R&C Spotlight - Outdoor Sport Adventures Across the Globe

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For travellers seeking to infuse a touch of adventure into their holidays, many Relais & Châteaux properties offer unique experiences right from their doorstep. Take to the skies, lace up your hiking boots, or slip on a wetsuit in our backyard and explore these awe-inspiring natural wonders on your next trip.

Hike the famed Mount Fuji - Gôra Kadan, Hakone, Japan

Gora Kadan
Gôra Kadan

Situated in the heart of the Hakone National Park, Gôra Kadan is the former retreat of the Imperial Family Kanin-no-miya. It also happens to be one of three gateways to Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak. For the physically fit, an ascent of this iconic, active stratovolcano takes about six hours to the summit at 12,388 feet (3,775 metres) and is only permitted in the summertime. Efforts will surely be rewarded with incredible vistas and a dazzling view of the rising or setting sun after passing the final torii (a traditional Japanese gate).

Golf on exquisite greens - Farlam Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Brampton, United Kingdom

Farlam Hall
Farlam Hall

A haven for calm and relaxed country living, Farlam Hall is a stunning old manor house surrounded by century-old trees. A golf lover's dream, it also happens to sit near not one but four golf clubs – Slaley Hall, Close House, Brampton, and Eden. These clubs strive to outdo one another by creating challenging courses sprinkled with deep sand dunes, windswept links, and tricky bunkers. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by the Silloth On Solway Golf Club: an 18-hole course between the Scottish Borders and the English Lake District, home to many unexpected features since its creation in 1892.

See the 'fairy chimneys' from the sky - Museum Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey

Museum Hotel
Museum Hotel

Witness the otherworldly features of Cappadocia from the sky with a magical hot-air balloon ride. Each morning, dozens of balloons take flight, soaring over the maze-like villages, stunning valleys, and 'fairy chimney' geological rock formations. From this vantage point in the sky, you will find yourself surrounded by splashes of colour in every direction and perhaps even spot little fireflies glowing in the light of dawn. For those wishing to keep their feet on the ground, you can soak in incredible views at the Museum Hotel. The hotel's terrace overlooks the valley and offers a 180° panorama of the incredibly unique landscape.

Cycle the Italian Grand Tour route - Villa Abbazia, Follina, Italy

Villa Abbazia

Villa Abbazia is a 17th-century palazzo and Liberty-style villa steeped in romance and charm in the Venetian countryside. It also calls cycling aficionados at the crossroads of numerous UNESCO treasures. The Treviso region often hosts cyclists for the Giro d'Italia and is home to certain Gran Fondo races. The popular Pina Gran Fondo Pinarello (affectionately known as La Pina) is one of these long-distance races over incredibly steep terrain, which draws thousands of serious cyclists. All levels of cyclists can enjoy the pure pleasure of pedalling here with the help of an electric bike, which is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes and mild climate.

Catch a wave at nature's edge - Wickaninnish, Tofino, Canada

Wickaninnish Inn

Surfers of all abilities will surely enjoy paddling in Canada's surf capital. Year-round surfing and 35 kilometres of beaches inspire a vibrant surf culture unique to the West Coast. The water of the Pacific Ocean is chilly, and you will want to hop into a wetsuit, but newcomers to the sport and seasoned surfers alike will find waves of all sizes to explore. If surfing doesn't call your name, the many stretches of beautiful beaches are the perfect place to stroll, spectate, and explore the many tidal pools. After a day of splashing in the refreshing salt water, savour a drink or meal at The Pointe Restaurant, perched on the rocky outcrops overlooking the ocean.

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