This is our answer to the call of the unusual. To the mystery of the weird and wonderful. To the belief that life is unpredictable and that we should embrace the curious as often as we can to truly “suck out all the marrow of life,” as Henry David Thoreau put it.
Make your next adventure one unexpected with these unique treehouses, star-beds, tepees and Bedouin tents around the globe.
1. To tepee or not to tepee - Dunton Hot Springs, United States
Where: Dunton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive resort deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies.
Why: Making for an unforgettable escape, this exquisite retreat set in a former mining town features hand-hewn log cabins and spacious tents, as well as authentic tepees, with all the modern conveniences, a saloon which has retained its original character, and natural hot springs. Free of cellphones, this romantic old mining town still provides high speed wireless internet access in every cabin, but you might prefer to focus on the hush of the tumbling waterfall.
2. Jungle fever - Imanta Punta de Mita, Mexico
Where: Close to the city of Puerto Vallarta, in Higuera Blanca, Imanta Punta de Mita offers a remote escape in a rainforest in the Punta de Mita Mountains.
Why: Stay in one of the ocean or jungle view suites or villas or the secluded three-story treehouse, five minutes away from the hotel and yet within the property and an architectural delight offering the ultimate jungle experience for a couple or a family of four. Fall asleep to the views and sounds of the ocean and birds, and look out for humpback whales in winter.
3. If you go down to the woods today - Chewton Glen, United Kingdom
Where: Chewton Glen is a quintessential English country house hotel and spa set in Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and lies just a few minutes’ walk from the beach at Highcliffe.
Why: Hidden away in a secluded wooded valley are the hotel’s luxury treehouses, built high among the trees in a setting perfect for relaxing and simply being. Through huge windows you can glimpse the panoramic view through the leafy canopy to the valley beyond. Indulge in your private hot tub and leave only to enjoy the delights that await in the restaurant or the health spa.
4. A treehouse in Normandy - Château d’Audrieu, France
Where: Château d’Audrieu lies between Caen and Bayeux, in the heart of the county of Calvados, Audrieu.
Why: In addition to the elegant château set in 25 hectares of wooded grounds and gardens, is the deluxe treehouse, a room nestled in the trees with all the modern amenities of a castle suite. Head back to the main building to enjoy the restaurant’s gourmet treats.
5. The gourmand’s getaway - La Grenouillère, France
Where: La Grenouillère calls a quiet country setting just outside the village of Montreuil in La Madeleine-sous-Montreuil, France. It is no more than 45 minutes from the Chunnel and Calais, and only 20 from Boulogne.
Why: After enjoying an unforgettable culinary experience from resident two-star chef, Alexandre Gauthier, retreat to one of the property's open-air huts scattered around the grounds by Patrick Bouchain. Stunning natural beauty meets modern-day comfort in a never-ending experience for the senses.
6. Under the Kenyan Milky Way - Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya
Where: Ol Donyo Lodge lies in the foothills of the Chyulu Hills, between the Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks, on the Mbirikani Group Ranch in Kenya.
Why: Ol Donyo Lodge has ten expansive guest suites in six stand-alone villas, but the truly special part is that each suite has a rooftop star-bed accessed from the verandah via a winding stone staircase. This extraordinary sleep-out setting offers complete privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below, with views of the open plains, rolling hills and the snow-topped Mount Kilimanjaro. Fall asleep to wild elephants at the waterhole and the distant roars of lions.
7. The edge of the world - Anjajavy l'Hôtel, Madagascar
Where: This dreamy island lodge lives in the Anjajavy nature reserve in the north-west of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar.
Why: Along with the lodge’s rosewood villas scattered along the beach, you can spend a night in the open-air sleep-out bed, set into a cliff edge. While a close distance to the main lodge, it is totally hidden from view of all but the beautiful Indian Ocean (and the lemurs, chameleons and humming birds that call this part of the island home). Delight in sundowners and a private dinner on your deck, before turning in for a night alone under the stars.
8. In the land of leopards and pink flamingos - Jawai, India
Where: Jawai lies in the heart of a remote wilderness among the beauty of the Jawai hills and lake near Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Why: After dining under the stars, turn in to one of the ten spacious tents, with their canvas, stainless steel and leather accoutrements, that dot the Rajasthan Steppe in this simple yet sophisticated and environmentally-friendly camp. Look out for wild animals strolling past, unobstructed views of the dramatic wilderness of Rajasthan and sunsets that command your gaze.
9. Under Maldivian skies – Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Where: A turquoise lagoon, beaches with soft white sand and luscious vegetation – that’s the gorgeous setting of Soneva Fushi: protected by its own house reef on the edge of the Indian Ocean.
Why: Stay in the one of the villas with palm-thatched roofs right on the beach or take paradise a step further with a night on a private sandbank in a Bedouin tent. Enjoy cocktails and canapés as the sun sets and sit down to a candlelit dinner served by private staff, before they leave you to enjoy your desert island in peace. Breakfast the following day will be delivered at a time of your choice.
10. For the love of islands - Dolphin Island, Fiji
Where: Lapped by the crystal clear waters of the South Pacific, Dolphin Island is short cruise from Viti Levu.
Why: Enjoy total seclusion with this escape’s open-air rooms, four bures hidden amid palm trees or indulge in a romantic night under the Milky Way, with candlelit dinners for two in the hilltop sleep-out bure. Midnight swims in the infinity pool, cocktails on the floating pontoon, Fijian-fusion meals and massages on the beach, completing the sense of paradise.