Ten ultra-luxurious suites offering epic adventures
Who says you can't have a high-octane adventure in the lap of luxury? Across the globe, some of our favourite hotels and resorts are welcoming adventurers who love white-water rafting, mountaineering, and other epic experiences almost as much as they adore Champagne toasts, high-thread-count sheets, and private plunge pools.
Read on to discover ten ultra-luxurious suites that are offering up the ultimate reward for your intrepid efforts.
Explorer's Lodge, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Golden Buddha statues, long-tail boats floating on the Ruak River, and bamboo jungle provide a magical backdrop for the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, which shares land with the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation. Known for its work with rescued Asian elephants, the lodge allows guests to train as mahouts among this fantasyland of suspension bridges and Myanmar vistas.
Unwind after adventure-filled days in one of the 15 standalone luxury tents, which reference the safari savoir faire of Hemingway's heyday with hammered copper soaking tubs and timeworn leather trunks. The newest — and most luxurious — of the accommodations is the recently completed Explorer's Lodge, which comes with two master suites, optional en-suite spa treatments, and a jungle-encircled pool. (fourseasons.com)
Wolgan Villa, One&Only Wolgan Valley
Emirates Airlines spent $US125 million (about $A167.8 million) building Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley as an eco-conscious resort amid Australia's World Heritage–listed Blue Mountains. Neatly tucked into a bucolic valley in the shadows of sheer sandstone cliffs, the remote compound features 40 luxuriously outfitted freestanding bungalows.
Each was envisioned as an Australian homestead, complete with front and back verandas and indulgent interiors. The three-bedroom Wolgan Villa, with its private pool serving as a breathtaking vantage for stargazing, is the perfect place to unwind after a day of trail riding through the valley. (oneandonlyresorts.com)
Como Villa, Como Uma Paro Resort
With its stellar views of Bhutan's Paro Valley, the two-bedroom Como Villa at Como Uma Paro is your own personal Shangri-la. The sanctuary-like villa shares the same Bhutanese village architecture and commitment to service (coming complete with a private butler) as the main resort.
The space — which is adorned with local art and artefacts — features a private spa room, a kitchen, and an alfresco hot stone bathtub that mean you never have to leave the premises. Although, adrenaline-pumping river rafting, mountain trekking, and archery lessons may just be enough to lure you outside. (comohotels.com)
Boathouse, the Point
Rough it like William Avery Rockefeller at the Point, nestled on the shores of Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. Set in a thick thatch of forest, the property was built as Rockefeller's personal log mansion during the Gilded Age.
Now it is an intimate, all-season wilderness resort, sporting 11 art- and antique-bedecked suites set within in several original, rustic-chic structures. Book the airy Boathouse, which hovers above the lake, where a private float plane will whisk you from your porch to the lake's most secret fishing sites. (thepointsaranac.com)
Amangiri Suite, Amangiri
Set against the colossal rocks in Utah's ancient and otherworldly desert landscape, the minimalist 34-suite Amangiri feels like a mirage. The resort offers a jumping-off point to one of the only via ferrata courses in the U.S., allowing climbers heart-pumping climbs up steep promontories using fixed cables and ladder rungs. Plot your ascent from the comfort of the tranquil Amangiri Suite, which boasts a 72-square-metre pool and a sky deck with a day bed. (aman.com)
Master Villa, Awasi Patagonia
Stark and haunting, Torres del Paine National Park stirs the soul. Be enveloped by its majesty at Awasi Patagonia, an intimate adventure lodge set within a dense forest of lenga and ñire beech trees on a private estancia not far from the park.
With pops of colour and natural fibre furnishings, interiors are meant to mirror the outdoors and create a symbiosis with nature. After active days exploring the natural wonders all around, retire to your two-bedroom Master Villa, a sleek-lined villa with breathtaking views from every corner. (awasipatagonia.com)
Owner's Cottage, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers
This is not your everyday cattle ranch. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, a sprawling estate on New Zealand's North Island, harbors a collection of endangered Kiwi birds in its protected preserve.
After an early rise at the Relais & Châteaux lodge's four-bedroom Owner's Cottage (an elegant haven of earth-tones, sheep's wool blankets, and plaids, you'll trek through the woods with a naturalist guide in search of rare creatures like the kiwi bird. Afterward, spend the afternoon teeing off on the property's award-winning cliffside golf course. (capekidnappers.com)
Buffalo Cottage, Singita Sasakwa
Monkeys and giraffes might share your personal infinity-edge pool at Singita Sasakwa in Tanzania's Serengeti. Part of 350,000 unsullied wildlife-rich acres (about 141,000 hectares) known as the Grumeti Reserve, Sasakwa suggests a turn-of-the-century manor house.
The main building is edged by outlying cottages, and the property is complete pools, tennis courts, and jaw-dropping amber-hued views. The many parlours and libraries invite repose after a day spent on game runs. Choose as your home base the four-bedroom Buffalo Cottage, which overlooks two sides of the Serengeti and features a large dining area and kitchen. (singita.com)
Osprey Pavilion, Southern Ocean Lodge
Swimming with dolphins, cavorting with sea lions, and scampering up the Remarkable Rocks are just a few of the adventures you'll find on untamed Kangaroo Island. The Southern Australia island is home to Flinders Chase National Park, and is beloved by campers.
Southern Ocean Lodge— with its design-centric interiors, epicurean focus, and extensive wine cellar — provides a more opulent option for those in search of a pampering adventure. Of its 21 suites nestled on the edge of a dramatic clifftop, the finest is Osprey Pavilion, which features curved walls and huge windows to maximize the panoramic views. ( southernoceanlodge.com)
Trappers Cabin, Beaver Creek Resort
Forget cabin fever: You own the mountain at the four-bedroom Trappers Cabin, where you might spy a bear from your deck's outdoor hot tub. Equipped with a concierge, private chef, mountain guides, and sports equipment galore, the two-story chalet lies along a ski run at the world-famous Beaver Creek.
Bordered by trees and perched 2895 metres above sea level, Trappers opens to vast unspoiled terrain, allowing skiing or hiking right out your front door. (beavercreekresortproperties.com)