Take a Recreation Vacation

In lieu of a working holiday, may we suggest one of the playing variety. Here, six sports and the best exotic locales in which to partake.

Relaxing while on vacation need not necessitate a sedentary week spent in a lounge chair. On the contrary. From the Philippines to southern Spain, some of the most exotic and luxurious destinations in the world are conducive to practicing sport at the highest level. Check out six active holidays that will take your breath away — for more reasons than one.
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  • Rock Climb in Greece

    Rock Climb in Greece

    Where to Play: While neighboring islands attract beach bums and party people, the small Greek island of Kalymnos is where adventure seeking climbers go to take advantage of more than 2,000 climbing routes on spectacular limestone.

    Where to Stay: The villages of Masouri, Armeos or Myrties are beneath many of the popular crags. Hotel Philoxenia, a friendly, family-run spot is less than ¾ of a mile from the best climbing sites on the island.

    The Sell: The weather is relatively mild year-round (in the hot summer months, shady crags are most comfortable).  A visit in October, the ideal time to climb, may coincide with the Kalymnos climbing festival (taking place from the 10th-13th).

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  • Kitesurf in the Philippines

    Kitesurf in the Philippines

    Where to Play: Flat water, long stretches of beach and consistent winds make Boracay in the Philippines an ideal kitesurfing destination. Bulabog beach, in particular, on the east side of the island is a good place to start thanks to waist deep water and not too much coral.

    Where to Stay: For convenient access to the beach, rent an apartment or studio in the newly renovated house Bahay Boracay. Each apartment has its own balcony with stunning views of the water. 

    The Sell: There is no shortage of kitesurfing schools and centers where you can rent equipment or book lessons for beginners.

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  • Golf in Spain

    Golf in Spain

    Where to Play: The prestigious courses in Sotogrande in sunny Southern Spain including La Reserva (pictured), Valderrama and San Roque are known to be some of the best in Europe.

    Where to Stay: Hotel Almenara sits on its own beautiful 27 hole golf course which allows players three different 18 hole combinations. There is also a wellness spa with an indoor pool for hydrotherapies, an outdoor pool area and three restaurants. 

    The Sell: The golf course might look familiar: the 2007 Ryder Cup tournament was held at The Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande - the first time the event took place in Continental Europe.

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  • Scuba Dive in the Cayman Islands

    Scuba Dive in the Cayman Islands

    Where to Play: Little Cayman  - the 10 miles-long Caribbean island - is known for its crystal clear water and fantastic dives. Don't miss the Bloody Bay Wall  - a protected marine park, rated one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean where the steep drop from 10 to 1000 feet is full of narrow canyons and colorful marine life.

    Where to Stay: Southern Cross Club Hotel offers a dedicated dive service with morning, afternoon, dusk and night dives as well as all the requisite courses and certificates.

    The Sell: The water's warm (temperatures range from 78- 86°F) and boasts 100-plus-foot visibility.

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  • Horseback Ride in Argentina

    Horseback Ride in Argentina

    Where to Play: The mountains of Cordoba, Argentina, where the history of gauchos and horses is nearly as old as the landscape itself.

    Where to Stay: The top notch equine facilities at luxury ranch El Colibri Estancia de Charm offer meandering rides through the storybook countryside as well as an on-site Polo club for a chance to play the game of Kings with the assistance of local professionals. Wine, Argentine barbecue and thoroughly elegant accommodations await you after a day in the saddle.

    The Sell: According to the book 1000 Places See Before You Die, El Colibri, "make[s] you feel protagonist of a Ralph Lauren ad on the Argentine lifestyle." And who doesn't want that?

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  • Run in Morocco

    Run in Morocco

    Where to Play: Join a one week running clinic in the Atlas mountains in Morocco and clear your mind along scenic trails.

    Where to Stay: A seven day holiday organized by Fitscape includes full board at Kasbah Angour - a boutique hotel half an hour from Marrakech. The small hilltop hotel is surrounded by gardens overlooking the mountains and has an outdoor swimming pool - perfect for post-running relaxation.

    The Sell: You'll pick up tips on breathing and stretching, and can partake in other activities like cardio circuits and cycling during your stay.

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