Best Lodges to Visit in the Summer

Our lodges are putting a new spin on summer vacation, offering incredible experiences that go beyond your typical beach or camping trip. Whether you want to practice falconry in the Irish countryside or go below the equator to see South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom in bloom, the properties in our collection will have you celebrating summer in some of the most unique ways possible.

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WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Between July and October, the scrublands around Bushmans Kloof are transformed into a glorious patchwork of color, with thousands of fynbos flowers blossoming alongside herbs, succulents, and heathers. This is when the lodge is at its most fetching—when South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom is flourishing and many of the property’s 750 plant species are at peak bloom. Wend through valleys draped in pastels and jewel tones on a hike, bike ride, or nature drive; and linger over a picnic lunch in a field of flowers.

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

Few wildlife spectacles can compare to the great migration that takes place annually in East Africa. In the summer months, wildebeest and other herd animals migrate north from the Serengeti in droves, their destination the lush grasslands of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. In preparation for the Mara River crossing in July and August, they congregate at the nearby Lamai Wedge—within sight of Sayari Camp—where lodge guests get front-row seats to the largest migration of animals on Earth. And when you’re not watching the wildebeests, you can set out on game drive in search of elephants, lions, rhinos, and much more.

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ARISTI, GREECE

Outdoor adventure is always in season at Aristi, but summer is the best time to take a plunge into the region’s sparkling mountain waterways. Recognized as one of the most pristine rivers in Europe, the Voidomatis winds through the dramatic canyons of the Pindus mountain range, its aqua waters beckoning waders, rafters, kayakers, and fly fishers. Cool off in a secluded swimming hole after a challenging hike in the surrounding slopes, paddle through serpentine ravines on a white-water rafting trip, or cast a line into crystalline waters and bring your catch back to the kitchen for dinner.

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JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, UNITED STATES

As one of the great adventure capitals of the American West, Jackson Hole is abuzz with activity during the summer months, when nature lovers and thrill seekers use it as a base for exploring three different mountain ranges. Located just down the road from the town of Jackson, Bentwood Inn is close to all the high-season action—including outdoor concerts and the world-famous Jackson Hole Rodeo. But it’s just as close to the majestic wilderness of Grand Teton National Park and the rapids of the Snake River—both legendary summer playgrounds.

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SABI SAND RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

When summer comes to North America, South Africa ushers in its dry season—a time of mild temperatures and relatively sparse vegetation. For visitors to the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, dry conditions mean the animals are easy to spot. Elephants and zebras congregate around water holes and rivers in search of a drink, cheetahs and lions can easily be seen lounging amid barren trees and bushes, and brightly colored birds stand out sharply against the landscape’s neutral hues.

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MAYO, IRELAND

While Ireland’s weather could never be called “predictable,” it’s typically more consistent during the summer months, when conditions are best for getting outside to enjoy the stunning countryside. Step beyond the walls of Ashford Castle to explore Ireland’s second largest lake; discover the property’s ancient woodlands, intersected by an extensive network of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails; and take a lesson at the country’s oldest falconry school. Or opt go further afield to ramble amid the mystical bogs of the Connemara or stroll the streets of Galway, whose famous art festival happens each July.

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KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA, UNITED STATES

The summer solstice brings lingering light to Alaska, inviting travelers to extend their adventures into the wee hours of the evening. And with an array of activities at their disposal, guests of Tutka Bay Lodge find it easy to take advantage of the season’s extra daylight. Bask in the orange glow of Alaska’s midnight sun while tide pooling on the shoreline, set out on an evening hike, or launch a kayak into the bay. Guides are also available for after-dinner whale-watching excursions and invite you to stay out on the water as long as you like.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Siwash can feel like the ultimate summer camp, complete with an incredible program of outdoor activities; fresh, foraged food; and a cluster of cozy log cabins and glamping tents outfitted with luxurious amenities. Spend your days exploring rugged pine forests on naturalist-led hikes, riding across sweeping prairielands on horseback, sharpening your aim at the archery range, or paddling a canoe across the lodge lake. In the evenings, feast on the lodge’s gourmet pasture-to-plate cuisine, and then retreat to the great room fireplace, book or board game in hand.