Extraordinary Eco Retreats and the Books To Read While You’re There

Not that we need another excuse to daydream our digital day away, but thanks to travel writer Francisca Mattéoli’s new book Escape Hotel Stories: Retreat and Refuge in Nature, we have one that’s valid. Combining two of our favorite escapist pleasures — travel and really good books — the stunning tome available this month from the great curator of culture, Assouline, explores environmentally sensitive retreats around the world through the lens of literature and art.

After previewing the stunning travel book, we thought we’d share some of the goodness with you, dear readers, by paying a virtual visit to a few of the author’s top destinations. From a village of fifteen tents on land that shares an ancient history with Bruce Chatwin’s poetic account of the Australian outback’s aboriginal Dreamtime mythology in The Songlines to a converted limestone refinery on the Swedish island of Gotland and The Magic Lantern, the autobiography of its most famous neighbor, Ingmar Bergman, to a luxurious hideaway in Big Sur, California and longtime resident, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, Tropic of Cancer, click through to check out our favorite pairings from Escape Hotel Stories. For more wonderful pairings and an in-depth look at each retreat, head over to Assouline’s online book boutique and order your copy today. Tell us about your favorite holiday reading material in the comments below!

Longitude 131 in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia + Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines

Image credit: Johnny Jet; Vintage Classics via Amazon; Glamping Girl

This luxurious tented village sits at the base of Australia’s famous Ayers Rock in the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tijuta National Park, the setting for Bruce Chatwin’s seminal book, The Songlines. Get into the nomadic spirit and gain a better understanding of the landscape’s ancient spiritual history before visiting the waterfalls, caves and the area’s 500 million-year-old mountains.