Lodging in Luxury

Spectacular Secluded Retreats

Whether it be for a much-needed retreat from the day to day stresses of modern life, getting back to grips with nature itself or simply switching off from the digital world altogether, luxury lodges have become increasingly popular holidaying options for people looking for something a little different. Read on to learn more about some of the world’s most audacious luxury lodges.

La Selva Ecolodge

This notably ecologically-friendly and ethical lodge is located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and offers some stunning surroundings coupled with top-class facilities.

Location

Ecuador Quito

How to get there

  • Flight

    - 14h 55 min from London to Quinto

  • Flight

    - 14h 55 min from Quinto to Coca

  • Canoe

    - 2 hrs up Napo River

  • Hike

    - 15 min through the jungle

  • Canoe

    - 5 min across Garzacocha Lagoon to the lodge

Accommodation
and rates

4 days / 3 nights = £735

5 days / 4 nights = £916

Extra night = £200

Facilities

Rainforest showers, hammocks, massages, restaurant and bar, yoga studio.

Activities

Canoe rides, guided trails, tour to parrot clay licks.

Unique Features

The La Selva Ecolodge offers exclusive native or private guides for excursions around the Amazon. This section of the jungle offers you the chance to lay eyes on spider monkeys, hoatzins and giant otters to name a few. Fascinatingly, it is also home to some of the last indigenous people left in the Amazon.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is, as the name suggests, situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater; offering naturally stunning views over the valley below.

Location

Northern Tanzania

How to get there

  • Flight

    - 14 hrs 45 min from London to Arusha

  • Drive

    - 4.5 hrs from Arusha to the lodge

Accommodation
and rates

From £662 to £1063 / night

Facilities

Chandelier-lit bathtubs, bar and restaurant, designated picnic sites on crater floor.

Activities

Game drives on crater floor, guided tours of Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands.

Unique Features

The suites are designed and inspired by Masai mud and stick manyatta. Also the three-million year old Ngorongoro Crater boasts status as the largest intact caldera in the world. The nearby conservation area plays hosts to around 25,000 resident mammals in the crater alone, and on top of that sees legendary annual wildebeest, gazelle and zebra migrations.

Hotel Budir

Hotel Budir sits on a lava field on a peninsula looking out to sea in typically unique Icelandic fashion.

Location

Snaefellsnes Peninsula(Iceland)

How to get there

  • Flight

    - 3 hrs from London to Reykjavik

  • Drive

    - 2 hrs from Reykjavik

Accommodation
and rates

Loft double = £120 / night

Master suite = £230 / night

Facilities

Restaurant and bar, a nearby church for weddings.

Activities

Snowmobile tours, bird watching, horse riding, hiking, fishing.

Unique Features

Hotel Budir's mesmerising and fairy-tale locale is also positioned near a quaint country church, making it ideal for weddings. Aside from the distinction of residing in a lava field, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is stunning, and houses the Snaefellsjokull Glacier which lies on an active volcano.

Fogo Island Inn

Located in the far reaches of Canada’s eastern Newfoundland, the Fogo Island Inn offers the perfect getaway for any escapist looking. Oh, and you can see the Northern Lights too.

Location

Fogo Island(Canada)

How to get there

  • Flight

    - 7 hrs 50 min from London to Toronto

  • Flight

    - 3 hrs from toronto to Newfoundland

  • Ferry

    - 45 mins to Fogo Island

Accommodation
and rates

Suite = from £558 - £1580/ night

Premier corner loft suite = price on request

Facilities

Award-winning restaurant, library, lobby, cinema and art gallery.

Activities

Hiking, watching Northern lights, marine watching.

Unique Features

The inn hosts the Fogo Island Gallery where selected artists present their work and the building itself can be distinguished by it’s X-shaped plan clad in timber. The island’s name "Fogo" means "fire" in Portuguese and it’s a great place to spot migratory birds such as Canada geese, American widgeon and white-winged scoters.

Longitude 131

Situated in the heart of the Australian Outback and nearby the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) Longitude 131 offers a slice of luxury within the great Australian desert.

Location

Australia’s Northern Territory

How to get there

  • Flight

    - 1 day 8 hrs from London to Ayers Rock Airport

  • Drive

    - 15 min from Ayers Rock Airport to the lodge

Accommodation
and rates

Twin share luxury tent = £561 per person / night

Single luxury tent = £980 per person / night

Facilities

Spa and restaurant.

Activities

Tours around the Nothern Territory.

Unique Features

The lodge’s name attests to its location, and it’s the only accommodation in the world with a view of Uluru. Famous guests includes Prince William and Kate Middleton when they visited Australia. Rich in Aboriginal culture and with the 600 million-year-old Uluru dominating the landscape, the scenery is utterly mesmerising.

Zhiwa Ling

Meaning "Place of Peace", Zhiwa Ling reflects Bhutan’s deeply Buddhist traditions making the lodge a spiritual retreat for guests.

Location

Paro, Bhutan

How to get there

  • Flight

    - 1 day 8 hrs from London to Ayers Rock Airport

  • Drive

    - 15 min from Ayers Rock Airport to the lodge

Accommodation
and rates

Single room = £174 to £431 / night

Facilities

Tea house, spa, bar and restaurant, meditation rooms, yoga retreats.

Activities

Bhutanese games and activities, traditional archery classes, traditional dart game khuru.

Unique Features

It’s the first 5-star Bhutanese owned hotel built by Bhutanese artists and it’s Buddhist temple on the second floor was built using 450 year old timbers from the Gangtey Monastery. The Jigme Dorji National Park is the oldest national park in the country and houses Bhutan’s four national symbols: the cypress tree, the blue poppy flower, the raven bird and the takin.