By THE NATION
Does the prospect of waking up to an endless horizon of azure waters, imposing mountain peaks or rolling verdant hills make you want to pack your bags and plan the perfect escape? If so, you’re definitely not alone – 86 per cent of Thai travellers say that outstanding natural scenery is one of their primary motivations for picking a destination for an upcoming trip.
Outstanding natural scenery, according to the survey of Booking.com, is one of the primary motivations for picking a destination for an upcoming trip of tourists. Six sensational stays that have been specially designed to make the most of the picturesque locations are thus recommended. From glass cabins to desert domes, these unique getaways magically merge with their surroundings and blend the borders between accommodation and nature, so that nothing stands between you and the breathtaking landscape that inspired you to travel in the first place.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
The barren wilderness of Wadi Rum is made up of craggy canyons and orange earth, so pockmarked and rugged that it resembles the surface of the moon. The best way to immerse yourself in these stunning surroundings is to stay in a geodesic dome at the base of one of the desert’s many dazzling rock formations. Sun City Camp is a great base to explore the otherworldly landscape of Wadi Rum. Their “Martian tent” will provide you with a unique camping experience and panoramic views that you’ll never forget.
Bois Cheri, Mauritius
Located at a historic and picturesque spot along the Mauritian Tea Route, Bubble Lodge Bois Cheri is a transparent oasis in the middle of a working tea estate. Surrounded by lush foliage, the bubble rooms are all decorated in earthy tones and natural fabrics. Whether gazing at the myriad of stars that are visible through the rain forest canopy or simply daydreaming amongst the leaves, every moment is a tranquil treat in the heart of this tropical paradise. You can also visit the nearby tea factory to learn everything about tea production in Mauritius and savour one of their delicious signature tea blends for yourself.
Baa Atoll, Maldives
For uninterrupted 180-degree views of sparkling turquoise water as far as the eye can see, the private villas at Milaidhoo Island Maldives are the stuff that dreams are made of. This boutique luxury escape even has its own coral reef and is located in a Unesco-protected biosphere reserve. Bedecked with abundant tropical greenery, the island is fringed with wide, white sandy beaches with crystalclear waters that are ideal for snorkelling and diving. Best of all, with the barefoot informality that you’re afforded at this secluded getaway, you can laze away the hours on your private sundeck waiting for one of many epic sunsets over the Indian Ocean that you’re sure to enjoy during your stay.
Waipara, New Zealand
Magnificent conditions for stargazing and uninterrupted views of the pristine New Zealand countryside await at Greystone PurePod, a luxury glass eco-cabin set high above a beautiful organic winery in the Waipara Valley. Made of heavy-duty glass, this fully self-contained, solar-powered, environmentally sustainable holiday home enables you to enjoy awe-inspiring panoramas of the rural landscape from every direction, all from the comfort of your bed.
Known for its iconic limestone hills and winding waterways, Guilin is a magical, must-see area of the Guangxi region in southern China. With giant windows that provide floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding countryside, Heshe Hotel is a hidden gem. It’s also just steps away from one of the region’s most popular natural attractions, the Reed Flute Cave. At over 180 million years old, the stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formations in the cave have been attracting visitors for more than 1,200 years – at least according to the earliest inscriptions that still adorn its walls in ink.
Set in a remote location on the tiny island of Manshausen off the northwest coast of Norway, the minimalist sea cabins at this Nordic retreat (Manshausen Island) feature sleek sitting rooms encased entirely in glass on three sides. Perched over the edge of the water, they create an illusion akin to floating in mid-air, completely surrounded by sea, sky and the rugged hills of the other small neighbouring islands. The ultimate in seclusion and serenity, the property features an openair hot tub to soak away your stress. And if you visit in winter, you can almost guarantee a spectacular frontrow seat to enjoy the Northern Lights dance across the distant horizon.