When you’re looking for somewhere to relax and reconnect with nature, fuel up your private jet and head to a luxurious wilderness lodge. These lodge resorts are perfect if you love the smell of crisp, fresh air, but hate roughing-it at a place that has anything less than an 800 thread count on the beds.
Dunton Hot Springs | Dolores, CO
When you want a true escape, seek the hot springs in the secluded mining town of Dolores in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. In addition to typical day and overnight packages at the Dunton Hot Springs resort, you can rent out the entire town. The exclusive resort features 19th century hand-hewn log cabins with opulent furnishings, gourmet cuisine hidden in a saloon-like restaurant and massage packages that are perfect after a day of hiking or heli-skiing. Then relax in therapeutic hot springs that are rich with minerals like calcium bicarbonate, iron and manganese. Enjoy the 85- to 106-degree waters in their natural settings outside, in the pool near the resort’s Bathhouse or behind the Dunton Store, or out on the river in Christoph’s spring. If you don’t want to brave the elements, enjoy the hot springs indoors in the Bathhouse or Well House cabin.
If you feel like doing a little camping, stay in one of the Cresto Ranch tents instead of a cabin. The luxury tents offers the same amenities as the cabins, including a gas stove, private lounging porch, en-suite bathroom with a 6-foot soaking tub and a king bed. (http://www.duntonhotsprings.com/)
Amangiri | Canyon Point, UT
Located in Utah’s Four Corners Region, Amangiri (“peaceful mountain”) is tucked into the protected land and offers sweeping views of the Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument and the surrounding stratified rocks. The beauty of the resort is that it blends in with its natural setting of towering plateaus and deep canyons. The main pool wraps around a large gorgeous rock escarpment, making the resort look like a desert oasis. The luxury interior décor is minimalistic with natural tones as to not take away from the views that you see out the grand windows. (http://www.amanresorts.com/amangiri/home.aspx)
Post Ranch Inn | Big Sur, CA
For a coastal escape, charter a private jet to California and book a suite at the luxury eco-lodge Post Ranch Inn. Located along Highway One, the boutique lodge offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Ventana Mountains, and is just a short drive away from the picturesque cities of Monterey and Carmel. Each room has a unique design that’s inspired by its view and has a wood-burning fireplace, private deck, outdoor or indoor spa tub and all the amenities that you enjoy. Take note, however, that there are no televisions or alarm clocks in the guest rooms, so you’re forced to relax. Complimentary activities that the Post Ranch Inn offers include tours of the night sky with a telescope and amateur astronomer, meditation sessions, yoga and guided nature walks. (http://www.postranchinn.com/)
The Point Resort | Saranac Lake, NY
The Point in New York’s Lake Placid area is the former summertime camp and private residence of William Avery Rockefeller and his family. The resort lodge is tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains, giving you the perfect opportunity to experience the gracious lifestyle of an olden era as you retreat to an accommodation full of fine antiques and priceless art from the Gilded Age. Live like the area’s high society once did as resort staff members anticipate your needs so every day is an authentic adventure, every night a fête and each meal an event. For the best experience, stay in the Boathouse during the summer and nap in the wrap-around deck on one of the suspended beds, which feels as if you’re in a gently rocking canoe. (http://thepointresort.com/)
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