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Spectacular Adventure Getaways, Reimagined

Article by Kat Johnson

From lesser-known cities to adrenaline-pumping itineraries, go beyond the typical activities and destinations with these unique adventure outings.

All too often, adventure travel involves not just the thrill of discovering new terrain or physical challenges, but (mis)adventures in planning and logistics. For your next expedition, let the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton attend to the details, and save your energy for one of these intrepid ideas. Inspired by the latest travel trends, here are five exhilarating experiences that will take you to far-flung destinations in some of the most exotic corners of the globe.


Discover an Emerging Destination

Beautiful, lush mountains surround a clear lake.

Visiting a buzzy, still-unfamiliar locale is always a worthy adventure. The world’s ninth largest country, Kazakhstan, flew under the radar until relatively recently, when its capital, Astana, began beckoning visitors with a futuristic skyline and sophisticated attractions. For further adventure, head south to Almaty, where alongside charming buildings and stunning mountains you’ll find the famed eight-piste Shymbulak ski resort and Medeu, the world’s highest ice-skating rink. Your concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty can also arrange a guided hiking or cycling tour up the trails of the Tian Shan Mountains, where you’ll spot gorgeous glacier views — and, if you’re lucky, a snow leopard. Ask them to reserve one of the world-class performances at Abay State Opera & Ballet Theatre, the city’s top cultural venue, for your return in the evening.

Plan your stay in Almaty with guidance from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty.


Try a Beach Vacation that’s Anything but Lazy

A kite surfer leaps over a wave on a sunny day.

If the idea of lying on the sand, cocktail in one hand and novel in the other makes you stifle a yawn, ask your concierge to customize an adrenaline-fueling itinerary. In Key Biscayne, just 10 minutes from downtown Miami and a favorite haunt of outdoor enthusiasts, you can get sublime aerial views via helicopter, or you can harness the wind’s energy and go kiteboarding above Crandon Park, which offers flat, shallow water and is ideal for all skill levels. Head to the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center, one of the largest Ritz-Carlton tennis facilities in the world, where you can hone your game like a pro on the hard or soft clay courts. Your concierge can also recommend surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, sport fishing and cycling. Afterward, you may be ready to bask on the beach (or better yet, in the 25,000-square-foot spa) at last.

Plan your stay in Key Biscayne with guidance from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.


Challenge Yourself to a Digital Detox

A stream runs over a rocky waterfall from the green woods beyond.

Unplugging is the ultimate luxury, yet you don’t have to venture far from even a high-tech metropolis like Tokyo to get off the grid. The Japanese are experts in the art of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, which promotes the healing benefits of being surrounded by nature. Try the Institute for Nature Study, a lush oasis near Meguro Station, or, if you have time to venture further, Hinohara Tokyo Citizens’ Forest, a mountainside preserve two hours from the city. Hikers of all skill levels will enjoy the sights and sounds of waterfalls and babbling creeks, and the “Therapy Road” trail is recommended by Japan’s Forest Therapy Society. Other stress-relieving activities in and around Tokyo include bird-watching, yoga, and crafts such as woodworking and shibori-dyeing. Your concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo can help you plan a day full of serenity, complete with a picnic lunch to take along, but be sure to also reserve dinner at Michelin-starred Azure 45 for a spectacular return to the city’s bright lights.

Plan your stay in Tokyo with guidance from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo.


Mark the Hottest Season on the Travel Calendar: Winter

An ice climber scales a thick blue wall of ice.

The world is starting to catch on to an insider secret: winter is peak season for unforgettable adventures. Skip the usual exodus to sunny climes and embrace the cold weather’s exhilarating air and iconic sports. At The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, skiing or snowboarding Colorado’s fresh powder is the obvious draw — and your concierge can arrange a tour to assure you’re among the first on the slopes — but plenty of winter sports abound, from mountain hikes to backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. For a true adventure try ice climbing, which brings you up towering frozen waterfalls to view spectacular vistas below. Private lessons up gentle ascents are ideal for beginners, while only advanced climbers should attempt the Fang, an East Vail mixed route of rock and ice that’s among the world’s most difficult.

Plan your stay in Colorado with guidance from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.


Go Ahead — Have It All

A woman kayaks over crystal blue water of a lake in Patagonia, Chile.

Can’t decide between a cosmopolitan culture or a pristine landscape? Chile’s capital, Santiago, enjoys off-the-beaten-path status despite being packed with world-class culture, food and wine — all that, and you have the mighty Andes to the east and charming beaches to the west. Ask your concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago to craft an itinerary in the footsteps of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who kept homes in Santiago and the coastal town of Valparaíso, visiting wineries and fishing villages along the way. He or she can also arrange a heli-ski excursion that drops you in the majestic Andes peaks, known for endless sun and immaculate powder in ski season. You’ll be back in time for an apéritif in chic Las Condes and locally sourced dinner at Estro. Nightlife here is lively till the wee hours, so stay on the slopes as long as you like.

Plan your stay in Santiago with guidance from the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago.