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12 wilderness hotels
 
Some hotels offer the pleasing – and often remarkable – combination of care-free sojourns far out in the wilderness, without the need to skimp on comforts. We round up some of the best places to escape in style.
This, the oldest African elephant camp on the continent, specialises in elephant-backed safaris and allows interactions between guests and the great tuskers – its seven great, tusked creatures are trained to transport guests through the delta, so they can spot game from above. It’s one of the most expensive camps,...
A day’s drive from Cairo, deep in the Western Desert near the Libyan border, Adrère Amellal sits facing a salt lake and the rolling dunes of the Great Sand Sea. Replacing electricity with candles, marble with local salt-rich mud, it offers a different, special kind of luxury. A spring-fed swimming...
Splendidly set amongst the dramatic dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this luxurious and intimate eco-resort was inspired by a traditional Bedouin encampment. But you won’t be roughing it – the only things resembling tents are the canopy roofs on the sumptuously furnished free-standing suites with plunge pools. The...
Standing on the edge of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, this exceptional retreat offers the last word in ‘glamping’. Ten identical accommodation tents are complemented by dining, lounge and spa tents – but these are no ordinary tents. Inspired by the great Mughal emperors’ camps, Aman-i-Khas pulls off the challenging feat of...
Set amid terraced hillsides on the banks of the Colca River, this rambling lodge channels an easy country grace. Roofs are thatched, the buildings are painted earthy colours and a gaggle of alpacas can be found trotting around the property. But the biggest treat is the location: at the head...
This wonderful hotel in the countryside, two hours’ drive from Reykjavik, is the best place to stay for a true Icelandic wilderness experience. From its rooms, you can look out on to ancient volcanoes, a mystical glacier and a lagoon where seals play; beyond it an empty sandy beach stretches...
This pristine lodge sits on the banks of the Madre de Dios river, a 45-minute boat ride from the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado. The river’s name means ‘Mother of God’, which couldn’t be more appropriate given the setting: narrow walkways weave between palm-thatched cabins tucked into dense tropical rainforest....
This must surely be one of the most dramatic hotels in the country, made up of a series of glass-fronted freestanding cabins carved out of spruce and placed slap-bang in the middle of a canyon, with views of the gushing Valldola river below and spectacular peaks above. Rooms feature deep,...
Located 60km from Marrakech at the foot of Mount Toubkhal, this atmospheric boutique hotel is an ideal spot to relax after a summit hike. Sitting on a rocky outcrop some 1,800m above sea level, rooms boast spectacular views of surrounding snow-capped mountains. The result of a partnership between the Berber...
For anyone looking for a front row experience of Uluru, this is it. This elegant ecolodge – designed to complement its stunning Red Centre location, consists of just 15 luxury air-conditioned 'tents' positioned in the dunes outside Yulara, each with unrivalled, uninterrupted views of the Rock. The property offers stylish...
This 70-year-old plantation house, complete with wooden verandas and old-fashioned ceiling fans, is now a luxury hotel, sitting within 400 hectares of private jungle, filled with butterflies, hummingbirds and toucans. Situated 45 minutes from the Falls, it’s ideal for guests who want to escape further into the rainforest and see...
Set on a diminutive, windswept peninsula on Lake Titicaca’s western shore, this sleek Andean eco-gem offers a break from all that Spanish colonial decor. Stylish wood-panelled rooms are dotted with bold works of art, massive soaking tubs and local textiles. Just a 40-minute drive from the bustling highland city of...