Jungle Book: 9 Retreats Perfect for a Jungle Vacation

Jungle Book: 9 Retreats Perfect for a Jungle Vacation

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From secluded stays in Costa Rica, to untouched natural getaways in Thailand, here are nine retreats perfect for a jungle vacation.

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    Rooms are quirky, and many are open-air, incorporating rocks and trees right into their layouts. Guests need to have a certain level of comfort around seeing geckos, lizards, and bats, although some of the accommodations are glassed-in. There's a beachfront restaurant that serves seafood and vegetarian dishes. 
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    Arguably one of the most special hotels in Mexico. It is a luxurious yoga retreat located on 12 seaside acres of wild vegetation just outside Sayulita. The structures have been built using traditional construction techniques to minimize the environmental impact, and there is no electricity anywhere besides the restaurant and the yoga studio -- not even in the rooms.
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    From the moment one steps into the reception area here, it feels you’ve entered somewhere special. A series of terracotta tile and wood plank walkways then wind though the wonderfully dense jungle, immersing guests in a tropical world awash with exotic flowering plants, colorful fruit trees, and even the occasional monkey. 
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    a budget option with an incredible location directly next to the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park and a three-minute walk to the beach. Rates are low for the area, and include a free daily breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, and limited street parking. Rooms range from a two-story villa that sleeps six to cute bungalows with microwaves, small refrigerators, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Three of the eight rooms face the street and can be a bit noisy.
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    This 38-room property is an upscale romantic jungle retreat on a property with rice paddies and gorgeous Ayung River views. The peaceful property has two outdoor pools, a pool bar, and two restaurants along with butler service and a 24-hour front desk. Guided tours are also available and there's an on-site boutique. Balinese-style villas are luxurious with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and furnished balconies with striking river views; some have private pools.
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    Verana is an adults-only boutique resort nestled in a hillside high atop the bay of Yelapa, a small village on the coast of Mexico that is only reachable by boat. It offers eight uniquely designed, rustic houses that include completely open-air, gazebo-style rooms perched out over the jungle; some have private pools.
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    On a pretty beach overlooking the iconic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay, this luxuriously rustic four-and-a-half-pearl boutique resort is surrounded by lush jungle. The property’s 59 contemporary rooms include several spacious villas with private plunge pools and hot tubs tucked into the jungle. 
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    This secluded, romantic retreat is tucked away in a beachfront spot in the jungle outside Sayulita. It offers 25 beautiful rooms housed in standalone huts built using natural local materials and offering ocean or jungle views, rustic-chic decor, terraces, and no window panes. The idea is to deliver an unplugged, in-touch-with-nature vacation, so rooms have no TVs, while cell phone and Internet service are limited to some common areas. 
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    Lapa Rios, located in the remote coastal rainforests of the Osa Peninsula, is Costa Rica’s original luxury eco lodge. This is the opposite of a Cancun-style beach resort -- guests come to the upscale Lapa Rios to enjoy the spectacular surroundings, learn about sustainable tourism, and re-connect with nature. The 17-bungalow lodge sits amid 1,000 acres of rainforest filled with wildlife, but it's far from a no-frills jungle camp. 
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