Take a break, have a kick-back.
Conveniently located no more than a couple of hours away from Singapore, these resorts have it all – from nature trails to conservation efforts – for you to unwind.
Five minutes away from Gunung Mulu National Park – home to magnificent mountains and enchanting caves that lead to secret waterfalls and valleys – the luxurious Mulu Marriot Resort and Spa is equal parts enchanting and relaxing.
Stay in ethnic longhouses that feature an outdoor pool or a private balcony, where you can watch exotic birds and other animals in their natural habitats.
NEXT: Belum Rainforest Resort (Perak, Malaysia) →
With adventure packages like forest walks, night treks, fishing, and so much more, the Belum Rainforest Resort is a nature lover’s dream.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and plants as well as Malaysian tigers, Asian elephants, and tapirs, that can sometimes be spotted in the Belum-Temenggor Rainforest.
NEXT: Elephant Hills (Khao Lak, Thailand) →
Set in the tropical forests of Khao Lak, this luxury jungle camp site gives you the chance to get up close with the Asian elephants on site.
Due to ethical reasons, these elephants are not for you to ride on, but instead to feed, wash, and interact with – a fun way for kids (and kids at heart) to learn about respecting nature!
NEXT: Thanyamundra (Khao Sok, Thailand) →
Wake up in the morning to the enchanting calls of gibbons and birds at the organic Thanyamundra Resort, before getting more intimate with nature jungle trekking and bamboo rafting.
The cozy resort features nine suites built into two teak villas. Each suite comes with a personal butler that’s there for you 24 hours a day.
NEXT: Malikha Lodge (Putao, Myanmar) →
Designed by world-famous architect, Jean Michel Gathy, the Malikha Lodge creates the feeling of luxury amidst a wilderness setting.
You’ll love the multitude of family-friendly activities available, with activities like river diving, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting, as well as day trips to explore dense forestations and local tribes that live in the forest.
NEXT: Popa Mountain Resort (Bagan, Myanmar) →
Perched atop a volcanic peak, the Popa Mountain Resort offers a truly unique experience with unparalleled views of the mountains and valleys.
The resort is an hour away from the city of Bagan, and guests can take a tour of the resort’s organic farms as well as have fun with other nature activities like horse-riding and trekking.
NEXT: Anahata Villas and Spa Resort (Bali, Indonesia) →
A resort and spa deep in the forests of Ubud, Bali, Anahata is a retreat for the mind, soul, and body.
The resort has gorgeous plunge pools where you can soak in the sights of nature; mountain bike or trek through plenty of nature reserves like the Monkey Forest (no prizes for guessing what animal roams this grounds).
NEXT: Nandini Bali (Bali, Indonesia) →
Located on the side of a lush green hill in Ubud, the Nandini Bali has 18 thatched huts and a rainforest spa. Oh, and plenty of jungle monkeys while swimming in a pool suspended 15 metres above a green canyon.
While there, check out the series of rainforest activities like trekking and mountain biking.
NEXT: Secret Paradise Resort and Turtle Sanctuary (Palawan, Philippines) →
Surrounded by lush beaches and tropical forests, this sanctuary is perfect for a family holiday.
Learn more about the turtles that inhabit the sea there and get up close to other marine animals while snorkeling in the waters, or visit the two lush national parks near the resort.
NEXT: Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa (Bohol, Philippines) →
Panglao Island is one of the city’s most popular locales, and it’s not hard to see why!
Facilities at this beachfront resort include a private jacuzzi on the veranda with the view of the forests or the vast sea. Alternatively, lounge in the infinity pool or treat yourself to a pampering spa package.
The resort even boasts a natural underground Cambagat Cave. Say what?!
NEXT: Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa (Sarawak, Malaysia) →
By Atika Lim, Singapore Women’s Weekly, August 2017
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