Knapp Ranch. Courtesy Knapp Ranch


Adventure and Travel

From a ranch stay near Vail to sailing the Aegean to surfing in Bali, and more.
By Irene Rawlings

The Knapp Ranch (built by the publisher of Architectural Digest) is available to rent for the first time (above). Secluded, but near Vail, Colorado. Buy out the entire property for Thanksgiving week or at Christmas—18 guests in rustic-chic cabins. $92,000/five days, includes chef-prepared meals and on-site activities. Offsite activities like heli-hiking and back-bowl skiing can be arranged.

Courtesy Belmond El Cato

To celebrate its 101st birthday, Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara is loaning vintage cars to guests to cruise along the coast on Highway 101. Stop at Rincon Point for a picnic lunch packed by the hotel chef and return to your suite for oysters and Champagne. From $5,500/two nights;

Courtesy Le Boat

Le Boat, famous for its 50 years of European river cruises, has launched in Canada. Cruise down the waterways and through the locks between Ottawa and Kingston on Ontario’s Rideau Waterway—exploring villages and wineries while biking and hiking along the way. From $659/three nights;

Entre Cielos Luxury Wine Hotel & Spa in Mendoza, Argentina, has launched a 104-foot yacht experience aboard S/Y Entre Cielos in the Aegean Sea. Private parties sail from Mykonos to Santorini, snorkel ancient wrecks along the way, and share five cabins, accommodating up to 12 guests. From $31,000/week;

Spend six days in a château in Bordeaux in October during grape harvest. Learn about terroir and appellations and taste first growths, including the legendary Château d’Yquem, on the Bordeaux Wine Experience’s Grand Harvest Cru Tour. $6,700/person;

Courtesy Surf and Wellness Retreat with Sally Fitzgibbons

Surf Bali’s best beaches and then immerse yourself in the Zen of the island’s jungle stillness. COMO Uma Canggu and COMO Shambhala Estate team up for the Surf and Wellness Retreat with Sally Fitzgibbons, who is currently ranked No. 2 on the world circuit. Beginner through intermediate. Women only. November 2–9. From $4,020/person;

Courtesy Pelorus

True wilderness can still be hard to access in the 21st century. PELORUS (above)works with ship captains, ice pilots, marine biologists, and native guides to discover uninhabited islands, hidden beaches, and secret diving spots—and then devises feasible ways to get there. See snow leopards or ski Alaska, for example. From $30,000/four guests;

Smart Mountain Guides takes clients hiking up Nepal’s Mera Peak. Then, they ski down an epic descent measuring 4,200 vertical feet. The Chamonix, France–based outfitter specializes in guided mountain adventures like this upcoming 23-day trekking and skiing itinerary. October 1–23. $9,895/person;

The Greg Norman–designed Ayla Golf Club is Jordan’s first championship grass golf course. Expect forgiving fairways, protected greens, an architecturally remarkable clubhouse, and stunning views of the Red Sea.

Courtesy Gabriel Kreuther Experience

The Gabriel Kreuther Experience is the unicorn of culinary packages, complete with farmers market shopping, cooking, and having dinner with wine with two-Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther, as well as making chocolate with pastry chef Marc Aumont. Three days and two elegant overnights at Baccarat Hotel in Manhattan. $35,000/eight people;

Courtesy Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Passengers of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains catch the Danube Express in Budapest, and then loop into Austria for visits to Graz and Vienna. The highlight: the New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Vienna’s City Hall (below) with a performance by the renowned Wiener Hofball Orchestra. From $7,495/person/nine days;

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