There’s no doubt about it: Vacation is good for you. Numerous studies have shown that a little time off can spark creativity, improve relationships and even stave off heart attacks and heart disease.
But did you know that spending your free time outside can mean even more physical and mental benefits? Nature can help alleviate depression, foster feelings of balance and happiness and increase the activity of cancer-fighting white blood cells–and that's just a few of its incredible effects.
While this is great news for anyone who loves camping, how do you get back to nature when a week of bugs, unpredictable weather and camp food sounds more like boot camp than a holiday?
In this slideshow, we propose a few ways for you to revel in the natural elements without wandering too far from the lap of luxury. Whether you want to star gaze while wrapped in Egyptian cotton sheets or take a hot shower surrounded by the trunk of an old Sangrillo tree, these options will let you commune with the natural world without wandering far too from the comforts of civilization (or, in some cases, without ever leaving your hotel room).
While making our list, we threw out more rustic options in favor of hotels, lodges or resorts that raise the bar for incorporating natural elements into their designs. For instance, while we came across plenty of cave hotels, the vast majority were (unsurprisingly) too dark and dingy. Our top choices are about more than just novelty–they are places whose natural features will take your experience from great to over-the-top incredible.
Are you ready to see the list? Click here for the slideshow.