The world's most luxurious jungle hotels revealed01/28/2020
An Amazon resort on stilts, a cloud-forest lodge in Ecuador and Queensland cabins in the wilderness: The world’s most luxurious jungle hotels revealed
- The Juma Amazon Lodge has 19 bungalows and is built on 50ft-tall stilts deep in the Brazilian rainforest
- Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola, is set among the tropical trees of Belize
- The Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, in Thailand, has 56 villas that all come with private infinity-edge pools
A jungle adventure usually means sacrificing modern comforts for basic lodgings.
But these stunning hotels prove that you can immerse yourself in nature while surrounded by breathtaking luxury.
From the amazing Amazon resort built on stilts to the Thai forest hideaway where every villa has a private pool, MailOnline Travel presents some of the most lavish jungle resorts on planet earth.
Juma Amazon Lodge, Brazil
The Juma Amazon Lodge, pictured, which is 60 miles southeast of the Brazilian city of Manaus. The entire resort is erected on 50ft stilts
One of the 19 bungalows at the Juma Amazon Lodge. They all come with veranda hammocks, hot water and fans
Stays at Juma Amazon Lodge start from £464 ($600) per night. It can only be reached via an air or boat transfer
Guests at the Juma Amazon Lodge really do live the high life – that’s because the resort is erected on 50ft-high stilts.
The lodge, which is 60 miles south of the Brazilian city of Manaus, is sheltered by trees and high enough so it doesn’t flood during the rainy season.
It boasts 19 bungalows that come with veranda hammocks, hot water and fans. The most impressive accommodation is the panoramic bungalow, which features a king-size bed and a wrap-around balcony that has stunning views of the Juma River.
Stays start from around £464 ($600) per night and guests can only reach the lodge by air or boat transfer.
Silky Oaks Lodge, Queensland, Australia
Some of the 40 guest tree houses at Silky Oaks Lodge in Queensland, which peers out over the Mossman River
Inside one of the guest tree houses at Silky Oaks Lodge. In April, the property will close for a full renovation, and the accommodation will be refreshed
Silky Oaks Lodge in Queensland occupies a 32-hectare portion of the lush Daintree Rainforest above the Mossman River.
There are 40 guest tree houses that the lodge says offer a ‘peaceful retreat’ and are ‘styled with contemporary furnishings and local timbers’.
They all feature king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor hammocks, air conditioning and receive daily housekeeping visits.
Stays at Silky Oaks Lodge start from £215 ($280 per night).
Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
One of the luxury cabañas at Blancaneaux Lodge – an eco-lodge in western Belize that is owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola
The balcony in the Francis Ford Coppola Villa at Blancaneaux Lodge. The lodge is set among the tropical trees of the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola, Blancaneaux Lodge is ensconced among the tropical trees of the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize.
It boasts 20 mountainside cabañas and villas that are said to offer guests ‘a relaxing escape deep within the Maya Mountains’.
The lodge has two restaurants, two bars and a spa. It also offers hiking tours, bird-watching sessions and horseback riding.
Rooms at Blancaneaux Lodge start from £280 ($369) per night.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge, pictured, is part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World portfolio. It is located in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge is surrounded by a forest that’s home to 500 species of bird (including 36 that are native), monkeys, peccaries and pumas
One of the rooms at Mashpi Lodge. It has just 23 rooms and suites and, as this image shows, jungle life is right outside the window
Mashpi Lodge is a luxury hotel perched in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador.
A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World portfolio, it is surrounded by a forest that’s home to 500 species of bird (including 36 that are native), monkeys, peccaries and pumas.
It has 23 rooms and suites that have been designed so that guests can ‘observe forest life from the comfort of their beds’.
Rooms at Mashpi Lodge start from £835 ($1,098) per night.
Rayavadee Hotel, Krabi, Thailand
One of the seven luxurious villas at Rayavadee Hotel, which you’ll find within Krabi’s National Marine Park in Thailand
Rayavadee Hotel is made up of 94 spacious two-storey pavilions and seven villas. Pictured is the master bathroom in one of the villas
The backdrop to the Rayavadee Hotel is the lush green forest of Krabi’s National Marine Park in Thailand.
The resort is made up of 94 spacious two-storey pavilions and seven luxurious butler-serviced villas dotted throughout tropical gardens and coconut groves.
In order to protect the rich flora, fauna and marine life that surround the hotel, it organises regular beach cleans and mangrove planting sessions.
Stays at the Rayavadee Hotel start from £455 ($597) per night.
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
The Datai Langkawi resort, pictured, is nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest on the Malaysian island of Langkawi
Pictured is the stunning resort’s golf course which, like everything else, is surrounded by trees
The resort, pictured, ‘offers a diverse choice of dining experiences inspired by culinary traditions from around the world’
Inside the luxurious rainforest villa at the Datai Langkawi. The resort has 121 rooms, suites and villas and nearly all have a private veranda
The Datai Langkawi is nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest on the island of Langkawi, which is off Malaysia’s west coast.
As well as being set against lush green trees and mountains, it also overlooks the white sandy beach in Datai Bay.
The resort has 121 rooms, suites and villas and nearly all have a private veranda with stunning views. They also feature ‘modern facilities and luxury tailor-made amenities in keeping with the resort’s sustainability’.
It’s heaven for foodies, too, offering ‘a diverse choice of dining experiences inspired by culinary traditions from around the world’.
A one-night stay at the Datai Langkawi starts from £421 ($553).
Anjajavy le Lodge, Madagascar
Anjajavy le Lodge, pictured, is a 1,030-hectare private reserve on the west coast of Madagascar
The lodge, in the fishing village of Anjajavy, is surrounded by a dry deciduous forest, a mangrove forest and wild beaches
Inside one of the 24 individual villas at Anjajavy le Lodge. All of the villas at the resort are spread over the main beach
Anjajavy le Lodge is a 1,030-hectare private reserve in the fishing village of Anjajavy on the west coast of Madagascar.
It is surrounded by a dry deciduous forest, a mangrove forest and wild beaches. The reserve is also home to a wide variety of lemurs.
The resort has 24 individual villas that are spread over the main beach and they all boast a large open terrace with sea views and hammocks.
The minimum stay at Anjajavy le Lodge, which can only be accessed by air, is three nights. Prices start from £317 ($417) per person per night with half-board.
Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, Phang-Nga, Thailand
The Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, pictured, is nestled on an island in Thailand’s famous Phang-Nga Bay
One of the beachfront villas at the resort. It is built close to a rubber plantation and is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and mangrove forests
Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi has a total of 56 villas that all come with a private infinity-edge pool. Pictured is one of the bedrooms in an ocean view villa
The Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi is nestled on an island in Thailand’s famous Phang-Nga Bay.
It is built close to a rubber plantation and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and mangrove forests.
The resort has a total of 56 villas that all come complete with a private infinity-edge pool. Six Senses describes the accommodation as being ‘like plush treehouses within tropical greenery’.
Rooms start from £330 ($433) per night and the island is accessed via a short boat ride from either Phuket or Krabi.
Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Queensland, Australia
One of the seven hand-built cabins on stilts at Daintree Wilderness Lodge – an eco-lodge surrounded by Daintree National Park
The lodge says that guests can ‘witness wildlife and fauna found nowhere else on earth’. Prices start from £151 per night
The Daintree Wilderness Lodge is an eco-lodge surrounded by Daintree National Park in Queensland.
It has seven hand-built cabins on stilts where guests can ‘witness the wildlife and fauna found nowhere else on earth’.
Each also has a unique ‘sunroof’, which the hotel says allows guests to ‘gaze up into the rainforest and fill the cabin with beautiful rays of sunshine in the morning’.
Prices start from £151 ($198) per night, which also includes a fully cooked breakfast.
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
An aerial view of Pacuare Lodge in the heart of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains. The Pacuare River tumbles past just a few feet away
Pacuare Lodge offers high-end luxury in breathtaking surroundings
The lodge is made up of 20 standalone suites and villas – the most luxurious being the Jaguar Villa, pictured
Inside the Jaguar Villa at Pacuare Lodge. A one night stay at Pacuare Lodge starts from £405 ($533) per person per night
Pacuare Lodge is located on an 840-acre private nature reserve in the heart of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains.
It is also situated right next to the Pacuare River, meaning guests can arrive at the lodge via a white-water raft.
The lodge is made up of 20 standalone suites and villas – the most luxurious being the Jaguar Villa, which boasts its own pool and a private bridge that has a viewing platform.
A one night stay at Pacuare Lodge starts from £405 ($533) per person per night.
Secret Bay, Dominica
The Secret Bay hotel, pictured, is immersed in a clifftop jungle in Dominica, which known as the ‘nature island’ of the Caribbean
Secret Bay has just six secluded villas, with each described as the ‘genuine embodiment of a luxurious hideaway’
The bedroom inside the Ti-Fey villa at Secret Bay. The villas come with modern comforts including a Kindle loaded with daily newspapers and an iPhone for use both on and off the property
Boutique hotel Secret Bay is immersed inside a clifftop jungle in Dominica, which known as the nature island of the Caribbean.
There are just six secluded villas in the resort, with each described as the ‘genuine embodiment of a luxurious hideaway’.
Perks of the accommodation include a Kindle loaded with daily newspapers and an iPhone for use both on and off the property.
Adventure equipment such as snorkels, kayaks and paddleboards are also available. Prices start from around £585 ($768) per night.
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