Austin, Texas (October 11, 2022): As the pandemic slowly comes to an end, more and more countries continue to lift travel restrictions and welcome back travelers from around the world who are excited to visit this upcoming year. The pandemic has changed the way people travel and in response, Pelorus has designed truly once-in-a-lifetime travel and yachting experiences for travelers to see the world in a different way. From a heli-safari in Kenya to seeing the Southern Lights in Tasmania, here are 14 experiences for travelers to put on their travel bucket lists for 2023.
WHERE TO GO IN WINTER
– UNDISCOVERED SAUDI ARABIA –
UNEARTH THE UNEXPLORED AS YOU TRAVERSE SAUDI ARABIA
From $12,000 per person for 8 nights
Best time to visit: November - March
One for the intrepid traveler, uncover a country that has seldom been explored. Be among the first to see Saudi Arabia from an angle that few have before in this brand new experience with Pelorus in 2023.
Learn about the rich history of this intriguing country as you venture out into the desert on a unique horse safari, along with an expert historian to show you the way, before getting your adrenaline pumping as you speed through vast, dusty canyons on quad bike.
WHERE TO STAY – Stay in luxurious mobile camps that immerse you into a remote area, moving between different desert locations such as the extraordinary heritage sites of Al Ula, innovative hub Neom, lush forests and valleys in Al Baha, and the rocky Sarawat Mountains – to name but a few. These remote camps are built just for you, allowing for ultimate flexibility and seclusion, and true comfort, even in the heart of the desert. Or for swimming pool, wellness centre, and experiential rooms, Habitas AlUla lies amongst dramatic sandstone cliffs and the archaeological remains of Hegra.
– ACTION-PACKED ANTARCTICA –
SET FOOT ON EARTH’S SOUTHERNMOST POINT IN ANTARCTICA
From $90,000 per person for 8 nights
Best time to visit: November - January
Venturing to the southernmost point on Earth is no easy feat, but Pelorus can make it possible. Cross into the seventh continent by plane into a barely touched, desolate world of 24-hour daylight and unparalleled scenery, setting foot the furthest south any human has been before as you land at the South Pole.
Sight Emperor penguins in their clusters, learn to ice climb and explore a maze of ice tunnels as you venture to the literal ends of the earth. Discover vast, empty landscapes with a series of action-packed activities, from fat biking to skiing and even abseiling. This is Antarctica.
WHERE TO STAY – The newly-opened Echo Camp is inspired by the seminal age of space exploration. This luxury camp is made up of six secluded and luxurious pods in the midst of the snowy desert, branded as the closest you can get to feeling like you’re off the planet without leaving Earth. Retreat in the evening to feast on an exquisite six-course tasting menu, designed to take you on a sensory adventure.
– REMOTE TASMANIA –
SAIL UNDER THE SOUTHERN LIGHTS IN TASMANIA
From $POA per person for 9 nights
Best time to visit: December - March
Escape down under in search of the Aurora Australis, Australia’s answer to the Aurora Borealis – perhaps less famous but no less beautiful. The island state of Tasmania is Australia’s most remote region, made up of epic wilderness, far-flung waterways and serene channels, as well as the home of famed food and festivals.
Beginning your Pelorus experience in Hobart, one of Australia’s oldest cities, set out in discovery of Tasmania’s diverse and untouched landscapes – best seen from the deck of a yacht. Fly inland and embark on an immersive bushwalk across Bruny Island’s craggy clifftops, sighting abundant and exotic wildlife that call this treasured part of Australia home. From here, take flight over Tasmania’s largest national park, stopping for exquisite wine tastings along the way.
WHAT TO CHARTER – DARDANELLA, an explorer yacht designed with the whole family in mind. She sleeps up to 12 in her six stylish cabins and features an extensive entertainment system and swim platform.
– THE GREAT OUTDOORS OF NEW ZEALAND –
DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND FROM THE SKY AND FROM THE SEA
From $12,500 per person for 14 nights
Best time to visit: December - February
New Zealand is back and better than ever. Explore the country that best celebrates the Great Outdoors on a unique experience that takes you across water, over land and into the air, allowing access to parts of the country that few get chance to explore.
Take in native bush-clad hills, steep pumice cliff, and hidden bays as you travel from north to south, immersing yourself in Māori culture along the way. Hunt and gather your own food alongside a local chef, hunter and guide in the Kaimanawa Ranges, before preparing your own meal for a truly unforgettable experience. As you get further south, soar over mirrored lakes and lush green islands in the breathtaking Fiordland National Park, touching base on a floating helipad before transferring to your private vessel for a day of fishing, discovery, and wildlife watching.
WHERE TO STAY – Take some time to relax after an adventure-filled and action-packed day with a stay at deluxe homestead Mahu Whenua, an escape into the wilderness with a private helipad for easy access into the surrounding nature. Alternatively, go for the lakeside in Eichardt’s Private Hotel located in Queenstown. With an air of exclusivity and privacy, this hotel will whisk you away into chic interiors where impeccable service and outstanding cuisine awaits. The stunning Fiordland Lodge sits on Lake Te Anau’s shores and looks out over one of New Zealand’s most strikingly beautiful regions of World Heritage status.
– BIODIVERSE COSTA RICA –
COAST OVER COSTA RICA’S JUNGLES AND VOLCANOES
From $11,000 per person for 9 nights
Best time to visit: December - April
Costa Rica is the country that has it all. Boasting astounding volcanoes, vibrant jungles, freshwater pools, and incredible marine life, you can rest assured this is a must-see for every traveler.
Take to the skies and soar over volcanoes so impressive that you’ll be able to hover above and witness the smoke rise from their simmering craters. With two feet back on solid ground, journey into the unique cloud forest ecosystem, pausing to see monkeys hanging from the trees and to take a swim in the freshwater pools and waterfalls. As the sun sets, prepare to witness an extraordinary natural phenomenon as you swim in the bio-luminescent waters of Golfo Dulce. Dive below the surface to witness various shark species, manta rays, turtles and schools of large exotic fish residing amongst the coral reefs.
WHERE TO STAY – Lapa Rios Lodge, in the heart of Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest, with its expansive views over the Golfo Dulce. Alternatively, Kasiiya Papagayo is a retreat that focuses on wellness and renewal in a stunning setting.
WHERE TO GO IN SPRING
–ARCTIC SVALBARD –
GLIDE ACROSS THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO BY SNOWMOBILE
From $13,000 per person for 4 nights
Best time to visit: March - May
Discover the Arctic wilderness in its purest form as you go off track snowmobiling across the glacial landscape of Svalbard. An outpost from civilization, spring is the best season to see this stunning landscape and sight polar bears, foxes, puffins, and reindeers under the midnight sun.
Get as close to nature as possible with a night spent camping in the heart of the Svalbard archipelago, before ending this incredible journey in Huset. Here, you will delight in flavorsome food from the best restaurant on the island, as well as one of the largest and most celebrated wine cellars in northern Europe.
WHERE TO STAY – Funken Lodge’s deluxe suites are perfectly located as a hub from which you can actively explore your surroundings, while Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is a radio station that was originally built in 1933, but has since been converted into a modern hotel with unique character.
– TIMELESS JAPAN –
WEAVE TOGETHER JAPAN’S ANCIENT RITUALS AND MODERN LIFE
From $13,000 per person for 6 nights
Best time to visit: March - May | September - November
Japan may appear ultra-modern on the surface, but a Pelorus trip will take you to its core as a truly timeless destination: a place where ancient traditions are fused with contemporary life as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Visit in springtime to see the iconic cherry blossoms that make Japan so picture-perfect, and fall for rich foliage and pleasant temperatures.
Connect with the country’s traditional culture as you travel along ancient pilgrimage routes to shrines and temples, stopping to take a dip in the healing waters of the hot springs at Kii mountain range. Participate in an authentic Samurai experience and visit an ancient teahouse on your mission to get right to the heart of the destination.
WHERE TO STAY – As part of your trip, stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) on a private island, sleeping on futons and tatami mats, and padding through well-worn wooden halls to the bathhouse, or in temple lodgings where you will meditate with monks and learn how to live a sparser and more spiritual life. Benesse House is a haven for contemporary art lovers, while Aman Kyoto offers luxury like nowhere else and a setting with garden and forest views. Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima is a unique property whose inspiration is taken from the wood, rock, fire, and water found along the sacred Kumano route of pilgrimage – its private island location allows for a background soundtrack of gentle waves lapping on the shore.
– MALDIVES EXPEDITION –
FOIL SURF THE TURQUOISE SEAS OF THE MALDIVES
From $POA for 10 nights
Best time to visit: March - October
Many destinations have miles of pristine, white coral sand and balmy turquoise seas, but few compare to the Maldives. Here, adrenaline junkies can discover one of the final frontiers of surf exploration. Pelorus and Foil-X have partnered up to turn dreams into reality and bring you on a unique and exhilarating experience that involves jet ski assisted tow-foiling with long rides and powerful breaks, rare in a surfer’s world where line ups are becoming increasingly crowded.
In between foiling, swim alongside hammerhead sharks and whales in divine coral atolls or help track manta rays, dine underwater in some of the world’s most iconic restaurants, and join local tribes as you learn a traditional Maldivian performance called the Boduberuu, together.
WHAT TO CHARTER – SURI is the gateway to adventure, with an impressive selection of water toys, so if you’re itching to get back in the water after a day’s foiling, you won’t run out of things to do.
WHERE TO GO IN SUMMER