Visit the red-rock spans in Arches National Park, the sheer-walled river gorges in the Canyon lands, and the stunning buttes and mesas of Monument Valley. Blending with its dramatic surrounds of deep canyons and towering plateaus, this wilderness escape could not be more rugged.
Mancini’s trail system allows guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot. Perched on the clifftop of Big Sur, a rugged stretch of California’s coastline between Carmel and San Simeon, sits the breathtaking Post Ranch Inn.
This is the perfect overnight stop to break up the drive along this scenic Californian Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and enormous redwoods, and to the west by the glittering Pacific Ocean, the Post Ranch Inn is a wood and glass structure built on stilts on the top of the hillside.
Other room options include the magnificent treehouses which are built on stilts nine feet off the forest floor with a stairway to each entrance. Trout Point Lodge is a wilderness retreat in Nova Scotia at the heart of the UNESCO SW Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve and a picturesque 45-minute drive from Yarmouth Harbor, where you find the international ferry from Maine, USA & Yarmouth International Airport.
Here you might enjoy sightings of black bears, turtles, flying squirrels, grouse, deer, beaver, owls, loons, eagles, and even moose. The Lodge and grounds occupy 100 acres, and at night, light pollution is minimal, making stargazing sensational.
The lodge has a star gazing platform where they organize special tours with an astronomer on staff and powerful telescopes. This indulgent but untamed wilderness resort is open from May to September and is located in the Layout Sound World Biosphere Reserve (within the Pacific Rim National Park).
Twenty guest and family suite tents showcase antique furnishings, opulent rugs, down duvets, remote-controlled propane powered wood stoves and luxurious amenities. This red rock resort doesn’t just look like a scene from the movies; it is a scene from the movies with multiple Hollywood blockbusters being filmed in the area since 1949, resulting in silver screen epics like the Rio Grande, The Comanches, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Hidden in the heart of the gorgeous, red rock wilderness and nestled against the banks of the Colorado River, this upscale 240-acre retreat lies just 17 miles from Moab, Utah, and slap bang in the middle of the adventure capital of the West. The accommodation at the resort is not what you’d expect from being in Canyon Country, rather than a standard room, you stay in charming log cabins which offer a mixture of rustic style and luxury with opulent pine beds complete with handcrafted four-posts, cattle horn wall hangings; artsy barbed wire chandeliers and more oak than you would see in a forest along with all the modern amenities you would expect in this level of the resort.
Depending on the season of your visit, you can also enjoy ATV rides, horseback riding with authentic, friendly wranglers (the resort even has ponies for younger children), rock art tours, hot air ballooning, scenic road cycling and golf at the picturesque Moab Golf Course. With its excellent one-of-a-kind cabins, spectacular views, therapeutic spa, gourmet dining, and riverside pool, this resort is the point at which luxury meets adventure.
Join the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who chose Sorrel River Ranch as a base to explore this beautiful red rock country. Ridge wood Wilderness Lodge is a hand-crafted Alaska eco-lodge that sits in a secluded location in Halibut Cove adjacent to the Schema Bay State Park and Schema Bay State Wilderness Park, the Kenji National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenji National Fjords.
Enjoy three wonderfully prepared meals each day, and highly personalized attention with majestic scenery, miles of beaches, and secluded saltwater coves right out the front door. At their Alaska Wilderness Lodge, Lucinda and Jess can arrange area eco-tours such including brown bear photography trips, halibut or salmon charters, guided kayaking, and flight seeing.
You can, of course, enjoy outdoor experiences like kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, and fly-fishing, but you will not have to rough it in the Under Canvas Yellowstone camp. Suites come complete with a private en-suite modern bathroom, including a sink, flushing toilet, and a roll-top bath, as well as a living room and a bedroom wing, with a King-size bed.
Become Goldilocks at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Quebec, a gorgeous hotel in a forest, made out of wood! Stay here in the Autumn to see the leaves turn brown, yellow, and red or ski from a real log cabin in winter with nearby access to Mont-Tremblant, where there is another Fairmont hotel.
Wilderness adventures can be magical travel experiences, whether it be a stay in the rainforest, desert, African savanna or mountains. The lodge concept is designed for the environmentally conscious, physically active eco-adventure traveler, who seeks close contact with the unique natural wonders of the Galápagos with the highest level of comfort and services that could be reasonably provided within the limitations of such a remote, restricted and eco-sensitive location.
Guests enjoy active, quality guided land and marine day programs in small groups. Hotel website : Pixie Lodge Tip : enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a complimentary 60-minute therapeutic massage).
Facing majestic Uluru, Longitude 131° commands spectacular views of the outback icon and World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Truth National Park. Crouched in the lee of a red sand dune and set among desert oaks and spinier, the pavilions of Longitude 131° are dwarfed by the majesty of the landscape.
Here, guests delve into the foundation of Anand culture and explore this irresistible land and the stories of the traditional custodians. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power.
The resort’s trail system and unrivalled backcountry access allow guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot. SONORA RESORT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA This luxury wilderness resort is an absolute jewel amid one of Canada’s most alluring and pristine environments, British Columbia’s stunning Desolation Sound, which is home to fascinating wildlife and some of the best salmon fishing in the world.
Enjoy thrilling eco-tours along the coast, where you’ll get close-up views of grizzly bears, orcas, sea lions, and dolphins. LAP RIOS, OSA PENINSULA, COST ARICA Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica’s wild OSA Peninsula, Lap Rios is paradise for lovers of wildlife, birding, nature and beaches.
The 16 private bungalows line three ridges overlooking the pristine point where the Golf Dunce meets the Pacific Ocean and are situated 350 feet above sea level. Home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lap Rios Eco Lodge will be the experience of a lifetime.
BUSHMAN ALOOF WILDERNESS RETREAT, SOUTH AFRICA Nestled in the foothills of the Lederberg Mountains north of Cape Town, South Africa, lies Bushman's Aloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat; an ecological oasis within a roughly hewn and magical land. Bushman's Aloof offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations.
The lodge’s colors are inspired by the peninsula: the pink granite of the Hazards mountains, the white beaches, sapphire waters and the grey-green of the native bushland. The recreational area is located 100 meters away from the main building, connected by a sloped wood path, and it is equipped with a heated, covered pool, sauna, and four open-air jacuzzis with spectacular views.
Tip : enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit). Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine surrounding wilderness.
The lodge’s 21 eco-chic luxury suites have mesmerizing views of the ocean and feature lavish king beds, sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom and outdoor terrace with occasional seating and daybed. Twenty guest and family suite tents showcase antique furnishings, opulent rugs, down duvets, remote-controlled propane powered wood stoves and luxurious amenities.
You'll be amazed and inspired by the magnificence of this secluded setting that's perfect for family reunions and vacations, weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways. After a day of activity or relaxation, enjoy gourmet comfort food in the lodge's dining room overlooking the sunset on the lake.
Experience Big Sur's profound and humbling beauty with breathtaking sunsets, soaring condors and immense starry nights. Escape the rest of the world for a couple of days and find peace and pleasure at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.
MANCINI Opened in October 2009 and is located on a 600-acre expanse of wilderness in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views over colorful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase Escalate National Monument.
THE LODGE AT KEY GRANDE An exclusive retreat nestled in the heart of Colorado's San Juan Mountains. Each suite is adorned with antiques and artifacts collected in the world travels of our proprietors, as well as modern amenities such as satellite TV and broadband.
The resort offers a variety of day and overnight packages, and the entire town can be rented exclusively for spectacular corporate retreats, family reunions and weddings. Denton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive resort nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies.
This perfectly restored ghost town thrives on contradictions; hand-hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished, a life-worn saloon serving food of startling quality, invigorating trails followed by pampering massages, sensuous hot springs beneath shimmering snow banks. Free of cell phones, this romantic old mining town still provides high speed wireless internet access and video conferencing to the comforting sound of a tumbling waterfall.
It's a vibrant and exclusive house party, an elegant hideaway, the essence of rustic splendor, luxury and whimsy amid Adirondack mountain wilderness. Built in the tradition of an Adirondack Great Camp, The Point Resort marries opulent authenticity with luxurious amenities and secluded, relaxing wilderness.
Its location offers access to the great outdoors with truly breathtaking scenery and internationally acclaimed natural features on your doorstep. The resort has a prodigious aspect, in 21st Century comfort, across the raw valley of Jackson Hole where many a wild animal leaves a labyrinthine trail as it wanders up into the spectacular surrounding snow-capped Tetons, the Rockies' youngest and most riveting range.
A member of the prestigious Relies & Châteaux, Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a mountain retreat featuring private log cabins and a comfortable lodge. Here, adult travelers enjoy a romantic setting with incomparable scenery, wildlife, outdoor activities' year round and a collection of Western inspired art.
Relax in world-class accommodations, dine on the freshest contemporary cuisine and sample the world's finest wines while the caring staff pampers you.