The power of nature

Doctors in Shetland can now prescribe nature to their patients to help treat stress and other conditions. Make sure the time you spend in nature is well topped up with a few days’ respite at these wonderfully lush hotels around the globe…


Big Sur, California 

Tucked amid the forests of California’s rugged central coast is Ventana Big Sur, where you can watch the sun set over the ocean, explore the rolling hills and navigate the hiking trails with a local guide. Rest your head at its Redwood and Canyon Glampsites (only accessible by foot), which puts you in the thick of it all in a safari-style canvas tent, sharing stories by the light of the fire. 

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(Main Image: Redwood and Canyon Glampsites, Ventana Big Sur. Credit: Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort)


The Amalfi Coast 

Surrounded by luscious bougainvillea and lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards, Hotel Santa Caterina invites you to experience the charm of this classically beautiful destination. This historic villa, perched on the cliffs, offers direct access to a private stretch of sand (via elevators carved into the rock face) where you can unwind, soak up the sun and swim in the heated seawater pool (open from mid-April to October).

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The Dubai desert 

The allure of the golden dunes never fades and the private oasis of Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, nestled deep in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, takes the breath away whether you’re a newbie or a regular. Post desert safari, you can gaze at the seemingly endless stretch of sand towards the Al Hajar Mountains from your suite’s private pool.   

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