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Craving Adventure? These 6 Retreats Were Made for You

1. Taylor River Lodge
Craving Adventure? These 6 Retreats Were Made for You
Looking for a one-of-a-kind place to stay where exploration is at your doorstep?  Let these six newly opened stylish retreats inspire you to take advantage of the outdoor surroundings—from a 12-room island hotel perched on top of a hilly landscaping, to villa views showcasing bayberry tree gardens in Japan.

This appeared in the July/August 2016 issue.
By Jill K. Robinson , AFAR Contributor
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    1. Taylor River Lodge
    1. Taylor River Lodge

    Six cabins and two roomier homes, made cozy with reclaimed-pine interiors and mini bars stocked with organic goodies, line the river’s edge. Cast for trout outside your front door, hike through a canyon forested with aspens and evergreens, then retreat to your dreamy cabin at the Lodge and fall asleep to the sound of the current.

    Don't miss the cedar sauna and saltwater pool (with underwater speakers) in the spa, which occupies a reclaimed oak and beech building where a hydraulic canti-levered door opens onto the river.

    From $1,720

    Photo courtesy of Taylor River Lodge
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    2. Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa
    2. Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa

    Atop the undulating green hills of the Rilán Peninsula, Tierra Chiloé looks down on Pullao Bay’s Dalcahue and Hudson Channels. Inside, wool blankets and wood sculptures made by area artisans bring the island’s culture into the 12 guest rooms and public spaces.

    Don’t miss an afternoon of island-hopping aboard the Williche, a wooden yacht made for the hotel by local craftsmen. You’ll disembark on nearby islands to see penguins, visit 17th-century churches, and hike or bike along the coast.

    From $645

    Photo courtesy of Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa 
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    3. andBeyond Benguerra
    3. andBeyond Benguerra

    You can see the azure waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago’s ultra-secluded national park from these 10 thatch-roofed casitas and three houses. Interiors combine tropical African design with flourishes drawn from the country’s Portuguese heritage, such as handmade terra-cotta ceramic flooring and white-and-blue shower tiles with animal designs.

    Don't miss a bareback ride along the beach and right into the ocean. As your horse walks on the sandy floor of the shallow bay, both of you are buoyed by the warm salt water. 

    From $765

    Photo courtesy of andBeyond Benguerra 

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    4. Wolf Lodge
    4. Wolf Lodge

    Bears, reindeer, and other arctic animals find refuge in Polar Park. Its most famed residents, a pack of wolves, can now be observed from the windows of a rustic six-bedroom Wolf Lodge that sits inside the fence of the pack’s massive, room-to-roam enclosure.

    Don’t miss a walk out into the enclosure with a guide for some one-on-one time with a socialized wolf. Howl into the night and listen for the wolves to howl back at you.

    From $3,150, three nights, all-inclusive.

    Photo courtesy of Wolf Lodge

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    5. Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch
    5. Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch
    New Mexico 

    Ted Turner’s seven-bedroom estate was built by a mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright’s just over a century ago. Turner still stays at here sometimes, but otherwise a four-year renovation has transformed it into an elegant inn called Casa Grande. Rooms are embellished with gilded ceramic tiles, mosaics, marble columns, and original furniture including a 1905 Steinway and a snooker table.

    Don't miss a photography tour of the ranch’s big-sky landscapes, 600,000 acres filled with bison, elk, and mule deer.

    From $550.

    Photo courtesy of Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch 
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    6. Amanemu
    6. Amanemu

    On the coast of Ise-Shima National Park, Amanemu embraces the ancient tradition of soaking in onsen, mineral-rich hot springs. The 24 suites and four villas face private gardens of bayberry trees and have views of Ago Bay’s inlets, dotted with floating oyster farms.

    Don't miss a hike along the Kumano Kodo, ancient pilgrimage routes that pass through cedar and cypress forests to sacred Buddhist shrines.

    From $833

    Photo courtesy of Amanemu
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