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.
Karl Weather / Getty Images Wilderness resorts are growing in popularity as more people and their families look to spend time away from their desk and in the outdoors. From the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park to the awe-inspiring mountains of Washington, these 10 wilderness and natural retreats are among the best in the United States.
Amenities range from outdoor hot tubs to log saunas, incredible views, and all food, beer, and wine included for one price. This massive wilderness resort, tucked away in the Missouri Ozark Mountains, overlooking Table Rock Lake, perfectly combines contemporary luxury and natural beauty.
Visitors can decide whether they want to spend their days hiking the trails and exploring the lost caves or relaxing on one of the sunset cruises. Other activities of interest here are wagon rides, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, painting, cooking lessons, spa services, four golf courses, and regular ever-changing events like family campfires, games, and scavenger hunts.
This wilderness resort offers the perfect experience for families who aren’t quite at the level of “roughing it” and still want exceptional amenities to keep the kids happy, such as the awesome lazy river and outdoor heated pools. Visitors will be enthralled by the towering lobby that features a massive stone fireplace and handcrafted clock made out of copper and iron.
Instead, visitors spend their time outdoors, embracing nature through hiking, boating, horseback riding, or taking guided tours. Stunning scenery, sunsets, and wildlife viewing are all a part of this memorable experience here at the Old Faithful Inn.
Expect incredible customer service at this natural retreat in the USA that has won awards from both TripAdvisor and Height. Hiking, mountain biking, skeet shooting, rock climbing, swimming, star gazing, fishing, and Having are all potential activities.
Guests can stay in luxurious chalets complete with private hot tubs, stocked kitchens, and fireplaces that sleep anywhere from 2 to 14 people. Perhaps what is most astounding about this ranch though is the landscape, which varies from red rim rock to rolling foothills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows.
The resort rests on the shores of the Hood Canal, surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, which is home to a plethora of wildlife including eagles, osprey, seals, and salmon. During the day guests are encouraged to take advantage of the Hood Canal and explore the waters by canoe or kayak to try crabbing or fishing.
Back at the resort guests can indulge in the spa or glassed-in pool with mountain views, and wine and dine at the restaurant with its drool-worthy ever-changing menu. Once the former great camp of William Avery Rockefeller, it has maintained its natural charm with added exceptional luxury.
A 24-hour kitchen, top-shelf liquor and wine, stunning guest rooms with handcrafted furnishings, and gourmet dining complete with a twice-weekly black-tie affair; make this natural retreat in the USA stand out as one of the best. In the wintertime, guests enjoy sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skiing, and wildlife safaris that feature wolves, bears, and more.
Accommodations range from 2-4 person rooms in the inn, to 1-4 bedroom townhouses and 4-bedroom mountain villas, depending on your budget and the size of your party. Other amenities include outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, the Wilderness Adventure Spa, heated pools, and incredible staff.
This remote lodge is located on the banks of the Talachulitna River and Judd Lake, and well within eye shot of two 11,000-foot volcanoes and iconic Mount McKinley. Visitors here can expect deluxe guest rooms, grand family rooms that create a cozy atmosphere for fireside chats, hand-selected wine from the 200-bottle cellar, a lakeside, wood-fire hot tub and sauna, professional massage services, and wireless Internet (something that you don’t always get at remote lodges!).
Destinations like Lake Austin Spa Resort have made it their mission to further integrate scientific evidence that nature heals. Last year, Lake Austin Spa introduced a new initiative called The Ripple Effect, offering year-round activities that capitalize on the resort’s lakefront setting.
In its simplest form, forest bathing is the act of being immersed in nature and focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells of your surroundings to promote physiological and psychological health. Forest bathing links back to shinrin-yoku, a Japanese healing practice that has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and strengthen immune systems.
Checking into one of these resorts, your cell signal will wane as you recharge your own battery, summoning the power of the natural surroundings to center you and re-establish your focus. Swap the buzz of the city for backyards that unfurl to mountains, rivers, and deserts; there’s no replicating the charm and healing found at these top resorts.
The resort sits at the top of the scenic Snoqualmie Falls, where a constant rush of water helps to distress and center yourself with nature throughout your stay. The resort is hub to many hiking paths with access to nearby alpine lakes, mountain biking trails, river rafting, kayaking, and fly-fishing.
Opt for one of the 200 fireplace suites for a comfortable retreat, complete with incredible views of the valley, a soaking tub, and a granite kitchen. Year-round outdoor recreation is the main draw of the region, with countless hiking and biking trails that weave around the pristine Lake Tahoe.
A serene aura flows through the grounds of Mira val Resort & Spa, as the energy of the desert restores and renews. The resort’s all-inclusive standard rate includes gratuities, setting the tone for a worry-free stay, void of unexpected charges.
This option represents the height of desert living, complete with modern and minimalistic interiors that give way to dramatic panoramic views. Nature hikes, rock labyrinths, horseback rides, and over a dozen variations of yoga fill up the day quickly, while the less active set is kept engaged with workshops on nature photography, trips to the onsite bee hive, or the resort’s recently expanded specialty bodywork treatments.
The resort’s 87 guest rooms and cottages are scattered throughout the sycamore tree-filled campus, set alongside a bristling creek that provides a calming babble heard throughout the grounds. Select accommodations are optimized to make the most of the setting, namely the suites with outdoor cedar showers and expansive private decks.
Every morning begins with the local ducks waddling their way to a playful feeding off the shallow waters of Oak Creek. Set just on the outskirts of Snow Canyon State Park, Red Mountain Resort caters to both wellness and adventure retreats with an impressive offering of nature-centric activities.
One of the rarer nature encounters offered at the Red Mountain Resort is the “Where Heart Meets Horse” experience, in which guests are taught how to use their personal energy to achieve equine connection. Towering red rock mesas across the river set a colorful backdrop for the resort’s 55 cabin suites.
Daily guided hikes offer the chance to get closer to the surrounding red rocks, and mountain bikes are available to cover more ground. Mancini’s real masterwork is in the engineering of its one-of-a-kind pool, custom-fit to the grounds’ protruding rock, a modern wonder that sets the resort’s environment-forward atmosphere.
Sophisticated luxury touches add a deeper understanding of nature as a resident archaeologist and geologist lead tours and workshops of the region. After a day spent exploring the desert, make it a priority to retire to your room in time to capture panoramic views of the dwindling sunset.
Rising from its former glory as a pass-through ghost town, Denton Hot Springs has emerged as a refined Luke nature retreat. The allure of the hot springs paired with the backdrop of the Dolores River and San Juan Mountains sets this rustic resort apart.
Twelve cabins and one tent dot the property, with handsomely outfitted interiors adorned with period antiques, heated slate floors, and custom-built signature soaking tubs. Rely on the resort to provide the necessary gear for all seasons, including ice skates, snow shoes, cross-country skis, and mountain bikes.
Capturing the pioneering spirit of the 1800s, the grounds still operate as a working cattle ranch, so if you’re feeling up to task, grab a rope and bucket and lend a hand. There’s plenty else to do beyond bailing hay, whether it's fly-fishing on the property’s 20 miles of private waters, hiking through well-groomed trails, or racing through the meadows on horseback.
The historic accommodations have a newly-minted classic feel, with contemporary finishes including plush beds, high ceilings, and granite countertops. For a change of scenery, the resort is 30 miles from the million-acre Medicine Bow National Forest, a stunning nature preserve known as a sports paradise.
A wilderness sanctuary awaits at The Resort at Paws Up, the toast of rustic luxury set on an active 37,000-acre cattle ranch. Two accommodation options allow guests to choose the speed of their getaway, whether it be in the confines of a Luke tent, complete with an en-suite bathroom and wood floors, or in one of the resort’s comfortable private homes, which offer a more refined nature retreat.
Days fill up quickly at the resort as adventures happen spontaneously, whether it’s a hike through the 100-plus miles of trails, fly-fishing on the banks of the Blackfoot River, or exploring the mountainside on horseback. An oasis of natural splendor, Lake Austin Spa Resort charms with its relaxed setting and picture-perfect lakefront.
Establishing its majestic setting on the banks of Lake Austin, the resort uses its lakeside surroundings as an integral part of its dedication to wellness through its new initiative, The Ripple Effect. The resort cites inspiration for the new program from Wallace J. Nichols, author of the acclaimed book Blue Mind, who explains that proximity to water can have real and impactful results on our happiness and wellbeing.
Providing unique ways to connect with the land, Prim land’s activity roster goes beyond standard nature hikes and mountain biking. The newly-integrated activity is certainly not for the faint of heart, as the process involves plunging into frigid waters for brief spurts, while maintaining focus on breathing, mind-body awareness, and the surroundings.
With a sweeping, dramatic facade more likely to be found in a fairy tale than the backwoods of upstate New York, Mo honk Mountain House stands as a wildly-evocative Victorian castle, complete with turrets and native stone. Guided hikes throughout the ground’s 85 miles of trails kick off each day, while a rotating roster of activities includes expert-led tours of the greenhouse and gardens, meditation and yoga outdoors on the newly-minted green roof, and rock climbing on the cliffs of The Ridge.
Eleven custom-designed log mansions capture the spirit of 19th century romance, as the resort curates a private, peaceful air. The northern New York resort embraces the extended winters with aplomb, equipped with cross-country skis and snowshoes for the miles of paths that stretch through the Adirondacks.
Guests in the summer will find a dramatically different vibe at The Point, as the resort turns into an activity hub for Lake Saran ac.