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My Elephant and I
Go on the adventure of a lifetime in the wondrous natural surroundings of Northern Thailand at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. The perfect getaway. Experience our three- or four-night excursions, where you will enjoy the interaction with rescued elephants in their home habitat. This immersive experience begins at the Elephant Camp, where your mahout guide explains how elephant anatomy works – a lesson that is sure to be full of surprises! Once you have the basics down, set off on a walk through the wilderness with your elephant companions. Stop by the pond to see their playful side as they splash about happily and drink water by the gallon. Observe closely and you will find that each elephant has its own distinct personality. Next up is bath-time at the river, a cherished daily ritual for elephants and their mahouts. Afterwards, head to the bamboo hut for some well-deserved refreshments – bananas for the freshly bathed elephants and a platter of delicious snacks for you. Conclude this unforgettable experience with a photo session alongside your new friends – these precious mementos are sure to be treasured for years to come.
Australias's ultra-luxury conservation resort
Seek refuge and find adventure in the historic setting of Australia’s Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. Committed to the preservation of both the surrounding environment and native wildlife, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury lodge set on over 7,000 acres of conservation reserve; perfect for horseback riding, sitting beside the campfire under vast night skies and rediscovering your equilibrium amidst the epic landscape around your private villa.
An intimate Jamaican experience
Set on one of the premier private beaches in Jamaica, equipped with intimate suites and cottages with enchanting views of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica Inn offers the ultimate experience. With exclusive access to the property’s private beach, and all-time favorite spot for Hawksbill turtles to nest, guests can enjoy the view of these fascinating creatures on property. Have a close encounter with mother turtles crawling ashore at night to lay her eggs in the sand of Jamaica Inn’s private beach, or possibly see the baby turtles hatching and make their way to the sea. Embrace the Jamaican vibe.
Creating lasting memories
Flawlessly nestled by desert dunes and ocean rock formation, with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortex, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is an elegant all-inclusive oasis of luxury and top leveled amenities. Witness the phenomenal thrill of watching the natural beauty of whales from oceanfront restaurants on the property or perhaps your own private balcony. Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has the luxury of providing guests majestic views of these phenomenal mammals during whale season. Whether you are traveling to Los Cabos for business or vacations, our all-inclusive property will make your stay a memorable one.
Meet our loveable resident donkeys.
Just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean, nestled beneath the Sierra de Tramuntana, Belmond La Residencia is set in two manor houses from the 16th and 17th century. All the 73 rooms and suites are exclusively designed and decorated in typical Mallorcan style and some suites feature a private swimming pool. Guests at Belmond La Residencia have plenty of possibilities to relax and regenerate. Linger by one of the two outdoor swimming pools, be spoiled with exclusive treatments at the award-winning Spa, or enjoy a fully-equipped fitness center and two superb tennis courts with a resident tennis coach. A complimentary boat excursion is available daily during summer months to explore the most beautiful corners of the coast. And to enter the deepest spirit of Mallorca, the hotel offers an exclusive donkey trail with its resident donkeys in the hotel’s own olive groves followed by a picnic with traditional Mallorcan dishes. One of our most popular activity.
Witness the majestic beauty of Mother Nature
Discover the natural beauty, and cultural gems of Jamaica with our robust offerings of exotic tours. Swim with dolphins, visit Bob Marley's former home (now a museum), take a snorkel adventure, or experience amusement park-style rides in a Jamaican rainforest...and you may be able to use Resort Credit to pay for it.
Cuddle a Koala on Hamilton Island
A unique Australian expression of luxury, qualia is nestled in the most pristine and secluded position on Hamilton Island, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in a relaxed atmosphere, where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind and yet completely spoil the senses. Exclusive guest facilities include a private beach, two infinity edge pools and two restaurants. Or for a truly memorable experience, step inside Spa qualia which offers an extensive range of luxurious treatments.
Hamilton Island is home to an array of wildlife and one of the few places in Australia where you can see and cuddle a koala. This should be a bucket list item for anyone visiting Australia and you can experience this at the island’s wildlife park. Only a short drive from qualia, Wild Life Hamilton Island offers a variety of unique experiences including guided tours, where our keepers share their expertise and help you feed the animals; breakfast with the koalas, where you can enjoy your morning coffee by their enclosure; and a koala cuddle and photo, the perfect souvenir from your holiday.
Let your spirit run free
A stunning all-inclusive beachfront resort on the most beautiful strip of Punta Cancun, framed by the Caribbean Sea, Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a playful family escape on Mexico’s Yucatan Coast. Within the exclusive resort, in the heart of hotel zone in Cancun, you can live an exclusive and incomparable experience swimming with dolphins. Get to know these friendly mammals and learn about their habitat and bond with them. Our master rooms also offers views of the dolphin habitat that can be enjoyed from your own private balcony. With stylish décor and luxurious suites with balconies, Hyatt Ziva offers breathtaking ocean views and perfect panorama of paradise.
Wonders of nature
Each year, from May to September, a portion of the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is transformed into a nature sanctuary where the collected eggs of nesting sea turtles are provided a safe and protected environment to incubate. The resort’s appointed “Turtle Guardians” are ladies and gentleman of the hotel who volunteer and have been certified by the local government. The volunteers are trained to collect and transfer the eggs safely to the artificial nests and carefully protect and monitor the nests in pre-identified “Turtle Camps,” until they hatch and begin their journey into the sea. Guests of all ages who are vacationing at the resort are encouraged to participate in this distinct program, both by witnessing the nesting of the eggs, and helping to release the baby turtles.
Explore the sea at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Since its inception, our luxury eco resort has dedicated itself to taking care of the environment, and demonstrating how to use what Mother Nature provides in a sustainable way. Jean-Michel is often quoted as saying, “protect the ocean and you protect yourself.”
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is exceptionally proud of the fact that we are the only resort in Fiji with a Marine Biologist on staff. Johnny Singh, our resident Marine Biologist, can often be found in and around the resort helping guests explore and understand our fascinating ocean and its numerous inhabitants. He oversees all of the resort’s educational programs introducing guests to the natural wonders surrounding the resort, and enriching the guests’ experience.
Following the example set long ago by Jean-Michel Cousteau around the world, it is our sincere belief that the luxury holiday experiences our guests (adults and children) encounter, and the memories they take home are meaningfully enhanced by the knowledge that our eco resort has highly developed sustainability program in place.
Step away from the crowds
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a deluxe family-owned eco and wildlife retreat with 58 hectares of native forest adjacent to secluded Oak Beach. Conveniently located 45 minutes’ drive north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas, guests enjoy the best of the tropics from this private paradise. Thala Beach Nature Reserve provides an island-feel experience and is the ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Thala has proudly achieved the highest accreditation of eco-certification through sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity. Boutique timber bungalows are built high on stilts within the forest canopy providing a private and unobtrusive approach to nature. All bungalows enjoy ocean, mountain or forest views. Time spent relaxing on the timber-decked verandas is enhanced by sightings of birds, butterflies, wallabies, possums and sugar gliders. Guests also enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by onsite rangers including tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, coastal discovery, wildlife & nature walks, birds & butterflies walks.
Channel Your Inner Explorer!
Explore the outback just as the early pioneers did - on a camel. Join renowned local adventure operator Uluru Camel Tours for an unforgettable journey through red dune country with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a stunning backdrop. Ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia's interior, camels were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. Today there are an estimated 200,000 one-humped, dromedary type camels in the wild. Most popular at sunrise or sunset and guided by passionate cameleers, it’s a fun and unforgettable experience!
Meet the ‘Locals’ at Kangas and Kanapés
An evening expedition offers Southern Ocean Lodge guests the chance to soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property close to the lodge, where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze. Guests can observe these creatures in their natural environment, sip premium South Australian beverages and enjoy a 'Kanapé' while the sun goes down.
Fly a hawk or ride a horse at Ashford Castle
Discover the ancient form of falconry at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland - flying hawks is an experience of a lifetime!
Our aim is to share with you the pleasure and excitement of falconry, a fascination that has enthralled people for 4,000 years, and today provides guests with a unique experience in magnificent surroundings. No previous experience is necessary and our private guided Hawk Walks cater for all ages and families. If you opt for a riding adventure, enjoy horse-riding at our beautiful woodland paths and spectacular scenery from the saddle that captivates novice and experienced riders alike. From the shores of Lough Corrib, Lough Mask and into the mountains of Connemara to the west, the area couldn’t be more magical for riding. Situated within easy walking distance of the castle, trail rides and lessons are available for all ages and abilities and are accompanied by an experienced guide. Hard hats and Jodhpur boots are provided.
Our lagoon is home to a family of playful dolphins
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Honolulu's legendary luxury hideaway, adored by stars, presidents and royalty. Set on a pristine white sand beach, just ten minutes from the world-class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. The resort is situated among exotic gardens complete with a waterfall and lagoon which is home to fun-loving Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. Guests have the chance to come face-to-face with these amazing creatures; an experience that gives an unforgettable glimpse into the lives of dolphins in a beautiful environment. Discover a wide range of incredible programs with our dolphins. Become a trainer for a day or a week, feed and play with the dolphins in the shallow lagoon, or enjoy the experience with your whole family. Participation in a Dolphin Quest experience supports vital marine mammal conservation, education and scientific study.
Breathtaking collection of marine exhibits
Atlantis, Paradise Island hosts the largest marine exhibit in the Caribbean and is recognized as one of the largest in the world ... encompassing 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of ocean water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species. Guests receive complimentary access and have an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary collection of marine habitats and exhibits—lagoons, caves, coral formations and breathtaking underwater ruins designed to showcase exotic marine life ranging from sharks to manta rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and even endangered alligator gar.
Costa Rica’s Most Intimate Rainforest Experience
Costa Rica is a birder’s paradise, even more so at Pacuare Lodge where the luxuriant rainforest that surrounds the property is a private reserve that forms part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America, covering more than 1.2 million acres of tropical wilderness. Costa Rica is home to some 850 species of birds, of which 630 are resident species. See Mother Nature at her best as you spot the many birds and other wildlife that are indigenous to the area. Look and listen carefully for the Montezuma Oropendola, which nests far above in the towering trees. The area around the lodge is home to an extraordinary number of exotic bird species that include the Sun Bittern, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Black-cheeked Woodpecker and a variety of colorful toucans.
Incredible Adventures in Baja California Sur & Beyond
The Resort at Pedregal proudly introduces the new Beyond the beach - Baja Luxploration Program. From marine life to mountain trails, this curated collection of inherently spontaneous experiences will reveal the magic of Baja’s diverse land, wildlife, marine life and people. Our partners are locals - naturalists, adventurers, farmers and artisans - and their insider knowledge will delight with personal narratives and expertise. These itineraries are to inspire exploration beyond our gates and can be customized to your tastes, all with our signature style of luxurious comfort.
Witness the natural gems of this tropical paradise
From adorable monkeys and sunbathing iguanas to witty coatis and colorful birds, guests are surrounded by nature at this intimate resort where the tropical forest meets the Pacific Coast’s Papagayo Peninsula. Calm waters lead to water-based discoveries of whales, dolphins and turtles in their natural habitats. Additionally, the new Andaz Beach House and Papagayo Explorers Club activities program offer even more opportunities to be inspired by Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity in an unforgettable setting. The resort is a short drive from 3 national parks and is just a 35 minute drive from Liberia International Airport.
The ultimate adventure
Embrace the culture and spirit of Mexico while staying at our all-inclusive resort. Enjoy the sandy beach of Las Estacas, exclusive to Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. During whale season guests can go in an excursion along the coast and go whale watching. You can also enjoy the view from the resort, with ocean views from every vantage point, from the oceanfront restaurant, oceanfront suites, or even the fitness center, you won’t miss the magical moment. Go kayaking or paddle boarding or plan a day of snorkeling and scuba diving, perhaps you meet a friendly creature swimming around the open waters of the pacific.