Your ultimate 2016 luxury bucket list Iceberg off Greenland, source: Flickr/Rita Willaert

Your ultimate 2016 luxury bucket list

Six things to do to make 2016 the most memorable year ever...

by 27 December 2015

It's time to make some New Year resolutions so we've rounded up the best luxury experiences in the world this year to add to your travel to do list...

See the wonders of the natural world

Iguaçu FallsIguaçu Falls

Tick off five UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the world’s finest and most awe inspiring natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Fuji, Iguaçu Falls and Milford Sound with National Geographic’s Wonders of the Natural World Tour. Under the expert guidance of their world-class expedition leaders you can be assured of a month-long experience of a lifetime. Oh and did we mention, you travel by private jet?

16 February - 10 March 2016, www.nationalgeographic.com

Become an arctic adventurer

Arctic Winter Games©AWG/Carol Falcetta

Whatever time of year you visit Greenland, you can be assured of a mecca of natural wonders including the magnificent southern fjords and the awe-inspiring Ilulissat Kangerlua (a huge bay of giant ice-bergs the size of apartment blocks and even towns). During the winter, gaze at the magic of the Northern lights, and in the summer, be entranced by the midnight sun. What’s more, this March, Greenland’s capital, Nuuk is playing host to the Arctic Winter Games 2016.

www.greenland.com and www.arcticwintergames.org

Discover America’s vast terrain

Bryce Canyon National ParkBryce Canyon National Park, source, Flickr/faunggs photos

2016 sees The United States National Park Service celebrating 100 years and with celebrations across its 59 national parks in the US including the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, this is a great opportunity to discover some of the countries vast and most celebrated terrain, flora and fauna.

www.nps.gov

Jet, set and go

Four-SeasonsCourtesy of the Four Seasons

When it comes to luxury, the Four Seasons are a pretty dab hand and their new private jet experiences offer travel connoisseurs the epitome of high-flying haute hedonism. Their 25 day Extraordinary Adventures tour is bucket list perfection, packing in rain-forest zip-line adventures in Costa Rica, hiking Australia’s Jenolan Caves, kayaking Malaysian mangroves and eye-spying the ‘Big Five’ in the Serengeti. And at the end of the day, sink into Four Seasons opulence at their worldwide hotels and the 52 seater private jet, complete with Dom Perignon, caviar and white leather flat beds.

17 September - 11 October 2016, www.fourseasons.com

Lose yourself in the South Pacific

Havannah BeachHavannah Beach, source: www.thehavannah.com

Washing up on a palm-fringed shore of a South Pacific Island is many people’s idea of paradise. Here you can lose yourself amongst the luxe-ridden, far-flung atolls and islands of French Polynesia, Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. But for a real remote castaway retreat, the islands of Vanuatu and both Ratua Private Island and The Havannah boutique hotel near Port Villa, are the epitome of hidden island escapism.

www.ratua.com, www.thehavannah.com

Marvel at Hawaii’s geological phenomenon

Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkHawaii Volcanoes National Park, source www.nps.gov/havo 

Hawaii maybe renowned for its surf and beaches, but it is also the home to two of the world’s most prominent volcanoes and in 2016; its Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary. This is a great time to visit, as there is a packed itinerary including monthly Centennial Hike series, in which hiking enthusiasts can seek out the many facets of this diverse island and After Dark in the Park programs for keen geological seekers.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, www.nps.gov/havo