Feeling overwhelmed by city life and in need of a change of scenery? Getting closer to nature doesn’t always have to mean getting your hands dirty. Many luxury resorts today offer all the trappings of modern luxury in stunning and remote locations, and offer a plethora of adventurous activities for some much needed R&R. Additionally, many of them are dedicated to sustainable and conservation efforts to preserve the natural beautiful landscapes they are situated in. Scroll down to find out more.
Kwitonda Lodge & Kataza House, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Renowned luxury resort Singita has brought their signature luxury safari experience to the gorilla-centric Volcanoes National Park with Kwitonda Lodge & Kataza House, which takes its inspiration from the gorillas in the region, and is named after a legendary Silverback Gorilla. The gorillas and the surrounding landscape colours of black, orange, and green influence the eight-suite lodge and four-suite villas. It is also designed to be one of the most sustainable lodges in Africa, with sustainability guiding everything down from their décor to their water systems, and strong initiatives towards protecting mountain Gorillas in the region. Activities include Gorilla treks at the Volcano National Park, which is home to 320 mountain gorillas, local community tours, a visit to the Musanze Caves and more. Meals take on a farm-to-table approach, and are supplied via their on-site fruit and vegetable garden.
Rates for suites at Singita Kwitonda Lodge range between SGD $2,055 – SGD $2,405 per person, per night; or from SGD $9,450 per night for the exclusive-use Kataza House villa in Green Season. Find out more here.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah
You can live the Western outback life you’ve always dreamed of with all the trappings of a luxury resort at The Lodge at Blue Sky. Situated in the mountains surrounded by high alpine hills of Utah, this luxury resort offers Western-inspired adventures such as horseback riding, fly fishing, heli-yoga, and farm to table cuisine, and amnesties such as a wellness sanctuary and the High West Whiskey Distillery. The lodge contains 46 guest accommodations, each with deep soaking bathtubs, with some even offering private outdoor showers. The lodge is nature-inspired with palettes of taupe and brown, stone and wood — calming elements after an active day of being out in the wilderness. They also run an on-site farm as a refuge for abused lifestock, such as horses saved from abuse, who are now spoiled with produce from their very own farms.
Prices start from $1,351 per night. Find out more here.
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, Dujiangyan, China
This award winning luxury resort is located in the majestic Qing Cheng mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage & Natural Cultural site. Owned by Six Senses, the resort draws upon the company’s ethos of responsible luxury, so you can expect regionally inspired architecture and landscaping wedded with contemporary twists, from sustainably sourced materials. What you get is duplex suites along manicured gardens and beautiful mountain views. Amneties include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, farm-to-table food, and business centres. The resort is also strategically located along several UNESCO sites, places of interest, and giant panda breeding centers. Plus, their treks along Qing Cheng Mountains to spot the elusive pandas are not to be missed.
- Prices start from $497 per night. Find out more here.
Ariara Resort, Palawan, Philippines
Once voted by the Times Magazine as “the best private island in the world,” the journey to this 125-acre private island resort is no easy feat – it takes either a four-hour cruise or a one-hour speedboat ride from the port of Coron, but the journey is well worth it. Designed by Filipino architect Jorge Yulo, it consists of eight villas and cottages made in sustainably sourced woods and custom-made furniture, surrounded by the pristine beach. Meals are prepared by private chefs with fresh local seafood and produce from the island’s garden. For that added blissful exclusivity, entire island rentals are available as well.
Find out more here.
Miraval Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
For a luxurious mind, body and lifestyle reset with gorgeous desert views, turn to Miraval resort and Spa, a scenic wellness-centred resort tucked in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountain. One of the top 10 destination spas in the U.S, as voted in Travel + Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Awards, the resort has 118 rooms and suites in soothing neutral palettes, reflective of the surrounding desert landscape, and plush furnishing made from sustainable materials, with some including paranomic desert views All-inclusive rate include meals and spa services, and activities such as aerial yoga, meditation classes and morning hikes.
- Prices start from $498 per night. Find out more here.
Mumbo Island Camp, Mumbo island, Malawi
Disconnect with the outside world and reconnect with yourself and the guests on Mumbo Island Camp, a rustic luxury hotel that offers a stunning view of crystal clear waters and unspoilt nature. Perfect for a digital detox, as there is no electricity, cell phone service, nor wifi, the camp accommodates up to fourteen guests and adheres strictly to eco-architecture, with tents on raised platforms and bucket showers to preserve the natural environment. Spend your days lazing on a hammock, by the lake, or snorkelling – the lake has the highest number of fish species of any lake in the world.
- Prices start from $869 per night. Find out more here.