The world’s most secluded hotels: from luxury yurts in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to aluminium igloos in Greenland
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all.. and these hotels are the perfect places to do so.
Whether you’re in the market for an adventurous exploration in Patagonia or prefer a romantic retreat to a southern atoll in the Maldives, there’s an off-the-beaten path destination for everyone.
While it may require a bit of commitment to reach these isolated destinations, between the breath-taking views, serene atmospheres and – best of all – no WiFi, guests will be rewarded ten-fold.
Hotel Arctic Ilulissat, Greenland
The world’s most northerly four-star hotel is, quite simply, not to be missed.
It’s situated right on the cliff of Ilulissat Icefjord, a fjord in western Greenland, which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004.
Hotel Arctic boasts 76 rooms and nine suites, as well as aluminum igloos, which are built even closer to the coast and are connected to the main building by a boardwalk.
A restaurant serving Greenlandic cuisine – think: musk-ox, reindeer and Arctic hare – is also located on site and is widely recognised as one of the best in the country.
The easiest way to reach the remote hotel is to fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. From there, it’s another quick 45-minute flight north to Ilulissat. The entire journey should take approximately seven hours.
Jade Screen Hotel, Huangshan, China
There’s are only two ways to reach the Jade Screen Hotel in China’s Yellow Mountains. One is by climbing the 60,000 stone steps to the top.
If you can’t make it up on foot, there are porters who will assist in carrying you via wicker chairs and bamboo polls. Or, you could just take the cable car.
Either way, all guests will be rewarded with stunning views of the Huangshan mountain range as well as a four-star hotel experience, complete with sauna, massage centre and even a small shopping arcade.
Adrere Amellal, Siwa, Egypt
Looking for an oasis in the middle of the Egyptian desert? Head to the picturesque Adrere Amellal.
It’s as secluded as they come, however, so don’t expect any electricity at this sandcastle-inspired property. Instead, all rooms are lit with beeswax candles and a starry sky.
Each of the 40 rooms are hand-built to blend naturally into the landscape. Also, all of the furniture and decor has been designed to pay tribute to nature and local artisans.
Every guest, meanwhile, receives a dedicated staff member to help look after them during their day – from booking meals to lighting candles. Sounds magical.
Ned’s tip: don’t forget if you’re in Egypt to check out the five star Le Royal Sharm El Sheikh Resort for loads of very different fun in the sun!
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia, Africa
Surrounded entirely by mountains and sand dunes in the Namib Desert, this lodge is a true escape from the outside world.
Perfect for honeymooners and intrepid travellers alike, the desert wilderness is nestled deep in a secluded, serene oasis where star-gazing and private middle-of-nowhere picnics are just the beginning.
Made of stone and glass, guest rooms melt into wraparound terraces and massive windows make you feel as if you’re one with nature.
And once you arrive, there’s no shortage of activities – from hot air ballooning to quad biking, there’s something for everyone in this gorgeous hideaway.
Explora Patagonia, Patagonia, Chile
This luxury hotel in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park rises out of the shores looking much like a white ship.
Overlooking the stunning Lake Pehoe, the property’s unique location literally puts travellers right in the heart of Patagonia, where they can take advantage of guided hikes, horseback rides and breath-taking views of glaciers, lakes and mountains.
For those looking to indulge in a relaxing treatment after their trek, the hotel’s spa provides massages, as well as a heated pool, sauna and open-air jacuzzis – boasting views of the Paine Massif mountain range, of course.
Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania
It’s no easy feat to reach the remote Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge, located in the heart of the famous National Park, though the trek sure is worth it.
First, you must fly into Nairobi, then onto Kilimanjaro and then to a private airstrip in the middle of the park, but you’ll soon be rewarded with incredible wildlife sightings and a lavish five-star hotel in the middle of the bush.
Each of the lodge’s 77 guest rooms are well-appointed – and many also feature a private terrace and plunge pool – but it’s the main building’s infinity pool that’s truly the piece de resistance.
It boasts a watering hole built just beyond it, offering unbeatable views of the elephants, zebra and wildebeest that stop by several times a day for a drink.
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives
While there’s no shortage of privacy among any of the Maldives’ many isolated atolls, Jumeirah’s southernmost offering is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent.
Stretched across two islands, this luxury hideaway is perfect for getting away from it all.
From Male, a hopper plane will transport you to the domestic Kaadedhdhoo Airport, where guests will take a boat the last 40 minutes to the island.
But when you arrive, the staff’s warm welcome, the resort’s stunning beaches and sprawling secluded villas will more than make up for any extended travel time you’ve undertaken to get there.
Now, if only we could stay forever.
Tikchik Narrows Lodge, Alaska
The small fishing lodge is located at the tip of Wood-Tikchik State Park – more than 300 miles from the nearest road and accessible only by seaplane.
Thankfully, the lodge has employed four full-time pilots to fly guests from the closest city in southwestern Alaska to the property.
Aside from the main lodge and its sun room and sauna, there are also seven duplex guest cabins, complete with all mod cons.
Upon arrival, visitors can take part in freshwater fishing on Bristol Bay and enjoy local cuisine, such as smoked salmon and moose tenders, while taking in the pine-filled vistas.
Peter Island Resort and Spa, British Virgin Islands
For travellers with deep pockets seeking some serious privacy, Peter Island is just the place.
The resort encompasses the entire isle and the entire 1,800-acre property – including airspace – can be rented out to accommodate an entourage of just about any size.
There are 31 ocean view rooms, 20 beach front junior suites and three luxury villas to choose from, which can sleep up to 130 guests.
Several specialty restaurants and bars, as well as a spa and fully-equipped marina, round out the islet’s offerings.
And although it likely won’t be a concern for anyone considering such a luxurious buy out, it’s also worth noting that to reach the secluded spot, a ferry ride, private yacht or helicopter flight from St. Thomas or Tortola will be required.
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
In the heart of the Gobi Desert, the lodge isn’t just a once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination – it doubles as a base for scientific research and wildlife monitoring.
Each yurt – or ger – is heated by a wood stove, decorated with hand-painted beds and furnishings and designed to blend into the natural landscape.
There is also an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as a massage ger to help you relax after a long day of exploring via the custom tours that can be planned and booked with the help of the lodge.
To get there, you’ll need to fly from Ulaanbaater, the capital, to Dalanzadgad, which is located on the edge of the desert. From there another hour and a half drive – off the beaten path, we might add – will lead you there.
One thing’s for sure, however: this spot is definitely for the more adventurous travellers among us.