Luxury Jungle Hotels That Are Breathtaking
The jungle is a special place: verdant vegetation, colorful birds and swinging monkeys, and a feeling of adventure. Even better than a walk in a rainforest is spending the night in one—and you don’t have to rough it. These 4 hotels set in in rainforests and jungles around the world are luxurious and nature filled, offering an experience unlike any other.
The Datai Langkawi:
Langkawi is a lush island off Malaysia’s west coast, most of which is covered with rainforest. The Datai is cloistered within it, and it’s also above a pristine beach at the island’s edge—the best of both worlds. The 46 acres of thick jungle hides flying lemurs, dusky leaf monkeys, and great hornbills and on-site naturalists will help you find them. The 121 rooms are minimalist and modern—heed the warnings to lock balcony doors lest a monkey break in.
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola fell in love with Belize and opened two luxury boutique resorts there, including this one in the jungle. Twenty thatched cabanas are nestled by a river inside the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching—return to the lodge to relax at the pools with some of Coppola’s wine in hand.
Shinta Mani Wild:
Embedded in Cambodia’s remote South Cardamom National Park’s dense jungle, this luxury tented camp was designed by the acclaimed Bill Bensley, who has crafted some of Asia’s best resorts. The 15 tents perched above a rushing river are inspired by the luxury safari in Cambodia’s jungles that Jackie O went on when she travelled the Kingdom in 1967. Keep a lookout for gibbons and elephants, and go out on the river in one of the luxe Bensley-designed boats.
Nayara Tented Camp:
This glamping haven in the Costa Rican jungle with show-stopping views of the Arenal Volcano is as luxurious as any high-end safari experience. Private spring-fed plunge pools, outdoor double showerheads, and soaking tubs are the norm, plus naturalists who can help you discover the sloths, toucans, and brightly colored frogs on property.