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July 20, 2012

The Leading Hotels of the World: Best Regions to Experience Outdoor Activities

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Royal Hayman HotelBarcelo La BobadillaLlao Llao Hotel Golf and SpaNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

There are destinations that boast such natural beauty that they inspire visitors to set out on explorations. The Leading Hotels of the World places an emphasis on the great outdoors, allowing guests to experience local activities as authentically as possible and giving adventure seekers insight into the most unique and boldly independent destinations available. The luxury hotel collection presents a selection of experiences from Australia, Italy, and Argentina, as well as destinations in Ireland and Costa Rica.

Royal Hayman Hotel The most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman has always captured the imagination of adventurers. The dream of finding a great southern land inspired a young man, Captain James Cook, to first chart these waters in 1770. Since then, the lure of escape and adventure has drawn people here. In 1947, Australian aviation pioneer, Reginald Ansett fell in love with Hayman and acquired the island. Work began on the Royal Hayman Hotel, which was opened in 1950 in anticipation of a royal visit to Australia, for which Hayman was granted a Royal Charter.

Today, in addition to its sumptuously elegant accommodations and world-class dining, Hayman offers visitors a wide range of hiking terrain, from dense rainforest and mangroves to rocky inlets and secluded sand beaches, while the waters surrounding the island provide some of the best game fishing in the world, as well as excellent opportunities for snorkeling, diving or simply cruising. Guests can also take to the air in a seaplane or helicopter for exclusive outings to Hardy Reef Lagoon, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, to enjoy two hours of all inclusive use of the reef pontoon, and an hour on Whitehaven Beach swimming or relaxing underneath the shade of your beach umbrella with chilled sparkling wine.

Barcelo La Bobadilla Immersed in the multi-cultural heart of Andalusia, Barcelo La Bobadilla is within easy reach of the wondrous cities of Granada, Seville, Malaga and Cordoba, with its breathtaking monuments such as the Alhambra Palace and Picasso Museum. The stunning location of the hotel, with panoramic views over its private 1,000-acre estate, lends itself to outdoor exploration and activity.

In harmony with nature, La Bobadilla benefits from its surroundings, with hills and valleys covered in wild flowers, aromatic herbs, almond trees and holm oaks. This paradise is also home to several species of birds and deer that may be seen during hikes, cycling or horseback riding. A leisurely ride in a hot-air balloon gives visitors a unique perspective of the encircling olive groves and rolling hills.

Comprising winding corridors and lush tropical gardens, the hotel offers 70 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, each individually designed and lavishly decorated, all with opulent bathrooms providing exceptional grace and comfort. The different areas of the hotel are linked by picturesque labyrinthine pathways, courtyards filled with flowers and an imposing marble colonnade. Add to all that three excellent restaurants, riding stables, an outdoor pool, and a spa, La Bobadilla is an elegantly tranquil gateway to this fascinating part of Spain.

Llao Llao Hotel Golf and Spa Surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes, Llao Llao Hotel Golf and Spa is set in a 15-hectare park, including an 18-hole golf course, marina, beach, solarium, heated indoor and outdoor vanishing-edge swimming pools, spa and health club with sauna and fitness center. The resort is especially appealing for ski buffs. Winter season in Patagonia offers immaculate slopes surrounded by an incredible natural landscape.

While staying at Llao Llao, guests can take advantage of the resort’s exclusive ski services including round-trip transfers to and from Mount Catedral, lift passes for sale, equipment rental, and après ski, access to Llao Llao Refuge, a cozy venue at the base of Cerro Catedral for enjoying a light lunch, as well as all other services to complete a unique skiing experience. Back at the resort itself, guests can relax in a range of elegantly rustic rooms and suites, appointed with handcrafted woods and warm furnishings, while five distinctive restaurants serve a variety of cuisines to satisfy chill-enhanced appetites. An on-site spa is ideal for working out any post-skiing aches and pains.

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