Lifestyle Wanderlust the September 2020 issue

Stay, Eat, Do: Sophisticated Seclusion

No matter your style of travel, there are plenty of spaces to explore in the great outdoors.
By Carrie Williamson Posted on August 20, 2020



Amangiri, Utah >> Each suite has an outdoor lounge area with a fireplace and desert views, and some have a private pool or roof terrace. The four-bedroom Mesa Home has a 50-foot infinity pool set in a stone terrace. A short drive or hike away is Camp Sarika, 10 canvas-topped pavilions that are surrounded by towering mesas, slot canyons and rust-colored sands.
Other Aman resorts >> You can find Aman resorts, tented camps and villas in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Whether you’re staying on the white-sand shores of the Dominican Republic or the dramatic coastline of Vietnam, the landscape and culture inspire the design and activities.
Amenities >> Even while staying at an Aman villa such as Amangani, an enclave of wood and stone homes with floor-to-ceiling windows in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you will find personalized wellness experiences, outdoor adventures, cultural activities and discreet service.

Cottage Hotels


Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine >> One-bedroom bungalows and two-bedroom cottages are spread over 60 acres of birch forest, giving the resort the feel of both a wilderness retreat and a summer camp. There is considerable space between the cottages, which are beautifully decorated and feature private screened porches with colorful Adirondack chairs and outdoor showers.
Other cottage hotels >> Tablet Hotels and Oyster curate their collections, so start your search for a cottage hotel on these two hotel booking sites. You will also find articles in their online magazines about their cottage hotels, including “The 7 Most Adorable Cottage Hotels in the U.S.” under Oyster’s Stories tab and “Where the Bungalow Roam,” about 13 places with space—bungalows, cottages, cabanas, casitas and houses—under Tablet Hotels’ The Agenda tab.
Amenities >> Since most cottage hotels are independently owned, the level of service and amenities changes from place to place. But what makes them charming are features like firepits, outdoor tubs and private gardens that maximize your enjoyment of the setting.

Glamping: High-Design Camping


Collective Vail in Colorado >> Just 25 miles from Vail, six rustically elegant tents dot the landscape on a 1,000-acre working ranch, a serene and stylish home base for activities like horseback riding, hiking and yoga. The décor and furnishings in the tents reflect the setting. Each one has a king bed, outdoor private deck with Adirondack chairs, and private en-suite bathroom. Tents can comfortably accommodate up to two adults and two children (12 and under).
Other high-design tents >> has more than 200 of these high-design tents around the world. It also has Airstreams along the coast, modern-day huts over water, treehouses in the forest canopy, villas with views, yurts on mountaintops, and other unusual places with space where you can escape to the great outdoors while fly-fishing, sailing on the sea, or hiking the backcountry.
Amenities >> While the décor and activities vary by location, tents have lighting, private en-suite bathrooms, and high thread-count sheets like you’d find at a hotel. Glamping also has embraced conservation and sustainability, so many of these places use solar energy and natural water sources and have gardens which they source for their gourmet meals.

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