There are few such experiences left on earth that capture the romance of the untamed and untainted!
In COVID-Era and beyond, below are the essential key-words which will continue to inspire us to plan our future getaways in 2021 / 22, when the world opens once again to welcome us.
- Exclusive romantic getaways
- Rare and exclusive getaways.
- Boutique Hotels.
- One room Hotels
- Sleep under the stars (rooms with no walls, no ceilings, no windows and no doors)
- Travel without crowds
- Unique stays in cave rooms, tents, luxury pods, bubbles, underwater rooms, architectural wonders, room with views, design hotels, tree houses, castles, chalets, glamping resorts, desert camps, jungle retreats, sleep under stars, igloos, glass houses, ryokans, riads, estancias, temple stays, gers or domes, houseboats.
- Remote wilderness
- Off-beat, Off-the grid accommodation and experiences.
- Bucket-list travel.
- Adventure, get out of comfort zone.
- Once in a lifetime honeymoon experiences.
Below is my select list of Unique Retreats which hopes to fulfill all of the above desires. It includes all style of stays and accommodation types as listed above.
Lion Sands Tree Houses, South Africa
These are set up by the Sabie River in the bushveld of South Africa. The unique attractions of Lion Sands are three treehouses: the Tinyeleti, Chalkley, and Kingston.
They are effectively open-air bedroom suites built on stilts in the bush, each set up with secure access and as many of the modern comforts as possible. A double bed draped in a mosquito net, Persian rugs underfoot and a bottle of champagne on ice await the lucky guests who come to enjoy the unforgettable sleep in the wild, surrounded by the night sounds of Africa.
KRUGER SHALATI TRAIN, SOUTH AFRICA
Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings is now open and accepting guests coming to the iconic Kruger National Park, South Africa. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence.
Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati offers the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which pays homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far.
The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati is positioned.
Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.
The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, lies a bespoke deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests meters below – a vista unlike any other!
WOLWEDANS NIGHTS, NAMIBIA
The Namib Rand Reserve is one of the most beautiful corners of the planet—and the night sky and the sunrises here are spectacular.
A walking distance from the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, is the Mountain View Suite. It’s an exclusive, secluded pad set up on 200 square meters. It includes a veranda with the ‘star-gazing’ bed. Best to enjoy in the summer—the nights in the Namib Rand can get chilly.
Located approximately 500 km’s from Windhoek and 430 kilometers from Swakopmund, getting there is limited to road or air transport.
Godwana Desert Whisper, Namib Pod, Namibia:
The desert is calling the romantics to celebrate the desert in a one-of-its-kind intimate desert hideaway. Creatively constructed with sublime desert views, Desert Whisper is designed as a luxuriously special desert retreat just for two.
Inspired by nature and natural shapes, material and colours, this contemporary desert home is one that you may never want to leave. Pad around your open-plan lounge and dining area with its well-stocked bar and fully-equipped kitchen; to your bedroom and en-suite bathroom with their spectacular desert vistas. Soak up the scenery on the terrace with a glass of wine or steaming cup of coffee, and stroll along the wooden walkway to take a dip in the cool refreshing water of your personal plunge pool.
There is the invigorating feeling of space in the desert. The golden expanse of the Namib extends to the horizon, fringed by the softness of the Naukluft Mountains in the distance and the infinite blue sky above. And it is entirely yours for your stay.
Your own personal reception, dedicated host and scenic drive ensure exclusivity. Meals are pre-arranged to suit your dietary preferences.
Embrace the solitude and magnificence of the Namib Desert at Desert Whisper, your exclusive desert hideaway in the midst of the Namib sands.
THE NAY PALAD BIRD NEST – KENYA
The Nay Palad Bird Nest is designed for a romantic night for two, but this does not mean the suite lacks luxuries. The rooftop “nest” — constructed from tree branches — makes only a top floor of the suite. One floor down there is also a bedroom featuring all the amenities expected to be found at any luxury lodge (including an en-suite bathroom with solar-heated water and a flushing toilet.)
The place is perfect for a couple, but it can be made to accommodate a small family, with children enjoying the adventure of sleeping out in the Nest while the parents cozy up in the bedroom.
The Manta Resort, Zanzibar – Tanzania
Located on Pemba Island in Zanzibar, The Manta Resort has a remarkable jewel in its crown of luxury, an underwater sea room. It’s part of an ingenious floating structure. There are three levels.
The landing deck is where the boat drops you off and the location of the lounge and bathroom. The top floor has daybeds and shades for relaxing in the day and watching the stars at night – you can see the Milky Way and the planets due to the lack of light pollution.
Below sea level is the submariner room, a bedroom bubble where fish glide past your window. There are even fish that have made their homes around the structure; out here you won’t be visited by other guests but by three bat fish and a trumpet fish called Nick.
The room is located in a “blue hole” in the middle of a living coral reef so it is the perfect place for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts and also people who just really like The Little Mermaid.
Pemba Island is accessed via most airports in East Africa via Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. Pemba Island can also be accessed with direct local flights with several charter airlines that operate smaller aircrafts.
Riad Farnatchi, Marrakech – Morocco
One of Marrakech’s first boutique riads, Le Farnatchi is a luxury property created out of 5 small houses in the heart of the old town. The hotel is also home to first-rate hammams. Just a 10-minute walk from the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square and 2 kilometres from the Jardins Majorelle, this lavish spot is a centrally located place to lay your head.
10-room Le Farnatchi has the feel of a highly individual private house, but the facilities of a 5-star boutique hotel. Each stylish suite has hand-made beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, satellite TV, stereo CD players, direct-dial phones, on-demand movies, and complimentary WiFi. The unique bedrooms blend Moroccan with modern, and feature working fireplaces for the winter and air conditioning for the warmer months. Riad Farnatchi can also be taken over exclusively for house parties.
25 Mins drive from Marakkesh airport.
Panorama Glass Lodge – Iceland
Sleep under the stars in the Panorama Glass Lodge, a luxurious cabin by the sea in Iceland. Guests can see both the northern lights and amazing sunsets, as well as other spectacular views, all from the comfort of their own bed.
The home features a small fully equipped kitchen, a dining table, a full-sized bathroom and custom-made king-sized bed (which can comfortably sleep 2 guests).
A hot tub located directly next to the lodge will keep you warm while you stargaze and is a great option for adventurous honeymooners.
In addition to the hot tub, there is also a 129-square-foot outdoor terrace on site with a small table and two chairs for al fresco meals.
Camp Kiattua – Greenland
In a territory with no five-star hotels, Camp Kiattua is Greenland’s first real luxury offering. Set amid sheer cliffs and waterfalls, high-spec tipis are bedecked with furs, sheepskins and Scandi furniture, and boast glowing wood-burners and hot showers.
It is situated 80 km from Nuuk the capital of Greenland. You can only get to this secluded spot by boat or helicopter.
Enjoy an exclusive stay in their tent camp in the Wilderness of Greenland.
Wake up to the sound of icebergs cracking into smaller pieces in one of their five sleeping tepees. The tepees are tall enough to stand up in, built on a wooden platform and with a proper bed big enough for two.
There are electric blankets, white duvets, sheepskins and furs, a gas-fired heater and bedside reading lights. Next door another tepee houses the private bathroom — with a proper eco-toilet, basin and a hot shower.
A short walk away, along a winding path, they have a bigger tepee, lit by fairy lights and candles, where the award-winning chef is preparing freshly caught local ingredients like reindeer and cod with herbs foraged from around the camp.
Igloo Lodge, Greenland
The Igloo Lodge consists of 5 spacious igloos, each with room for 2 people. They offer Reindeer skin and warm winter sleeping bags for your comfort. There are candles on the bedside table, which means that the temperature is around the freezing point inside the cabin.
It stands in stark contrast to minus 20 degrees Celsius outside. The heated wooden cabin next to the igloos is where you eat your meals. In the wooden cabin, there is also a dry closet.
The trip to the Igloo Lodge is also exciting in itself. You will be taken on a snowmobile for about an hour into Ilulissat’s hinterland with fantastic views along the way. When you arrive, you are served coffee and lunch, then you do snowshoe excursion, later afternoon coffee and cake, followed by dinner. You will look out for the northern lights, stay overnight in your igloo, have breakfast next day morning and, finally, you go on a snowmobile trip back to civilization.
Aurora Wagon, Appuka Resort, Finland
The Aurora Wagon is absolutely the most spectacular and atmospheric way to experience the Arctic wilderness – exclusively available at Apukka Resort!
The wagon presents a great chance to enjoy the Northern Lights! Imagine looking at the starry sky through the panorama window, waiting for the show on the sky to start from the comfort of the wagon while enjoying a hot drink – or even a glass of sparkling?
Spend a night exactly on the Arctic Circle, on a snowy hilltop or on a frozen lake, the Aurora Wagons can be transported to unique and serene places of the peaceful wilderness.
AURORA WAGONS ARE EQUIPPED WITH:
- Double bed
- Warm thermal sleeping bags and liners
- Complimentary hot drinks
- Complimentary delicacy basket
Aurora Wagon booking includes a bonfire prepped outside the Wagon for stargazing, with comfortable reindeer hides to use as seats. Breakfast is included.
There is a toilet, but no shower or running water in the wagon. A morning sauna back at the Apukka Resort is included. The check-in time is at 20.00, the check-out and transfer back to the Resort from the Wagon is at 08.00. A delicacy basket for the Wagon and a buffet breakfast in the restaurant the next morning is included.
Apukka Resort is located just 15 minutes (18 km) from Rovaniemi city center and 10 minutes (10 km) from Rovaniemi airport or Santa Claus Village.
Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos, Finland:
Located in the Finnish Lapland (Ranua), Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos is a unique place where people can stay in one of the 10 mobile igloos. The clever invention of glass igloos allowed experiencing natural phenomenons such as the aurora borealis through large panoramic glass panels.
AuroraHut goes a step further. It’s a movable glass igloo that operates the whole year. During the summer season, this “igloo boat” can move from one place to another powered by its own engine and during winter the igloos can be pulled around the frozen lake of Ranua with a snowmobile or an ATV.
This new kind of igloo accommodation is so versatile that many travelers opt for it during the summer season when they are able to take the igloo anywhere within the lake and anchor it in the best spot.
During winter the igloos are ideal partners for northern lights gazing as they can be parked in totally dark places without any light pollution or clouds. Interestingly, these igloos are considered as regular boats in Finnish law, hence why they can be moved around freely on the lake.
Ranua is located in southern Lapland between the cities of Rovaniemi and Oulu. They are located about one hour away from Rovaniemi and a bit more than two hours away from Oulu.
Woodnest Odda Treehouse, Norway:
Luxury treehouses located in Odda, Norway, overlooking the magnificent Hardanger fjord.
Nestled in nature, Woodnest is a luxury treehouse experience: each treehouse has electricity, a small kitchenette, high speed wifi, a flushing toilet and shower. Each treehouse is equipped with floor heating to keep you cosy during winter nights.
There are two Treehouses on property, each having a 4 person capacity. Inside you will find a double bed and two single beds. The treehouses are situated in the Norwegian woods overlooking the Hardanger fjord, in a beautiful town called Odda.
Each treehouse is 15m2 and has been engineered so that the tree (with little support from foreign structures) supports the full weight of the treehouse. The tree lives inside the structure in the middle of the treehouse, representing our respect and appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
From Bergen it is approx 2.5 hours by car. and approx 5.5 hours by car from Oslo.
THE ARCTIC HIDEAWAY, NORWAY
The Arctic Hideaway lies in the raw coastal environment of Norway, where you explore the art of doing nothing, feel simplicity at its finest, and get an transforming experience. It is a cluster of cabins on the edge of a tiny island in the Fleinvær Archipelago deep in the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway.
They have built ten houses; four houses are for sleeping (duvets & pillows), one is a bath house ( toilets & shower ) one is meant for cooking & eating ( kitchen table, gas & induction), one is a chill-out zone/open studio house ( cozy chairs, stereo & NU1 piano ), one is a sauna and changing room (wood stove), and the last one is meant for outdoor cooking ( gas & fire place).
Whilst it may look like a typical collection of cabins, what’s unique about the Hideaway is that instead of renting particular rooms, the entire facility is 100% yours. This means that the kitchen, studio, bathrooms, sauna, and all four cabins (sleeping up to 8 people) are your private space and only the caretaker will be in the vicinity.
This is not a regular hotel, but a hideaway perfect for groups of 2 up to 10 persons.
Public speed ferries run from the port in Bodø just 12 min walk from Bodo airport. There are an average of 2 daily departures to and from the island.
Another options is taking a Seaplane which is a fun 14 min ride from the airport.
MANSHAUSEN ISLAND, NORWAY
This boutique hotel on the remote Manshausen Island in northern Norway is made up of four sea cabins which all feature stunning panoramic views over the surrounding islands and the Lofoten mountains to the north.
Each cabin is glazed on three sides, and through the large glass windows you can watch the changing sea and sky from your bed or the comfortable chairs. Each cabin has two separate bedrooms with double beds and one alcove for children. All four huts have a specially designed bathroom and kitchen in corian.
You’ll also find a hot tub on-site as well as a dam that you can enjoy at your leisure. The hot tub holds up to 14 people and leads down to the dam that holds saltwater that’s pumped into the contained area to keep it fresh.
The closest major town is Bodø. You can take the ferry from Bodø city centre to Nordskot. Hotel staff can then arrange for you to be picked up by their boat from Nordskot and transported the short distance to Manshausen.
It is also possible to drive from Bodø to Nordskot if you have access to a car. The estimated travel time by car is 3 and a half hours.
There are regular flights each day from Oslo to Bodø Airport with Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle.
JUVET LANDSCAPE HOTEL, NORWAY
Juvet Landscape Hotel – a meeting between raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture.
It is located on the northwest coast of Norway, just outside the village of Valldal, approx. 90 minutes driving from the city of Ålesund. The Hotel is in the middle of the famous Norwegian scenic route between the unesco world heritage fjord Geiranger and the dramatic road and viewing point Trollstigen.
The hotel consists of nine detached rooms that are sited separately, each with a unique perspective on the rugged landscape. In addition, there is the opportunity to stay in the old buildings on the farm – the mill house, the barn and the authentically restored farmhouse.
The nine wood-panelled cabins are scattered throughout the woods, to reach some of the cabins, you’ll need to traverse a curved, steel bridge that hovers above the rapids. Every room in the cabins has floor-to-ceiling windows. The transparent walls are angled in different directions, maximizing light as well as privacy.
Holmen Husky Lodge – NORWAY
There is no better way to experience nature than from the dog sled. Visit Alta in Norway and stay at Holmen Husky Lodge.
This is a place for both relaxation and adventure. Whether you dream of watching the Northern Lights from the comfort of a warm bed, or exploring nature with a team of huskies, they have it all.
Staying at Holmen Husky Lodge is an experience far away from staying at an ordinary hotel. You have choice of staying in Arctic Dome, Tipi, Lavvu Hut for families, and Viking Hut for bigger groups of family and friends.
Tipi is an absolute favorite for an off-the-grid experience. You will be sleep in Tipi bungalows (for two people or more) with floor-to-top windows that will make you feel in communion with nature.
Don’t worry about roughing it up though: all Tipis are carpeted, have a wood-fired fireplace and electric blankets – plus, there’s always a husky or two to snuggle with! If the weather allows it, there’s also an outdoor jacuzzi and sauna to hop into.
The nearest airport is Alta Airport, 8.6 km from Holmen Husky Lodge.
PAN TREE CABINS, NORWAY
PAN Treetop cabins is a unique possibility for nature lovers who want to experience the quiet of the forest, exciting activities, traditional food and extraordinary animal life. A stay in their comfortable cabins is suitable for families of all ages, groups of friends and all travelers with the desire to experience the real Norwegian wilderness.
The cabin is elevated by four separate stilts, and is accessed by an enclosed spiral staircase and a small footbridge and have a total floorspace of 40 Sq m each. The interiors are finished in spruce and pine, with a seating area, fold-down dining table, kitchenette and bathroom.
The cabin sleeps six and includes one double bed and four singles. The cabin comes equipped with water and electricity connections and the chill is kept at bay with both a wood-burning stove and nifty underfloor heating.
It’s located about a two-hours drive away from Oslo, where the nearest international airport is located, however its only 20 minutes from the Swedish border if you are coming from that side.
Arctic Bath, Swedish Lapland
Situated under the northern lights in winter, and the midnight sun during the summer months, Arctic Bath is a unique hotel and spa experience that welcomes guests to immerse themselves in the elements while leaving a minimal environmental footprint behind.
Arctic Bath floats on the River Luleå in summer, and is iced into its frozen waters in winter.
Six floating cabins and 6 additional land-based cabins are available for guests to stay overnight in this serene area. The circular-shaped Arctic Bath houses one spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath,outdoor and indoor showers, and two dressing rooms.
The open central patio area of the bath invites guests to sunbathe, ice bathe or sit back to view the Northern Lights or star-filled skies. A dip in the bath itself is consistent with the Arctic tradition of a cold-water plunge with the water maintained at 39 degrees Fahrenheit and combines well with the warmth of a sauna and spa.
The hotel is a 1.5hr drive from Luleå Airport.
Tree Hotel, Sweden
Tree hotel offers a unique hotel experience: tree rooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.
Treehotel is located in the tall pine forest with spectacular views of the Lule River. The tree rooms are suspended 4-10 metres above the ground and are accessible by ramp, bridge, or electric stairs. Upon checking in at The Guesthouse, it’s a five-minute walk to Treehotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in our Treehotel Guesthouse restaurant.
All of the Treehotel tree rooms have: Incinerating toilet, electricity, underfloor heating, air conditioning, coffee maker and water kettle, fresh drinking water, refrigerators, WiFi, our sustainable Rukkamoika water system with 3 litres of water for washing your hands. Dragonfly and The 7th Room also have their own showers.
It is located 100 kilometers from Luleå airport.
Aurora Safari Camp – Sweden:
Experience the northern lights in all their glory at Aurora Safari Camp, a one-of-a-kind escape located by the Rane River in Swedish Lapland.
There are 3 lavvu rooms available, which are hired on a private basis as an unforgettable getaway for a single family or friends. These tepee-style abodes can either be set up as a twin or double bedroom, or as a family room sleeping up to 5. Inside each has wooden flooring, comfy seating and a firewood heater – meaning that even when temperatures outside reach as low as -37 C it is still warm and cosy inside.
There is a separate washroom onsite and also the main social hub of the camp. Guests can meet here for a drink or a bite to eat, with fine dining for up to 14 people able to be arranged by the hosts. Outside the lounge is a fireplace and further seating area, while the floating sauna frozen into the ice of the river is a truly unique experience, with guests able to relax and watch the night sky.
It is 1 hr 10 mins from Lulea airport.
Pater Noster A home on the horizon – SWEDEN
A new hotel has been created on Sweden’s remote Hamneskar island, which is home to the famous Pater Noster lighthouse and has open sea views.
Swedish design agency Stylt converted a 19th-century lighthouse master’s home on the rocky isle into a hotel, which brings together Swedish nautical charm and wild surroundings.
It offers 10 rooms (includes a cliff-side outdoor sleeping area), a restaurant, bar and outdoor café.
All guest rooms come with incredible view, 3 of these are family rooms with 2 extra beds so they can do 24 guests all together, price starts from US$560 per person/night. You can rent even a single room, or else rent the whole island, starting from 220 000 Swedish Krona (US$ 25,500) for maximum 18 guests.
Transportation is normally done by RIB boats from the island of Marstrand (4.8 miles away) or the city of Gothenburg and helicopter is also an option.
In terms of experiences and activities, they have heated seawater tubs with magical view, they do a tour on the island, massage or meditation in the legendary lighthouse itself on 35m height, writing a novel in the old Kruthuset (storage house of gunpowder) with a stunning view, wine tasting in the old food celler, watching sunsets from the lighthouse.
Apart from being on the most Wonderful island, they can offer deep-sea fishing, cooking your catch, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, learning to cook seaweed etc. In their old boathouse they have genuine Grundén’s fishing clothes as guests can use when they are out on sea.
KABIN, Gästrikland – Sweden
Your private island for 48 hours!
When you book KABIN Sweden, you book a 48 hours outdoor experience in a private island. The entire experience is private, meaning there are no other guest or guide on the island at the same time. The island is located in the municipality of Ockelbo in the lake Fjärden, Sweden. 2.5 hours north of Stockholm.
The cabin has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and living room. One of the bedrooms has a TWIN bed, while the other bedroom has typical Swedish bunkbeds in wood. So in total there is space for maximum 4 guests. The kitchen is well equipped with a gas stove and oven for cooking, a small refrigerator as well as typical wood stove for cooking and heating. The bathroom has shower with hot and cold water and an incinerating toilet. Outside you will find a large terrace.
While on the island guests can enjoy the nature on the island that is about 1 hectare in size. There is a canoe for paddling, a wood heated hot tub and sauna and some basic fishing gear.
Guests will do the cooking by themselves and therefor all ingredients will be ready upon arrival. Recipes will be available so that everyone will be able to cook their own dish.
The heating of the cabin is done with wood. There is a large open fire in the living room and a wood stove for cooking in the kitchen.
An exclusive treetop hotel in the forest near the beautiful Mariager Fjord in Denmark.
Løvtag’s three exclusive and comfortable cabins, Et, Ro and Ly, are designed by architect Sigurd Larsen. They all have an open space with a double bed, a double sofa bed, kitchen, separate toilet and an outdoor shower.
On the roof, surrounded by treetops, there is a terrace, which is about nine meters above ground. The cottages are built around tall, old trees that go through the entire cottage from floor to ceiling.
The treetop hotel is situated in a small forest by Als Odde, a rural destination in the northern part of Denmark close to both the sea and Mariager Fjord. It is a peaceful and beautiful area without mass tourism, and perfect for biking, hiking and fishing.
1hr 30mins drive from Aarhus airport.
THE VIEW, BØUR – FAROE ISLANDS
The View is situated by the village of Bøur. Bøur is an old Faroese village with 65 inhabitants. The village is characterized by the close built houses with the charming grass roof, the mountains behind and the unique view in front – which also gives these cottages their name.
The cottages are built with inspiration from the old traditional Faroese houses. Stone foundation, white window bars and of course grass on the roof.
The cottage is equipped with 2 bedrooms. The ground floor of the cottage is 36m2 and contains a kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, coffeemaker, washing machine and dryer, living room and bathroom with hairdryer. On second floor there are two rooms with two beds in each.
Wi-Fi, cleaning, bedlinen and towels are included in the prize
At a distance of only 4km lies the small village Gásadalur with only 12 inhabitants and the beautiful waterfall Múlafossur. Distance to the airport is 6km and distance to stores and tank station in Sørvágur is 5km.
At The View you will get a peaceful vacation in a traditional Faroese cottage with one of the most breath taking views in the Faroe Islands.
Adare Manor Castle – Ireland
This nineteenth century neo-Gothic castle is steeped in history and surrounded by medieval ruins, walled gardens and winding woodland paths.
Adare Manor is a neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, once the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven. Today it is cherished as a warm and welcoming five-star luxury resort, with all air-conditioned guestrooms lavishly appointed with original art, Georgian-style furnishings, and marble bathrooms.
Fine dining and world-class libations across the resort’s many restaurants, lounges, and bars offer something to tempt every palate. Just outside the manor gates, the charming village of Adare is a beautiful blend of traditional thatched cottages, antique shops, boutiques, and friendly pubs.
Ideally situated at the gateway to the southwest and only 30 minutes from Shannon Airport.
Zero Real Estate – Switzerland
You can stay in a ‘hotel room’ without walls that offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.
What originally started as an art installation has evolved into a hotel brand with seven beds across Eastern Switzerland. Three of the beds are located 1200m above sea level, on the awe-inspiring landscape of Toggenburg. The Burst Suite sits at the foot of the Alpstein mountain with a 270 degree panorama from the Rhine Valley to the Churfirsten mountain range. The tranquil Schwendi Suite overlooks the Schwendi lakes; and the Stump Suite sits under the canopy of giant trees.
The beds come with a butler but no walls and no roof. The focus is on the experience, not the tangible.
The service includes accommodation for a maximum of two people, and it consists of all extra costs, including parking, tourist tax, breakfast in bed. There is even a personal butler who can fulfill all your wishes.
CASA NA TERRA – PORTUGAL
Casa Na Terra is a bunker-style underground house, which you can rent, and is completely integrated into the landscape. This extraordinary Portuguese home is excavated from the earth and buried deep into the landscape so that only fragments are visible from above.
Amid a wide natural landscape, the sole visible elements of the building are the patios and a dome, that visually connects all the rooms within its natural surroundings.
The house offers 3 ensuite rooms, brightened by little private patios. The kitchen and living area open up to the grand patio, overlooking the beautiful and vast property, as well as the Alqueva lake.
The dome that covers the communal areas becomes the house’s center of life, almost as if it was cast from the ground itself.
It is located two and a half hours from Lisbon, near the town of Monsaraz, the house benefits from a position near plenty of historic places of interest.
Starlight Room Dolomites 360, Italy
The Starlight Room Dolomites 360 is an 11 square meters luxury mountain cottage at 2,400m in the Cinque Torri-Lagazuoi area. The Starlight Room offers all the necessary for an unforgettable experience: a dining area, a fridge, a toilet and a comfortable bed completely surrounded by glass, thereby offering a 360° landscape view of the starry sky and of the majestic peaks all around.
To make the experience even better, there is a special feature: it can rotate 360° so that everyone can decide which one is their favorite view.
In the evening a three-course menu is served, in the morning a great breakfast awaits at the Rifugio Col Gallina.
The Starlight Room is completely self-sufficient and thus very sustainable: pellets provide the heat and the photovoltaic system produces electricity.
The room is reachable, escorted by the staff of Rifugio Col Gallina (base camp Hotel), by snowmobile, during winter, and by quad during summer. If you are brave enough, you can also reach it by ski, snowshoes, or fat bikes, depending on the season. The stay includes a delicious dinner for two in Ampezzo style, with an interesting tasting of local cold cuts and cheeses, five seasonal soups to choose from, a good list of wines and grappas, and a tasty tiramisu for a final sweet treat.
162 Kms from Venice.
LE REFUGE DE LA TRAYE, Meribel – Les Allues, France
Hidden away in the Alps, Le Refuge de la Traye is the stuff of fairy tales. Taking inspiration from classic Savoie design, its eco-luxury chalets are dotted about a miniature hamlet complete with a chapel, shepherd’s hut and spa.
The chalets’ rustic wooden and stone exteriors make them a seamless part of the landscape. Inside, it’s a fusion of cosy and chic, with exposed beams and soft furnishings.
Refuge de la Traye has a dedicated wellness area, intimate dining room with
terrace, cosy lounge with open fireplace, children’s playroom stocked with an assortment of age appropriate toys and activities, cinema room, bijou chapel and a fully serviced ski room.
Le Refuge de la Traye offers 6 rooms and suites, and a private chalet:
Private Chalet named Edelweiss is 80 sq.m, accommodates 4 people, private duplex 3 level chalet, bedroom on the ground floor, mezzanine area with two single beds, large living room with a fireplace, private Jacuzzi outside, marvellous views of the Three Valleys mountain range.
Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz Paris, France:
Coco Chanel once declared: “The Ritz is my home.” Although she had a luxurious apartment above her shop across the street, still there at 31 rue Cambon, she moved to the Ritz in 1937 making suite No. 302 her own. It remained her home until her death in 1971.
In her honour the room was renamed The Coco Chanel Suite and made available for booking, to the delight of Chanel fans worldwide.
Like the iconic designer who decorated her suite herself in her day and whose vision of French chic has spanned decades and cultures, this Prestige Suite is for aesthetes and lovers of an elegant, sober and discreet contemporary décor.
Done entirely in black and white, it gives pride of place to clean lines and the refinement of a lacquer or velvet mixed with other noble materials with a few touches of gold to enhance its unity.
Museum Hotel, Cappadocia – Turkey
‘Unique…’ There is no other word that better describes Museum Hotel. Situated in a very special geographic region in Cappadocia, Museum Hotel has been designed and created from a distinctive combination of the land and historical features and ruins, some intact and some beautifully restored to their original glory.
The hotel features 30 rooms & suites (including cave room & cave suites) —each of them exceptional in their own inimitable way. No room is alike, with each bringing its own special ambiance, contributing to Museum Hotel’s evident character and charm.
The bare stone décor of the rooms, lounges and the restaurant, which serves delicious Turkish cuisine, is brightened by the bold colours of the carpets, furnishing fabrics and objets d’art. The Museum Hotel houses a fabulous collection of Turkish works of art and antiques. The terrace overlooking the valley offers a 180° panorama of a landscape that is unique in the world.
Sukoon Houseboat, Kashmir – India
Sukoon is a boat with a history and was originally built in 1979. It has an enviable position on Dal Lake, just one boat in from the end of the row so it is away from the ‘madding crowds’ which are massed together further down the line, and it feels ultimately peaceful, exclusive and private!
Each of the 5 spacious rooms (including one suite) has a large window facing onto the lake and a roomy bathroom with both a separate shower and bath tub and gallons of piping hot water!
The original glass chandeliers have been polished up and are now gleaming and the cedar wood panelling has been retained and beautifully restored so that the intricate carving is clearly visible. The furniture throughout the boat is in keeping with the traditional style of ‘a houseboat’ but has been adapted to cater to the modern day traveller so that it ‘works’ and fulfils its purpose.
Closest airport is Srinagar.
Shinta Mani Wild – Cambodia
Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new concept for a luxury camp experience in Cambodia, combining world class design, hospitality and conservation.
The lodge is the brainchild of acclaimed designer and architect Bill Bensley. Recognized for his art-deco inspired design, Bensley is the creative mastermind behind many of Asia’s most famous hotels.
The 15 canvas-walled tents are dotted along a 1.5 km (1 mi) stretch of river, some directly over the rapids. All tents are raised above the ground, allowing the natural migratory movements of the forest inhabitants to continue below, and to provide sweeping views across the forest and river. The tents are opulently designed in true Bill Bensley style with tasteful local colors and fabrics, and fascinating curios to recall the age of explorers and la belle époque.
Each tent features an extra-large kingsize bed made of hardwood, double vanity, and enclosed shower and toilet cubicle, and has a large outdoor deck with living area and standalone bathtub.
The property is a three hours’ drive from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh and 2,5 hours’ drive from Sihanoukville. Helicopter transfers are also available.
The Beige, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Beige is a luxury tent resort located in the lush environs of Angkor. Ensconced in a region replete with UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Angkor Wat, this resort evokes a feel for the finest of Khmer history.
TEN HECTARES, THERE ARE ONLY ELEVEN GUEST ROOMS ON A SPRAWLING EXPANSE TOTALLING: In a completely private setting, enjoy an Angkor all of your own.
Only 19 minutes from Siem Reap airport. Located in Angkor National Park.
Capella Ubud – Indonesia
Capella Ubud is a glamping resort located in Keliki Village, Ubud, Bali. This refined camp is more than a hotel. Constructed within the trees and hidden from afar, it captures the imagination of those who seek a unique experience at the heart of Bali’s untouched natural surroundings.
Within the camp are twenty-two one-bedroom tents as well as one two-bedroom lodge, all with private salt water pools.
The tents are set up in a style that reminds you of the 19th-century era of European explorers, which became the inspiration of architect Bill Bensley. He decorated the tents with antiques made by local craftsmen, paying homage to the Indonesian culture. Twenty-two one-bedroom tents and a two-bedroom lodge at Capella Ubud welcome travelers from all over the world.
1hr 30 mins drive from Bali international airport.
Bambu Indah – Indonesia
This self-described eco-lifestyle boutique hotel is owned by John and Cynthia Hardy of luxury jewellery company fame.
The resort consists of 17 unique standalone cabins and villas with no two alike. Each one has been lovingly designed and crafted using traditional building techniques and local timbers and bamboos.
There are the 100-year-old Javanese bridal houses constructed from teak wood, to bamboo-crafted treehouses and an open-air room with a swooping hammered-copper, moon-shaped roof. Some are set in ridge-top rice paddies, while others are nestled deep among the trees for the ultimate privacy.
The resort is around an hour’s drive from (Bali’s international airport) Ngurah Rai Airport which has regular connections to most major international cities in Asia.
The two newest structures on the property are The Moon and Copper houses.
The Moon House resembles a soaring crescent-shaped basket, its otherworldly form typical of the company’s creativity and technical prowess. The Copper House echoes this curvilinear silhouette with a bamboo roof wrapped in tin copper.
Keemala’s Bird Nest Pool Villas – Thailand
As the name suggests, the Keemala Bird’s Nest Pool Villas are a series of thatched pods suspended in the jungle that any root-laying avian would be happy to call home.
Secluded under a forest canopy with the Andaman Sea hovering on the horizon, each villa has a pool, super-king-size bed and terrace, as well as a bathroom with a rain shower and freestanding bath tub with a view.
The villa size is 185m² including pool and outdoor sun deck.
It is 45 mins drive from Phuket airport.
Gora Kadan, Hakone – Japan
This property is styled after a traditional Japanese ryokan, offering a glimpse into the heritage of Japanese hospitality. This particular ryokan was once the summer residence of the Imperial family.
Located 56 miles from Tokyo and 106 miles from Narita International Airport, the ryokan is best reached by train, as Gôra station is just a short distance away.
There are 23 Japanese-style rooms and 14 suites, and Kaiseki, or seasonal, cuisine is served daily in the restaurant or al fresco on the terrace or in the garden. All rooms have tubs large enough to float in and the suites include saunas and garden-view granite baths fed by natural hot springs.
Amenities include Internet access, an indoor swimming pool and a spa and beauty center, and nearby is a golf course. Gôra Kadan property is part of the luxury hotel and restaurant brand Relais & Chateaux.
NIPPONIA HOTEL Ozu Castle Town – Japan
A very unique concept, Nipponia Hotel is referred to as a decentralized hotel where you can enjoy the castle town of Iyo Ozu overlooking Ozu Castle. The entire Osu castle town along the Hijikawa river, including the 11 guest rooms, reception, and restaurant in 9 buildings, including historic mansions, castles, and old folk houses, is regarded as a single hotel, and you can enjoy all the nature, food, culture, and history there.
This is experience of a lifetime and cannot get better than this.
The 11 rooms are distributed in three houses and each house name is inspired by the names of ancient Ozu lords — called SADA, OKI and TSUNE — each has an interesting back story.
From Tokyo: 2 hours 30 minutes by plane etc.
From Osaka: 2 hours by plane, 4 hours and 30 minutes by car
Golgulsa Temple Stay, South Korea
Temple Stays are a unique cultural program offered in several Buddhist temples around South Korea. The program was designed to further educate visitors on the different aspects of Korean Buddhism.
During the Temple Stay program, visitors participate in the monastic Buddhist lifestyle for a short period of time – usually for 2 days and 1 night or longer. Although Temple Stays are based on the teachings of Buddhism, Temple Stay programs are open to visitors from all backgrounds and religious beliefs.
A typical run-down of the program includes participating in different Buddhist rituals which include Yebul (Ceremonial Service), Chamseon (Zen Meditation), Barugongyang (Monastic Meal) and Dado (Tea Ceremony).
Golgulsa Temple Stay is located just outside of Gyeongju city, one of Korea’s most culturally rich cities, Golgulsa is the only cave temple in Korea. A temple stay at Golgulsa will find you admiring Buddha sculptures carved into rocks and practicing the meditative martial art known as Sunmudo.
It is located amid the natural beauty of Hamwolsan Mountain. The temple runs Templestay 365 days a year. It is possible to stay for a month or even more.
Domestic airports near Gyeongju, South Korea:
32 km: Pohang Airport
34 km: Ulsan Airport
68 km: Daegu Airport
85 km: Busan, Gimhae International Airport
THREE CAMEL LODGE, THE GOBI – MONGOLIA:
Three Camel Lodge offers a slice of the nomadic lifestyle with an elevated take on the classic ger. The simple elegance of the gers blends with the Gobi’s remarkable landscape, and in keeping with Mongolian tradition, each has a southward-facing entrance.
It is comprised of 35 individual gers. Handmade using a latticed wood construction and covered with layers of felt and canvas, each ger at the Three Camel Lodge is heated by a wood stove and appointed with handpainted wood-framed king or double beds and custom furnishings.
Each ger also features a private bathroom equipped with a toilet, sink and shower. Mongolian felt slippers and bathrobes are among the locally influenced inroom amenities.
Three Camel Lodge is located approximately 8 hours by car from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulanbaatar. Most guests prefer to take the 1½ hour flight from Ulanbaatar to the closest city of Dalanzadgad (70km or 43 miles southeast of the lodge). Guests are met at Dalanzadgad by a driver and escorted by Land Cruiser for a 1 hour off-road adventure to the lodge. Private planes and helicopters are able to land on the Lodge’s private air strip.
THE MURAKA AT CONRAD RANGALI ISLAND – MALDIVES
Discover THE MURAKA, a first-of-its-kind, luxury two-level residence with a master bedroom submerged over 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, as part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort.
THE UPPER LEVEL
Above water, enjoy living and dining areas fitting of one of the world’s most exclusive residences.
- Two bedrooms and a bathroom with ocean-facing tub
- Outdoor deck with infinity pool
BENEATH THE OCEAN
Make your way down the spiral staircase or elevator to your private underwater aquarium and architectural masterpiece.
- Master bedroom with 180-degree curved acrylic dome
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathroom and walk-in closet
- Dedicated tunnel viewing theater
Located in the South Ari Atoll, The Muraka is reachable by a 30-minute scenic seaplane flight over the Indian Ocean, or a short domestic flight to a nearby island followed by a speedboat transfer.
Beach Bubble, Finolhu, Maldives
Sleeping under the stars. A romantic night together away from the world. Alone on the sandbank, about 100 metres behind our Crab Shack.
A stay in Finolhu’s Bubble is sure to be unforgettable. This experience sphere with own shower and WC is well equipped with a wooden floor and a double bed featuring the finest bed linen.
Awake or asleep – here you’ll experience a feeling of infinity. Above you the cosmos and the blackness of the sky, through which the Milky Way shines like a work of art. Including a private beach barbecue and a breakfast on the beach.
Finolhu can be reached by a 30-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport or by a 15-minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport followed by a 25-minute speedboat ride.
Alexa J Private Cruises, Maldives:
A truly unique sailing experience in the Maldives, this classic sailing yacht was refitted in 2020 to accommodate just 1 couple in one gorgeous VIP Master Cabin. There is nothing to compare to ALEXA J sailing the Maldives presently, and at 38m long, she provides all the facilities of a superyacht but with the added luxury of total privacy. The yacht’s interiors combine Mulberry wood, with furnishings in white and muted natural tones, with carefully placed antique pieces, creating a bright, airy, contemporary romantic atmosphere. ALEXA J has a professional crew of 6, including a private star chef, dive instructor and spa therapist all dedicated to ensure every guest’s needs are met.
The perfect honeymoon or couples getaway, ALEXA J’s 30m2 luxury cabin complete with large windows providing breathtaking views and en-suite bathroom with walk-in wardrobe, can comfortably sleep 2 adults.
The yacht features a large living room with panoramic windows, an open-air lounge on the main deck perfect for both relaxing and dining al-fresco, below deck a playroom and home-theatre, and on the upper deck a space for sunbathing or practicing yoga along with a lounge perfect for stargazing.
Dive the sparkling waters of the Maldives, then on return to the privacy of your very own luxury yacht enjoy a yoga session on the upper deck followed by a spa treatment, before enjoying an incredible seafood barbeque under the stars on a deserted beach all prepared just for you by your private chef – life doesn’t get better than this.
Memories Aicha Luxury Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sleep under the stars in either traditional Bedouin or surreal Martian tents at the heart of remote Wadi Rum desert.
Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is a unique collection of traditional Bedouin and Martian tents with a view of the remote Jordanian desert.
Despite its remote location, the tents are fitted with amenities such as hand-made furniture, brass lightening, air conditioning, slippers, hot shower, bathrobe, Dead Sea products, make up mirror, long chair, clothes hanger stand and a hair dryer.
The camp features a restaurant, barbecue facilities and a terrace. The in-house Igoo Restaurant is available for access during breakfast and dinner in a desert setting.
The nearest airport is King Hussein International, 71 km from the Camp.
Canvas Club, Glamping – Oman
Canvas Club offers bespoke luxury camping in Oman. Based on your personal preferences, the private glamping retreats—all of them with an individual concept and unique interior—will be set up amongst the most stunning landscapes.
Whether at a campfire under the starlit sky in the desert or on a white sandy beach enjoying a romantic dinner, a private chef will ensure high-quality, authentic, local cuisine.
Almost 6 meters in diameter, combined with an interior height of 3 meters. With these dimensions, the tents resemble a small desert cathedral and spoil you with a space that is as airy as it is comfortable. The tents vary slightly in size and can comfortably accommodate up to four adults. They welcome you with a traditional and tasteful decoration.
Longitude 131, Ayers Rock, Australia
Longitude 131° offers immersion in the Australian outback in the purest sense. The beauty and stillness of the desert is palpable. Elevated ‘tents’ yield private views of fabled icon Uluru (Ayers Rock) amidst unfettered luxury. Combined with world-class cuisine and exclusive experiences, Longitude 131° promises an unforgettable encounter with this spirited land.
Longitude 131° lies at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and faces the fabled Uluru. Each of the 15 elevated luxury tents offers unparalleled private views of the outback icon and unique interiors pay homage to an early Australian pioneer or explorer with an eclectic mix of classical colonial and contemporary pieces.
Meticulously designed to remain cool in summer and warm in winter, the immaculately appointed dwellings comprise lavish king or twin beds, floor to ceiling windows for viewing the dramatic sunrise and sunset, complimentary in-suite bar, iPad with entertainment and MP3 input, wireless internet, spacious bathroom with bathrobes and premium amenities, climate control, safe, telephone and twice daily housekeeping including signature turn down service.
The main airport, Ayers Rock Airport is three hours’ travel by air from most Australian capital cities. Longitude 131° is located 15 minutes’ drive from Ayers Rock Airport.
JR’s Ecohut – Kimo Estate, Australia
This one-room A-frame operates completely off-grid. Although it resembles a tent, the tiny house is anything but rugged. The interior is furnished with a small seating area and queen-sized bed, allowing guests to enjoy the remote location in optimal comfort.
A wood-burning fireplace keeps the space warm and cosy during the chilly winter nights, but when weather permits, the outdoor deck is the heart of the beautiful cabin, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding farmland.
This chalet sits perched atop a hill overlooking the surrounding Kimo Valley farm in central New South Wales, Australia.
The nearest airport to the farm is the Canberra International Airport which is located about 180km away in Canberra.
Pumphouse Point, Tasmania, Australia
Pumphouse Point is a boutique wilderness retreat located inside the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, one of the most celebrated Wilderness World Heritage Areas on the planet!
EIGHTEEN ROOMS, ACROSS TWO HERITAGE BUILDINGS, IN THE MIDDLE OF TASMANIA’S PRISTINE WILDERNESS
The two iconic industrial buildings, once operating as a Hydro-Electric station, quietly gaze at one another; “The Pumphouse”, over the water, and “The Shorehouse”, over the land.
The rooms themselves are less important here; think of it more like a lodge. It’s about connecting to the wilderness, so you won’t see art on the walls or access to netflix. Stepping out of your comfort zone is all part of the experience.
Spacious communal lounges, honesty bars and wood fires are in both buildings. They all have spectacular views, and regardless of which room you choose, you’re welcome to drift between them at any time. Dinner and breakfast are in the Shorehouse dining room, every day.
It is 2 hrs 30 mins drive from Hobart airport.
Breakneck Gorge, Victoria, Australia
Welcome to the private, luxurious experience of Breakneck Gorge. This 18-hectare retreat at Elevated Plains is the first rural property on the edge of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford in Central Victoria and just minutes from main street.
Spending time at Breakneck Gorge will leave you feeling on top of the world. From sunrise to sunset, beneath the ever-changing sky stunning vistas unfold in every direction.
Breakneck Gorge offers luxurious accommodation in two unique, architect-designed buildings. Derived from Aboriginal and Greek words meaning dwelling, Akora and Oikos are unrivalled private retreats.
Oikos is made up of a single master bedroom with expansive views over the fields from the queen-sized bed. Behind the master bedroom is a large bathroom with a separate free-standing black polished cement bath to relax away the day’s aches and pains.
The house also contains a large open-plan living and dining area with a fully-equipped kitchen that you can prepare your own meals in and a large fireplace in the corner to keep the winter chills away. An expansive viewing deck and glass-framed daybed make up the rest of the property.
The location is about an hours drive north-west of Melbourne, (the capital city of Victoria Australia) and is nestled between the regional cities of Bendigo and Ballarat.
PurePods New Zealand
The views from the Atatū PurePod are truly spectacular! Perfect for your next romantic getaway.
You will be treated to endless sea views, native forest filled with birdsong, rolling hills and paddocks dotted with sheep (and plenty of cute lambs frolicking nearby during spring-time).
With glass walls, glass roof and a glass floor, you will truly feel like you are floating in this beautiful landscape. On a clear night, the starry night sky is absolutely magical, twinkling with an abundance of shiny stars and the Milky Way. In the morning you will be treated to a beautiful sunrise as you watch the sun rise right out of the sea in front of you (all from the comfort of the bed).
The Atatū PurePod is located high above a stunning sheep farm along the Greta Valley coastline, just 90 minutes north-east from Christchurch, New Zealand (a great overnight option if you are travelling south from Kaikoura or are looking for a quick getaway from the city).
Seascape by Annandale – New Zealand
Seascape is a sparkling jewel in Annandale’s crown: a picturesque private bay, above which an ultra-modern retreat provides a truly romantic experience for two .
Accessed by helicopter or by a 40-minute transfer (from Annandale Main Homestead) in a 4WD Annandale vehicle across the cliff-top farm tracks, this awe-inspiring setting offers couples the chance to make memories around the clock.
There’s only one bedroom. Inside, a king-size bed sits upon a dais, a step up from the living area and fireplace, so the incredible view dominates the space. The modern bathroom matches the rest of Seascape for drama – an arrowslit window capturing a view of the dramatic rock formations along the coast and leading to the outdoor spa.
From within, it appears you are floating on the open sea, in thrall to its ever-changing moods, yet safely embraced by luxury and modern comforts. Outside, dolphins and seals often frolick in the glittering water, with only you and the tussock grass to witness them.
Travel Times to Annandale Main Homestead:
Driving from Christchurch Airport…………………………1 hour, 15 minutes
Helicoptering from Christchurch Airport…………………….12-15 minutes
Driving from Akaroa………………………………………………………………30 minutes
Whichway Camp – Antarctica
Whichaway Camp (70º 45’ 49” S 11º 36’ 59” E), the only Luxury Expedition Camp in Antarctica, is unique and the perfect place from which to base your adventure.
There are seven state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are heated and designed for two people in each. At just over 6m (20ft) in diameter, they are also spacious with a writing desk, wash area and toilet.
The rest of the camp comprises a shower pod, kitchen and three centralised pods that make up the reception, lounge and dining room. While the exterior is made from cutting edge materials, the interior has an old-world feel with rich textures. Here you can relax and enjoy the food from the award-winning chef.
Accessible by a private international charter flight from Cape Town, South Africa (5 hrs), and then a local private domestic charter to the Camp (30 mins).
Sheldon Chalet – Alaska
Deep in the mountains of the Alaska Range, nestled between glaciers and soaring peaks, sits Sheldon Chalet. Far away from civilisation, the chalet is the ultimate getaway for adventurers looking for a little luxury in the wilderness.
Perched right in the middle of the Don Sheldon Amphitheatre, the chalet is set within 4.9 acres of private grounds at an elevation of 6,000 ft, with views over Denali and some of the clearest skies for Northern Lights viewing that you’ll find anywhere in Alaska.
With accommodation for just 10 people, the chalet is the perfect location for a getaway with family or friends, and is available for private groups.
Accommodation is in five rooms, four of which can be twin or king, and one which is a fixed queen. There are two bathrooms shared between the five rooms; none are en-suite. There is a third restroom in the living/dining area downstairs. The bathrooms have fully functional showers thanks to a state-of-the-art water system, a luxury at 6,000 ft!
There is also a large bright communal area with panoramic windows overlooking the mountains, with easy access to the outside deck for Aurora viewing at night. The lounge is the perfect place to return to after a day of adventures, where you can relax by the warmth of the fire and enjoy a glass of wine with a gourmet meal.
Sheldon Chalet is only accessible by air and transportation is via helicopter (40 mins flight from Talkeetna airport) which is exclusive to the Sheldon Family since you are landing on their private 5 acres within Denali National Park. The helicopter flight is included in your stay and a grand part of the experience.
Sacromonte Landscape Hotel – Uruguay
Uruguay’s new Sacromonte Landscape Hotel and winery is designed to disappear into its rugged surroundings thanks to its mirrored facade.
The Maldonado destination hides away in a 250-acre stretch of sierra between Punta del Este, José Ignacio and Pueblo Garzón. Conceived for wine lovers and designed by MAPA Architects, it comprises 13 hotel cabins, a winery and a farm-to-table restaurant.
Four glass cabins, called “Refugios” or Shelters, are remarkably camouflaged across 250 acres of pristine nature. Each cabin is outfitted with mirrored glass walls to not only blend into the landscape seamlessly, but to also reflect and amplify the stunning scenery.
Whether you choose a “Refugio” nestled among the vineyards, one tucked away in the meadows, or perched on the edge of the lake, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
- 60 m2 (650 sq ft) of interior area.
- More than 600 m2 (6500 sq ft) of private outdoor area, with terrace and gardens.
- Private plunge pool.
- Master bedroom with king-sized bed and 450 thread count cotton sheets.
- Living room with wood stove.
- Reading nook with day bed, where two children can sleep at night.
- Off road electric buggy dedicated full time for use during the stay.
- Air conditioning and WiFi.
- Wine chiller and portable B&O® bluetooth speaker.
The hotel is less than an hour away from José Ignacio.
Sky Lodge Adventure Suites – Peru
A transparent luxury capsule hangs from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley Peru!
Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley.
To sleep at Skylodge, people must climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines.
It is composed of three exclusive capsule Suites with a total capacity of 8 people. The vertically hanging transparent capsule suites are situated at the top of 1200 ft mountain with a 300 degree view of the majestic Sacred Valley. Hand crafted out of aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, each suite comes complete with four beds, a dinning area and a private bathroom .
Measuring 24 ft. in length and 8 ft. in height and width, the capsule suites are composed of six windows and four ventilation ducts that ensure a comfortable atmosphere. Safety is insured by having the exit portal located in the upper part of the craft.
Each suite has a private bathroom separated from the bedroom by an insulated wall. Fine quality mattresses, cotton sheets, down pillows, and quilts ensure a warm and pleasant night 400 meters from the ground.
Azulik Beach Resort – Mexico
This luxury establishment which resembles a nomad encampment offers its guests the unique experience of an intimate retreat on the shores of the Caribbean Sea
Each spacious tree house is made from Mexican-royal-ebony Khatalosh and features floor-to-ceiling windows providing natural daylight, mosquito nets. The tree house also has a private deck with outdoor day beds, seating areas and views of the lush jungle and the Caribbean Sea. The rooms are free of TV’s, phone or electricity so you can relax and reconnect with nature.
This one-of-a-kind “off-the-grid” Eco-resort (no electricity, no TV, no phones, etc.) features 15 hand-crafted luxury Tree House suites, an organic café serving breakfast and lunch and dinner, a beach bar serving fresh Sushi and cool tropical drinks, and Tulum’s premier holistic Maya Spa and Healing Center.
It is 2 hrs drive from Cancun Airport.
DELUXE AIRSTREAM CAMPER, UYUNI SALT FLATS – BOLIVIA
These comfortable, stylish & unmatched Deluxe Airstream Campers are especially
re-designed to make your voyage in Uyuni an extraordinary experience in the middle of the Salt Flats. Their solid & aerodynamic cabin, right space and technology, grant comfort and safety to guests.
Their cozy beds, electric blankets, bathrobes, hot showers, fridge, central heating/AC and perfect isolation against wind and challenging weather, are the unbeatable characteristics of these Deluxe Airstream Campers.
To enhance this unique experience, they also offer “Sky Lounge Explorer” offering all the facilities & services a traveler might desire while enjoying the Southern Stars through a panoramic glass cabin & roof.
You may also use this moveable lounge to support special day visits or just to relax during sunset.
The service team provides round-the-clock assistance with personalized attention. The gourmet culinary options are prepared and served by an experienced chef with fresh local ingredients. The special Sunset Cocktail offers tasty d’oeuvres and a variety of drinks & altitude wines, hot beverages and a bonfire to complement the experience.
The nearest airport to Salar-de-Uyuni-Bolivia is Uyuni (UYU) Airport which is 25 kms away.
Entre Cielos, Mendoza – Argentina
Located in one of the largest wine regions in Latin America, Entre Cielos sits on 20 acres in the Mendoza countryside overlooking Malbec vines and the snowcapped Andes offering a Modern Mendoza Experience.
The luxury boutique hotel boasts 16 uniquely designed rooms including a one-of-a-kind ‘Vineyard Loft” that rises high above the vineyard featuring an outdoor jacuzzi tub and unparalleled star gazing through numerous skylights!
Entre Cielos, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, also boasts Latin America’s first authentic six-stage circuit hamam spa, as well as has three labels of their very own Malbec including the award winning Gran Marantal (voted one of the 20 best Malbecs in 2013).
STAY AT SUITE LOFT – LIMITED EDITION – This modern pseudo-treehouse is a stilted residence set aside from the main building. It offers postcard-perfect views all around – including a skylight for stargazing – and utter seclusion, so a hot-tub soak à deux on the terrace is blush-free.
Closest is Mendoza airport, 40 mins drive.
Estancia la Bamba de Areco – Argentina
Ideally located only 120 km from Buenos Aires and close to San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the Pampa, one of the oldest estancias (10 rooms) in Argentina, recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel, successfully combines luxurious comfort and colonial elegance.
The feeling of being welcomed into a private home, into a property steeped in history and tradition makes this hotel a special and timeless place for relaxation. Exquisite cuisine, refined service, gaucho traditions and equestrian sports add to the unique magic of La Bamba.
A polo team practices on the field next door, and the rooms, fittingly, are named after famous horses. Decorated in leather, wood and wool, each one has its own distinctive “thoroughbred” style, making La Bamba de Areco a veritable microcosm of Argentine culture.
ELQUI DOMOS. ELQUI VALLEY, ATACAMA DESERT – CHILE
This is a fun and quirky concept hotel: 7 ‘geodesic’ (spherical) domes with removable roofs plus 4 stilted wooden houses with glass ceilings, all set in the stunning Elqui Valley, famed for clear skies that attract astronomers from all over the world.
The 7 domes are made from white plastic-covered canvas over a metallic frame – like a tent but much more sturdy – they can sleep up to 4. Inside, a pine structure creates a ground-floor lounge with armchairs, sofabeds, a wardrobe, a heater, a kettle and a minibar. There are also several windows, although removing their covers is a little fiddly. Above, a mezzanine level holds a double bed under a removable roof.
Round the back of the living area is a small bathroom, with a toilet, washbasin and shower.
If sleeping under canvas isn’t your thing, opt for one of the 4 stilted wooden houses, known as Observatories. These angular structures are perched on the highest point of the site, they have vast panes of glass set in their walls and ceilings, offering panoramic views of the valley below and the sky above.
Each has a double bed set on a mezzaine, plus a bathroom with a shower and a sitting area with benches and striped cushions.
La Serena (110km away) is the nearest airport.
Eco Camp, Patagonia – CHILE
Eco Camp prides itself in being Chile’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. The camp is comprised of a network of geodesic domes all of which are connected; there are 25 accommodation domes as well as two main communal domes where breakfast and dinner is usually served as well as an extra yoga dome which offers yoga lessons most days of the week.
There are four different types of domes available at Eco Camp; ranging from the standard dome to the suite lofts. The standard domes accommodate two people in each and have access to a communal bathroom. The superior, suites and suite loft domes all have their own private bathroom and are heated.
The suite loft dome is ideal for families with older children as the accommodation is spread across two floors and can sleep up to four people. All of the domes within Eco Camp are interconnected using raised corridors in order to ensure as little damage to the environment as possible.
The two nearby airports are Punta Arena and Puerto Natales. Puerto Natales is only two hours from Torres del Paine, however, there are only a few flights offered each week. Punta Arenas is about five hours from the Torres del Paine National Park, but there are more flights available.
Mashpi Lodge – Ecuador
An unexpected oasis of urban comfort for just 47 guests in a truly unique location.
The Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is a mere 3.5 hours’ drive west of Quito, Ecuador, sitting in the heart of a 3,000-acre private Reserve made up of 70% primary forest. Mashpi’s luxurious accommodation and orientation towards families, wellness and scientific research offer a perfect environment for sophisticated and inquisitive travelers to experience the refuge and biodiversity of Ecuador.
Mashpi Lodge consists of 22 rooms and 3 suites accommodating 44 guests arranged over three floors. Each room has floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall panoramic windows, keeping the cloud forest close. Subtle LED lights and wooden accents offer an inviting retreat.
Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa – Brazil
Authenticity is the greatest luxury a visit to Brazil’s picturesque and historic Bahia state can offer. And no place delivers the experience like Trancoso’s Quadrado, its car-free, UNESCO-protected town square.
Half of UXUA’s casas date back 500-years to the village’s founding. They were restored by designer Wilbert Das in collaboration with local artisans using traditional techniques and reclaimed materials.
These casas have a soul, each with legends and family history, every detail uniquely crafted by caring hands.
UXUA’s rustic beach lounge, Almescar Spa, Quadrado restaurant and 5-star service complete the perfect holiday.
Just 11 casas with the opportunity to self-cater or be given the 5-star treatment. Artists seeking a working retreat, celebs seeking seclusion, a family seeking a cultural seaside getaway or lovers seeking a haven will all be fans. UXUA – pronounced ooosh-uw-a – is fab.
It’s a 45-minute drive from Porto Seguro Airport.
Gladden Private Island, Belize
THE WORLD’S MOST PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT: EXCLUSIVE FOR ONE COUPLE ONLY
A swirl of turquoise and aquamarine lagoons cradle Gladden, an island fringed with coral and white sand in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.
This island jewel harbors your own private sanctuary, a casually elegant villa designed for just one couple, with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort.
There is a second master suite should you wish to share Gladden with friends or family. The staff resides unseen on the smaller island behind Gladden, ready to respond to any request at a moment’s notice.
A “privacy meter” indicates if a member of the team is on the main island for any reason, because they want their guests to feel free to be themselves. There are no other neighbors – it’s just you and the views.
Gladden lies directly on the edge of the widest and most picturesque section of the Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean sea. It is the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere and the 2nd largest in the World. Located 20 miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize, Gladden is the furthest island out from the mainland and closest to the protected side of the reef where the water is calm and clear.
35-40 minutes by Helicopter directly from Belize City Airport, or 40 minutes by boat from Placencia airport.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort – Canada
Beautiful Relais & Châteaux property on Vancouver Island, Canada. Luxury 5 Star Safari Style Tent Camp.
They offer 25 tents and all are artfully arranged along the water’s edge, in the rainforest, and on the hillside overlooking the estuary. Each tent is unique and richly appointed with luxurious comforts that would be found at any of the 5-star resorts in Canada, including billowy duvets, antique furnishings, and propane-fueled, cast-iron stoves. Vintage oil lamps, as well as antique silver and crystal accents, complement electric lights and amenities, creating an experience that is authentic to previous periods as well as the present day.
It is located 45-minutes by floatplane from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada or 40-minutes by boat from Tofino on Vancouver Island.
Fogo Island Inn, Canada:
Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the Earth. Every one of the 29 guest rooms and suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet. Each room is individually designed with crafted woods, hand-sewn quilts and artful wallpaper that reflect the island’s old traditions.
Fogo Island’s private 42-seat cinema, partnered with the National Film Board, carries a vast movie library for guests to enjoy at any time; there’s also an art gallery, a well-stocked library, and even a supply of Gore-Tex hiking boots and other outdoor equipment to borrow.
The inn is designed to show off the dazzling landscape, and it’s easy to spend all day glued to the windows and watching the sea while whales breech, icebergs float past, or storms dash on the rocks.
The inn has a host of guides for natural adventures such as multi-day intensive hikes, educational geological walks, fishery tours and contemplative island rambles. There is also a strong emphasis on the arts, and the inn offers various artist-led drawing, painting and creative small group sessions. You can also hike to Long Studio, one of the artist-in-residency studios, to view its unique architecture – although tours inside the studio aren’t always guaranteed.
The nearby communities of Fogo and Tilting are a 15-minute drive away, east and west. This part of the province is famous for parading icebergs, cavorting whales, wild storms and the Northern Lights.
The dining room at Fogo Island was named among the top three “Best New Restaurants” in Canada by enRoute magazine. Led by Executive Chef Jonathan Gushue, the Inn’s culinary team is responsible for the Inn’s 48-seat dining room, 35-seat lounge and, for on- and off-site catering
Fogo Island has a 3,000 ft/914 m airstrip (Fogo Aerodome CDY3) operated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. You can fly directly to their airstrip via charter plane. Depending on your starting point, you can fly private charter all the way, or you can fly commercially to St. John’s (YYT), Gander (YQX) or Deer Lake (YDF) and then fly charter to Fogo Island.
The airstrip on Fogo Island can easily accommodate a fixed-wing 12-passenger Beech 1900D aircraft, and the 37-seat Dash 100.
How to book:
I can only recommend – Experiential Travel Journeys Pvt. Ltd., a boutique travel design company based out of New Delhi, India, who has the connections and ability to book all of the above listed options, which are not only unique, and exclusive but also in remote locations all around the World.