7 Wilderness Hotels & Resorts Enticing Guests to Stay in the Jungle

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Take your eco-friendly attitude on the road for a rip-roaring adventure – or a completely secluded getaway – at one of the most scenic wilderness hotels in the world. Sleep peacefully next to a waterfall at Rain Forest Resort in Phitsanulok, Thailand, or enjoy an earth-conscious, yet luxurious, holiday at Song Saa Private Island Resort on the southern coast of Cambodia.

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1. The Datai Langkawi | Langkawi, Malaysia

With one of the Top 10 Beaches of the world on one side and Southeast Asia’s oldest mountain on the other, The Datai Langkawi provides dozens of ways to enjoy a holiday in the wilderness. Follow a private footpath to the white sands of Teluk Datai Beach, named by National Geographic as one of the best in the world, or hire a professional naturalist to trek through the surrounding rainforest. Rooms at The Datai Langkawi feature stunning views of both Datai Bai and Machinnchang Mountain (Gunung Machinchang). Guests who prefer to stay on site and relax have access to two swimming pools, an award-winning spa and the Els Club Teluk Datai, an 18-hole golf course designed by South African golf pro Ernie Els.

Adventurous things to do in Langkawi

How to get to Langkawi Island

By air: Langkawi is served by Langkawi International Airport, which receives direct flights from dozens of cities throughout Asia.

By ferry: ports in Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang and Satun (Thailand) run daily ferry services to and from Langkawi Port (Kuah Jetty). Travel times range from 1 hour, 15 minutes from Kuala Perlis and Satun to 2 hours, 45 minutes from Penang.

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2. Rain Forest Resort | Phitsanulok, Thailand

Nestled on the luscious outskirts of Kaeng Song Waterfall, Rain Forest Resort features eco-friendly cottages surrounded by the jungles of Thung Salaeng Luang National Park. Guests enjoy swimming in Khek River, which flows just outside the 17 private villas at Rain Forest Resort. Each guest house features natural décor and direct access to the river. Greet every morning in this jungle resort with a cup of locally-grown coffee and a stunning deck view!

Outdoor activities in Phitsanulok

How to get to Phitsanulok from Bangkok or Chiang Mai

Take a domestic flight to Phitsanulok Airport from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok or Chiang Mai International Airport. Flight times are less than an hour.

Take a bus from Mochit Bus Terminal in Bangkok (5 hours) or from Chiang Mai Arcade (4.5 hours).

Take the train from Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok (6.5 hours) or from Chiang Mai Railway Station (6 hours).

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3. Wild Planet Jungle Resort | Wayanad, India

With a mission to share its respect for the environment with the world, there is no greener place to spend a holiday in the wilderness than at Wild Planet Jungle Resort. Guests enjoy complete seclusion in this private resort located in a remote region of the Nilgiris jungle in Devala. Forging a relationship between local communities, wildlife and tourism, Wild Planet Jungle Resort features unlimited access to surrounding hiking trails with views of misty mountains in the New Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort also is surrounded by coffee, tea and pepper plantations.

Embark on a jungle adventure in Wayanad

  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Chembra peak
  • Kuruva island
  • Pookode Lake
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

How to get to Wild Planet Luxury Jungle Resort

From Wayanad, Wild Planet Jungle Resort is a 40-mile (65-kilometer) bus ride, which takes about 2 hours to complete.

Calicut International Airport is 58 miles (93 kilometers) from the resort. Due to mountainous terrain, the journey can take three to four hours.

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4. Song Saa Private Island Resort | Song Saa Island, Cambodia

Enjoy an island all to yourself – and a select few other guests – at this unbelievable tropical getaway that screams sustainability. Give a round of wild applause to Song Saa Private Island Resort, which features private villas constructed with reclaimed timber and thatched rooftops. Each guest house faces a private beach and is adorned with repurposed furniture and up-cycled décor. Relax by the sea on decks formed from old fishing boats and dine on locally-sourced ingredients like seasonal produce, wild rice and hand-picked cashew nuts. And don’t forget to take a souvenir packet of Kampot black pepper home! Located off the southern tip of Cambodia, Song Saa Private Island Resort is home to 24 villas. Guests receive all-inclusive bookings that feature access to world-class Cambodian and Western cuisine, sublime snorkeling and diving and free speedboat service to Sihanoukville.

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How to get to Song Saa Private Island

Boat services are available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Sihanoukville Port. The ride to Song Saa Private Island Resort takes about 45 minutes.

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5. Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali | Ubud, Bali

Spend a lush weekend overlooking rice terraces and banana groves in the heart of Bali, and peer out over the Ayung River from a balcony seat constructed of all-natural materials. With 18 traditional villas built into a luxurious hillside, the Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali offers guests endless opportunities to bond with nature. Enjoy a romantic evening in an outdoor Jacuzzi or make a date night at the in-house spa, which guarantees rejuvenation through a fulfilling fusion with nature. Guests are treated to daily yoga sessions, afternoon tea and a 15-minute massage on arrival! Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali also offers village tours and free shuttle services to breathtaking attractions in Ubud, about 20 minutes away. While furnishings are kept simple at Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali, luxury is maintained at the highest level.

Enjoy historic landmarks in the jungles of Ubud

How to get to Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali

Hire a driver at Ngurah Rai International Airport. The drive is about an hour and a half.

Catch a ride from Ubud, about 20 minutes from the resort.

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6. The Rainforest Ecolodge – Sinharaja | Deniyaya, Sri Lanka

It’s no accident that The Rainforest Ecolodge – Sinharaja borders the edge of Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The eco-friendly resort prides itself on its natural surroundings and invites guests to join in the lodge’s conservation efforts. Set in a remote division of the Enselwatte Tea Estate, The Rainforest Ecolodge – Sinharaja encourages guests to commune with nature through invigorating hikes through the rainforest, views of cascading waterfalls and swims in freshwater streams. Each room at The Rainforest Ecolodge – Sinharaja features a private balcony, and guests enjoy easy access to attractions in Deniyaya.

7 adventurous things to do in Deniyaya

  1. Sinharaja Forest Reserve & Patna View Point
  2. Gatabaruwa Raja Maha Viharaya
  3. Kekuna Ella Falls – Lankagama
  4. New Gamini Tea Factory
  5. Dutch Fort Katuwana
  6. Maduwanwela Walawwa
  7. Panamura Public Market

How to get to The Rainforest Ecolodge – Sinharaja

Take a bus from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo to Deniyaya. The journey is between five and six hours long. Grab local transportation in town to make the 15-minute drive to The Rainforest Ecolodge – Sinharaja.

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7. Six Senses Con Dao | Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

The first 5-star resort built in Vietnam’s archipelago islands, Six Senses Con Dao takes wilderness hotels to new heights. Guests are treated to an experience that resembles a stay in a traditional fishing village, but at Six Senses Con Dao, travelers won’t want for modern amenities and fantastic sightseeing adventures. The entire island has been designated as a national park, wrought with mangrove trees, white sand beaches and scenic hiking trails. Treat yourself to a room with a private infinity pool and an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Thailand.

Things to do in Con Dao Islands

How to get to Six Senses Con Dao

Take a direct flight from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao Airport Terminal. Six Senses Con Dao provides complimentary transfers for guests going to and from the airport.

Jump on a speed boat from Vung Tau City. The boat leaves at 8 a.m. daily and the ride takes about three hours.

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