Nature escapes – off the beaten track

Feel like jetting off to a place to leave the rat race behind for a while and just find your little escape in nature? Have you dreamed about being offline for more than 24 hours and enjoy the pure serenity of flora and fauna? Three hidden accommodations built right in the heart of nature await those with adventurous soul.

Bathroom in the rainforest- Elephant Hills, Thailand

Rainforest bathroom – Elephant Hills, Thailand

Elephant Hills – Surat Thani, Khao Sok National park, Thailand

A special place hides in the jungle of Southern Thailand, one that you have always dreamed about. In the heart of the rainforest, covered in mist, surrounded by wild animals, a luxury-tented camp with 30 majestic tailor-made tents, hand crafted furniture, built-in bathrooms make you feel like the world is at your feet. Let the sound of nature wake you up in the morning, take a refreshing plunge in the splendid pool, have a hearty breakfast in the semi-covered restaurant and go for the jungle trek with local tour guides. When the sun goes down and temperature drops, time to taste the renowned Thai cuisine, before gathering around the campfire with fellow travelers to share a story or two.

elephant hills luxury tented camp thailand

Life in the tent – hand crafted furniture, local design

Guesthouse Wanishof – Hinterthiersee, Austria

Nestled between the slopes of Alps in the Tyrol region of Austria, guesthouse Wanishof is a real health oasis. Painting-like scenery, rural tranquility and the freshest air will immediately get you into a different state of mind. The traditional farmhouse hosts anti-allergy rooms and apartments with comfy beds, all coming with linens of natural fibers. Waking up to a smell of fresh cow milk, start your day with an energizing breakfast of organic dairy products, local sausage and bread, delicious marmalade and golden honey. Enjoy the morning panorama with a cup of coffee from your balcony and breath in the beauty of nature. Are you up for a super-active vacation? Take on your ski and head to the nearest ski resort, the charming family run Thierseetal, which is just 5 minutes drive from Wanishof. Alpine skiers can take advantage of the sizeable Wilder Kaiser Brixen Valley 30 minutes away with more than 200 km of ski slopes. During spring and summer months put on your hiking boots or hop-on a mountain bike to explore the hidden trails and the mesmerizing landscape of the surrounding area. No better way to finish your day than getting a vitalizing massage or a pampering facial treatment right in the hotel.

Hotel Wanishof Austria

Alpine serenity – Guesthouse Wanishof

Kerala houseboat (All Seasons Cruise) – Alleppey, Kerala, India

Fancy having your own boat with a private captain, a cook and full on-board catering? Guess what. It can be yours for a day and a night (or more) in the enchanting South Indian state of Kerala. When road and rail transportation replaced the old spice carriers, these organic-made boats were about to extinct until after a decade the locals started to transform them to fully furnished moving accommodations on the mysterious Kerala backwaters. Cruising along the palm-fringed waterways, passing by ancient temples, charming villages and exotic coconut groves is the best way to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. You spotted a location you love? If circumstances allow, the boat will anchor for you to get off and disappear in the lush green vegetation for an hour or so. Returning on board, the dinner table is set for you to get a taste of the mouth-watering South Indian delicacies, accompanied with the famous Kerala tea and tender coconut juice right from the surrounding nature. Enjoy the captivating sunset in the evening and before you hit the bed, take your time to look up at the shining stars and relish this world of simple pleasures.

Kerala houseboat all seasons cruise and tours

Cruising along the palm-fringed waterways – Kerala houseboat

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