11 of the best jungle eco lodges
Dense, luscious, and overflowing with life, jungles seem like places made of dreams and David Attenborough documentaries. Maybe that’s because they are truly some of the Earth’s last wildernesses and untouched places where nature can blossom and grow. Thanks to the growth of conservation efforts and the public love of nature, we are seeing areas protected to maintain their beauty and value. In some parts of the world, however, governments will still prioritise oil and industry. We see it as our role to share the utter beauty and value of these places and inspire you to make a change by promoting ethical industries like eco-tourism. On that note, we have some stunning lodges which will introduce you to the jungle and get you as passionate as we are about its protection!
GAIA Hotel and Reserve is pure eco-luxury situated in Manuel Antonio. This 5-star hotel is a gorgeous blend of modern opulence and stunning natural scenery. You will find the hotel nestled in a vast and verdant haven of lowland forest: GAIA’s own private nature reserve. A host of incredible wildlife thrives in this pristine reserve and the guests are welcome to explore it on one of the daily guided tours
A delightful home-stay experience in Goa with home-cooked, locally sourced food. Enjoy mealtimes with hosts Savio and Pirkko, two children and their three dogs, donkey, cat and two goats! Natural rustic cottages with open-air bathrooms allow you to birdwatch as you shower! Set in the backyards amongst coconut groves and paddy fields, this idyllic boutique setting has a swimming pool, nearby lake and all necessary mod-cons: safe, tea/coffee maker, bar and Wi-fi in the dining area.
The Observatorio: a treehouse suspended 25 meters above the forest floor, in the tropical Costa Rican rainforest canopy. This unique lodge allows you to truly experience the jungle from the perspective of the inhabiting monkeys, sloths and toucans, all without harming a single tree.
Set within a lush 250-acre Costa Rican rainforest reserve, guests at the Sanctuary can expect to discover one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, whilst also enjoying all the conveniences and creature-comforts of a modern resort. There are three different styles of accommodation to choose from: ten traditional Caribbean casitas, surrounded by tropical gardens, a guesthouse boasting rainforest views, or the luxuriously equipped Casa Grande (for premium sea views!)
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…
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.
Lose yourself in the Sri Lankan wilderness. Sleeping in one of sixteen chalets, you will feel like one of the wild creatures that reside in the surrounding rainforest. Designed with bamboo panelling and plush seating, the interior of this eco-lodge will ensnare the senses, providing you with an illusion of travelling back in time to a period when humans lived simpler lives, in harmony with nature and with the rainforest. Rediscover this connection at The Rainforest Eco Lodge.
Huddled amongst an old-growth forest of oak and lenga trees, deep in remote southern Chile, sits a collection of rustic wooden cabins. Nearby, the tranquil Fuy River flows, and everywhere the natural sounds of the forest fill the air. The Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is a vast expanse of temperate rainforest, home to an astounding array of wildlife including pumas, endemic bird species, and even the world’s smallest deer! There is a range of cabins sleeping two, six, or eight people, and with living room and kitchen areas, your stay will also be comfortable! The Huilo Huilo Forest Cabins allow travellers to explore the Patagonian rainforest, and to get closer to nature than ever before.
The Canopy Tower is a unique eco-lodge atop Semaphore Hill, surrounded by the vast lowland rainforest of Soberania National Park in central Panama. The building itself is a US Air Force Radar Station, built in 1965, now repurposed as a world-class birding and wildlife-watching lodge.
The Observation Deck overlooks the canopy of the national park, where we start our days with fresh Panamanian coffee and scan the treetops for raptors, toucans, parrots, tanagers, sloths and monkeys. It is also a favourite place to enjoy a drink at dusk, watching the sunset above the trees.
If you’re looking for a totally unique experience of the Peruvian Amazon, then look no further. Discover the rainforest, and all its wild inhabitants, from an entirely new perspective that most travellers never get the chance to experience, with a stay high in the treetop canopy. Treehouse Lodge is the only lodge of its type in the Amazon Rainforest, allowing guests to quite literally immerse themselves in nature. Located at the confluence of the Yarapa and Cumaceba rivers at the start of the mighty Amazon, each of the lodge’s eight treetop bungalows nestles within the trees, allowing guests to enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching monkeys and birds at eye-level.
The Kanha Jungle Lodge nestles deep in the woods of the Kanha Tiger Reserve in central India, within the very forest that provided inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Here, the endangered tiger is still ‘burning bright’. The lodge offers guests the opportunity to enjoy jungle tiger safaris in an open-top 4×4 jeep. Accompanying you on your tour will be one of the lodge’s resident ‘naturalists’: a wildlife expert and ‘encyclopaedia of knowledge’ whose job it is to narrate the secret stories of the forest.