Written by Andrew Sessa
March 28, 2016
Four new retreats are bringing extreme luxury to the natural world.
There’s something to be said for roughing it and embracing nature wholeheartedly, but a few remote resorts are bringing a new level of luxury to the middle of nowhere. From Peru to Japan, guests at these stunning retreats can find rejuvenation in the outdoors, while taking advantage of the spas, gyms, full service restaurants and opulent amenities available. Because if you’re going to stay in a tent, you might as well make it a fully furnished, geodesic dome with views of the African Savannah.
At nearly 9,000 feet, Asilia Africa’s month-old Highlands is the highest safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area; its eight glass-fronted, geodesic-domed tents are just north of the [Ngorongoro Crater]*(http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-12-07/what-a-safari-in-tanzania-is-really-like) (which has the greatest concentration of lions in Africa), with views extending some 30 miles, clear to the Serengeti.
Ted Turner has just transformed Casa Grande—his century-old stone-walled mansion on the over 590,000-acre Vermejo Park preserve and bison ranch—into a seven-room hotel that opens onto expanses of prairie and mountains full of antelope, bears, mountain lions, and more than 180 species of birds.
The latest from Aman, Amanemu—a hot-springs retreat in Japan’s southwest—opened in March in the green hills of Ise-Shima National Park, where pilgrimage trails through dense forest lead to Shinto shrines. Each suite or villa has its own onsen soaking tub.
Known for adventure-ready retreats in Patagonia and on Easter Island, Explora arrives this summer on a terraced Incan corn plantation in Peru’s Sacred Valley, where Explora Valle Sagrado promises excursions that go deeper into the Andes than those of other lodges.