Somewhere far, far, away from the hectic grind of daily life is one popular choice for city people who want to go on holiday. But while they may like nature, not every person is happy to carry a tent and stay overnight in a forest. Here are the choices for those who want to be close to nature, but with enough comforts.
NORTHERN LIGHTS ABOVE
Hunting for the Northern Lights is on the bucket list for many travellers. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the perfect destination resort for this, as their glass igloo guestrooms will allow you to follow the Northern Lights in the vast twinkling sky from the comfort of your own bed. On top of that, the resort offers a wide range of activities – for both summer and winter – that will enrich your holiday here. The Northern Lights appear during August – April and during the other months it’s the turn of the midnight sun.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
GPS: 68.334796, 27.334411
HI(GH) MY GIRAFFES
Savannah and safaris are typical draws for Africa and the locals at Giraffe Manor, a spectacular mansion in the capital of Kenya, are very welcoming – particularly the resident Rothschild’s giraffes, who love to greet guests here. The mansion’s design and décor date back to the 1930s when many Europeans visited the country. It’s open all-year-round, except in May for annual maintenance.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
GPS: -1.375500, 36.744645
HANGING FROM TREES
The key concept behind Treehotel comes from ‘The Tree Lover’, the psychological film directed by Jonas Selberg Augustsen in which three men headed into the wild, leaving civilization behind, to see how they would survive in nature. At this natural resort, by the enchanting Lule River in Harads, six different types of guestrooms hang four-six metres above the ground in the middle of fragrant pine forest. Travelling to the resort from Lulea Airport by helicopter will add to the unforgettable experience.
GPS: 66.072875, 20.981749
Amangiri, meaning ‘Peace among mountains’, is a remote hideaway tucked within Canyon Point in Utah. Its large suites offer a peaceful retreat, as well as an outdoor lounge and fireplace on which to enjoy expansive desert views. With its proximity near magnificent protected open areas like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, outdoor activities are plenty for those energetic and adventurous spirits. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to vacation at this hidden gem.
GPS: 37.014650, -111.611255
South America appeals to travellers with its stunning natural landscapes as well as unparalleled ethnic culture. Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is a private natural reserve and ecotourism project in southern Chile, and offers both these fascinating elements. There are four types of guestrooms, and visitors can participate in activities that will encourage engagement with locals.
Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile
GPS: -39.869047, -71.914228
With its philosophy of ’No news, no shoes,’ Soneva Kiri Resort & Residences – located on Thailand’s easternmost island – is utterly perfect for escapees of city life. Everyone really does walk in bare feet at this resort, and one feels closely surrounded by nature. All the buildings here are made of wood and decorated with leaves, and all the activities and facilities are intertwined with the natural surroundings – such as the cinema by the lake, restaurant in a mangrove, bistro in a canopy and an observatory. The resort also has its own recycling and water treatment system to further avoid harming the environment.
Soneva Kiri Resort & Residences, Koh Kood
GPS: 11.697059, 102.531313
Text by Thanisara Ruangdej