This year will be a special one for any Jungle Book fans, as Disney premieres their live-action version of your favourite childhood classic. Now’s your chance to relive Mowgli’s jungle escapades by spending a night in one of trivago’s top jungle hotels.
We’ve picked the perfect hotels that represent each of the Jungle Book’s loveable characters. Read on to discover where you can sleep in the heart of the dry lowlands or nod-off amongst the treetops in a luscious canopy tree-house.
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor, Cambodia
Remember King Louie the anthropoid tyrant swinging his way around the temple ruins wanting to be a man-cub? More a creation of Disney than of Kipling, but finding temple ruins which have been taken over by a band of lawless monkeys is not as hard as it sounds.
Visiting the famed temple of Angkor Wat whilst meeting the cheeky monkeys that run wild amongst its ruins is top of anyone’s list who stays at the Belmond la Residence d’Angkor in Siem Reap. With tropical gardens, an inviting outdoor pool and luxury spa, King Louie can take some time out from all that monkeying around.
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Royal Pita Maha, Bali
A black panther born in captivity and now enjoying freedom, Bagheera can stroll through the long grasses and rainforest jungle of Ubud, Bali. The Royal Pita Maha is situated in the heart of the tropical jungle, on the banks of the Ayung River.
The inviting outdoor pool is of no interest to the feline Bagheera, but the view from the pool certainly is! The well-placed infinity pool looks out over the jungle, a perfect vantage point to spot other wildlife and a relaxing place to feel removed from the toils of the every-day jungle.
Whether choosing from a Royal House – which is more palace than house, a Deluxe Villa or even a Standard Villa, they all have three things in common: a private pool, incredible views over the valley and a complete sense of privacy.
Canopy Treehouses, Australia
Big old Baloo the sloth bear would ultimately want somewhere to relax, indulge and remain safely hidden in the forest. Enter Canopy Treehouses in Cairns, Australia, an award winning luxury accommodation that blends seamlessly with the surrounding nature and wildlife.
The lazy bear with a penchant for honey and termites would look for any excuse not to leave his lofty tree house. If he’s feeling particularly indulgent he could order a rainforest massage treatment to enjoy in the privacy of his own room courtesy of a qualified masseuse. If he can raise himself long enough to go hunting through the trees for honey, he’ll find over 100 acres of ancient rainforests to explore, for the private and exclusive use of the resort’s guests.
Laguna lodge, Guatemala
Trust in me, Laguna Lodge Guatemala will leave you hypnotised. Our serpentine foe Kaa immediately felt at home from the moment his scales slid through the door. Laguna Nature Reserve’s emblem features a serpent called Quetzalcoatl – an ancient Latin American cousin of Kaa – who was the god of nature, life, light, and the heart of the lake and sea.
The surrounding scenery includes beaches, volcanoes and a forest nature reserve teeming with exotic birds –a perfect snack for Kaa whilst he restrains himself from the endangered Margay known to prowl the forests.
At over 100 years old and still in his prime, our sibilant friend will take a sssssuite. Featuring a hand-carved King-size bed and the kind of chandelier Kaa could comfortably drape himself around. The Quetzal Suite offers spectacular views and boasts a private balcony featuring a stone writing desk, lounge furniture, coffee tree and palm roof.
The Wildflower Resort, India
The home of ‘Project Tiger’ the Brandvagh National Park was declared a national park in 1968. As a Royal Bengal Tiger, Shere Khan, can be amongst his kind at The Wildflower Resort, nestled in a wilderness that has the highest tiger density in the world.
Shere Khan would enjoy blending in with the furniture at this hotel, as much of it is decorated with the signature tiger stripes. A deluxe cottage – nothing but the best for the king of the jungle –includes a plush en-suite bathroom with a large bathtub for Khan to luxuriate in, air conditioning and satellite LCD televisions.
To spot Shere Khan and his brothers there are many safaris available from the hotel, but it is advised to book online in advance, as in peak season the safari permits go quickly and are rarely issued on the spot.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, India
When Mowgli follows a young girl collecting water back to her village, he accepts that it’s time to leave the jungle and live with man. We imagine him to be leaving behind the animal kingdom to rule over an entirely different kind of kingdom…
The Oberoi Amarvilas is a hotel of palatial proportions and is just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal in Agra. The design and elements of the layout pay homage to the Mughal era, an age of emperors and princesses.
This is the perfect place for Mowgli to continue his education in modern manhood, with baking classes, Hindu blessing ceremonies and the history of the Taj Mahal all on his doorstep. There’s no finer place for a man-cub to learn the ways of man.
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