Continuing our series of the best places to travel in 2017, I am now looking at the top 5 best luxury wilderness lodges and resorts in the world. If you want to get away from it all and truly escape to a luxury retreat, a hotel far away from civilisation, here are some of the best resorts worth travelling to.
1. The Wilderness, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain.The park is one of the state’s most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.
Cradle Mountain is the crowning glory of this National Park. This perfect new-moon curve of rock which reflects in mirror-still waters has become an icon of Tasmania. The park’s glacier-sculpted mountain peaks, profound river gorges, lakes, tarns and wild alpine moorlands extend from the Great Western Tiers in the north to Derwent Bridge in the south. Cradle Mountain is also a fabulous wildlife-watching destination with wombats, Bennett’s wallabies and pademelons almost guaranteed, along with Tassie devils and platypuses.
Stay at the award winning Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Guest cabins with magnificent views are dotted around the rustic style luxury lodge. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge also features in my best destinations in Australia for 2017.
2. The Desert, Utah
Experience the earth’s beauty at its most basic form in this red-rock, rugged desert-scape. Beyond the few pine-clad mountains, there’s little vegetation in this vast arid region. The unique rockformations have been sculpted by time, water and wind. Visit thered-rock spans in Arches National Park, the sheer-walled river gorges in the Canyonlands and the stunning buttes and mesas of Monument Valley.
Amangiri resort (pictured above) is your second reason to visit this stunning region. Tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase, The resort is built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views. Blending with its dramatic surrounds of deep canyons and towering plateaus, this wilderness escape could not be more rugged. Amangiri’s Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion. Amangiri’s trail system allow guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot. Aman resorts are one of my favourite luxury hotel brands and you can read about my recent trip to Aman Grand Canal in Venice
3. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
The Ultimate wilderness retreat in Canada’s British Columbia region is the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island. Open from May to September, this indulgent but untamed wilderness resort is located in the Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere Reserve (within the Pacific Rim National Park). This unique 21st-century-safari-style enclave of great white canvas suite tents, dining, lounge, and spa tents, offers excellent cuisine and breathtaking adventures. Twenty guest and family suite tents showcase antique furnishings, opulent rugs, down duvets, remote-controlled propane powered woodstoves and luxurious amenities. Watch out for bears and whales.
3. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness which lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves. like Get up close and personal with kangaroos, seals and penguins, as well as bountiful birdlife. In the west, Flinders Chase National Park is known for penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals Arch.
Stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. Just 21 cliff top suites sit on scrub-covered dunes looking out over the sea. If you’ve never seen a kangaroo, wallaby, echidna, possum, koala, goanna or New Zealand fur seal before, this is your chance.
5. Uluru, Northern Territory
Ride a camel, sip champagne while watching The Rock’s sunset glow, explore the mystical Kata, Uluru is all about adventure and outback escapism. Longitude 131° offers luxury tented pavilions floating over rust-red dunes. Enjoy the stillness and beauty in this desert landscape. Experience unparalleled views of fabled icon Uluru (Ayers Rock). This massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre” should not be missed.
You can also read my other top five best articles to discover the best beaches and luxury hotels around the world including my best destinations for a magical Christmas, my pick of the best destinations in Europe for 2017 and the best swimming pools in Europe.