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THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: Six Exceptional Trips to Get Excited About in 2017

Y.Co’s tropical archipelago escape
French Polynesia

The sky – or indeed the sea – is the limit with any Y.Co superyachting itinerary, and chief of all might just be a trip from Tahiti to Fakarava on board Big Fish: a 45-metre, five-cabin motor with a 22-foot video wall. Spend ten days island hopping the world’s largest coral atoll chain, taking underwater expeditions to shipwrecks, visiting pearl farms and enjoying the onboard chef’s barbecues on private islands with Tahitian dancers. And that’s just for starters.

From $245,000 per week (y.co)


IGO adventures
Norway, Montana and Morocco

The most intrepid travellers will delight in IGO’s quadrathlons. Teams are put to the test in four marathon-length stages over four days, within the depths of the world’s wildernesses: be it Moroccan desert and mountain biking, kayaking and canyon running; or snow running, fat biking, cross-country and downhill skiing through Norwegian mountains. Extreme it may sound, but entrants undergo intense bespoke training in the ultimate preparation programme.

From £3,495 (igoadventures.com)


Special Ops Agency

If the closest you’ve come to being 007 is buying an Aston, it’s time to take your wildest dreams to the next level. A team of ex-SAS and Secret Service operatives can set up a secret mission that might include abseiling out of a helicopter, hostage rescue, evasive driving or capturing and relaying sensitive intelligence. One-to-one training ensures safety is paramount, including handling weapons while explosives detonate in every which direction. Expect a dose of Bond-worthy glamour, too.

From £2,850 (specialopsagency.com)


Finn Lough Bubble Domes
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Rising with the dawn takes new meaning when there are no curtains to shield you from it, and such is the wonderful novelty of sleeping in a bubble dome hidden in a picture-perfect forest. Supremely well-insulated from the winds – and Irish rain – on Lough Erne’s shore, these inflatable suites with just a radio for company are pared back yet utterly modern. An adjoining bathroom is concealed from view, but in a double bubble, a tub puts guests truly at one with nature. 

From £195 (finnlough.com)