Sometimes, noisy city life can be overwhelming, and many people seek to escape to nature to feel calm and free. Green landscapes, open space, majestic mountains or endless bodies of water can lift your spirits and give travelers a sense of harmony.
Are you in a city like Paris, London, or New York and you're eager to escape the concrete jungle? MarketWatch suggests that you familiarize yourself with affordable natural resorts located near megacities.
Surrounded by forests, this Tuscan-style estate is located just 70 minutes from Manhattan. It was built in 1911 on top of a mountain in the Hudson Valley. It has 18 suites, its own spa, a swimming pool and 2 restaurants.
The five-star Belmond Hotel in Oxfordshire is located in the countryside just 70 minutes from London. It has everything you need for privacy and enjoyment of nature observation. In addition, you can find manicured lawns, a Japanese-style tea garden, a 16th-century pond, and plots for growing lavender and other products specifically for the local two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Manoir.
In the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, half an hour from San Diego, you can find a tranquil Spanish colonial-style hotel nestled among hills and streams. It has 3 pools, a spa, tennis court, playground, yoga and restaurants with a bar.
Just 45 minutes from San Francisco is one of the Hyatt hotels - Alila Ventana Big Sur. It is located near the rugged Pacific coast and offers travelers 54 private suites with windows overlooking the tall redwoods and coastal waves of Big Sur. It has a rather pleasant climate and excellent facilities, including a swimming pool, spa, and outdoor barrel sauna.
To get to this estate in Massignac, you need to spend 2 hours by train from Paris. Here you can get acquainted with the famous cognacs and wines of the coastal region of New Aquitaine, admire the wide lakes and the facade of the 13th century stone castle. For travelers, there are 7 rooms, 4 suites and private cottages that are perfect for cycling.
For those who want to relax and enjoy the hot springs, the Japanese onsen baths located in the five-star Suiran Hotel are definitely worth your attention. Here you can admire the beautiful nature, including the Hojo River, Kameyama Forest, and traditional Kyoto aesthetics. You can get here in just 30 minutes by high-speed train from Osaka.