Dreaming of ziplining through jungle canopies or picnicking on a secluded island made for two? We have compiled a list of our ultimate bucketlist experiences and where you can do them, read on for ten of our favourites.
1. Stay on your own Private Island
For those dreaming of deserted sandbanks and endless pristine seas surrounding their own Robinson Crusoe escape. Fregate Private Island offers an exclusive island setting without the crowds of resort destinations. Paddle to your own tiny island for a secluded picnic on the sand or hire out the entire island for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. With only a scattering of accommodation buildings upon the island, your days will be filled with wanderings around the captivating island scenery and diving among the myriad of animal life beneath the waves.
2. Swim with Whale Sharks
Dive beneath the waves with the largest mammal on earth as you witness the astounding majesty of the whale shark in its natural environment. Along with Rays and other underwater life, this Maldives destination allows you to get up close and personal with these giants of the sea for a truly magical experience to check off your bucketlist.
3. Stay in the world’s most luxurious hotel
Frequently voted the most luxurious hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the ultimate in luxurious living and offers everything from Rolls Royce transport to a dedicated helicopter landing pad. With the hotel’s own fleet of luxury cars, you can take a spin in your dream car or simply lounge in a butler-serviced poolside cabana, basking in the endless tranquillity.
4. Zipline through a canopy of centuries old rainforest
Soar above the heights of an ancient rainforest at Eden Roc Cap Cana as you take to the skies and zipline over the tallest trees whilst enjoying breath-taking vistas the whole way down. If activities on the ground are more your thing, Scape Park offers a whole host of Eco adventures whilst the breath-taking cliffs, captivating ocean and tropical forests of Cap Cana offer adventures of their own.
5. Experience the thrill of cliff diving
Discover a once-in-a-lifetime thrill in the heart of the Caribbean as you tick this adrenaline-filled experience off your travel checklist. Allow the expert cliff-diving instructors at The Caves in Jamaica to train you in the art of taking those death-defying leaps of faith from the top of the craggy heights that surround the property and feel the rush as you plunge into the pristine waters of the Caribbean.
6. Hire a private Yacht for the day
Live in the very height of luxury and charter your very own yacht for the day in the magnificent Bahamas complete with luxurious service and the sun-soaked haven of a tropical paradise. Discover the best way to explore your surroundings as you encounter unique experiences such as the famous Bahamian pigs and tuck in to island-style lunches in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
7. Seek inspiration as you stay in the home of a famous author
Walk in the footsteps of James Bond author Ian Fleming as you stay in his former home in the beautiful Saint Mary, Jamaica and see the luxurious world of pristine white sand beaches and turquoise seas as he would have seen it himself as he penned all fourteen of his novels. Serenity reaches its height at this Caribbean retreat as you swim or kayak through a lagoon to reach the heavenly spa and unwind to rejuvenating treatments for the body and soul. For a truly inspirational experience, rent out the home of the man himself as you wander through the rooms that created the legendary tales of sophisticated espionage. In the words of Fleming himself, “Would these books have been born if I had not been living in the gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it.”
8. Savour the taste of the perfect catch, caught by your own fair hands
Ride the waves that surround Mahe island as you fish for your catch to take home for the evening meal. Watch as an expert chef prepares your catch exactly the way you like it either at your villa or on the beach for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa allows you to do all of this and much more as you bask in the serenity of the only premium all-inclusive resort in the Seychelles with butler service as standard to take care of your every need.
9. Become a Manta Ray scientist for the day
Journey to an underwater world of discovery as you accompany some of the world’s leading manta ray experts onboard a Dhoni to cruise the turquoise waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and lend a helping hand to manta ray conservation efforts. Assist the experts in tracking the gentle giants and recording essential environmental information whilst learning how to take identification photos before donning your wet suit for a free-dive into the Atlantic Ocean to witness the spectacular manta rays in their native underwater habitat.
10. Witness the tallest building in the world
Discover the soaring heights of the world’s tallest building as you come face to face with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai’s spectacular skyline. Ever one for world first’s Dubai is home to a number of sights that have made it in to the record books and is the world’s playground for the awe-inspiring. From sprawling resorts stretching as far as the eye can see to exclusive resorts offering numerous little luxuries, Dubai offers a multitude of suggestions to tick off your bucket list.
The experts at Xclusivity have compiled the ultimate travel checklist over on the Xclusivity website, why not take a look at the collection and start your new year off by planning your next escape.
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