for a walking pilgrimage

    The Kingdom of Bhutan, a paradise of sub-tropical valleys and sub-alpine peaks, lies between India and China. Due to a tourist tariff, only those prepared to spend $250 a day on their itinerary in high-season can enter, so hotels are appropriately high-end, especially Uma Paro and sister hotel Uma Punakha. Largely untouched by modernity, Bhutan retains a spiritual aura: Buddhist monasteries perch on rain-shrouded mountains, where hikers can find monks blessing every animate thing. Choose from day treks, overnight camping or off-road adventures on the Druk Path to tone the soul and the legs. From $8,300 per person for 11 nights plus flights and activities; greavesindia.co.uk


    for a pampering boot camp

    Walking holidays needn't be lacking in
    luxury. Just a short distance from Saint-
    Tropez lies La Réserve Ramatuelle, a chic
    slab of spa-hotel modernism with an
    impossibly cerulean panorama. The spa is
    dedicated to primping, plucking and
    pummeling the body with Crème de la
    Mer products and expert therapists,
    which you will truly appreciate when you
    sign up for the five-day Rethinking Boot
    Camp with Nordic-style walking. A typical
    daily program includes yoga, a 15-20km walk
    tailored to individual abilities followed by a
    recovery spa session. The hotel's gourmet
    chef is also on hand to prepare healthy
    meals to complement the program.
    From $3,500 per person for five nights plus
    activities; lareserve-ramatuelle.com

    The Côte D'Azur coastline


    The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (above) and Uma Paro's spacious reception (left)


    Photographs: Corbis

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