What images does the phrase “barefoot luxury travel experience” conjure up for you?
Sinking your bare feet into deep golden sand? Experiencing the world through the childlike eyes of an explorer? Connecting with nature and people in a way that is unencumbered by the trappings of modern life?
Essentially, barefoot luxury travel is about experiencing “home”, childhood and comfort within spaces that exude laid back elegance and sustainable design.
Barefoot luxury travel is a new way to experience the world. It’s about immersing yourself in nature and exploring local cultures, but without losing sight of your very personal creature comforts.
It’s a way of seeing the world through the eyes of those who inhabit those spaces and welcome you within – as if you were one of their own. It’s throwing yourself all in to explore new places, cultures, and people.
Barefoot luxury holidays are a welcome challenge because they push you to slow down, get back to basics and explore your surroundings in ways that are natural, spontaneous and immersive.
And barefoot luxury hotels are built to be more than just a place for you to sleep at night — they’re also meant to be an experience. They deliberately create a comfortable space where you can enjoy their time away from home without feeling like they’re missing out on anything.
By travelling “barefoot” you see the world in a way that’s more real, more authentic, and more enriching than you could ever imagine.
It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in the local culture—not just visiting it from the outside, but becoming a part of it. And it’s having an experience you’ll never forget surrounded by memorable people, faces and spaces.
These beautiful resorts offer incredible service, top-notch food and drink, and an overall atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re on vacation – combining luxurious amenities with unspoiled natural beauty.
Barefoot luxury hotels often built with materials that aren’t typically used in construction (like tree branches or old tires) and they have their own unique feel and style.
They’re also usually eco-friendly, so they do their best to minimize their impact on nature while still offering all the comforts of home.
Barefoot luxury hotels feature a range of amenities that cater for those who want to get away from it all—and yet still have access to all the essentials they need for a comfortable stay. Elements of an barefoot luxury holiday include:
- Unbridled luxury decor, with a sense of comfort and ease
- Getting out into nature as much as possible on guided hikes and nature walks
- Eating local food (and trying new things)
- Wilderness tours
- Guided tours to local villages and towns
- A technology free experience (or may include access to Wi-Fi, but no TVs or phones in the rooms)
- Free-flowing water at every turn, natural pools and hot springs
- Outdoor seating and fire pits
- Communal dining and seating spaces that encourage conversation and community
- Yoga classes, meditation classes and traditional healing sessions such as Reiki or Ayurveda massage
- That barefoot feeling – that you can walk, rough and tumble everywhere with no shoes on and with no fear of “breaking” anything
Some of the world’s most stunning barefoot hotels include:
Cardamom House, Kenya
On Kuruwitu Beach on located at a naturally secluded bay and marine conservation area of Kenya’s stunning white sandy coast, you’ll find Cardamom House, a stunning barefoot luxury lodge by Secluded Africa.
This unique coastal lodge features 9 rooms, all with a spectacular sea view, a pool built into the coral and much more. Cardamom House is an elegant Swahili-influenced gem, perched on a coral outcrop that overlooks its private beach cove, all hidden in-between coconut palms and preserved coastal wilderness.
The House has direct access to the white sandy beach and the kaleidoscope of blue and green waters below. To book, please visit Secluded Africa.
Qorokwe Lodge, Botswana
Bordering the renowned Moremi Game Reserve found in high-density game area of the south-eastern Okavango Delta is the exclusive Qorokwe Protected Area, encompassing over 26 000 hectares (64 000 acres).
Qorokwe offers contemporary comforts in a spectacular setting, a landscape ranging from floodplains to acacia woodlands and palm-dotted islands. Accommodation includes eight elegant tented suites, all with indoor and outdoor showers, plus one extra-spacious family unit with its own splash pool.
The magnificent main area overlooks a lagoon scattered with water lilies – a magnet for wildlife. The dining area, lounge, library, and bar are built on raised wooden platforms, connected by walkways. All interiors flow airily outside, reflecting the hues of bush and water. To book, please visit Qorokwe.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Found adjacent to Yala National Park, renowned for its leopard population, this spectacular luxury tented camp is situated on a rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The unique design features man-made structures that blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, thanks to the use of carefully selected natural materials. The use of arched fabric structures allows each of the 28 tents to take on the shape and color of the rocks and boulders that lay scattered nearby, whilst a clever layout in the shape of a leopard’s paw print alludes to the area’s most famous resident.
The open-air bamboo-clad Ten Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion – designed to mirror the boulders scattered across the golden beach beyond – wrap around the resort’s enormous free-form swimming pool.
Guests can enjoy creative daily-changing menus of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in the restaurant, as well as sundowner cocktails and picnics al fresco on the sand dunes, watching dusk settle over the Indian Ocean. To book please visit Wild Coast Yala.
Other notable barefoot luxury lodges include Mpala Jena in Zimbabwe, Zannier Sonop in Namibia and Segera Camp, Kenya.
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