Where Won't It Be Hurricane Season?
FOR OUTDOORSY TYPES
Go to: Queenstown, New Zealand
Stay at: Matakauri Lodge
Halfway around the world from New York it’s summer. Fill long, balmy days with adventure: Helicopter out to the Tasman Sea, have lunch on a glacier, cruise down the Dart River, and bungee-jump and white-water-raft in Queenstown. Then decompress in your villa on Lake Wakatipu (from $1,200; matakauri.co.nz).
Don’t Miss: Visiting Arrowtown for chef Peter Gawron’s inventive dishes at Saffron.
Go to: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Stay at: Awasi
Escape rainy spring weather and head to the driest place on Earth. A private guide will lead you on ad hoc excursions and hikes, via jeep or on foot. And while the desert can be harsh, the eight stone-and-adobe private cottages are anything but (two-night all-inclusive programs from $900; awasi.cl).
Don’t Miss: Horseback riding through the desert and stargazing from your outdoor patio.
Go to: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Stay at: The Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa
This high-end lodge just three blocks from Main Street has carved headboards and wood-burning fireplaces (there’s still a chill in May). It’s an ideal base for exploring the national parks—Yellowstone and Grand Teton—where the springtime thaw has all manner of wildlife coming out to play, including the grizzly bears who’ve just woken up from their winter naps (from $290; rustyparrot.com).
Don’t Miss: Bubba’s Barbecue for ribs
Go to: Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Stay at: Chiawa Camp
Given the minuscule rainfall during safari season, you can be guaranteed some good game viewing. Hippos and crocodiles are just two of the likely visitors at this luxury tented camp on the edges of the Zambezi. Just watch out that they don’t get too close when you’re floating down the river for a candlelit supper (from $695; chiawa.com).
Don’t Miss: A night at the Old Mondoro Bush camp—walking safaris are their specialty.
Go to: Madeira, Portugal
Stay at: Estalagem Ponta do Sol
The “Hawaii of Europe” has a mild summer that extends well into October, and Ponta do Sol and its namesake hotel enjoy the most hours of sunshine on the island. Climb mountains, trek levada trails, surf, and relax by the pool ($125 a night for a minimum of three to seven nights; pontadosol.com).
Don’t Miss: The impressive contemporary-art collection at the Casa das Mudas Art Center.
Go to: Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at: Klein’s Camp
Wildebeest arrive in this area en masse for the great migration, and these ten cottages are directly in its path (we promise it’s safer than it sounds). Additional game viewing, as well as day and night drives, is also a highlight of this hidden reserve (from $540; ccafrica.com).
Don’t Miss: A wilderness walk led by Masai trackers to see zebras, giraffes, and rhinos galore.
From the Winter 2007 New York Wedding Guide