Exploring the World: Mountain-side Eco-Luxury Resorts Are the Perfect Complement to Discounted First Class Seats
Uninspired, you could enjoy a typical luxury holiday by flying first class to your destination, staying in chic high-rise resorts and visiting all of the usual spas, golf courses and nightclubs. Or you can relish new landscapes, cultures and ecologies more intimately at some of the world's most spectacular eco-luxury resorts. There, you can experience the terrain first-hand in supremely comfortable, but environmentally friendly lodging. These lush resorts have taken the world by storm, becoming more available and innovative. Here are just a few of our favorite mountain- and hill-side favorites:
Whitepod Resort, Switzerland
At the base of the Swiss Alps, the Whitepod Resort is a unique property of private, dome-shaped tents. With incredible views overlooking the world-famous Villars ski resort, Whitepod concertedly limits its environmental impact. Motorized vehicles are limited so guests access their domed pods by snowshoe in the winter or by hiking in the summer. Tent platforms are made of wood and can be torn down easily. All power to the site is provided by renewable sources. Waste is recycled, culinary dishes are made with local produce, and certified mountain guides are available for Alpine adventures. The on-site spa also offers a variety of luxury treatments.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, India
Just 100 miles from Jaipur, The Oberoi is easily accessed with discounted business class tickets to Jaipur International Airport, but its natural setting is a peaceful retreat. Situated on the rim of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the luxury waterfront jungle resort hearkens back to the time of the Raj.
Guest tents have gleaming teak floors, rich furnishings and inviting four-poster beds draped with silky linens. Guests indulge in a large pillow menu, spa services, two restaurants and a refreshing swimming pool while on the property, or take one of the many tours through the nature sanctuary to spot magnificent tigers and other wildlife.
Campi Ya Kanzi, Kenya
Guests travel to the "Green Hills of Africa" to revel in stunning vistas of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The five-star resort is beloved for its thrilling wilderness adventures and integration with the Maasai culture. Built with local materials and without cutting down any trees, Campi Ya Kanzi is an environmental masterpiece. Water is harvested from rainwater and heated with solar panels, power is solar-generated, and meals are prepared using coffee-husk charcoal fuel. Guests can choose luxury tent cottages, spacious tent suites or sumptuous rooms in the lodge, and enjoy breathtakingly unique treks led by Maasai trackers.
We delight in these lush eco-luxury resorts near the world’s mountains and hills, but there are many more adventures to be had. If you are more of a beach and ocean adventurer, stay tuned for our next segment exploring some of the globe's best seaside eco-resorts, all conveniently reachable with cheap first class airfare.