Finding Sanctuary in Camelback Mountain Resort + Spa

An aesthetic overhaul for the acclaimed wellness location

The sun hasn’t even made its way over the mountains in the distance when a small group begins Thai Chi. Inside, the soothing sound of water flowing through a zen garden serenades the silent morning stretches of the Sensei therapists who are preparing themselves for the day to come. This scene, perhaps surprisingly, isn’t playing out in China or Japan, but Arizona’s recently renovated Sanctuary on …

Timber Cove Resort, Sonoma Coast

The newly restored venue encourages living "lightly" within the environment

The picturesque drive north to Timber Cove winds along Highway 1. Each twist and turn reveals jagged cliffs, majestic redwood trees, and a wide-open sky that alternates climates from overcast to sunny and blue. Looking out over the Pacific Ocean waves spray and sputter. While standing at one of the many lookouts on the cliffs a spurt of water just might be a grey whale …

Song Saa Resort, Cambodia

An island escape that's half luxury, half nature reserve

Song Saa, a luxurious private island resort in Cambodia, operates with a strict “no shoes” policy. From the moment you step off the speed boat that takes guests from the mainland to the island (a trip that takes about 30 minutes), shoes are cast aside and the rest of the journey includes barefoot walks on sandy paths and across smooth wooden boardwalks that jut out …

Bali’s Villa Oasis, Hoshinoya

Pared-down luxury at this tranquil and secluded resort

With rows of verdantly waif-ish palm trees swaying ever so slightly in the foreground and the sound of utter silence surrounding you—apart from the occasional jungle chirp—it’s easy to feel suspended in another universe while unwinding in one of Hoshinoya Bali’s intimate sky gazebos. The seven protruding structures, which can be left open-air or have the shades drawn for privacy, are like cliffside birdcages that …

21 Sustainable Vacation Destinations

Environmentally friendly and contributing to local communities, sustainable and conscious hotels, lodges and resorts are (thankfully) only getting more common. From Botswana to Belize, the Seychelles and Sri Lanka, National Geographic has found 21 of their favorite destinations to visit if travel is as important as caring about the planet and its inhabitants. Each place isn’t only kind to locals and nature, they are also …