7 Dreamy Rainforest Lodges

March 22, 2015
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Hidden in lush, dewy jungles with emerald vistas, these seven rainforest lodges provide the ultimate getaway among the trees.

British Columbia

King Pacific Lodge
This floating lodge anchored on Princess Royal Island in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is a gem of an eco-conscious retreat (low-flush toilets, locally-procured organic produce) that doesn’t skimp out on luxury. Overlooking the rainforest or ocean, the 17 spacious rooms are outfitted with rustic driftwood furnishings and First Nations art. The wine flows freely at mealtimes, where every dish is ridiculously good. But the real treats are the guided excursions by kayak and canoe where otter and whale sightings are likely; on foot among the ancient cedars and spruce trees to spot the rare white Kermode (also called the “spirit bear”); or by boat to fish for salmon. kingpacificlodge.com



Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Two hours northwest of Quito, this sustainable lodge sits on a 3,000-acre private reserve in the Andean rainforest. It features 22 sparsely decorated suites (think white walls, clean lines and striking angles) with vast picture windows, a spa and a fine dining menu focused on regional ingredients like naranjilla and chocolate. Blending green design with its surroundings, the hydroelectric-powered lodge employs naturalists that lead excursions into the leafy reserve to spot butterflies and monkeys, orchids and exotic feathered species. Don’t miss the aerial tram ride that slithers through a mile of the rainforest’s upper canopy. mashpilodge.com



La Lancha, Guatemala
High above Lake Petén Itzá are 10 bungalows (or casitas) decorated with owner Francis Ford Coppola’s finds from around the world, such as intricately wood carved Balinese armoires, and beds layered with Guatemalan bedspreads and throw pillows. During the day, guests go canoeing and kayaking on the nearby lake, mountain biking along the resorts jungle trails or exploring the spectacular Mayan ruins of Tikal. Come dinnertime, chirping parakeets serenade guests in the hotel’s open-air restaurant, which serves authentic Guatemalan dishes like Chilaquiles (beef tenderloin grilled on an open parilla or barbecue). coppolaresorts.com/lalancha

Costa Rica

Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
Bamboo furnishings, stone floors and canopy beds draped in mosquito netting set the scene at Lapa Rios, which offers 16 open-sided thatch-roof bungalows nestled 350 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Hikes in the surrounding rainforest, which is teeming with howler monkeys, butterflies and toucans, and horseback rides along the deserted beaches are followed by invigorating showers (bathrooms feature stone-laid floors, built-in seating and a bay window for gazing out onto the cobalt blue ocean) and expertly prepared meals. The local ceviche, made with crunchy squash and peppers instead of fish, is a must try. laparios.com


Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Peru
Located near the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon’s Madre de Dios region are 35 thatched-roof cabanas raised on stilts and scattered around the property. Fusing elegance with eco-design, the lantern-lit rooms are outfitted with hammocks, organic bath products and beds wrapped in crisp white linens and mosquito nets. Set 90 feet above the lush forest floor is the Canopy Tree House, a bar-cum-watch-tower that serves cocktails (bartender Ysmael makes a potent Champagne and Pisco Sour) and locally-inspired dishes to the symphony of jungle sounds. Spa treatments and twilight boat tours through the flooded marshland brimming with amphibians, mammals and flora complete the experience. inkaterra.com


The Datai, Malaysia
Blending sexy beach ambiance with a sleek modern design touch, this sophisticated boutique hotel is parked in a picturesque emerald forest between the Andaman Sea and the mountains on the sleepy island of Langkawi. The 112 suites feature silk-cushioned settees, Bose sound systems and Lavazza espresso machines. Guests come here to breathe in the tangy rainforest soil hinted with salty sea air and practice the art of doing nothing at all. But if that gets old, the beach concierge will gladly set you up with a catamaran or windsurfer. Afterwards, expert hands administer warm stone massages and body scrubs in an open-air spa pavilion above a forest stream. thedatai.com


Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil
Set on a privately owned peninsula where the crystal waters of the Emerald Coast meet the lush rainforest, Ponta dos Ganchos has 25 fab rustic-chic bungalows with glass walls and private decks. The Special Emerald Villa, however, boasts a dry sauna with sea views, outdoor decks, private lap pools, wine cellars and an underground fitness centre. Spa hounds will love the treatments (try the hot stone massage) at the Christian Dior spa – the only one in South America. Fancy a game of tennis? There’s a clay court on site. A barbecue on the beach? The chef will cook the fresh-caught fish for you. Is the sudden downpour spoiling your afternoon swim? Practice your backstroke in the indoor heated swimming pool. pontadosganchos.com.br