… and one of them is just an hour away from Singapore!
Does the word “wilderness” conjure up an image of Bear Grylls face-to-face with a real bear, or of him drinking his own urine for survival? Well, you’re not wrong. But don’t worry; at these hotels, you don’t have to rough it out or even give up your creature comforts to experience the wilderness. Read on.
Canopi Resort, Bintan, Indonesia
We’ve all read about glamping in South Africa and how popular it’s been among celebrities looking for a hit of privacy. Lucky for you, you don’t have to get a plane ticket to try out this trend – tucked away in the verdant greens of Bintan island sits Canopi Resort, a new 40-tent suite resort. Here, you can trek through the island’s pristine nature reserve, which encompasses 300 hectares of untouched forests and saltwater Crystal Lagoon. Canopi Resort is part of the recently launched Treasure Bay Bintan, a waterfront resort development that spans 338 hectares.
For more information and to make an online booking, visit www.adventureglamping.com.
Mara River Safari Lodge, Bali, Indonesia
For someone who loves Bali and animals, I’m deeply appalled that I didn’t know the existence of this resort until moments ago. Smack in the middle of Bali Safari & Marine Park, Mara River Safari Lodge will take you continents away to the African wilderness, allowing you to feed animals right from your window as well as dine with the kings of the jungle at the unique Tsavo Lion Restaurant. Definitely on my travel wishlist!
For more information and to make an online booking, visit http://www.marariversafarilodge.com/.
The Berkeley River Lodge, Australia
Located on the northeast Kimberley Coast and accessible only by a special plane or boat, the all-inclusive Berkeley River Lodge is truly one of the more remote resorts in the region – perfect for those of you who are after some serious peace and quiet. Explore the Kimberley wilderness and enjoy breathtaking views of its natural beauty through any one of the resort’s activities, such as guided hikes, river cruises, and helicopter flights. Oh, by the way, mobile phone reception is non-existent on this resort.
For more information and to make an online booking, visit http://www.berkeleyriver.com.au/.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Did you know that giraffes have to spread their front legs in the most awkward fashion in order for them to drink water from the ground? That’s a rare and precious sight (giraffes usually get their water intake from leaves), but not if you stay at Giraffe Manor. Nestled in the indigenous forest of Nairobi, this iconic property was built in 1932 and became a sanctuary for giraffes since the 1970s. Today, also residing on this spacious 12-acre private land are eight resident giraffes, whom you can feed right from your window!
For more information and to make an online booking, visit http://www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/giraffe-manor.
Cinnamon Wild Yala, Sri Lanka
Sitting on the border of Yala National Park, this wildlife resort is home to a variety of animals, including grey lemurs, crocodiles and deers. Occasionally, elephants, wild boars and even leopards may pop by from the national park! One of the must-dos for the adventurous is the Yala by Night tour, during which you are given a pair of night-vision goggles so you can seek out wildlife – by foot.
For more information and to make an online booking, visit http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamonwildyala/.
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland
By now, you’ve probably heard that 2016 is your last chance to marvel at the Northern Lights before they dim for a while; now here’s a hotel you can consider checking in to! This eco-friendly hotel is set against a glorious backdrop of mountainous lava fields, and located near Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s got a whole host of activities for you to choose from, including volcano cave hike, glacier hike, and snowmobile drive. The highlight, however, has got to be the open deck with a 10-metre-long hot spring-filled tub, which makes for the coveted spot to view the magnificent Northern Lights.
For more information and to make an online booking, visit http://ioniceland.is/.