If nature therapy is your kind of a holiday, a forest hotel is what you should be looking for. We made a list of the 5 forest resorts from around the world, for your travel pleasure.
- Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Sabah, Malaysia
Danum Valley forms part of a 400km2 rainforest reserve and harbors some of the richest concentrations of wildlife anywhere on Borneo, including healthy populations of orangutans. It is a must visit if you are in Malaysia.
The best place to stay here is Borneo Rainforest Lodge on the banks of the Danum River. It has a network of well-laid-out trails, and resident guides who will help you to spot wild orangutans, red leaf monkeys and Bornean Gibbons within a stone’s throw of your room.
Bird watching is excellent, too; open areas attract mixed flocks, while noisy wreathed, wrinkled and rhinoceros hornbills are conspicuous near fruiting trees. An early morning stroll on the canopy walkway provides spectacular treetop views and the chance of seeing orangutans or other primates. Night walks offer windows into the world of the forest’s nocturnal creatures, including giant flying squirrels and leopard cats. You might also spot Borneo’s smaller primates, the slow Loris and Western Tarsier.
- Peace Lodge, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Peace Lodge is located in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica just an hour from San Jose International Airport on the grounds of the private nature reserve, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
The on-site La Paz Waterfall Gardens contain waterfalls, lush gardens, an aviary, a butterfly observatory, numerous wildlife exhibits, and hummingbird feeders all connected by a unique trail system. Guests of Peace Lodge are invited to enjoy the park before it opens and after it closes (the optimal bird and wildlife viewing times) to the general public. Additional activities from the lodge include exploring Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation, river-rafting, boat cruise on the Sarapiqui, horseback tours, and the Center for Neotropical Studies.
- Mount Snow Resort, Vermont, United States
Located in the gorgeous Green Mountain National Forest, Mount Snow has the distinction of being Vermont’s closest large-scale ski resort to major metropolitan areas in the region). Its four mountain areas (Main Face, North Face, Carinthia, and Sunbrook) feature 80 trails, nearly three-quarters of which are blue runs. That shouldn’t discourage beginners, though, because Main Face has some fun green runs that go from the 3,600-foot summit all the way to the bottom. North Face, meanwhile, features the most advance terrain, including tree-skiing areas and the double-black-diamond trail Ripcord.
Mount Snow’s most unique feature, however, is Carinthia, an entire mountain face dedicated to terrain parks; it’s the only one of its kind on the East Coast. Spread over 100 acres, the 12 parks here feature rails, jumps, and a super pipe, making it an ideal place for snowboarders.
- Gir Forest Resort, Gujarat, India
Gir Forest, the last refuge of the majestic Asiatic lion! This thickly forested sanctuary has remained the sole residence of this endangered species of lions and other animals and birds for many years now. A wildlife safari through the thick, undisturbed forests would be a memorable experience that you can cherish forever. The sanctuary was set up in 1965 and was declared a national park in 1975. The Gir Forest is definitely a paradise for any adventure seeker and wildlife lover. Every year travellers from different parts of the world visit it to spend some time with nature. If you have luxury in mind, the resort offers beautiful villas in Gir which will definitely take your trip to a whole new level.
- Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Brazil
The focus at Cristalino is on learning about the riches of the rainforest from local guides – especially about birds and butterflies. And no wonder: the lodge’s private reserve is home to six hundred bird species, a huge variety of butterflies and moths and some unusual wildlife, including jaguars, harpy eagles, capybaras and agoutis. A room in a dormitory starts from Rs.9066 full-board per person per night, including transfers and activities, but for those with deeper pockets there are private bungalows with ceiling fans, double beds and private outdoor rest areas. It is also a perfect honeymoon destintion.