Nothing beats the daily grind quite like a getting back to nature. Be it remote island escapes, untouched valleys and luscious rainforest – we love it all. So with that in mind, we’ve hand-picked our favourite retreats for escaping the bustle and breathing in that fresh, unpolluted air.
Amangiri lies in the USA’s Four Corners: the meeting point of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Positioned right in the centre of Grand Circle, the hotel is perfectly positioned to visit the region’s iconic sites such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Staircase. Unique in that it appears to rise out of the desert as an angular mirage, Amangiri was designed with the intention of merging into rocky plateaus and the mottled sand dunes. Find out more about Amangiri here.
Tucked away in the village of Harads, Sweden, with a population of just 600, Tree Hotel has 5 distinctive rooms perched in the forest offering spectacular views of the Lule River valley. Our favourite is The Mirrorcube, which without a doubt lives up to Scandinavian’s reputation for minimal and subtle designs. Designed by leading Swedish architects, the cube is clad in mirrors that reflect the surrounding forest to give the illusion of invisibility, perfect for those that want to escape real life. Find out more about the Tree Hotel here.
Imagine if you could experience the underwater delights of the Zanzibar archipelago without even having to actually get in the water. Manta Resort’s underwater room on Pemba Island allows you to do precisely that, as well as sleeping in its specially designed turquoise bubble four metres below the surface. The deck offers a platform, ideal for sunbathing and stargazing, with perfect clarity and the gentle lulling of the waves providing the ultimate ‘one with nature’ feel. Find out more about the Manta Resort by getting in touch with us.
Tucked away in the Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s most remote areas, the camp is in a prime location for spotting the abundant Namibian wildlife, such as desert adapted elephants and the rare white rhino. From game drives in open top 4×4 vehicles to nature walks through the savannahs, this is untouched African wilderness at it’s finest. Find out more about Ongava Tented Camp here.
Acclaimed as the best retreat on the Garden Route, this treetop lodge is built high above the forest floor making it easy to take advantage of the unobstructed views. The stone masonry and Blackwood columns give a rustic feel to the outside of the lodge whilst the inside of each villa and suite is suavely adorned with gold fixtures and a wood burner, which is lit for you every night. And to top it all off, each private hideaway is suspended on a cliff edge overlooking the dense forest, and even comes with an infinity pool. Find out more about Tsala Tree Top Lodge by getting in touch with us.
Situated deep in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest, Pacuare Lodge is so remote that the only way to get to it is by taking a cable car through the canopy, or rafting down the Pacuare River (our choice of entrance). This is eco-luxury at it’s finest – think private decks overlooking the luscious jungle and dinners serenaded by the calls of nature. But this is also the place for a rush of adrenaline, from world-class white water rafting to zip lining. Find out more about Pacuare Lodge here.
Forget everything you know about tents or camping—a stay in the glacial peaks of this retreat in the heart of New Zealand’s Otago region offers an experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. The four luxury tents are lined with sheepskin carpets and boast decks with hot tubs and views spanning across the valley. The best bit? Incredible views aside, Minaret Station is only accessible by helicopter, making it a truly remote escape. Find out more about New Zealand’s first luxury camping experience here.
Adventuring into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest used to mean spending the nights in tented hammocks, and that meant creepy crawlies galore. Enter Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, situated in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon along the banks of the Rio Negro. This exclusive boutique retreat is breathtakingly beautiful, and you’ll be protected from the jungle creatures in your secluded cottage. Find out more about Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge here.