Jul 21, 2017
No matter what corner of the globe you’re at, there are plenty of overlooked destinations just waiting to be explored. Whether you want to escape to somewhere you’ve never heard of before, crash out on a secluded island, or journey to a land that time forgot, luxury tour operator Scott Dunn has just the off-the-beaten-track destination for you.
For a holiday truly out of the ordinary, look no further than Swedish Lapland. Indulge your inner adventurer with safari-style camping and tree house living while you search for the elusive Northern Lights. Snow-blanketed landscapes wait to be explored on husky- or reindeer-drawn sleds. Stay at Aurora Safari Camp and wake up to stunning views of unspoilt wilderness before journeying to Sörbyn Lodge, a family-run property where it’s all about indulging in mouth-watering Swedish delicacies. Then, round off a once-in-a-lifetime trip with a stay under a canopy of pine trees at the mind-blowing Treehotel, one of the most unique design-led hotels you will ever stay in. Six one-of-a-kind tree houses lie among snow-clad pine trees – The Blue Cone being a firm favourite for the ultimate room with a view.
Soaring mountains, ancient glaciers, huge forests, unique wildlife and superb beaches – all served up with a delicious glass of wine from the New World – make New Zealand a favourite with outdoor lovers. For those looking to get away from it all, Annandale (above) on Banks Peninsula is a favourite and is located only an hour from Christchurch. Designed as a place to stay where the world can’t find you, this hidden gem sits on a 4,000-acre farm at one of the world’s most spectacular coastal locations. Each of Annandale’s four distinctive luxury villas has its own unique character; for the ultimate family hideaway, it’s got to be the Scrubby Bay beach house. There, you can escape the world, spot dolphins in the bay, look out for native birds, mountain bike, paddleboard and hike to your heart’s content.
Step back in time with Myanmar, a unique, culture-rich country with spectacular monuments and ancient cities, as well as beautiful and varying landscapes. Escape the flocks of tourists by visiting remote villages on foot, where you can meet the local tribes and experience the cultures that make Myanmar such a mesmerising destination for any visitor. Encounter the Shan people around Inle Lake, cruise down the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, and visit the majestic temple-strewn plains of Bagan before relaxing on the beaches of Ngapali. Stay in boutique hotels and lodges such as the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence in the heart of Yangon and the picturesque Villa Inle Resort & Spa on the edge of Myanmar’s famous Inle Lake. For the ultimate highlight of any true Burmese adventure, rise early and go on a hot-air-balloon ride that takes you over the stunning pagodas and temples in Bagan (above). As Myanmar is only recently opening up to tourism, it should definitely be on your bucket list before the crowds get wind of this untouched, magical land.