Nothing captures the imagination like the prospect of traversing the jungle or staying in one of the rainforest resorts. Rainforests elicit a sense of wonder and connectedness with nature unlike any other biome on the planet, with towering canopies, dense foliage, and avian symphonies. Despite covering only 3% of the planet, rainforests are home to more than half of the world’s animal and plant life, making them a popular destination for adventurous nature lovers.
A trip to the jungle may seem like a pipe dream, but we’ve found a few hotels that make it possible—without sacrificing environmental responsibility or luxury amenities. Continue reading to learn about nine upscale resorts that transport guests into the rainforest. We have accommodations for you whether your travel plans take you to the Amazon, remote regions of equatorial Africa, or tropical island escapes.
Best jungle resort retreat in the rainforest
Copal Tree Lodge
Although the tiny Central American nation of Belize contains a variety of ecosystems, such as reefs, caves, Mayan ruins, and waterfalls, its densest rainforest may be found in the country’s southernmost section, close to the town of Punta Gorda. Copal Tree Lodge, a luxurious eco-resort encircled by 22,000 acres of conserved rainforest, is hardly discernible among the thick treetops. Guests can expect to have breakfast with howler monkeys and toucans while staying in one of the 16 suites or a three-bedroom house. A 3,000-acre sustainable farm on the property also makes Copalli Rum, coffee, and chocolate.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
In the northern region of Thailand, the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is a luxurious resort that borders both Burma and Laos. With private outdoor hot tubs, river views, and infinity pools, tent accommodations blend in with the natural surroundings to provide a soothing experience. A few of the ways the hotel introduces guests to its distinctive rainforest setting include food foraging and trips to find therapeutic plants.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda offers one of the most authentic jungle experiences available. Bwindi Lodge, operated by Volcanoes Safari, is positioned just above the forest canopy and provides access to mountain gorilla trekking as well as stunning views of the ancient forest. The opulent lodge places a high priority on maintaining this special habitat, in part by collaborating with the neighborhood through its Partnership Trust. There are ten bandas that may be reserved, and each one comes with butler service and a 30-minute massage for each visitor.
Maruia River Retreat
The Maruia River Retreat takes advantage of the vastness of the South Island of New Zealand, which is the nation’s adventure capital. The resort’s 500-acre nature park is home to seven opulent villas where visitors may discretely take in the beech forest surroundings. Forest bathing, guided hikes, and restorative spa treatments are just a few of the ways retreat attendees can anticipate to facilitate their rejuvenation in the jungle. There is no shortage of fine dining and opulent services to help guests unwind.
HBD Sundy Praia Príncipe Island
A tiny island off the west coast of Africa called Principe has a picture-perfect coastline that initially only shows white sand beaches, azure ocean, and a profusion of palm trees. But that’s how Mark Shuttleworth, the architect behind the HBD Principe, planned it. Sundy Praia’s 15 opulent tented rooms are discretely hidden among the vegetation if you look closely. The jungle on Prncipe, which was about to be turned into a palm oil plantation before tourism came a decade ago, is now completely surrounded by HBD’s visitors.
Silky Oaks Lodge
There is plenty of dense rainforest to be found in Australia, in addition to its huge red desert and large towns. The Silky Oaks Lodge is a luxurious retreat with 40 treehouse apartments that seamlessly integrate visitors into the surrounding environment. It is located in the tropical Daintree Rainforest in Queensland. The Daintree is home to 315 different animal species, 13 of which are endemic, including the Boyd’s forest dragon. Discovering the Mossman River and going on a dreamtime walk with a guide from the Kuku Yalanji community, who were the first stewards of this land, are two iconic experiences.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Belmond’s Hotel Das Cataratas is the only accommodation within the bounds of Iguazú National Park, home to the impressive Iguazú Falls. This pink hotel with 187 rooms has a picture perfect view of the falls, but the surrounding rainforest and its lush wildlife are not to be overlooked. This is a place to get submerged in orchids, serenaded by toucans, and pampered by Belmond, a brand known for its attention to luxury details. An experience exclusive to guests that should not be missed is the sunrise hike through the jungle to the falls.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
The Sayan Valley is home to a sacred forest from which the Four Seasons Sayan‘s floating lotus pond emerges. This hotel, a jungle resort in Bali, built into a lush hillside overlooking the Ayung River, is world-renowned for its stunning architecture. The hotel’s terraced restaurant and pool, as well as suites decorated in Balinese style, evoke a sense of being one with the surrounding jungle. The Obamas have stayed at this iconic property, and Julia Roberts stayed there while filming Eat, Pray, Love.
Mashpi Lodge, located sixty miles northwest of Quito, is a luxury retreat designed around the topography of Ecuador’s cloud forest. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows, which, combined with the lodge’s open-air terrace, a canopy-skimming sky bike, and nature activities, ensures that guests never forget they are in the midst of the rainforest. The reserve surrounding Mashpi Lodge is home to 400 wildlife species, including 36 endemics. Another highlight of the Mashpi experience is the dining: flavors from the Ecuadorian forests, such as wild garlic and chillangua, are used. The hotel takes its responsibilities to the community seriously, and as a result, the majority of its employees are locals.