Best New Hotels for Nature Lovers

Here are Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List — their picks for the best newcomers in the past year—not for what’s under its roof, but for what’s outside its doors. And this year turned up plenty of options for outdoorsy types: There are polished, summer camp-style retreats for the avid fly-fisher—think rustic cabins with a hint of hipster design flair—and futuristic, dome-like tents that hang off the side of a volcano for the thrill-seeking glamper. And best of all? With perks like in-room massages and absurd staff-to-guest ratios, you won't exactly be roughing it.

1. Taylor River Lodge, Crested Butte

You'll rise at dawn in your timber cabin for fly-fishing (followed by a steam in the bathhouse).

 

2. Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, Nandaime, Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, you'll ride a horse past sloths and howler monkeys on Nekupe's 1,300 acres, whose owners took inspiration from the ranches of America's West.

 

3. Helena Bay Lodge, Northland, New Zealand

See brighter-than-bright green hills after helicoptering to your seaside villa at New Zealand's Helena Bay Lodge.

 

4. Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch, N.M.

New Mexico's sunsets are most vivid when seen from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Ted Turner's turn-of-the-century Casa Grande, where you'll return to pan-seared bison after your hike.

5. The Highlands, Ngorongoro, Tanzania

A different view entirely from the geodesic dome-like tents at The Highlands, the only luxury camp on Tanzania's Olmoti Volcano, which has Africa's highest lion density.

 

Original article published by Conde Nast Traveler.