The world’s most exhilarating hotel arrival experiences, from rafting to skydiving in your accommodation


Sorrel River Ranch in Utah sits on 240 acres of private land that is perfect for its skydiving arrival offering.

Courtesy of Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa

Sorrel River Ranch – Utah

Moab, Utah is the base for exploring two of the most beautiful national parks in the country: the famous Arches National Park and its lesser-known sibling, Canyonlands. There’s no better place in the area to spend a few nights than Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa — and the property itself doesn’t want to be overlooked in these surroundings. It becomes the star of the show with the help of a parachute arrival, guests descending directly into its 240 private acres, enjoying the sensational views of these parks along the way. Parasailing arrival is offered as part of a full four-night Above & Beyond Adventure package, or it can be booked separately.

Pacuare Lodge — Costa Rica

What can a luxury hotel do when its scenic location is so remote it’s almost inaccessible by road? Take the sky, or the water, of course. Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica offers guests the option of booking a helicopter arrival to enjoy views of the lush forests below alongside fast-flowing rivers, cloud forests, volcanoes and the bustling countryside of the Costa Rica. Land on a beach adjacent to the lodge to begin a rainforest getaway at the 20-suite eco-hotel. For those afraid of helicopters, a whitewater rafting arrival is also available for guests who wish to avoid the long bumpy ride.

Sheldon Chalet is perched on the southern flank of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain, requiring arrival by helicopter.

Sheldon Cottage

Sheldon Cabin — Alaska

Not to be outdone, Sheldon Chalet also uses a helicopter for guest arrivals. There’s no choice here, though: it’s the only way to reach the super luxurious lodge perched atop a nunatak (a mountain ridge atop a glacier) in the Don Sheldon Amphitheater. Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park. Fly to Anchorage, drive to Talkeetna and board a 1-hour helicopter ride from there, or take the helicopter directly from Anchorage, enjoying unearthly views of the glacial valley carved by the ice beneath the towering vastness of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain peak. . The fun only starts from there, of course, with the mountaintop oasis serving as the starting point for a culinary retreat filled with incredible adventures and activities.

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción — Peruvian Amazon

Located along the banks of the Rio Madre De Dios, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon near the Tampobata National Reserve, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción also offers only one means of entry: by speedboat. (Turns out it’s not so easy to traverse the dense Amazon jungle.) First, fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, then hop aboard for a 25-minute scenic ride down one of the tributaries from the Amazon River, arriving at an unreal location in the middle of natural rainforest. Once there, 25 luxury cabins and an abundance of adventures await, like the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, an eight-platform, seven-bridge trail 100 feet above the ground.


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