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While more travellers than ever are choosing to see the world in style, what they want and expect is vastly different from a decade ago. A luxurious holiday used to mean opulent surrounds, fine food, and exceptional service. Now we expect all this and much more. Travellers of all ages are embracing transformative experiences as the new luxury, wanting each trip to have more impact than the last.
Wellness opportunities have become as much a reason to travel as fabulous food, multigenerational travel is most definitely in: and a luxury niche luxury jungle tour is becoming more popular.
Hideout Digital Detox
There’s magic at work here in Thailand at The Hideout on a remote island called Koh Yao Noi. The Hideout floats all the way up to the core of the island. Where I could sleep amongst emerald green, hills, enveloped by fragrant trees amid native bushland.
Where the only sounds I heard were the music of the jungle and sea. And the only fear I had was missing out on my digital world access. Which was the biggest challenge for the first 24hours. I can’t access my e-mails let alone my social media!. More so, what was I going to do without electricity, let alone no hot water?
What you won’t find here are TVs, radios, buzzing fans, or noisy machinery of any kind . The Hideout is proudly electricity-free, aside from the solar-filtered infinity pool at the heart of the resort.
When I climbed the stairs to the main room, it can only be described as an eco- friendly sustainable lifestyle paradise. With it’ thatched roof, rich wooden floors, and furnishings, a plush very comfortable large king-sized bed with a mosquito net. The mosquito net is the only material between me and an unparalleled open-air panorama view of Koh Yao’s jungle, bay, and nearby islands.
I was wondering what was awaiting me regarding hidden creatures out there in this open-air luxury jungle?
Treehouse Suites Eco-Friendly Living
The Hideout features just 5 stunning open-air ‘treehouse suites’ on an undeveloped jungle hillside, designed from inception with complete ‘immersion’ in mind. I found this challenging at night as I could not ponder if and what would end up in my bed.? But nothing came into my bed, just remote sounds of nature it was raining and some animal noise which was wonderful.
The villas and resort are crafted entirely by local artisans with materials from the island, with a vision to connect guests with the raw beauty and peace of the surroundings.
When I opened the entrance gate to my private treehouse, I was greeted by a tasteful open-air massive bathroom level nestled in the treetops. Overall the treehouse is built of a very high standard which I was not expecting. It is very warm here so the cool-water tub and cool rain-shower, with vanity sinks and WC. Takes a little getting use too.
It is very refreshing both day and night to shower with cold water. Overall all the products here offer a host of complimentary organic and handmade toiletries, with a sustainable message at the core of this retreat.
At The Hideout, they are all about the belief that the symphony of jungle wildlife, the song of wind in the trees and the whispers of waves against our island shores are the best medicine for your senses!
The overall experience is wonderful. There is nothing more intoxicating than to go to sleep and wake up to the sounds of nature. To be honest.
I could access the internet with my sim, I could have all my computers and phones charged as I have travel battery access. But the truth be had, after a few hours I shut it all off and just soaked up this rare wellness experience.
It was the perfect time to look back at what new and exciting adventures I had conquered during 2019.
Jungle Infinity Pool
Lovely pool area with unobtrusive views of Koh Ya Noi. This is very relaxing to soak up life itself. The sitting lounge areas with great views are confortable and where I could eat and drink. The food and beverages are all locally produced and the food is yummy!
The Hideout funds a charity in where local women are taught, encouraged and inspired to put themselves out there regarding education and small businesses. Part of The Hideout money goes to these women who need an education. So they can lead and live an independent life. On most occasions these women are single mothers. I really loved this idea and support.
Access To The Hideout
The road to The Hideout is challenging and I would only ride a motorbike here if you are confident. When it is wet I certainly would think twice about it. Otherwise, pick up and drop off facilities are available and I would recommend this. I did love the messages along the way to encourage me I was riding on the right road to my remote oasis. The build-up was fun.
A Sustainable Off-Grid Jungle Gem! 2020 is all about us as travelers being much more aware of the climate crises we are facing globally. The Hideout is one place where I could choose to stay and become aware of how little I need regarding global travel.
With wellness tourism worth $932billion annually, it’s hardly surprising that health retreats are more sophisticated and diverse in offerings than ever. The Hideout certainly stands alone with it comes to spiritual and holistic healing!