Vacationing is the last thing you can do right now, but it’s probably the first thing on your mind. Instead of feeling stifled, this is the best time to browse the pharmacy of great outdoor travel destinations for the best balm to cool your cabin fever, until the world gets the green light to throw open its gates again.
THE RETREAT HOTEL AT BLUE LAGOON ICELAND
Set amidst a sweeping volcanic landscape of fissures and solid lava formations is the Retreat hotel, which overlooks the turquoise geothermal pools of the blue lagoon. Its spa is the draw here – the mineral-rich waters fill indoor and outdoor baths, and the milky-blue hue is a result of its high silica content. What the hotel offers city dwellers is an experience of tranquillity and well-being in an otherworldly environment that seems to segue into the surrounding igneous rock. Its 62 suites overlook the lagoon, which is situated in a unesco Global Geopark – these are sites of geological significance. Just last year, it emerged first in the Resort hotel category of the ahead europe hospitality awards.
CAPELLA UBUD AT BALI
This stunning jungle camp cocoons guests in the natural beauty of its surroundings while offering luxurious accommodation. Capella ubud’s 22 one-bedroom tents and a two-bedroom lodge look out to the unspoiled Keliki rainforest, where the dense greenery and wildlife sightings help guests reconnect with the natural world, while perched high up on steep terrain or stationed securely on flat ground. A complimentary duffel bag containing camp essentials is provided, encouraging the spirit of adventure. There’s nothing like nature to make you forget the worries of urban life.
SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON AT FELICITE, SEYCHELLES
Six senses Zil pasyon is located on the private island of Felicite, which is surrounded by the well-known praslin and la digue islands. It offers 30 villas and two multi-bedroom residences, but the private four-bedroom residence introduced just last december is perched on the highest point of the island to offer almost 360-degree views of the Indian ocean. Sometimes, a modern home away from home is the best sanctuary, and this 15,242 sq ft space, embedded amid massive granite boulders and picture-perfect beaches, and filled with modern and classic art, is a perfect getaway. For golfers, praslin boasts an 18-hole championship course with stunning hillside and ocean views.
BESPOKE HIDEAWAYS DISCOVERY BEDU CAMP AT JORDAN
The desert wilderness is as far from singapore’s environment as you can get. A luxurious camp located in the heart of Wadi Rum, known also as the Valley of the moon, it has just six tented suites. This intimate solar-powered camp situated amid sandstone and granite rock is a private haven; guests can take in glorious sunsets from private decks, stargaze and enjoy an authentic arab dinner while ensconced in the warm light of lanterns at night.
TEXT ADELINE WONG PHOTOS (CAPELLA UBUD, BEDU CAMP) SCOTT DUNN