3. Ski sweep Aspen
Ever dreamed of getting Aspen all to yourself? In conjunction with the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol, you can. Each day at 4.30pm, once the last skier has left, the patrol team ‘sweeps’ the slopes to make sure everyone is safely off the fields. And you can join in on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. It’s an exclusive offer just for guests of The Little Nell, Residences at the Little Nell and the Limelight Hotel.
4. Stroll through a nature theme park
With countless studies about the positive link between getting back to nature and physical and mental wellbeing, it makes sense a theme park in one of Europe’s biggest cities is dedicated to just that.
At Villages Nature Paris, there are five immersive ‘worlds’ designed to help you unwind and decompress. Stroll around the working farm — think fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and cows you can feed — take to the water in all manner of pools and thermal Jacuzzis, learn about flora and fauna, or find a quiet spot for some contemplation on a lakeside promenade. There are also workshops offerings tips on healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Day tickets are available, but you can also check into a cottage or apartment with a calming name such as ‘Cocoon VIP’.
5. Sail on the biggest yacht in the harbour
As the sun sets over Sydney Harbour Bridge, you have a front-row seat from a Japanese soaking tub. A champagne cork pops, and the aroma of Sri Lankan snapper curry wafts by. Welcome to Infinity Pacific, an Italian-built luxury superyacht with five cabins, a sunroom and multiple alfresco spaces to dine and entertain. A crew of eight is on call, and Peter Kuruvita (Flying Fish) curates the culinary offerings.
6. Sip inside a jaw-dropping cube
It’s been compared to an oversized Rubik’s Cube, although D’Arenberg owner and chief winemaker Chester Osborn says the latest inspiration for his eye-popping cellar door is Mary Poppins. The final touch in the design of the applauded McLaren Vale (South Australia) wine estate’s new attraction is a series of 16 mechanical umbrellas — 15 black and one red — topping the five-storey, vine-shrouded structure.
Costing more than $13 million, and 14 years in the making, the off-kilter building fashioned from white and green glass will house a number of art-filled spaces, in addition to public and private tasting rooms, a restaurant where ex-Lake House and Leonards Mill chefs will prepare degustation-only menus, and several bars overlooking the vineyard, planted in 1912, and historic buildings. Determined to keep the inside of the D’Arenberg Cube just as fun as the outside promises, Osborn will also offer a variety of interactive experiences to tantalise the senses of visitors — an installation where you can smell the different stages of the wine fermenting process, anyone?