At this time of year, certain parts of the globe are at their most beautiful, and as winter flees, it’s pretty compelling to dust off the hiking boots and get outside: Surfing- and hiking-centric trips, in particular, seem to really hit the spot. We’ve corralled a few destination inspirations for each, and rounded them out with packing guides to accommodate the activities you’re likely to encounter.
Boddhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara, Godellawela, Tangalle, Sri Lanka | +220.127.116.113
Starkly furnished and dipped in earth tones, Amanwella was designed to enhance its beachside surroundings rather than disturb them. The 30 spacious suites are shaded by the many palm trees dotting the property and offer calming views of coconut groves and slivers of the ocean. Mild temps allow adventurous guests of all skill levels to surf and take part in an assortment of other water-based activities all year (and a lengthy spa menu is there as an antidote to paddle arms). As expected, the resort’s eateries (Asian and Mediterranean cuisine at the Restaurant, salads, and coconut charcoal-barbecued snacks at the Beach Club) provide an impressive seafood assortment. Feel free to bring the kids, complimentary babysitting services are available.
3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui, HI | 808.874.8000
Along with the expected Four Seasons fare (beachside cabanas, sunglasses cleaning, poolside Evian spritzing), an abundance of only-in-Hawaii extras make the Maui at Wailea outpost a playground for kids and adults alike. For one thing, Kids For All Seasons—a daily camp for littles ages 5 to 12—allows mom and dad to explore the spa, spend the day surfing (board rentals are readily available and surfing legend Dave Kalama hosts surf camp and lessons here), or lay out at the adults-only serenity pool while the kiddos build sand castles, craft leis, and take hula lessons, all under the watchful eye of trained staff. Thoughtful touches from complimentary swim diapers by the pool to a lengthy roster of family activities (snorkeling, boogie boarding, putting greens) make vacationing en masse a total joy. At night, take your pick of three on-site restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning standby, Spago.
13 Marvell St., Byron Bay, Australia | +61.2.6685.5118
Conveniently set up just steps from Main Beach and its many breaks, this is a very nice riff on a traditional beach compound—despite its enduring low-key vibe. The 15 guest rooms, cottages, and one very cool airstream are the perfect home base from which to plan daily surfing excursions—plus, the Tropical and Albatross cottages come complete with private entrances, outdoor decks, and extra indoor space. Luxury may not be the first priority here, but the property is beautifully turned out nonetheless, with lush greenery, a sprawling communal kitchen, lap pool, and nautical flourishes throughout.
Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica | +50.6.2640.0226
The beach lifestyle is weaved into just about everything at this Pacific coast retreat: For one, there’s a pristine beach, which functions as the resort’s backyard; the just-caught seafood at the on-site restaurant is pretty sublime; and then there is an endless list of water-centric activities along with a great spa (they even do an “after-sun facial” that employs aloe grown on site). Perennially warm waters, multiple breaks for every taste and skill level, access to talented surfing instructors, and complementary board rentals mean this is where you want to be if your ideal day includes surfing and little else. If ever you do tire of hitting the beach, the rustic guestrooms and indoor-outdoor communal areas are perfect hangout spots.
SWIM Shay Bikini goop, $375
- AETHER Crosstown Aether, $185
Knit Sock Swell, $44
Medium Backpack Valentino, $2,445
- RE/DONE The Short goop, $175
Surf SL/37 Sneakers Barneys, $595
Platform Smoking Slipper goop, $129
LOEFFLER RANDALL Saffron
Lace Up Flat Sandal goop, $250
BANJO & MATILDA
Beach Pants goop, $350
THE ELDER STATESMAN
Baja Pullover The Elder Statesman, $2,140
Neoprene Lanyard Tory Sport, $125
DIOR ‘So Real’
48mm Sunglasses Nordstrom, $420
TRUKID SPF 30
Resistant Lotion goop, $15
Large Canvas Tote James Perse, $325
BLISS AND MISCHIEF Vintage
Reworked Short Flight Suit Bliss and Mischief, $228
Black Fade Tee goop, $100
COVER X HAT ATTACK
Hat with White Mesh Band goop, $110
THE UPSIDE Printed
Stretch-Jersey Leggings Net-a-porter, $105
THE SLEEP SHIRT
Sleeveless Shirt Top
and Pleat Short Set goop, $295
Wetsuit Cynthia Rowley, $295
40060 Paws Up Rd., Greenough, MT | 877.588.6764
Just 40 minutes east of Missoula, we came to affectionately call this 37,000-acre spread Montanaland: Paws Up is a bit like a theme park set against some truly majestic country. There’s ATV-ing, go-carts, a gun range, archery, paintball, a kids camp, horses galore, incredible hiking, plus ample opportunity to river raft, fly fish, and work a cattle drive. The on-site spa is excellent, the food is good, and the accommodations—which range from log cabin homes to tented yurts perched on a cliff above the Blackfoot river—will leave little doubt in your mind that this is the West.
Plaza Las Nazarenas 113, Cusco, Peru | +51.1.610.0400
If you’re looking for a serene spot to gather your thoughts before climbing Machu Picchu, hiking Sacred Valley, or exploring historic Cusco, look no further than Inkaterra La Casona (it’s built on ancient Inca training grounds, after all). It’s a Relais & Châteaux hotel, the first in Peru, so even though it’s housed in a 16th-century mansion, the five-star amenities—heated floors, an eco-conscious Yaku spa—are plentiful. The 11 guest rooms are strategically placed overlooking a private courtyard and done up in traditional Peruvian style (Colonial furnishings, handwoven tapestries). The house restaurant serves up traditional Peruvian delicacies and epic bread. For breakfast, the eggs Benedict are made to order and the staff will gladly pack a to-go picnic if a day of sightseeing or hiking is on the agenda.
569 Glenorchy Rd., Queenstown, New Zealand | +64.3.441.1008
Sitting in what is known as the Southern Alps, this New Zealand resort truly makes you feel like you’ve reached the edge of the earth. While you could sit and stare at the view all day, Queenstown adventures beckon, making this a really good choice if you have teens. You can take heli tours of the glaciers, bungee jump, mountain bike, or hike—and then round out your busy days with delicious meals by the fire.
Other than the breathtaking setup in the middle of a national park and its sort of alien architectural attributes (the beech-wood and glass structure looks like something out of a sci-fi movie), Tierra in Chilean Patagonia is best known for two things: the world-class, indoor-outdoor Uma spa and proximity to some of the best exploring in the world—and if you think about it, the two go really well together. While you might not want to leave the comfort of the property and your plush room, the guided hikes and excursions to Torres del Paine National Park and beyond are well worth the effort. Treks are broken up into levels—easy, medium, hard—and have both half- and full-day options, or you can take it easy for an afternoon and stroll down to nearby Lake Sarmiento instead.
Day Star 18 Camelback, $80
Jacket Tory Sport, $150
T-Shirt goop, $90
Sports Bra Net-a-porter, $100
Concorde 6 Westward Leaning, $250
Sunscreen for Body,
Broad Spectrum SPF 30 goop, $24
Towelettes goop, $16
Essential Leggings Tory Sport, $110
Paisley Bandana REI, $4
- BKR Boo 1L BKR, $45
- KISHU Charcoal Amazon, $9.99
LA SPORTIVA Trango TRK
GTX Hiking Boots REI, $220
Floppy Hat Nordstrom, $42
BIRKENSTOCK Arizona Sandals
in Black Shearling Madewell, $145
NLST Zip Pocket
Knit Harem Pant goop, $295
NIKON Trailblazer ATB
Waterproof 8 x 25 Binoculars REI, $88
PATAGONIA Women’s Barely
Baggies Shorts Patagonia, $49
Weekender Bag Cuyana, $150
ALLTRAILS Hiking &
Trails, GPS Tracker,
& Offline Topo Maps iTunes , $0
in Bucknely Wash Madewell, $72