Fiordland Heli Traverse at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

The best luxury hotels for active holidays

For when a workout isn't enough

Looking to turn your next luxury holiday into an active break? Whether you want to hike in Peru, get sporty in Marbella or try yoga in the Himalayas, we've got you covered. At the end of the day, it's still your holiday, so expect indulgent spa treatments, incredible cuisine, and beautiful views back at basecamp.

Best for surfing - Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Surfing at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Surfing at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Four Seasons Costa Rica boasts two sandy beaches, four pools, and an unbeatable location on the Peninsula Papagayo. And if that's not enough, wait until you catch sight of the surf. Grab a board and get barrelled at Witch's Rock. Still raring to go? Glide above the waves in Bahia Culebra on an electric surfboard for thrills like no other. After a day out on the water, treat yourself (and your tired muscles) to the Wipeout Massage. You won't regret it.

Best for cycling - Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Mountain Biking at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
Mountain biking at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Helicopter-only access is the first sign you're in for an amazing ride at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge. Set in a picturesque glacial valley surrounded by soaring peaks, this outdoor playground is a paradise for mountain bikers. Hop on a helicopter to a remote drop point and follow trails winding through historic huts, lakeside beaches and working high-country farms. After an exhilarating day behind the handlebars, retreat to your private hot tub for a secluded soak under the stars.

Best for tennis - Le Grand Bellevue

Tennis Court at Le Grand Bellevue
Tennis court at Le Grand Bellevue

When it comes to tennis, this historic palace hotel reigns supreme. After the WTA and ATP tournaments in Gstaad, Le Grand Bellevue has exclusive access to the centre court. So, grab your racket and follow in the footsteps of tennis legends. If you prefer to work up a sweat in the sauna, you're in luck – there are eight to choose from. For an outstanding post-game or post-spa meal, head to the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, LEONARD's.

Best for yoga - Ananda in the Himalayas

Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas
Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas

There are luxurious destination spas, and then there's Ananda in the Himalayas. Set in the Himalayan foothills of North India, this restorative retreat specialises in ancient Indian healing, ayurvedic medicine, and tailored yoga experiences. Start your day with a picturesque hill stroll, recharge with a yoga session, then bask in the sun as you relax poolside. If you're feeling adventurous, embark on a wildlife safari or experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Ganges.

Best for padel - Puente Romano Beach Resort

Puente Romano Tennis Club
Puente Romano Tennis Club

This glam Golden Mile hotel serves up chic interiors, a Six Senses spa, a famous tennis club, and plenty of fast-paced padel fun. Start your day with a swim in one of the sun-splashed pools, then show off your padel skills on one of the four courts. If you want to refuel after your game, you'll find more than 20 restaurants and bars at Puente Romano Beach Resort. Drop anchor at the Sea Grill for relaxed vibes and sweeping Mediterranean views.

Best for hiking - Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

Machu Picchu at Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel
Hike to Machu Picchu from Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

When it comes to location, this idyllic retreat comes out on top. Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located at the entrance to Machu Picchu, so you can enjoy access to the ancient Inca citadel before the crowds. For jaw-dropping views, venture on a two-hour hike into the clouds to the Machu Picchu peak, which sits 3,051 metres above sea level. And when it's time to unwind, you can relax at Tampu Bar with a refreshing Pisco Sour.

Best for diving - Amanwana

Whale Shark Excursion at Amanwana
Whale shark excursion at Amanwana

For diving enthusiasts, Amanwana is the big ticket booking. There's nothing quite like plunging into turquoise seas, especially when the reefs are teeming with marine life. At Amawana Bay, a protected marine park, you can see green sea turtles, lionfish, and even the occasional shark. Go night diving to experience the underwater world in a different light. In need of some R&R? Take a deep dive into wellness at the one-of-a-kind underwater retreat in the Flores Sea.