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The Most Unusual Luxury Holiday Destinations

Big cruise ship in the Antarctic waters

Are you looking for a holiday off the beaten path? Unusual holiday destinations which still offer an element of luxury, promise a break from the ordinary and the chance to make memories of a holiday unlike any other. Whether it’s secluded islands, exclusive safaris, or tree-top retreats, these destinations mean you don’t have to give up relaxation and indulgence to satisfy your hunger for adventure. For many travelers, unique experiences are worthwhile paying for. Continue reading to find getaways out of the ordinary, where luxury isn’t just about where you stay, but how uniquely you experience your time away.

1. Antarctica

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton and experience the ultimate odyssey by traveling to Antarctica for a holiday on the most remote continent on Earth. Stepping onto the Antarctic itself is a privilege few can claim, making this a holiday destination that is not just unusual, but highly exclusive. However, unlike the polar explorers’ harsh conditions, luxury cruises offer an intimate look at the continent’s untouched beauty with all the safety and comfort a 21st-century traveler could ask for.

Naturally, Antarctica has no hotels, but cruise providers can tailor your journey to suit your every preference, so it’s up to you how much time you want to spend on land or onboard the ship. Gourmet dining, polar libraries, and cozy en-suites allow passengers to witness Antarctica’s raw beauty without sacrificing luxury.

2. Socotra Island: An Alien Landscape

Endemic plant Dragon Blood Tree in the island Socotra
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Located off the coast of Yemen, Socotra Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a unique biodiversity shaping a landscape of otherworldly beauty. The island’s umbrella-shaped Dragon Blood Trees—considered the national tree of Yemen—are so named for their bright-red sap, which has historically been used for dying clothes. Stark gray mountains slope into pristine white sand beaches, providing a beautiful view wherever you are on the island.

Because there is only one commercial flight to and from Socotra Island each week, many travelers will choose to take a private jet charter to the island, for better ease of access.

3. Giraffe Manor: Breakfast with Giraffes

In Nairobi, Kenya, Giraffe Manor puts you right on nature’s doorstep in an all-inclusive boutique hotel unlike any other. As the name…

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