When the urge to get away from it all—really get away from it all: people, traffic, the 24/7 news cycle—strikes, it’s easier than ever to follow your instincts and enjoy a luxurious hotel or resort in a truly secluded setting. And while there are dozens of great off-the-beaten-path properties out there, these 10 offer their own special kind of seclusion in great destinations from the Americas to Africa.
Secluded in the Mountains: Explora Patagonia
It takes at least two flights and a long drive from the tiny coastal hamlet of Punta Arenas, Chile, to get here—but it’s so worth it. Located in magnificent Torres del Paine National Park and blessed with one of the most heart-stopping views imaginable, 49-room Explora Patagonia is the ultimate base from which to hike amid surreal blue lakes and hypnotizing glaciers as fuzzy guanaco graze around you and graceful condors glide up above (from $2,820 per person for four nights, all-inclusive).
Secluded in the Caribbean: Petit St. Vincent
There are several private-island resorts in the Caribbean, but there’s something about the layout and ambience of 115-acre Petit St. Vincent that makes it seem extra secluded. Located far south in the laidback Grenadines, this 22-cottage resort takes unplugging (no phones or TVs) as seriously as it does romance. Renovated in 2011 with serene white-and-blue decor, the resort lets guests choose their bliss—beachside or hilltop—and raise a flag when they want to be left alone (from $1,100/night, including meals).
Secluded in the Rainforest: Belcampo Lodge Belize
Located outside Punta Gorda, Belize, far from the sun-seekers and snorkelers on Ambergris Cay, 12-suite Belcampo Lodge Belize beckons with an authentic agritourism mantra (many of its thousands of acres are dedicated to an organic farm, a cacao and coffee orchard, and livestock barn) that delivers delicious farm-to-fork cuisine, chocolate and coffee courses, excellent bird watching, a yoga pavilion, and assorted activities from caving to diving. Best of all: the howler monkey alarm clocks and birdsong lullabies (from $300/night).
Secluded in Hawaii: Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
Maybe it's the early morning mist settled over the tops of the stately Norfolk pines that line the driveway or the acres of manicured gardens and golf greens, but it’s hard to imagine a more serene property than the 102-room Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele on sleepy Lanai. The island has just one town and not a single stoplight and the resort’s tranquil upcountry locale lets you enjoy a different kind of Hawaii with crisp air and a romantic rocking-chair-lined verandah—although the beach is just a short drive away at sister property Manele Bay (from $239/night).
Secluded in the Desert: &Beyond; Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Flying in from the capital, Windhoek, in a tiny prop plane buzzing high above the parched and desolate desert of Namibia you know you’re headed to the middle of nowhere. And then, like a mirage, &Beyond; Sossusvlei Desert Lodge appears, a tiny arc of 10 serenely luxurious stone-and-glass villas, where the bathroom showers have panoramic windows (nothing’s out there but oryx and springbok to spy on you), the beds have a skylight above them (the nightly star show is mesmerizing) and the nearby Sossusvlei sand dunes are an orange-hued playground and photographer’s dream (from $457 per person/night, all-inclusive).
Secluded in the South Pacific: Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Seclusion seems a no-brainer in the South Pacific, but some of French Polynesia’s (aka Tahiti’s) more popular islands, such as Bora Bora and Moorea, have large resorts and hundreds of hotel rooms. For a true castaway vibe, head to tiny pink-sand-beach Tikehau (population: 400) in the Tuamotu Atolls and settle into one of just 37 overwater or beach bungalows at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort. It’s so tranquil you’ll actually hear fish jump and the calming rhythm of your own heartbeat (from $849/night).
Secluded in the City: Gran Hotel La Florida
Seclusion in a city of 1.6 million? Yes, it’s possible if you forego the livelier neighborhoods in Barcelona for a relaxing and panoramic stay high atop Mount Tibidabo at the elegant and luxurious 70-room Gran Hotel La Florida. While the building and many of the architectural elements date to 1925, a 2001 renovation added contemporary décor and striking artwork, as well as eight distinctive Design Suites. Dining at any of three restaurants and a dip in the stainless-steel pool also rewards you with an amazing city view (from $282/night).
Secluded Down Under: Saffire Freycinet
Yes, there are plenty of places to find seclusion in wild and wide-open Australia, but one of the most indulgent is even farther afield, on the nature-blessed island of Tasmania. Saffire Freycinet, a 20-suite resort that looks a bit like an alien spaceship from the air but offers the most indulgent contemporary luxuries imaginable, is a dream for nature lovers who want to be pampered. Located amid the majesty of the protected Freycinet Peninsula, where the jagged Hazzards peaks meet gentle Wine Glass Bay, it’s a sanctuary of well-being (from $1,400/night, including meals).
Secluded in The Keys: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Colorful Key West may be the antithesis of seclusion, but less than 40 minutes away, just off of Little Torch Key, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a 5.5-acre oasis of adults-only serenity reachable solely by boat and focused on romance. Home to just 30 thatched-roof suites, with king-sized mahogany beds and hammocks for two, the resort also has an atmospheric beachfront restaurant (where tiny Key deer spy on you at dusk as you dine on lobster and they nibble on grass) and a couple-centric spa (from $690/night).
Secluded in the Wilderness: Wickaninnish Inn
While it’s just a hop, skip and a jump of a seaplane or ferry ride from civilized Vancouver to the wild, wave-tossed Pacific shores of Tofino on Vancouver Island, the Wickaninnish Inn feels as if it’s worlds away. Set on Chesterman Beach, ideal for long walks in summer and storm watching in winter, the 75-room property features in-room fireplaces and deep soaking tubs as well as delectable Pacific Northwest cuisine (oysters, crab, salmon, halibut) paired with a panoramic view in The Pointe restaurant (from $300/night).