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Wild Beauty: The World’s Most Luxurious Rainforest Retreats 

May 27, 2022

Turn your off-grid luxe dreams into reality at the most stunning rainforest resorts. 

Lush landscapes, awe-inspiring wildlife and five-star facilities are just some of what awaits when you stay at some of the world’s most luxurious rainforest resorts.  

Explore nature's wild beauty in style: from a reef-side retreat in Tropical North Queensland to Rwanda’s inland mountainside sanctuary, there is a luxurious rainforest resort for every traveller. Read on to discover the unfolding itinerary of unexpected encounters, off-grid hamlets, and gourmet surprises in the jungle at our top pick of luxurious rainforest resorts.   

Daintree Rainforest magic –⁠ Mist at Cape Tribulation, Australia 

Succumb to the beauty of the world’s oldest rainforest at Mist at Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland. Experience the magical place where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Daintree Rainforest – the only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites come together.  

Unwind and reconnect with nature among the jungle canopy, settle on the decking and watch the fireflies play, or sink into one of the property's double hammocks and listen out for the calls of the lesser sooty owl. Make the most of nature on your doorstep: snorkel through the colourful, underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef, stroll through the rainforest (just a 30-metre walk away), or cross a vast stretch of sand on an unforgettable horseback adventure.  

Wild Jungle Haven –⁠ One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda 

Located in the heart of Africa, One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda is an unrivalled oasis on the fringes of Nyungwe National Park. From thrilling outdoor pursuits in the national park to unique cultural insights and wellness experiences, each guest is guaranteed a curated experience. Whether you're seeking an active adventure amongst the treetops or looking to stop the Big Five on a safari through Nyungwe National Park, One&Only is guaranteed to have a unique experience for all guests.  

Retreat to your treetop room where a private balcony or patio overlooks one of Africa’s oldest rainforests. Spend evenings enjoying exceptional dining that showcases the freshest locally grown ingredients from the Rwandan heartland. Or unwind at the healing Jungle Spa and gaze at the awe-inspiring sunsets.   

Idyllic hillside retreat The Chateau Spa & Wellness Resort, Malaysia 

Cocooned by tropical rainforest in Bukit Tinggi and just under an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur is the five-star Chateau Spa & Wellness Resort. Inspired by an 18th-century French chateau, this fairytale hotel rises from the treetops with breathtaking views across the rolling Berjaya Hills. This peaceful part of Malaysia is renowned for its Japanese Village Garden, ornate Four Face Buddha temple and outdoor adventures including golfing, hiking and horse riding.  

Home to the award-winning La Santé Spa and all-day, five-star dining at La Vie and an organic farm, this spectacular resort will leave you wanting for nothing. Toast to your incredible experience at the Cigar Lounge where guests are invited to sample premium spirits and decadent cocktails.  

Back-to-nature tropical hideaway –⁠ Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia 

Nestled between emerald mountains, a lush canopy of trees and gleaming waters is the luxurious, five-star Six Senses Krabey Island. In true Six Senses style, this property has an emphasis on protecting island ecology. Travel with confidence knowing this rainforest resort blends into the natural vegetation, reducing its environmental impact and creating habitats for birds and butterflies. 

Luxury comes in the form of a glittering oceanfront infinity pool, shoreside cinema and four fine-dining restaurants. For intimate privacy, retreat to your private pool villa where you’ll find tranquility and comfort in a private plunge pool and sundeck surrounded by the rainforest. Spend your days frolicking in the shallows, snorkelling in the coral reef or enjoying the complimentary watersports. 

Off-grid eco-retreat –⁠ Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, Indonesia 

Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, located on the peaceful Indonesian island of Lombok, is the ultimate off-grid nature escape. Without the distraction of Wi-Fi or TV, this unique eco-retreat invites you to switch off from the world and unearth a unique luxury hideaway. Stay in one of just 11 eco-friendly beachfront lodges and get lost within 55 hectares of luscious forest fringed by white-sand beaches.   

From the moment you arrive at this secluded cove, you are immersed in nature: snorkel right off the beachfront, enjoy world-class surfing, try kayaking, go fishing, and set out on otherworldly hikes. For the best views, wake early to watch the sunrise over neighbouring Sumbawa Island. 

Want to know more about Lombok? Read Things to Do in Lombok: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play

Immersive nature experience – The IBNII Spa Resort, India 

Experience a one-of-a-kind stay at The IBNII Spa Resort – an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore, the resort is nestled amidst the hills of Madikeri and spread over 125 acres of a picturesque, leafy former coffee estate. Enthusiastic hikers can summit the nearby falls, while those looking to rest and recharge can take advantage of sunrise yoga sessions, dine at one of the five premium dining venues, or go full-luxe and book a facial or signature ritual at Manja –The Spa. 

Sustainable Island paradise – Zeavola Resort, Thailand

It’s all too easy for your troubles to melt away the moment you step foot in Zeavola Resort. This five-star resort enjoys an elevated position high on a bluff, surrounded by palm-filled, seemingly endless lush rainforest, cascading down to gleaming white sands and a turquoise ocean.  

Days can be spent exploring the magical underwater world at the onsite PADI diving centre, splashing in the crystal-clear ocean, ordering a tropical cocktail, or whiling away an entire afternoon at the heavenly Zeavola spa. When the sun sets, head to Tacada restaurant for an alfresco feast overlooking the glistening shores, where authentic royal Thai dishes, innovative cuisine and island-sourced produce await.  

Balinese Bliss – Tanah Gajah, Indonesia

Hidden among the undulating hills and rice paddies of Ubud, the award-winning Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana is an ultra-luxe rainforest resort, where every suite and villa enjoys unbeatable forest views. Spend days resting and recharging (made easier when you have a private butler) or explore the nearby artists’ village of Ubud.  

Revel in dramatic Kecak dance performances, visit the resort’s lotus ponds and reflection pools, dine amongst the rice paddies in the two onsite eateries, unwind at the holistic spa or take to the skies with Bali’s first hot-ballooning adventure.  

For more travel inspiration, read Penang with a Bang: 7 Unique Things You Can Only Do on this Malaysian Island

About Annabel Fuller
Lover of gelato and all things travel, Annabel is happiest when exploring new places, soaking in the glorious sun rays and scuba diving. When she's not writing about the most glamorous destinations, she's on the lookout for her next adventure.

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