From the crack of a polo club across Bueno Aires to a stroll along Australia’s coastal expanse, the natural elegance and adventure of these six active tours captures the imagination like nothing else, writes Ryan McGoldrick.
Get physical with these six active experiences, from fishing to cycling.
POLO IN ARGENTINA
Mix South America’s sporting passion and accommodation in exclusive country estates with exsus’ seven-night Luxury Argentina Polo Holiday. Stay three nights at the exquisite country estate, estancia La Bamba, home of the La Bamba de Areco international Polo Team, and four nights at el colibri estancia in the mountainous cordoba region. Perfect for both polo enthusiasts and those who just love the Argentinean spirit, you’ll enjoy horseback excursions, hot stone massages and polo lessons with exclusive access to world-class Argentinean polo facilities.
www.butterfield.com cycle through the vineyards of Alsace by day and enjoy the three-Michelin-starred Haeberlin family establishment by night. Butterfield & Robinson’s private guided six-day and five-night Strasbourg to Strasbourg tour is perfect for the cycling enthusiast with refined tastes. The best time to visit is between May and September, when you’ll explore historic towns and orchards with authentic Alsatian lunches, picnics and wine tastings along the way. During the tour you’ll stay at Butterfield & Robinson’s selected range of signature hotels including the Hôtel des Berges, a Relais & châteaux property, and spa-based hotels with dinner and cocktails included.
RANCHING AT PAWS UP
Unleash your inner rancher on nearly 15,000 hectares of cowboy country Montana. Paws Up luxury ranch resort combines American hospitality with mid-west adventure and accommodation ranging from private homes, including wilderness estates and large timber family homes, to elegant safari-style tents as pictured. explore the grace of the Montana wilderness on horseback, by fly fishing the pristine water for trout, tackling the nearby championship golf course, hot air ballooning, or just by slipping into a world-class spa and enjoying the gourmet cuisine on offer from executive chef Ben Jones. The large variety of guided activities, winter experiences and wilderness workshops at the Paws Up luxury ranch resort are truly for those with refined senses, gourmet taste buds and a wild, adventurous heart.
FISH THE PONOI AT RYABAGA CAMP
One of the best Altantic Salmon fishing spots in the world, Ryabaga camp just above the Arctic circle, begins with a helicopter ride over wild Russian tundra towards the famous Ponoi River. With anglers casting off from the more than 80 kilometres of double-bank water that can be accessed by jet boats or hovercraft, the camp often boasts a catch rate of more than 1400 fish per week. Anglers who stay at Ryabaga camp can experience a traditional Russian sauna and an onstaff masseuse while staying in refined single cabin accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and Wi-Fi throughout.
BIG FISH CHARTER BY Y.CO
www.y.co To catch big fish, you’ll need big equipment, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the BIG FISH yacht for charter by Y.cO. Accommodating up to 10 guests across five cabins, this multiaward-winning superyacht is fit out with world-class kitesurfing, dive and game fishing gear to provide the ultimate fishing adventure. The first in a new generation of elegance, innovation and adventure by Y.cO, BIG FISH is 45 metres of world-beating power and style. including a dedicated onboard crew of fishing and diving experts, she also boasts a decking of eco-friendly epoxy-infused granite, a full-beam master cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, 270-degree views and a private deck area, a Jacuzzi, jet skis, a custom tender with a 200-nautical mile range, and a covered exterior dining area.
WALK THE CAPE
www.walkintoluxury.com.au Take in one of the most picturesque regional areas in Western Australia with Walk into Luxury’s private, fully supported eight-day all-inclusive walking tour of the Margaret River on the cape to cape route. With daily tracks ranging from six to 12 kilometres, highlights include staying at the injidup Spa Retreat, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, with a gourmet breakfast hamper, a one-hour massage at the injidup spa and an exclusive four-course tasting menu with premium wine matches at chef Malcolm chow’s Studio Bistro. experience all this while taking in the majesty of Western Australia’s sparkling coastline.