In honor of Chinese New Year 2016 and the Year of the Fire Monkey, we’ve rounded up five hideaways with top potential for primate appearances. Grab some dim sum and start planning how best to monkey around on your holiday
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
1. La Lancha, Guatemala
Who wouldn’t want to wake to the dulcet tones of howler monkeys? At Francis Ford Coppola’s eco-cred-heavy resort, your dreams of an animal-style alarm clock are possible. Opt for one of the Lakeview Suites, which have porches ripe for howler hangouts, and consider a guided bird-watching tour to peep on animals of both the feather and fur varieties.
2. Kurà, Costa Rica
Head to the Costa Rican rainforest to spot spider monkeys at sustainable stay Kurà. Rooms have private balconies with sweeping views of the tropical jungle and Pacific Ocean. No need to bring binoculars for glimpsing both primates and toucans: every room has a pair at the ready.
3. Marataba, Marakele National Park, South Africa
Listen for the four alarm calls of vervet monkeys (one for each of their predators… those clever critters) from your open-plan suite’s viewing deck. You’ll also have views of the Waterberg Mountains, a meandering river and the wild inhabitants of Marakele National Park, including hundreds of bird species and the big five.
4. Ulagalla Resort, Sri Lanka
Bring binoculars to scan for macaques and purple-faced langur monkeys at Ulagalla Resort, where you can also expect to see brightly-plumed peacocks and lumbering elephants. This Cultural Triangle retreat has an open-air spa, glistening swimming pools and eco-friendly villas with floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces.
5. Aman-i-Khás, Rajasthan, India
Never has sleeping in a tent in the middle of tiger territory been so appealing: Aman-i-Khás boasts a pool, outdoor fire pit, and plenty of expertly draped linen. This glamping-style stay is right on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park, which is prime land for Langur monkeys and, yes, Bengal tigers.
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