Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Away from the noise, the daily grind, and maybe even life as you know it. Sometimes the best thing you could possibly do is to pack your bags and disconnect from the rest of the world… somewhere you can find peace, relaxation and possibly yourself, in a setting of outstanding natural beauty. We’ve put together a collection of the most incredible hotels with one thing in common – they’re all off the grid and so beautifully remote that a Wi-Fi connection is the last thing on your mind.
Tucked away within the magical foothills of the Himalayas, The Kumaon is a uniquely crafted eco-sanctuary providing guests with the ultimate immersive experience in nature. Set in the enchanting Kasar Devi region, this idyllic sanctuary is a stunning fusion of bamboo and glass, masterfully crafted with total respect to its environment. Rich in biodiversity and home to the elusive snow leopard, giant flying squirrels and many more incredible species, this majestic kingdom has provided a source of inspiration to artists, writers and spiritual leaders for centuries, including Bob Dylan, D H Lawrence and Swami Vivekananda. The ten luxury suites, each named after a different village of the Kumaoni region, all feature log burners and floor to ceiling windows to bring the outside in, whilst the hotel’s dramatic cantilevered restaurant provides panoramic views of the impressive mountains, alongside a culinary experience second to none. Using The Kumaon as a ‘base camp,’ guests get to explore this uncharted landscape through tailor-made walks and trails, whilst connecting with the natural heritage and cultural history of the Kumaoni region. And when you need a little extra pampering, check into the indulgent spa for a luxurious revitalizing treatment. Breathe in the beauty, and exhale any negativity. Don’t delay, Nirvana is waiting.
Located in the Polizzi Generosa region of Sicily lies a 200-year-old farmhouse that will take you back in time. Set amid winding roads and rolling hills, with just the sound of birds chirping in the background, Susafa is the kind of place you dream of being transported to as you hustle through your morning commute. This glamorous and charming farm succeeds in uniting tradition with laid back luxury. Ten rooms and eight suites provide total comfort amid an atmosphere of rustic charm. Expect stone walls, terracotta tiles and wooden beams, blending history with contemporary style. Set in the heart of Sicily, and beside its glimmering pool, Susafa appears like an oasis in the midst of the scenic countryside, and is truly a breath of fresh air. The on-site gourmet restaurant offers divine tasting menus and excellent wine pairings, with cookery classes also available, teaching authentic Sicilian recipes you’ll want to take home. The Madonie Nature Park is only half an hour’s drive away, extending across an area of 40 thousand hectares and imposing mountains plus rare plant species extinct in some parts. Meanwhile the glittering seascape along the Tyrrhenian coast can be reached in just an hour. You can almost taste the fresh air.
Like a magnificent castle in the sky, only a couple of hours from the Costa Rican capital of San José, sits the private resort of Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas. Situated near two of the best beaches in Costa Rica, along the spectacular Guanacaste coastline, this idyllic adults-only resort is nothing short of breathtaking. From the vast blue Pacific Ocean, to over 1000 acres of rich tropical land, this secluded paradise is the stuff of fairytales, transporting you to a magical place you’ll never want to leave. Each of the 21 sensational private villas feature their own salt water plunge pool, and gorgeous Moroccan elements for a truly dreamy stay. Enjoy mesmerising panoramic ocean views from your terrace and take in the glorious sunsets, which set the skies ablaze in vibrant shades of gold and orange. Indulge your taste buds with Costa Rica’s finest flavours, at their award winning restaurant, Sentido Norte, led by chef Jose Lopez, whilst bespoke spa treatments can be carried out in the privacy of your own villa. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a myriad of activities are waiting right on your doorstep, from zip lines to rafting, surfing to diving, there’s a world of beauty both above ground and in the colourful underwater world below. One word – magical.
Just four hours from Delhi, close to Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve, lies a peaceful sanctuary. Set within the Tehla region of India, UTSAV Camp Sariska is a heavenly glamping experience, beautifully framed by the Aravalli hills, the oldest range of Fold mountains in the country. Founded by long time naturalist and hotelier, Luv Shekhawat, this regenerative retreat has been masterfully created to provide the ultimate restorative destination. Unwind in the most charming stone cabins that feature floor to ceiling windows, private patios and sliding doors boasting panoramic views across this spectacular landscape. The large outdoor daybeds also provide the most exquisite spot for a little stargazing… the only thing between you and the dazzling night sky is your imagination. Perfectly nestled within the Sariska National Park, this idyllic camp is fully immersed in nature. Possessing 22 members of the Tiger family, in addition to panthers, hyenas and deer, this is every nature lover’s paradise. The menu follows a strict zero-mile approach, where only the freshest, pesticide and chemical-free ingredients are used, and all grown from their own garden. Enjoy a feast on the patio under the Forest Lounge, and regenerate your body, mind and soul at the Outdoor Yoga and Meditation Hall. Whether you’re tracking trails off-the-beaten-track, or dipping in the Rooftop Pool, UTSAV Camp is your own personal oasis. Who’s ready for a total reset?
Set at an altitude of 2112 metres above sea level at Crans-Montana, is Chetzeron, one of Switzerland’s finest ski resorts. What started out as an abandoned cable car station, is today a monumental sanctuary, dedicated to silence and tranquillity, and continually striving for excellence. The ultimate ski in/ski out destination, the only way to reach this striking fort-like landmark, is by foot, ski, or snowmobile. With spectacular views over the Rhone Valley, from Matterhorn to Mont Blanc, Chetzeron is a destination not to be missed. All 16 rooms, each named after a summit, offer comfortable interiors with warm wooden panelling, plush robes and yes, you’ve guessed it, spectacular views – even from the bathrooms. Designed by Lausanne-based Actes collectifs Architectes, the landscape has been built into the décor, with the hotel’s signature bay window showcasing the rugged mountains outside. Head to the restaurant for authentic meals that are reminiscent of your childhood, or the hotel’s very own wellness zone for your pick of hot and cold treatments. If you’re brave enough to try, grab a snow bench and an ice bucket for a real wake up call. The rooftop pool with 360 degree views is not to be missed. And with solar panels and a pellet-fired boiler, this unique Alpine retreat is caring for the environment too. What more could you ask for?
Some names say it all. The Quiet Mind Mountain Lodge & Retreat is exactly that, a stunning sanctuary of peace and solitude in total alignment with Buddhist principles. You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Asia, but this unique mountain bolthole is in fact located in the picturesque countryside of San Diego, USA. Set amongst 600,000 acres of natural land, perched upon a golden hill overlooking Lake Cuyamaca and Stonewall Mountain, this blissful lodge is a unique vessel into mindfulness. An invitation to experience the miracle of nature and begin a journey towards peace, love and inner awakening. Rooms provide the juxtaposition between majestic luxury and modern comforts. From claw feet baths to steam showers, antique furnishings to HEPA air filters, your every need is taken care of. Indulge in healing massage treatments at the Tara Temple Spa, whilst the talented Executive Chef Max Farina, rustles up some magic in the kitchen; reimagined plant-based versions of Italian favourites are yours for the tasting. Just two hours from Los Angeles, the pristine countryside of Julian is the backdrop for this very special haven, where the emphasis is on restoring balance and allowing yourself to unplug from technology and instead connect with your truest nature and enlightened purpose. Namaste.
From enchanted forests to mystical mountains, the setting for the Eco Hotel Saltus is straight out of the pages of a fairy-tale, but here the magic is firmly founded in Mother Nature herself. Set 1100 metres above sea level with awe-inspiring views over the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, this female-strong run hotel is totally devoted to wellness, their mission being ‘to provide the impetus for a sustainable lifestyle in order to preserve the impressive natural power of our planet in its purity.’ Enjoying an incredible Riviera-like climate, the health-promoting air has now been scientifically proven to boost immunity by 40%, after just three hours in the forest. Dip into the calming waters of the 17-metre long rooftop infinity pool or sample one of the holistic treatments on offer at the hotel’s Forest Spa, nestled within a cocoon of fragrant firs. ‘Biophilia’ is the connection between humans and the nature around us, which has been found to support both physical and psychological wellbeing, and your wellness is the top priority at this South Tyrolean paradise. As is that of your environment. Committed to sustainability and environmental protection, this eco sanctuary is a dream for both man and nature. From yoga to art, horse riding to hiking, your options to unwind and reconnect are as endless as the beauty around you.
Imagine seven acres of undulating Umbrian countryside just yours to explore. La Segreta is set on this stunning nature reserve, dotted with cherry groves and peaceful pathways and framed by tall cypress trees – the secret heart of Italy. Made up of two buildings - a charming farmhouse and a traditional stone borgo - this is the perfect place to escape to with family or friends whilst enjoying the beauty of Umbria. This cosy home-away-from-home accommodation is elegantly rustic, and strikes the perfect balance between being fully looked after and total privacy. Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, life moves along here at its own unrushed pace, so if you’re looking for anything in a hurry, you’ve come to the wrong place. Spot porcupines, pheasants and wild boar, and pick fresh figs, apricots, pomegranates and peaches for breakfast. If Umbria is famous for anything, its wine and olive oil, and La Segreta is no exception. Enjoy freshly pressed extra virgin oil, alongside hand-blended red wine and even arrange for your own private chef to prepare local dishes in your very own villa. If that isn’t enough, take in the spectacular views of the walled village of Piedicolle, from the comfort of your heated infinity pool. If this isn’t soul food, we don’t know what is.
Dhaalu Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Set amid lush vegetation on the largest island in the Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima Maldives is a clear winner for those in search of paradise. With picture-perfect aqua waters and idyllic island beauty, this jewel in the Indian Ocean is the ideal destination for beach lovers everywhere. This remote island can only be accessed by Seaplane or domestic flight, followed by a speedboat transfer. If you fancy yourself as a castaway, you’ve come to the right place, but the pristine white sands are just as suitable for families and couples as they are solo adventurers. There are 274 studios and villas to choose from, with private terraces and endless tropical views. Your island retreat also boasts 10 wonderful bars and restaurants where you can sample many delicacies of the ocean. Water sports enthusiasts will adore the Aquaholics programme, which offer a full range of diving courses to explore the extraordinary life beneath the atoll. Discover dolphins with the Dolphin Quest or simply enjoy the magnificent sunset as you float above the waters on your Maldivian fishing expedition. From pottery to kitesurfing, art to basketball, and even a marine biology centre on-site, there’s no end to the activities on offer at this barefoot luxury resort. The word paradise just doesn’t do it justice.
The smaller sister of the iconic Lake House and established by the same brilliant husband and wife duo, Dairy Flat Lodge & Farm is equally as impressive. Focused on sustainable luxury, this property boasts 38 acres of regenerative farmland, amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Musk, just 7km from Daylesford. Australia often conjures up images of epic landscapes and endless sunshine, and at this heavenly retreat, neither fail to deliver. The stunning country lodge comprises six unique suites, blending unique vintage pieces into a modern aesthetic core, all of which have been meticulously designed and curated by Larissa Wolf-Tasker. The smell of freshly baked pastries will lure you in every morning, whilst warm hospitality served on a platter of stunning nature will leave you wanting to stay forever. Guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day running of a farm, albeit luxe-style. Sourdough baking classes are available at the heavenly Bake House, or perhaps learn how to establish and maintain a hive of honeybees. The restaurant at Lake House is not to be missed, serving the finest farm-to-table meals, before you work off dessert strolling through the private vineyard, established olive grove and the lovingly cultivated orchard planted with 350 heritage fruit trees. However you choose to spend your stay, Dairy Flat Lodge & Farm is an experience you’ll never forget.
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