With the Olympics just around the corner, 2020 promises to be a sporty year! This year will also see a rise in active travel, with people looking to shake up their routines and go on an adventure - and this will be the case for honeymoons too.
Mountain biking in Mauritius
Mountain biking – Mauritius Tour Beachcomber 2020 - 30th April – 2nd May, 2020
A must for mountain biking enthusiasts, Mauritius Tour Beachcomber 2020 (MTB) will consist of 4 stages over a total distance of 195km. It will kick off at the Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, with a 70km-long first stage along a beautiful and challenging route. The second stage stretches over 45km taking competitors along a fast and technical track on the unspoiled southern coastline. The third stage is a 22.5km challenging night race. The final, 60km-long stage crosses Le Val Nature Park where cyclists can soak up their stunning surroundings before crossing the finish line at Shandrani Beachcomber. This year the MTB 2020 also includes a course for children between the ages of 5 and 12 who can choose between a 2km and 5km race.
Nightly rates at Beachcomber Paradis Golf Resort & Spa in an Ocean Room, start from 178/£153* on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Contact Beachcomber Tours on 01483 445 610 or visit www.beachcombertours.uk
Running in Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Marathon with Africa Albida Tourism, Zimbabwe
5th July 2020 Africa plays host to some bucket-list marathons and Victoria Falls Marathon is definitely one of them! Participants can choose between a 7.5km fun run, half marathon or full marathon, and run alongside one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This challenging race allows runners to enjoy stunning scenery such as the Zambezi River, as well as spotting wildlife in the Zambezi National Park before a quick glimpse of Victoria Falls town en route to the finish line.
Prices at Lokuthula Lodges Self-Catering start from US$185/£143* per 2-bedroom lodge and US$330/£255 per 3-bedroom lodge on Self-Catering basis. Visit www.africaalbidatourism.com
Diving in Fiji
Learn to dive with Jean-Michel Cousteau on his private Fijian Island 5th-12th September, 2020
Plan the ultimate trip for 2020 and sign up for THIRDHOME Adventure's Jean-Michel Cousteau's Fiji Island Hideaway Adventure. Spend a week on a private island with guided diving and snorkelling alongside Jean-Michel Cousteau, the world-famous oceanographic explorer and his expert marine biologist. Explore Fiji's rich marine life, home to seven species of shark, pygmy seahorses, 390 species of coral, 1,200 varieties of fish, seven species of turtle and 12 species of whale (including blue whales that migrate through the waters annually). Discover the island's on-land excursions too, which include waterfall and rainforest hikes and educational mangrove tours. Enjoy authentic, ocean-to-plate Fijian cuisine and stay in luxurious bures.
Prices start from $6,395/ £4,896* per person, including accommodation, transfers, all island meals, non-alcoholic beverages and exclusive activities. Join the Adventure by 1st March and save $1,000/ £765* per couple sharing an island bure-bungalow. For more information, please visit https://adventures.thirdhome.com/.
Wild swimming in the Seychelles
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa – Coral Nursery Swim Trail
Eager to get in on the wild swimming trend but nervous about the cold? Dip your toes into wild swimming at five-star Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa and dive into the hotel's coral restoration programme – swim or snorkel along the 650-metre coral trail where you can see the positive impact the conservation project is having; swim out to the coral nursery where the reef is being regenerated; and then return to solid ground and learn about the project and how you can get involved with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is located in northwest Mahé, 25 minutes away from Seychelles International Airport by car or taxi. Prices start from 450/ £399* in a King Hillside Villa per night on a B&B basis, and 2400/£2056* per night in Northolme Villa on a B&B basis. For more information and to book, please visit www.seychelles.hilton.com.
Stay active at sea
Blue World Voyages – wellness holiday on water launching 2021
The launch of Blue World Voyages in 2021 will see the world's first active lifestyle cruise take to the Mediterranean - with two decks solely dedicated to fitness, sports and wellness. The ship will also be home to a floating seawater lap pool – the first of its kind on a cruise ship which will be lowered directly into the ocean so guests can swim in the sea alongside the ship. Other offerings include a functional training & strength conditioning centre, golf & football stimulators and various fitness studios for classes such as yoga and spinning.
Prices start from $3,500/£2,713 per person for a week. Price includes all gratuities, all meals in four speciality restaurants, house beer & wine onboard, some excursions (running, hiking, yoga), onboard wi-fi, laundry, three 'signature events' per cruise.*Prices in Pound Sterling are according to today's exchange rate. Visit blueworldvoyages.com
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