Reconnect With the Great Outdoors at These 5 Back-To-Nature Retreats

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Heed the call of the great outdoors and reconnect with nature at these luxurious retreats set in some of the world’s most beauteous landscapes. Check out this compilation of five of the finest– and really– most eye-catching nature retreats available, including remote chalets in New Zealand’s Fiordland and lavish suites in Kruger National Park, as well as a garden sanctuary in Vietnam.

Five Nature-Filled Retreats for 2024

In 2024, immersing oneself in the tranquil embrace of nature is more crucial than ever, and these five nature-filled retreats beckon as indispensable havens for rejuvenation and serenity. Take note!

1. Milford Sound Lodge in Fiordland, New Zealand

Travel to New Zealand’s breathtaking Fiordland National Park and experience the ultimate luxury nature retreat at Milford Sound Lodge. The lodge is located on the edge of the iconic Milford Sound and Milford Track, surrounded by the rushing Cleddau River, ancient beech tree forest, waterfalls, and towering mountains.


A visitor at Milford Sound Lodge in a full nature retreat, surrounded by mountains, a river, and lots of trees

With few other buildings (or people) nearby, this is a unique opportunity to stay in UNESCO-designated Fiordland. The beautiful, secluded chalets are located directly on the river and forest, with rushing waterfalls, just steps away. This nature retreat is one-of-a-kind, with floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive decks to take in everything.

2. The Fairmont Resorts in Banff National Park, Canada

The Fairmont Château Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs, both located in the UNESCO-listed Banff National Park, are two of the world’s most sought-after nature retreats. Fairmont Château Lake Louise is located on the picturesque Lake Louise.


Fairmont Chateau nature retreat
The Fairmont Resorts in Banff National Park
Photo: @fairmontccl


This historic hotel is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and will transport you to the soaring mountains and glaciers. This magnificent castle provides an unforgettable experience, with opportunities to observe local wildlife, take a lakeside stroll with an award-winning naturalist, or ride a gondola above Lake Louise.


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with people in a boat
A group of visitors exploring nature at its finest at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise
Photo: @fairmontccl


3. Lions Sands Tinga Lodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Few places are better for reconnecting with nature than the luxurious Lions Sands Tinga Lodge. Set on the banks of the Sabie River in Kruger National Park, your grand suite’s private deck and plunge pool offer views of elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos. After spending the day on game drives, relax in the afternoon at the lodge’s infinity pool, bar lounge, library, or Africology Spa.


Lions Sands Tinga Lodge in Kruger National Park

Lions Sands Tinga Lodge in Kruger National Park


As the night falls, dine on South African cuisine by candlelight on the terrace before drifting off to the sounds of wildlife in the distance. So, if you’re looking to make 2024 the year where you reintroduce nature into your life (because nature is essential for our well-being), this could be your next potential nature retreat spot.


Getting in touch with nature at the Lions Sands Tinga Lodge

Getting in touch with nature at the Lions Sands Tinga Lodge


4. Pilgrimage Village in Hue, Vietnam

Do you want to go on a relaxing vacation in nature? Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa is an oasis in Hue. Pilgrimage Village, surrounded by lush, peaceful gardens, is an ideal place to relax and unwind in nature. Wander under leafy trees and cycle through emerald rice fields. Soak in the steam bath or attend meditation, yoga, and tai chi classes in the gardens.


Nature retreat at Pilgrimage Village in Hue Vietnam

Nature retreat at Pilgrimage Village in Hue Vietnam


You can also venture to the nearby traditional garden houses of Phu Mong village and be serenaded by local musicians at the Ben Xuan Garden House Theatre. One of the best spots for the perfect retreat in spaces filled with nature. Don’t you think?

Pool and greenery in the Pilgrimage Village

Pool and greenery in the Pilgrimage Village


5. Sails in the Desert in Uluru, Australia

The five-star Sails in the Desert, located in Australia’s Red Center and on the doorstep of Uluru — named Ayers Rock in English — is an immersive nature retreat. This resort enhances the natural beauty of Uluru and the Kata Tjuta domes, which are already impressive. You can go on guided walks around Uluru and through the Whistling Walpa Gorge. Then, as you watch the stunning sunset over Uluru, you can have the chance to indulge in sparkling wine and appetizers.


Stunning views at every turn in Uluru

Stunning views at every turn in Uluru, always surrounded by nature


At sunrise, Bruce Munro’s Field of Light art installation of colored glass spheres will illuminate Uluru. This is a captivating retreat in the Australian Outback, from hearing the ancient stories of the Anangu people, the traditional guardians of the land, to enjoying the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner.


A happy family in a nature retreat at Uluru

A happy family in a nature retreat, exploring Uluru


Reconnect with Mother Nature

2024 is the year to reconnect with Mother Nature and get your body visiting as many places filled with nature as possible. Nature adds even more life to every aspect of your overall life.

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