When we're able to travel again, as we ease back into things, we plan to seek holidays with a bit of seclusion off the beaten path. A bit of extra space and privacy will go miles in normalising travel again – and there are some beautiful destinations, in all corners of the globe, where we can achieve this. We pick six that are on our list, below.
Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut Negev Desert, Israel
Opening this June, Six Senses' new property is isolated in Shaharut, about four hours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The breathtaking landscape is the primary attraction, and both the accommodations and activities at the resort have been established to maximise the surroundings. Each suite has private outdoor space from which to take in the views, and the villas have private pools.
Almost all the food served at the four restaurants (in-room or in-villa dining is always an option for additional privacy) is grown onsite, making it really feel as if you're on a planet unto itself. You can experience the landscape, excellent Israeli cuisine, and traditional therapeutic spa treatments without ever leaving the resort.
Raffles Seychelles, Praslin, Seychelles Islands
Whilst many Seychelles retreats feel quite isolated and secluded, Raffles especially encapsulates the feeling of being utterly removed from the world. The far-flung destination has year-round sunshine and natural wonders galore – the sand alone is worth the journey, as it feels like powder – and they are all worth exploring, from lush jungle to island hopping to snorkelling
Each villa has a private pool and outdoor pavilion, and meals can be served in guests' villas round-the-clock. Five additional dining options never feel crowded, and spa treatments can be taken in-room if preferred.
Amandayan, Lijiang, China
Situated in the northwestern province of Yunnan, this secluded resort by Aman is immersed in nature. Guests are primely positioned to explore Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Black Dragon Pool. The all-suite property offers spacious accommodations and much privacy, many with outdoor space, and decorated in serene contemporary Chinese style.
The onsite spa offers treatments informed by traditional Chinese medicine, and the cuisine spotlights traditional recipes and utilises the freshest seasonal produce.
Little Palm Island, Florida Keys, USA
This private island in the Florida Keys is accessible only by seaplane or boat. There are no televisions or telephones, so a visit here really does feel undisturbed – and each of the suites is a standalone beachfront bungalow, so every guest has their own space.
Enjoy meals on the private sand beach, at a table set up just for you, and go on solo sailing and fishing excursions. Every activity at Little Palm can be set up to be enjoyed privately, ensuring maximum safety and distance from other guests – and the rest of the world.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA
Occupying a restored ghost town in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, this exclusive resort offers log cabins, tents, saloon-style dining, and a luxurious spa with a romantic mining town's aesthetic. The destination's distinctive character makes it feel otherworldly and isolated in and of itself; each of the standalone cabins allows for complete seclusion if desired.
The beautiful natural surroundings, including the hot springs, provide ample entertainment despite feeling as if you're in the middle of nowhere; the elevated dining in the central saloon makes the most of seasonal offerings and has an extensive wine list.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
Located at 'one of the four corners of the earth,' this incredible retreat is immersed in nature. Built to face the wild North Atlantic Ocean amidst a mostly untouched landscape, the conditions here are so dramatic it has led scholars to declare that Fogo Island has seven seasons.
Guests will feel an extreme sense of quietness; only 29 rooms mean the people presence is relatively small. The menu in the high-ceilinged restaurant changes daily, depending on what's in season and available.
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