06 April 2018
Seeing the natural wonders of the world isn’t limited to backpacking treks and rough camping. There are many outstanding hotels and resorts that are tailored to giving you the luxury hotel experience, whilst also being at one with nature.
As the name suggests, a safari holiday at Elephant Hills gives you the chance to get up close to elephant herds at the local camp. You’ll bathe and feed the animals, giving you incredible access to these magnificent creatures. You’ll also enjoy comfortable full board accommodation, well suited to guests of all ages.
Each safari lasts between two and four days, depending on your choice of itinerary. Choose the Rainforest Nature safari to explore the beautiful mangroves by speedboat and traditional junk boat or opt for a more sedate Family Jungle safari with educational walks. The most popular option is the Jungle Lake Safari, which includes a stay at a floating luxury tented camp – perfect for a romantic escape from the modern world.
Set within 12 acres of private land in Nairobi, at the heart of a stunning forest, Giraffe Manor is a breath-taking boutique hotel that serves as an idyllic base for a luxury safari holiday. A true oasis of tranquillity, it’s furnished in a boutique style and provides every comfort, with just 10 rooms ensuring an intimate, peaceful ambience.
The true highlight is the residential Rothschild Giraffe. You won’t have to make an effort to get close, as the giraffe will come to you, often poking its head into the hotel in the hope of receiving a treat. It’s a unique experience and adds to the wonder of this gorgeous location.
Gaya Island Resort
This picturesque holiday resort, set amongst the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Borneo, is perfectly placed between a luscious rainforest and a fine sandy beach. Featuring only the finest amenities, you’ll relax and dine in true luxury as you soak in the spectacular views of your idyllic villa accommodation.
The resort’s location makes it the ideal place to get back to nature, with a number of incredible wildlife species to discover. The rare Proboscis monkey is a highlight, with jungle trail tours tailored to spotting this beautiful primate. However also be on the lookout for flying squirrels, bearded pigs and more amongst the rainforest, while the island’s marine centre is home to sea turtles.
Emirates Wolgan Valley
Situated amongst the Greater Blue Mountains of Australia, the Emirates Wolgan Valley resort is made up of 40 breath-taking villas. Designed in Federation style, they all have a private pool and veranda, offering the ideal place to enjoy the stunning views of the wildlife and conservation reserve. Locally sourced products are brought together by acclaimed chefs to create authentic Australian menus, while the 1832 Heritage Homestead and Kitchen Garden is a lively hub of activity.
You’ll be able to enjoy horse riding around the reserve, or hop into a four wheel drive vehicle for a wildlife expedition to see the distinct local species including wild kangaroo. The nearby glow worm tunnel on the Newnes Plateau also offers a chance to see these unique creatures in their natural environment.
Grootbos is a luxury eco-reserve tucked between the mountains, forest and sea of South Africa. Contemporary décor and features merge wonderfully with the outstanding natural beauty of the region, helping it win awards including being in top hotel lists for Tatler and Fodor’s. Each lodge and villa offers secluded comfort, designed to reflect the wonderful tones and atmosphere of this peaceful setting.
Set off on tours of the wilderness to explore ancient forests, endangered plant and mammal species, or opt for the marine experiences including shark cage diving and whale watching. You can even enjoy a marine safari to see the ‘Big 5’: sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins.