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Wild at heart: amazing jungle hotels for a tropical retreat

By , 2nd June 2015

Escape your day-to-day life for a serene, relaxing experience in a jungle hotel – here, on a tropical retreat, you can explore luscious green tropics without having to leave luxury far behind. Why not watch the sunset over a rain forest canopy or experience fine dining on the white sands of a Thai beach?


A jungle hotel with a restaurant inside a cave

Rayavadee | Thailand

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Located on the edge of Thailand’s Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee Hotel is surrounded by three stunning beaches: Railay, Nam Mao and Phra Nang (featured in the film The Beach). The 98 private pavilions are situated amongst palm trees and furnished with teak wood, promising the ultimate authentic experience.

Backed by tall cliffs, tropical gardens and coconut forest, the pool area is a real highlight of this hotel. Another top draw is the al fresco restaurant, which is found inside a limestone cave and accessed via a white sand beach.

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A jungle hotel with unbeatable views of the South China Sea

Banyan Tree Bintan | Indonesia

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A 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, but almost in another world is the Banyan Tree Bintan Hotel and Resort. Found on the island of Pulau Bintan, the hotel boasts a series of villas, complete with private pools, which offer guests unbeatable views of the South China Sea.

Guests can choose between dining on the beach or on the rugged coastline, with a choice of Southeast Asian, Western and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a variety of entertainment options, such as golf, swimming or relaxing at the spa.

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A jungle hotel with an infinity pool overlooking Phang Nga Bay

Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi | Thailand

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Looking for a James Bond entrance to your hotel? Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi is located on a small island in the Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi, and is accessible by boat or helicopter. A range of accommodation options are available, from suites to multiple-room villas, ideal for friends and families. Each abode features views of the beautiful local plantation or the iconic limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay, as well as a private pool.

Resort highlights include the Hilltop Reserve, a restaurant perched atop the resort, boasting Thai dinner menus and an infinity pool.

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A jungle hotel situated in a national park

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens | Costa Rica

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Found on Costa Rica’s beautiful Caribbean coast, the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is situated in Tortuguero National Park. Accessible only by plane or boat, the park is a remote tropical paradise known for its biodiversity and unique ecosystem. Located on one of the rainforest’s many slow-moving rivers, the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is a serene resort offering guests style and comfort.

Visitors can enjoy the spectacular views from the hotel’s outdoor pool or explore the surrounds with one of the many activities on offer – including a turtle hatching expedition.

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A jungle hotel made up of private villas and three swimming pools

Royal Pita Maha | Bali

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The Royal Pita Maha is tucked away on the edge of Ubud, offering a jungle retreat in the heart of Bali’s dense forest. The resort is spread over 12 acres and features private villas, three swimming pools, the internationally renowned Kirana spa and two gourmet restaurants.

Built into the sloping valley walls, the hotel offers breath-taking views of the sun rising and setting over the rainforest canopy. Royal Pita Maha showcases local artistry throughout, including the offer of traditional activities such as yoga, painting and fruit carving.

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A jungle hotel with traditional water blessings by Cambodian monks

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Located on Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, the gateway to the temples of Angkor War, Belmond La Residence d’Angkor is a haven for all jungle-lovers. The resort’s Kong Kea spa offers guests the ultimate tranquil environment for relaxation with traditional touches; the spa embraces ancient Cambodian healing practices, including traditional water blessings with Cambodian monks.

In addition, guest rooms offer sweeping views of the lush foliage surrounding the hotel.

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A jungle hotel in the heart of an ancient forest

The Datai Langkawi | Malaysia

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Located in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rain forest above a gorgeous bay on the beautiful Malaysian island of Langkawi, this jungle hotel offers stunning views of the breathtaking Andaman Sea.

Stay in a villa on the pristine white-sand beach, on a cabin on stilts above the stream that runs through the property or in the main building near the main pool, dining room and lobby lounge.

The Datai Spa is situated by a small winding stream, with five villas offering signature treatments that incorporate the healing plants and herbs found in the rain forest and the philosophies of the Malay culture known as Ramuan.

Guests can also enjoy cookery classes with the Malay, Thai and Indian chefs, where you’ll pick fresh ingredients from the herb gardens, followed by the cooking session and lunch with a complimentary glass of wine.

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A jungle hotel with its very own sacred spring

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Set in a gorgeous tropical rain forest, built high in the mountains on the banks of the sacred Ayung River gorge, this jungle hotel is more than a luxury holistic health retreat.

There are just 30 suites, housed in individually-designed traditional Indonesian residences which each boast their own infinity pool and views of the valley’s rice paddies.

The spa resort features a climbing wall, Pilates studio and yoga pavilion, plus outdoor jungle gyms and chemical-free natural spring water pools. As well as Avurveda and acupuncture treatments, guests can experience a traditional Balinese water blessing to cleanse body, spirit and mind in the sacred spring.

You’ll be eating clean in this jungle hotel, whether it’s in Kudos House, a 100-year-old treetop cabin serving Indonesian regional cuisine, or Glow, the all-day restaurant plating up healthy meals, raw food and juices.

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