Get the adrenalin flowing with the latest thrilling holidays.
Sleeping with elephants
Stay at the Wilderness Collection’s luxurious Abu Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, for example, and you’ll be among one of the world’s largest elephant populations. The six-tent safari camp offers an ‘Elephant Experience’ in which guests (including children from the age of six) can walk, ride, observe and even sleep next to the resident seven-strong herd of elephants, which have been rescued from the wild.
A highlight of the trip is the opportunity to sleep under the stars on a special platform bed overlooking the Elephant Boma. Wilderness-collection.com
Dangle from a tree
Another chance to sleep out in the open, but located a lot closer to home, can be had at the UK’s first ever Tree Tent. Sheepskin, the award-winning collection of unique holiday properties, has just launched the Red Kite Tree Tent, near Builth Wells in Powys, Wales. The tree house with a twist, is set high among the trees within 80 acres of woodland, and has been designed to have minimal impact on, and to blend with, its natural environment. You can expect a double bed, log burning stove and outside shower in what is essentially a giant 3m orb suspended from the trees. The remote hideaway allows you to be at one with nature, surrounded by barn owls, woodpeckers and red kites. Sheepskinlife.com
Swim with sharks
If watery adventures are more your thing, then it doesn’t get more thrilling than swimming with sharks. Stay at the barefoot-chic Turtle Inn, in Belize‘s coastal village of Placencia, and during the months of March-June you can experience the Whale Shark Package. Adventure seekers, accompanied by a PADI Divemaster, will have the chance to share the waves with Whale Sharks as they glide through the waters of the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Belize is renowned as one of the world’s best scuba destinations as well as being home to some amazing sites, such as the Mayan Nim Li Punit. You’ll also be able to kick back at Turtle Inn, owned by legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola. It’s cinema in the making.
Live like a mountaineer
Meanwhile, the new BaseCamp Initiative at Nira Alpina in the Engadin Valley in Switzerland, adventures can be had of the Alpine variety. Inspired by a ‘local’ way of life, the luxury hotel has devised a programmed of adrenaline-pumping activites for the summer season. Mountain guides are on hand to lead guests into the wilderness with children being taught what plants to eat, how cows are milked and how cheese is produced. Too staid? Then action seekers can try out kite-surfing, windsurfing, climbing, cycling and sailing. Your day’s tales can be retold around the evening’s campfire, tucking into local delicacies simmering on the Nira BBQ.
Kayak in the Caribbean
Who wouldn’t be tempted to get their feet wet when staying on the ruggedly beautiful island of St Lucia? Surrounded by crystal clear waters and a lush landscape, the bayside retreat of Anse Chastanet is tempting in guests with bespoke Kayaking Tours, which mean you can truly explore all the island has to offer. After training sessions, you can choose from kayaking the coast of Soufriere Bay, or paddling to the Pitons. During your exhilarating trips you can factor in bird-watching, sight-seeing, picnicking on deserted beaches and watching the sun set out on the waves.