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25 Escapes That Prove Adventure is the Greatest Gift of All

The secret to happiness? Investing in experiences, not things. Mix up your gift giving routine this year and give someone a heap of happiness by booking one of the following getaways for them (and maybe you too) right here. Call us cliché but travel really is one of the only things money can buy that makes you richer. So give the gift of adventure with one of these perfect getaways for that special someone.

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    There’s no better gift than that of a sanctuary-like, secluded getaway. Soneva Jani provides the ultimate Maldivian experience: Overwater villas, crystal clear water, tropical greenery and white beaches. What else can you ask for?
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    Canaves Oia Suiteslearn more

    Off the coast of Caldera in Santorini is a minimalist Grecian stay with the most spectacular views imaginable. Canaves Oia Suites originated as a traditional winery from the 17th century, and while it’s gotten the upgrade of a lifetime, the classic charm in the Santorinian architecture is hard not to adore.
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    Under Canvas Moablearn more

    Explore two of Utah’s most fascinating national parks while staying in a luxurious Deluxe Tent. Under Canvas Moab offers you and your group the opportunity to enjoy Utah’s spectacular desert without giving up the comforts of home. Get ready to let loose and become one with the Southwest!
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    Keemalalearn more

    Ready to rock it in a treetop villa with your own personal pool? This rejuvenating Thai retreat in the middle of the rainforest is the place to be. Stay in topnotch mental and physical state during your stay, thanks to the resort’s many wellness and health activities available. The resort even has resident water buffalos!
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    Singita Serengeti Houselearn more

    On the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania is a boutique hotel adorned with ancient African artifacts. The Singita Serengeti House is a cozy stay for 7 of your closest friends or family members.
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    La Mamounialearn more

    Soak up every last bit of culture at La Mamounia, a traditional Moroccan palace-hotel fit for a king. The craftsmanship, architecture and surrounding gardens of this palace make it a museum-like experience everywhere you turn.
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    Belmond Miraflores Parklearn more

    Imagine relaxing at a rooftop pool among overlooking the ocean, drink in hand. Belmond Miraflores Park not only offers some of the best landscape views in Peru, but has a spa that incorporates massage and aromatherapy techniques based on ancient Inca practices for your utmost pleasure (and be sure to try out the "Bath Butler").
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    Amanjiwolearn more

    Feel the zen at this Indonesian palace overlooking a Buddhist sanctuary dating back to the 9th century. Amanjiwo’s backdrop of limestone Menoreh Hills and volcanic views are epic enough to be their own adventure. If you decide to venture out, Amanjiwo offers trips to Buddhist ceremonies, antique shops and temples.
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    Conrad Maldives Rangali Islandlearn more

    This is the type of place you’ve probably seen on your Pinterest feed. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a private, adults-only retreat dappled in overwater bungalows. The best part? The island has an underwater restaurant frequented by your favorite celebrities.
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    Amangirilearn more

    Amangiri, which translates to ‘peaceful mountain,’ is a hotel nestled into the red rocks of Utah. This hideaway offers one-of-a-kind adventures like hot air balloon flights, rock climbing excursions and tours where guests can experience traditional Navajo rituals like dancing and storytelling.
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    Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valleylearn more

    In the middle of the pure Australian wilderness sits the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. This retreat, constructed of locally sourced materials, hosts wildlife safaris, horseback riding lessons and heritage tours to get a taste of life in the outback. If you’re lucky, you may spot a wild kangaroo on your visit to the Valley.
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    Awasi Patagonialearn more

    Getting out and adventuring can be tiring work so revel in coming back to a peaceful retreat in the Patagonian mountains. Each villa at Awasi Patagonia in Chile has a private hot tub and wood-burning stove for maximum coziness. Must try: Take a private tour through the Torres del Paine Mountain Range organized by Awasi.
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    Travaasa Hanalearn more

    At the eastern tip of Maui is a resort entirely inspired by nature. Travaasa Hana is the first place on the island to see the rising sun in the morning and the hotel is also very involved in the surrounding community, offering throw-net fishing and lei-making lessons.
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    korakialearn more

    Revel in a Moroccan-style hotel without the trip to another continent: korakia in Palm Springs perfects the traditional bungalow, along with rustic guest houses, crystal-clear pools and tropical gardens. Olive trees, bougainvillea vines and stone waterfalls ornament the hotel for on-point Moroccan vibes.
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    The Little Nelllearn more

    Consider yourself one of the lucky few. After all, ski-in, ski-out convenience is a luxury available nowhere else on Aspen Mountain. And to make your day even easier, The Little Nell's concierge team will be waiting beside the gondola to handle any and all of your ski or snowboard-related needs.
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    Areias do Seixo Hotellearn more

    Each guest gets a different experience at Areias do Seixo Hotel in Portugal – Each room is decorated in a unique style and design, but we can’t go without mentioning the natural elements outside the hotel’s doors. The hotel is surrounded by sprawling dunes, towering pine trees and the Atlanic Ocean.
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    El Fennlearn more

    You’ll feel like you’re walking in a dream at El Fenn, a refurbished Moroccan riad. The home-turned-small hotel is filled with orange and lemon trees, terraces and nooks. As a bonus, you’re about a five-minute walk from the Djemaa el Fna marketplace to get authentic goods.
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    Chablélearn more

    If you’re looking for a truly remote destination to connect the environment, body and mind, Chablé is the place to do it. The hotel, which corners a lush Mayan forest, is located 25 minutes from nearby towns, so it’s safe to say that solitude is guaranteed. As a bonus, most rooms get their own private pool.
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    Boro Hotellearn more

    The Boro Hotel, a minimalist-inspired space, overlooks the bustling city of Queens. The lobby’s cafe has fresh farmers market produce and opens to an outdoor garden lounge, which is a perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee in the morning.
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    Ashford Castle Hotellearn more

    Live like royalty at Ashford Castle Hotel in The Emerald Isle. Cottage-style rooms make guests feel as if they’re living in a fairytale at the oldest castle hotel in Ireland. Activities like fly fishing, horseback riding, archery, kayaking and ziplining are also available on site.
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    Farmhouse Innlearn more

    This family-owned farmhouse hotel in California is as charming as it gets. Farmhouse Inn lives in the perfect setting – in Sonoma Wine Country, surrounded by 6 acres of vineyards and wooded landscape. Don’t miss out the inn’s restaurant and course-set menu, which really sets it apart from your typical bed and breakfast.
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    NIZUC Resort & Spalearn more

    Sure, Cancun is known for relaxing beaches and margs by the pool, but the NIZUC Resort & Spa is so much more than that. Since the resort overlooks the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, snorkeling is a must in these clear blue waters. After a long day at sea, fine dine and sway to live Cuban jazz at one of the many restaurants the resort offers.
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    Las Alcobas Napa Valleylearn more

    Wine country is calling your names! A weekend at Las Alcobas in Napa Valley is the perfect gift for your wine loving buddy - but only if you can tag along, of course. The stunning vineyard backdrop is the perfect way to “cheers” your way into a relaxing, wine-filled vacation.
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    Conservatorium Hotellearn more

    Appreciate the old and celebrate the new at this historic, neo-gothic hotel. Although it’s located in busy Museum Square, the Conservatorium Hotel is a modern, holistic haven. The Akasha Centre inside the stay is a relaxing spa and treatment center, providing hydrotherapy, massages, purifying scrubs, guided meditation and more healing practices for your most rejuvenating vacation yet.
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    WIESERGUTlearn more

    This Austrian getaway is a perfect gift for that special someone in your life. WIESERGUT isn’t your ordinary cabin in the mountains – it’s made of glass, has a spa if you’re in the mood to unwind and slopes right outside if you’re looking to ski.
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    Montage Kapalua Baylearn more

    Your loved one (and you) deserve the island treatment and Montage Kapalua Bay is the ideal place to get it. Incredible views of the Pacific and surrounding islands can be viewed by lanais stretching over the sea. While the resort boasts watersports, live music, markets and hula lessons, let’s talk about the real treat here: The multi-layered cascade pool. Good luck catching your return flight.
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    Berkeley River Lodgelearn more

    Experience a true outback adventure at the coastal Berkeley River Lodge in Western Australia. The resort offers remote villas overlooking the ocean, along with activities like sunset helicopter rides, guided cliff tours and river cruises.
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