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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

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