Top five unique nature retreats of Asia
Here at Imagine Asia we are a team of nature enthusiasts. We’ve put together a list of our top five nature retreats across the continent, each with their own characteristics and special attributes that make them a must see.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Borneo Rainforest Lodge is one of our favourite properties in Asia, and a place which we have never received anything but amazing feedback for. Set amidst primary rainforest in Danum Valley, this amazing nature retreat delivers on all levels. The guides are amazing, the wildlife incredible and the chalets exceed all expectations, achieving a level of luxury you would not expect from a property set right in the middle of the rainforest. You will have the opportunity to spend your days spotting gibbons and orang-utans, before heading out on a dusk drive to see pygmy elephants! Days don’t get much better than these, and when you round it all off with a truly delicious dinner in a gorgeous setting, you’ll feel a million miles from the stress and strain of daily life.
4 Rivers Eco Lodge, Cambodia
Set in the Cambodian jungle on a bend of the Tatai River, this eco lodge is definitely unique; stay in luxury safari-style tents, but with the twist of actually floating on the river! The peaceful jungle setting is perfect for those who enjoy relaxing and with only 12 tents it’s certainly intimate. Each tent has its own private veranda with access to the cooling river below. Once you’ve had your fill of relaxation, why not add some different experiences into the mix? From kayaking and trekking to swimming in waterfalls, there’s plenty to do!
Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand
Possibly the most well-known travel destination in Asia, getting off the beaten track in Thailand is a bit more challenging than in some of the lesser known Asian countries, but there are still some amazing gems to be discovered if you know where to look! Four Seasons Tented Camp in the north of Thailand is definitely a unique nature retreat; this stunning property delivers on so many levels. With only 15 tents, it is a stunning oasis on the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar which is set against rich forest overlooking the Mekong River. The Mahout training is an unforgettable experience here and something nature lovers should not miss. Other worthwhile experiences include heading out on hikes through the mountains or rafting down the river. We can’t fault Four Seasons Tented Camp – this is the essence of a luxury nature retreat.
Malikha Lodge, Burma
Set in the far north of Burma, this is not the easiest place to access but it offers an amazing amount of reward for your endeavour. Set amongst the rugged wilderness on the footsteps of the Himalayas, this is a one of a kind place to visit. Activities abound, from trekking through the forest to rafting down the Nam Lang River, but if you just want to relax, sitting in your cabin by your log fire is a feeling second to none. Temperatures do tend to dip at nightfall due to the altitude, but your huge teak bathtub is the perfect way to warm up and relax after a day’s hiking.
Tiger Blue, Indonesia
If we’re looking for destinations offering as unique nature experience, it would be remiss not to include the stunning islands in Indonesia’s least travelled parts. Definitely the best way to see the best this region has to offer is by boat, and they don’t come much better than the Tiger Blue. With only have five cabins this unique boat gets booked up almost a year in advance (and rightly so!) so book well in advance to avoid disappointment. It really does offer a once in a lifetime experience visiting some far flung islands of this tropical paradise. Not only do you get to see the Komodo dragons (a must on most nature lovers’ bucket lists), but the exotic islands of Raja Ampat, Bunda and the beautiful white sand beaches of Sumba are well worth a visit too.