Rest and relaxation in a home away from home? That’s just a bonus. In the name of eco-consciousness and the appreciation of the finer life in equal measure, &Beyond’s Phinda Mountain Lodge’s five- star accommodation coincides with a Big Five safari destination with 28,555ha of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa that you help to cultivate with every visit.
To be precise, the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, as seen from a nunatak close to 1,900m above sea level and in a luxury mountain hut so remote that trips begin and end with a helicopter ride – unless you’re particularly proficient at mountaineering. Ice cavern spelunking, glacier trekking and snow sledding, optional. After said adventure, a hot shower, a plush bed and gourmet food and wine await you in the Sheldon Chalet.
Taxing is Relaxing
Aman’s portfolio of 33 hotels and resorts sports a fair share of spiritual and mindfulness-centric retreats. But those who prefer serenity through adversity – if there’s even such a thing – they’ve got that, too. Enter Rosa Alpina, nestled in the heart of the Dolomites mountain range in Northern Italy. Only fans of mountain climbing – whether horizontally, through lung-busting high-altitude cardio or vertically, with the power of your fingers, ropes and a good pair of shoes – need apply.
Peaks and Piers
A mountainous retreat with a marina might sound like an oxymoron – or a climate catastrophe come true – but, trust us, they do exist. L’Escale Resort Marina and Spa is situated in Seychelles, Africa’s smallest and richest archipelago. Think bucolic forests, azure oceans and a picturesque Morne Seychellois, just 10 minutes from the airport.