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Best hotels in the world with quality birding in the grounds or immediately adjacent

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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 16:58   #1
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Best accomm. in the world with quality birding in the grounds or immediately adjacent

Any recommendations or tips?

With retirement possibly just 5 years away, I may look at splashing out on a birding trip of a lifetime.

Appreciate any thoughts.
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 17:35   #2
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The Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes below Macchu Pichu in Peru has superb birding in their garden and Cock-of-the-Rock etc a short walk away.

There is a fantastic hotel on the shore of the Beagle Channel at Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego where you can watch the variety of wildfowl, gulls and seabirds inc Black-browed Albatross from your room if you are on the right side. Can't remember the name.

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Any on Cairns Esplanade - some of the best birding imaginable on the doorstep.
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 18:21   #5
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Not quite a hotel, but amazing!
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 18:48   #6
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Depends on your definition of a hotel, as there are many wildlife lodges that have great birding on the doorstep. Regua in Brazil is an excellent option, or any of various Amazonian lodges etc etc etc.
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La Selva, Costa Rica, again, 'not quite a Hotel' but if you expand the definition to accommodation........
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El Toruno hotel at El Rocio in Coto DoŮana is right on the water's edge - not too great if you can't sleep to the racket of honking Flamingos half the night or despise being woken up by the song of Great Reed Warbler From a European standpoint its a superb spot to stay, From your balcony you'll get 50 species plus before breakfast inc. many very decent waterbirds and some raptors. A little walk around the vicinity of the hotel and there is plenty more. Just avoid it June-October and avoid also if there has been a very dry winter.
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Some brilliant thoughts here, many thanks.

I've changed the wording in the title to 'Best accommodation' (rather than best hotels).

Best I've ever stayed at was Point-No-Point Resort at Sooke, on Vancouver Island. Brilliant birding on your doorstep with Ancient and Marbled Murrelets, Divers/Loons, Stellars Jays, Rufous Hummingbirds, Bald Eagles, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Red-breasted Sapsuckers etc..............maybe fairly standard North American stuff but a great place for a WP birder.

http://www.pointnopointresort.com/
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My suggestion would be to consider which part of the world / habitats / species are of most interest to you, and then look for options. For example, there are some fantastic eco-lodges in Amazonia with bird lists around the 600 species mark, but birding in lowland tropical forest is not everybody's cup to tea. It will also take you a couple of days to get from the UK to your destination, and the same to get back.

Out of interest, if this is to be the trip of a lifetime, does it make sense to restrict yourself to a single hotel / lodge, and are you going to be with your family? If the latter, I would be inclined to think about somewhere like a self-drive to Kruger NP in South Africa, staying in chalets at a couple of the camp grounds.
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My suggestion would be to consider which part of the world / habitats / species are of most interest to you, and then look for options. For example, there are some fantastic eco-lodges in Amazonia with bird lists around the 600 species mark, but birding in lowland tropical forest is not everybody's cup to tea. It will also take you a couple of days to get from the UK to your destination, and the same to get back.

Out of interest, if this is to be the trip of a lifetime, does it make sense to restrict yourself to a single hotel / lodge, and are you going to be with your family? If the latter, I would be inclined to think about somewhere like a self-drive to Kruger NP in South Africa, staying in chalets at a couple of the camp grounds.

And you may need to remortgage your house......
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A few suggestions

Santa Marta Lodge and/or Montezuma in Colombia
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Camp - Uganda
Rancho Naturalista - Costa Rica
O'Reilly's - Lamington NP Australia
Asa Wrights - Trinidad
Weda Dive Resort - Halmahera
Cassowary House - Karunda near Cairns and /or Cairns hotel with estuary view
Coconut Grove - Ghana - good birding in ground but day trips to NP and Picathartes site

would also back up Kumul in PNG, or anywhere in Kruger.
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This place in NE Argentina should be on the list of potentials : http://www.surucua.com/index.php/en/home
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This place in NE Argentina should be on the list of potentials : http://www.surucua.com/index.php/es/
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My suggestion would be to consider which part of the world / habitats / species are of most interest to you, and then look for options. For example, there are some fantastic eco-lodges in Amazonia with bird lists around the 600 species mark, but birding in lowland tropical forest is not everybody's cup to tea. It will also take you a couple of days to get from the UK to your destination, and the same to get back.

Out of interest, if this is to be the trip of a lifetime, does it make sense to restrict yourself to a single hotel / lodge, and are you going to be with your family? If the latter, I would be inclined to think about somewhere like a self-drive to Kruger NP in South Africa, staying in chalets at a couple of the camp grounds.
I did think about a self-drive around Kruger as I would love to see Leopard.
Great for birding too.
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Thanks people - the idea of the OP was to be a general good advice post for anyone looking for such a place.

Keep them coming, thanks again.
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Some of the firest lodges in Borneo are also very hood - Danum Valley, and rspecially those along the Seringapatam River , where you donít even need to wslk to see a host of forest birds because you bird in small boats, thus avoiding the leeches, mosquitos, mud and having to carry stuff. And if even thstís too exhausting you can sit on the verandah and have a beer as the hornbills fly in to roost. These river lodges are also good for non birding spouses as thy have spas and massage as well as hood mammals like Orang Utan, pygmy elephant, proboscis Monkey, Estuarine Croc etc. You also stay in one of rhe hotels in Sepilok which have Blue-winged Pitta breeding in the garden and the well manages rainforsst discovery centre close by

Also in Sri Lanka Vil Uyana close to Sigiriya is a wonderful five star ecolodge built on a wetland converted from abandoned paddies. One night an otter crapped on the side of our own mini pool and the next night a fishing cat did the same! As a creatws wetland in. The groonds hold masses of waterbirds in addition to the mammals.

Perhaps my favourite is at Wadi Dana in Jordan. Set on the edge of a big gorge with Griffons on the far wall lots of dry country birds (Sooty Falcon, wheatears, Tristramís Grackle etc)and migrants in spring and autumn, plus spectacular views down the wadi - magnificent!

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Sheraton at Iguazu, Argentina immediately comes to mind.

But many South African or East African luxury safari lodges would be better. Mind the advice that birding in the open country is more pleasant than in the rainforest.

Myself I only hope I live to retirement and I am still healthy enough to go driving and camping not limited by time - maybe a year tour around Australia.
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I did think about a self-drive around Kruger as I would love to see Leopard.
Great for birding too.
Sri Lanka's Yala NP is the place for Leopard. Might end up being a bit of a bunfight jockeying for position but the chances of seeing one are very high.
The birding in SR is excellent too.
Not only that there are whale and dolphin trips to be had, historical/cultural sites of interest, a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, good food, cheap travel by train and taxi. Oh, and no malaria either!
I have been three times and I hope to go back before long too. My blog site has some trip reports to give a flavour of the place if you want more info.

Self drive to Namibia was very doable and can be done reasonably inexpensively as another alternative.
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Thank you all, superb information.
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Yorouchi Onsen in Hokkaido...luxury onsen overlooking stream best visited in winter with snow on the ground - bird feeders outside lounge window including a small pool with live fish for the star attraction, Blakiston's fish-owl.
Other close-up attractions include Ural owl; brown dipper; Japanese pygmy woodpecker; brown-eared bulbul; local subspecies of willow & marsh tit, nuthatch, GSW and jay; hawfinch; and (a short distance away) solitary snipe.
Get a room with open balcony and private tub overlooking the stream, where you can observe without glass getting in the way - as mentioned in other threads, not the best choice for photographers, but great for non / less enthusiastic birding spouses, especially if they like dressing up in kimonos and spending time in hot tubs.
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Cao Coco Islands, Cuba. Most of the hotels have large grounds with a good birding potential. Cao Coco has its own Airport with U/K connections. Look out for birding tours,the guy i went with was a dead ringer for Bill Oddie. But knew his stuff,and area. Went to find a Cuban Tody,got three in five mins. I will try to find some info.on the birding guide.
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