Unplug and Unwind at the World’s Most Remote Hotels
Do you want less digital noise and more tranquil sounds of nature? These hotels from all over the world have you covered, complete with gorgeous views and exclusive cultural experiences.
Trust us — you won’t be on your own in the middle of the jungle. Each secluded hotel is jam-packed with luxurious amenities and creature comforts to make you feel right at home. So relax, unwind and start planning your next trip to one of these remote hotels.
The Llao Llao Resort in Argentina
If you want to immerse yourself in nature on an epic journey across Patagonia, look no further than the Llao Llao Resort. The scenic hotel is set on a mountaintop within Argentina’s Nahuel Huapi National Park.
The hotel is next to a lake and three different mountains within the park, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers. We should warn you — the commute to get there is rather long. The closest airport is 1,000 miles away in Buenos Aires, so prepare for a road trip before enjoying those scenic views.
The White Desert Whichaway Camp in Antarctica
For the most exclusive Antarctic voyage of your life, you’ll want a reservation at The White Desert Whichaway Camp. If you’re able to book one of the six pods, you’ll need to charter a private flight to get there.
Each pod can fit two guests, so the hotel arranges for all 12 of its residents to enjoy glacier views, ice cliffs and emperor penguins. Past guests include astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Prince Harry, so a trip like this comes at a cost. A one-week stay will run you upwards of $80,000 per person.
Peter Island Resort at the British Virgin Islands
They call the Peter Island Resort "paradise in paradise" for good reason. This 1,800-square-foot private island in the Caribbean offers a secluded oasis for its guests. The island has five private beaches, a coconut garden and plenty of hotel amenities to keep you from catching Island Fever.
Before you make your reservation for the island paradise, be sure to check on the status of the hotel. The resort has been under repairs after the British Virgin Islands suffered severe damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia
The Three Camel Lodge is between Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. It’s the perfect destination at which to see a diverse assortment of endangered species and natural climates, but getting there is quite a journey.
First, you’ll have to start from Beijing Capital International Airport. From there, you’ll need to take a two-hour flight to Ulaanbaatar, followed by a 90-minute flight to Dalanzadgad at the edge of the Gobi Desert. From there, it’s another 90 minutes through the desert on a Land Cruiser to reach the luxurious lodge.
JA Manafaru in the Maldives
This hidden resort lies at the top of the Maldives in the crystal clear Indian Ocean. The tiny island includes 68 villas and suites, with nearly 40 cottages located over the water. Guests in those cottages can watch the water beneath them through the glass-paneled floors.
The hotel only uses 11% of the land, so there’s plenty of space for the local sea turtle nesting grounds. If you're looking for more than beaches, the hotel has world-renowned restaurants, spas and diving classes to keep you happy.
Fogo Island Inn in Canada
Fogo Island rests on the eastern tip of Newfoundland. The tiny island only hosts 2,200 full-time residents, so the Inn offers a very remote experience. To get to the Inn, you have to take a ferry from Newfoundland and then drive to the edge of the island, or you can arrive in style via helicopter.
The hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide an epic view of the Arctic Ocean, where you can watch icebergs float by in the distance. To preserve the island’s sensitive ecosystem, the hotel reinvests its operating income into the local community.
Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica
The Rosalie Bay Resort is an eco-friendly hotel on a secluded coast of the Caribbean island, Dominica. If you’re a turtle fan, this is the hotel for you. Its private black-sand beaches are a busy nesting spot for three different species of endangered turtles.
The hotel has its own staff of experts that guide you on expeditions to observe and protect turtle nests. They will even wake you up at night so you can watch the babies hatch from the sands and make their way to the ocean.
The Winterlake Lodge in Alaska
For the ultimate Alaskan adventure, look no further than Winterlake Lodge. A stay at one of the private log cabins starts with a one-hour private flight from Anchorage. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy luxury dining, private saunas and lots of adventures.
Explorers can take part in glacier trekking, kayaking and fat-tire biking across gorgeous terrains. If you’re more of a homebody, you can take culinary or yoga classes, but make sure you stay up late. The private area provides epic views of the aurora borealis.
The Aganoa Lodge in Samoa
The Aganoa Lodge in Samoa is perfect for surfers who pine for their own personal waves. The lodge is on Savai’i, the less populated of Samoa’s two islands. Samoa is halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, so prepare for a long flight over the Pacific Ocean.
After checking into one of the open-air bungalows, you can embark on the lodge’s guided surfing trips. The owner is an avid surfer, so he’s well equipped to point out the best waves. It helps that those best waves roll in right next to the lodge’s beaches.
Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador
For the ultimate rainforest experience, head on over to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. From Quito, it’s a three-hour car ride into the rainforest until you reach the ultra-exclusive Mashpi Lodge. It's a luxury oasis surrounded by nature's splendor.
The eco-friendly hotel fits right into the area — so much so that it's built strategically to not disrupt a single tree. Be sure to ride the Dragonfly, the Lodge’s open-air cable car system that sails through the rainforest for epic views of wildlife.
The Tierra Patagonia in Chile
This hotel is an absolute stunner, but it is a pilgrimage to get to. Assuming you start your quest in Santiago, Chile, you’ll hop aboard a four-hour flight to Puerto Natales. From there, it’s another four-and-a-half-hour drive until you reach the hotel. Trust us; it’s worth it.
The hotel is a modern architectural achievement in the heart of scenic southern Patagonia. When you’ve finished taking in its amenities and architectural beauty, the hotel offers hiking trails, horseback adventures and breathtaking glacier tours.
Matinloc Resort in the Philippines
Matinloc is a remote island off the top of Palawan, the Philippines’ most sequestered province. To get to the private island, you have to take a boat ride from El Nido to the resort’s dock. Upon arrival, you’re able to explore the island’s beauty.
From kayaking through coral to sunbathing on private beaches, the island is packed with hidden adventures. Be sure to book a trip for a private sea excursion where you'll see some of the rarest sea life in the Philippines and stop at even more exclusive beaches.
Oberoi Vanyavilas Resort in India
Welcome to the jungle. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Resort is in the jungles of northwest India next to Ranthambore National Park. The style of the resort harkens back to the vintage bungalows of royal families in the ‘50s. But rest assured the resort is full of modern opulence.
The real treat of this isolated resort is its proximity to the jungle’s wildlife reserves. Ranthambore National Park houses over 80 tigers, but that’s not all you’ll see. The property of the resort has its own herd of elephants and tons of rare bird species.
Longitude 131° Lodge in Australia
Often referred to as "The Red Heart of Australia," Uluru/Ayers Rock is a towering national icon in the center of the country. Not too far from this desert monument is the luxurious Longitude 131° Lodge.
The lodge is a collection of sixteen tented pavilions in the middle of the desert. Don’t worry if you tire of the dry desert air; you can always hop into the pools, spa or high-end restaurant for some hydration and world-class dining.
The Yemaya Island Hideaway in Nicaragua
Little Corn Island floats 40 miles off the east coast of Nicaragua and has a population of 1,400 people. The crown jewel of the island, the Yemaya Island Hideaway, sits at its very northernmost point. It offers sixteen private cabanas tucked only a few feet away from crystal-clear waves.
The island itself doesn’t permit use of cars or motorcycles, but there’s plenty of other ways to get around. The hotel offers sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding to help you get yourself around. It’s a quiet, remote getaway that’s sure to help you unwind.
The Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia
The Southern Ocean Lodge is the most luxurious hotel on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s version of the Galapagos. The lodge's floor-to-ceiling design provides panoramic views of white-sand beaches and rolling wilderness. It's an eye-catching blend of an ultra-modern hotel set into the ancient-looking wilderness.
The lodge is near some of Australia’s most diverse conservation sanctuaries, so you’ll get to see lots of native wildlife. It’s the perfect place to spot kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and even seals and sea lions.
Amangani Hotel in Wyoming
The Amangani Hotel is the perfect spot for someone looking for a taste of the Wild West while keeping things luxurious. The five-star hotel is at the foot of the picturesque Teton Range, perfect for outdoor adventures for any time of year.
The hotel references the surrounding mountains and forests by focusing its decor on stone and wood. However, it also keeps the wild spirit alive with cowhide chairs and faux-wolf blankets. It’s the perfect setting for a decadent mountain getaway.
Song Saa Private Island Hotel in Cambodia
Upon landing at Sihanouk International Airport, a one-hour-long drive to Cambodia’s coastline provides a glimpse at Koh Rong Island. One 40-minute boat ride later, and you’ve arrived at Song Saa Private Island Hotel. Prepare to unwind and unplug at this exclusive island getaway.
Song Saa Private Island Hotel promises luxury, serenity and a deep connection with the environment. Guests have their own private villas, swimming pools and ocean views, so connecting with the environment sounds pretty simple!
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge in Namibia
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge doesn’t call itself a hotel. This environmentally conscious campsite is a pioneer in sustainable tourism at one of the most remote places in Africa. Getting there takes a two-hour flight from South Africa followed by a six-hour drive through NamibRand Nature Reserve, so prepare for long travel.
The lodge offers safaris and hot air balloon tours through the nature reserve between downtime at your private camps. If you want to go farther off the grid, Wolwedans Dunes offers an exclusive private camp suite located two miles away from all the other lodges.
Hotel Húsafell in Iceland
Hotel Húsafell is Iceland’s best-kept secret. Many tourists head to the coast for epic views of the North Atlantic, but locals recommend heading inland. Hotel Húsafell is only a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, and is full of local beauty.
Just outside the hotel grounds are paths to lava caves, waterfalls and the Langjökull glacier. At night, the northern lights flash a few times a week, and the hotel provides plenty of comfortable viewing spots.
The Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Florida
The Little Palm Island Resort & Spa floats off the Florida Keys coastline about two hours south of Miami. Upon arrival by boat, of course, guests can relax in one of the 30 oceanfront suites, complete with private outdoor showers and bungalows.
To make sure guests indulge in the luxurious setting, no televisions or phones are in the guest rooms or public areas. This gives visitors a chance to unplug from the outside world and admire the Key deer, iguanas and playful dolphins frolicking around the island.
Deplar Farm in Iceland
Some hotels really embrace their surroundings. Take Deplar Farm in Iceland, for instance. This rustic hotel was once a sheep farm before it was converted into a cozy hideaway at the northernmost reaches of Iceland.
With its grass-sodded roof and floor-to-ceiling windows, it camouflages itself easily among the grass hills and mountains it rests near. For a soothing adventure, the farm is adjacent to a collection of natural, private hot springs. For even more fun, head to the springs at night to bathe while watching the northern lights.
The Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort in the United Arab Emirates
The Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is a two-hour drive south from Abu Dhabi, but it feels like traveling to another planet. The resort lies within the Rub’ al-Khali (The Empty Quarter), which is the world’s largest contiguous desert.
After driving through the sand dunes, the sprawling resort appears like a desert oasis. With over 200 rooms on the premises, the Qasr al Sarab has plenty of activities to keep guests occupied. You could ride bikes, horses or camels through the dunes, relax in the spa or pools, or enjoy dining in a private desert ceremony.
Mombo Camp in Botswana
Mombo Camp is one of the finest safari camps in Africa thanks to its luxury cabins and proximity to wildlife. Located in the heart of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, the camp is full of Africa’s Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalo.
The lodge is only accessible using their light aircraft, so make sure you pack according to the plane’s restrictions. But be assured it’s worth the journey. You’ll realize you’ve made the right decision when you’re relaxing in your golden tub and an elephant pops in to drink water from your pool.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Hotel in Thailand
Prepare for a serious jungle excursion at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Hotel. Located at the northernmost point of Thailand, the resort rests at the border of Myanmar and Laos along the Mekong River.
The hotel feels tucked away inside the jungle’s flora, but every camp comes with luxurious 19th-century decor. To get a real feel for your surroundings, try out the Adventure Package. You can bathe elephants, pay your respects at local temples and journey to the famous Hall of Opium.
Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru
Ever wondered what it's like to sleep in a bird’s nest? If so, then head to Peru to stay in one of Skylodge Adventure Suites’ transparent pods. You can catch a good night’s sleep in a bed propped 1,200 feet up in the air!
The pods are 24 feet long and 8 feet wide, so you may feel a bit cramped. But with 300-degree views of the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, it’ll seem much bigger. If you’re feeling exposed, even though birds are your only neighbors, you can always reach for the dome’s privacy curtains.
One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda
In Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is a private rainforest retreat. Located 150 miles from Kigali International Airport, getting to the camp requires a five-hour road trip or one epic helicopter ride.
The camp offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with the local chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park. You can also get a guided tour through the camp's boutique tea plantation or enjoy stargazing on a nighttime walk through the jungle.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the Maldives
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has twice been voted "Best Hotel in the World". It’s no surprise, given its state-of-the-art Muraka Villa. The two-story building has room for nine guests, complete with underwater bedrooms and butler’s quarters. The cost? A four-night stay starts at $200,000.
If the Muraka is out of your price range, there are other private villas available on the island. They may not be underwater, but you can always check out the underwater restaurant to enjoy a private dining experience with the fishes.
Posada de Mike Rapu on Easter Island
To get to Easter Island, travelers must take a five-hour flight from Chile or Tahiti. Upon arrival, you’ll find that the remote island only has 5,000 residents, so you’ll feel awfully secluded from the outside world. The Posada de Mike Rapu is the island’s finest resort, with 30 rooms that offer stunning views of the Pacific.
The resort provides diverse explorations along the island’s shores to some of the most unique sites. No walk through Easter Island would be complete without visiting the ancient Moai sculptures — there are around a thousand of them to check out.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand is a leisure traveler’s dream hotel. Perched atop New Zealand’s North Island, the cliffside property boasts three private beaches. It’s a 6,000-acre property with plenty of activities both in and out of the water.
The lodge is also notable for being a recreational golfer’s paradise. The 18-hole course weaves along the lodge’s cliffside, making you feel like you’re golfing at the edge of the world. One warning — the water hazards are actually the Pacific Ocean, so you likely won’t get your ball back.