17 Soothing Destinations For The Nature Lover

17 Soothing Destinations  For The Nature Lover

17 Soothing Destinations For The Nature Lover

You can become one with nature as you climb a mountain or dive to the depths of the world’s oceans.

You can discover the varied life while journeying across Earth’s deserts, or see some of the most amazing life forms by traveling through a rain forest. Dive into a bottomless lake, or simply float on the surface.

Go spelunking into obscure caves and caverns. Maybe you would like to go kayaking through crystal clear waters and watch beautiful ocean fish, or paddle into almost inaccessible caves along rocky ocean shores.

Experience the sound of a remote waterfall and feel the cleansing mist on your face. Whatever your desire, in the midst of nature, you can find food and shelter to make your holiday a soothing retreat.

You have probably heard of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, U.S.A., and The Great Barrier Reef just off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

But, have you ever heard of the Tree House Resort in India, or considered Tasmania, Australia as a vacation spot?

The truth is, there are so many unique, beautiful, breathtaking places to visit on this planet that it was hard to put a short list together, so we ended up writing about 17 of the most incredibly amazing getaways, simply perfect for the nature lover.

1. El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Costa Rica

A perfect example of luxury in the midst of nature is El Silencio Lodge & Spa. Located in Costa Rica’s highlands, above the central volcanic range, the full-service spa is rivaled only by the grandeur of nature.

Not only is the lodge surrounded by forests and waterfalls, it is a part of what Costa Rica calls its “cloud forest”. It is a mere 90 drive from the San Jose airport.

2. Amarnath Cave Trek, Kashmir, India

If you are up to a more physically demanding retreat, consider the Amarnath Cave Trek, in Kashmir India.

This cave, surrounded by snow covered mountains, is the destination of thousands of Hindus every year who make the pilgrimage.

Considered to be a temple, the cave has a huge ice stalagmite within that is Shiva Linga to the Hindus.

3. Engstligen Waterfalls, Switzerland

Since 1948, the Engstligen Waterfalls have been protected as a national park in Switzerland. Located near Adelboden, you can enjoy luxury accommodations in town and visit the waterfall at your convenience.

There is easy transportation to and from the falls, but there are also abundant hiking and sports opportunities, as well.

4. Meditation Retreat, Bali

If you long for a retreat from the demands of every-day life, if you long for a chance to heal your mind, spirit, and body, then try a meditation retreat in Bali, Indonesia.

This island has long been a magnet for those seeking inner peace. Enjoy spa treatments along with visits to the holy waters of the island.

You can take classes on how to prepare healthy, natural meals, too.

5. Ras Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar

In Zanzibar, you will find the Ras Nungwi Beach. Some of the best fishing in the country is located just off of this beach, with plenty of sports fishing opportunities and lodging that is comfortable and affordable.

Besides excellent fishing, you can observe one of the largest populations of turtles in the world. Enjoy the sun, beach, and rest of this wonderful beach.

6. Molokai, Hawaii

The island of Molokai, Hawaii is rich with both marine life and with natural wildlife. This historic island is the source of much of the religion and tradition of the Hawaiian islands.

 Molokai is largely undeveloped, giving visitors a chance to get away from fast food and movie theaters.

The lifestyle of natives of Molokai is centered around living off of and coexisting with nature.

7. Sinai Desert, Egypt

With a holiday to the Sinai Desert of Egypt, you can cleanse your body and soul in the pristine surroundings traveled for millennia by saints and sinners, alike.

This is a fasting retreat, during which, for 3 days, you will have nothing but water. From a distance, Bedouin carriers will watch your progress and make sure you are doing alright. The rest of your 8 day trip is comfortable and scenic.

8. The Camino, Compostella Hiking Trails, Spain

The Camino is a network of hiking trails that lead pilgrims to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

For hundreds of centuries, those who traverse the trails have sought spiritual cleansing, escape from routine, and mental and physical discipline.

You’ll travel from the coast through villages and hills until you reach the mountains. This is the inspiration for Shirley MacLaine’s book “The Camino”, and Martin Sheen’s movie “The Way.”

9. Buddhist Monastery, Koyasan, Japan

Peace, quiet, and fresh air are the focus at the Buddhist Monastery in Koyasan, Japan. The Rengejoin Temple offers authentic Buddhist monk lodging.

You’ll sleep on a futon in a traditional room with the iconic sliding walls made of bamboo and paper.

You’ll be a part of the morning meditation rituals, right alongside the monks. Meals will be the same vegetarian fare that the monks themselves prepare and enjoy.

10. Meet a Mongolian Shaman

The Taiga lands of Mongolia are covered with forests, meadows, and reindeer. The nomadic Tsaatan tribes tend and herd these reindeer.

They are renowned for their shaman, who serves as advisor, healer, and priest for tribal members.

You can ride with the Tsaatan, camp on the shores of mountain lakes, and get insights for the spirit from the shaman himself.

11. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

In the center of Croatia, you will find the oldest park in all of Southeast Europe. Over 1 million people visit this park every year.

The string of 16 lakes cascade into each other, as they are strung together and interconnected with streams and underground karst rivers.

The lakes also vary in colors based on the number of minerals and types of organism present in the water.

12. Sailing or Kayaking on Greenland’s Icefjord

You can kayak and sail amongst hundreds of icebergs of Greenlands’s Icefjord. Most visitors say it is best to fly in, to get the full experience and overview of the Icefjord.

These hundreds of icebergs came from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. You can also take the ferry to the area.

Your ship will feel minuscule next to the giant icebergs. You can enjoy fine dining and a midnight cruse during your stay.

13. Te Wahipounamu, New Zealand

The Te Wahipounamu park is in the southwestern part of New Zealand. It was formed by the procession of glaciers, which formed rocky coastlines along deep fjords.

High cliffs overlook these same fjords, into which waterfalls and lakes continuously feed fresh water.

800 year old trees cover most of the park and provide a home to two species of rare birds: the kea and the takahe.

14. The Tree/Water House Resorts, India

All of the accommodations of the Tree House Resort are either in the trees or elevated on stilts.

You can make reservations for over water bungalows with easy access to nearby activities. You can enjoy the sound of flowing water and rustling trees, or take part in local camel cart rides.

You can also take nature walks, go cycling, or play tennis or billiards.

15. Rainforest, Malaysia

The rainforest of Malaysia is considered the oldest on the planet. Estimated at over 130 million years old, it is right on the equator.

This lush rainforest is home to hundreds of animals and plants that are perfectly at home in this undisturbed area.

The Tembeling River is the main transport route, from which you may see some of the elephants, leopards, tigers, and wild ox that live in the forest.

16. Antiparos Island, Cyclades

Antiparos Island is located in the Aegean sea. This small isle is a great location for your retreat.

You approach on a ferry, and you’ll find lovely white cottages lined with gardens and connected with cobbled streets.

This is a tourist stop, so there is plenty of lodging and dining. The ocean breezes, beach combing and fishing give you a great chance to escape the daily grind.

17. Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is a separate island state as part of Australia. Rich in art, music, and with a long history of fine cuisine, Tasmania is more and more a destination for those seeking retreat.

 Comfortable, even luxurious spa facilities and hotels make your stay comfortable, or you can select more natural surroundings for your stay.

Every kind of sport is possible on this island. Remote, isolated natural settings can soothe the soul and heal the body, Each of these 17 destinations will help you to rest, and provide plenty to do if you want a little activity.

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