Switch off and recharge your batteries at one of these three incredible lodges, says UV contributing writer Rachel Spratley – spectacular views come as standard.
In this modern world where life is fast and time is short, holidaying can often be a whirlwind of fitting in the sights and ticking off to-do boxes. It is all too easy to swiss breitling return knackered and in need of another vacation just to get over the last. You need a proper break – a chance to truly get away from it all, a chance to unplug from work and take care of yourself. And the key to a good restorative holiday is the luxury lodge. A place somewhere off the beaten track, filled with home comforts and stunning views where time doesn’t come into the equation. Whether you want to unwind in the jungles of Uganda, hit the plains of Montana or breathe in the sea breeze of New Zealand, UltraVilla has located the finest luxury lodges in the world.
KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE, UGANDA
Kyambura Gorge Lodge began life as a coffee store and processing plant, before being lovingly converted into the luxury property it is today. Perhaps it is because of its humble beginnings that the lodge exudes a laid-back elegance in which guests can’t help but relax. Spend an evening out on the private terrace, enjoying a bespoke meal prepared by the Kyambura Gorge chefs and watch the sun set over the Rwenzori Mountains, all whilst listening to the chorus of wildlife in the National Park below.
When to go: The dry seasons, which run from June to August and December to February, are when you’ll get the most out of Kyambara.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge, from Volcanoes Safaris
MOUNTAIN HOME, MONTANA, USA
Although the hip boutiques and bars of nearby town Bozeman are a five minute drive away, a stay at Mountain Home will make you feel as if you’re a thousand miles from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. High in the hills, with breathtaking views of Montana’s famous mountain ranges, Mountain Home embodies a rustic aesthetic which is as sophisticated as it is cozy. Spend the days outside on the lake, inside curled up with a book, or somewhere in-between, sipping cocoa on the porch.
When to go: With cold winters and warm summers, Montana is a state for all seasons and all types of vacation. The warmer months, May to October is an ideal time to visit, with June to August being most popular.
Rocky Creek Ranch, from Mountain Home
THE LANDING RESIDENCES, NEW ZEALAND
Nestled on an exclusive peninsula in the Bay of Islands, The Landing Residence epitomises twenty-first century luxury living. Window walls and sliding glass doors throughout the property deftly blend the internal and external, balancing the property’s contemporary feel with the beauty of its natural surroundings. Stay in and take advantage of the steam room and wine cellar, or venture outdoors to explore the boutique vineyard and private beaches which lie on the property’s doorstep. The Landing even has that timeless lodge essential – a huge log fireplace.
When to go: December to February is New Zealand’s most popular tourist season, but you can avoid the crowds and still hit the beach between March and April, and September and November. June, July and August is the southern hemisphere’s winter and this lodge is built for the cold too – you won’t be swimming outside but enjoying a fine New Zealand red next to that log fire.
The Landing Residences, from The Private Villa Collection by Touch of Spice