As the world opens its doors to luxury travel again, for many of us the emphasis is increasingly on what you can see, do, and experience in your dream destination, rather than just where you're going. With unique and beautiful destinations across the globe, One&Only Resorts aim to offer you an unforgettable holiday experience complete with seriously stunning accommodation and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Not sure where to begin planning your next luxury adventure? We've compiled this list of some of our favourite eye-opening experiences with One&Only Resorts to help you out!
1. One&Only Nyungwe House
Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda
Located in the heart of Rwanda, enveloped by thriving tea fields and an ancient rainforest, One&Only Nyungwe House blends seamlessly into the landscape of the captivating Nyungwe Forest National Park. With each aspect celebrating Rwanda's heritage, from the indigenous Rwandan artwork throughout, to the infinity pool overlooking the lush valley and daily ceremonies in the Tea Lounge, this stunning resort offers remarkable natural and cultural experiences. Take a walk on the wild side and go on a guided excursion to spot wild and playful chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and L'Hoest's monkeys, learn something new with the art of spear throwing on a scenic hilltop and an exciting secrets of African tea experience, or participate in 'umuganda' (roughly translating to 'coming together in common purpose'), and give back to the community by helping to build schools, planting new trees, or purchasing handmade goods from the local villagers in the nearby Banda Village. This resort is truly a bucket-list experience, and with so many incredible experiences on offer, you'll never want to leave!
2. One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Surrounded by a thriving eucalyptus forest in the famed Volcanoes National Park, One&Only Gorilla's Nest is a stunning jungle sanctuary, offering incredible bucket-list experiences and luxury accommodation. Unwind in your luxury lodge or suite, all featuring Rwandan art and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking exceptional views before embarking on your adventure. Encounter endangered mountain gorillas on a once-in-a-lifetime trek through the misty bamboo forest, follow in the footsteps of golden monkeys for a rare sighting, bathe in the soothing sounds of crystal singing bowls, uncover ancient Musanze caves, or choose from a range of other eye-opening experiences - whether hiking up dormant volcanoes or immersing yourself in a local village and dancing alongside local villagers.
For the ultimate Rwandan adventure, why not combine a stay at One&Only Gorilla's Nest and One&Only Nyungwe House for the perfect twin-centre escape?
3. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Nestled within the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains and inspired by an authentic Australian homestead, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a stunning luxury spa resort. Set within over 7,000 acres, there's no shortage of space here, and the resort offers a seemingly endless choice of alfresco adventures, from horseback riding through the native woodland to stargazing beneath the clear skies, there's something for everyone here. If you don't know where to begin with so many unique experiences to choose from, speak to one of the resort's knowledgeable Field Guides who will be happy to recommend activities so you can experience everything you want to. Families fear not! There are plenty of activities and experiences for younger guests too, from the Wolgan Rangers children's club to fossil hunting and mountain biking, your children are sure to fall in love with Australia.
4. One&Only Desaru Coast
Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Looking for adventure but also wanting to relax on a soft beach? Look no further than One&Only Desaru Coast, a stunning beachfront haven in Malaysia that combines superlative luxury with a sense of adventure, making this luxury resort the perfect addition to any Asian itinerary. Along with an array of thrilling experiences, you can expect top-class service and facilities, such as private pools, the holistic Chenot Spa, and delicious Mediterranean feasts from the world-class restaurants. Hit new heights and try your hand at a thrilling tree-climbing experience that takes you to a hidden viewing platform amongst the thick rainforest canopy, embark on an excursion through the wildlife-rich Panti Forest Reserve with the resort's Naturalist and learn something new, visit the nearby Els Club for a spot of golf, or take to the ocean with an array of watersports - from hobie cats and stand-up paddleboards to jet-skiing, kite surfing, and more!