7 nights
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Panoramic view of natural rock bridge and Wadi Rum desert, Jordan

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