Orange County Resort (Nagarhole National Park), India

Who needs an infinity swimming pool when you’ve got Meenakshi the resident elephant to cool you down in one enormous splash with her trunk? Bathing the resident elephant is one of many wildlife encounters you can experience at Orange County Resort. This rustic retreat is set in the outstanding beauty of Southern India’s Nagarhole National Park, home to some of India’s most endangered species including the world’s largest congregation of Asiatic elephants.

Take a boat safari or a nature walk by day – or night, if you’re brave enough – and perhaps catch a glimpse of a leopard or even the elusive Bengal tiger. Relax in one of the thatched villas or the ethnic inspired Reading Room, architecturally based on the Hadis or tribal villages. Catch the sunset over the Kabini River as you kick back in the infinity pool before taking in the local culture with a tribal dance by campfire from members of the Kadu Karuba tribe.