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Escape the crowds at these five remote luxury hotels

Social distancing in day-to-day life has created a powerful desire among travellers for remote escapes. These five luxury hotels offer guests wild landscapes and secluded spaces that feel world’s away from other people.

Published 14 Feb 2021, 08:10 GMT
The Arctic Bath in Sweden is a unique floating hotel that makes the most of its ...

The Arctic Bath in Sweden is a unique floating hotel that makes the most of its Scandinavian scenery.

Photograph by Daniel Holmgren

1. Arctic Bath, Sweden

An avant-garde spa hotel that ‘floats’ on the Lule River in Swedish Lapland, this secluded circular hotel missed out on its grand opening when the world went into lockdown in 2020, but has now reopened for bookings. It’s run by the same team behind Treehotel and consists of just 12 rooms with a focus on wellness — there are four saunas and an open-air centre with an icy plunge pool. The restaurant serves up locally sourced, sustainable food while the setting changes from sitting under the Northern Lights in winter to basking in the midnight sun in summer.
How to do it: A room for two people starts from 6,083 SEK (£538) per person per night. Private transfer to the hotel is available by helicopter or car from Luleå Airport, which is 50 miles away (prices available upon request).

2. LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

LUX’s collection of contemporary two-storey overwater and beach villas are set on a private island, with each villa boasting a reef terrace, infinity pool and lounge area. This resort aims to redefine expectations of style and space and the new packages for 2021 cater very much to the latter — there’s an option to rent out the entire island. The Island Buyout Package gives total seclusion over the 15 acre island, with full use of the 67 villas, spa and other facilities. 
How to do it: The Island Buyout Package is available until 31 October 2021 from $180,000 (£135,397) per night.

3. Islas Secas, Panama

On the wild pacific coast of Panama, the private island retreat of Islas Secas is reopening its doors in 2021 after a slow opening in late 2019. The 14 islands sleep 24 guests more than 20 miles from the nearest point of civilisation. There are just seven individually-outfitted casitas, each with its own plunge pool and outdoor dining area. Islas Secas runs entirely on solar power and operates on a zero food and water waste basis. 
How to do it: A one-bed tented casita starts from $1,500 (£1,128) per night while a four-bed casita starts from $8,000 (£6,018) per night. Rates include full-board dining, a spa treatment and boat transfer from the nearby city of David, a domestic flight from Panama City.

Mont Rochelle is nestled in the beautiful valley of Franschoek in Western Cape, South Africa.

Photograph by Jack Brockway

4. Mont Rochelle, South Africa

Last year saw a huge upturn in interest for villas and private residence rentals, Mont Rochelle offered the perfect option for those seeking privacy and seclusion away from the crowds. The residence is in a luxury manor house amid the vineyards of Franschhoek and consists of four deluxe suites, a bunk room and two private swimming pools. Groups of up to eight people and six children can rent out the entire property and also have the additional option to hire their very own private chef, too.
How to do it: Rates start from 35,000 rand (£1,643) per night, B&B, with access to the spa and two restaurants.

5. Under Canvas Acadia, Maine, USA

Luxury camping outfitters Under Canvas Acadia will be opening its most recent site in May 2021 in Maine’s Acadia National Park. The camping here is set on 100 acres of waterfront land with more than 1,200ft of coastline. Tents have their own bathrooms with organic bath products, private decks and some have skylights for in-bed stargazing. There’s also a fire pit and complimentary camp activities available. 
How to do it: Rates start from $314 (£230) per night for a deluxe tent while the Cadillac Mountain Suite starts from $1,014 (£740) per night (accommodation only).

As featured in the 2021 edition of National Geographic Traveller The Luxury Collection

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