Prince Charles hailed as 'saviour' of Europe's last remaining wilderness

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Romania's tourism minister has praised the Prince of Wales for supporting a campaign to protect Europe's "last remaining true wilderness" and for helping attract visitors to the country.

Prince Charles is known to be passionate about the country's Carpathian Mountains, and owns two guesthouses there.

In a recent TV documentary on the Travel Channel, the prince spoke out against the threat posed by loggers to the region's forests in a bid to save them from the fate struck much of Britain's woodland.

The Greater Carpathian region, which spans 209,000 square km, has been hailed as the largest area of unspoilt nature in Europe.

Romania's tourism minister Elena Udrea met Prince Charles at Clarence House. Speaking in the Daily Telegraph, said: "He has done more for Romania than most Romanians. His enthusiasm has been an inspiration."

See the video of Carpathia below.



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Prince Charles hailed as 'saviour' of Europe's last remaining wilderness

Hotel Budir in western Iceland sits on the tip of the remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula in one of Iceland’s most isolated areas. Budir is built on the edge of a moss-clad lava field and boasts some of the best hotel-room views in Iceland, looking out over the Snaefellsjokull glacier and the Budir-estuary, which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay. Jules Verne chose Snaefellsjokull as the setting for his novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth and, for centuries, people have visited the area to seek solitude and inspiration in its peaceful, stunning surrounds. Prices for a double room start at £138 per night including breakfast. 
www.hotelbudir.is

Amankora Bumthang lies within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley, one of Bhutan's most remote valleys. The lodge is ten hours drive from Paro and eight hours drive from Thimphu, the capital. Fronted by five ancient prayer wheels, Amankora Bumthang's neighbouring Wangdicholing Palace was built in 1857 as the Kingdom's first Palace and is now the residence of a group of monks.  For more information visit: aman.com

The grass-roofed Gjáargarður hotel can be found in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago of 18 islands located 300 km north of Scotland, halfway between Iceland and Norway. Gjáargarður is on the island of Eysturoy in the village of Gjógv, home to around 60 inhabitants. Gjógv sits on a cliff-edge and is flanked by green mountains. Rooms from £42 (double) with breakfast, direct return flights (Stansted) from £275 (until September). For further information visit: www.gjaargardur.fo

Located on an island in the Cimarron River, the Island Guest Ranch in Oklahoma is truly off the beaten track. Operating as a bona fide cattle ranch since 1889, the road to the ranch is still not located on any maps, making the property one of the Sooner state's best kept secrets. Rustic chic, the cabins will give you a taste of the old west. The abundant wildlife including, deer, coyotes, raccoons and armadillos join guests who choose to saddle up or hike through the wilderness. 7-nights from £595pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities and taxes.  Excludes transfers as car hire recommended from £239.  Return flight from £715pp. Departures May through October. 
www.ranchrider.com

Fly to Manaus in Brazil and take a three hour expedition to this remote and untouched region - a sightseeing tour in itself.  Cross the Amazon by launch, passing the Meeting of the Waters, where the silt-laden Rio Solimoes meets the dark, clear waters of the Rio Negro to form the Amazon. Then after a short trip by road, board a canoe along the Rio Araca, to reach a secluded area where the rise and fall of the waters creates twisting creeks and a maze of small islands covered in virgin rainforest. Juma Lodge is a collection of bungalows (made from local materials) on stilts, each with a private bathroom and fan - with spectacular views of the forest or lake. A 3 night stay costs £662 including transfers from Manaus.
www.veloso.com

This serviced private cottage is tucked away in a stunning mountain location in the Himalayan wilderness. The cottage has four private guest pavilions and a main lounge / dining area, and provides an exclusive mountain experience. Gourmet cooking and fine wine is provided, as well as beds adorned with pashmina blankets and fluffy duvets. Venture outdoors for guided mountain walks, delicious picnics and fabulous views. 
For more details visit www.shaktihimalaya.com

Although vastly remote and with a mere 3 to 4 rooms (depending on which camp you choose) this back-to-true African experience is sensational. Access is limited to a 3 hour drive or 4 seater charter hop to Lukusi airstrip and a transfer to Tafika Camp. Its simple, luxurious and idyllic setting makes this an exceptional destination for getting away from it all.

www.remoteafrica.com

There are currently 92 paradors in Spain, and Santo Estevo is one of the finest. It's a substantial monastery that traces its history back to the 6th century, located in the heart of Galicia. This is one of the greenest regions of Spain and the parador is literally to be found in the middle of nowhere, on the side of a valley above a river - a superb place to build a monastery where monks can live uninterrupted by the outside world. Little has changed since it was built, and this is very much an area of natural beauty well away from noise and bustle of modern city life.
http://keytel.co.uk/index.php?module=custom_property-view&property_id=45

Located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, this 3km square island offers seven stunning beaches which can be experienced in total seclusion, as the number of guests on the island never exceeds forty. One of the island's seven beaches, Anse Victorin, is consistently voted in the polls of the world’s best beaches and even has a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the gate! 
www.fregate.com

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