The greatest gift you can give to a child is to inspire them and open their eyes to how varied and incredible this world truly is…and how better to do so than by travelling?! These lodges and sure to inspire as well as feel like a home-from-home. This is going to be a family holiday that you – and they – cherish forever…
If ‘roughing it’ in a typical campsite isn’t for you, The Farm Camp offers a tempting alternative: ‘eco-glamping’. Situated in charming wooded countryside near Bath, this camp lets you reconnect with nature whilst also having a comfortable and relaxing experience. Spacious traditional bell tents allow you to experience the wild beauty of the untamed outdoors without finding yourself knee-deep in mud and without hot water. The tents are cozily furnished with log-burning stoves and futon beds made with fresh linen. As well as catering for bigger groups, The Farm Camp is ideally suited for two-to-four person midweek breaks, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy the perfect nature retreat?
Described by Ecotourism Australia as ‘arguably the most unique rainforest resort of its type in Australia’, The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat offers a truly enchanting rainforest experience. Each of the resort’s 13 wooden chalets is named after a different character from the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; from ‘Prince Charming’ to ‘Sleepy’, each chalet is located within its own private piece of rainforest and is imbued with its own unique ‘personality’ and charm. The resort itself is set within a World Heritage-listed rainforest, where the beauty of towering trees and the soothing sounds of native birdsong and bubbling brooks will take your breath away.
The hotel retains its 1930’s charm and elegance as one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The charming interior is reminiscent of the building’s original style with refreshingly modern touches. Each of the twelve unique rooms is named for a figure of historical significance, or for one of the eponymous giraffes. As such, each room has its own story to tell. Little touches of luxury such as laundry included in the price and handmade Kenyan toiletries in the room make your stay extra special. Some of the rooms even offer the opportunity to feed giraffes from the window.
Of course, feeding the giraffes is the main draw for so many people. Share your breakfast in the beautiful light, and airy dining room. With the windows open, the giraffes will open pop a head in to say hello. These are the wild and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes which live in the manor’s grounds and forest.
The Hacienda Guachipelin is the sustainable hotel of your dreams. Located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, this family-owned hotel encompasses lush tropical forests and offers traveller’s an authentic experience of Costa Rica’s culture and traditions. The ranch covers over 3400 acres of pastureland and tropical forest, allowing adventurers plenty of opportunities to explore and discover the beautiful scenery that surrounds this stunning hotel.
Give a hobbit an unlimited budget, and a plot within a 300,000-acre private nature reserve, and what would they come up with? Probably the Montaña Mágica Lodge. This other-worldly hotel has been built to resemble a volcano, and even ‘erupts’, sending water cascading down the outside of the lush moss and vine-covered exterior. To reach the Magic Mountain, intrepid guests must cross from a treetop walkway into the hotel’s lobby, via a swinging rope bridge. Once the bridge is crossed, the adventure truly begins…
This lodge is the passion project of a family who fell in love with the area. They offer eleven comfortable rooms and it is near impossible to choose between them. You can awake to vistas of the dramatic Poas National Park and silhouettes of the volcano; to a lodge with a private garden, steps away from the cloud forest; or to a garden view with hummingbirds fluttering and darting outside. The rooms are spacious and designed to make the most of the natural lighting and glorious surroundings.