Five amazing adventures to reboot your bucket list

TRAVEL HACKS

When you’re ready to get back out there and travel, the world is brimming with places and adventures that just beg to be explored. Rail journeys in central Vietnam. Sweet swells in Bali. Epic views in Dubai. We’ve picked some of our favourite bucket list experiences to inspire your end-of-year escape.

Victoria Falls adventures – Zambia

The Victoria Falls alone make this an adventure everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Add in the incredible things you can do while you’re there and this turns into the ultimate bucket list escape. Select from thrilling things to do on water, land and in the sky. Swim in the Devil’s Pool, right at the edge of the falls. Take a leap of faith and jump off the Victoria Falls bridge. This 111-metre bungee is perfect if you like a generous dose of adrenaline with your views. For something a little more sedate, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is located right by the Zambezi and is home to white rhinos, elephants, hippos and more in a stunning natural setting.

Where to stay: Wake up to zebra and giraffe grazing right outside your door at Avani Victoria Falls Resort, then take in one of nature’s greatest creations as often as you want with unlimited access to the falls.

Scale the world’s highest building – Dubai

When we say ‘scale’, we actually mean take the elevator, but still… at nearly a kilometre high, the Burj Khalifa is super-impressive, and not to be missed when you’re in Dubai. Needless to say, the views from the observation deck – the world’s highest – are epic, with sweeping vistas over the city, desert and the Gulf. We recommend catching sunrise or sunset if you can, but it’s an incredible experience any time of the day or night. 

Where to stay: Avani’s stylish Dubai addresses put you within easy access of the Burj Khalifa and everything this vibrant city has to offer. Choose your base for urban explorations – Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel, Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel or Avani Deira Dubai Hotel

Rock-climbing in Krabi – Thailand

The Andaman coast of southern Thailand has some of the best climbing sites to be found anywhere in the world, with something for every level. Scale (for real this time) stunning karst formations with wondrous views over sapphire waters and beautiful Railay Beach. There are all kinds of climbs to try, from beginner level to advanced, with lots of local guides to show you the best spots.

Where to stay: Make Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort your base for your climbing adventures. With stunning ocean and cliff views, it puts you at the heart of the action in bustling, beachside Ao Nang. Dine the day away in a choice of restaurants. Revel in sunset views in the rooftop bar. Or cool off in your very own plunge pool. 

Ride the rails… vintage-style – Vietnam

Ever wanted to take a trip in one of those luxurious old-world railway carriages. The Vietage, which connects the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An and the sandy shores of Quy Nhon in central Vietnam, allows you to do just that. Sit back and take in lush views and dine on French and Vietnamese fare as you wind your way through the countryside. The Vietage departs from Da Nang, near Hoi An, each morning and returns from Quy Nhon each evening. 

Where to stay: Whether you choose to begin or end your railway adventure in Quy Nhon, Avani Quy Nhon Resort makes the perfect base for a blissfully relaxing seaside stay. Chill on your balcony overlooking sparkling waters, stroll on the sand, or sink into the cosy comforts of your room or suite. 

Surf the Impossibles – Bali

The great thing about Bali is that it’s got waves to suit pretty much every level, but if you truly want a world-class surfing experience then you need to head to Impossible Beach in the south of the island. Widely regarded as one of the best reef breaks on the planet, catch the Impossibles on the right day and you’re in for a truly unforgettable surfing experience. If you’re looking for something a little less challenging, there are lots of spots around the island, such as Seminyak, where you can hone your skills.  

Where to stay: Avani Seminyak Bali Resort puts you just steps away from the action with a selection of cosy pool villas and apartments. Stroll down to the surf to catch some waves. Check out the local gastro scene. Or let your hair down at one of the local night spots.