for mountain hiking in alpine air

    With its clear blue lake, snow-capped mountains, lush meadows and cornflower blue skies, St. Moritz is as beautiful as the picture books portray. The valley of the Engadin is prepped for sports and is heaven for hiking. There are countless panoramic trails, hikes with views across the lakes, and a vast national park with flora and fauna that hasn't been touched in a century. Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, with its pretty Alpine spa, is the place to adventure from. Revive tired legs with the Kneipp baths and a series of saunas. From $1,300 per person for seven nights plus flights; carrier.co.uk


    for a rainforest adventure

    Gaya Island Resort in Pulau Gaya, Malaysian Borneo, is the first super-luxe spa hotel in this virgin rainforest. Bike rides and jungle trekking are key activities, as are guided tours with resident naturalists. Take a sunrise power walk to watch dawn break over Mount Kinabalu, one of the tallest mountains in South East Asia. The determined may wish to scale it, but it's not for the fainthearted at 4,000-plus meters. On your return, a gourmet seafood restaurant, 40-meter lap pool and Spa Village await (the herbal foot soak and rub is perfect after a day's walking). From £2,210 per person for seven nights plus flights; carrier.co.uk

    The breathtaking Alpine vista across Lake St. Moritz


    Borneo's Danum Valley Conservation Area (above) and the Gaya Island resort (right)


    Photographs: Alamy; Corbis

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