Travel/Experiences

Six Best Natural Getaways

Natural wonders are often more beautiful than man-made creations. Here are six resorts in UNESCO bio-reserve areas that are smack dab in the middle of Mother Nature.

November 30, 2016
Dusit Thani, Maldives
Pristine, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and unscathed coral reefs, Thailand’s Dusit Thani has 100 villas floating just off the coast of Mudhdhoo Island in the Republic of the Maldives. The resort is located near Hanifaru Huraa, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve known as a feeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks.
More info: dusit.com/dusit-thani/maldives.html
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada
Near the village of Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort can only be reached by plane or boat. Once you get there, you’ll be immersed in wild Northern Canadian forests. Take a day-long trip through the mountains with a First Nations guide either on horseback or in a kayak.
More info: wildretreat.com
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Those who are looking for the safari experience of a lifetime have to add Sabi Sabi in Kruger National Park to their bucket list. You can take day and night safaris in Land Rovers, and roam lands to feel the pulse of the African wild, and also seek solitude in their luxury suites.
More info: sabisabi.com

Coqui Coqui Tulum, Mexico
The architect, model, and perfumist Nicholas Malleville initially built Coqui to satisfy his own love of the coconut trees and white-sand beaches of the Mexican shore. But naturally, his pet project grew. The breezy limestone-structure bedrooms are surrounded by jungle and the Caribbean Sea, with scents of picked flowers, wood and exotic herbs providing memories to last a lifetime. It’s near the Sian Ka’an eco reserve, which translates from Spanish as ‘where the sky was born’. One glimpse and you’ll realise why.
More info: coquicoquiperfumes.com

Jean Michel Cousteau Resorts, Fiji Islands
On 17 acres of a former coconut plantation, this five-star Fiji resort is one of the earth’s prime luxury escapes. It provides the ultimate indulgence: complete seclusion on a private island, which is just a float away from the resort’s suites. The chef will pack a gourmet picnic with a chilled bottle of champagne; you can be taken to the secluded island – the Navavia Island – by the staff or take a kayak there yourself.
More info: fijiresort.com

Spannocchia, Tuscany
On the Tuscan coastline, among rolling, small hill towns is the magical Italian countryside estate Spannocchia. Here you can take rural walks, learn how to make and taste wine, take cooking classes, or just bask in Tuscany’s serene landscape. You can stay in one of their farmhouses, or if you require a bit more R&R, a Bed and Breakfast at Costello.
More info: spannocchia.com