We all love the idea of a vacation getaway where we can forget about the day to day hustle and grind. We look forward to the relaxation and pampering that comes from a well planned trip. But there are some hotels that take getting away from the world to unbelievable lengths. These hidden and truly remote hotels are designed for ultimate privacy and luxury. You will forget all about the modern world when you get to these exclusive and hidden places. Getting to them is a trip by itself, ranging from boat rides to helicopters to get to mountaintops and islands. But once you reach these truly isolated venues, you will know why they are among the most prestigious and highly recommended hotels in the world. After a stay in these hotels, you will feel like you have recharged. Many of them are hundreds of miles from the closest cities, so make sure you take everything you need. You will soon forget that there are other people around. Imagine waking up to the most scenic views in the world, hiking along quiet, empty mountain paths, or walking out onto a balcony that stands over some of the clearest water in the world.
You'll be treated to world class service and care in these stunning places, since most of them are luxury hotels. So the next time you are choosing a getaway trip, look at these off the beaten path hotels. You may have to do some work to get there, but you'll definitely see the rewards when you get there.
20 Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
This journey of gorgeous but remote hotels starts in Newfoundland. The Fogo Island Inn is an incredible location that gives its visitors stunning views of the North Atlantic. This luxury hotel takes time to get to (when you consider the flight time plus a three hour drive from the nearest airport).
The final bit of the trip is a 45 minute ferry ride to the hotel.
After this long trip, the hotel and the staff will provide royal treatment that includes gourmet meals, spa treatments and fun activities in a truly unique hotel. You will relax and unwind in this location, with stunning panoramic views of the spectacular and awe-inspiring power of nature. Once you have stayed at this amazing hotel, you will never forget the experience.
19 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Zermatt, Switzerland
When it comes to spectacular views and luxurious locations, Switzerland goes all out for its visitors. One hotel goes to amazing new heights to please.
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat in Zermatt is truly one of the most remote hotels in the world. The 3100 in the name tells y0u how high up on the mountains you'll be. This gorgeous hotel is located 3,100 meters (10170.6 feet) up Gornergrat ridge. With two restaurants, a library and other amenities, this hotel strives to provide impeccable care. The Gornergrat train brings you up the mountain to this gorgeous hotel. It is the highest hotel in Switzerland and provides an unparalleled view of the Matterhorn. If you are looking for an incredible mountain experience that will have you nestled among the stunning Swiss Alps, you don't want to miss this hotel.
18 Blancaneaux Lodge, Cayo District, Belize
When it comes to luxury and pampering, the idea of a cabana in the middle of a tropical forest may not be the first thing you think of. But when you are booking a room at a hotel created by Francis Ford Coppola, luxury is what you'll get. This unbelievable hotel started out as a private family retreat in Belize, but was opened to the public in 1993. Getting to this piece of Heaven is not easy.
The only way to get to these cabanas is by puddle jumper or private jet.
Once you finally reach this remote nirvana, you'll be treated like a celebrity with five star dining, spa treatments and exploring the forest around you. You'll be surrounded by waterfalls and clear pools. From the moment you take the flight to Blancaneaux, you'll know it's worth the trip.
17 Petit St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadine Islands
This gorgeous Caribbean getaway is an ideal location to forget the rest of the world. The bungalows on this small island offer a distraction-free view of the spectacular surroundings. There are no phones, internet or televisions in the rooms. The whole concept is to forget the outside world and focus on the true beauty of the island. You and your fellow guests will be able to hide away or enjoy activities like scuba diving, boating and snorkeling. You'll have to fly into Union Island where a representative of the resort will take you to the private launch. You'll be all set to relax after the twenty minute boat ride. You will be able to relax and enjoy superb service.
16 Peter Island Resort and Spa, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
The Caribbean is home to some of the world's most stunning and luxurious resorts. They are also some of the most exclusive. There are several private island resorts that are very difficult to reach but worth the effort. Peter Island Resort is one of these.
This island paradise can only be reached by a ferry, a helicopter, and a private yacht.
Once you reach the island, you will be able to relax and be pampered in a quality spa, enjoy any of the five beaches or have a five star rated meal. You will feel like royalty or a celebrity from the moment you start across the clear waters of the Caribbean. This hard-to-reach hotel shows that good things are worth a bit of effort.
15 Viceroy Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
This hotel is a hidden gem. It is situated overlooking the area known in Bali as "The Valley of the Kings". It's only ten minutes away from downtown Ubud, but it will feel like you've stepped back in time. The hotel is nestled among the trees facing the Petanu River Gorge. The relaxing and intimate environment blends a laid back setting with all the modern conveniences. You will be able to submerge yourself in the traditional Balinese culture or treat yourself to holistic spa options. The Viceroy takes advantage of the timeless and majestic settings around it to leave you feeling like you have left the modern world behind and entered your own paradise. Although it is close to the city, this hotel is remote and isolated enough to let you forget everything.
14 Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The idea of a desert oasis may not be the first thing you think of when you are planning a vacation, but this remote hotel combines world class luxury with the wild Arabian landscape. It is situated on the edge of the Empty Quarter, the world's largest uninterrupted sand desert. The name itself means "mirage" and it certainly lives up to the concept.
It is so remote that the only two ways to get in are by helicopter or a two hour drive.
This unbelievable hotel works very hard to maintain its luxurious setting without damaging the desert it blends in with. As a guest, you'll be treated to amazing dining, spa and pool options or even a camel trek. You will feel like you are part of the Arabian experience with a traditional meal and music. Treks into the silent desert will leave you feeling like you are the only person around. If you get the opportunity to experience Abu Dhabi, you will leave this hotel with memories that will last a lifetime.
13 Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island
Easter Island is a vacation destination for many people. The history and the culture of the island draw people from all over the world, but it's not easy to get to. Explora Rapa Nui offers five star accommodations in an incredible setting. You have to take a plane from the mainland to get to this remote location, but the trip is worth every second. The island itself provides endless mystery and adventure and after all the fun, you'll enjoy the comfortable, TV-free rooms that are designed to fit in with the awe-inspiring landscape. The hotel offers spa and dining options that will leave you feeling like you're in the lap of luxury. If you are looking for a remote hotel that combines fantastic scenery with world class service, take the flight and go see Easter Island.
12 Three Camel Lodge, Omnogobi Aimag (South Gobi Province), Mongolia
Mongolia is a land known for being remote. Three Camel Lodge embraces this quality by being a very isolated luxury resort, but it manages to provide phenomenal service and accommodations while maintaining the atmosphere that makes Mongolia so special. The rooms are designed as a traditional Ger (nomadic tent) but have all the modern-day amenities that you expect a hotel to have, but there is no telephone or internet. The gers all have traditional south facing openings that allow you to have an unimpeded view of the Gobi desert. But you will have to work to get there. It takes a flight to Ulaanbaatar then a transfer to a prop plane for a 60-minute flight to the South Gobi city of Dalanzadgad, before the final 90-minute drive down a dirt road before you see the amazing hotel. Once you're there, you'll find luxury combined with simplicity.
11 Tikchik Narrows Lodge, Bristol Bay, Alaska
The words 'sportfishing lodge' may not bring the concept of luxury accommodations to mind, but this gorgeous lodge in Bristol Bay provides impeccable service with the glorious surroundings of the Alaskan wilderness. This lodge was built with sports fishing in mind but also provides world class comfort and hospitality. After a day of fishing, you'll be treated to drinks already sent to your cabin and a wonderful meal.
The dining experience at Tikchik is among the finest Pacific Northwest cuisine.
To get to this stunning piece of Alaskan landscape, you will be flown in from Dillingham, Alaska on a float plane. This is the only way in or out of the lodge. But Alaska will offer up its beauty and inspiration if you're willing to make the trip.
10 Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania Australia
This glorious luxury hotel looks out on some of the most exquisite scenery that the Tasmanian East coast can offer. The hotel is perfectly situated to overlook the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay. Tasmania lays it all out for you. But you'll have to plan to get here. You will face a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Hobart or Launceston. Be prepared for an adventure. The drive is scenic but can be dangerous especially at dawn or dusk with the abundance of wildlife. You can also arrange for helicopter, light plane and chauffeur-driven transfers if you don't want to make the drive itself. Once you reach this stunning hotel, you'll be treated to five star amenities while surrounded by the wild and awe-inspiring Tasmanian sights. Nirvana awaits at the end of this trip.
9 Hotel Búðir, Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland is a land of amazing beauty and changes. Hotel Búðir sits among these surroundings and provides sumptuous and elegant service. You'll be immersed in comfort with all the amenities as you take in views of the mountains, glaciers and lava fields. You can also see the glacier from the dining room or the beaches from the bar.
No matter where you are in this stunning hotel, you'll be awed by the scenery.
The dining is considered some of the best in the world with local, seasonal cuisine. You'll be surrounded by Icelandic culture as you enjoy activities like hiking, fishing and whale watching. You will be welcomed after a two-hour drive from Reykjavik. Bring your appetite and your appreciation for everything Icelandic to this incredible hotel.
8 Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, Italy
Sextantio Albergo Diffuso will literally let you step back in time. This gorgeous hilltop medieval village is located in the middle of Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. It was a village that was abandoned but has been faithfully restored to what it would have looked like at that time. This is not your standard hotel but is actually spread out throughout the village. Although the buildings are rustic, the food and ambience will leave you relaxed and pampered. You'll be introduced to the culture and heritage of this amazing village as classes are offered ranging from bread-making to soap-making. You will have a long drive as the nearest airports are 40 to 50 miles from the village. But a stay here will give you a true look into Italy's history.
7 Pädaste Manor, Estonia
This gorgeous place has a very long and troubled history. It dates back to the 1400s and went through many uses ranging from a manor house to a military headquarters. It fell to disrepair during the Soviet period but in 1996, the current owners bought it and renovated it to the magnificence it shows today. Padaste Manor is now one of the most luxurious hotels in the Baltic region.
With it being situated off the coast, it can be reached by car with a ferry crossing or by helicopter.
During the winter months, you will cross a frozen section of the Baltic Sea. You'll have access to a world class chef that brings his own style to a traditional Nordic cuisine. You'll also have access to spa treatments. The beautiful rooms will welcome you after a day of activities such as bird hunting or horseback riding, just to name a couple of options. It might be difficult to get to the manor, but you'll never forget the trip.
6 Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
When you think of remote vacations, a private island will deliver an amazing tropical experience. Little Palm Island Resort and Spa provides five star amenities at this hard-to-reach hotel. You will only be able to get to Little Torch Key by seaplane or boat. Once you arrive, you will be surrounded by luxury and quality. The suites provide every comfort except for televisions and alarm clocks. The resort is designed to allow you to forget about keeping a schedule. You can dine in your room or enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Private dining is also an option. After a day of snorkeling, diving or boating, you can treat yourself to spa services and relax. You will feel like you're in your own little world at this remote resort.
5 Kokopelli's Cave B&B, Farmington, New Mexico
Although it's not difficult to get to this hotel at first, the final leg of the journey is a narrow trail that leads down to a cave seventy feet underground. The cave has been fully furnished with a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. You'll be treated to a waterfall shower and jacuzzi in the fairly spacious bathroom and have a plush comfortable bed at night.
The true draw to this hotel is the view from the porch.
You'll see out over the gorgeous La Plata River valley and the four states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado that make up the Four Corners. Farmington isn't far away and you'll be able to enjoy cultural activities as well as exploring the area. With Native activities, museums and wine tasting as just a few of the activities, you won't get bored. If you're looking for off the beaten path locations, you will definitely want to check it out.
4 Alila Jabal Akhdar Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman
This incredible hotel is located in the Al Hajar Mountains which requires a drive up steep roads with tons of switchbacks. But once you've arrived at this incredible hotel, you'll admit that it was worth the trip. It lies close to the Saiq (pronounced ‘Sirq’) Plateau and provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and cliffs. The rooms are designed with comfort in mind. You will have modern amenities surrounded by local accents. With stargazing, hiking and cave exploring, you'll enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Oman countryside. After a busy day, you'll be able to enjoy an international cuisine with Arabic influences. Alila Jabal Akhdar will provide you an incredible experience once you've made the journey up the mountains to get to it.
3 Levin Iglut Igloos - Golden Crown, Lapland, Finland
Igloos may not bring the idea of luxury stays to mind, but Levin Iglut Igloos will provide you with a vacation that will be remembered for years. These stunning rooms are only about six miles from the Levin resort, but offer one of the most amazing stays possible. These glass igloos provide an impressive view of the sky and the valley below. They are heated and hold double beds that are individually adjustable and a kitchenette. Despite the cold weather outside, you'll be comfortable inside the heated dome. You'll never have to leave the warmth of your igloo if you don't want to. Each one is heated with non-fogging glass and has a fully functional bathroom as well.
The glass domes are perfectly positioned to allow you to view the magnificent spectacle of the Northern lights above you.
If you choose to, there is a world class restaurant close by that will provide Scandinavian fare that can be enjoyed on one of two floors. If you have ever considered sleeping under the stars, Levin Iglut will provide the luxurious option.
2 The Manta Resort Underwater Room, Pemba Island, Tanzania
When you think about places to sleep, does the idea of sleeping underwater come up? If it didn't, you might rethink it when you see the Underwater Room of the Manta Resort. This hard to reach room is 250m off the coast of Pemba Island. You'll take a short boat ride out to this gorgeous three story floating building. The captain and your personal service fundi will help you get settled in the landing deck where you will find the lounge and bathroom facility.
The upper deck is an open air lounge area where you can sunbathe or sleep under the open sky. The lower deck has a soft double bed that is surrounded by almost 360 degrees of glass that will allow you to watch the shoals and the wildlife.
There are spotlights that will softly illuminate the area so you can watch all night long. Your meals will be brought to you at predetermined times, but you will be alone the rest of your visit. This floating haven will truly invigorate and rejuvenate you.
1 The Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
For the ultimate in unusual destinations, we're heading to Jukkasjärvi, Sweden 124 miles north of the Arctic circle to one of the most stunning and unique hotels in the world. Icehotel Jukkasjärvi is a hotel composed of both warm and cold rooms. You'll have the ability to spend at least one night in a room totally carved of ice. You'll get to this icy wonder by taking a 90 minute flight from Stockholm to Kiruna airport where you'll travel about another eight miles to the hotel by car. You also have the option of traveling from Narvik, Norway or Lulea, Sweden by train or car. Once you get to this eerie but stunning hotel, you'll have an opportunity to try things like snowmobiles and dog sled tours.
From mountainside resorts to underwater rooms, the world has been graced with incredible vacation destinations. Some are more remote than others, but the locations are truly breathtaking. With vacations, you may be thinking of relaxation and rest, but these locations make the effort to reach them worth it. Consider some of these isolated hotels for your next getaway.