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.

Punta Gorda, Belize

Belcampo Lodge

Nestled in the lush hills of southern Belize’s rain forest not far from the Caribbean coast, Belcampo Lodge sets a gold standard for agritourism—and provides unparalleled access to Mayan culture and world-class fishing and birding.

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.

Manitoba, Canada

Churchill Wild

Two cozy wilderness lodges on the edge of the Hudson Bay offer an Arctic experience like no other, inviting you to track polar bears on foot, swim with beluga whales, and examine fascinating flora and fauna up close.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Finch Bay Galápagos 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Jicaro Island Lodge

Perched on one of the tiny isles known as “Las Isletas” in Central America’s largest freshwater lake, the tropical tree houses of Jicaro Island Lodge are your gateway to exploring volcanoes, colonial towns, cloud forests, and the tranquil rhythms of life on the lake.

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios 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 Private Game Reserve

Within a private game reserve in one of South Africa’s most prolific wildlife areas, the four distinctive lodges of Sabi Sabi offer a phenomenal safari experience away from the crowds.

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

Sarara Camp

Nestled within 850,000 protected acres surrounding the Mathews Range, Sarara Camp invites guests to experience the pristine wilderness of northern Kenya and the age-old culture of the Samburu people.

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.

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.

Laguna Beach, California, United States

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Nestled on 87 acres where Orange County meets the Pacific, the Ranch at Laguna Beach embrace its history as a 19th-century homestead, while hiking trails, beaches, and a sustainably-operated golf course invite guests to experience the best of Southern California.

South Andros Island, Bahamas

Tiamo Resort

Tiamo's thatched beach bungalows are hidden on the rugged Bahamian island of Andros, where guests can explore the world's third-largest coral reef and dense tropical jungles that shelter mysterious blue holes.

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.

Kalahari, South Africa

Tswalu Kalahari

Stretching across a nearly quarter of a million acres in South Africa's Kalahari savanna, Tswalu feels like your own private grassland wilderness.

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.

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

andBeyond Benguerra Island

Edged by swirling sand shoals and seemingly endless shallows, andBeyond Benguerra Island is a sophisticated beach retreat at the gateway to Bazaruto National Park—a reserve teeming with humpbacks, whale sharks, tropical fish, and the rare dugong.

Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge

In a private game reserve on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge pairs a classic safari experience with access to Victoria Falls.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Right on the rim of the Earth’s largest intact caldera, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a crossroads of African architecture and old world elegance, perched high above one of the greatest wildlife habitats in the world.

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.