Looking for an unforgettable escape into the wilderness without saying goodbye to the luxuries and comforts of a five-star resort? Our top picks for adventure lodges offer the perfect retreats from which to explore the wild and untamed nature of their surroundings. From the valleys of Patagonia to the glaciers of Iceland, these lodges are what travel dreams are made of.
Plunge into some of the world’s wildest terrains at The Singular, Patagonia – a spectacular hotel that perfectly blends utmost luxury with ultimate adventure. Located on 100 acres that line the Fjord of Last Hope in Puerto Bories, The Singular is an old cold storage warehouse that has been lovingly restored and renovated by the 4th generation of the same family who settled in the area over 100 years ago. The hotel is a majestic architectural feat in itself and pays homage to the structure’s rich history with even a museum-like area dedicated to showcasing the machinery once used on the property. The 54 rooms are designed with simplistic luxury in mind, with the main focus being on the floor to ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the Last Hope Fjord and Andes Mountains. While here, The Singular offers guests a huge range of activities and expeditions to admire the beauty of nature around them. From epic horseback riding tours and expeditions to glaciers, to walking tours through Puerto Natales and Torres Del Paine, the hotel ensures that its guests won’t leave without experiencing the true wonder and beauty of the area. With fantastic food and drinks on offer, a state of the art spa and a team of incredible staff to meet every need and desire you may have, this hotel offers the singular best experience in the Patagonia region.
Arguably the swankiest safari lodge in the Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo Lodge is a design gem in the raw wilderness of the African Wild. With cutting edge design and unparalleled attention to detail, the lodge has a luxury boutique feel giving guests all the comforts they could desire during their stay. Within close proximity to the N’wanetsi river and the Lebombo Hills, the 17 suites are spaced out around the property and all offer incredible views over the national park. Guests are able to watch the surreally beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of your own king size bed as they look out to the 33,000 acres of private land within the Kruger. The lodge offers an abundance of activities both on site and beyond the confines of the buildings. Enjoy tastings in the private room sampling South Africa’s best wines, take in a treatment or two at the spa and head out into the park with the team of expert guides offering game drives to witness the rich untamed wildlife around you. The culinary delights here cannot go without mention. Led by acclaimed chef, Liam Tomlin, the kitchen team here expertly prepare lamplit dinners of lip-smackingly delicious meats accompanied by fine South African wines.
One of the most isolated and equally most luxurious lodges in the world, Deplar Farm on the troll peninsula in Iceland is truly something special. Within a former 18th century sheep farm, the 12 suites are housed in a grass roofed lodge that fits in seamlessly with its lush green surroundings. Everything at the Deplar Farm is designed to ensure that guests experience the inimitable magic of Iceland within authentic yet luxurious surroundings. The rooms are all designed to evoke quintessential Icelandic charm with neutral colour palettes and cosy touches such as pristine sheep skins and Moroccan wools. While its easy to spend all day not leaving the lodge (the outdoor swimming pool heated with geothermal energy and the spa and masseuse on the property allow for hours of relaxation), it would be a crime not to venture into the unique landscapes that surround you. From trekking up the hills and heli-skiing to horse riding and salmon fishing, there are endless outdoor activities to keep you busy throughout the day before snuggling up by the fire before a delectable dinner prepared by the small team of expert chefs - freshly caught salmon fish and locally reared meats are the stars of the three course meals served in the dining room.
With a sole mission of showcasing the glorious nature which surrounds it, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Vancouver Island is the perfect luxury getaway for anyone looking to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. Arriving via floatplane, guests are shown to one of the 25 luxury guest tents sprawled across the property. The prospector-style tents are perched along the water's edge and are all kitted out with luxury fittings from the sumptuous king size beds, cast iron wood stoves, vintage oil lamps and antique furnishings – an true haven for adventurers. Operating all of their own activities and adventures, the friendly and enthusiastic team here are focused on creating bespoke and unique experiences for their guests. The team at the resort have a special relationship with the Ahousaht First Nation which allows the unparalleled and sustainable access to the UNESCO-Protected Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve. From equestrian experiences and marine based expeditions to heli-ventures, wild-life treks and so much more, guests find themselves in a 600 acre playground where nothing stands between them and the natural wonders surrounding them.