World's best jungle retreats

Need a proper escape? Head for the jungle to get back to nature and revel in serenity at its best. Nestled in rainforests with verdant gardens, lush views and the sounds of exotic birds, these jungle hotels provide an idyllic sanctuary for those in need of a far-flung getaway.

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From the rice terraces of Bali to the calming waterside setting of the Amazon, these hotels surrounded by tropical forests were made for wildlife lovers.

For those who want the place to themselves, Bom Bom Island in Principe is a hidden gem offering seclusion, a golden sandy beach and a lush forest location. With just 19 bungalows, you won't have to share much of the space on this African isle.

Thailand is where some of the best luxury is at and home to some of the most unique jungle experiences, such as Soneva Kiri's treetop dining in a nest-like pod among the trees and overlooking the turquoise sea. At Rayavadee, the interiors are inspired by the jungle setting and guests can relax amid tropical gardens and coconut groves set against a backdrop of abundant foliage and clear waters.

At the finest resorts, you'll find infinity pools perched on hills, al-fresco culinary experiences and the best locations for spotting elusive creatures.

Be inspired by our pick of the world's best jungle retreats...

World's best jungle retreats
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World's best jungle retreats

Just an hour by private plane from Bangkok, Koh Kood is like the Thailand of days gone by with wild jungle, beautiful beaches and local fishermen bobbing about in the bays. Soneva Kiri is a luxury resort with villas positioned on the beach or in the rainforest, each enjoying infinity pools, private butlers and electric buggies to get around. Some of the most memorable features of the resort are Benz, a gourmet Thai restaurant located in the Mangroves reached by boat and the treetop dining pod for the ultimate jungle experience. Luxtripper offers a seven-night holiday with flights from £3,269 per person.

The peaceful jungle location of this luxury health spa retreat creates a complete feeling of escape. Having a resident yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and dietician means that Como Shambhala Estate's experience goes beyond the relaxing atmosphere of the estate. There is a choice of suites and villas, all with elegant Balinese influenced design and views over the lush surroundings. Guests can enjoy trekking, biking and climbing in the unique location. Luxtripper offers seven-night holidays with flights from £2,383 per person.

Located on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, this luxurious hotel includes a unique collection of rooms and villas. Accessible only by sea, guests arrive at the resort after a short but exhilarating speedboat trip from Krabi pier. Rayavadee nestles discreetly amid tropical gardens and coconut groves against a backdrop of lush jungle foliage and clear waters. Enjoy the tropical, vibrant décor complete with bespoke furnishings, taste sumptuous Thai dishes on the beach as the sun sets over the glistening waters. Quintessentially Travel offers stays from £1,560 based on two people staying three nights in a Standard Deluxe Room.

Offering a traditional but unique collection of 44 villas, the Hanging Gardens of Bali is an architectural masterpiece set in the natural, tropical environment of lush rainforests and picturesque rice terraces. The verdant gardens have indigenous flora and fauna, such as cocoa and coffee trees, which blend serenely with bamboo, flame trees and orchids to create a beautiful paradise. Guests at the hotel can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding jungle, valleys and the Ayung River, as well as take a dip in one of the world’s best infinity pools. Quintessentially Travel offers three-night stays in a Riverside Villa from £997.

A hidden gem located in the tropical forest on a secluded island in Africa, Bom Bom Island's hotel offers the perfect jungle escape. Discover unique fruits based on the seasons and taste exquisite local cuisine by the pristine shores of Principe. With a selection of 19 bungalows, each with a bespoke but simple design and extraordinary views of the emerald sea, natural gardens or the golden sandy beach, you will experience a unique holiday. Quintessentially Travel offers holidays from £1.933 based on two people staying for seven nights in a Garden View Bungalow.

Nestled on the hills of the Ayung River valley, Alila Ubud offers exclusivity and serenity in a secluded hillside setting. It beautifully infuses contemporary designs with rustic Balinese touches throughout. Located 15 minutes from Ubud, the hotel features spacious terraces, private gardens and tranquil courtyards where you can soak up the lush surroundings. A dramatic emerald swimming pool is perched on a terrace and appears to float above the plunging Ayung River below. Quintessentially Travel offers two-night breaks in Standard Deluxe Rooms from £307.

Nestled in the heart of the ancient rainforest, this secluded hideaway boasts an 18-hole golf course, a unique open villa spa, a bespoke cruise experience and five restaurants. With its envious back garden, host to a myriad of fascinating and rare animals, The Datai Langkawi is nature’s paradise. Quintessentially Travel offers five-night stays in a Deluxe Room for two people from £6,078, including a Balinese massage each.

Located in the southern part of the Brazilian Amazon, Cristalino Jungle Lodge allows visitors to immerse themselves in the special ecosystem. The ecolodge is situated beside the clean, calm waters of the majestic Cristalino River and was carefully designed to integrate harmoniously with the surrounding jungle, featuring 18 rooms and suites, now with electricity around the clock. Guests enjoy a cosy bed in comfortable surroundings, a bar with a bonfire burning and the restaurant serving delicious dinners by candlelight. Bespoke Brazil offers stays at the lodge in its Wetlands and Wildlife holiday, priced from £3,220 per person for a 10-night trip to the Amazon and Pantanal, with all flights included.

With huge, beautifully-appointed treehouse suites, an infinity pool and gourmet restaurant, Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge is a fantastic place to relax and soak up the sights and sounds of the jungle in Brazil. Its deep jungle location means that you’re perfectly-placed to explore the primary rainforest and wildlife-rich waterways of the Anavilhanas National Park, from swimming with pink river dolphins to fishing for piranha. RealWorld offers 10-night holidays in Brazil which include a four-night stay at the Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge from £1,995 per person (flights excluded).
Seek out the elusive Bengal tiger while staying at SUJAN’s Sher Bagh, a luxury tented camp neighbouring the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. With approximately 60 tigers inhabiting the park, the chances of seeing one of the endangered creatures here is pretty high. The Relais & Chateau property features 12 hand-stitched canvas tents, including two new suites, designed in the style of the 1920s, a hand-crafted swimming pool, Jungle Spa and excellent al-fresco culinary experiences. Ampersand Travel offers five nights in India from £2,145 per person, including one night in Delhi and a full-day city tour, four nights at Sher Bagh in a luxury tent, four morning and three afternoon safaris in a shared jeep, all flights and transfers.
Located on a lush ridge overlooking the surrounding lakes and volcanoes, Virunga Lodge is an inviting eco-lodge that makes the perfect base from which to explore this incredible area in north western Rwanda. Guests can track gorillas and golden monkeys, or climb a volcano, hike a waterfall and visit a local school. There are just eight cottages, each styled in a traditional way and with its own terrace to admire the breathtaking views. The Luxury Safari Company offers a three-night holiday from £4,039 per person, including full-board accommodation, flights, a gorilla trek, private guide, tour of Kigali and genocide museum.


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