Feel Inspired with These Amazing Fresh Air Escapes
After spending weeks confined at home, many travelers are craving a change of scenery. Whether it’s unlimited space to explore outside our own four walls or a desire to reconnect with the beautiful landscapes we’ve been missing, we’re all dreaming of experiencing the world again, when the time is right. In fact, according to recent research we conducted in five countries, almost one-third (30%)* of respondents say their first trip out once restrictions are lifted will be to do some sightseeing in nature. With that in mind, we present seven stunning escapes with wide open spaces and pristine fresh air that only Mother Nature can deliver to provide some much needed travel inspiration and fuel wanderlust until it’s safe to travel again.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Set inside Ecuador’s Mashpi Natural Reserve, this magical escape is home to 400 species of indigeneous flora and fauna, including beautiful exotic birds, majestic tropical trees and colorful chirping frogs. Thoughtfully designed to combine sustainability and respect for nature with all the modern comforts, this unique stay will help travelers rest, relax and unwind in spectacular surroundings, a motivation that 61%* of survey respondents said would motivate them to travel once travel restrictions have been lifted. Adventurous guests can soar above the rainforest canopy in the property’s open-air cable car or pamper themselves with a soothing stone massage using botanicals from the surrounding nature reserve. Guests who are looking to learn more about local conservation efforts and the Mashpi Project can even join one of the informative presentations and talks offered by the resident biologist.
Glamping Bizjak, Slovenia
For a truly spacious glamping experience, these luxury tents are only 25 miles (40 km) outside Slovenia's charming capital Ljubljana and a further 20 miles (32 kilometers) from picturesque Lake Bled. Whether a nature-loving family or group of friends that haven’t been able to connect in a while or just looking for a secluded, rustic escape, the beautiful surroundings offer plenty of fresh air and invigorating activities. After a vigorous hike through the forest to enjoy the Alpine views, guests can unwind with a soak in the large outdoor hot tub. The property is also pet friendly, so four-legged furry friends can come along and enjoy the fun!
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia
Just to the northwest of Sydney, these environmentally responsible luxury villas are nestled in Australia’s rugged and imposing Wolgan Valley and offer breathtaking scenery in spades. Adventure also abounds on this 7,000-acre wildlife reserve, where guests can go horseback riding, mountain biking or even set out on a four-wheel-drive safari. Each of the freestanding villas offers plenty of space to unwind and take in the panoramic views, either from the private veranda or cuddled up in front of the fireplace.
Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Canada
Located in the Kicking Horse River Valley in the epic Canadian Rockies, Cathedral Mountain Lodge combines traditional log cabin aesthetics with a hint of luxury. After a guided hiking tour through Yoho National Park to marvel at the many majestic peaks or a canoe trip across the impossibly aquamarine waters of one of the nearby lakes, guests can relax on their private balcony and just soak in the views. At the property’s restaurant, guests can also sample some locally-sourced cuisine created with organic and free-range ingredients or savor a Canadian vintage from their extensive wine list.
Grand Forest Metsovo, Greece
For a private mountain sanctuary, head to this escape tucked amidst the pines in the Pindus range in northern Greece. Only about a 15-minute drive from the picturesque village of Metsovo with its traditional houses and stone alleyways, this getaway features its own farm and a spa with an indoor pool. After a pleasant stroll through the forest or a wild truffle hunting expedition, guests can sample local wines while admiring the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
On a hillside overlooking Big Sur's ruggedly beautiful coastline, this adults-only resort is perfect for those who are looking for some much-needed serenity. Hidden among 160 forested acres, self-care is number one on the agenda with a full menu of rejuvenating spa treatments on offer. Guests can start their day with a yoga class or simply soak in one of the heated outdoor pools or Japanese bath, sipping on a craft cocktail and watching the sun set over the Pacific. Art lovers can also browse for a special vacay treasure at the Glass House Gallery, which displays works from many local artists.
Sunyata Hotel. Deqin Meili, China
For panoramic views of the imposing Meili Snow Mountains in China’s Yunnan province, this former Tibetan house turned luxury getaway will take your breath away. The snow-capped peaks that dominate the horizon are considered sacred in Tibetan Buddhism and most have never been summited. Definitely one to add to the long-term bucket list, the property is praised by guests for its thoughtful renovation, outstanding design and incredible service, with one customer reflecting that “soaking in the bath with the most picturesque view was heavenly.”
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months. In total 4,708 respondents were polled including 826 from Germany, 969 from France, 942 from Great Britain, 971 from Italy and 1,000 from the US. Respondents completed an online survey between 24 April and 1 May 2020.