When I look the word 'beauty' up in monolingual dictionaries I see it's mostly used as 'uncountable.' The only example I could find was in Collins Dictionary.

The beauties of something are its attractive qualities or features. [literary]
He was beginning to enjoy the beauties of nature.

I'm wondering if we can we use it 'natural beauties' as in the following sentence:

I'm interested in natural beauties, so I prefer going to the lake to relax and refresh.

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    Beauties are not places. I'm interested in nature's beauty or the beauty of nature. beauty is a mass noun, like poverty and wealth. You might say that the vines in your vineyards are real beauties, though.
    – Lambie
    Apr 10, 2021 at 14:51
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    I'm interested in the beauty of nature (or Nature's wonders, personifying "Mother Nature"). Apr 10, 2021 at 15:03
  • @FumbleFingers I said beauty of nature.
    – Lambie
    Apr 10, 2021 at 15:53
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    Britain has designated AONBs - Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perhaps I'm showing my age here, but beauties in the plural seems to me to carry a suggestion that you are seeking attractive women. Apr 10, 2021 at 16:05
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    Sure, the natural beauty of national parks [US], too. Also, a woman can be said to be a natural beauty (no make-up needed).
    – Lambie
    Apr 10, 2021 at 16:18

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Beauty is normally a "quality". It is a abstract property that something might have. Such abstract nouns are uncountable.

However, it can be used to mean "a beautiful thing" in some situations:

Talking about a very attractive woman "Naomi Campbell is a famous beauty". Unfortunately this sense is suggested by "I like natural beauties".

In informal language, it can be used to mean an excellent example of something: "That yacht's a real beauty. What is she, a 24 footer?". "What a goal, a real left-foot beauty!"

It isn't used to mean "a beautiful natural place" So your example isn't idiomatic. But you can use "beauty" in its uncountable form

I'm interested in natural beauty, so I prefer going to the lake to relax and refresh.

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