It is in nature that we find our solace, our ability to regenerate, and in these times of anxiety, a balm for our frayed nerves. Below are 6 joyous nature lodges for a deep breath of fresh air.
To move off the beaten path in Japan is to discover a country of supreme beauty. To move into the world of Hakone Retreat, in Fuji-hakone-izu National Park two hours southwest of Tokyo, is to experience the country as an emperor might. Set in a deep-green forest, Hakone Retreat uses simple modern architecture and large windows to draw one’s attention to the surrounding natural splendor. Hakone’s 11 cottages are set deep in the forest, connected by a single path, and feature large open-air hot spring baths, enabling you to be one with the elements.
The tranquility of nature is something to behold in the mountains of Andorra, where L'Ovella Negra Mountain Lodge beckons with a high-altitude slice of slowed-down escapism and pared-back design. This community-driven four-room property encourages outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing, and mushroom foraging as just a few of the ways in which the glacial Valley of Incles can be explored and the glacial way of life fully realized.
A timber-framed sanctuary nestled on the slopes above Zermatt, Switzerland's most iconic Alpine resort, Cervo Mountain Resort is a place where guests can ski right up to the entrance, with the majestic Matterhorn looming large on the horizon. In the summer, the slopes blossom, the birds twitter, and clear blue lakes beckon. Over in the Catskill Mountains, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is a year-round refuge for New York City creatives. Perched high on a hill surrounded by fields of grass and beautifully reimagined by designers Studio Tack, the 38-room mountain lodge reinvents the notion of the modern-day luxury retreat through nostalgic design, bespoke programming, and local culinary offerings.
Satoyama Jujo not only borrows the Japanese terms for “mountain village” and “10 stories” for its name, but the 12-room hotel also conceptually tells its own stories throughout the 150-year-old house and modern extension that it calls home. For example, the story of organic growth and harvest is told through the farm-to-table process that the hotel’s Sanaburi restaurant employs to serve up cuisine inspired by the Minami-Uonuma region, while the story of art is present in the hotel’s mountainous village-like location, believed to be perfect for unlocking one’s inner creativity.
In the Sacred Valley of Peru, Andenia sits unassuming on an acre and a half of gardens dotted with fruit trees, waterfalls, streams, and hammocks, surrounded by nearby mountains. This nine-room property promises guests plenty of space to get away and connect with nature, and is ideally positioned just outside of Cusco en route to Machu Picchu, acting as a springboard for nearby Incan ruins, local villages and handicraft markets, and extensive outdoor activities.