Forget airport transfers by car or coach – opt for something 4-legged, 2-wheeled or paddle-powered! These unusual modes of transport will get your holiday off to an unforgettable start.
The 3 Nominees for Extraordinary Arrival
Pacuare Lodge, Siquirres, Costa Rica
Your raft enters the rapids, your guide shouts ‘Paddle forward!’ and there’s an exhilarating rush as you’re sent spinning into a whirlpool eddy, hurtling down the Pacuare river to this paradise jungle lodge perched on its banks. (And don’t worry about wet luggage – bags travel separately overland).
Douar Samra, Toubkal National Park, Morocco
The best way to reach this magical guesthouse high in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is by donkey – an incredible and fitting start to a stay at a traditional douar (house) in a stone and pisé village, lit by candles rather than lightbulbs.
Puri Ganesha Villas, near Pemuteran, Bali
Ask eccentric owner Diana von Cranach to collect you from the airport on a Harley Davidson. It’ll set the tone for your quirky stay at her remarkable luxury retreat, where private plunge pools and fabulous organic food await.