Image: Acre Baja's boutique treehouse's are nestled into the jungle palms Source: Supplied

Cabin Escapes: Five Wilderness Getaways To Visit in 2022

A Wilderness escape delivers the ultimate nature-fix that so many of us just don’t get in our day-to-day lives. Coupled with the pandemic era’s need for more physical space, the acres of wilderness that these retreats occupy can provide us with an extra layer of comfort as we re-adjust to exploring the world again. While wilderness escapes are tailored towards the more adventurous travellers, the outdoor nature of these trips doesn’t mean you have to forego your usual luxuries. We can assure you these luxe wilderness escapes have you covered. 

Acre Baja

Los Cabos, Mexico 

Make your way to the Mexican oasis of Acre Baja. Situated in the foothills of San Jose del Cabo, the 25-acre sanctuary is made up of organic farms, desert landscapes and thick palm tree forests. Guests stay in one of the resort’s 12 boutique treehouse structures, with large king-sized beds, outdoor showers and terraces that overlook the jungle-like gardens of the property. While the resort’s restaurant and its own handcrafted Mezcal are sure to impress, it’s Acre Baja’s onsite animal sanctuary that’s home to donkeys, mercurial miniature Pygmy goats, free-roaming peacocks and puppies, that we just can’t get enough of. 

Image: Acre Baja resort from above Source: supplied
Image: Acre Baja’s luxury treehouses Source: supplied
Image: Inside one of Acre Baja’s luxury treehouses Source: supplied

Primland Resort

Virginia, USA 

Set across the dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains in the highlands of Virginia, the 12,000-acre Primland Resort is the ultimate mountain escape. The resort’s accommodation is set across a cosy mix of log cabins, dreamlike treehouses and a romantic lodge. With forested trails, wild rivers and an-property observatory, the Primland Resort provides you with more than one way to get in touch with nature. Kayakers will come across the beavers and otters that call the river home, while horse-riders can tackle the property’s many trails, with the onsite spa there to greet you after a day of adventures. 

Image: The regal Primland Resort Source: Primland Resort
Image: Head off and explore the mountain wilderness Source: Primland Resort
Image: Wake up with views over the mountains Source: Primland Resort

Te Arai Lodge 

Auckland Region, New Zealand

This luxurious New Zealand lodge gives you the chance to escape the outside world for a little while. Just over an hour away from the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the lodge is set within 20 acres of ancient podocarp forest and native bush with views over the Brynderwyn Ranges and Mangawhai coast. With a yoga studio, gym and 20 meter long heated pool, the lodge’s facilities also include a romantic cedar hot tub nestled into the edge of the bush. Food-wise, guests are treated to garden-to-table dining with the option to share the communal table or dine in a number of private locations around the property. 

Image: The grand Te Arai Lodge Source: Te Arai Lodge
Image: Sink into the hot tub Source: Te Arai Lodge
Image: Enjoy a unique garden-to-table dining experience Source: Te Arai Lodge

Zoofari Lodge 

Dubbo, Australia 

If you’re keen to stay on home soil then Taronga Western Plains Zoo accommodation is the perfect mini escape. With two different lodge styles available, you can choose to look over the African savannah with giraffes, zebras and rhinos or the serene Australian native bushland. The all-inclusive accommodation includes dinner, breakfast, two-day zoo entry, a tour and bike hire. With access to a saltwater swimming pool, licensed restaurant, bar and lounge, there’s plenty to occupy both the kids and the adults. 

Image: Wake up with the animals Source: Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Image: Take a front row seat with your morning coffee Source: Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Image: Stylish canvas tented accommodation Source: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

The Artist’s Atelier in the Mountain 

Yoshino, Japan 

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a private retreat at this incredible luxe wilderness escape. Located beside Mt Yoshino that sees it’s 30,000 cherry blossom trees burst into bloom every spring, guests of this Japanese atelier will have the unique chance to explore this naturally and culturally rich area. With two nearby hot springs, a traditional wooden Japanese bathtub inside and a large kitchen, you can enjoy the simplicity of rural Japanese life with plenty of luxuries to enjoy along the way. 

Image: The riverside property Source: Airbnb
Image: Traditional Japanese crockery Source: Airbnb
Image: The nearby river Source: Airbnb

Looking for more luxury travel inspiration? Read about our favourite luxury holiday homes, travel packages and off-the-beaten track stays in Japan.

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