It’s time to do something so bold, so extreme, that it’ll be legendary.
Climb to the peak of a mountain, trek deep into a rainforest, or cross the widest desert. Leave civilization behind to discover the world’s most spectacular wilderness with exhilarating activities to match. Whether it’s zip-lining through the jungle, heli-skiing down a mountain cliff, or learning survival skills in Africa, adrenaline junkies will be in their element.
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has handpicked accommodations that will excite any daredevil in these extreme locations. Using its new search engine, Passion Search thrill seekers can pick their next adventure based on their individual interest.
Here are a few diamonds in the (literal) rough that will help you plan for adventures ahead.
Meet the Matterhorn
Jump on the train which takes you up 3100 meters above sea level, until you reach your destination. The highest lodging in the Alps sits proudly in a car-free village with views of the Matterhorn and a neighbouring glacier. Ready for a grand quest? Take a late night snowshoe expedition—the only possible way to get around this secluded spot—and be mesmerised by fantastic views of the Milky Way and planets visible to the naked eye.
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Switzerland
Off-Roading in Oman
A rugged 4-wheel drive through the mountains takes you to the middle of nowhere… until you approach an extravagant fort. Set in the phenomenal Al Hajar Mountains, exploration of this ancient land leads to the discovery of historic forts, castles, mosques and more UNESCO heritage sites. Strap on your boots and head in the other direction to experience Oman’s magnificent untouched beauty in the rugged terrain.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Time to Explore Chile
Walk outside and pause for a moment to soak up the majestic mountains that serve as a backdrop for painting your perfect adventure. This 5-star hotel is situated in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park, offering you the finest views of glorious Patagonia. To help you get started, Explora Patagonia offers more than 50 explorations on foot, horseback, bicycle or boat! Far from typical tracks, you are led by trailblazers who thrive off of creating new and exciting routes.
Explora Patagonia, Chile
Misty Eye of the Mountain Below
You won’t see fire inside this mountain, but you can certainly have a Dwarf’s adventure. Deep into the mountains of Switzerland, below the surface, lies the Felsenhotel La Clauustra. After spending your day trekking through the Swiss Alps, go below the rocks and follow the tunnel to explore the luxurious wonders of your cave stay.
Felsenhotel La Clauustra, Switzerland
The Ultimate Slope
Calling all ski and snowboarding fanatics! Here’s your chance to stay in a national monument and high tech hotel that’s only reachable by cable car. Time to get down the mountain? Lock-in and hit the surrounding slopes.
Hotel Ještěd, Czech Republic
At the highest point of one of Mexico’s most breathtaking canyons awaits a thrill seeker’s haven. Survey the canyon by zip line, mountain bikes, the world’s longest cable car, tryolean (pulling yourself across the canyon harnessed upside-down) and more. This beautiful stay is packed with stunning views, perfect to capture your epic experience.
Hotel Mirador Posada Barranca, Mexico
If sleeping in a glass igloo with views of the northern lights doesn’t feel extreme enough, add a husky, reindeer, snowmobile or tank safari. Need more options? How about a sleigh ride drawn by reindeer or horses. And for the exciting part, take your favorite mode of transportation and go “aurora hunting” (searching for the best panoramic views of the northern lights). Oh but we’re not done, Kakslauttanen Igloo Village offers ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and icebreaker day cruises where you can ‘wetsuit up’ and jump off a ship into the ice.
Kakslauttanen Igloo East Village, Finland
Trek through Ecuador’s striking rainforest to discover one of National Geographic’s most “unique lodges in the world.” Situated in a nature reserve, Mashpi Lodge provides guests with an array of extreme excursions! Take a hike to enjoy exquisite waterfalls, kayak through the river or take a sky bike—a zip line on a bike—through the trees.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Trekking and Tracking
Learn to be a warrior while sleeping like a king in the heart of Africa. Venture out 200,000 acres into the raw wilderness and learn survival skills from a Samburu warrior. These are not the typical survival skills you learned at summer camp. We’re talking leopard tracking, spear and panga training, bush camp building, and even goat shepherding – everything you need to be a warrior and embark on the sacred journey to Mount Olokwe (the neighboring mountain). And because every great warrior needs a great rest, these epic opportunities are tied to the area’s most – and only lush accommodation.
Saruni Mara, Kenya
Deep into the Desert
Hop on a camel and journey through the desert canyon, far beyond the eye can see, until you reach your mystical tented camp. In this open range you can explore the surrounding dry mountains and reach new heights and limits. When the sun goes down, let the stars light your way back to exotic tents where a traditional Jordanian meal will be waiting for you.
Salem Camp, Jordan