Luxury five-star hotels are a dime a dozen in today’s world. After a while, many of these luxury hotels tend to look the same thanks to its similar traits in personality and hospitality. However, the past few years has seen the rise of hotels that have been able to integrate themselves around or inside its natural landscape. While it’s one thing to adopt a unique design to a hotel, it’s something completely different when the architectural inspiration comes from its natural surrounding environment.

These hotels were able to blend seamlessly into nature, allowing for greater diversity in its design. Not only does it reflect greatly onto the developer, it also gives the hotel a touch of nature, something that you will find lacking in many five-star hotels, especially within the city.

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InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland

InterContinental is a world-renowned brand in its own right with many of its five-star hotels sprouting across the globe. Its latest venture heads towards Shanghai, China with the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland. While it may sound like any other five-star getaway, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is built on the land of an abandoned quarry, adjacent to the Tianma Mountain in Southwest Shanghai. This is InterContinental’s 200th international hotel and it does so with much gusto; the Wonderland plunges 290 feet below the Earth’s surface with only two floors above the ground, while the other 17 are underground. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland boasts 336 guest rooms and suites with each room having a unique view of the quarry’s waterfall.

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The idea of actually living underwater has never been fully tested, except on the silver screen. All that is now possible at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort surrounded by the Indian Ocean. You now have the chance to live amongst the marine life with its Muraka suites, the first-of-its-kind anywhere in the world. The Muraka is a two-storey residence that resides above and below sea level, giving you the best of both worlds. You can relax in a plush king-size bed and watch the marine life swim by or head upstairs to catch panoramic Indian Ocean views from its infinity pool or lounge decks. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also comes with its own in-house restaurant that is also located below sea level, if integrating itself with marine life through its accommodation wasn’t enough.

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Jade Mountain St. Lucia

When it comes to living amongst nature, one would be a bit sceptical as to how luxurious it can be. The Jade Mountain St. Lucia resort on the island of the Caribbean Sea is a majestic 600-acre beachfront resort in Anse Chastanet. It bridges the gap between bringing the harmony of the Caribbean nature with the resort through its bold architectural design. The Jade Mountain St. Lucia resort utilises the third-wall design with the fourth being completely absent. This allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the stage-like settings to fully embrace the St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site as well as sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. There are a total of 24 sanctuaries, all featuring a unique design that blends harmoniously with the environment with a stunning view of the landscape.

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Iconic Santorini

This is one hotel you’ve definitely seen on your Instagram feeds before — it’s none other than the Iconic Santorini in Greece. It’s also known as a boutique cave hotel with its rooms being carved into the island’s volcanic caldera. The luxury boutique hotel itself is perched on the rim of Santorini’s volcanic cliffs, giving guests an unobstructed view of one of Europe’s most pristine panoramas. The Iconic Santorini features four types of suites with a total of 19 suites available, all of which drew inspiration from the former homes and shops of the actual white-cube village Imerovigli in Santorini. Each suite echoes the very essence of Santorini, fusing timeless Greek charm with modern-day amenities.

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Banjaran Hot Springs

No one would’ve expected the last locale to reside in Malaysia. The Banjaran Hot Springs resort in Ipoh is a one-of-a-kind retreat in Malaysia, boasting a health and fitness getaway with its geothermal hot springs and a steam cave. The resort is situated within a valley surrounded by a tropical forest with its amenities located within limestone caves. Banjaran Hot Springs offers two types of villas with both offering guests a unique connection towards nature. Its Garden Villa allows guests to be one with nature while the Water Villa surrounds itself with water and the calming sounds of the canal. Both villas do come with an outdoor tub as well as a private pool as well as butler services on-request.

Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.