Luxtripper Travel Editor
These luxury jungle lodges will make you want to head to the rainforest for your next holiday!
Borneo has repeatedly been brought to our screens from the likes of Sir David Attenborough, and more recently, Dame Judi Dench, and is one of the rare places on Earth that is a living natural history of the world before the existence of humans. Indeed, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is amongst some of the oldest tropical rainforest on the planet and has never been logged, making it a truly untouched paradise.
Situated in this unique region is the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a stylish and luxurious sanctuary placed beautifully alongside the Danum River. With a strong focus on sustainability, the resort is surrounded by lush, steaming rainforest, its modern villas providing ample space to admire the natural surroundings. Offering spa treatments, delicious Malaysian cuisine and a range of exciting activities, from wildlife drives to the iconic Tree Top Canopy Walk, your holiday will be perfectly blended with relaxation and adventure.
Cambodia has some of the most biologically rich rainforests on Earth, its tropical climate meaning that the region boasts vast expanses of untouched jungle with hidden ancient ruins. With wildlife including elephants, panthers and bears, Cambodia is perfect for animal-lovers as well as those seeking adventure.
For superb tented luxury, Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild offers renowned comfort whilst effortlessly blending into its natural surroundings. Situated in a 350-hectare river valley in-amongst lush, tropical rainforest, the camp perfectly blends relaxation and adventure. You can experience activities such as zip lining, wild swimming and jungle hiking, all before unwinding with rejuvenating treatments at the camp's wellness centre.
It goes without saying that the Amazon Rainforest is vast - it is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, after all - but it may come as a surprise that this expansive biosphere stretches right across South America to Peru in the west of the continent.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion fulfills all your imaginings of what a jungle lodge should be. Thatched roofs, open wooden dining areas, dense jungle surroundings; what can be better than that? Only accessible by canoe, this tropical lodge is nestled on the banks of the Madre de Dios River and offers a wide selection of immersive adventures in the rainforest; imagine hearing the rainforest come alive after dark on a Rainforest By Night excursion or encountering some unique fauna in the region, such as agoutis, monkeys and peccaries.
With just over half of Costa Rica's landmass comprised of rainforest, it should come as no surprise that Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world for an adventure in the jungle, its abundance of wildlife and stunning natural scenery alluring people from all across the world.
In the heart of Costa Rica's tropical rainforest lies the outstanding Pacuare Lodge, an exclusive resort that offers guests adventure in nature. Nestled on the banks of the fast-flowing Pacuare River, you simply have to try white water rafting and canyoning during your stay, or, if what isn't your thing, zip-lining in the treetop canopy. For those seeking rest and relaxation, don't worry: the Jawa Juü Spa is committed to providing revitalising and soothing spa treatments and therapies.
If The Jungle Book has always been one of your favourites, then you can't pass up the opportunity to experience the wildlife-rich jungles of India for yourself, all whilst staying in a luxury jungle lodge. Famed for the majestic Bengal tiger, a jungle holiday to India promises old-age opulence and excitement, and the chance to see unique fauna.
You can experience your own jungle adventure at the exclusive Banjaar Tola, an elegant jungle safari lodge situated on the Banjaar River within the spectacular Kanha National Park. With twice-daily safaris, you'll be able to encounter some of the region's exotic wildlife before unwinding in your luxurious Tented Suite, featuring its own standalone bathtub. As well as this, the lodge's Jiva Spa and outdoor pool are perfect for unwinding and enjoy some much-needed 'me' time.
Nicaragua is somewhat overshadowed by its southerly neighbour, Costa Rica, but this small Central American nation is just as beautiful. Comprised of a variety of landscapes, from tropical palm-fringed beaches to awe-inspiring rainforests, Nicaragua boasts seclusion and adventure.
Morgan's Rock Ecolodge is one of those places that will completely blow you away. Set in a 4000-acre expanse of Nicaraguan jungle in a private reserve, this secluded lodge benefits from an untouched beachfront whilst offering rustic villas hidden in-amongst the trees. Nature is at at the heart of all activities at the lodge; you can try your hand at organic farming, head into the jungle on an immersive sloth quest or take a sunset hike with views across the private beach.
South America is famed for its cloud forests, beautifully situated high up with near-constant low-level cloud cover. These misty paradises are home to some of the world's most unique fauna and flora, their isolated locations meaning they have escaped from much negative human interference.
Ecuador has some of the continent's most breathtaking cloud forests, and you can experience this unique environment for yourself through staying at the glorious Mashpi Lodge. Nestled in-amongst sparkling waterfalls and steaming, lush rainforest, this contemporary lodge features bright, elegant suites and a tranquil outdoor hot tub. Throughout your stay adventure will beckon; think jungle swinging, sky biking and monkey trails.
Panama is a hidden treasure in Central America, its steaming rainforests some of the most biologically diverse in the world. Offering barefoot tropical luxury, Panama is still relatively off the beaten track and has retained much of its authentic charm.
La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm combines a rainforest and beach escape, its bungalows suspended high up in the treetops and featuring hammocks surrounded by the lush canopy. Situated in the Isla Bastimentos rainforest - stretching from mangroves to tropical forest - the lodge is only accessible by boat and offers a whole host of activities, from snorkelling and swimming to caving and jungle trails.
Bali, whilst an obvious choice for a jungle escape, is no less secluded and beautiful despite its popularity on the world stage. Comprised of lush green rice paddies, misty forested volcanic mountains and cascading waterfalls, a holiday to Bali is a step into a nature.
At Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L'Occitane, luxury is taken to a new level. Set in-amongst the peaceful rainforests of Ubud, this 5-star resort offers you awe-inspiring views across the trees, its infinity pool perfect for whiling away the afternoon in paradise. If that isn't enough, you can enjoy your own private pool staying in a River View Pool Villa and feel truly secluded in the natural surroundings.
The third largest island in the world, Borneo is vast, with no two areas the same. One of the biggest draws to the island is its orangutan population, which can only be found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.
To really experience the unique wildlife of this incredible region, Sukau Rainforest Lodge's secluded location along the banks of the Kinabatangan River means that guests will be fully immersed in this tropical landscape. One of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, here, the experience is all about what's around you, whether it be the sounds of the cicadas singing or the rustle of orangutans moving through the trees. With twice-daily river safaris, land treks and nature walks, a stay at the lodge offers you the chance to connect with the rainforest and learn about its ancient eco-systems.
When thinking of the Caribbean, people immediately envision picture-perfect white, sandy beaches, but these breathtaking islands have more than just beaches to offer. With mountainous, tropical interiors, the Caribbean is home to an abundance of tropical rainforests, featuring waterfalls and rare bird species.
St Lucia is known for its tall peaks and lush wilderness, and staying at Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat, you can feel properly immersed in the tropical island landscape. As its name suggests, the resort is owned by the much-loved Hotel Chocolat and features its very own chocolate farm! With an exceptional spa offering cacao-inspired dishes and luxurious lodges with four-poster beds, you will feel truly rejuvenated throughout your stay.
If you're looking to head to the rainforest for a truly unique adventure, contact one of our Luxury Travel Specialists today who will be ready and waiting to tailor-make your next holiday...