Instead of typical shopping trip, would you consider swimming along with manta rays at a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve or hiking through the only coastal rainforest in Vietnam?
For the nature adventure luxury seekers, here are some of the most unique nature destinations curated by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts so that you can enjoy the perfect holiday that combines luxury, style and the beauty of nature, and all within easy access of an IHG hotel.
Swim Along Manta Rays, Turtles And Sharks At A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
The InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is situated on the southernmost tip of the Raa Atoll near Baa Atoll, the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
The Baa Atoll Biosphere supports one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and known for its high diversity of marine species.
Committed to preserving the ocean, InterContinental Maldives has launched two key conservation initiatives.
For example, IHG has a dedicated manta ray sanctuary in partnership with the Manta Trust, which is in support of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project.
This project nurtures a safe habitat for the manta rays within the resort’s lagoon.
Guests can learn about manta rays and have an opportunity to swim alongside these graceful creatures and snorkel over underwater coral gardens.
Bungee Jump and Rock Climb At A Subterranean Hotel
Built into an abandoned quarry and with 16 out of 18 floors underground (and 2 floors underwater), the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is the perfect playground for the adventure enthusiast.
The 18-storey property hugs the quarry’s rock surface, a majestic sight to behold.
You can climb up 88 meters of the cliff’s face, bungee jump into the quarry, or kayak around the quarry.
Visit the nearby Sheshan National Forest Park, including the Wonder Stone Cave and Sheshan Observatory.
Hike Through The Only Coastal Rainforest at Son Tra Nature Reserve in Vietnam
The Son Tra Nature Reserve is the only coastal rainforest in Vietnam.
Located at Da Nang, a coastal city known for its sandy white beaches and crystal-clear ocean, you can venture into this nature wonderland and discover its rare wildlife and plants, including the red-shanked douc langur, a species at risk of facing extinction in the near future without proper conservation efforts.
You can take a scenic hike up Son Tra Mountain to be rewarded with stunning aerial views of Da Nang town and its peaceful rivers.
Nestled within this beautiful reserve is the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a luxurious abode for guests to unwind and relax after a day of adventure.
The resort is also committed to protecting Son Tra’s biodiversity and follows sustainable practices that allow guests to enjoy the wilderness up close and personal without affecting it.
Scale 768m Above Sea Level At Tebing Keraton For Unparalleled Views Of Bandung
InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar, one of the city’s newest five-star luxury hotels, is surrounded by the Mountain View Golf Course.
The hotel is a short 15 minutes’ drive away from Tebing Keraton, also affectionately known as “The Royal Cliff.”
Take a hike to the summit and be rewarded with stunning views of the sunrise or sunset at the summit, accompanied by the calming sounds of the river running below.
After a day exploring nature, the InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar welcomes you back to comfort and luxury where you can recharge for the next day of exploration.
Catch a Rare Glimpse of Pink Dolphins At Koh Samui
Located in the Taling Ngam Bay known for its pristine white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and luscious foliage, the InterContinental Koh Samui Resort is an oasis of tranquility.
Koh Samui is one of the few spots left in the world to catch a glimpse of the famed pink dolphins.
The hotel’s concierge team can arrange to take travellers straight to one of the dolphins’ favorite swimming spots,and join a tour of Ang Thong Marine National Park, which is home to the renowned Emerald Green lagoon.
Rejuvenate In 8 Different Natural Hot Springs Of Beppu
The InterContinental Beppu Spa and Resort is the best place for a rejuvenating vacation spent dipping in natural hot springs.
These stylish, modern onsens are designed with a soothing array of natural elements, including Japanese cypress and Beppu stone.
Travellers can soak in the region’s famed Myoban-no-Yu and Biyu-no- Yu waters, known for its cleansing and beautifying properties and experience the onsen during sunset to enjoy unparalleled views of Beppu Bay.
All photos courtesy of InterContinental Hotels.