Miavana Luxury Eco Resort
Miavana is situated on Nosy Ankao, a private island off Madagascar’s north-eastern coast. With 14 sea-facing villas available, guests have complete privacy while enjoying views across the Indian Ocean, or walking straight into the sea to snorkel amid coral beds.
The tranquil hues of sand, wood and water have been brought into the interiors of each villa and there are hand-dyed curtains, hand-crafted chairs and light fittings resembling old glass buoys. Miavana was designed by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens and took nearly four years to build, employing over 500 local workers in the construction team.
Hop onto an electric buggy and head to the resort’s main village to lounge in the infinity pool or sip cocktails at the rooftop bar. With a multitude of activities available, including kitesurfing, scuba diving, helicopter flights and forest walks, you’ll never want to leave. timeandtideafrica.com/miavana
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
The ION Adventure Hotel, less than an hour’s drive from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, is isolated in an arresting landscape of mountains and lava fields. It is near the ’Golden Circle‘ travel route, making it the perfect base from which to explore the country’s natural wonders – trek across an ancient glacier, fly-fish in the icy rivers, bathe in a geothermal pool or watch the dancing Northern Lights.
You can relax at the hotel in Scandi-inspired rooms, dine at Silfra Restaurant (which offers fresh Nordic cuisine), order a drink at the award-winning Northern Lights Bar, unwind at the Lava Spa or just gaze onto the wild landscape that stretches out, unbroken by buildings, to the distant horizon.
And there’s no need to feel guilty about the impact your stay might have on the surroundings – ION won a 2014 World Boutique Hotel award in the ‘Sustainability’ category. ioniceland.is
Perched on an escarpment overlooking the high plateaus and deep gullies of Ethiopia’s newly opened Simien Mountains National Park, Limalimo Lodge offers a boutique, eco-conscious experience in a spectacular trekking destination, and a chance to see wildlife found nowhere else on earth.
The lodge aims to have minimal impact on the environment and was constructed using local materials and building techniques. The beautifully simple interiors include modern Ethiopian textiles, hand-crafted fixtures and locally produced art. Take in the view from the bar and restaurant, perched on top of a hill looking over the escarpment; or relax in one of the 12 rooms around the site, each surrounded by indigenous highland trees.
Trips to Limalimo Lodge and the Simien Mountains can easily be combined with visits to other exciting destinations, such as Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches; Axum’s obelisk fields and the monasteries on Lake Tana. limalimolodge.com