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If you are looking for a completely unique nature retreat, we have picked the top 5 best nature resorts in Europe.

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch

Our first choice is Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch (pictured above), a private and exclusive retreat and ranch in the Croatian mountains, surrounded by 2 million acres of UNESCO protected pristine wilderness. This resort is a premier horseback riding destination, perfect if you are looking for an eco-friendly adventure in a natural and unspoiled environment.

From May through September, aside from a myriad of horse activities, you can try canoe trips, hiking, trekking, Jeep safari, mountain biking and caving. In the evening wash away trail dust in the fireplace heated jacuzzi, while sipping a glass of champagne and admiring star-studded sky above. Thick feather beds and woodstoves keep the lodges cosy in this frontier styled rustic resort.

The food served in their restaurant earned them a listing in a coveted Michelin guide. Highly recommended for couples and families alike. Kids will love the swimming pool and unique new accommodation in a canopy of trees overlooking the river. They also organize exclusive company retreats.

Manshausen Island

In position two is Manshausen Island, which features in my best overwater villas and hotels in Europe. situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway. Positioned between bleak mountains and the Barents Sea this resort is incredibly beautiful. The area is home to the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles and the fishing is spectacular.

Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway

In position three is Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway where you can get up close and personal with huskies and reindeer. The centrepiece of this hotel is the Ice Bar, with incredibly detailed and enormous ice sculptures that loom over the bar itself. Rooms, or ice caves, are also sculpted out of Ice and are maintained at -4 degrees although beds are covered in a layer of insulation, with a super warm sleeping bag.

Instants d’Absolu Ecolodge & Spa

Position four is Instants d’Absolu Ecolodge & Spa. To reach this unique retreat, the drive will wind you up onto the plateau through a primitive forest of Scots pine, fir and beech trees. The ecolodge itself sits on the shoreline of a 40 acre-lake, and is surrounded by a 6,000 acre-forest where volcano summits are part of the scenery. What makes it so special is that you can enjoy this completely unique scenery from the luxury of the Eco Lodge, the spa, sauna, a steam bath or by simply sitting in the outdoor hot tub in total relaxation.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Position five is Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. If falling asleep under the aurora borealis sounds like an idyllic but impossible dream (given the extreme cold found at these latitudes) think again.

Kakslauttanen, a hotel made up from two villages of cosy log cabin chalets in Lapland, will make your dreams come true. Not only can you cosy up by log fires and meet Santa, you can also sleep under the stars in their hybrid log-and-glass igloos, enabling you to dose off watching those magical northern lights.

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