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What is Eco-Luxury?

When you travel with us, not only can you make a difference giving back, you can also stay in environmentally sensitive luxury accommodation. These hotels and lodges are what we call “eco-luxury”, meaning you minimize any environmental impact whilst retaining your creature comforts.

Examples of what eco-luxury hotels do are:
– They are designed with sustainability at the forefront
– They are constructed using recycled, locally sourced materials and blended into the setting with no damage to flora and fauna
– They generate their own electricity (such as solar or wind)
– They use LED lighting
– They recycle and sustainably use waste materials, such as used cooking oil to power vehicles, or heat from ovens used to heat rooms

Our Top 10 Favorite Eco-luxury hotels are:
1. Soneva Kiri
2. Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
3. Pacuare Lodge
4. Arenas del Mar
5. Basecamp Masai Mara
6. Wolgan Valley
7. Song Saa Resort
8. Pikaia Lodge
9. El Silencio
10. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Eco-luxury Recommendations

Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

The Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu emerged out of one man’s lifelong quest to reserve the architectural glory of Kathmandu, the late Dwarika Das Shrestha. It displays the architectural beauty of Kathmandu valley featuring all modern comfort and amenities. The hotel has...

Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi Resort and Spa

Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Pranburi is the original reward winning boutique luxury resort upon which Aleenta started. This exceptional boutique luxury resort and spa features 22 unique residences, most with a private pool. Each suite is located...

Mihir Garh

This superb “Fortress of the Sun” overlooks the Thar desert, right in the heart of Rajasthan. It has been named the most extraordinary hotel in the world by Lonely Planet. "Few hotels are created without compromise, Mihir Garh is a...

Sher Bagh (Ranthambore)

A more intimate camp than most of its high-end competitors, the circle of tents still all have their own patios. The complex has a hacienda feel to it, and it gets incredibly atmospheric in the evening as lanterns glow and...

Mahua Kothi (Bandav Garh National Park)

The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree. Pronounced 'ma-hoo-a', this tree with its fleshy off–white flowers plays a central...

Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Ladakh: the very name conjures up visions of a spectrum of stunning, vibrant colours, ancient monasteries, cobalt blue lakes, high altitude passes and nomadic tribes with their Pashmina goats across an arid landscape surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Recreate the magic...

Nadesar Palace

Another flagship property of the Taj Hotel group, this regal hotel sits on the banks of the Ganges River, set back amid tropical mango orchards and jasmine trees. The ten upscale suites have been welcoming the great and the good...

Suryauday Haveli

This stylish hideaway overlooks the Ganges, right by one of the quieter "ghats" in Varanasi: steps leading down to the river where where pilgrims flock and locals perform daily ablutions. The riverfront location lends an extra level of tranquility to...

Chambal Safari Lodge

Located an hour out of Agra, Chambal Safari Lodge is an oasis of tranquility and gracious hospitality, nestling in the midst of a sprawling 35 acre heritage plantation of large old growth trees, surrounded by family owned farmland. The Lodge...

The Bagh – Bharatpur

Three large complexes house the rooms and suites of this great value hotel. It’s a favourite for bird watchers, the bird sanctuary being just a short walk away. Large verandas with inviting cane chairs stretch out for your viewing pleasure,...

Amarvilas

Come for the Taj Mahal views, stay for, well, everything else. Landscaped lawns, mirrored pools and decorous pavilions all make this hotel one of the world’s most talked about. Luxurious rooms show off the highest Indian craftsmanship and have been...

River Bend Lodge and Villa

Located on a private concession adjacent to Addo National Park, this comfortable lodge has 8 rooms plus there is a separate, exclusive use villa that sleeps 8 people. Children of all ages are allowed on game drives, so this is...

Kurland

This classic country house between Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley is surrounded by rolling fields with horses, and plays host to regular polo matches over the summer. The atmosphere is down to earth and welcoming and its twelve rooms are...

Gondwana Lodge

The design is that of a thatched homestead, and the twelve oversized suites overlook Bellair Dam as well as the Anysberg Mountains. The lodge runs a well-respected programme for children, so it’s a great place for families. There’s also a...

Kensington place

Kensington Place is a hip boutique hotel, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, in the desirable Higgovale neighborhood. The V&A Waterfront is a 15-minute drive away. In the summer, you can plunge into the pool and relax on the...

Tswalu Kalahari

The largest private game reserve in South Africa, there are 100,000 hectares to explore. Guest numbers are restricted to 30, so you feel remote and tranquil. The thatched units sit with the peaks of the Koranneberg Mountains as a backdrop,...

Sanbona Lodges

Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa's Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness,...

Pafuri River Camp

Pafuri Camp is situated along the banks of the Luvuvhu River in the far north of Kruger. The remote 24,000 hectare concession is the largest and most biodiverse in Kruger with many species reaching the southernmost extent of their range...

Morukuru Family

This section of land is more exclusive than the rest of Madikwe and you can feel the privacy as you arrive. The two bush villas overlook the banks of the Groot Marico River, and they have multi-level decks under shady...

Leshiba Wilderness

Leshiba Wilderness is a nature and game reserve at the top of Limpopo's Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa's northernmost range. Leshiba features a mix of indigenous forests and open plains, with dramatic gorges, tumbling waterfalls and amazing views too. You can...

Hamiltons Tented Camp

This Tented Camp is in the Mluwati concession in Kruger National Park offering you a colonial style safari experience with luxurious tented lodgings - taking you back in time to an era long forgotten. Stay in elegantly appointed luxury en-suite...

Great Fish River Lodge

This founding lodge in Kwandwe Reserve features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. Stone walls, thatch roofs and long wooden walkways bring natural...

Garonga and Little Garonga

Garonga is an exclusive 12-bed safari camp situated west of Kruger National Park in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Whilst offering viewing of big game such as lion, elephant and rhino, Garonga promises a more intimate wildlife encounter… the real Africa....

Bushmans Kloof

Located 180 miles (270 kilometres) from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof is an eco-luxury oasis in a landscape of ancient rock formations. A predator and malaria-free reserve, it is a sanctuary to many endangered species of fauna and flora and is...

Camp Jabulani

Located in its own private reserve, this property promises the Big Five on your doorstep. You are encouraged spot them on elephant back, arranged with their own guides. The camp is sumptuous, especially the refined dining area overlooking a local...

Inkaterra Urubamba

New for 2015, built as a traditional “Peruvian casa hacienda”, Inkaterra Urubamba has just 12 rooms, but another 24 “boutique casitas” will be added soon. The hotel has a design inspired by the architecture of the Cusco region, with an...

Mountain Lodges of Peru

Four upscale lodges make for a fabulous lodge-to-lodge trek to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay route, a longer alternative to the Inca Trail. All the accommodations are located in wonderfully pristine locations, with the irresistible charm of Machu Picchu as...

Machu Picchu Pueblo

Close to the train station, this rustic-style hotel is surrounded by gardens, both private and those that make up the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. The natural world is a focus, and wildlife, orchid and bird watching tours are available. Watch...

Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

Probably the most luxurious hotel in the whole of Vietnam, challenged mainly by the other Six Senses property. Private villas are peppered around a beautiful cove, with forest and coastal nooks for a backdrop. Plunge pools and hand-crafted wooden bathtubs...

La Casona

This hotel is so discreet that most people pass it by without even knowing it is there. The setting of a 16th century colonial manor is distinctly historic, and it is laid out as a residence with all the luxury...

Mai Chau Lodge

In a divine location, set amongst paddy fields as far you can see the Mai Chau valley is a refuge from the congestion of Hanoi's hectic  streets. Mai Chau lodge offers a good standard of facilities, including a pool and sauna (very welcome after a...

Reserva Amazonica

Our favorite lodge in the Peruvian Amazon, it is perched on the banks of the Madre de Dios river, with huge thatched buildings set into the foliage. The cabanas have screened porch and hammocks as well as comforts such as...

Evergreen Lodge

This upscale mountain resort in the Yosemite National Park stretches over 22 acres of mountain wilderness. Nestled into pine-rich slopes, the deluxe cabins have private decks and are perfect for couples or families. The Lodge has its own guides to...

Ultima Thule Lodge

A wilderness lodge that you can only reach by plane, this high-end escape is in one of the most remote and beautiful spots on Earth. Plum in the middle of an Alaskan National Park, the luxury lodge offers traditional pursuits...

Amangiri

Canyon Point in Southern Utah is an otherwise desolate but wonderfully dramatic stretch of wilderness. Amid this panorama lies a luxury lodge, built around one of the most spectacular swimming pools you will ever see. Look out over the dramatic...

Amangani

Perched on the edge of East Gros Ventre Butte in Jackson Hole, a high mountain valley in northwest Wyoming, lies Amangani. Nearly 7,000 feet (2,135 metres) above sea level, it overlooks meadows and grazing land and is surrounded by spectacular...

Westin SF

One of the most opulent hotels in San Francisco, the VIP lists here reads like a who’s who of dignitaries and statesmen. It’s a huge property, with over 1,000 rooms, and the elegant buildings have been refurbished and restored with...

W Hotel SF

Set in the heart of downtown San Francisco's South of Market (Soma) District, the W hotel is adjacent to San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. Only five blocks from Union Square, and just steps away from some of the City's...

Orchard Garden Hotel

Situated in the heart of one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, Orchard Garden Hotel is a short stroll from Union Square shops and theaters and just a few blocks’ walk to San Francisco Cable Cars, San Francisco Museum of...

Inn at the Presidio

You can enjoy an overnight stay in the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site and National Historic Landmark at the Golden Gate. The Inn at the Presidio offers an authentic historic experience and exceptional recreational opportunities in a...

Fairmont SF

The Fairmont is situated where each of the cable car lines meet, offering superb service and gorgeous views of the city and the bay from the top of Nob Hill. With its ideal location this hotel is a short cable...

Cavallo Point

At the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, on gorgeous grounds covered in pine and eucalyptus trees, Cavallo Point offers unmatched views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the skyline beyond the bay. The lobby chalkboard keeps track of the...

Wild Spring Guest Habitat

This rustic eco-luxe outpost in the woods above Oregon's Port Orford has five vaulted-ceiling cabins, in a natural clearing of Douglas Fir trees, and is bedecked with collectibles from the owners' days trolling Hollywood estate sales, matched with bathroom mosaics...

Langham Place

Langham Place on Fifth Avenue blends of modern luxury and urban sophistication,and stands at the crossroads of art, fashion and design. From the dazzling artwork throughout the hotel, to the stylish service delivery, the hotel is designed to inspire. The...

Puerto Valle

Estancia Puerto Valle was established in 1868 by an Italian sailor Bernadino Valle. He bought the land from the provincial government and developed his cattle-raising and merchandise transportation business. The estate reaches inside the Reserve, up to the wetlands border,...

Eventi – A kimpton hotel

The hotel's central location has helped make Eventi a favorite with families. All 292 of the spacious dark-hued accommodations boast sophisticated interiors, fresh linens, and lovely bath amenities. Some of the 53 suites boast a jet-equipped soaking tub. There is...

Crosby St Hotel

A hotel like Crosby Street is exactly what this city needs. The contrast between the downtown grit of the cobblestone street outside and the plush sophistication of the hotel’s lobby is immediate, and striking. Say what you will about the...

Meadowood Napa Valley

Meadowood is a boutique resort encompassing 250 acres of tennis courts, golf greens, hiking trails, swimming pools and 85 guestrooms set in comfy cottages. Thanks to a recent renovation that has modernized the room interiors, and a recently three-Michelin-starred restaurant,...

Xandari

A friendly hotel with bright villas set within 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a spa, delicious Costa Rican cuisine and inspiring views over San José. Just a 20-minute drive from San José airport, you are driven up into the...

Bardessono

Just a short walk from some of Napa Valley’s best restaurants and wineries, Bardessono is the greenest, most sustainable eco-luxury resort in the area...and one of the world's best. Every element of this relaxed, Italian-inspired hotel was carefully chosen by...

Finca Rosa Blanca

You probably haven’t stayed on a coffee plantation before, but now you have the opportunity in this wonderful inn. Thirteen suites are peppered around the grounds, and guests are encouraged to take one of the frequent coffee tours to explore...

The Clement Monterey

This modern, design-focused property enjoys some of the best panoramic coastal views in the region, and guests can take in the bracing ocean air on beautiful Monterey Bay. The rooms are well-appointed, with fireplaces, marble bathrooms and all the latest...

Pacuare Lodge

The white waters of the neighboring Pacuare River provide an exciting dash of aquatic adventure, and this luxury eco-lodge is a welcome sight to break up your rafting. Dashing wooden bungalows look out into the tropical rainforest, filled with exotic...

Villa Buena Onda

Villa Buena Onda is a luxury, adults only 7-room hotel located in Guanacaste. Perched along the hillside overlooking Playas del Coco, relax, unwind and allow yourself to be a bit spoiled on your vacation. The varied menu offers you fresh,...

Stonewater Cove Resort and Club

A family-friendly nature adventure in Missouri's Ozarks, this is one of those wilderness lodges destined to create lifelong nostalgia. Throughout the sprawling lodge and each of the 18 rooms, it's almost as if nature itself had been wielded to brush...

Playa Cativo

Accessible by boat, Playa Cativo ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach/jungle stay. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park and across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado, this eco-lodge offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature whilst...

Lapa Rios

1,000 acres of private nature reserve surround this hotel in the wilderness. The Corcovado National Park provides the backdrop to this ecotourism project, 350 feet above sea level. Sixteen thatched bungalows peek out of the trees, complete with stone-laid floors...

Inn Marin

Explore wine country in style from this boutique property, ideal for both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Five acres of prime countryside stretch out before the property, and the 70 guest rooms are tastefully arranged around a huge pool. The...

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is the largest all-suite resort in Lake Tahoe. This deluxe hotel is located at the base of the Heavenly Gondola. There are 400 suites, a year-round heated indoor pool and whirlpool, an outdoor sundeck for enjoying...

El Silencio

Presenting what the hotel terms a “symphony of natural wellness”, it is certainly hard to argue with the amenities at this top-class spot. Set in 500 acres of tropical ‘cloud forest’, the hotel is very much a retreat. Wood, bamboo...

Arenas del Mar

The best of all worlds are on offer at this luxury bolthole. Not only is the property located on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, it has both tropical forest and beaches within easy reach. Your private deck...

Punta Islita

Almost camouflaged against the forest, this property sits in the serenity of one of Guanacaste’s most magnificent coves, looking out onto glorious open coastline. Sitting amid some interesting local communities, the hotel has a tiered layout, with landscaped terraces. Look...

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its distinctive "Pura Vida" (pure life)...

Rancho Pacifico

Tranquil, chic and completely at one with nature, the adult-exclusive Rancho Pacifico resort delivers on the Costa Rican promise of adventure and style in equal measure. On a private 250-acre nature preserve, perched serenely over the expansive Pacific Ocean, Rancho...

Rio hermoso

Rio Hermoso hotel is situated in the Lanín National Park on the banks of the river Rio Hermoso, amidst calming native woods. Unique views, aromas and wild sounds make this hotel an exclusive place for those who are looking for...

The Springs Resort and Spa

A lovely resort featuring Hot Springs, glorious views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including the excellent Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining.

Nayara Springs

Opened just over a year ago, the sixteen villa Nayara Springs make up the adults-only annex to Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens. Throughout the villas, teak and other hardwoods are complemented by bamboo ceilings. Four-poster, king beds, as well...

Estancia Puema Hue

In the native Mapuche language Estancia Puema Hue is “the place of dreams”. It’s a charming Eco-lodge nestled within the grounds of Nahuel Huapi National Park, in Northern Patagonia’s Lake District. It is only a 25 minute drive to the...

Kioro

The Arenal Kioro Hotel carried out environmental studies to cause the least impact possible during the construction and operation of the project. The property has a sewage treatment plant, smart systems for energy saving, recycling program, its own springs and...

Arenal Springs

The Arenal Springs Resort is the perfect getaway if you are looking to remain close to nature but still retain the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel. Indeed, from nearly any location at the resort – the pool, the...

Post Ranch Inn

This stunning hotel is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. The cabins and cottages are strung along a rocky-ridged slip of Californian cliff. These recycled-redwood rooms offer total seclusion and nothing but...

Carmel Valley Ranch

This luxury lodge aims to deliver unique experiences, and makes good on its promises. The suites are large and have cathedral ceilings and luxe limestone baths. Hiking, Tai Chi and even indoor cycling are all on the menu in what...

Bernadus Lodge

The pleasures of fine dining and wine appreciation are high on the list at this upscale lodge, lying in the scenic wonder of the Carmel Valley. The rooms have splendidly comfortable beds, oversized bathtubs and pamper all who stay in...

Arenal Nayara

The panoramic view from this 53-suite hotel involves the small matter of the hulking Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Park. The wonderful by-products of the (benign) volcanic activity are the seductive bubbling private hot springs, set in lush gardens. There’s...

Qamea

The jewel of Fiji's Northern islands, Qamea Resort & Spa is an exclusive tropical destination for luxury travelers seeking a truly unique and authentic Fijian experience. Qamea Resort & Spa is an intimate boutique resort catering to maximum of 34...

Royal Chundu Island lodge

Island Lodge is the more private and exclusive of the two lodges at Royal Chundu. Located on Katambura private island, the lodge is surrounded by gentle river channels and dotted with Baobabs and two thousand year old Jackalberry trees. There...

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

These 17 acres of former coconut plantation now house 25 eco-friendly bures, all with private decks, ocean views and an unarguable feeling of quality. The nearby town of Savusavu has a charming bay and farmer’s market, where the produce for...

Tongabezi

These individually appointed houses and cottages form a luxury lodge/camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. It’s a romantic location, just downstream from the mighty Victoria Falls. The accommodations are replete with traditional décor and furniture from all over...

Toka Leya Camp

Toka Leya Camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls. The Twelve classic tented safari camps bring you close to nature while providing for modern amenities. The camp features a pool and romantic...

Sindabezi

Nestled in the waters of the Zambezi upstream from Victoria Falls is Sindabezi Island camp, an exclusive private island getaway, part of the fabulous Tongabezi Lodge, that can only be accessed by boat. With no electricity and only wood fires...

Mwamba Bush Camp

Mwamba Camp is located in the northern sector of South Luangwa national park in Zambia. Set away from the river, this very simple three room camp acts as a satellite to the more permanent Kaingo Camp, with guests often walking...

Wilderness Lodge

This consists of two properties in very different but equally stunning settings: the rugged beauty of the west coast and the heart of the southern Alps (both on the South Island). Both are suitably stylish and show off the best...

Kaingo Camp

Situated within the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa Deep River that offers exciting game viewing opportunities. Special features are its unique animal-watching hides, offering spectacular close-up photography opportunities and unobtrusive observation of animals in their natural...

Chinzombo Camp

Chinzombo sits on the banks of the Luangwa River, snug beneath a protective canopy of trees, on the site of an earlier, simple camp (of the same name) built by Norman Carr in the 1970s. Its successor is very different....

Te Waonui

Te Waonui is a unique and innovative accommodation concept and has brought a new level of luxury to the West Coast. It is a low-rise environmentally sustainable 100 room hotel which merges with the temperate rainforest that surrounds it. The...

Mwaleshi Camp

The untouched panorama of the North Luangwa National Park provides the surroundings for this high-end camp, just a couple of miles from where the Mwaleshi and Luangwa Rivers meet. The camp operates seasonally from June to October, and has its...

Chiawa Camp

Elephants are the big draw at Chiawa Camp – and hippos, crocodiles, Cape buffalo, baboons, even the occasional lion. Chiawa nails the African, luxury-in-the-bush, “glamping” experience to the letter. Hugging the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Chiawa was the...

Kapinga Bush Camp

The organic building materials of this plush camp mean that the site blends easily into its surroundings, just on the edge of the Kafue National Park. You can look out over the scenic Busanga Plains, and as only eight people...

Intercontinental Wellington

This stylish luxury hotel in Wellington is located opposite Wellington's Harbor and at the center of the city. InterContinental Wellington is minutes from the government sector, botanical gardens, has excellent city shopping right on the door step, and it's just...

Kaingu Safari Lodge

The focal point of Kaingu Safari Lodge is the thatched central boma with lounge, dining room and bar facilities overlooking the river. Here you will be spoiled by the exceptionally high standard of food that is freshly prepared and served...

Bolton Hotel

The Bolton Hotel is Wellington's only independent 5 star boutique hotel offering 139 guest rooms. Located in the business and political heart of the city and only minutes walk from Lambton Quay and many attractions. This friendly hotel has many...

Lake Taupo Lodge

The former home of the owners, they turned it into an architectural wonder to welcome guests to in 1996. The design is completely organic, inspired by the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright. Lake, mountain and garden views stream in through...

Fletcher Lodge

Set in downtown Dunedin, the surrounding gardens maintain an air of seclusion. The building has been here since 1924, at first a private residence but now welcoming visitors with high levels of service. With just four rooms and two apartments,...

Mashpi Lodge

Part of a new generation of eco-lodges that takes sustainability to the next level, Mashpi Lodge is beautifully constructed, with a futuristic feel while blending in perfectly to its surroundings. The guides are thoroughly professional and have devoted their lives...

Pikaia Lodge

This is one of the world's finest 'eco-luxury' properties, with best-of-breed environmental standards. Appealing to those who want to explore the Galapagos without being on a cruise ship, the hotel blends effortlessly with the delicate natural surroundings, and offers high...

Eric, Flamingo, and Letty

Cruise length: 6, 7,  & 14 nights max. Passengers: 20 These three smaller cruise boats have a feeling of intimacy, and offer two guides per twenty people on board. Sun decks, kayaks and snorkeling gear will suit just about every passenger....

Finch Bay Eco-hotel

This is a tranquil getaway and is the only hotel overlooking the coast on Santa Cruz island. It is set amid the mangroves, and as such, you can spot all manner of bird life as you relax. There’s a Zen...

Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge is located within a 5,000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador’s Amazon region; an accessible yet pristine rainforest sanctuary where you and your family may enjoy a true jungle adventure in safety and comfort. The lodging at Sacha was...

Napo

  Stay right in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. This eco-hotel puts you in the thick of this amazing biosphere without sacrificing any home comforts. The cabins are well-appointed and you can easily relax. The real pleasure, though, is...

La Selva Ecolodge

  La Selva eco-lodge is located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Thatch-roofed cabanas, each with private bathrooms and hot water, are located one mile from the river, on a hillside, overlooking a lake. The lodge's total capacity...

Huaorani Ecolodge

This Amazonian ecolodge is named after the tribe that runs this special, forward-thinking property. As well as being a comfortable and eco-conscious place to stay in the jungle, you can submerse yourself in tribal culture, use a blow gun or...

Lodge at Chaa Creek

The well-maintained lodge and cottages here make this one of the country’s premier places to stay. The grounds overlook the Macal River, and each of the 23 cabanas has a peaceful balcony area. Activities available include canoeing, mountain biking and...

Hidden Valley Inn

Nestled in the wilds of Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize, Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve is a dream retreat for wildlife and nature lovers. Its Lodge, 12 spacious suites in six stand-alone cottages, pool, lounge and local-meets-international fusion restaurant feel very...

Gaia Riverlodge

GAÏA Riverlodge has just 16 jungle cabanas that feature Belizean hardwoods, traditional bay leaf thatched roofs and mahogany interiors, along with modern comforts like ceiling fans, pillow top mattresses and crisp linens.Some cabanas also feature private verandas with hammocks. Their...

Blancaneaux Lodge

This very exclusive lodge, owned by one Francis Ford Coppola, even has its own private air strip. The chic cabanas are wonderfully appointed and reflect a global fusion of styles. They mostly have river views and have their own plunge...

Knapdale Eco lodge

A relaxing hideaway close to the forest to promote a real feeling of tranquility and serenity in a natural setting. The rooms are large and bright and have spa baths. Activities available include visiting Maori villages and nature tours arranged...

Earthsong Lodge

Just over Auckland’s eastern horizon Great Barrier Island beckons - a world of wild natural beauty, rugged landscapes and stunning beaches. A 30 minute flight transports you from Auckland to Great Barrier Island, a unique island world where nature holds...

Fiordland Lodge

The World Heritage Area of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are the surroundings for this high-end eco lodge. Rolling grasslands and Lake Te Anau provide the scenic backdrop, and the 29 guests are accommodated in beautiful log cabins. Gourmet food...

The George

Stay in downtown Christchurch overlooking local landmarks Hagley Park and the Avon River. The rooms here ooze quality, and have modern, chic décor. The hotel boasts two award-winning restaurants, and with a one-to-one staff/guest ratio, service is impeccable.

The Resurgence

The Resurgence is 15 minutes from Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and also offers easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios and wineries. Let your well-traveled hosts help you plan activities...

Awaroa Lodge

Situated in the Abel Tasman National Park, this hotel enjoys some of the best parkland in New Zealand. The lodge itself is made up of 26 high end villas, and is just a couple of minute’s walk from the wonderful...

Laguna Lodge

The Laguna Lodge is on the lakeshore of the lovely Lake Atitlan and nestled in its own nature reserve. Your entry into this Mayan enclave begins by boat arrival from Panajachel. In a sublime setting this hotel commands sweeping views...

Banyan Tree Lang Co

This hideaway is positioned for sunrises that are reflected in the East Sea and the villa’s private pool. This resort is in a top-notch seaside position in central Vietnam, with the gateway city of Da Nang about an hour away...

Sal Salis

With just nine luxury wilderness tents hidden amongst the dunes overlooking Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis provides a unique place from which to explore Western Australia’s coral coast and one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets. The attraction lies in the...

Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema Camp is one of the remotest camps in Africa and offers an incredible experience. Located in the Hartmann Valley, the camp is situated on the banks of the Kunene River, and shares this region with the Himba people,...

Longitude 131

There aren’t too many more romantic spots than the gateway to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The outback can be an unforgiving place, but not if you’re staying in one of these 15 luxury tented accommodations. You’ll...

Estrela d’Agua

Rooms - some of them by the beach - are spotless, well designed and comfortable, and all are open shuttered, so a mosquito net is a must, lest you get eaten alive. The pool is what makes this place, right...

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

An elegant oasis the Namib Desert, surrounded by dramatic dunes and stony outcrops. The villas are made of stone and glass and are sophisticated and comfortable, with touches such as skylights for stargazing. You can eat dinner on your private...

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert. The style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert...

Wolwedans Boulders

Part of a collection of luxury camps, Boulders is aptly named as it is surrounded by huge granite rocks. With just four spacious tents, the camp has an exclusive feel, and you can enjoy sundowners next to the open fire...

Six Senses Con dao

Set on a stretch of wonderfully remote, breathtaking coastline, this is the first five-star resort on the archipelago, and though it has the appearance of a fishing village, on closer inspection it is a design masterpiece. The rooms have large...

Santa Teresa

A Relais and Chateau property in Rio, this hotel has appeared in numerous ‘best hotel in the world’ lists in many top publications. It overlooks the main square in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood and its interiors showcase works from several...

Tivoli Eco Resort

Head north from Brazil's Salvador to reach Tivoli Eco Resort in Praia do Forte, an eco-friendly hideaway situated in striking surroundings that welcome and complement its peaceful existence. This is a place that is refreshingly and transparently sincere in its...

Thala Beach

Nestled in 58 hectares of native forest on a secluded beach, family-owned Thala is a private nature reserve located 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Sitting spectacularly atop the headland with breathtaking vistas, Thala provides an island-style vacation on the...

Capella Lodge

Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay, at the foot of the imperious mountain twins rising dramatically above. An inspired architectural design welcomes spectacular views of the ocean,...

Caiman Ecological Refuge

The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a pioneer in ecotourism in the Southern Pantanal, situated on a 53,000 hectare cattle ranch in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, near the city of Miranda, 150 miles (236km) west from the State...

Las Ranitas

Closed until 2016 for renovations. Set on a private stretch of the white sand strip, Las Ranitas hotel is dedicated to sustainability and all things eco-luxe. From the natural woods, clean white linens and traditional Mayan tile-work in the rooms...

Alto on Bourke

Melbourne's only carbon-neutral hotel is in the center of the city and has been there for a decade. The reception at the 50-room hotel is tiny, though the front-desk staff helpful. The rooms look down Bourke Street, with cool, crisp...

Etendeka Camp

In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, set amidst magnificent scenery and the ancient Etendeka lava flows of northern Damaraland, the ten new en-suite tents have recently been refitted with luxury mattresses and 100% cotton linen. Though rustic, creature comforts...

Kenoa

Neighboring a nature reserve, Kenoa takes pride in being located on the phenomenal, sunny beach of Barra de São Miguel. Each of the 23 villas and suites is in harmony with its stunning ecological surroundings without compromising the highest level...

Six Senses Yao Noi

A typically spectacular Six Senses location, you can enjoy the A-list glamour of a speedboat transfer to check in. The sophisticated villas on Yao Noi Island near Krabi and Phuket look out to the ocean and the incredible limestone cliffs....

Damaraland camp

Damaraland Camp is located in the Huab River Valley, in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Namibia. This fabulous camp is owned and now largely run by the local community. The camp offers superb views over the surrounding...

Soneva Kiri

Near the Cambodian border, this eco-luxe property on Koh Kood noses out of the tropical jungle; slated roofs on the large wooden buildings are framed by an infinity pool that stretches around the property. Soneva Kiri feels like a private...

Viceroy Riviera Maya

An eco-luxe, adult-only escape, Viceroy Riviera Maya conveys uncomplicated beach-side luxury that blends into the lush tropical forest. Upon arrival, you are led through the tropical forest paths to your spacious villa. The 41 villas all feature a private plunge...

Vila Kalango

The beach resort town of Jericoacoara is home to this luxury pousada. The 24 apartments and bungalows sit around one of the most spectacular pools in the country (especially at night). Hammocks and ocean views create a sense of ultimate...

Zeavola

This unique boutique villa resort on Koh PhiPhi has an idyllic beachfront location with ocean views. On a ten-acre tropical resort, Zeavola is reached in just over an hour by high speed catamaran from Phuket , and offers impeccable service,...

Cicada Lodge

Located right by the Katherine River in the Nitmiluk National Park, Cicada Lodge is surrounded by red dust and vast skies and surreal, swooping rock formations. But here's what makes it really stand out: it is owned by the Aboriginal...

Rancho do Peixe

Located on the pristine and remote northern coast of Brazil, where the star attraction is the magnificent natural beauty of Jericoacoara national park. This is a place for poking a straw into a coconut and falling asleep on a beach...

Amanpuri

A touch of elegance in the high-octane resort town of Phuket. The teak interiors of the room complement the Thai style perfectly, with antiques to cement the elegance. Try a spacious villa, all of which have private pools, perfect for...

Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa

The Phang Nga Bay stretches out before this luxury resort on the Andaman coast. You can enjoy the views along Natai Beach, one of the best in the area, from this upscale all-suite property. Clean white design gives it a...

Great Ocean Eco-Lodge

Great Ocean Ecolodge is a social enterprise, established and operated by the Conservation Ecology Centre. All profits from your stay are reinvested into wildlife conservation and the Ecolodge itself is entirely solar powered and ecologically responsible, resting gently in the...

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

A touch of upscale elegance on the Riviera Maya, the typically modern Asian architecture of the Banyan Tree chain stands out on this pristine coast. The villas are tastefully decorated with a Mayan influence, each enclosed in its own private...

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

A regal resort in the jungle foothills of Chiang Rai; the teak and silks of the lobby make for a palatial impression. The 77 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished, and the public areas are just made for lounging. Eco-touches...

Hotel de la Paix

One of the most daringly designed resorts in Thailand, the architecture is the star in this corner of Cha Am near Hua Hin. Each area is jaw-dropping, from the stark stone of the entrance to the ingenious infinity pool, which...

Pimalai Koh Lanta

Situated on the beach, in 100 acres of lush green hillside on the lesser-visited southern tip of Koh Lanta Island, Pimalai lies just offshore from Krabi on the southwest coast of Thailand. Far away from the hustle and bustle of...

Hacienda Puerta Campeche

A palette of richly chosen colors and an assortment of textures characterize the Hacienda Puerta Campeche. This luxurious hotel is a collection of restored 17th century historical houses. Wander through corners of deeply colored yellows and oranges, exploring traditional lifestyle...

Silky Oaks

What could be more exciting than staying in treehouses? Especially eco-luxury treehouses with a contemporary feel that overlook the beautiful Mossman River? Set between the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, the resort blends into its natural surroundings...

Hacienda Chichen

One of the few hotels surrounding the ruins of Chichen, this is the smallest but also the most tranquil. A hacienda built around the 1920s, the décor is all ceramic tile and stucco, with lush gardens that stretch out evocatively...

The Modern

The Modern is an oceanview hotel, not an oceanfront one, as it is on the outskirts of Waikiki Beach. It’s just far enough away (about a 25-minute walk) from Waikiki’s center and its crowded beaches but only a 2 minute...

Kiaroa

Located two miles south of Barra Grande on the Marau Peninsula of Bahian Brazil Kiaroa is a genuine oasis of first-class amenities while offering 28 suites and bungalows with balconies, on top of its spectacular beach and ocean views. Kiaroa...

Wolgan Valley

Located in one of the country’s most enviable locations, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Wolgan Valley is an eco-friendly reserve. The 40 free-standing suites are outstanding, and the rustic surroundings add to the feeling of being amid nature....

Butterfly House

On the Maraú peninsula, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Camamu Bay, this wild and beautiful place is flanked by deserted palm-lined beaches and dotted with diminutive islands, a handful of fishing villages and patches of Atlantic Forest. Butterfly House...

Riad Ana Yela

AnaYela is a small, 300-year-old city palace in the heart of the Marrakech's historic Medina. Incredibly, the architecture tells the story of a girl called Yela who once lived in this house. All the work was delivered by the hand...

Fellah Hotel

Fellah is one of a new generation of design hotels opening on the outskirts of Marrakech. Rooms are modern-Moroccan in style, with locally crafted trinkets, gorgeous detailing and tiled bathrooms. Outdoors, wooden-crate chairs, bales of hay and plump canvas cushions...

Jnane Tamsna

This is a secluded nine-hectare estate in the Palmeraie, the historic palm grove outside Marrakesh. It is a 20-minute drive from the walled Medina. Chiselled good looks in cream stucco and dark wood provide glamour without the gilt. Repurposed antiques...

Cristalino Lodge

As recommendations go, this luxury Lodge was elected as one of the best hotels in Brazil by National Geographic Traveler. The rooms are built from rich, dark woods and the complex is devoted to sustainability. Bird and butterfly watching in...

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Sixteen standard and four superior luxury rooms were all constructed with local materials such as wood and straw, and the hotel overlooks the beautiful Rio Negro. The lounge is a wonderfully built thatched area, and the home cooked meals show...

Ritz Carlton Kapalua

The 460 guest rooms are breezy yet refined: the resort welcomes you with a lobby of native artwork, koa wood panels, and a lava stone bar. Kukui tree-patterned rugs cover dark Brazilian ironwood floors, and wrought-iron lanais look out on...

Kasbah du Toubkal

One of the most dramatic locations in Morocco, this hotel clings to the rock face under the peak of Jebel Toubkal. The property once belonged to a feudal chief and now has 17 rooms of differing sizes. Looking out over...

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

The edges of the Nyungwe rain forest open out into a scenic tea plantation, and this high end lodge sits discreetly in this setting. The rooms have a bright and modern feel, and there’s a welcoming lounge area. Treks into...

Fairmont Kea Lani

This is a Moorish-inspired hideaway (with domes, dramatic archways, and whitewashed walls) set on 22 tropical acres. Kids (and you) will love a 140-foot water slide, you can string orchids into leis, and play a round of golf with a...

Mauna Lani

Despite the 342 rooms, this high-end resort manages to maintain an atmosphere of tranquility, the rooms peppered throughout the lush gardens and mostly facing out onto the ocean. The hotel stretches for 3,200 acres, and houses a sanctuary for raising...

Vamizi Island

Well recognised as one of Africa’s finest beach lodges, Vamizi is one of the few places in Africa that is genuinely one of the worlds top beach destinations. The lodge itself is superb and with 4.5 miles (7 kilometres) of...

Hawaii Island Retreat

Just a short ride north of the popular Kohala Coast resort area where the foliage along the highway turns green you'll come to the small village of Hawi in the North Kohala region of Hawaii's Big Island. This area has...

Guludo Lodge

This luxury beach lodge in Mozambique has 9 lovely double bandas or bungalows which look right onto the beach and sea, nothing but beautiful views from the king size beds and the sound of the waves to distract you from...

Mumbo island camp

Set in the waters of Lake Malawi, Mumbo Island is an enclosed tropical paradise, measuring only 0.6 mi in diameter. The island echoes the same sense of wild beauty as its eye-catching surrounds, offering an inviting escape from the everyday...

Kayak Africa

These twin camps are based on Mumbo and Domwe Islands in Lake Malawi National Park. Both camps have incredible views and permanent walk-in tents on thatched decks overlooking the lake, with beautiful dining areas. The expert guides will take you...

Kaya Mawa

Romantic yet still great for families, this wonderful lodge juts out on the shores of Lake Malawi, basking in isolation on Likoma Island. Enjoy all manner of water sports before relaxing and just taking in the stunning views. Each room...

Turtle Bay Beach club

This mid-range family friendly resort, set on half a mile of private beach, neighbors the Watamu National Marine Park, and there are water activities aplenty on offer. All rooms have private balconies overlooking the tropical gardens or the beach.

Sarara Camp

Sarara is a community owned property and has hung on through some tough years. Remote, in the foothills of the Mathews Range just north of Samburu Game Reserve, it sits within the 75,000 hectare Namunyak Community Group Ranch and now...

Sasaab Samburu

Set between the Ewaso Nyiro River and the Lekurukki mountains, the scenery here couldn’t be more beautiful. The nine thatched cottages are Moroccan-themed, with designer touches and private plunge pools. Mountain bikes, or even camels, are available when you’re tired...

Five Elements

Five Elements is a healing center in Ubud founded upon Balinese traditions. Situated on the Ayung River, Five Elements offers Balinese Therapies and is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. Each suite features an open veranda exposed to the...

Kitich Camp

Heralded as a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC News, this glorious patch of rainforest in the Matthews Mountain Range has flourished within a mini-eco-system. By day you can explore forest trails and crystal clear mountain streams, and local Samburu guides...

Joy’s Camp

The camp is named after the world famous conservationist Joy Adams, and is surrounded by incredible scenic plains and volcanic hills. Touting a Bedouin style, the ten tents are large compared to similar camps, with private verandas, a shared pool...

Bambu Indah

Bambu Indah is a radically distinctive boutique hotel in Ubud, carefully curated by designers and long term residents of Bali, John and Cynthia Hardy. In 2005, eleven antique Javanese bridal homes were brought to Bali, restored, and decorated with the...

Ngong House

Proudly quirky in its design, these stand-alone suites are set across 10 acres of well-maintained gardens. The building materials are all recycled, and though every living space is different, they all have four poster beds and commodious lounges. You can...

Alila Ubud

Enjoy a birds-eye view of the beautiful Ayung River valley, high in the splendid foothills neighboring a traditional hill village. There are gardens and courtyards to meander through, and 56 two-storey rooms and villas to relax in. The Terrace Tree...

Hemingways

Hemingways Nairobi is a luxury boutique hotel set in the quiet and exclusive Nairobi suburb of Karen. Each of the 45 expansive suites includes a butler service. The planning and orientation of the property respond to the unique features of...

Nairobi Tented Camp

Deep within a riverine forest minutes from Nairobi is a true wilderness experience. You can arrive in Kenya and get 'straight under canvas' within 30 minutes of leaving the airport. Nairobi Tented Camp is an authentic tented camp in the...

Elsa’s Kopje

A set of ‘experimental’ lodges in the Mughwango Hills, these enchanting cottages blend into the landscape, and you can see and hear the wildlife all around you. Some of the suites have outdoor bathtubs, and the buildings are made of...

Porini Mara Camp

Porini Mara Camp - Masai Mara -G/E Porini Mara Camp is the only safari camp set in Ol Kinyei Conservancy – an exclusive 18,700 acre wilderness set aside as a wildlife sanctuary with a wide variety of species including big...

Porini Lion Camp

The award-winning, eco-friendly Porini Lion Camp offers day and night game drives within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and guided walks with Masai Warriors in a pristine and exclusive 33,000-acre wilderness set aside for wildlife conservation and low-impact tourism. The camp...

Ol Seki Mara Camp

The camp looms over the plains on a rocky cliff face – a suitably dramatic setting, blending into the surrounding bush. The modern spaces hide in and among acacia trees, 10 units raised on wooden platforms. You have the entire...

Sanctuary Olonana

Situated along the famed Mara River, the tented rooms here are among the largest available in Kenya, rendered in a luxurious take on Masai building styles. The staff are incredibly attentive, and you can take a walk with your own...

Puri Dajuma Cottages & Spa

The 18 cottages at Puri Dajuma are located in verdant tropical gardens that overlook a beach. The cottages are well proportioned with a terrace, and a feature we love are the outdoor showers. There are also two larger suites on...

Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu is perfect if you would like to stay in one of the most stunning locations on the planet. Nihiwatu was created from a vision to protect and preserve the unique Sumba culture and empower the local communities to support...

Kicheche Bush Camp

The feeling of solitude is carefully managed in this corner of the Olare Orok Conservancy. Six tents lie within a shady acacia grove, and a large lion pride often situates itself just outside the camp. The camp’s chefs and guides...

Karen Blixen Camp

Step back in time for traditional safari with Karen Blixen Camp. The 22 spacious tents are perfectly located on the banks of the Mara River; you can view wildlife from your armchair. Game drives are conducted within the Mara North...

Governors Camp

You arrive via a short ferry ride across the Mara River, the camp being on the edge of a picturesque swamp inhabited by elephants and warthogs. The camp is in one of the most favorable sightseeing parts of the plains,...

Misool Eco Resort

On Raja Ampat, this is an intimate tropical hideaway, built on a private island in an archipelago of uninhabited islands. It is 100 miles (165 km) away from the nearest port, blissfully secluded and largely separate from the modern world....

Elephant Pepper

Named after the spicy plants that the local elephants eat, these eight high-end tents sit in the shade of the tropical trees. The units are raised off the ground, so you can look out onto the plains and see zebra...

Basecamp Masai Mara

Hidden away under thatched roofs on a lush peninsula in the Talek River, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, are 12 spacious tents with spectacular views of the savannah. You will have your own veranda overlooking the river, and the...

Amanwana

Amanwana (meaning peaceful forest) is the only property on Moyo Island, a nature and marine reserve 9 miles (15 kilometers) off the coast of Sumbawa, east of Bali. The island has vegetation ranging from savanna to tropical jungle and has...

Munira Island Camp

Munira Island Camp is located on Kiwayu Island, near Lamu. There are places that claim to be 'Robinson Crusoe' but aren't really...and then there are those that couldn't be more so if they tried. Munira is owned and run by...

Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of a private wildlife conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is great. Abounding with wildlife and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury,...

Porini Rhino Camp

Porini Rhino Camp is located within Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a vast 90,000-acre wildlife area between the Aberdares and the majestic Mount Kenya. The conservancy is home to a variety of animals including the "Big Five". It is the largest sanctuary...

Segera Retreat

Located in the heart of the Laikipia plateau on a 20,000 hectare private wildlife sanctuary, Segera is positioned in the path of one of the main migratory corridors for elephant and offers phenomenal game viewing opportunities. The six contemporary private...

Kicheche Laikipia

With just 6 tents, Laikipia Camp is nestled at the foot of indigenous forest overlooking a waterhole, in the centre of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is 90,000 acres of wilderness and offers an incredibly uncrowded environment...

Serena Beach Hotel and Spa

Set right on Shanzu Beach, it’s just a quick hop across the sands to the ocean waves. The hotel has bougainvillea flowers blooming in the grounds, with a set of refurbished rooms called The Village. It also serves up what...

Alila Manggis

Manggis is one of the island’s lesser-known resorts, on the east coast nestled nicely between Mount Agung and the awe-inspiring coastline. The architecture here combines European and Balinese influences, thatched roofs and polished ivory giving the public spaces a touch...

Amankila

The approach to Amankila builds a sense of anticipation as the long drive winds up, then down to the airy lobby. Surrounded by frangipani trees, the lobby affords exceptional ocean views. Mount Agung provides a dramatic backdrop for Amankila (peaceful...

Campi ya Kanzi

The name translates as ‘hidden jewel’ and is built from locally sourced and recycled materials. The six camouflaged tents are set up on wooden platforms and have grass roofs to further keep them discreet. Four-poster beds and authentic Italian food...

Tortilis Camp

Among the top Kenyan camps for some years now, the 30,000 acre site is a haven of relaxation. 17 units all have day beds for lounging around and the open-air lounge welcomes guests with traditional décor. At night, paraffin lamps...

Amanusa

The Indian Ocean is a sight for sore eyes from the southernmost tip of Bali’s south peninsula. Although the calming views and white sands are right on the doorstep of this glorious resort, you’re also close to Kuta and Sanur...

Amboseli Porini

This safari camp is within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy- an important wildlife dispersal area for wildlife moving out of Amboseli National Park. The private conservation area ensures the best possible game viewing in proper off-road safari vehicles, off the beaten...

Alila Uluwatu

Limestone cliffs frame the dramatic ocean views of this Cliffside resort. The serene Uluwatu Temple completes a very Balinese scene, though the resort itself enjoys a cutting edge design that seems to flow from the hills out to the ocean....

Banyan Tree Bintan

Nestled atop a secluded bay of Bintan, the villas offer superb views of the South China Sea in the comfort of luxurious surroundings. Raised with stilts and set on hillsides, each of the villas features traditional Indonesian architecture and authentic...

Amankora Paro

This is one of five luxury Aman lodges that are linked by dramatic nature trails that uncover the diversity and beauty of this hidden kingdom. This is the largest of the five lodges, with 24 suites. Paro's special touches are...

Taman Ahimsa

Taman Ahimsa is the 7-room villa for you if you want to retreat from the world, awaken your soul, practice yoga and meditation, eat healthy food and experience therapeutic massages. Although the villa promotes the holistic concept, you don’t have...

Nikoi Island

Just 50 miles east of Singapore is Nikoi Island, a 37-acre private isle off the coast of Bintan fringed by powdery white-sand beaches. Its 15 Indonesian-inspired bungalows are constructed from driftwood and outfitted with built-in daybeds,stone-floored bathrooms, and thatch roofs....

Como Uma Paro

The 29 room Uma Paro is surrounded by orchards, valleys and terraced mountains. Built by traditionally trained Bhutanese artisans the hotel is infused with clean lined modernism whilst maintaining the feel of a Bhutanese village melding into the Blue Pine...

Amankora Bumthang

This is one of five luxury Aman lodges that are linked by dramatic nature trails that uncover the diversity and beauty of this hidden kingdom. Bumthang's special touches are a spa and library, and each room has a wood-burning stove,...

Bambu hotel

Bambu is the best of Battambang's poolside boutique hotels. The spacious rooms are designed in a French-Khmer motif, with lovely tiling, stone-inlaid bathrooms, exquisite furniture and private balconies. The fusion restaurant is one of the best in town and the...

Song Saa

A 35 minute boat ride isn’t too much of an inconvenience when a luxury private island is the destination. Looking out onto this wonderful seascape is a seductive huddle of overwater villas, fashioned from recycled timber and with huge beds...

Shinta Mani

Khmer-inspired and as boutique as they come, the angular elegance of this property is seductive and striking. With just 39 rooms, there’s an intimately contemporary feel and some are just footsteps from the pool. Traditional therapies are practiced at the...

Park Hyatt Siem Riep

One of the most architecturally inventive properties in town, the 109 rooms of this brand new property is a testament to modern Cambodia, with nods to the history and culture that surround it. High-end contemporary dining and even an onsite...

Borei Angkor Resort and Spa

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa offers spacious Khmer-styled rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony overlooking the tropical garden and pool. It houses 4 dining options and a gym. You can relax in the sauna, take a dip in...

Amansara

Not too many hotels can lay claim to being a former royal guesthouse, but the welcome here is notably regal. Low-rise, sleek apartments pay tribute to some wonderfully retro architecture, and the 24 suites are as sumptuous as they come....

Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda is an award-winning luxury spa resort situated in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by beautiful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges...

Adahan Istanbul

There’s a sense of timeless elegance at this classic hotel, the building for which dates back to 1847. Marble staircases and custom crafted wooden furniture make for classy interiors and the 40 individually-appointed rooms are flawless. Truly an oasis of...

Museum Hotel

Situated in a very special geographic region, Museum Hotel features 30 rooms & suites–each of them exceptional in their own inimitable way. Each room brings its own special ambiance, contributing to Museum Hotel’s character and charm. Steeped in thousands of...

Radomiri

This 18th century baroque mansion was originally the home of a high ranking general. Set just back from the old town, the stone clad exterior houses a lovingly restored property, with beautifully restored rooms that have exposed brickwork and cosy...

Stone Hotel

Situated in the west of the Uyuni salt lake, the unique Stone Hotel is constructed of local stone and volcanic sand. The ceilings are made of traditional straw that is common to the local Andean communities. All of the rooms...

Hotel Tayka del Desierto

The setting for this hotel is arguably the most incredible in Bolivia and it is really this location, at altitude in the Uyuni salt desert, more than the property itself that is so inspiring. This remote accommodation was built as...

3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery by Sofitel - Good This is a good quality hotel, but without the trimmings (typically 3*)

3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery by Sofitel

Previously a royal residence and an ice cream factory, the new refurbishment has rosewood interiors and contemporary Asian décor. The professionalism and friendliness of the staff here is what keeps people coming back, and the restaurant receives it fair share...

Amantaka

This luxury property sits in the heart of Luang Prabang, a town declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. There’s something of a colonial aesthetic that permeates the rooms as well as the fantastic restaurant. There’s a spa, a...

Hotel de la Paix

There’s a remarkable focus on high-end design that gives this Luang Prabang property an exclusive feel. The 23 luxury suites weave colonial styles with contemporary innovations that results in one of the most comfortable properties sin the country. Hotel de...

Chalalán Ecolodge

Chalalán Ecolodge is Bolivia’s leading community-based ecotourism project. Built entirely from natural rainforest materials, the lodge’s simple and elegant huts surround the lovely oxbow lake, Laguna Chalalán. Chalalán is Madidi National Park’s only formal visitor accommodations and it provides the...

Madidi Jungle Ecolodge

The Madidi National Park is home to some of the country’s best, and certainly most diverse, wildlife. The lodge was started by some indigenous families in local Amazonian communities and as such is one of the few 100% sustainable lodges...

Aman Summer Palace

Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace – the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and...

Adrere Amellal

This luxury eco-lodge takes sustainability to very high levels, and even shuns electricity in favour of oil burning lamps and coal braziers. The natural design is breathtaking, and the minimalist but superbly comfortable rooms have views over Lake Siwa. Some...

Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel or Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri La - Good This is a good quality hotel, but without the trimmings (typically 3*)

Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel or Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri La

The mountain outpost of the famous Kathmandu hotel, this is an idyllic holistic retreat that promotes wellbeing, meditation and reflection. It’s certainly a setting that encourages tranquillity and the property has been constructed with every care that the original shows...

Dwarikas

One of the world’s most distinctive hotels, the walls hide what seems like a small village, constructed entirely of centuries-old wooden buildings, all intricate wood carvings and coving. The rooms are like decadent suites, and the atmospheric restaurants serve high-end...

Tiger Mountain Lodge

A thoroughly modern lodge that exudes laid back luxury, it is located 1,000 feet above the breathtaking Pokhara Valley. The chalets are spacious and have private verandas from which you can take in the panoramic mountain views. Expert guides can...

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge

Managed by Tiger Mountain, this lodge is situated on the edge of the Karnali Jungle, and offers the same comfortable set up as its sister property. There are just 12 rooms, so it retains an air of exclusivity and activities...

Everest Summit Lodges – Everest region

Adventure doesn’t have to mean discomfort, as these luxury mountain lodges prove. This network of eight lodges have all the home comforts you could expect, but are within striking distance of the Himalayan foothills and command excellent views of Everest,...

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Offering the same levels of luxury as its sister property in Chitwan, the big draw of this lodge is the chance to visit and get to know the nearby Nepali village life. The lodge itself is designed with traditional architecture...

Morukuru Ocean Lodge

This exclusive-use villa is in a sublime location inside De Hoop Nature Reserve, in between Hermanus and Mossel Bay. There are four rooms, all with ocean views, plus large dining, indoor and outdoor areas - you are made to feel...

Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary

[gss link="none" size="full" ids="2311,2310,2309,2308,2307"] The sandstone buildings almost disappear against the dunes of the oasis at Dakhla. The 20 rooms of this eco-friendly property do offer a true respite form the spectacular but harsh desert environment, and with 200,000 square...

Tintswalo Atlantic

Recently damaged by a horrible fire (due to re-open November 2015), nestled at the base of Chapman’s Peak, overlooking the Cape’s iconic Sentinel, lies the terrific Tintswalo Atlantic. Quiet charm exudes everywhere, from the moment you are welcomed in. With the ocean...

Sarili Lodge – Shamwari

Despite its popularity, you'll hardly see anyone on your stay in Shamwari Reserve, apart from the other guests in your lodge, your ranger and your lodge's staff. Its not just the exclusivity and privacy that makes Shamwari so popular. It is,...

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

On the border of South Africa and Mozambique and in the heart of the Kruger National Park, this is a next generation luxury camp. Ingenious design means that even just arriving to check in is a sensory adventure, and the...

Grootbos

An eco-luxury gem nestled in between whale watching capital Hermanus and Great White Shark capital, with separate divisions for families and couples, as well as a deluxe 6-room villa with breathtaking views for (extended) families or small groups. The owners...

Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a small, 6 suite modern safari lodge which has been designed to be luxurious and family-friendly. It is located on rolling hills within Kwandwe Game Reserve, one of the best reserves in the Eastern Cape. The suites...

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