Trips Worth Travelling For

Sian Pages – Travel Planner

To celebrate as the world begins to reopen once more, I’d like to introduce you to some breath-taking places… Places that offer something truly unique and wonderful, something to remember for the rest of your life.

The places shown here are more than just a place to rest your head. So, whether your travel motivation is seeing wildlife, enjoying the sort of scenery cameras just can’t capture, or escaping to somewhere truly remote, you’ll find somewhere worth unpacking your suitcase.


Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge, South Africa

Chitwa Chitwa is more than just a luxury private game lodge in the bush. It’s a holistic and sensorial experience which starts at sunrise and captures the very essence of the magnificent wildlife heritage and natural landscape of Africa before sunset.

The luxury lodge basks in the sun on the banks of the largest dams of the exclusive 63,000-hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park.

Farewell Harbour Lodge, Canada

An intimate, family-owned waterfront retreat, Farewell Harbour Lodge is situated on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, which gives you a clue as to the wildlife you can see here. Expert guides lead you out in Zodiac boats and on foot in search of black and grizzly bears in their natural habitat.

You can also join boat trips to look for humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, and dolphins.


Kahutara Purepod, New Zealand

Mountains, a silvery river, green valleys dotted with endemic kanuka trees… all of this is your personal back yard when you stay in Kahutara PurePod. This solar-powered stand-alone cabin sits isolated in the sleepy countryside outside of Kaikōura, although you won’t be told its exact location until you travel.

And, it’s made almost completely of glass, so you can gaze out at the views (and the stars) from your bed.

Iya Valley Onsen, Japan

Sleeping on a futon in a room filled with tatami mats, wearing a yukata, sitting down to a multi-course kaiseki dinner… A couple of nights at a traditional ryokan is one of the best ways to immerse yourself, literally, in local culture.

With hot springs heated by nearby volcanoes and expansive views of the steep, secluded valley, Iya Valley Onsen offers one of the most authentic experiences in the country.


Brush Creek Ranch, USA

Set amid the raw wilderness of the North Platte River Valley and the Sierra Madre mountains, Brush Creek Ranch offers a chance to live out the cowboy lifestyle… in comfort. You can join guided horse rides, whether you’re a beginner or experienced, take a roping lesson, go fly fishing, and help herd cattle. The opulent ranch house also offers a wide menu of less-rugged activities, like yoga, spa treatments, and archery.

The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments, Queenstown

Every room in The Rees overlooks Lake Wakatipu, providing a private view of the clear, blue waters and the Remarkables mountain range rising in the distance.

The indulgent decor takes inspiration from the landscape, with a focus on natural materials like bare-wood furniture and local stone in the fireplaces.

Six Senses Punakha, Bhutan

Cantilevered over the infinity pool, Six Sense Punakha’s lounge overlooks hundreds of undulating rice terraces and traditional farmhouses, framed by lush green peaks in the distance. The decor features warm local wood, sleek lines, and a restful simplicity that only enhances the views through the generous windows.


Treehotel, Sweden

While there’s no water in sight, the Treehotel’s collection of futuristic treehouses float amid the pine forest landscape of Swedish Lapland like an open-air sculpture museum. You could stay in a bird’s nest suitable for a family of four, a UFO straight out of a 1950s sci-fi movie, or an enormous, mirrored cube that melts into the landscape.

Baros, Maldives

As one of the longest-running resorts in the MaldivesBaros has had time to perfect the paradise-island experience. Each overwater villa is angled so you can see nothing but cerulean waters from the daybed of your private deck. Slip into the water and you’re just a few strokes from the house reef, where turtles come to feed.

The Float House, Thailand

Docked along a secluded curve of the River Kwai, you can only reach The Float House by boat, on a journey past riverbanks thick with jungle. Each thatched-roof floating villa is on its own pontoon, with a private pier to relax on, a canoe on-hand so you can explore, and a teakwood swing overlooking the hills of Sai Yok National Park.

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Sian will be more than happy to spend time talking you through your options; remembering her service is delivered at no cost to clients and professional connections of Longhurst.

Happy Adventures!