jakobs in Gotland
With its endless lavender fields and bright sunrises announcing daybreak at 5am, it’s easy to feel at one with nature on this postcard-pretty island. Stay at Jakobs in Gotland, a beautifully restored farmhouse on the west coast with white wooden floors, long oak tables and log-burning fires. Relax in the sauna or pick artichokes and rhubarb in the kitchen garden for a barbecue on one of the nearby deserted beaches.
Insider tip: Gotland’s many farm shops operate an honesty system for their cheap fresh produce. From SEK3,455; jakobsgotland.com
Humpty Doo, Australia
‘Breaking down the fourth wall’ is taken literally at this scenic resort, where only a strong mesh separates guests from the wildlife on the plains (you can see out but no-one can see in). Though nestled in the rugged bush area, each of the nine bungalows comes with plush beds and hot showers. Enjoy a safari or a cruise on the serene wetlands, followed by cocktails and canapés. An immersive yet indulgent stay.
Insider tip: Try local wines and cuisine with fellow adventurers at the rustic communal tables. From AU$520; bamurruplains.com
WHAT TO PACK
WHAT TO PACK
Do you paint? Staying at Jakobs in Gotland will make you want
A safari here is movie-worthy
PLAIN TO SEE
The view from
your bed is one of
the world’s best