10Best: Romantic Eco-Escapes

  • Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

    One of several high end properties owned by Richard Branson's Virgin, Mahali Mzuri in Kenya allows guests to partake in a romantic bubble bath while watching wild game wander the Kenyan plains just outside, or enjoy a champagne picnic in the great outdoors.

    Photo courtesy of Mahali Mzuri

  • Puerto Valle, Argentina

    Tucked between the Paraná River and the pristine Iberá wetlands of Argentina sits the intimate Puerto Valle Hotel. Housed in a historic 1886 manor house, Puerto Valle features luxe rooms with views overlooking the river and exclusive access into Argentina's biggest conservation areas. The highlight of a stay is a romantic picnic atop a floating platform on Laguna Valle, with nature's orchestra setting the mood.

    Photo courtesy of Puerto Valle

  • Longitute 131, Australia

    Longitude 131 takes the idea of "glamping" to an insanely beautiful level. If enjoying a sunset dinner in the Australian outback with unobstructed views of Ayers Rock isn't romantic, we don't know what is! Nothing but nature separates the fifteen luxurious tents from the iconic red rock formation.

    Photo courtesy of Longitude 131

  • Banyan Tree Al Wadi, U.A.E.

    Magical Arabian nights are in store for guests of the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, a desert resort in the United Arab Emirates. After days spent observing wildlife in a dedicated nature reserve or basking on a private beach, couples can arrange for a romantic dinner under the stars before retreating to one of the resort's all-pool villas.

    Photo courtesy of Banyan Tree Al Wadi

  • Cristalino Lodge, Brazil

    For the ultimate romantic Amazon experience, book a bungalow at the beautiful Cristalino Lodge. At this serene jungle sanctuary, couples can cozy up next to a fire on the resort's floating deck, bathe in a private garden, feast by candlelight on locally sourced and traditionally prepared dishes and head out into the wild together for birdwatching, jungle trekking, canoeing or boating.

    Photo courtesy of Luis Gomes/Cristalino Lodge

  • Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

    Owned by the son of the late Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji puts the environment just outside the door, with activities like medicinal plant walks, romantic waterfall hikes, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters or excursions to your own private island, complete with a gourmet picnic lunch.

    Photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

  • EcoCamp Patagonia, Chile

    Falling asleep next to your loved one in one of the domed cabins at EcoCamp Patagonia means the last thing you'll see before drifting off – besides each other – is the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.

    Photo courtesy of EcoCamp Patagonia

  • Silky Oaks Lodge, Australia

    Located on the Mossman Gorge River in North Queensland, Sikly Oaks Lodge offers luxury tree house accommodation adjacent to UNESCO-listed Daintree National Park. Activities – aside from blissful treatments at the Healing Waters Spa – include guided nature walks, picnicking along the Mossman River, yoga classes and kayaking.

    Photo courtesy of Silky Oaks Lodge

  • Gayana Eco Resort, Malaysia

    Hugging the coast of Borneo between the lush jungle and the white sand beach of the South China Sea, Gayana Eco Resort fits the bill for couples looking for an intimate slide of island paradise. Much of the resort sits on stilts, so you're never far from the water, and romance abounds, whether over a romantic dinner of freshly caught organic seafood, lounging on your private deck or planting corals together beneath the waves.

    Photo courtesy of Gayana Eco Resort

  • The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

    Located on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch, The Resort at Paws Up lodges couples in fully equipped, luxe safari-style tents, complete with spacious bath tubs. With the Montana wilderness just outside your tent flaps, activities like hot air balloon rides for two, horseback rides and candlelit dinners under the stars complete the romantic escape.

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