August 2019 Disconnect Here: Three Hotels Surrounded by Nature

Disconnect Here: Three Hotels Surrounded by Nature

Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador. 
Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador. 
Luxury and unspoiled landscapes find natural harmony at these hotels, designed to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living.
Mashpi Lodge 
The Great Indoors: Located outside Quito, Ecuador, the lodge is “conscious and careful of its jungle environment, which hums with life,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Varya Simpson. There are glass walls throughout, including in the 24 earthy guest rooms; crack open a window and fall asleep to nature’s soundtrack.

The Great Outdoors: Head out on a range of forest treks (mud boots supplied). “It’s primeval and totally quiet,” says Simpson, “except for the occasional birdsong or frog croak.” Grab your binocs for early-morning birding on the terrace, or get an avian-eye view on a gondola or skybike ride above the jungle canopy.

The Details: Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 spa credit.
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti 
The Great Indoors: Bold, sharp lines replicating the jagged peaks of the Dolomites in northern Italy, along with local stone and wood, create a dramatic sense of place. “The architecture of the new Lefay is absolutely stunning,” says Virtuoso advisor Amy Rectenwald. “Every space, every vantage, the natural light flooding in – it’s all designed to make you feel like you’re outside.” One- to three-bedroom Wellness Residences provide direct access to the spa’s hydro-circuit, saunas, and salt grotto.

The Great Outdoors: The UNESCO-designated Dolomites offer adventures for all seasons, from summertime hiking and mountain biking to spectacular skiing in the winter months.

The Details: Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily plus one dinner and a 50-minute massage for two.
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.
Matakauri Lodge
The Great Indoors: Guests instantly connect with ice-blue Lake Wakatipu and the South Island’s big three mountains – The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, and Walter Peak – which lie just beyond floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the 12-room lodge and Owner’s Cottage. “From just about anywhere, you can admire the gorgeous landscape,” says Virtuoso advisor Ane Lowe. The indoors are equally appealing, thanks to a refurb last fall. Lowe recommends pairing the scenery with chef Jonathan Rogers’ Central Otago cuisine and local wines for “a dining experience that’s not to be missed.”

The Great Outdoors: Anything’s possible in Queenstown, New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world. Lowe’s favorite activity: touching down in Milford Sound on a heli-tour of World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park.

The Details: Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 spa credit.
Matakauri Lodge.
Matakauri Lodge.

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