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.
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
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