Traveling to a remote location often comes along with a bit of a “roughing it” mentality, in which things like around-the-clock electricity, wifi, comfy beds, and spa treatments aren’t exactly readily available. But fear not, luxury mavens, we’ve got a whole slew of secluded hotels around the world that offer up the best of the best in accommodations, amenities and chic factor so you don’t have to rough it at all. Since the journey to the destination is half the fun of the adventure, come along as we explore the private islands of French Polynesia, the land reserves of South Africa, New Zealand’s secret homesteads, and some of the most luxurious properties around the world.
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Located in the Lake District of Southern Chile, Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is far from the hustle and bustle. More like a Swiss chalet than a typical Latin American inn, this spot has a family vibe that’s totally warm and welcoming. With a towering volcano in the backdrop and cows in the foreground, this luxury boutique hotel is a real stunner.
Kiwis will be the first to tell you that formality isn’t their forte. So, you may be surprised to find this incredible haven of ultra-luxe villas at Annandale that wow with their gorgeous design aesthetic but have a real sense of welcoming warmth too. Sure, you can helicopter in, or you can opt to drive. Just make sure you bring along your nearest and dearest to make this remote getaway all about quality time.
Exploring the gorgeous red rocks and canyons nearby is just one good reason to head to Utah’s Amangiri Resort. A beacon of gorgeous architecture in a totally secluded desert, this spot does luxury like no one else in the business. Be sure to go for a night swim in your personal plunge pool and check out the spa options too.
A feat of modern architectural significance, Fogo Island Inn sits on a 400-year old island just off the coast of Canada’s Newfoundland. Rich in local culture and heritage, this area may be remote but it certainly has soul and a whole lot of stories to tell.
You can thank us for suggesting this spot as you gaze off into the distance at the mist rolling off the hills outside your giant windows. Anantara is one of the most luxurious properties in Thailand and it also happens to be home to more than 20 elephants. Yes, that’s a whole camp full of elephants you can hang with throughout your trip.
Located in a secluded private land reserve in Southern Chile, Awasi Patagonia has views for days. Explore the Torres del Paine National Park nearby during light hours and head back to the gorgeous resort to spend evenings in your personal hot tub staring at the stars.
This destination spa resort is located on a sprawling Maharaja’s Palace estate, surrounded by Sal forests and overlooking the Ganges River Valley in India. Specializing in wellness treatments, including detoxification and ayurvedic healing, Ananda is a stunning, luxurious and welcoming place to spend a few days focusing on rejuvenation.
A working cattle ranch with gorgeous glamping setups and cozy cabins, The Resort at Paws Up is remote and serene with a touch of luxury too. Expect a full-on Montana ranch experience and you’ll be delighted by the high-end amenities, incredible service and gorgeous digs.
The glacial waters of Lake Louise are a gorgeous emerald tone this time of year, making for a pretty incredible off-the-beaten-path spot to explore in the warmer months. The resort at the Fairmont Chateau dates back over a hundred years and offers guided mountain tours, scenic hiking and canoe trips, a luxury spa, and top notch dining experiences.
The wild island of Tassie (as its known to locals) is rugged, dramatic, beachy, and of course, remote. Thalia Haven sits on the coastline surrounded by olive trees and gorgeous views of Great Oyster Bay. With four ancient stone cottages and a beachside garden, you can bet this property will impress your crew.
Located in the southernmost tip of the world, Explora Patagonia is a solid 4.5 hour drive from the nearest airport, making it undoubtedly remote. There’s no cell service, but horseback riding and trekking is unlike anywhere else in the world in Torres del Paine. Making the adventure that much sweeter, this luxury boutique hotel is pure eye candy.
If waking up in a room of big glass walls looking out onto the sea isn’t a luxury, we really don’t know what is. Marine reserves, volcanoes, pastures, lush forests, mountains, and UNESCO protected heritage sites galore surround this Galapagos Island eco-resort.
Located in the northern Cedarburg Mountains of South Africa, this ecological oasis of open plains filled with wildlife and ancient sandstone formations is every bit worth the journey. Gorgeous suites, a spa, a private villa, outdoor showers, and an infinity pool are just a few of the luxury highlights, but the on-site bush art paintings are the real showstoppers.
A Tassie gem, Pumphouse Point is a perfect blend of modern Australian architecture and design mixed with gorgeous sweeping views of the rugged countryside. Set on Lake St. Clair, this is a great spot to explore the magic and mystery of Tasmania’s wilderness.
A 20,000 acre private land reserve in South Africa’s bush, Leobo is part observatory and part posh resort. With an infinity pool overlooking the plains, a helicopter pad and a Michelin-starred chef on the premises, you can bet you’ll be having a luxe ole safari time at this remote getaway.
An Aussie luxury fave, Wolgan Valley’s One&Only is a 40-villa retreat just outside Sydney that’s surrounded by the Blue Mountains and various national parks. Check this spot out if you’re about exploring, relaxation, excellent food, and beautiful accommodations.
Set within the vermillion colored rock formations of Boynton Canyon, you can expect to see some incredible sunsets at Sedona’s Enchantment Resort. Whether you’re into mountain biking, teeing off at the on-site golf course, hiking the red rocks, or just lounging by the pool, this spot has all the luxury and lots of opportunity for adventure.
Located on the Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, Singita Serengeti House is an incredible place to explore the open plains of the Serengeti. A small property that sleeps up to eight guests at a time, you can rest assured that you’ll feel far from civilization at this stunning exclusive-use retreat.
With all that’s gone on in Big Sur in the past year, it’s more important than ever to support the amazing businesses that keep this gorgeous community thriving. Ventana will be back to business as usual this spring and they’re looking forward to an unseasonably quiet, calm spring and summer, making it as good a time as any to reconnect with the Big Sur Coast.
Located on Chile’s volcanic Easter Island, Explora Rapa Nui is in close proximity to renowned archaeological sites and lots and lots of beautiful hiking trails. An incredible area to explore, visitors can expect this luxury hotel stay to impress not only in its surroundings but in its architecture, views and service level too.
This Four Seasons take on glamping in the jungles of Northern Thailand is possibly the most luxurious we’ve seen. With fully decked out accommodations, a beautiful dining space, a cute thatched roof cocktail bar, and a wine cellar, you might not even make it out the front door to see all the amazing elephants and wildlife nearby.
If getting away to a spot that feels off the grid but not too far off is on your goals list, check out Amangani in Jackson Hole. The resort is all about serenity and quiet, while the town nearby hops with tourists during busy ski season.
A favorite of the Big Sur crowd, Post Ranch Inn has long been known as being one of the most luxurious properties on the coast. With the nearby access roads currently under construction, helicoptering in from Monterey Airport is sure to add to the VIP level of experience and means that Big Sur may be quieter and more remote feeling than ever.
Nestled deep in the desert of Dubai, this desert camp resort and spa combines luxury accommodations and primo dining experiences with unbeatable views of the wildlife-filled desertscapes. Remote? Check. Luxurious? Double check.
You can’t even touch the subject of remote luxury without a mention of the incredible properties of the Maldives. Maalifushi is at the top of its game with bungalows set on top of the turquoise waters and gorgeous rooms that embrace the surrounding sea, sand and sky.
Set up in the rolling hills of Costa Rica, Hacienda Altagracia has amazing views and gorgeous casitas. Head here if horseback riding through the sugarcane fields and coffee plantations sounds like your kind of vibe.
Located on the private island of Tetiaroa, The Brando is a collection of 35 villas on white sandy beaches that face right out onto the gorgeous azure waters of the lagoon. Formerly Marlon Brando’s personal island retreat, you can bet this resort is dripping in luxury. Oh, and the chef is Michelin-starred, so even the meals will be the best of the best.
If climbing Machu Pichu has hit your bucket list radar but you’ve been afraid it’d be too rustic for your tastes, check out the luxury property at Sumaq. This gorgeous private retreat boasts incredible views and serves up top notch Incan cuisine.
With two full spa houses in their own secluded areas of this resort, Amanoi is taking remote luxury to a whole new level in Asia. With options to face out onto the ocean, national park or beautiful lake below, the villas and pavilions all have incredible views of this secluded area of Vietnam.
Surrounded by Costa Rica’s rainforests, waterfalls, volcanic pools, and nature reserves, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo couldn’t feel more removed from city life. With private beaches and infinity pools on the property, as well as a beautiful spa setting, this spot is super luxe.
Deep in the emerald forests of Costa Rica, twenty bungalows sit on stilts just above two intersecting rivers. The thermal canyon, eight hot springs and thermo-mineral gorge are among the highlights and the spa and wellness programs at Rio Perdido are the ultimate in luxury.
Located on Muhu Island in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Western Estonia, Padaste Manor can be reached via helicopter or two-hour drive from the nearest airport. The manor dates back to the 15th century and its rooms and spa are just gorgeous.
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Set in New Zealand’s stunning alpine region, this lakeside lodge is known for its gorgeous views and impeccable service level. A hideaway retreat that’s in the heart of the adventure capital of NZ, this getaway is an awesome and design savvy home base for anyone looking to get out and explore.
A classic Montana ranch, Rock Creek has an authentic homestead vibe that’s synonymous with the landscape. Hop around on horseback, glamp under the big sky and enjoy the luxury accommodations at this upscale ski resort that’s just as gorgeous in spring and summer as it is when covered with snow.