10 Hotels Where You Can See Wildlife From Your Window
Seeing animals in their natural habitats is an unparalleled experience from watching them at a zoo or an aquarium. They are truly majestic creatures in all their glory. Imagine zebras grazing or eagles soaring in the wild but from the comfort of your luxurious room.
While this isn’t the case at all hotels and lodges in remote areas, it is reality at these hotels across the world!
Off the coast of British Columbia in the Discovery Islands lies Sonora Resort, one like no other. This wilderness lodge is only accessible by air or sea but don’t worry, you will not run out of adventures. Sonora is known for aquatic wildlife sightings during the summer months from orca and humpback whales, to different species of porpoises, and seals on and off shore. This can all be seen from the window-walled suite looking over the water.
Lapa Rios Lodge
Lapa Rios Lodge is located on 1000 acres of protected tropical lowland forest. In this part of Costa Rica, the iconic macaws fly through the trees along with over 300 other species of birds. Nature’s alarm clock in the Osa Peninsula is howler monkeys which you can spot from your treetop bungalow. You may even catch a glimpse of breaching whales in the pacific ocean.
Northwest of Ecuador’s capital Quito, is the tropical rainforest in the Mashpi Reserve. The Mashpi Lodge was sustainably built to adapt to the plateau of the land. In each room there are floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views and depending which floor you land on, you will see different views outside. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and waterfalls will connect you back to nature in this rainforest retreat.
Galapagos Safari Camp
On the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos archipelago, the Galapagos Safari Camp places travelers in canvas cocoons within nature. Sleep under the stars like you have never seen before. The untouched beauty of these islands can be observed from your private balcony–see birds perching on treetops, iguanas sunbathing on the beach, and giant tortoises strolling through the forest.
Singita’s Ebony Lodge has only 12 luxurious suites each equipped with a private plunge pool and balcony overlooking the Sand River. You won’t need to go on a game drive to see wild animals enjoying their day (but you absolutely should!). South Africa’s Sabi Sands is home to elephants, hippos, rhinos, and lions, to name a few, which can be seen from your room.
Angama Mara Safari Tented Camp
The Maasai Mara Reserve will literally be at your doorstep when staying at Angama Mara Safari Tented Camp. This intimate, low-footprint campsite consists of four luxury tents to accommodate eight guests. Each day at Angama will be different and personalized with the instruction of your expert guides and the animals to be seen.
Asia & Oceania
Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Encased by jungle and beach, Wild Coast Tented Lodge is the top location for wildlife viewing in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is adjacent to the lodge and is home to the largest population of leopards on the island. The cocoon tented suites blend into the landscape so as not to disturb the wildlife. With the private outdoor viewing deck, guests can watch the flora and fauna near the water hole from a safe distance.
India is home to the elusive bengal tiger and Ranthambore National Park is the place to see them. Aman-i-Khas is located on the edge of their habitat with ten luxury Mughal-inspired tents. While you probably won’t see (or won’t want to see) a bengal tiger outside your tent, there are some 300 species of birds and sambar deer for casual viewing from your private sundeck.
The Maldives are known for the array of resorts with overwater bungalows but Huvafen Fushi is the one to see wildlife! View the tranquil, crystal clear waters from your private plunge pool or through the window to the ocean floor. Sea turtles, stingrays, and fish of all species can be seen swimming below. This resort has the world’s only underwater spa experience where you can feel the ebb and flow of the ocean for an ultra calming experience.
The Louise Barossa Valley
The Louise hotel is set in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. This year-round destination boasts vineyard, farmlands, and kangaroos! With the commitment to the environment and eco-tourism, staying at The Louise is like being in a cozy European villa while being surrounded by the flora and fauna of the season.
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