Stay in the Shadow of a Volcano
October 14 is National Adventure Day, and what better way to get a thrill than exploring a rumbling volcano? From Costa Rica to Tanzania, these volcano-side destinations offer a luxury experience that is anything but dormant.
Arenal Volcano at Nayara Springs, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s adults-only Nayara Springs sits at the base of the still-active Arenal Volcano, offering views of the peak throughout the resort. Nayara’s Lava Fields Walk takes guests on a hike through the rainforest and over the remnants of a 1968 eruption that left dried lava fields covering over 5 square miles of land.
Gros & Petit Pitons at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons formed into volcanic spires nearly a million years ago from collapsed volcanoes. They now flank either side of this luxury Caribbean retreat, which takes full advantage of its volcanic surroundings. Intrepid guests can embark on the ‘Piton Recovery,’ which begins with a hike of the Gros Piton and concludes with a stretching session, coconut water and a massage. Or, those who forgo the Pitons can simply cruise through the world’s only drive-in volcano, St. Lucia’s active Sulphur Springs, to see its bubbling pits up close.
Stromboli Volcano with Ponant, Aeolian Islands
Ponant’s Le Lyrial cruises past one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Set on an island off the northern coast of Sicily, the Stromboli volcano spews molten rock and lava from its crater on a regular basis, making it an exciting and unpredictable site to witness. Passengers can watch the theatrics with uninterrupted views while floating a safe distance away— for good reason, as Stromboli is known to erupt as frequently as every 30 minutes.
Ngorongoro Crater at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge sits on the rim of the world’s largest intact caldera, which formed after the volcano in its place erupted and collapsed on itself. The three-million-year-old, 2,000-foot-deep Ngorongoro Crater is home to an array of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino and thousands of wildebeest. Guests can spot these animals on game drives through the crater and have lunch on the floor of this once-massive volcano.