BORNEO Nature takes centre stage
Borneo is a love letter to nature and her beautiful variety with the orangutan, the clouded leopard, pygmy elephant and proboscis monkey just to name a few of many species you might encounter here. A visit to Semenggok Orangutan Sanctuary finds an Orangutan enjoying a plump, wild durian. A wildlife safari along the Kinabatangan River invites you to journey deep into the heart of Borneo and enjoy your stay at the renowned Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
A luxurious rainforest chalet awaits with amenities to match. Enjoy a unique experience nestled in the jungle where nature takes centre stage and captivates day and night. The sounds of the topics inspire as the rhythm of the jungle tunes in to the rhythm of your heart. Autumn is an excellent time to visit as the rains have not yet arrived and the temperatures have ceased to sizzle. The minimalist design of the new, premium villas boasts green conservation, with particular sensitivity to a minimal footprint. Each has a luxuriously large outdoor bathtub atop a spacious deck with panoramic views of the river and tranquil forest landscapes.
The Tree Top Canopy Walkway at 26 metres high, is one of the most stunning in Sabah spanning over 300 metres with various viewing platforms. You will feel like you are floating upon the platforms when you contemplate the 130-millionyear-old virgin jungle high in the canopy. The lodge offers the adventurous many options to explore the jungle including an animal spotting drive, extended night
drive, and extended night walk.
After a day of discovery while trekking and bird watching you will enjoy visiting the lodge’s spa for luxurious treatments including a two-hour Danum Valley Trekking Treatment and Bird Watching Shoulder and Back Therapy. borneonaturetours.com
SONOMA Moon Valley’s extremes
Life in Moon Valley is legendary, but it’s the little-known stories here that keep her front and centre on wine’s world stage and the simple pleasures of watching a full moon traverse the local mountains to keep you coming back for more. Sonoma is rustic beauty and casual elegance. Hollywood has nothing on drama compared to the humble grape. By enduring extreme stressors like thin soil and a lack of water, the fruit becomes flavourful and complex. Moon Valley brings award-winning extremes.
Wine lovers will enjoy romantic wine tours through Benziger’s biodynamic vineyards where there are plenty of intimate wine tastings. History comes alive at Buena Vista Winery, the oldest winery in California founded by Count Agoston Haraszthy after fleeing political persecution in search of Purple Gold during California’s Gold Rush. Petroni Vineyard was the first and only winemaker to bring the Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino clone to Sonoma from Italy, and the first to introduce food and wine pairings in the valley. Brainchild of Chef Max Porterkhamsky, delicacies - exquisitely served in voluminous wine caves - are inspired by his nomadic wanderings, a love of the stories behind local ingredients, and playful extremes like grilled peaches paired with fresh mozzarella in a microcitrus balsamic reduction with home-grown estate olive oil.
Continue your flare for the luxurious and dramatic with a stay at the Glass House, the quintessential Sonoma Valley home, which appears to float above the tree line as if by magic providing storybook sunset views from every room. Elegant, modern, and minimal with touches of Asian artwork and accessories, guests enjoy the ultimate retreat among the property’s outdoor spaces. A private chef entertains guests by the pool and spa or serves up an intimate candlelit meal inspired by your latest passion, be it Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc - a celebration of nature’s bounty and the joy that comes from endurance. beautifulplaces.com/villas/glass_house