2019 is a new year and if you need inspiration, how about tuning out, switching off and heading to the complete wilderness.
It is quite easy to find a patch of wilderness on continents like Australia, but in Europe and America, finding a wilderness retreat that is within a reasonable drive from an airport is harder to achieve.
Here is my pick if you want just one night in the North American Wilderness.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
I love Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Canada. It is a privately-owned Relais & Chateaux eco-safari-style resort. Fly to Vancouver airport in Canada (YVR) and then take a spectacular 45-minute float plane ride from Vancouver before being transported by horse and cart to the resort.
The main lodge houses comfortable sofas, a roaring open fire and a cosy dining room. At night, you sleep in your own luxurious private tent, nestled in the forest or down by the lake. They offer every comfort with king size beds and plush down duvets.
Daytime activities include fishing, wildlife viewing, horse riding and mountain biking or simply stroll between the hot tub and the spa. You might just see eagles, sea lions or enjoy a glimpse of black bears during your stay.
If Clayquot is too cold, why not head to the desert? This is my other top pick in on the American Continent. Amangiri resort is tucked away in 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 allows 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 trip to Aman Grand Canal in Venice.
Aman hotels is an official partner of our Luxury Travel Concierge along with Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and pretty every other luxury hotel brand.
Book a stay here with us and benefit from the following perks at every Aman Hotel:
Breakfast for two people per bedroom.
Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in.
A complimentary a la carte lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities.
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.
Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms.
Complimentary welcome gift.
For me, Amangiri offers the most amazing desert wilderness hotel in America.
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