- Sunset camel rides, swimming with elephants and getting up close to wild chimpanzees on safari: experience nature at its most wild with these super-luxurious vacations. By LISA HARVEY
BAREFOOT, Havelock Island, India
BEST FOR: Playing with elephants. Swathed by jungle foliage and surrounded by secluded bone-white sands, this eco-hideaway is a Robinson Crusoe-style dream. But it is not without its comforts: the palm-thatched cottages feature four-poster Balinese beds. Kayak through creeks, explore the dense forest fauna on foot, or visit Rajan, the last of the area’s famed ocean-swimming elephants, who will stroll down and submerge himself in the azure waters with you. It doesn’t get wilder than that.
DON’T MISS: The scuba scene. The reefs brim with tropical sealife. Rooms from 4,200INR per night; barefoot-andaman.com
Water-loving local elephant Rajan on the beach; and the lounge bar at Barefoot (right)