Adventure travel is more popular than ever, and the travel and tourism industry has undoubtedly seen a rise in the “return to nature” trend. While exploring the great outdoors is something everyone should experience, no matter what, there’s just no substitute for really immersing yourself in the beauty and grandeur of good ‘ole Mother Nature. And, even if you consider yourself a pampered traveler, we’ve got great news — there’s a wide range of places that allow you to experience the beauty of your natural surroundings, without sacrificing your beloved creature comforts. Here are three of the best ways to experience a luxury outdoor vacation you’ll never forget.
1. Dunton River Camp, Colorado
Located in southwestern Colorado, Dunton River Camp is open during the summer months only, treating guests to a highly exclusive experience with each and every visit. With only eight tents, and set on a former cattle ranch, the property delivers guests the sought after, stunning views of the southwestern part of the state, allowing for peace and quiet, and privacy and seclusion. Guests can choose between Mountain Tents, which are nestled in the Aspen trees and boast breathtaking views of the 14,000-foot El Diente peak and the Wilson Range; and River Tents, which are perched above the West Fork of the Dolores River. Summertime cuisine doesn’t get much fresher than that served at Dunton River Camp, with communal, gourmet farm-to-table dining in the Farmhouse. With a new menu every day that uses local and regional ingredients, guests may dine communally for an intimate, unique experience created by Executive Chef Karlos Baca.
2. Tabacón Grand Spa Resort, Costa Rica
Offering the perfect escape for a romantic getaway with your significant other, the Tabacón Grand Spa Resort delivers an unparalleled rainforest experience. The stunning beauty of a lush rainforest setting meets pure comfort in the plush accommodations of this eco-spa, which has also received many accolades, including having been voted Favorite Spa in Central America and Best for Mineral Springs in the SpaFinder Wellness 365 Readers’ Choice Awards; Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2013; and Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2013, according to Tabacon’s website.
As a carbon-neutral resort, Tabacon is an educational model for students, set amid a naturally stunning environment on 900 acres of lush tropical reserve. Surrounding activities include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and rappelling, while relaxing in the renowned natural thermal springs on property is not to be missed. Looking for a little grown-up time? Head to the secluded, adults-only Shangri-La garden and enjoy the cocoon-shaped private cabanas, or book a couple’s massage in an open-air spa bungalow nestled in the trees.
3. Mighty 5 Tour, Utah
Utah has long been an outdoor destination hub, as it is home to 5 of the country’s most famous National Parks — Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion. Even if you’ve visited any of the country’s national parks in the past, you’ve definitely never done it like this before. As a new all-inclusive luxury travel experience to Utah’s five breathtaking national parks, Mighty 5 Tour was founded by legendary backcountry guide Mike Coronella, so you know you’ll be getting the real deal.
Striking the perfect balance between active travel and luxury treatment, the company offers two experiences — the Signature Tour, a ten night, nine day journey departing from St. George, Utah on the 2nd and 17th of May, September and October; and the Summer Tour, a six night, five day journey offered in June, July and August. Both tours focus on exploring the awe-inspiring beauty within the parks, without sacrificing creature comforts or the finer things. Personally guided by Coronella, the renowned southwestern desert authority, expert outdoorsman and award-winning guide, each tour is comprised of no more than six guests, who will be attended to by a full-time concierge. From luxury accommodations to first-class dining, guests will travel from park to park in a custom Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, all while experiencing some of the most stunning scenery in the world, without any of the stress.