8 amazing ways to get active on holiday

Going on holiday doesn’t have to be all about poolside cocktails and lazing on a lounger. We’ve found many ways for you to have fun, keep active, and make once-in-a-lifetime memories in the process. Whether it’s hiking through the rainforest or exploring a tropical island on two wheels, here’s a handful of unique active experiences you can add to your Kuoni holiday.


1. Explore the Dolomites, Italy

Escape on an immersive Alpine day trip north of Lake Garda, where the majestic Dolomites stand tall in the awe-inspiring Alps. Journey along the picturesque winding roads between the Fiemme and Fassa Valleys, reaching the Pordoi Pass. Ride the cable car up to Sass Pordoi, a 2950-metre-high rock summit for an extra thrill. You’ll then travel to the Gardena Valley, weaving through charming South Tyrolean villages, where you’ll have some free time to relax with a coffee and relish the views. Stay at Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort and you can recharge in the Turkish Baths and thermal pools in the incredible wellness centre.


2. Kayak in the Phang Nga Marine Park, Thailand

Spend the day at sea on this unforgettable sea kayaking adventure among the jaw-dropping limestone islands of Phang Nga Marine Park. You’ll be paddled by an expert guide through the emerald-green water, venturing into atmospheric sea caves and discovering spectacular islands like Koh Panak and Koh Hong. A highlight of the day is visiting the world-famous James Bond Island, featured in The Man with the Golden Gun. The ideal end to the day is a recuperative massage back at your resort; Marina Phuket Resort has a poolside pavilion where you can choose from a menu of aromatic treatments to soothe your worked-out muscles.


3. Drop down into a fiery underworld in La Reunion

Discover the secrets beneath the surface of Piton de la Fournaise, one of Earth’s most active volcanoes. This is one of the few places on our planet where you can descend into a maze of lava tunnels, and you’ll feel your senses heighten as you travel deep into this otherworldly landscape. Not one for the faint-hearted, some parts of the expedition are closed-in and temperatures average around 23°C; you are in a volcano, after all. But if you can stand the heat, this is a unique experience that you’re sure to tell tales about when you get home. La Reunion is the perfect playground for other pursuits such as hiking, biking and rafting, and in between outdoor activities, relax poolside at LUX* Saint Gilles, our top recommended resort on the island.

lava tunnels la reunion


4. Live on the edge at Caminito del Rey, Marbella, Spain

If you like your treks with a little added thrill, try out this trail in Andalucía. Once known as the most dangerous footpath in the world, Caminito del Rey has since been restored and is now safe for anyone to traverse, although be warned – it’s pinned to the side of steep cliffs. After your vertigo-inducing escapade, retreat to your hotel in Marbella to unwind; you might need a stiff drink or two to bring you back down to earth. We love Ikos Andalusia for its incredible all-inclusive package, with over 300 premium wines included.

marbella trek


5. Live like a local in La Digue, Seychelles

La Digue, even by Seychelles standards, is a picture-postcard paradise. Life on this tiny gem moves at a slower pace, with the preferred mode of transport being the humble bicycle. So naturally, the best way to see this sleepy island's sights is to do as the locals do and take to two wheels. On this pedal-powered adventure, you'll leisurely cycle around the highlights, including the L'Union Estate, where you can tour its coffee and vanilla plantation and marvel at the granite boulders on Anse Source D'Argent, the posterchild of Seychelles beaches. Ferry tickets are included from any of our Mahe or Praslin hotels, or if you'd like to stay longer on this off-the-beaten-track island, the hideaway haven of Le Domaine De L'Orangeraie has charming treehouse-style villas, superb snorkelling and a home-away-from-home vibe.

cycle la digue


6. Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

It’s worth breaking a sweat for the knockout view from the top of Sigiriya Rock, as you stand 200 metres above the jungle-covered central plains. To get there, it’s an arduous journey up ancient staircases, marvelling at preserved frescoes and the famous Mirror Wall along the way. Your guide will bring this UNESCO World Heritage Site to life with stories and facts about this iconic landmark. Once at the summit, if you can tear your eyes away from the view, the remains of a 5th-Century royal palace are waiting to be explored. Afterwards, cool down with a refreshing dip in the pool at Water Garden Sigiriya or enjoy an icy drink on the al-fresco terrace, a well-suited spot to bask in your glory – an epic backdrop of the almighty Lion Rock sets the scene.

Sigiriya Rock


7. Goat Trekking in Fuerteventura

You’ve likely never travelled like this before: trekking through lunar-like landscapes with some playful goats as your companions. There’ll be fresh air, spectacular scenery and a rustic picnic, but the real highlight is the unique chance to revel in nature alongside these peculiarly loveable animals, who’ll be running free around you. Stay at XQ El Palacete in Morro Jable, on the south tip of the island, and you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the local wildlife on a whale and dolphin watching cruise. Or simply kick back and enjoy the sun, sea and surf at this tucked-away resort.

Goat Trekking In Fuerteventura


8. Trek through the rainforest in Grenada

Take a trek on the wild side and head deep into tropical Caribbean jungle. Explore the walkways and waterfalls of Grand Etang Rainforest; your knowledgeable guide will be on hand to point out the flora and fauna; you may glimpse armadillos, species of birds such as hummingbirds and mockingbirds and Mona monkeys swinging through the treetops. Travel on to Grand Etang Lake, home to brightly coloured freshwater fish. Carry on the nature theme at Mount Edgecombe Boutique Hotel, a rustic retreat hidden among Jurassic Park-esque forests.


Inspired?


Let our Personal Travel Experts help you plan something a little different on your next holiday – whether that's a trip that incorporates your favourite pastime or trying something new. Call us or pop in store and tell us what you’d love to experience, and we'll take it from there.

 

This feature was updated on 4th December 2023. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Heather Flanagan.



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