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JUNGLE ESCAPES: GET LOST AT THE EDGE OF THE WILD

MAY 07, 2019

From jungled isles of Indonesia to Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park, there’s a jungle retreat to suite every traveler’s style.

Craving fresh air, relaxation and a sea of green views? It's time to plan a rejuvenating escape from the urban grind. Lucky for you, luxury hotels across Asia have tapped into the restorative power of mother nature with incredible tented camps, where you’ll find yourself just steps away from the jungle.

Perched on the edge of the wild, these glamorous camps recall the golden age of expeditions without sacrificing modern creature comforts. You can look forward to butler service, premium linens and dining experiences that leave you wanting for nothing – except perhaps another G&T.

Best for: Nature lovers

Prolific resort designer Bill Bensley pulled out all the stops for Shinta Mani Wild.

 

Situated deep within Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park, Shinta Mani Wild - Bensley Collection opened last December to much fanfare. It’s easy to see what all the excitement is about: The 15 luxurious tents overlook a tumbling river in the heart of the jungle, offering an unparalleled sense of privacy and seclusion.

But this remote getaway lures travelers for more reasons than one. Shinta Mani also promises a unique arrival experience via a 380-metre-long zip line – though land or helicopter transfers are also available – a restaurant that’s anchored by a waterfall, and excellent eco credentials to top if off.

By partnering with Wildlife Alliance and The Cambodian Government, the property is committed to protecting the private nature sanctuary and its inhabitants, which include elephants and gibbons. Experience the jungle in all its glory while you're there, either on foot with a ranger or aboard a Bensley-designed private boat.

Best for: Beach lovers

Sitting beside the Flores Sea on Moyo Island, just east of Bali, Amanwana tented camp is the most luxurious way to experience Indonesia.

 

Combining the thrill of adventure with the comforts of a luxury hotel, Amanwana (meaning ‘ peace and forest’ in Sanskrit) sits on the shores of the Flores Sea on Moyo Island, Indonesia. At this beachfront property, guests are looked after from the moment they arrive aboard one of Aman’s private yachts.

Most guests spend their days diving or snorkelling with experienced instructors in the coral-rich Flores Sea. After all, this one of the most biodiverse places in Asia, home to a kaleidoscopic array of turtles, moray eels, puffer fish, parrot fish, and spotted rays. The turquoise waters are also ideal for sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding, depending on your style. Back on land, a trek through the pristine jungle will reward you with views of romantic Barry’s Falls and nocturnal expeditions into bat caves.

At the end of the day, relax in your luxurious private tent. These 58-square-metre accommodations feature sky-high canopies, Indonesian artwork, wooden furniture and air-conditioning – ensuring you’re comfortable all year round.

Best for: Eco-conscious travelers

Enjoy a sustainable stay in the majestic Annapurna Himalayas.

 

Opened this January, The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View in Nepal offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. The hotel’s eight tented villas overlook rice paddies and snow-capped peaks, and each has been outfitted with handcrafted furniture and locally sourced natural materials.

It’s as remote as it is beautiful, which means that reaching this eco-luxe property requires a bit of extra effort. First, you’ll take a peaceful paddle boat across Lake Phewa followed by a short trek through the hills (though Jeep safari transfers are also an option).

Once you’re there, the experience centres around the great outdoors. Spend the morning kayaking on the lake or hiking in the nearby foothills, then unwind with a farm-to-table Nepalese lunch. For total relaxation, recharge your body and mind at the natural mountain spring pool or enjoy an Ayurvedic massage at the spa. As part of The Pavilions philosophy, you can pack in as much adventure, or as much relaxation, as you please. In addition, this socially conscious business invests the lion’s share of profits in community building initiatives.

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