New Zealand is the destination if you want to embrace the great outdoors in luxury.
Set on the cliffs of Hawkes Bay on the North Island, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers has stunning interiors, with huge beds and baths that you could swim in.
But you won't be spending much time indoors. Take a picnic lunch on a cliff-top walk; visit the largest gannet colony in New Zealand; explore on a quad bike; or wind down with the resident artist and paint the sea views.
At dinner, wines from the surrounding vineyard complement vegetables picked in the garden that day.
WOW FACTOR: The 'anything-is-possible' attitude - even the homemade cakes in your room are made to your own requirements.
FLIGHT TIME: 25 hours
WHEN TO GO: Winter, Summer
LAST UPDATED: 12 October 2011 at 10:50am
The adventure begins as you spy a silver buzzer at the side of the road. A wooden gate creaks open and, at the end of a gravel drive, you find a sprawling former farm with 24 suites and a four-bedroom cottage.
On a jagged headland on North Island, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers a soul-soothing spa and an 18-hole golf course in a gorgeous natural setting.
The vibe is rustic-regal - leather club
chairs, floral cushions, cowhide rugs and roaring fires. Although
you could spend all day admiring the decor, you must explore (by
foot, four-wheel drive or quad bike) the 6,000 acres of countryside
and dramatic cliffs that make up Cape Kidnappers, where you'll find
one of the world's largest gannet colonies.
Wow factor: The attention to detail - like the jar of home-made biscuits in your suite's kitchen.
Flight time: From 24 hours and 55 minutes via Hong Kong to Auckland.
Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email email@example.com