Bird-watching

Many of our lodges are nestled within pristine wilderness—cloud forests or rain forests or unspoiled coasts where the birding is phenomenal. For those who seek a sighting of a scarlet-rumped trogon or a blue-necked tanager, or hope to add a new hummingbird species to their life list, the following lodges offer guided birding excursions.

Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle

Built by the Normans some 800 years ago and owned for nearly a century by the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is a medieval gem set amid the gorgeous countryside north of Galway.

Western Cape, South Africa

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Situated in the UNESCO-protected Cape Floral Region, this secluded wilderness retreat boasts some 18,000 acres of open plains—where Cape mountain zebras roam freely and more than 130 rock art sites tell the story of the San people’s ancient heritage.

Lord Howe Island, Australia

Capella Lodge

With jaw-dropping views of the ocean, the lagoon, and the two massive peaks, this contemporary beach house is a stunning base to explore the little-known gem of Lord Howe Island.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Tucked into a secluded bay on Santa Cruz Island, Finch Bay provides myriad ways to experience the extraordinary wonders of the Galápagos, while offering a welcoming oasis inspired by the nature that surrounds it.

Newfoundland, Canada

Fogo Island Inn

A stay at Fogo Island Inn is an invitation to experience a centuries-old island culture, from its fishing and foraging traditions to its robust heritage of art, crafts, and lilting music.

Fregate Island, The Seychelles

Fregate Island Private

On a private island in the Indian Ocean, gorgeous villas are tucked among seven idyllic beaches and lush forests that Aldabra tortoises, sea turtles, and all manner of tropical birdlife call home.

Western Cape, South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Built on a hillside where two oceans collide, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve captures the magic of South Africa’s Western Cape.

Colima, Mexico

Hacienda de San Antonio

Sparkling fountains and beautiful gardens fill the courtyards of Hacienda de San Antonio, an elegant 19th-century home with a working ranch and coffee plantation set dramatically among volcanic peaks in the Mexican highlands.

Amazon Rain Forest, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

Sheltered by an intricate forest canopy, the screened-in cabanas of Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción reveal the sights, sounds, and scents of the Amazon Rain Forest.

Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

From their perch on an emerald Andean slope, the colonial-style estate and casitas of Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba invite you to soak up the spirit of the Sacred Valley, a region still shrouded in the mysteries of the Inca.

Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is a haven of Andean charm tucked into the tropical forests just beneath the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

Set within the tropical rain forests of its own private nature reserve and edged by sandy shores, Lapa Rios is an intimate jungle retreat.

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya

Mara Plains Camp

Just north of Kenya's famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Plains Camp recalls the elegant safari tents of centuries past, set on a private conservancy where the wildlife is plenty and the crowds are nowhere to be found.

Chocó Rain Forest, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge

Nature meets luxury at Mashpi, a breathtaking creation of steel and glass deep in the cloud forests of Ecuadorian Chocó.

Limón Province, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge is tucked deep within 25,000 acres of pristine, protected Costa Rican rain forest on the banks of the Pacuare River—and best accessed by white-water raft.

Morne Trois Pitons, Dominica

Rosalie Bay Resort

Rosalie Bay Resort comprises an intimate collection of Caribbean-style cottages built with heart, by hand, to share the incredible natural beauty of the island.

Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania

Rubondo Island Camp

Rubondo Island Camp offers a unique perspective on East African wildlife—terrestrial and aquatic—from its perch on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Surrounded by wildlife and inspired by nature, Earth Lodge offers an exceptional safari experience away from the crowds in the stunning Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Sayari Camp

Sayari Camp is one of the few safari lodges permitted in the remote northern Serengeti, where migrating wildebeests make their dramatic crossing of the Mara River.

British Columbia, Canada

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

A collection of cozy cabins and canvas tents hidden deep in the heart of British Columbia's cowboy country, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort offers a premier horseback riding experience as well as fly-fishing, kayaking, and miles of trails.

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

On the banks of the Kinabatangan River, Sukau Rainforest Lodge invites you to discover the dazzling flora and fauna of its jungle waterways by boat and on foot.

Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

The Brando

An island paradise with white-sand beaches and a sparkling lagoon, The Brando is also anchored by the region’s important cultural heritage.

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The Bushcamp Company

With a stunning main lodge as its base, the Bushcamp Company invites guests to experience one of Africa's lesser-known wildlife preserves from different angles.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

Tierra Atacama is a sublime gateway to one of the most surreal places on the planet, where volcanoes and geysers meet vast salt flats and the local culture is vibrant and ancient.

Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Zarafa Camp

Edging the shores of a wildlife-rich lagoon in the Okavango Delta and surrounded by more than 320,000 acres of private, protected land, Zarafa's spacious tents offer an intimate experience with one of Africa's great wildernesses.

Chyulu Hills, Kenya

ol Donyo Lodge

Wildlife teems on the plains below and Mount Kilimanjaro towers on the horizon, visible from every thatched bungalow of this stunning safari lodge on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills.