As I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here! returns to our screens, we can expect the nation to come down with its annual case of Jungle Fever – for the next three weeks, viewers will be glued to their screens watching celebs squabble in the camp and digest various animal parts.
But those who long for a more serene jungle experience can now opt for a relaxing escape instead, as more and more travellers look to explore luscious green tropics without leaving luxury far behind. Why not watch the sunset over a rainforest canopy or experience fine dining on the white sands of a Thai beach?
To help out, we’ve put together a list of the ultimate exotic retreats to help you kick back in style.
Ao-Nang, Krabi Province, Thailand
Located on the edge of Thailand’s Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee Hotel is surrounded by three stunning beaches: Railay, Nam Mao and Phra Nang (featured in the film The Beach). The 98 private pavilions are situated amongst palm trees and furnished with teak wood, promising the ultimate authentic experience.
Backed by tall cliffs, tropical gardens and coconut forest, the pool area is a real highlight of this hotel. Another top draw is the al fresco restaurant, which is found inside a limestone cave and accessed via a white sand beach.
Banyan Tree Bintan
A 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, but almost in another world is the Banyan Tree Bintan Hotel and Resort. Found on the island of Pulau Bintan, the hotel boasts a series of villas, complete with private pools, which offer guests unbeatable views of the South China Sea.
Guests can choose between dining on the beach or on the rugged coastline, with a choice of Southeast Asian, Western and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a variety of entertainment options, such as golf, swimming or relaxing at the spa.
Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi
Phang Nga, Thailand
Looking for a James Bond entrance to your hotel? Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi is located on a small island in the Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi, and is accessible by boat or helicopter. A range of accommodation options are available, from suites to multiple-room villas, ideal for friends and families. Each abode features views of the beautiful local plantation or the iconic limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay, as well as a private pool.
Resort highlights include the Hilltop Reserve, a restaurant perched atop the resort, boasting Thai dinner menus and an infinity pool.
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Found on Costa Rica’s beautiful Caribbean coast, the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is situated in Tortuguero National Park. Accessible only by plane or boat, the park is a remote tropical paradise known for its biodiversity and unique ecosystem. Located on one of the rainforest’s many slow-moving rivers, the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is a serene resort offering guests style and comfort.
Visitors can enjoy the spectacular views from the hotel’s outdoor pool or explore the surrounds with one of the many activities on offer – including a turtle hatching expedition.
Royal Pita Maha
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The Royal Pita Maha is tucked away on the edge of Ubud, offering a jungle retreat in the heart of Bali’s dense forest. The resort is spread over 12 acres and features private villas, three swimming pools, the internationally renowned Kirana spa and two gourmet restaurants.
Built into the sloping valley walls, the hotel offers breath-taking views of the sun rising and setting over the rainforest canopy. Royal Pita Maha showcases local artistry throughout, including the offer of traditional activities such as yoga, painting and fruit carving.
Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Located on Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, the gateway to the temples of Angkor War, Belmond La Residence d’Angkor is a haven for all jungle-lovers. The resort’s Kong Kea spa offers guests the ultimate tranquil environment for relaxation with traditional touches; the spa embraces ancient Cambodian healing practices, including traditional water blessings with Cambodian monks.
In addition, guest rooms offer sweeping views of the lush foliage surrounding the hotel.
Which would be your favourite jungle retreat?