The Most Luxurious Nature Getaways in the US

Dining at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, is served with sensational ocean views
Dining at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, is served with sensational ocean views | © Richard Broadwell / Alamy Stock Photo

Swapping city life for more natural surroundings doesn’t have to involve sleeping under canvas. Boutique hotels are springing up in some of the most beautiful and remote regions of the US. So forget hefty camping gear and menial lodgings, here are the most luxurious nature getaways in America.

Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, Utah

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.3/5 (442 Reviews)
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From $185 Per night per room
Red Mountain Resort beckons all adventure enthusiasts. From here, you can discover Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon National Park, with activities such as cycling, hiking, golfing, kayaking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Afterward, head back to the relaxing resort grounds, which are backed by a landscape of red-tinged rocks, cliffs and the steep canyons of southern Utah. If you prefer to catch some R&R, Red Mountain Resort has plenty of offerings, including indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and salon, yoga, fitness classes and wellness programs.
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Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

5/5 (4 Reviews)

Amangiri is where desert serenity meets luxury. Each suite is accompanied by an outdoor lounge with a fireplace and views of the dramatic landscape; some rooms even have a rooftop terrace or private pool. The spa, which spans a remarkable 25,000sqft (2,323sqm), offers wellness treatments in the midst of the outdoors, where the plateaus, dunes and remote canyons of southern Utah abound. If you’re interested in exploring the wild terrain, activities such as horseback riding, guided tours, kayaking, fossil adventures, hot-air ballooning and climbing are available. For the most relaxing of hideaways, Amangiri is it.

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Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa, Moab, Utah

Resort, Spa Hotel
4.2/5 (70 Reviews)
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Tucked away along the Colorado River, this 240-acre (97ha) ranch is designed for a luxurious escape. Outdoor adventurers will enjoy experiencing the wealth of natural beauty in Moab – Arches and Canyonland national parks are nearby; explore them by horseback riding, skydiving, hot-air ballooning, ziplining, hiking, mountain biking and rafting. But if you prefer something more relaxing, spa services, poolside sunbathing and on-site stables are also available. The resort also offers activities such as astronomy nights, lawn games and evening campfires. And with some of the best farm-to-table cuisine in Moab, Sorrel River Ranch is a winner.
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  • Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming

    Resort, Lodge
    5/5 (1 Reviews)
    Amangani, nestled on 2,471 acres (1,000ha) above Jackson Hole, embraces all that is Wyoming. The resort features a massive spa, yoga, pilates, holistic programs, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a heated pool and jacuzzi with views of the Grand Tetons mountain. Activities include white-water rafting, fly fishing, hiking, nature treks and photography tours. And for winter vacationers, there’s an on-site private ski lodge and many snow-centered activities, such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and sleigh rides.
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    Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

    Resort, Inn, Hotel, Treehouse
    5/5 (8 Reviews)
    Post Ranch Inn hugs a cliffside overlooking the Pacific in Big Sur, California, USA.
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    Located 1,200ft (366m) above sea level in Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn is a cliffside resort offering Pacific Ocean views. There are 39 rooms and suites, each situated along the ridge with views of the ocean or mountains. Each room features a fireplace, an indoor spa tub, a private deck and a stereo. However, there are no TVs here; this space is for maximizing relaxation. The resort offers yoga and meditation classes, nature hikes, spa treatments, stargazing, heated infinity pools and a renowned restaurant, Sierra Mar. For a unique experience, book a Tree House for stilt-elevated rooms that stand 9ft (3m) above the ground.
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    Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts

    Resort, Cottages
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    Courtesy of Blantyre
    A turn-of-the-century gem, Blantyre is brimming with character and history. The Manor House, which features luxurious suites and rooms, is furnished with an old-world, quaint feel. The grounds also include a pool and spa, a restored 19th-century carriage house, and a potting shed serving as the spa center, as well as private cottages should you want more solitude. This castle-like resort is open year-round, with summer and winter activities, such as golf, tennis, hiking, cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing. And for food lovers, the farm-to-table restaurant at Blantyre will be a highlight of the trip.

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