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Temples, Northern Lights and Ecuador’s fascinating fauna

Bike ’n’ hike in Bhutan

See Bhutan’s pristine forests and mysterious temples from all aspects on the first multi-activity trip from World Expeditions. The adventure specialist has launched a 13-day Bhutan hike-and-bike trip that involves five days on foot and five in the saddle, eight nights in a hotel and four nights camping. Highlights include a pedal through the Paro Valley to the foot of the Taktsang ‘Tigers Nest’ monastery and a hike to marvel at the sacred Chomolhari Peak. From £2,950 per person, worldexpeditions.com

Hop off on a frog nature trail in the Andes

ECUADOR’S revered Mashpi Lodge, a bastion of steel and glass filled with Philippe Starck bathtubs, has opened a laboratory next door to the 24-room hotel to continue its pioneering research into the local ecosystems. The lab’s research director will also lead guests on nocturnal explorations into the Chocó cloud forest to hunt for the stunning cock-of-the-rock bird and semi-transparent glass frogs. From £521 per person per night, including meals, guiding and transfers, mashpilodge.com

Trip Canada’s light fantastic

The clue is in the name at Canada’s new Skywatch Lodge & Spa, a remote 36-suite spot that will offer the only five-star Aurora-watching experience in Canada when it opens next month. The hotel, which is now taking bookings through Magnetic North Travel, sits on the edge of the wild Yellowknife Park in the Northwest Territories and boasts a cosy deck with fire pits and offers expeditions on dog sleds and cross-country skis. From £2,795 per person, based on two sharing (excl flights), magneticnorthtravel.com

Former strip club hotel takes a Broadview

A 126-year-old building that used to house a strip club called Jilly’s has been transformed into Toronto’s newest boutique spot. The Broadview Hotel, which opened last week in the city’s blossoming east end, has been given new life by award-winning studio The Design Agency. Each of the 58 bedrooms has turntables and records curated by local shop The Tiny Record, while bathrooms are filled with plant-based skincare products and crowning the lot is a 360-degree roof terrace. From £151 per night, thebroadviewhotel.ca