Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Surrounded by dunes, 200 kilometres from Abu Dhabi city, Qasr Al Sarab sits within Rub’ al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. This region is commonly called the Empty Quarter, which says a lot about how many other people you can expect to see here.
Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort in Nizwa, Oman
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It takes 2.5 hours by 4WD to reach this retreat, 2000 metres above sea level in the Al Hajar mountain range. The property is perched on the clifftops so most of the 86 villas and suites enjoy dramatic views. Outside, it’s all about canyon walking, trekking and cave exploration.
Asilia The Highlands, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an 8292-square-kilometre World Heritage site – Asilia The Highlands camp puts you in the middle of it, close to the famed Ngorongoro crater. There are just eight domed tents here so if it’s wilderness and seclusion you’re after, you’ve found just that.
Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon, Peru
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The 20 beautiful bungalows at Belmond Las Casitas in the Colca Canyon are 160 kilometres north of Arequipa. To get to Arequipa, it’s a 70-minute flight from Lima. To get to Lima from Australia, you’ll need at least two connecting flights and more than 20 hours in the air. The Colca Canyon’s lush green valley and remote traditional villages are worth every step of the journey.
The Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia
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There’s no road access to Berkeley River Lodge; instead you take a scenic flight over the pristine Kimberley coast to reach the superb 20-villa escape, which is midway between Darwin and Broome. Once here, it’s all about fishing, hiking, cruising the river and chilling out beside the pool.
Blancaneaux Lodge, Cayo District, Belize
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Nestled in a remote 43,000 hectare forest reserve in western Belize’s Cayo District is Blancaneaux, a 20-room luxury lodge owned by director Francis Ford Coppola.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores River, Colorado
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Twelve private log cabins and one luxury tent set on 645 hectares of wilderness in the San Juan Mountains? Yep, that sounds remote to us.
El Questro Homestead, Northern Territory
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El Questro Homestead is more than 900 kilometres from Darwin and more than 100 kilometres from Kununurra. This nine-suite escape overlooking the Chamberlain River is undeniably perfect for when you want to get away from it all.
Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile
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Explora Rapa Nui is on Easter Island, a 163 square-kilometre dot in the ocean, some 3,700 kilometres west of South America. To get to this luxury 30-room stay, you take the five-hour flight from Santiago – but once you land on the island, it’s an easy 15-minute drive to seclusion.
Fabriken Furillen, Gotland, Sweden
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Gotland in the Baltic Sea is Sweden’s largest island; at its widest, it’s 50 kilometres across. Furillen is an untamed 500-hectare peninsula in the island’s north-east, and Fabriken Furillen is a delightful, 18-room Scandi-styled inn perched on the Furillen coastline.
Fogo Island Inn, Canada
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This futuristic, design-focused hotel would be at home in an urban centre but instead it’s on an island with a population of just under 2400 people and features remarkable views of the wild North Atlantic Ocean. To get to this 29-room escape you need to fly to Gander; from there, it’s a 125-kilometre drive to Fogo—which includes a ferry crossing.
Haggerstone Island Resort, Queensland
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Although Lizard Island often claims to be Australia's northernmost island resort, Haggerstone is a further 400 kilometres north. This far-flung private isle sleeps very few (no more than six to eight guests at any given time) and has a rustic Robinson Crusoe-style appeal.
Las Alamandas Hotel, Costalegre, Mexico
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They call it “Mexico’s ultimate beach hideaway”, which might seem a bold claim, but Las Alamandas – on the Mexican Pacific Coast, about a two-hour drive south from Puerto Vallarta – sits on its own 600-hectare nature reserve. There are beaches and freshwater lagoons to explore and just 16 suites, ensuring blissful seclusion.
Le Taha’a Island Resort, French Polynesia
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Just 90 square kilometres in size, Taha'a is one of the Society Islands. Stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it boasts an exquisite resort of 57 suites and villas.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
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Strictly speaking, Mashpi is located within a city – the Metropolitan District of Quito – which hardly sounds off-grid. But this 22-room lodge is actually a three-hour drive from the city itself and is in the heart of a 1200-hectare private reserve of jungle and cloud forest.
Motu Teta, Rangiroa, Tahiti
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There are few locations more secluded than a 3.5 hectare private island in the midst of the South Pacific Ocean. To get to this tiny pocket of paradise, you’ll need to fly from Tahiti's main Fa’a’ā Airport to Rangiroa Airport, where a boat will navigate the 90-minute journey to Motu Teta.
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia
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A world away from city life, Nimmo Bay comprises of nine luxe cabins in the midst of the Canadian wilderness, where you can kayak with humpback whales, views grizzly bears or try your hand at heli-fly fishing.
Pikaia Lodge, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands
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Most Galápagos explorers choose a cruise but Pikaia is perfect for landlubbers. This 14-room lodge balances on top of two extinct volcanic craters and is surrounded by pastureland, a private wild giant-tortoise reserve and very little else.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
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Fed up with humans? Try primates instead. The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, a chain of volcanoes extending through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This isolated jungle-stay is a perfect base for seeing gorillas in the wild.
Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe
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There are six impressive suites and one five-bedroom villa (all with private plunge pools) on the grounds at Singita Pamushana. Outside, it’s the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, which is 60,700 hectares of Zimbabwean wilderness.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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On a pristine stretch of coastline in the mostly uninhabited south-western corner of Kangaroo Island is Southern Ocean Lodge, a lavish 21-suite stay that pairs outdoor exploration with high-end luxury.
The Hotel Arctic, Greenland
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Located on the edge of the World-Heritage listed Ilulissat Icefjord, and 350 km north of the Artic Circle, is Ilulissat. The town is apparently home to almost as many sled dogs as people. And here you’ll find The Hotel Arctic, a surprisingly large hotel – 76 rooms, nine suites – complete with igloos.
Winterlake Lodge, Alaska
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Accessible only by floatplane in summer, ski plane in winter, Winterlake Lodge is the definition of isolated. Surrounded by rugged mountains and glaciers on the western edge of the Alaska Range, a stay in one the five pine cabins on this property includes regular alpine activities like fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, and those that are a little more offbeat, including bear watching and glacier trekking.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
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To get to this architecturally striking, 40-room hotel in Patagonia, you must fly into Punta Arenas, close to the southern tip of Chile, and then take a four-hour road transfer to the resort. It's a considerable trek but worth it for the stunning uninhabited landscape of the Torres del Paine National Park, a 185,000-hectare Unesco Biosphere Reserve, which is on the doorstep.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
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In Western Montana’s Granite Country, The Ranch at Rock Creek is surrounded by 2670 hectares of mountains, grasslands, forest and creeks. A stay at this 29-room getaway is naturally big on the great outdoors: mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing and more.
Three Camel Lodge; Gobi Desert, Mongolia
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It’s an adventure just getting to the 40 luxury "gers" at Three Camel Lodge. Located in Omnogobi Aimag, the southernmost province in Mongolia, you’ll need a 90-minute flight from Ulaanbaatar (the Mongolian capital) to Dalanzadgad then a further 90-minute drive off-road to the lodge.
Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
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On the western coastline of Vancouver Island is a 75-room Canadian retreat, complete with spa and restaurant. It’s a popular spot for watching winter storms. It’s remote because it’s so tough to get to: the detailed instructions on the hotel’s website are more than a thousand words long.
Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, Oregon
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A family-owned hideaway on the banks of the Rogue River in southwest Oregon, Tu Tu' Tun is the place to get away from it all – while remaining relatively well connected: California’s Crescent City Airport is only an hour away.