Sometimes, you just need to get away — far, far away. Away from work, cell phones, social media, and maybe even family too. But, that doesn’t mean you want to get away from comfort or luxury, good service, and good food.
These days, it seems like there’s nowhere really left to explore. Travel bloggers barely in their 20s have Instagrammed from the most remote regions of the world older generations might not have even thought of visiting. Is there anywhere these days where you can really and truly escape from the rest of the world?
The great answer is: yes. We’ve scoured the world to come up with these 25 ultra-exclusive, ultra-luxurious resorts and hotels. Some of them are located on a private island, in extreme locations that are difficult to reach, and others are tucked away in a hideaway amid the busiest tourist destinations — a secret oasis of upscale pleasures waiting to be discovered.
If you’re looking for more than just an ordinary vacation, here are some ideas on where you can truly escape from the rest of the world. But beware – you may never want to come back.
25 Checking Out The Coral Reefs In Bawah Island, Indonesia
It was only a few years ago that Tim Hartnoll, a moneyman with a base in Singapore, took his yacht out to the Riau Archipelago. There he found five pristine and uninhabited islands with three lagoons and several white sandy beaches. He saw an opportunity and opened the Bawah Island Resort, one of the world’s most exclusive getaway spots.
Here, guests can wander through the rainforest to see the butterflies or snorkel among the corals while they sleep in private villas built on stilts above the water.
The resort is eco-friendly and the villas are made of recycled teak wood and local bamboo.
24 Good luck getting to Motu Teta, Rangiroa, Tahiti
You’d have to be a dedicated traveler to venture to this resort located on the small island of Motu Teta in the South Pacific. First, you have to find a flight to Papeete, Tahiti, and then get another flight to the atoll of Ringiroa. From there, it’s another hour and a half by boat. But, the rewards of your perseverance are great — a 2,250 square-foot private villa set amid the palm trees. The beach is covered with soft sand and you can go out on a boat, windsurf, and even try spearfishing. This is a place where the rest of the world will melt away.
23 Fly Or Swim To Nimmo Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, Canada
The only way you can get to the Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, Canada, is by helicopter, or make the trip by boat. There are no roads here through the Great Bear Rainforest at the foot of Mount Stevens. You’ll stay in a luxe cabin with spectacular views of the rocky mountain wilderness. You can visit a 10,000-year-old glacier and check out the white sandy beaches and natural hot springs. While you’re there, you might spot bears, whales, and other wildlife. Your cabin will be furnished with wine and homemade cookies, and there are musical instruments to play around with in the main lodge.
22 Isola Santa Cristina Is The Last Private Retreat In Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, has been very popular among tourists for centuries, but there is still at least one secret and secluded spot you can enjoy – if you have the money.
Isola Santa Cristina is a private island in the Venetian lagoon. It's owned by members of the Swarovski family and turned into a small luxury resort in recent years.
There are organic orchards covering the 75-acre island, and the owner’s private art collection decorates the walls of the villa. There is a lake on the island and a truly peaceful vibe in the heart of the busy tourist hotspot. The city and all its historic and artistic attractions are just a 10-minute boat ride away.
21 Hang Out In The Desert With The Stars At Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
Celebs are known to love this secluded ultra-upscale resort in the Utah desert. It’s set in a valley near the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and other natural attractions. During your stay, you can hike with a personal guide or choose to explore the area on horseback. The limestone formations are 400 years old and the striking red rock canyons make for some fantastic photos. When you’re not enjoying the great outdoors, you can take a dip in the plunge pool you’ll find in your spacious suite, or have a spa treatment. The resort is about two and a half hours away by car from the nearest municipal airport.
20 Unplug At Isla Suasi Hotel, Peru
There is no TV, cars, or even electricity at the Isla Suasi Hotel, also called The Andean Cottage, in Peru. You will, however, have your own private butler to serve your every need 24 hours a day. Located on the only private island on Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes mountain range, the resort is at least a three-hour drive from the nearest town, followed by a 15-minute ride by speedboat to the island. You can kayak, canoe, or hike, and enjoy spectacular sunsets from the top of the island. When you really need to get far, far away from it all, this is the place.
19 Wander Between The Big Stone Heads At Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile
First, you have to find your way to either Papeete, Tahiti, or Santiago Chile. Then, it’s another five-hour flight to get to the most remote inhabited island on the planet. When we say remote, we mean that it’s 1,300 miles from the next inhabited island. The reward is a unique experience, hiking among the huge stone monoliths that have made the island famous. You can lounge in the open-air jacuzzi, swim in the pool, or enjoy a glass of Chilean wine with dinner. The eco-friendly resort will also supply a bicycle to explore the island, including the rock quarry where those huge sculptures came from.
18 Enjoy The Last Unspoiled Corner Of Hawaii At Travaasa Hana, Maui
At the end of a three-hour drive along the Eastern coastline of Maui, you’ll find the small town of Hana, an authentic slice of Hawaii. Here, the luaus are for real, and you’ll find most people in Hana don’t wear shoes. There’s no need in this tropical paradise. Your room in this luxury resort will have its own private traditional lanai, a kind of open-sided veranda, where you can watch the blue Pacific Ocean ebb and flow. There is a swimming pool to chill out in as well, but you’ll have to take a holiday from your electronics too — no TVs, telephones, or anything else that can distract you from the peaceful scenery.
17 Have Coffee With The Flamingos At Anantara Al Yamm Villas Resort, Abu Dhabi
Have breakfast by the ocean and drink coffee in your room as you watch the waves of the Arabian Sea in your sustainably-built villa. This ultra-luxurious resort is located on Sir Bani Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi — a real desert island escape. As you chill, you can observe the pink flamingos in the mangroves, and if wildlife sightings are your thing, you can explore the Arabian Wildlife Park in the middle of the island where you'll find cheetahs, giraffes, and many other exotic species.
16 Shut Out The World In Your Private Villa At The Laguna Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
It doesn’t get much better than this. In the tropical beauty that is Bali, you’ll stay in a private villa with its own pool and a secret garden with a gazebo. You may never leave! You can hang out on your terrace and order room service or ask your butler to fetch you something you fancy no matter what time of day. If you feel like mingling and being more social, there are spa treatments to enjoy in an outdoor courtyard equipped with its own waterfall and sauna. When you’re in the mood for the beach, you can spend some time in a hut for a relaxing massage, and if you’re feeling in need of activity, there are water sports to get your heart pumping.
15 Morning Yoga By The Sea in Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Island, Malaysia
Located off the West coast of Malaysia, Pangkor Laut Island is privately owned, and other than the resort, it’s completely undeveloped. That means you'll be able to experience the tropical locale in its natural state. You can choose a villa on the hillside surrounded by the rainforest or a sea villa built on stilts over the ocean. The resort is renowned for its traditional Asian-style spa, with villas that connect directly to the wellness center. Start your day off with yoga in this lush and secluded vacation spot.
14 Chill Among The Olive Groves At The Romanos Costa Navarino Resort, Messinia, Greece
Gaze out over the Ionian Sea from the edge of your very own infinity pool on the beach at this high-end haunt in Greece. The decor is modern, yet reminiscent of the columns and spacious architecture of ancient times. The Master Infinity Villas are set among olive groves with golf and gourmet dining. If golfing doesn't tempt you, there are 13 racket courts, a basketball court, and water park, along with the Sand Castle area with activities for the kids – if you decide to take them along.
13 Take It Underground At The Caves Hotel, Negril, Jamaica
The colorful villa and thatched roof of the hotel are perched on top of natural caves over the ocean, making this a unique experience on this island that’s so popular with tourists. You can dine overlooking the blue waters of the Caribbean and party in a bar that’s built right into the caves underneath. Each room is unique and decorated with tropical flair. You can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, or fishing if you're feeling active. There is a pool facing the ocean and an award-winning spa for relaxing treatments, and you can arrange for a private dinner in a gazebo or right inside one of the caves.
12 Enjoy Cutting-Edge Design In A Tropical Forest At Kura Design Villas, Costa Rica
Modern luxury meets the Uvita rainforest on the Southern coast of Costa Rica at Kura Design Villas. You can overlook the lush forest and coastline to the blue waters of the ocean from your private saltwater infinity pool, and plop down in a plush lounge chair to soak up the sun. Kura Design Villas is a showcase of glamorous modern design, with spa treatments and personalized service to help you relax in your home away from home. The resort uses solar panels for electricity and hot water and many other eco-friendly features.
11 Escape To Opulent Hayman Island, Australia
Hayman Island is the northernmost of the so-called Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. The large private island and resort has a staff of about 500 people to cater to your every need. The décor is posh, featuring marble floors and furnishings that combine antique French, Moroccan, and Mediterranean styles. You can stay in the French Penthouse with a private fireplace and grand piano. Outdoors, you can snorkel through the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, go boating, or get a massage on the beach.
10 Savor The Good Life At Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, California
The resort is located in a private canyon in the Napa Valley, encompassing 157 acres of hills, streams, old oak trees, and a private lake. Naturally, the food and wine lists are superb in the middle of wine country, and there's even an on-site vineyard with a private wine label to sample from. You can choose from a private lodge or the Calistoga Ranch luxury accommodations. Biking, hiking, and golf are in the vicinity, and you can also check out the wellness properties of the natural Calistoga Hot Springs nearby.
9 Sleep On Stilts At Constance Moofushi Resort In The Maldives
The Maldives is a nation consisting of a string of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, and you'll need a seaplane to fly you into this resort set on a private island. The vibe is both luxe and laid back, and you can choose a beach villa or water villa constructed on stilts in this all-inclusive utopia. There is a long stretch of white sand to lounge on, and while you're there, you can explore catamaran sailing, snorkeling, diving, and big-game fishing.
8 Choose The Luxury Service At The Boatshed, Waiheke, New Zealand
You’ll need to take a ferry from Auckland to the island of Waiheke to stay at The Boatshed hotel, overlooking Oneroa Bay. For the ultimate in luxury, choose the three-story Lighthouse Suite with ocean-view rooms. Luxury service gets you private all-day dining at your request, so you’ll never even have to set foot out the door if you don’t feel like it. Should you decide to venture out, there is a luxury spa with massages and other wellness treatments, and a lush green island with several world-class wineries to explore.
7 Zone out in the city The Thief In Oslo, Norway
Enjoy the urban pleasures of Oslo as you stay tucked away from the city at The Thief, a stylish boutique hotel set on a tiny islet that was once connected to the mainland in Oslo harbor. It's located in the Tjuvholmen district, once known for criminal types, but now renovated into an arts and design sector right next door to the Astrup Fearnley Museum and steps from upscale restaurants and bars. You'll overlook the Oslofjord from your balcony and the rooftop bar, and stay in chic rooms filled with original artwork.
6 No One Will Find You At Three Camel Lodge In Omnogobi Aimag, Mongolia
You’d need either extreme wanderlust or motivation to want to get as far away from it all as you possibly can to find your way to the Camel Lodge in Omnogobi, Mongolia. First, you’ll need to find your way to the city of Ulaanbaatar. From there, you will need to hop on a prop plane for an hour to Dalanzadgad, in South Gobi. From there, drive down a small dirt road for an hour and a half that takes you to this desert resort.
You’ll live like a (rich) nomad in movable rooms with traditional touches like felt carpets and wood-burning stoves.
You can spend your days riding a camel or horse through the desert, your evenings grabbing a drink in the elegant bar in the lodge, and your nights sleeping under the stars.
5 Find Your Own Oasis At Amankora In Bhutan
Amankora, located in the small Kingdom of Bhutan, consists of five separate lodges set against the Himalayans. You can choose from locations in glacial valleys or in the forests For the most secluded Punakha lodge, to get there, you’ll have to brave a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River. At the Gangtey lodge, you’ll stay in a remote valley amid a wildlife preserve. The furnishings are simple and elegant, and the amenities first class, including mountain trekking, hiking, and a wellness spa.
4 Your Own Island Getaway On Lake Mälaren, Sweden
Rent your very own private island on lake Mälaren, Sweden, about 50 miles from Stockholm. The tiny island incorporates four small houses that sleep eight in total. The main house includes three bedrooms, with a single bedroom in one of the other buildings. The decor is a mixture of traditional and modern Scandinavian design. The other buildings house an upscale sauna and a one-bedroom roundhouse. You'll get the use of a small motor boat that you can use to visit the nearby town of Mariefred and the picturesque Gripsholm Castle.
3 Float At The Manta Resort, Pemba Island In Zanzibar, Tanzania
Experience a tropical holiday with a difference at the Manta Resort. Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, is already a remote location. It’s a utopia of powdery white sands and turquoise waters, and a paradise for surfers and scuba divers.
The Manta Resort takes you one step farther from everyday reality with a floating hotel room where you’ll sleep in an aquarium submerged in water.
You’ll see all the underwater action without having to put on a diving suit. You can also choose to stay in a private villa on the beach.
2 Head South To Explora In Patagonia, Chile
The Explora hotel in Patagonia is one of the southernmost structures in the world. It sits on Lake Pehoé, next to the Cordillera Paine mountains in Torres del Paine National Park, and about five hours from the nearest city. Naturally, there are tons of outdoor activities to take up your time, including hiking, horseback riding, and more, and plenty of scenic views when you want some downtime. You’ll probably see more llamas and deer than you do people at this remote and luxurious resort hotel.
1 You’ll Need To Train it To Make It To The Jade Screen Hotel In Huangshan, China
It’s about a five-hour drive from Shanghai to Huangshan, then another 56 miles to the Yuping Mountain. But, you’re not done yet – there’s about a two-hour climb up 60,000 stone steps to get to the very top of that mountain and the Jade Screen Hotel. The steps lead through spectacular scenery that includes dramatic cliffs, and you’ll be stepping through the clouds along a narrow mountain pass called the Thread of Sky. Once you get there, you’ll enjoy the peaceful atmosphere amid pine trees that are thousands of years old – and massage therapy services to get you limbered up for your way back down when you check out.
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