These beautiful lodges in destinations around the world offer much to explore and appreciate: stunning design and architecture, incredible views, excellent cuisine, comfortable common spaces, gorgeous grounds and a wide array of activities.
Azur Lodge – Queenstown, New Zealand
Set on a hilltop, overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand, Azur is a distinctively contemporary luxury lodge. Azur features nine identical 800 square-foot villas, all offering unobstructed views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountain ranges. Each villa features open-plan living in the midst of New Zealand's natural environment, incorporating a lounge, dining area, private sun deck with a choice of either a king or twin beds dressed with luxury linen to promise an exceptional sleep experience. Soak up the spectacular unobstructed views from the bathtub which has been set into a bay window to give you the feeling of being outdoors. Located in Queenstown, known as the "Adventure capital of the world," it's easy to go from one thrill to the next during a stay here. www.azur.co.nz
AltaGracia Boutique Hacienda - Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
A new member of Leading Hotels of the World, AltaGracia Boutique Hacienda boasts the ambiance of a rural hacienda with a welcoming mountainous escape that is easily accessible from San Jose airport. The resort offers a wealth of activities that stay true to its remote roots, including horseback riding and hiking, which are well-balanced with the generous spa and pool for those desiring downtime. www.altagraciacr.com
Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa - Table Rock Lake, Missouri
A hidden gem, nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake, surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, this luxury resort combines tremendous natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbeatable indoor luxury. Stonewater Cove is a remote, boutique getaway for romantic trips, family vacations, corporate retreats, weddings, and family reunions. Lake. Forest. Adventure. Spa. Bonfires. Sunsets. Boating. Zip Lining. ATV Riding. Fishing. Kayaking... and the list goes on! www.stonewatercove.com
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
The 77-room Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti opened in December 2012 and is particularly well-suited for first-time safari travelers, extended families and groups. Two active watering holes on the property allow for magnificent animal viewing at peak times of day and every room has an elevated open-air sundeck providing direct views over the Serengeti. www.fourseasons.com/serengeti
The Lodge at Torrey Pines - La Jolla, California
Overlooking the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with distant views of the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a AAA Five Diamond La Jolla hotel located just 15 miles north of downtown San Diego. The Lodge is modeled after the Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California, two of the best examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture by Greene & Greene. Whether it's enjoying the beach, the Torrey Pines State Reserve, outdoor sports, the indoor library of games, or local attractions, there are numerous activities to choose from here. www.lodgetorreypines.com
Singita Launches New Ebony Lodge
This June, Singita unveiled a complete re-design of its original lodge, Singita Ebony, in South Africa. Singita Ebony is where the story began twenty-two years ago on land owned by Singita founder, Luke Bailes. Situated over the Sand River, Singita Ebony Lodge is already considered one of Africa's most iconic lodges and was revolutionary in its pioneering approach to the modern luxury safari experience. The new Ebony, however, takes safari design and style to a new level altogether. Guests will be immersed in nature with huge open spaces and interiors inspired by a combination of local tribal culture and the animal kingdom. www.singita.com/ebony-lodge/
Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia's Most Luxurious and Unique Getaway
The Berkeley River Lodge, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is one of Australia's most spectacular and beautiful retreats. The Lodge is located in the heart of one of the last wilderness areas on Earth, right in between the Timor Sea sunrise and Berkeley River sunset where ultimate adventures await. Set amidst the ancient wonders of Western Australia's Kimberley region – which was voted "The #2 Destination to Visit Worldwide" by Lonely Planet in 2014, the Berkeley River Lodge is truly the ultimate in barefoot luxury, only moments from secluded white beaches. Unique experiences on offer include: Helicopter flights; epic fishing expeditions; cruises along the majestic Berkeley River exploring majestic river gorges, swimming in the crystal clear pools of nearby waterfalls and wilderness picnics. www.berkeleyriver.com.au
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