A Natural Destination

A 21st century travel itinerary needn’t be exclusive to cities and iconic man-made structures. With the insurgence of technology and constant connectivity, a trip dedicated to exploring Mother Nature’s hard work is beneficial in more ways than one. Discover five awe-inspiring natural wonders that have to be seen to be believed.

Kuangsi Waterfall

Luang Brabang, Laos 

Just a 30 minute tuk tuk drive from the centre of Luang Prabang, the Kuang Si Waterfall is reminiscent of a fairytale. Three tiers of cascading water, broken by natural baby blue pools, sit amongst a limestone rich, tropical jungle with beams of natural light adding to the site’s ethereal glow. A must-see attraction for tourists, the more intrepid travellers can wander off the beaten track and discover untouched, hidden gems on the surrounding trails.

Where to stay:

Luxury hotel and resort Amantaka, is just a short walk from the centre of Luang Prabang, Laos’ ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Housing 24-suites in a French colonial-style building, it’s a place of complete tranquillity and serenity while still boasting all the benefits of being near culturally rich attractions.

 

The Dark Hedges

Stranocum, Northern Ireland

This natural wonder, propelled to fame after serving as a set for Game of Thrones, is now the most photographed site in Northern Ireland. The tunnel-like, tree-lined avenue originated in the 18th century when the Stuart family planted the trees along the entrance road to their newly built estate. With 90 of the original 150 trees still standing and intertwining harmoniously above Bregagh Road, preservation and protection is of upmost importance. An attraction for visitors all over the world, explore the enchanting avenue before high traffic causes irreversible, long-lasting impact.

Where to stay:

Awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year 2017 at the Irish Hotel Awards, Culloden Estate and Spa is a must-visit destination. Set amongst acres of secluded gardens and woodlands, the once Palace turned prestigious accommodation offers an array of room types exuding tasteful opulence. Notable features and facilities include the Spa, a mind-body sanctuary complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and fitness suite, the Mitre Restaurant, and the convenient ease of getting to local attractions.

 

Mount Rinjani

Lombok, Indonesia

For the more audacious traveller, the active, second highest volcano in Indonesia might be the destination for you. Towering the island of Lombok, Mount Rijani promises a challenging climb with incomparable views. With restricted access, guided trips of varying lengths are recommended. Start at the foot of the mountain and wake the following morning with sunset views of the entire island and neighbouring Bali.

Where to stay:

Serving up a new standard of luxury accommodation for the picturesque Indonesian Island, The Lombok Lodge and its nine exclusive suites will be a welcome escape from an evening in a tent. The relaxed yet refined interiors, sea views and hospitable staff promise comfort, while the food at the three onsite venues, directed by Indonesian chef Wayan Jiwa Raga, will delight your taste buds with local ingredients and exquisite flavours.

 

Iguazú Falls

Bordering Brazil and Argentina in a large expanse of national park, the Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world. Spanning almost 3km in width, and cascading 82m at its deepest drop, the awe-inspiring natural wonder can be viewed from all angles. Marvel from the walkways and viewing platforms, get to water-level and experience the thunderous beauty by boat, or seek unmatched aerial views by way of helicopter.

Where to stay:

A spellbinding location literally metres away from the spectacular Iguazu Falls, Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas is the only accommodation within the National Park. Containing 193 uniquely designed rooms, two restaurants, a tennis court, swimming pool and spa, it’s the perfect base for experiencing the natural wonder. As well as exclusive early-morning access to the falls, the dedicated concierge team is also on hand to arrange boat tours and priority access helicopter rides.

 

Grand Prismatic Spring

Wyoming, USA

For outdoor enthusiasts, head to Yellowstone National Park and discover the technicolour splendour of the Grand Prismatic Spring. The now dormant geyser and largest hot spring in the USA (third largest in the world), can attribute its rainbow coloured shade to the presence of bacteria. Known to change hue with each season, select your visit date wisely and admire the sight from the surrounding boardwalk or head to the nearby Fairy Falls for an elevated view.

Where to stay:

Contemporary in style and zen in vibe, Amangani (‘peaceful home’) promises uninterrupted luxury and unforgettable memories. The three-story resort is a few hours’ drive from Yellowstone National Park and sits on a cliff’s edge surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush meadows. A perfect place of refuge after a day exploring the natural grandeur of the American West, other activities include wildlife viewing, skiing and snowmobiling.

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