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If you want to enjoy being immersed in the outdoors but aren’t excited about the idea of camping outside, you might want to consider accommodation that allows you to enjoy the comforts of being inside while bringing the outdoors in. Whether you want to get right next to wildlife, be able to watch the northern lights or gaze out at the ocean from the bed, there are lots of great options. These hotels around the world are some of the most stunning picks, arguably worth planning your next vacation around.
Just imagine bringing the outdoors in when that includes giraffes! Giraffe Manor has its own herd of Rothschild giraffes and the animals like to visit in the morning and evening. Sometimes they even poke their heads into the windows searching for a human willing to give them a treat. One of the most Instagrammable hotels in the world, the 12-room boutique hotel also makes a great base for going on a safari or exciting day trips like visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where you can feed baby elephants. As the manor was originally a private residence, all the rooms are unique and luxurious.
Fogo Island Inn has some of the most stunning hotel room views in the world. It is a unique all-inclusive property on Fogo Island, a small island sometimes referred to as the “edge of the Earth,” and has been named the very best resort hotel in the entire country among numerous other awards it’s been honored with since opening in 2013. It boasts expansive ocean views from every room while providing a luxurious base to experience a centuries-old island culture. You can look forward to gazing out at the waves crashing into the rocky coastline, just beyond the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. In mid to late spring you can watch the icebergs float by, and in the summer see passing whales.
Tierra Patagonia is a stunning all-inclusive hotel that blends right into its surroundings. It features jaw-dropping vistas of the sapphire waters of Lake Sarmiento and the stunning rocky peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia’s centerpiece, in the distance. There are even real tree accents embedded into the design. The heated infinity pool offers especially impressive views to enjoy while relaxing with a swim – ideal after one of the many excursions available here like hiking, horseback riding and kayaking.
Hidden away on 600 acres of wilderness, the remote Amagiri is one of the world’s most luxurious desert resorts. It harmoniously blends into its iconic Southwest setting with an earthy vibe that has lots of ambers, pinks and yellows. The resort is located in Utah’s Canyon Country allowing guests to watch the sun rise over 400-year-old limestone formations and then enjoy hikes with their own personal guide Horseback rides, spa treatments and mouthwatering meals are all included, while the chic suites come with private plunge pools and a terrace for out-of-this-world stargazing.
Jade Mountain is often named among the world’s top adults-only all-inclusive resorts with its suites bringing in the breathtaking vision of the Pitons and the endless blue of the Caribbean. All but the most basic rooms come with private infinity pools, raised whirlpool tubs, canopy beds and even a dedicated butler. Guests can also enjoy decadent spa services, award-winning fare with organically sourced ingredients from a nearby plantation, live music and stargazing from the sky deck.
Perfect for a winter escape, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort features arctic igloos that blend right in with the magical snowy wonderland of northern Finland, perfect for watching the colorful northern lights. You’ll be warm and cozy while you gaze up through the glass-roofed globe after dark with the sparse trees and total lack of light pollution revealing millions of stars too. The main hotel is also home to the world’s largest smoke sauna, a restaurant, an ice bar and a snow chapel that’s rebuilt every winter.
The Post Ranch Inn hovers on the edge of a ridge above the stunning Big Sur coast in Central California, bringing awe-inspiring views of its surroundings. The Pacific Ocean unfolds from the cliff-side dwellings which boast jetted tubs for soaking next to a wall of glass that faces the waves above a steep incline for privacy. All include a private porch and fireplace too. Dining is extraordinary as well with its Sierra Mar restaurant featuring floors and walls that are made entirely of glass extending over the cliffs to create an idyllic setting for a memorable meal.
Located off the coast of northern Norway in the Steigen Archipelago, the remote Manshausen Island Resort truly brings the outdoors in, showcasing the wonders of the Arctic Circle, complete with floor-to-ceiling views over the fjords. Three “Seacabins” sit along an old stone jetty while another lies just above on a natural ledge in the terrain. Guests enjoy watching the sea eagles – this is home to the largest colony of the birds in Europe – hiking, climbing, kayaking and diving. After a day of play, there’s a spa and a hot tub for relaxing too. Designer Snorre Stinessen was highly lauded for his achievement at New York’s Architizer A+Awards for the cabins where it’s been said to “go inside is to get as close as possible to all that is the Arctic on the outside.”
Longitude 131 is a glamorous five-star resort in the Outback that brings guests an unparalleled view of Uluru as the closest hotel to the 600 million-year-old rock and the landscape in its changing colors of orange, red, magenta, purple and green. It’s extra-luxe glamping, with each of the tented rooftops spread across the landscape providing perfectly framed views of Uluru, a large terrace and an outdoor fireplace. Among the many facilities are a dune-top plunge pool, private outdoor dining pods and a spa.
Sedona’s iconic red rocks are the standout feature of the cottages and suites at L’Auberge de Sedona, which boast oversized picture windows with an uninterrupted 180-degree view. You can admire vistas of Elephant Rock, Giants Thumb and Snoopy Rock, while the patio doors open to a large redwood deck, that’s ideal for watching a colorful sunrise and dining under the stars. Accommodations sit alongside a bubbling creek, optimized to make the most of the setting.