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Amazing hotels… you may not have heard of

| 06 Aug 2018

Escape the ordinary with these sumptuous hotels that offer sublime views, pure tranquillity and spectacular natural surroundings. 

From the depths of the isolated rainforests of Cambodia, to the ancient ruins of Hampi in southern India and a puma conservation project in Chile’s Patagonia, these amazing hotels are lavish yet promote sustainability and conservation. Each would make a stunning centrepiece to a private tailor-made itinerary designed by a Cox & Kings expert.

Hampi

 

KISHKINDA CAMP, INDIA

In exceptional locations across India, The Ultimate Travelling Camp specialise in elegant and intimate safari camps. Open between 1 October and 15 April annually, the Kishkinda Camp is on the outskirts of the ruin city of Hampi. Once the capital of Hindu rulers for over 200 years, the ruins of the Unesco world heritage site are adorned with sculptures.

Hemakuta hill

Hemakuta Hill Temple

The safari-themed camp is designed to evoke memories of the grand days of travelling, replete with leather trunks, four-poster beds and comfortable armchairs. Along with a butler service, meals are prepared with locally grown food by award-winning chefs.

Kishkinda Camp

Kishkinda Camp

SHINTA MANI WILD, CAMBODIA

Opening in late 2018, Shinta Mani Wild is the creation of hotel designer Bill Bensley in south-east Asia’s greatest wilderness. Discovering an unprotected wildlife corridor, Bensley is working to protect it from poaching, mining and logging. The hotel is also setting up a community outreach programme to provide employment and education to local inhabitants. 

Shinta Mani Wild

Shinta Mani Wild exterior

The custom-designed tents are perched over swift-moving waters, providing a spectacular view and an unrivalled experience. Guests can explore the waterways of south-east Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard Shinta Mani’s expedition boats or accompany rangers and researchers as they check camera traps and study the wild forests and their inhabitants. 

Shinta Mani Wild bedroom

Shinta Mani Wild bedroom

SHIPWRECK LODGE, NAMIBIA

Opened on June 1, the incredible architecture of this ten-room lodge has been designed to resemble one of the shipwrecks that the coastline is famous for. The interiors are stylish and comfortable, offering views over the wind-swept dunes and the Atlantic. 

Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

Wildlife drives are offered daily to try and spot the elusive desert dwelling elephant and the only viable lion populations in Namibia outside the Etosha National Park. From here, you can visit the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks nearby, the Mowe Bay seal colony and the Hoanib river delta. Then, climb the dunes and have sundowners watching the fiery African sunset.

Mowe Bay seal colony

Mowe Bay seal colony

ALILA JABAL AKHDAR, OMAN

The Alila Jabal Akhdar is an oasis hidden away in the Al Hajar mountain range and popular destination during the summer months to escape the heat of Muscat. Overlooking Oman’s ‘Grand Canyon’, the luxurious suites and villas have spectacular views over the rugged landscape of the ‘green mountain’. 

Alila Jabal Akhdar balcony view

Alila Jabal Akhdar balcony view

Interiors are stylishly decorated with Omani-inspired furnishings and the restaurant serves international cuisine with Middle Eastern influences. With clear skies, stargazing is popular here and the hotel offers telescope tours with an astral guide who can teach you about the constellations.

The green mountains

The green mountain

AWASI PATAGONIA, CHILE

Awasi Patagonia is a luxurious lodge set on a private reserve where pumas, guanacos and rheas roam. Working with researchers to understand the behaviour of the puma population, the Awasi Puma Foundation aims to protect these endangered big cats in and around the Torres del Paine National Park. 

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

The lodges are reminiscent of old Patagonian dwellings and were built to blend into the rugged landscape. In your private villa, you can relax in front of the fireplace or in the hot tub taking in your wild surroundings. The restaurant serves local cuisine using fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden.

Hot tub with a view

Hot tub with a view

Cox & Kings’ travel experts can organise a tailor-made holiday to any of these locations to suit your preferences.



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