A big city hotel with room service is not what wilderness enthusiasts’ dreams are made of.
Wood lodges and canvas tents set against backdrops of dense forests, rugged coastlines or lush valleys? Now that’s more like it.
But remote doesn’t have to mean rugged. Nature-focused escapes can be romantic, too. When it comes to outdoorsy overnighters, these worldly romantic getaways for nature lovers can’t be topped (no Do Not Disturb sign required).
Jabali Ridge, Iringa, Tanzania
Modern design and luxury touches aren’t exactly synonymous with safari lodges, but that doesn’t mean the sophisticated Jabali Ridge provides any less of a wildlife experience. Set in a remote slice of Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, Jabali was designed to blend in with its surroundings and maximize exposure to nature; the private decks of its eight dreamy suites are the perfect spot for cuddling up while watching zebras, giraffes and prides of lions. Between early morning and late afternoon drives around the game park—the largest of its kind in Tanzania—guests can cool off in the infinity pool while taking in views of the baobab trees.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
Costa Rica accounts for a stunning six per cent of the world’s biodiversity, thanks in part to its tropical rainforests and coastlines rich in marine life. Lapa Rios Ecolodge, at the tip of the Osa Peninsula, offers one of the best settings from which to take in all that natural beauty. Its 17 private bungalows boast views of both the ocean and the 1,000 acres of protected rainforest that surround. Private outdoor showers and hammocks await couples after a day spent exploring the jungle with highly experienced local guides who are dedicated to sharing and preserving the lush land.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, Canada
Remote and refined is how best to describe the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, located within the 350,000-hectare Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve. After arriving by boat or float plane, couples will be shown to their hideaways—white canvas tents, perched alongside the water or in the rainforest, and outfitted with all the comforts of a five-star, luxury hotel. Outdoor activities of every kind are on offer, from hiking to fishing to marine life watching to horseback riding. The resort takes sustainability seriously, too, with projects to restore native salmon stock and operations practices that include banning all single-use plastics.
Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura, a small coastal town about three hours north of Christchurch, has it all for nature lovers. Mountains, ocean, whale-watching and a general peaceful, at-one-with-the-wilderness sort of feeling. To experience Kaikoura in style, Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses is the place to stay. Sitting 10 metres above the ground, in the canopy of a native Kanuka tree, Hapuku’s five tree house rooms offer romantic views of the mountain range and Pacific ocean.
Scarabeo Camp, Marrakech, Morocco
The stars, the desert, the sunsets—this Moroccan glamping paradise is an outdoorsy couple’s dream. Accommodations are in canvas tents set up amid in the rusty sands of the Agafay desert, decked out with African textiles and Moroccan lanterns, where you can curl up with your partner in a luxe queen-sized bed. During the day, you can ride camels or donkeys over the sandy dunes, go on a dune buggy tour, or go on a full-day trek with a mountain guide. Finish your night with traditional local candlelit dinner at the communal table under billowing white fabric, or steal away with your loved one for a solo dinner on your private terrace.
Getaway House, Multiple Cities, United States
These tiny-cabin communes are popping up a short drive away from cities like Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago, and the concept is all about escaping the city, putting the technology away (there’s even a cellphone lock box!) and connecting with the one you love. Decked out with all the necessities—firewood, kitchenware, lush linens, a shower—it’s the perfect outdoor respite from the urban hustle. The two of you can toast s’mores over your private campfire, hike nearby trails, and remember what it’s like to catch your breath.
Hideout Bali, Selat, Indonesia
Some of the most magical accommodations in the world are found in the lush wilds of Bali, Indonesia. Hideout is a company that constructs eco-friendly lodgings out of bamboo in the heart of the Balinese jungle, nestled between thickets of trees and rushing rivers. Outdoor kitchens, showers, pools and lounge areas make this a nature lover’s bucket list item (and a couple’s dream honeymoon spot)—and to make it that much more romantic, friendly local animals may just wander onto the premises, and colourful frangipani petals pepper your private yard.
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