WITH 50 PER CENT OF THE SEYCHELLES LANDMASS DESIGNATED A NATURE reserve, there are few better destinations for nature-lovers. Banyan Tree benefits from a prized position atop one of the mainland’s highest peaks providing 360-degee panoram; of its glorious surroundings. From the privac of your colonial-style villa, you can spot dolphins cresting along the shoreline or swot up on the difference between a Seychelles blui pigeon and a bulbul. Take a dip in your privat plunge pool surrounded by tall Takamaka
WITH JUST 26 SUITES AND ONE VILLA, SAMAN VILLAS IS ONE OF SULTRY
Sri Lanka’s smallest back-to-nature retreats.
Set on a rocky outcrop between two gold-sand beaches and surrounded by near-impenetrable tropical forest, the landscape offers unspoilt empty beaches, fields of cinnamon and a variety of wildlife attracted by nearby Dedduwan Lake. Just 18km from the resort, at Maduganga wetlands, you can try your hand at lagoon fishing – it’s one of the last remaining areas of pristine mangroves in Sri Lanka. While back in the lap of luxury, you can indulge in some pampering in the spa – all of the treatments have a strong emphasis on natural healing.
INSIDER TIP: he grand deluxe suite comes with its own seven-metre lap pool. Get in. BOOK IT: 7 nights including breakfast from 1,889 per person.
WILDEST, UNTAMED ISLANDS, THIS
adults-only 57-room resort will quench every city-dweller’s thirst for nature. Boasting a pinch-yourself-it’s-so-pretty beach and acres of tenderly manicured lawns, there’s no chance of stumbling across a full moon’ party here. he hotel prides itself on its peaceful atmosphere, and the ultra-chilled philosophy extends to the beach where long tail boats and motorised watersports are strictly verboten. Equally tranquil is the hotel’s glittering infinity pool -filled with chemical-free salt-water, natch. INSIDER TIP: Book yourselves into the spa’s Salt Room where natural salt and mineral-infused oxygen combine to heady effect.
BOOK IT: 7 nights including breakfast from 1,302 per person. Stopover at Rembrandt Bangkok for 3 nights from 70 per person including breakfast.
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