Families who love to explore, Wildlife lovers, People looking for an authentic safari experience.
Sky for a ceiling. Waking up to an elephant swimming in the pool below you. A candle lit dinner with a waterfall, palm trees and navy black scenery perfect for stargazing.
June to October, January to February
Guests will see Africa, the way it used to be, at the beautiful Loisaba. Also serving as a cattle farm, you will be surrounded by untamed bush, landscaped gardens and a private swimming pool. Choose a Loisaba Cottage for a comfortable and luxurious experience or spend the night under the stars in one of the two star beds for the true wild African atmosphere. The first starbed is located in one of the eastern valleys overlooking the 'Kiboko' waterhole. The second sits on the banks of the Ewaso N'giro River. Wake up at dawn and gaze at waves of elephants and grevy zebras in the distance.
Loisaba is perfect for active travellers wanting an authentic African experience. Raft down the Ewaso Ngiro and Ng'are Narok Rivers. Take a camel or horse back ride through the bush. Explore the area on a mountain bike, provided by the lodge. Take a game drive through the open plains - Loisaba has access to the Mugie Rhino sanctuary, with regular sightings of Leopard, Lion, and Wildogs.
Home made lime sorbet. Breakfast in the Bush. Starlight Dinner. Drinking Amarulla at sunset.
Fly into Nanyuki Airport and arrange a pickup with the hotel.
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Marataba Safari Lodge, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi
Marataba Safari Lodge, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi
Explorers, Wildlife lovers, Photographers, Adventure Seekers.
Animal calls at night all around you. The clearest skies. Boat cruise at sundown. Being at one with nature yet luxuriously comfortable.
October to March
Marataba Safari Lodge sits on open plains and is surrounded by the Waterberg Mountains inside the Marakele National Park. Choose between 15 beautiful canvas-and-stone suites, each with a private viewing deck, a free-standing stone bath and an outdoor shower. Take advantage of the dramatic scenery of the red sandstone mountains and the river below. The main lodge has a large fireplace, to exchange stories by, a swimming pool to cool off during the day and numerous hammocks in the trees. Marataba offers an opportunity to see animals rarely seen anywhere else, because of its location in the transitional zone between the western and eastern regions of South Africa.
Enjoy the wildlife of the Marakele National Park - from elephant and rhino to over 30 leopards and a growing lion population. Take a Game Drive and learn about the animals's behaviours and habitat. A game walk will take you through the designated routes around the park and see the flora and fauna unique to the region. Take a sunset boat ride on the river that runs through the property and see the animals from water level.
Fly into Oliver Tambo International Airport and arrange a car to take you to Marataba.
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Water on all sides. Swinging in a hammock and watching dolphins beneath your feet.
September - October
Punta Caracol's concept is an Acqua-Lodge within a truly untouched environment. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, along the coral reef coast, sit the unique and rustic cabins, built on stilts over water and covered with a palm leaf roof. Natural materials such as leafs, bamboo, wild cane were used in construction and make you feel closer to nature than ever. Enjoy the sunset and dolphin watching from your private terrace. Choose the master suite for a spectacular panoramic view and personal hammocks.
Get your snorkelling gear and kayaks and explore the rich coral reef around the lodge. Ten minutes away is the Starfish Beach, a beautiful place that gets its name for being a home to lots of large Starfish. Visit Dolphin bay, and another great snorkelling spot called Cayo Coral. Take a day trip to one of the numerous virgin islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Hike in the rainforest and make friends with the sloths and the scarlet red frogs - native only to Bocas. Stay on land and visit the chocolate farms or the bat caves.
Caribbean, local and international cuisine
Take a domestic flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro International Airport. From there it's a short taxi ride and a 30 minute boat ride to the Punta Caracol.
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Travellers chasing the Northern Lights and looking for a true North Pole Experience.
September to April for the Northern Lights. May to August for the never-ending days.
Welcome to Santa's Home, or to be precise - the arctic circle. Hotel Kakslauttane is located along the road to the Arctic Sea, close to Urho Kekkonen National Park in one of the cleanest natural environments you will ever visit. Accommodation varies by size and design. Choose a personal glass igloo for 2 or 4 - perhaps the most unique part of the Hotel. Watch the Northern Lights through your glass ceiling. A log cabin is great for a longer stay, fit for a family or a group of friends. The rustic chic house is made from kelp pines and includes a fireplace and a sauna! Looking for a true northerner adventure? Spend a night in one of the snow igloos for a truly unique experience.
Take a husky or a reindeer safari and sled through the snowy wilderness. Enjoy the scenery along with some adrenaline on a snowmobile ride. After a long day of playing in the snow, indulge in the traditional Finish smoke sauna - the largest in the world. If you are visiting in the summer, enjoy the magical phenomenon of endless days, as the sun never sets between May and early August.
Traditional Finnish cuisine.
Fly into Ivalo Airport. The hotel is only 30 minutes away.
The heat of the sauna following a refreshing cool plunge in the lake. Blue twilight. Crisp, bright snow. The purples and greens of Aurora Borealis. Summer midnight sun.
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Couples & Friends looking to recharge and relax at a tropical cottage.
Hammocks inside dense tree tops. Organic and handmade soaps in the bathroom. Tropical cottage.
January to May
Enter the Mayan world of The Laguna Lodge by boat, through the legendary Lake Atitlan. The structure of the hotel is naturally integrated into a mountain, providing beautiful views of crystal blue water and three dormant volcanoes. All 6 suites are created from volcanic stone, adobe and palm and inspired by natural surroundings. Step out on your private patio to a garden of coffee and banana trees. Have a candle-light dinner while listening to the sweeping lake, creating surreal ambience. Warm up by the river stone and jasper fire place.
Hike up San Padro Volcano for panoramic views of the entire lake along old mayan trails. Take a walk from the lodge to the town of Santa Cruz. Explore the lake with kayaks, canoes, fins and masks or boat around visiting the villages. Looking for more activity? Try paragliding, mountain biking from Tecpan to Panajachel or horseback riding through coffee fields.
Vegetarian meals, that will not make you miss meat. The produce is handpicked from the Lodge's organic garden. Coffee from the coffee trees growing on the property. A papaya like you have never tasted before. Molten Lava cocktail made with Guatemalan rum, organic carrot and apple juice.
Laguna Lodge is 2.5 hours west of Guatemala City. Arrange a private airport shuttle from Guatemala City to Panajachel. From there you are 15 minutes away from Laguna at which point you will take a private boat offered by the lodge.
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Wildlife lovers, People looking to travel somewhere remote and different.
Raw wilderness. Hiking through rock formations and waterfalls. Seeing herds of the elephants. Sri Lankan hospitality.
October to January
Gal Oya Lodge is located across beautiful Sri Lankan wilderness next to the Gal Oya National Park. Choose between nine eco-chic rooms with private verandas and ceiling glass windows. Design details such as table tops of sliced timber, the thatched roofs; coconut shells, bamboo and stone as bath accessories make the rooms one of a kind. For a special occasion or a larger group, choose the two bedroom villa perched at the highest point of the lodge, offering the best views. Enjoy the outdoor shower. Swim in the outdoor emerald pool, surrounded by mountains and cliffs.
You are staying right next the Gal Oya Natural Park, which contains the country’s largest inland body of water, the Senanayake Samudraya Lake. The magical landscape has many small islands scattered across the lake and offers the chance to see the Asian elephant in its natural habitat. Gal Oya Lodge is the only place in Sri Lanka where you can do a lake safari and see animals undisturbed in their natural environment.
Egg hoppers. Salted banana chips with chili powder. Fresh authentic cuisine.
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is about 3 hours away. Arrange pickup with hotel.
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Couples or friends looking for magic, serenity and romance in an exotic setting.
Virgin rainforest retreat. Personal cottages. Picking your own citrus fruits from an orchard outside your window. Lying in a hammock and swinging over the running creek of crystal-clear mountain water.
November to April.
The Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is located in the Tweed Valley between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. The Retreat is bordered on three sides by a World Heritage National Park, set among fern gullies and giant figs. Enjoy one of the 10 private bungalows, architect-designed in a perfect natural paradise. Each cottage is hidden inside an Australian rainforest for maximum privacy. Choose the Creekside Spa Cabins with exposed timber beams and a cozy atmosphere. The Tamarind Bungalow has a modern feel with a fireplace and a large deck. The Rainforest Canopy Bungalow and the Luxury Rainforest Lodge is a luxurious cabin accommodation with a spa and a fireplace. All cottages have floor-to-ceiling windows. The Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is equal parts luxury, magic and romance.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is surrounded on three sides by Numinbah Nature Reserve, Central Eastern Rainforest Reserve and Mount Springbrook. Get to know the wilderness around you. Explore the natural beauty of the Tweed Valley and the Gold Coast. Discover the Northern River region, where the tropics meet the mountains. Watch the sunset on an infinite stretch of the Pacific Coast beaches. Visit Byron Bay for a day of surfing. Climb Mt.Warning for an indescribable view.
Homemade Breakfast Baskets. Picnic Packs. Fresh green prawns in a homemade tomato and garlic marinade. Salmon steaks with rainforest herb potatoes.
Fly into the Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane Airport and drive about 50 minutes inland. Alternately, fly into Sydney and travel up the Gold Coast.
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