No one’s debating the value of a relaxing getaway at Montage Hotels & Resorts. Stunning pool? Check. Top-of-the-line spa? Yes. World-class dining? Of course. But if you’re looking for something a bit more active, an opportunity to get out into the surrounding area and get a feel for the place, Montage concierges can also point you in the right direction to satisfy all manner of thrill-seeking. Trust us: No one ever regretted a great adventure.
Zip lining on Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay
If soaring over the Maui landscape seems like a good idea (hint: it is), you may want to consider joining Skyline Eco-Adventures for an eight- or 11-line adventure over the Ka’anapali resort area. Awe-inspiring ocean and offshore island views are just part of the experience; as you go from zip line to zip line, Skyline’s guides regale zip liners with stories of Hawaii’s history and lots of laughter to keep you entertained. Highlights of the course include the Olowalu line, which flies over an area of the western shore of Maui where ancient petroglyphs can be found, and the Viewing Platform, which stands at the edge of a 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Feeling competitive? Try the Double Racing Line and challenge your spouse, sibling or friend to a side-by-side race. And if you’re willing to venture Upcountry, don’t miss Skyline’s Haleakala zip line tour. The course, which was established in 2002, made Skyline the first zip line company in the U.S., and it soars above 90-foot drops and through fragrant eucalyptus trees on the slopes of Haleakala. As an added bonus, the Pendulum Line allows thrill-seekers to swing on Hawaii’s only swinging pendulum, reaching speeds of over 45 miles per hour. Make a day of it and combine it with the Haleakala sunrise tour. (zipline.com/maui)
Alpine Sliding in Park City, Montage Deer Valley
Don’t get us wrong: Lounging at the pool partaking in cocktails at Montage Deer Valley could keep us busy for quite some time. But we’d be remiss to ignore the gorgeous mountains beyond the resort, a place you can explore to your heart’s content with the Park City Mountain Village & Canyons Village Adventure Pass. Park City Mountain’s Adventure Park is the center of the action and the hub of all things summer. Think scenic hiking trails, high-speed alpine rides, a climbing wall, zip lines and mini golf, among many other adventures. We recommend purchasing the Adventure Day Pass, which gives access to all of the activities. Little kids will love gem panning and tubing at Park City Mountain Village, and big kids and adults can explore the mountain from top to bottom at both villages with the Mountain Bike Haul. Both villages also offer scenic lift rides for panoramic mountain views. But the most thrilling activity is probably the Alpine Slide (passengers must be between 35 and 47 inches in height, accompanied by a driver at least 16 years old and 48 inches or taller). Offering over 3,000 feet of a luge-like track, the slide has multiple tracks and is considered one of the longest in the world. (parkcitymountain.com)
Exploring Star Wars at Disneyland, Montage Beverly Hills and Montage Laguna Beach
Southern California is known for its sunny weather and beachy lifestyle, embraced so well at Montage Beverly Hills and Montage Laguna Beach, but it’s also home to Hollywood and Disneyland, two powerhouses that have come together to birth the latest land at The Happiest Place on Earth: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever at 14 acres. A whole new area of the park that opened in June, Galaxy’s Edge currently offers Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, an interactive flight on the Millenium Falcon; a build-your-own lightsaber experience at Savi’s Workshop and special dining adventures such as drinking blue or green milk at the Milk Stand like Luke Skywalker did in the “Star Wars” movies. Later this year, expect to see Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance open, and take part in a climactic battle against the First Order. (disneyland.disney.go.com)
Discover Baja on an ATV, Montage Los Cabos
Put down that margarita and go explore Los Cabos, a gorgeous city on the southern tip of Baja California’s peninsula. In a resort town known for its beaches, nightlife and water activities, we can’t think of a better way to spend a day than heading for the open desert and beach-lined shores of Los Cabos, where G-Force Adventures organizes ATV excursions over miles of picturesque coast with their all-terrain vehicles: Can-AM ATVS and UTVs. The guided tours take drivers through scenic and challenging desert trails and historic villages, with views of migrating whales and desert wildlife. Two-hour tours are available exploring Los Cabos’ beaches, desert landscapes, sand dunes and mountains during the day or at sunset, or take a ride to La Candelaria, a 200-year-old Indian village in True Double Seat Independent Suspension luxury ATVs. We recommend going all out with the Cabo ATV Baja Discovery Tour, a five-hour adventure that will take you over the mountain ranges and through part of the famous off-road Baja 1000 race trail. You’ll get to see the spectacular ocean-meets-desert landscape in a way no car ride can offer, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and a bilingual guide to answer all your burning questions. (g-forceadventures.com)
Adventures on the Water at Hilton Head Island, Montage Palmetto Bluff
If the natives (aka kids) are getting restless, send them off on an adventure they won’t forget with Outside Brands Hilton Head excursions. The go-to source for outdoor recreation and adventure on Hilton Head Island since 1979, Outside offers an extensive menu of activities for groups and families of all sizes, including kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, kids programming, surfing and much more. Kids of all ages will love the Family Ski Day, which includes two-person tubes to cruise around Hilton Head’s waterways after a USCG captain and towing instructor have boated you out to a safe environment. Bigger kids and adults will love water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding. Even the boat ride out is an adventure: keep an eye out for dolphins and other wildlife. (outsidehiltonhead.com)
To book any of these adventures, please contact the Montage concierge.
By Jessica Husami