A Wilderness escape delivers the ultimate nature-fix that so many of us just don’t get in our day-to-day lives. Coupled with the pandemic era’s need for more physical space, the acres of wilderness that these retreats occupy can provide us with an extra layer of comfort as we re-adjust to exploring the world again. While wilderness escapes are tailored towards the more adventurous travelers, the outdoor nature of these trips doesn’t mean you have to forego your usual luxuries. We can assure you these luxe wilderness escapes have you covered.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Make your way to the Mexican oasis of Acre Baja. Situated in the foothills of San Jose del Cabo, the 25-acre sanctuary is made up of organic farms, desert landscapes, and thick palm tree forests. Guests stay in one of the resort’s 12 boutique treehouse structures, with large king-sized beds, outdoor showers, and terraces that overlook the jungle-like gardens of the property. While the resort’s restaurant and its own handcrafted Mezcal are sure to impress, it’s Acre Baja’s onsite animal sanctuary that’s home to donkeys, mercurial miniature Pygmy goats, free-roaming peacocks, and puppies, that we just can’t get enough of.
Set across the dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains in the highlands of Virginia, the 12,000-acre Primland Resort is the ultimate mountain escape. The resort’s accommodation is set across a cozy mix of log cabins, dreamlike treehouses, and a romantic lodge. With forested trails, wild rivers, and a property observatory, the Primland Resort provides you with more than one way to get in touch with nature. Kayakers will come across the beavers and otters that call the river home, while horse-riders can tackle the property’s many trails, with the onsite spa there to greet you after a day of adventures.
Te Arai Lodge
Auckland Region, New Zealand
This luxurious New Zealand lodge gives you the chance to escape the outside world for a little while. Just over an hour away from the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the lodge is set within 20 acres of ancient podocarp forest and native bush with views over the Brynderwyn Ranges and Mangawhai coast. With a yoga studio, gym and 20-meter long heated pool, the lodge’s facilities also include a romantic cedar hot tub nestled into the edge of the bush. Food-wise, guests are treated to garden-to-table dining with the option to share the communal table or dine in a number of private locations around the property.
If you’re keen to stay on home soil then Taronga Western Plains Zoo accommodation is the perfect mini escape. With two different lodge styles available, you can choose to look over the African savannah with giraffes, zebras, and rhinos or the serene Australian native bushland. The all-inclusive accommodation includes dinner, breakfast, two-day zoo entry, a tour, and bike hire. With access to a saltwater swimming pool, licensed restaurant, bar, and lounge, there’s plenty to occupy both the kids and the adults.
The Artist’s Atelier in the Mountain
Breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a private retreat at this incredible luxe wilderness escape. Located beside Mt Yoshino that sees its 30,000 cherry blossom trees burst into bloom every spring, guests of this Japanese atelier will have the unique chance to explore this naturally and culturally rich area. With two nearby hot springs, a traditional wooden Japanese bathtub inside, and a large kitchen, you can enjoy the simplicity of rural Japanese life with plenty of luxuries to enjoy along the way.
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