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Hostels for adventurous travellers

24th November 2014 Print

This month, Hostelworld, the leading budget travel site, is sponsoring The Ultimate Race in Sydney. This all-day event will see 10 teams of 10 from different competing hostels run a multi-activity race across six iconic landmarks. To support the event, Hostelworld has decided to share its top five hostels with the best facilities and outdoor activities on offer for active travellers, looking to keep fit.

Bahaus Hostel Dalyan Resort doesn't trade cost for comfort. It's uniquely decorated with traditional Turkish touches, including marble floors and wooden ceilings. Clad in natural stones, the hostel blends perfectly into the mountainous environment. But these surroundings aren't just for show. Bahaus takes full advantage of the rugged terrain around it, offering trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting to its guests. Guests can even go snorkelling off the nearby coast. This is all on top of the property's fully-equipt outdoor gym, which offers a full workout along with a breath of fresh air. Once you’re done, chill out in the sunken lounge area with some fresh fruit juice and relax in front of the large plasma TV.

Glur hostel in Thailand's Krabi is the ideal spot for anyone looking to be active in this perfect part of the world. For starters, nearby Railey Beach is known as one of the best rock climbing spots in the world, while the waters below those sheer cliff faces are some of the finest to explore by Kayak. All this can be arranged and set up easily from Glur, which will be waiting for you when you get back with a beautiful open-air sitting area, complete with plasma TV, DVD player.

The Lodge at Crystal Palace is a ten story property, located in 200 acres of parkland within the National Sports Centre complex. This offers sports enthusiasts something real special, giving them the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes by thundering down the same track Usain Bolt has run, or swimming in the same pool used by Olympic legend, Michael Phelps. To get in shape first, there's a state of the art gym (, or you can simply chill and enjoy the park's famous dinosaur trail and maze.

Hotel Gruberhof is ideal for all those winter sports enthusiasts amongst you. Being close the famous Patscherkofel ski resort, the B&B offers a selection of snow-based activities like freestyle skiing, snowboarding and even bobsledding. If you'd rather steer clear of the cold stuff, but still want the adrenaline rush, there's always downhill mountain biking or bungee jumping from the Europe Bridge. Then again, if you like your activities calm, you're covered too, as there are a grand total of three golf courses just minutes away and a swimming pool for those summer months.

The Travellers' Cave Pension is situated in one of the most uniquely beautiful parts of the world, Cappadocia in Turkey. From here, you can travel the area's moonscape-like terrain, either as part of an organised hike or on horseback. Then, once you've seen it all up close and personal, hop into a hot air balloon and see it from high up above, where the views are incredible.