Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
On the edge of the world in the heart of the wild, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a luxury, tented eco-safari resort destination tucked in the remote wilderness of Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. Defined by unparalleled Relais & Chateaux service and a deep commitment to the environment, the resort features richly appointed accommodations, inspired gourmet cuisine, restorative spa experiences and endless adventure.
“Our owner, Rick Genovese, had a passion for sustainable development and envisioned a remote luxury resort where people could go to unwind, reconnect with loved ones and immerse themselves in the wild,'” noted Rosalyn Young, Marketing Manager for Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located at the very center of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve. Guests of the resort have unprecedented, sustainable access to this protected area, home to the largest intact ancient temperate rainforest in the world.
The philosophy of the resort is rooted in a deep commitment to our surrounding environment. “We want to offer our guests a truly incredible wilderness resort experience while also educating them about the importance of the biosphere and why protecting this delicate ecosystem is so crucial,” Young said. “One of our main focuses right now is the creation of new salmon spawning habitat and restoration of native stocks to river systems on and around resort property.”
The resort boasts both seclusion and spectacular lodging. “Our accommodations include 25 white canvas prospector-style tents; a nod back to the era of great camps,” Young described. “Each tent is unique and richly appointed with luxurious comforts including heated floors, private outdoor showers, cozy down duvets and linens, cast iron stoves, antique furnishings, and vintage oil lamps.”
Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp
Situated on 61,000 acres of the Loisaba Conservancy perched from the edge of an escarpment, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp boasts captivating panoramic views of the Laikipia landscape. From natural springs, vast plains and valleys to the great Ewaso Nyiro River, the African-themed sophistication and style of Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp provides an authentic backdrop to the magic of its surroundings.
“Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp is designed to capitalize on unhindered views across Laikipia’s speckled landscape all the way to Mt. Kenya,” stated James Haigh, Director of Sales and Marketing for Elewana Collection. “Spacious and airy tents are custom-built with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, high ceilings and polished wood floors. The tent suites are adorned in chic Africana furniture with a modern European twist. All accommodations and main areas enjoy a breathtaking vantage point over an expansive panorama with one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools.”
Haigh recommends the Elewana Loisaba Star Beds for sleeping under the exquisitely endless African skies. “Poised on a rocky kopje and rustically designed to complement the surrounding environment, each Star Bed is individually built in harmony with the natural rocky features, incorporating a sitting area, and open plan bathroom with a view.”
Guests are enamored as elephants, giraffes and zebras roam freely. “Each tent has a private veranda and outside seating area to relax and marvel at the vastness that stretches beyond,” Haigh noted. Guests have stated, “I could see wild elephants, giraffes and zebras from my bed!”
Modern and luxurious with rustic charm infused throughout, the dog-friendly Fireside Resort in Wilson, Wyoming is nestled in the Teton wilderness. It offers an innovative perspective on ski town lodging with sustainably designed and built Jamie Mackay Wheelhaus cabins featuring posh amenities including luxury linens, goose down pillows and European-style duvets.
“Each cabin features a fireplace as well as a fire pit – great for snuggling up in front of or making s’mores!” stated Kate Thomas, Fireside Resort Guest Relations Manager. “Our cabins also have a kitchenette with all the necessities you might need for making great meals without leaving the comfort of your cabin. Housekeeping is done upon request so that you can relax in your cabin without worrying about someone waking you up from a restful slumber just to change out your towels.”
According to Thomas, Fireside Resort’s remote location and rustic mountain charm is appealing to the independent traveler.
“We are centrally located and close enough to everything that you aren’t going to miss out on any of the area’s offerings, but you will be away from the crowds and bustle of the town,” she explained. “You can choose to relax away from it all or engage as much as you want on the active side of Jackson Hole.”
The TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence winner offers a cozy atmosphere with an amazing backdrop – Grand Teton National Park. “When you’re here you have to visit the national parks!” exclaimed Thomas. “Whether you’re taking a snowmobile trip through Yellowstone in the winter or a wildlife safari in Grand Teton in the summer, you can’t go wrong!”
Garden Village Bled
Described as a “fairytale-like-town,” Bled, Slovenia is home to Garden Village Bled – a five-star eco-tourist glamping resort offering guests unique accommodations resembling Robinson Crusoe within walking distance to the world-famous Lake Bled.
“We offer several accommodation options: apartments with massage bathtub, treehouses, glamping tents and tents located on the piers over a stream,” stated Bogdan Capuder, Garden Village Bled Sales Manager. “The resort is constructed from natural materials such as high-quality Slovenian larch wood, stone, indigenous plants and without adhesives or artificial processing. Our aim was to set up the resort in line with the principles of sustainable development without any major impact on nature and to preserve as many of the natural features as possible from the trees to the stream to all the green areas.”
The convenient location of Garden Village Bled provides guests with diverse sight-seeing opportunities. “Everything is close by and can be seen or done as part of a day trip: the famous Lake Bled in the immediate vicinity of the resort, the beach resorts along the Adriatic Sea, the world-famous caves of the subterranean Karst world, or the Pannonian plains,” Capuder continued. “Even Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, with its medieval old town and modern museums, is less than an hour’s drive away.”
Specializing in farm-to-table Slovenian cuisine, Garden Village Bled’s restaurant Vrtnarija features fresh fruit and vegetables from the resort’s private orchard and vegetable garden. “The restaurant is equally special as it was built in a form of greenhouse and guests are served at tables that have grass and herbs growing on top,” boasted Capuder. “In everything we do, we strive to satisfy the wishes and needs of our guests to the best of our ability and thus make an unforgettable holiday come true. After all, the town of Bled itself is the image of paradise.”
Located on the shores of Lake Toro in Torres del Paine, Chile, Patagonia Camp is South America’s first luxury camp featuring breathtaking views from an aromatic native tree evergreen forest to the towering granite peaks of Paine Massif. “Patagonia Camp is a very innovative place because it’s the perfect communion between full comfort and the real nature experience that only camping can offer,” stated Isabel Meneses, Tour and Travel & Marketing Manager for Patagonia Camp. “It is a small Camp of only twenty yurts, immersed in a wonderful coigüe tree forest so the ambiance is cozy and friendly – very personalized.”
Boasting sustainability, Patagonia Camp’s architecture and design are based on two principles: to be mindful of the ecosystem and according to Meneses, “give our travelers a unique accommodation experience in intimate contact with nature.” Patagonia Camp chose yurts to accommodate the Patagonian weather. “Yurts were the best option. The idea was taken from the tents that the Nomads of Mongolia use as a home – the strong winds and weather are similar. Each yurt has an en-suite bathroom, private balcony and is fully equipped with double beds (either super king or twin), central heating and stylish decorations of locally handcrafted textiles and furniture. Our suite yurts and family yurts have outdoor Jacuzzis.
Excursions through Patagonia Camp offer guests the opportunity to explore Torres del Paine National Park and the astonishing scenic beauty of the region. “Some of our favorite activities we recommend are Base of the Towers Trek for experienced hikers – it’s a high difficulty level, Fauna Trail for moderate level and a full day Photo Safari for everyone regardless of experience level,” Meneses explained. “We encourage our guests to take in their surroundings and everything they have to offer.”
Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Inspired by owner Lynn Gallimore’s travels to Africa, Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a quaint and secluded retreat for two located atop a ridge overlooking Lone Man Creek in Texas Hill Country. “When I returned to Houston from Africa after three soul-searching weeks on safari, I was consumed with thoughts of my experience and how therapeutic it was for me,” Gallimore explained. “In 2008, I sold everything and bought property in Wimberley. Sinya was born from my desire to bring a little piece of Africa to my land and as a reminder to live more simply, more closely with nature.”
Named after an orphaned elephant, Sinya is an authentic, custom-designed safari tent from South Africa that features all the mod-cons one would need to be comfortable in any season: fully air conditioned and heated, a king size bed, bamboo/ organic cotton linens, and goose down pillows and duvet. The bath area features a century-old claw foot tub, Turkish cotton towels, and specially selected toiletries from Gilchrist & Soames. The back deck, where the outdoor shower and stock tank hot tub are located, is a favorite among guests.
The grueling process to build Sinya was a labor of love and passion. Gallimore sanded, stained, and installed all the longleaf pine flooring and installed all the plumbing on her own or with minimal assistance. “Once Sinya was complete, I spent a couple of weeks enjoying what I had built and soon realized the need to share ‘The Sinya Experience’ with others. I welcomed my first guests in early 2009 without any idea of what to expect and, ever since then, it has grown into an exclusive, highly sought-after retreat.”
“Sinya is about the experience and creating meaningful memories,” Gallimore states. “Guests can simply relax all day or choose activities like fishing, kayaking, bird watching from the hammock on the veranda or a refreshing dip in one of the local swimming holes, such as The Blue Hole.”
The Resort at Paws Up
Montana’s pastoral countryside, vast mountain ranges and expansive varied wilderness delivers magnificent scenery with a Great American West vibe. The Resort at Paws Up, situated on the same land explored by Lewis and Clark, is nestled on 37,000 acres in the Garnet Mountains near Blackfoot Valley, boasting rustic luxury and impeccably appointed accommodations.
“What differentiates Paws Up from a guest ranch is our commitment to personalized service, luxury, outdoor pursuits and cuisine,” stated Steve Hurst, Managing Director of The Resort at Paws Up. “Instead of providing guests with a room in a rustic lodge, Paws Up offers 28 private homes and 36 palatial safari-style tents complete with a personal butler and chef.”
At Paws Up, once you dismount, you’ll step into a world of incomparable creature comforts like gourmet cuisine, decadent spa treatments and personalized service and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, cell service, in-home laundry, heated bathroom floors, rain showers, organic spa products and hot tubs.
The sprawling landscape affords guests a myriad of activities creating memories lasting a lifetime. “Activities like fly-fishing, rappelling, hot-air ballooning and cattle drives provide incomparable adventures,” noted Larry Lipson, Owner of The Resort at Paws Up. For thrill seekers, Lipson recommends river rafting down the Blackfoot river, which runs for 10 miles through the property of The Resort at Paws Up. He also noted the most popular and requested experience is the cattle drive. “What’s being in Montana without riding horses and wrangling some cows?”
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp
Pioneering responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism, Tiger Tops Elephant camp is located on the edge of Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The camp provides guests a tailored jungle experience – connecting them to the Camp’s fourteen resident Asiatic elephants in an unobtrusive authentic environment.
“The camp is secluded, providing a true wildlife experience,” explained Marie Stissing Jensen, Tiger Tops Elephant Camp Communications Manager. “The compound is kept as a natural garden and the buildings are designed in the traditional architecture using all locally sourced materials.” Guests stay in luxury safari tents, offering a deep sense of connection to the surrounding natural environment. The tents also back up to the elephant’s enclosure, completing a truly immersing jungle experience.
The Camp’s approach to minimal environmental impact tourism has garnered attention in Asia and around the globe, earning recognition from international elephant welfare and elephant research communities. “We are a leader among the private-sector on elephant welfare standards – our elephants are chain-free and bull-hook free, allowing them to socialize,” Stissing Jensen remarked. “Guests are invited to respectfully experience the elephants’ natural rhythm as they wake, graze, bathe, play, feed and sleep. We have an expert naturalist field guide chaperon all your activities, ready to answer any and all questions from wildlife to local culture, from geography to flora and fauna. You will learn a lot during your stay!”
The jungle experience comes to life with a trek in the wilderness, accompanied by the Camp’s majestic herd of elephants. “The experience of coming face-to-face with a wild rhino on foot – knowing you are being protected by our gentle giants – is a must do!” exclaimed Stissing Jensen.
Perched on the rocky coastline of Big Sur, California sits Treebones Resort, a camp boasting stunning 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean with the perfect mix of camping and luxury. Located in Los Padres National Park, guests can expect a hidden sanctuary with eco-friendly amenities.
“Treebones is unique compared to many other resorts and hotels in the world because we provide the experience of being close to nature like you might find camping, but with all the ‘creature comforts,’ such as a heated pool and Jacuzzi, hot showers, yoga classes, massage, farm-to-table restaurant and seasonal Sushi Bar,” stated Megan Handy, Treebones Resort Guest Relations Manager. “Additionally, we are completely off the grid. You are surrounded by nature’s beauty and can see whales going by and hear sea lions barking from your Yurt deck or campsite.”
The idyllic topography and tranquil ambiance provides guests a serene glamping excursion. If there is a time to really unplug, it is while you are at Treebones – there is no cell phone service, no wifi, no hustle and bustle. “I think the best compliments we have received are from people who found Treebones to be a rare and special place for them – whether celebrating an anniversary or reconnecting with a partner or loved one, it is always wonderful to hear that we have provided a special place for them to find this experience,” noted Handy.
Treebones Resort offers a variety of accommodations, from yurts to one-of-a-kind options. “We have 16 Yurts on the property, which were chosen because of the way they are able to ‘perch’ on the hillside,” Handy noted, adding, “We also have a Human Nest, a Twig Hut, a Treehouse and an Autonomous Tent – which is one-of-a-kind and our most luxurious option.” For a traditional rugged camping experience, guests can choose from five Ocean View Campsites.
White Deer San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
Luxury and Italian hospitality await at White Deer San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge near the village of San Lorenzo in the Dolomites of Italy. The site boasts a 16th century lodge situated on a 42-acre oasis of forest and meadows. At an altitude of 3,900 feet, it overlooks the Badia, Pusteria and Aurina valleys.
“Owners Giorgia and Stefano Barbini have accomplished a true metamorphosis here, creating a luxurious retreat that satisfies the high standards of its guests without forsaking Alpine charm,” stated Ruth Gamper, Public Relations for White Deer San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge. The Barbini’s worked closely with the department of monument conservation in order to retain the building’s characteristic elements: The entry hall’s vaulted ceiling is a rare example of the Alpine Renaissance style. Fine carvings and inlays on the massive antique doors are equally remarkable. The original wooden beams, so steeped in history, still grace nearly every room.
Handcrafted furniture made from Tyrolean wood, underfloor heating, a hydrotherapy whirlpool and fine Italian linens are examples of the exclusive and enchanting accommodations. “The relaxation area of the mountain lodge is an amazing cocoon where guests, after strolling through the woods, are treated to herbal tea,” Gamper described. “This is a place where guests can take a real break from the hustle and bustle. This is a place where they can banish the frenzied thoughts that are part and parcel of everyday life.”
The Barbini’s amazing Italian hospitality is priceless. “What makes the Lodge real special is the hospitality of the hosts/owners,” Gamper noted. “It’s the human aspect and the very personal approach which makes the real difference.”