6 Luxury Farm Stays

The luxury farm stays that have switched gardens for rolling fields, orchards and crops of health-giving vegetables 



At the foothills of the Catskill Mountains a new hideaway has taken root. Wildflower Farms' grounds cover 140 acres, which includes woodlands, orchards, fields of native wildflowers and the eponymous farm. At this luxury farm stay you can choose to stay in one of the cabins by the river or spend the night in a cottage filled with vintage buys and surrounded by a wildflower meadow. This is a place that celebrates the seasons. And no more so than at Clay, its own farm-to-fork restaurant. You can learn about foraging, pickling, and preserving at the farm and even rustle up some dishes with freshly harvested ingredients at its Maplehouse cooking school. You can burn off the calories by visiting the open-air fitness centre, with its log-hewn dumbbells or hiking along the three miles of trails within the property that's a two-hour drive from New York



A wellness journey worth taking... Found at the confluence of three river valleys in the Mantiqueira Mountains is Six Senses Botanique. Not only has Six Senses Botanique brought with it a first-rate spa, but it has embraced the rich farming heritage of its surrounds. Here guests can dine in its restaurant and sip probiotic elixirs made from herbs, fruit and vegetables harvested on the Six Senses Botanique’s own farm. For within the property's 700 acres, not only will you find hillside vegetable gardens, but hen coops filled with fresh eggs, and even goats. Six Senses wants guests to reap the benefits of this mountain locale – from the Mina restaurant with its panoramic views of the mountains, to the villas sprinkled around the grounds. You are encouraged to go foraging in the forest with the chefs, hiking, biking or paragliding, the outdoor hot tub and terrace in your suite will also help you feel at one with the landscape. 



A beach retreat with a difference. Found on the wild island of Sumba is a sanctuary filled with soaring thatched roof tops and filled with ikat-inspired artworks. A golden beach and crystal lagoons are just a few steps away. Choose from duplex suites to three-bedroom beachfront villas that overlook the Flores Sea. You can spend the day surfing, learning local crafts or take a trail map and explore. In the evening, you can enjoy a meal with the family in your villa or take a seat at the chef’s table at the resort’s fine-dining restaurant Julang. The resort also boasts its own a three-hectare organic farm, which not only grows papayas, tomatoes and chillies for the restaurants, but has its own buffalo herd. The Little Adventurers kids club gives tiny travellers the chance to grow crops, meet the animals in the organic farm as well as learn to ride and look after the horses.