Travel Picks: Top 10 fantasy holidays for wannabe poets, cowboys

Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:00am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - From authentic Indian palaces fit for maharajas to Wild West-style cowboy ranches for would-be John Waynes, travel companies and hotels are offering luxury packages to help people live out their fantasies for real.

Men's website ( has come up with a list of its top 10 fantasy vacations. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Hotel Marques de Riscal, Spain- Live like a wine connoisseur

Designed by Frank Gehry, at Starwood's Hotel Marques de Riscal in the Rioja region of northern Spain, you can take in the views of the vineyards or taste some of the best wines in the world at the 1860 Restaurant. After dinner, retire to The Wine Bar Vinoteca for nightcap then recover the next day at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa with its "wine therapy" treatments.

2. Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, Brazil - Live like a president Offering the "Live Like A Mogul" package for a mere $5,500, you'll receive helicopter transfers to and from the hotel, be greeted with champagne and chocolate on arrival, and the key card to the Presidential Suite. Enjoy an in-suite dinner for two and breakfast in bed before making your way to the rooftop helipad in order to be ferried about in your very own chopper.

3. The Candili Estate, Euboea Island, Greece - Live like an ancient Greek

Set at the 10,000-acre Candili Estate on Euboea Island, Sparta Fitness Holidays can help transform you from humble mortal into Greek god through an unforgiving fitness program. Your day will consist of circuit training and mountain runs, endurance and weight training, stress relief and massage, and trekking.

4. The Ashram, California, USA - Live like a soldier

For a retreat that's going to make you sweat, head to The Ashram in the Santa Monica Mountains, California. On a one-week course, you'll be put through your paces, rising at dawn for activities including five hours of hiking, three hours of yoga, a one-hour workout, and one hour of pool exercises.   Continued...