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If you are truly looking to get away from it all, these hotels are for you. Totally secluded and often super luxurious, these destinations are sure to inspire you to plan your next adventure.
Sleep under the stars by night and go on safari adventures by day at the Lion Sands Resort near Cape Town, South Africa. You won’t see any people while staying in this secluded treehouse, but you may be visited by a liony friend.
Since you’re already in Africa, after you leave the treehouse head north to the Manta Resort on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, and stay in their underwater hotel room. Pictured below is the above-water deck where you can relax all day before heading down to your underwater room to watch marine life swim by as you drift off to an amazing night’s sleep.
The Brando, in French Polynesia, is a luxury eco resort developed by Marlon Brando himself. Accessible only by plane, relaxation starts at the airport in Tahiti. Experience snorkeling, paddle boarding and an award winning spa all while vacationing on a private island.
The Viceroy in Bali, Indonesia tops the seclusion list, and quite possibly only because The Rest Of Us can’t afford it. At $1000 a night I would hope you don’t run into anyone unless you want to!
I have no idea how you stay warm, but I’m sure the folks at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden have figured it out. Built in 1989, the ice rooms are absolutely gorgeous works of art.
These all glass, completely isolated, individual hotel rooms developed by Pure Pods are quite possibly New Zealand’s best kept secret. This Pod, located in Little River, is one of 5 locations just outside of Christchurch. It is a walk-in location, meaning you park your car and have a short walk to the Pod past the beautiful river. I’m sure it is well worth the walk!
If you would prefer your own private island, accessible only by helicopter, Nosy Ankao island, off the coast of Madagascar, is a dream destination. With only 14 villas total, you won’t be bothered by swarms of guests and are assured personal attention if you want it.
The Fleming Villa at the Golden Eye Resort, in Ocho Rios, is seclusion on top of seclusion. Step out of your villa and onto your own private beach.
If international travel is not your thing, no worries! The Tres Luna resort is a boutique style resort located in Texas. Oozing with southern charm and hospitality, Tres Luna strives for a B&B atmosphere at their hotel. The vanishing edge pool and luxurious accommodations will make you feel a million miles from Texas.
If you have always dreamed of traveling to France and staying in a treehouse, the Origin Treehouse is perfectly secluded and nestled into an old giant oak tree on forested grounds of Château Raray, a castle in northern France. It just gets better and better.
There you have it- 10 inspirational ideas for traveling the world in seclusion. Which is your favorite? I am having hard time deciding between the Lion Sand Resort’s open air hotel room and the island off the coast of Madagascar with just 14 villas. Alas, our helicopter is in the shop and my husband would be terrified of being eaten by a lion, so I guess we’ll stay stateside this year. 😉
Travel Tips & Tricks
- Do you need a passport? It’s kind of important! US residents can check out this article on obtaining (or renewing) a passport.
- The best travel advice I have ever received is “take half as much clothing, twice as much money.” Ain’t that the truth?! I am a chronic over-packer and adhering to this has been a challenge. I was able to pull it off on our last vacation, which was great because then I had room for all of the stuff I bought with the “twice as much money” part of this equation. <heh heh>
- The second best travel advice I have ever received is that if you are traveling with a group or another couple, build in downtime for yourself or you and your spouse. Too much “together” can take its toll. Nothing says that because you are vacationing together you have to do everything together. If you’re a foodie and your friends are not, go out to dinner with your partner. If you want to read and they want to rent wave runners, stay behind and read. This is your vacation, so make it one you have the best time possible during.
- Airlines have cracked down on luggage sizes and weights, and the fee for an overweight bag can be astronomical. If your luggage is older, consider upgrading to a set that is guaranteed to be the correct size for carryons and is also lightweight. I bought this Travelhouse 3-piece luggage set for my daughter’s recent vacation. The largest piece weighs just 9 pounds, it has spinner wheels and a TSA approved lock. It also comes in several colors, which is my third tip: If you’re purchasing new luggage, consider luggage that is a color or pattern – in other words, not black! It will be so much easier to spot your bag on the luggage carousel. This is especially handy when traveling with kids whose luggage you also need to find. No one wants to hang out at the airport checking every black bag that passes by! Is that it…no…is that it…no…I think that’s it…nope. A new luggage set can solve a lot of headaches, for a pretty reasonable price!
- TSA approved bottles for liquids are another must-have when planning a big trip. These squeezable silicone bottles are 2 and 3 ounces and can be refilled each time you travel. Yes, you can check larger sized containers, but for items you want access to throughout your flight, these bottles are perfect!
- Take comfy shoes, even if you think you won’t do a lot of walking. You never know what adventures will pop up and buying shoes you already have at home is an expense that is easy to avoid.
- Save on hotel stays by choosing hotel groups, such as Intercontinental Hotels, that regularly offer deals and discounts.
Want more inspiration? See why everyone is pinning about Iceland here! (It may have something to do with the gorgeous black sand beaches of Vik, and less to do with ice….)