Waterside Cottages in Gaborone, Botswana
The thatched Waterside Cottages sit amongst the unspoilt bush that lines Botswana’s Taung River. Guests can take a portable barbeque down to the riverbank (only a 7-minute drive from the cottage) or head to the nearby Mokolodi Nature Reserve and enjoy dinner on the terrace at the reserve’s four-star restaurant.
White Suites in Majdal Shams, Israel
All the best chalets have enviable views and the White Suites are no exception. Overlooking the foothills of Mount Hermon, these chalets make the most of the stunning scenery with a large sun terrace, a rooftop pool and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. Fans of skiing will love the easy access to the nearby Mount Hermon Ski Site, and after a day of skiing, guests can enjoy a barbeque on the terrace.
Hyades Mountain Resort in Trikala Korinthias, Greece
Hyades Mountain Resort
The wooden Hyades Mountain Resort chalets look out over the Corinthian Gulf and the rugged slopes of Mount Ziria. Built with Alpine roofs and balconies, these chalets are surrounded by wildflower and vegetable gardens, which add a splash of colour to a scene that’s already picture-perfect. Inside, guests will find a snug yet stylish seating area, board games, a library and a well-stocked bar.
Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins in McBride, Canada
Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins
The simple chalets at Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins are perfectly adapted to their surroundings. In the winter months visitors can enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, followed by a visit to one of the McBride restaurants or bars. The summer months, on the other hand, are perfect for hiking and white water rafting, with evenings spent around the firepit.
Woodbank Park Cottages in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Woodbank Park Cottages
The way to the Woodbank Park Cottages takes visitors past the gently steaming thermal pools of Hanmer Springs and through country lanes, lined with statuesque fir trees. The route is pretty enough in its own right, and the wooden chalets with their welcoming porch rocking chairs fit perfectly with the beautiful scenery.
Chalé Recanto do Sol in Paraisópolis, Brazil
Chalé Recanto do Sol
The pointed roof of Chalé Recanto do Sol is just about visible above the abundant, waving ferns. On the inside of the cabins have picture windows opening to sun-drenched vistas and mountains, including one window with a built-in hot tub. A wood-burning stove keeps cool evenings at bay and eating breakfast in the garden as the sun rises is a glorious start to the day.
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