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The World's Best Wilderness Resorts

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Ever feel the urge to get away and retreat to the outdoors? From a striking Iceland wilderness resort to a luxurious mountain lodge in Scottsdale, use our hotels list as a guide to the natural wonders of the world.
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Km 5, 5 Norte S/N, Natales, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
When Rodolfo Guzmán forages ingredients to use in his Santiago restaurant, Boragó, he likes to stay at the Singular, an adventure lodge on the outskirts of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Once a sheep-processing factory,...
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Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada
In a remote spot off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, surrounded by rain forest, mountains, and beaches, the Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat first opened in 1998 as an overnight floating lodge experience; since then, it has grown into a luxury...
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Nesjavellir 801, 801 Nesjavellir, Iceland
On the slopes of the still-active volcano Mount Hengill, on the edge of Thingvellir National Park, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel is seriously in harmony with its environment. Energy and hot water is provided by the nearby Nesjavellir Geothermal Power...
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5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
When your travels bring you to Scottsdale there is no other place to stay than Sanctuary. The name sums it up best. Located on Camelback Mountain yet right in the heart of Scottsdale, you'll be hard pressed to leave your bungalow. Don't miss...
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Step inside from the dusty street into this walled oasis in the town of San Pedro. With only eight unique cottages and plenty of sun-drenched terrace space, this exquisite hotel (a Relais & Chateaux property) has sofas strewn with local...
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40060 Paws Up Rd, Greenough, MT 59823, USA
Get closer to nature with treatments from Paws Up's meadow-side spa. Located where the edge of an expansive pine forest meets a lush meadow, Spa Town is a secluded place for deep relaxation. The full-service, private treatment tents are outfitted...
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Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
In an ideal world, you would wake up in your bed, in the Faru Faru Lodge, to a glorious Serengeti sunrise, and through barely open eyes watch the animals gather at the waterhole through the nearly 40-foot wall of glass that keeps the heat and...
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
It’s a toss-up between what's more breathtaking here along the rim of Ngorongoro Crater: the sunrise views of one of the world’s deepest and largest volcanic caldera, haven for more than 25,000 wild animals (including the endangered...
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El cascajo, Ecuador
Set on two extinct volcanic craters 450 feet above sea level in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the extremely high-end (but still carbon neutral) Pikaia Lodge, which opened in mid-2014, is unlike anything the Galapagos has ever seen. With strict...
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Tanzania, ArushaSerengeti National Park
On the eastern edge of Serengeti National Park, Namiri Plains opened in July 2014 as the first permanent camp set up within the Soit Le Motonyi reserve, closed to tourism for two decades, to allow the cheetah population to recover. 45 minutes...
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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
While staying at Dunton Hot Springs, I had the opportunity to go on a great hike to Colorado's only active geyser. Though it is not an Old Faithful-like show-stopper, it is still very cool to be one of the very few people who see it every year.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
Tierra Atacama is a resort in Chile's northern desert that was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, my hometown of Oak Park’s most influential architect. Tierra Atacama’s most obvious Wrightean influences are in the low design of the...