The Best Resorts for the Active Traveler

Many travelers see vacations as a leisurely getaway, but it doesn’t have to be all poolside lounging. If you’re looking for a more active getaway, try one of these four amazing resorts for the active traveler.

Terranea Oceanside Resort


Terranea Oceanside Resort The Best Resorts for the Active Traveler
Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort


Located on a bluff just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, Terranea Resort offers a variety of activities and adventures for its lucky guests.


When you step onto our 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it’s like stepping into a whole new world – minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you’re surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island.


Ocean lovers can practice their standup paddleboarding or kayaking along the Pacific coast. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy horseback riding, whale watching, and even falconry exhibitions. End your day at Terrapea with a round of golf at the acclaimed course. Afterward, enjoy dinner in one of the resorts four acclaimed restaurants followed by cocktails at the heated pool.

Adventures on the Gorge


Adventures on the Gorge The Best Resorts for the Active Traveler
Photo courtesy Adventures on the Gorge


Active travelers can’t find a more perfect place to get away than Adventures on the Gorge. Located in Lansing, West Virginia, this resort specializes in offering its visitors numerous options to get their thrills. The resort offers some of the country’s best whitewater rafting along the Gauley River, including many class V category rapids. Additionally, for those not looking to raft, there are four different zip lines, stand up paddleboarding, biking, and paintball to name just a few of the resort activities.

All of this adventure is found in a sprawling resort with accommodations ranging from bare-bones camping to 5-star luxury cabins. It also offers a clifftop pool overlooking the Gorge and eclectic dining ranging from Appalachian-style pub to gourmet steakhouse.

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort


Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort The Best Resorts for the Active Traveler
Photo courtesy Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort


Located just outside Zion National Park, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is a mecca for travelers who love the outdoors.  On the resort property, visitors can rock climb, ride ATVs, practice their canyoneering skills and more. The resort also offers shuttles into the National Park to further your adventures.


Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort has also been recognized by Travel Channel as one of 12 featured adventure resorts in the U.S. and around the world. The article, “Adventure Resorts: Get the Thrill Without Sacrificing the Comfort,” notes our adventure options including canyoneering, zip lining, ATVing and horseback riding, coupled with convenience and comfort of lodging options such as glamping, cabin suites and luxury vacation homes. Last year, Zion Ponderosa was also a recipient of a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, an accolade that recognizes lodging and hospitality businesses around the world with excellent traveler reviews on TripAdvisor during the previous year.

The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle


Elephant Reserve at Four Seasons Golden Triangle Thailand



Finally, for those looking for a more exotic adventure abroad, The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is a dream vacation. The resort is located in the fabled Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand, bordering on Burma and Laos.


On our unique, three- or four-night excursions, you’ll discover the joys of interacting with rescued elephants in their home habitat, explore spectacular mountain trails and bamboo jungles, and unwind in luxury, vintage-inspired tents. Let the 19th-century explorer’s spirit in you come to life – while enjoying our signature hospitality.


The resort offers a variety of activity options. Among these are all-terrain vehicle excursions, visit with local tribes, jungle trekking, and riverboat excursions. All of this nestled in bamboo jungles with all the luxury you would expect from a Four Seasons resort.

Which of these luxury adventure resorts would you most like to visit? For more adventurous travel options, read about The Best of Luxury Travel in Africa.

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