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).

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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.

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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.

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