Birdwatching

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.

SOUTHERN CARDAMOM NATIONAL PARK, CAMBODIA

Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild

Strung along the banks of a rainforest river, far from Cambodia’s temple tourist track, the tents of Shinta Mani Wild are your base for a stylish and lavish jungle safari.

Western Cape, South Africa

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Situated in the UNESCO-protected Cape Floral Region, this secluded wilderness retreat boasts more than 130 rock art sites that tell the story of the San people’s ancient heritage.

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, listen to beluga whales, and examine fascinating flora and fauna up close.

Punta Gorda, Belize

Copal Tree Lodge

Nestled amid rainforest near the Caribbean coast, Copal Tree Lodge sets a gold standard for agritourism—and offers encounters with Mayan culture both ancient and modern.

DUBA PLAINS RESERVE, Botswana

Duba Plains Camp

Deep in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta stand the tented cabins of Duba Plains Camp, tucked into the shade of ancient ebony trees, far from the nearest human habitation.

Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States

Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park

On the shores of a freshwater lake, separated by rolling dunes from the Gulf of Mexico, Eagle Cottages is a shining example of sustainable tourism amid the biodiversity of the Gulf Coast.

Greater San José, Costa Rica

Finca Rosa Blanca

In the hills outside San José, this tribute to Costa Rican art and design is set among tropical gardens and shade-grown coffee trees, commanding a panoramic view of the highlands.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Finch Bay Galapagos 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 Rainforest, 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 rainforest.

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 Lodge

Set within the tropical rainforests 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 the famed Masai Mara is a lodge that 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 Rainforest, 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 rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River—and best accessed by white-water raft.

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.

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.

Príncipe Island, São Tomé & Príncipe

Sundy Praia

At the exquisite meeting place between tropical jungle and pristine sea, 15 tented villas provide an elegant retreat—and a taste of local culture—within a remote UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Port Douglas, Australia

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea, Thala Beach Nature Reserve invites guests to discover a pristine sanctuary of rainforest and coast.

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.

Little St. Simons Island, United States

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

On the most pristine of Georgia’s Golden Islesis Little St. Simons, a collection of rustic cottages that connect guests with beaches, moss-draped forests, and wildlife-rich tidal creeks.

Laguna Beach, California, United States

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Nestled amid coastal canyons, the Ranch at Laguna Beach embrace its history as a 19th-century homestead, while hiking trails and beaches showcase 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 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, Zarafa's five spacious tents offer an intimate experience with one of Africa's great wildernesses.

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

andBeyond Benguerra Island

Edged by swirling sand shoals, this sophisticated beach retreat sits at the gateway to Bazaruto National Park—a reserve teeming with humpbacks, whale sharks, and the rare dugong.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Perched on the rim of the planet’s largest intact caldera, overlooking an astounding wildlife habitat, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge merges African architecture and old-world elegance.

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.