The Floating Room at The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania

August 5, 2016

Ah, there’s nothing like getting out in the wild every now and then. Call it a symptom of staying in the city for too long, but sometimes, it just feels great to escape from skyscrapers and apartment blocks to heed the calling of Mother Nature.

Traveling around the globe is the best way to do that. But what if camping around isn’t really your thing, and you don’t particular fancy getting down and dirty? No worries. We’ve got you covered with our list of eight incredible hotels with breathtaking views of nature that’ll have you booking that plane ticket in no time.

1. andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana

andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana

If you love gorgeous sunsets and amazing wildlife, this spectacular retreat is one for you. Situated in the midst of thriving grassland, the Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is home to elephants, buffaloes, hippos, leopards and over 450 species of exotic birds!

andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana

This majestic resort is also pretty exclusive. Rooms are limited, with only nine en-suite safari tents available for rent. In terms of activities, there are plenty of things to do. Guests can go on game drives, fish, have a boat ride, or even take a helicopter trip over the gorgeous Okavango Delta.

andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana

Visit their website here.

2. Kakslauttanen, Finland  

Kakslauttanen, Finland

Lying 250 kilometers North of the Artic Circle is Kakslauttanen, a resort that opens up to jaw-dropping views of Finland’s beautiful landscape. During the summer, visitors can partake in activities such as husky-drawn sleigh rides, horse riding, or hiking. But it’s in the winter where things get interesting.

Kakslauttanen, Finland

When the snow starts to fall, the environment around Kakslauttanen transforms into a pretty, snow-laden utopia. Guests can take refuge in luxurious igloos made out of glass windowpanes – an absolutely amazing way to revel in the Northern Lights when the time is right.

Kakslauttanen, Finland

Visit their website here.

3. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Not one for the faint of heart, the Skylodge Adventure Suites is the first hanging lodge in the world, perched 400 metres above Peru’s sacred valley. It’s a perfect place to visit if you’re a hardcore mountain climber – guests have to embark on a hair-raising vertical climb up a steel ladder set in rock.

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Want a route that doesn’t involve climbing? No worries. There are also hiking trails and zip-lines to get to your destination. Booking a room here may prove tricky though; there are only three capsules available for rent.

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Visit their website here. 

4. Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, Dubai

Dubai may be home to some of the world’s most lavish hotels, but the most impressive is probably is the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel. Situated on Palm Jumeirah Island in the Arabian Gulf, this 5-star, marine-themed property has a total of 1,539 rooms, including underwater suites with views of all kinds of sea creatures.

Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, Dubai

Besides sleeping with the fishes, guests can also stroll along a beach at the resort’s compounds, and enjoy unlimited entry into the family-friendly Aquaventure Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Visit their website here.

5. Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands, South Africa

Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands, South Africa

Think you can survive without electricity? Is Wi-Fi not a big deal for you? If so, you might want to check out the Kingston Treehouse at the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. With contact to the outside world limited to just radio communications and your mobile signal, there’s really nothing to stop you from enjoying the glorious wonder of Africa’s savanna.

Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands, South Africa

The room itself is decked on top of a tree, and is constructed from just wood and glass. And if you want to engage in some stargazing or sunset watching, there is no better place to do so than here.

Visit their website here.

6. Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

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While all the other hotels in this list bring you close to nature, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, is nature itself. With a whopping 35,000 cubic metres of snow and ice used to construct this architectural wonder, there’s no doubting that the Ice Hotel is certainly one of the most unique hotels on the planet.

Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

In terms of accommodation, the number of rooms the hotel has varies from year to year, but generally, there are usually around 65 rooms available for guests.

Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Photo: Asaf Kliger

Visit their website here.

7. Lapa Rios Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve, Costa Rica

Located in a large expanse of Central American rainforest, the Lapa Rios Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve is one of the best places on earth to experience nature. With only 17 bungalows in this 1000-acre property, space and privacy is virtually guaranteed over here. Though, you’d probably see monkeys, toucans, sloths, and other cute critters from time to time.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve, Costa Rica

Each bungalow comes with private balconies that offer sublime views of the surrounding Pacific Ocean or Golfo Dulce, but if you want to really immerse yourself in the place, there are tours that bring you to wild waterfalls, ridges, and beaches.

Visit their website here.

The Floating Room at The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania

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Situated along the coast of Tanzania’s Pemba Island, The Manta Resort is the home of Africa’s first underwater hotel room, and one of the continent’s most stunning places to visit. Just imagine waking up in the morning and chilling in the viewing deck just below your room, watching sea creatures swimming peacefully by.

The Floating Room at The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania

In addition to having front row seats to spectacular marine life, guests will be also treated to fabulous views of the stars when night falls. Talk about being surrounded by beauty 24/7.

The Floating Room at The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania

Visit their website here.