29 August 2017
The best travel experiences money can buy
We all love to get away for a few days. But now and then it’s worth investing a little more budget into a truly once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
If you’re looking to discover one of the world’s truly unforgettable destinations, here are our top five places to visit before you’re 40.
We can’t imagine a better base to see nature at its wildest than the KwaMbili Game Lodge in South Africa’s Thornybush Game Reserve.
Small, secluded and overlooking a permanent waterhole, the Lodge has an outdoor pool and offers game drives and guided bush walks.
But our favourite feature is the tented accommodation, which has no fences from the wilderness. You rely on the local rangers to keep the fiercest wildlife away, though they’ll allow the elephants to wander past your bedroom.
Everyone should dine in a world-class restaurant at least once. We recommend Restaurant Magazine’s two-time winner El Celler de Can Roca in the medieval city of Girona in Catalunya, northern Spain.
It’s owned and run by three brothers – chef Joan, sommelier Josep, and pâtissier Jordi. They’re all masters of their craft, giving the restaurant an unmatched dynamic. A meal here is highly stylised yet powerfully evocative, and simply has to be experienced.
The Maldives is a guaranteed inclusion on any list of the world’s top tropical destinations. Thousands of island paradises present a fascinating playground for nature lovers, with endless coral reefs populated by sea creatures big and small. Even if you’ve never snorkelled before, the warm, shallow waters are the perfect place to start.
Try it in style at the picture-perfect Mirihi Island Resort. Relax in your water villa, feeling one with the ocean, then wander onto the island for a spa treatment and an indulgent meal. Bliss.
Hidden deep in the wilderness within the chilly reaches of the Arctic circle, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is Finnish Lapland’s most iconic hotel.
You can enjoy husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and the world’s largest smoke sauna.
But best of all are the private glass igloos, which feature glass-roofed bedrooms. If there’s a better way to experience the incredible beauty of the northern lights we haven’t found it.
Recently named the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure, the 5-star Oberoi Udaivilas resort resembles a traditional Rajasthani palace – and has service to match.
Spread across 50 acres of lush surroundings on the banks of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola, this grand hotel features pavilions, domes, courtyards, fountains and beautiful gardens.
Practice yoga, ride an elephant, and learn a Rajasthani folk dance. Or simply kick back and enjoy the personal butler service. Pure indulgence.
With RSA coverage you know that everything is taken care of, so you’re free to enjoy every moment of your trip. Make sure you contact us for a quote before you go.