Our favorite trips to plan these days tend to be on the more secluded side. Picture private beaches, untouched nature, and wildlife all around thanks to untouched terrain – read on for our top pics in resorts and hotels, for the secluded travelers.
Image courtesy of &Beyond Namibia
Kachi Lodge in Bolivia; Only an hour from the airport by air, Kachi Lodge offers an unforgettable experience at Bolivia’s amazing Salar de Uyuni — the world’s largest salt flat. Located at almost 12,000 feet, this sustainable but luxurious hotel is surrounded by 4,000 square miles of gleaming salt, often barren landscape that can sometimes have a surreal, perspective-bending effect. During the rainy season, when the salt flats are covered in a thin sheet of water, you can lose sense of where the sky begins and the earth ends. Only 6, 300-square-foot domed tents on site feature “bohemian chic” décor and a pellet stove for warmth and a private, ensuite bathroom. A large window in the front gives guests unparalleled views of the white expanse outside — and the infinite sky at night. Bolivian solitude and isolation aren’t inexpensive: The Lodge requires a minimum two-night stay, but you won’t consider staying any less with the views at hand.
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia; Near the village of Dalanzadgad, in Mongolia’s South Gobi Province, this luxury ecolodge will provide for you experience luxury, adventure, and cultural learning. At Three Camel Lodge, you can spend the day exploring the magnificent expanse of the Gobi Desert and end it with an indulgent meal or a massage — or both. Many of the lodge’s employees grew up in the area, lending a local perspective to any stay. Guests stay in individual gers, or “traditional felt and canvas dwellings” that come with ensuite bathrooms, custom wood furnishings and wood stoves for heat. Outside your room, you’ll have panoramic views of the desert and Gobi-Altai Mountain range. There’s a two-night minimum stay, and the lodge is closed from Nov. 1 to May 1 annually. All rates include activities at the lodge, scheduled excursions, round-trip transfers between the lodge and Dalanzadgad Airport (DLZ), all food and beverages (excluding alcohol), entrance fees to national parks and a pre departure travel guide and reading list.
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia; This 31,419-acre private reserve lies in one of the oldest and largest deserts on Earth, extending for more than 1,000 miles along the southwestern coast of Africa. Guests can retreat to one of the least densely populated countries for hot air balloon flights and world class stargazing, as the property borders an International Dark Sky Reserve. In the morning hours, you can walk along wind-sculpted star dunes. There are only 10 one-bedroom glass-and-stone suites and one two-bedroom suite, all of which curve outward, away from one another and toward the expansive desert beyond. Suites feature a private veranda with a pool, a fireplace in the living room, a retractable skylight and a glass rainfall shower with 180-degree views. Rates include three daily meals, beverages, including house wines and local spirits, and many excursions.
North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort in the Seychelles; This Seychelles resort off the coast of East Africa offers a much more exclusive, secluded destination than that of other famous beach destinations. Located on its own island, this private paradise has only 11 villas and your two-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot villa has direct beach access, a private plunge pool and strategic landscaping that confers complete privacy and discretion. North Island recently joined the Marriott family as a Luxury Collection property, which means you can use your points for a stay.
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(Sources: Marriott, National Geographic & Beyond)