Travelling abroad is back on the cards. The prospect of a holiday exploring or soaking up the sun’s rays somewhere more exquisitely tropical, is possible... but where to stay?
Most of us will be dreaming of greener pastures where we can take advantage of the privacy and exclusivity of a secluded holiday, that will not only make us feel safe, but nonetheless allow us to have a well-deserved break. These are the places that feel intimate, but are most importantly, exclusive for you!
We’ve got a few under-the-radar places that will certainly fulfil your holiday desires to enjoy an exquisite location with family and friends, whilst ensuring you keep safe and suitably distanced.
You can’t get much more secluded than a visit to Isla Holbox, just off of mainland Mexico, and part of the Riviera Maya. This secluded portion where Casa Las Tortugas lies sees the air whistling through palm trees and the song of waterbirds buzzing along the breeze. The hotel celebrates its privacy, offering the best kind of traditionally local experience you’ll find in Mexico. Having reopened on July 1st, you’ll find rooms imbued with natural light that encourage you to embrace the barefoot living lifestyle. Views of the sea and interior tropical gardens abound, to offer a setting where disconnecting becomes paramount to organically reconnecting to your inner self.
Set against the backdrop of the Borobudur Temple, this is a stay fraught with inspiring significance and tranquility at its centre. Its atmospheric setting assures seclusion from the rest of the world. This area in the Menoreh Hills is widely acknowledged for its spacious havens and traditional Javanese buildings that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the abundance of cultural activities on offer. Enjoy a sumptuous in-room breakfast accompanied by unforgettable views of the Menoreh Hills and lush greenery surrounding your room. The highlight of every morning is assuredly the soaring views of Borobudur Temple at sunrise — vibrant orange hues juxtaposed by the ancient stone of the 72 stupas. If you wish to be transported to another time and place (I think we can all say we do during these times), then Plataran Borobudur is the place to escape your worries and leave the doldrums of day-to-day life behind for a little while.
Bored of your usual hometown views? Then a trip to Villa Cella Bella will certainly break the mould. Suspended in the jungle foliage of downtown Ubud, living amongst nature takes on a literal meaning. Four villa rooms offer everything from a waterfall rain shower to a beautiful stone bath decorated with petals. One thing you’ll want to make sure you experience at Villa Cella Bella are its famed flower pools. Any pattern can be made by the seriously impressive staff members and it truly makes for an exquisitely picturesque photo opp. Unhindered luxury and panoramic vistas ensure your unadulterated relaxation stays in mind at all times. Most suites accommodate two people with their own private butler, large balcony and sky hammock, on-site professional photographer available, access to infinity pool, private dining and areas to unwind, or even practise a spot of yoga. Truly breathtaking is an understatement.
Where true paradise prevails, we’re sure you’re all wishing and hoping for when you'll be able to revisit or perhaps experience for the first time, the iridescent blue haven of the Maldives and all the serenity it conjures up. As we speak, Kandima Maldives is preparing for its reopening on the 1st of September 2020, describing an experience on its island as a “Lifestyle Reimagined”. It really is a refreshing state of affairs, with an activity for anyone and everyone, and a unique way to experience the Kandima way of life at every visit. With an array of unique restaurants and bars to choose from, water activities, fitness options, live music, pool parties and snorkelling, as well as a range of other activities to keep your time as fulfilling and experience-packed as possible, you’re guaranteed a special getaway.
In the meantime, Kandima Maldives has introduced its DIVE software that allows you to quite literally dive into all the different areas of the island and virtually experience its beauty for yourself.
A crown jewel of Costa Rica, the Guanacaste Coast is a beautiful environment teeming with tropical dry forests, lowland mountain forests and glimmering beaches. The walkable village of Las Catalinas is where one of Casa Chameleon’s properties lies, overlooking green hillsides complemented by rich blue waters. 21 villas feature eclectic interiors and private saltwater plunge pools, capturing the very essence of beauty in simplicity. You’ll feel like you’re in a time gone by as Las Catalinas doesn’t permit any motorized vehicles and features discreet walkable streets and plazas for an abundance of privacy and exclusivity. You’ll be experiencing a taste of the “Pura Vida” way of life (translated to “Pure Life”), that so many Costa Ricans have become accustomed to. Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas reopened on July 3rd and has enhanced many of its safety and operating procedures to increase hygiene and wellbeing for guests.
Currently, you can receive a discount at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas if you book by August 15th for stays from July 1st through to December 20th including up to 40% off.
For an ‘out-of-the-way’ holiday, you don’t get much more under-the-radar than La Baye des Anges. This villa rental was once an abandoned ruin, and with tender love and care from owners Meilin and Christophe, it has been transformed into a charming home-away-from-home. With an ecological ethos threaded throughout, you’ll get to experience rustic Provençal charm at its finest. Discover an old tractor’s garage converted into a reception, a kitchen garden filled with organic produce and an invigorating outdoor shower. Wherever you roam, you can rest assured you won’t be bumping into anyone if you don’t want to. There’s something for every age to keep themselves occupied, and cyclist enthusiasts will love the proximity to the Mont Ventoux. So whether it’s curling up with a book on the terrace or hiking around the surrounding area, treat the villa like your own home.
Have you been on your phone far too much during lockdown? Then maybe you should take a trip to Playa Koralia. Enjoy walks along the deserted beach and immerse yourself in this sanctuary where time stands still. You won’t miss your phone signal here anyway, since there is so much to be enjoyed by nature — the waves crashing on the beach, beautiful sunsets and a wide array of animals that populate the region. The biodiverse Buritaca in Colombia benefits from the change in landscape, from the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada to jungle foliage to the tropical wonder of the Caribbean Sea which makes it such a special and exclusive place to spend your days. Spacious suites in private cabanas feature high woven palm ceilings that sit either on the beach or river. Each space is designed to encourage your utter relaxation.
Whilst Playa Koralia is currently closed due to the closure of land and sea borders of Colombia, they are still taking bookings for future reservations which are entirely flexible.
Villa Ducale is beginning its summer season on the 7th of August 2020. Whilst it’s not as secluded as some of our other picks, Villa Ducale’s 19 rooms make it sociable yet intimate in a unique destination. With views nearby of the Isola Bella — a beautiful islet connected to the mainland with a thin strip of sand — the Ionian Sea becomes even more inviting. The open-plan covered terrace is the hotel’s main attraction, where sipping a cocktail or enjoying a snack is highlighted by the picturesque sundown setting. Villa Ducale rises above all as a great hideaway location where you can be as sociable as you like whilst maintaining a suitable distance, and rest assured that the appropriate safety measures are in place. The luxury vibe is enhanced by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that offers all the characteristics of a private residence.
Kalukanda House is a private, exclusive use, luxury villa in Sri Lanka, offering the best in experiential slow travel. Built from a debilitated building, four spacious double bedrooms offer all modern conveniences whilst benefiting from the original colonial architecture, including gorgeous high ceilings. A wrap-around garden surrounds the property, where watching the trees sway in the breeze each day is a truly mesmerising and tranquil sight. Local beaches are a short walk away including the famous Turtle Beach where you’ll spot the most awe-inspiring sunsets.
No matter what your experience level, surfing is suitable for all, with Weligama offering some of the best waves on the island. The villa is also within easy reach of several great safaris where you can spot the elusive leopard, but the most precious gift of all? To discover the warmth of the Sri Lankan people is a true delight and allows you to leave with an authentic companion to the adventures and experiences you’ve enjoyed.
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