These hotels are more remote than anywhere you've been before
November 16, 2014
Living in a big city can take its toll, in fact there are times when you not only wish, but need, to get away from it all.
But we are not merely talking about popping over to Ras Al Khaimah or Beirut for a quick weekend jolly, we’re talking about trekking (read: flying) to the some of the world’s most remote places and being pampered with five-star luxury.
Here's four of our favourite spots. Get booking.
1. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
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Often overshadowed by its South American neighbours, Chile is home to some of the world's most dramatic landscapes. With unrivaled views over the Patagonian mountains (above), the Tirra Patagonia Hotel, is a peaceful hideaway complete with an award-winning luxury spa and jaw-dropping spectacular views. Located in the Torres Del Paine National Park, and built into the hillside there is no doubt why this is one of the countries hidden treasures.
2.Fogo Island Inn, Canada
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The last thing you expect to find on a remote Canadian island – that is closer to Greenland than it is to Montreal – is a startlingly plush, ultra modern hotel. Designed in a Norwegian-inspired, minimalist architectural style, the building resembles a futuristic lunar compound more than a boutique hotel. With the inclusion of an in-house art gallery, heritage library, cinema and rooftop sauna – the Inn has become somewhat of a cultural destination in its own right. Each of the 29 guest rooms are unique, with every detail chosen with purpose and handcrafted by locals. Add to that the bespoke furnishings, sleek ensuites and a fine-dining restaurant and the Fogo Island Inn is undeniably a real diamond in the wilderness.
3. Manta Resort on Pemba Island, Tanzania
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Developers in Dubai talk a big game. Remember the one about the underwater hotel? Well, it turns out they’ve been beaten to the punch by the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, just off the coast of Tanzania. OK, so while it isn’t exactly an underwater hotel, per se, the company has recently launched a three-story floating hotel room moored approximately 270 metres off the coast. Designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, the private two-person room features a rooftop deck, a lounge area and a glass-walled underwater bedroom, which allows the local sea life to play voyeur. Dubai developers, take note.
4. Gangtey Goenpa, Bhutan
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The Kingdom of Bhutan is located between China and Bangladesh, and is yet to be completely overrun by tourists, despite only being a five-hour flight from the Arabian Gulf. Although, once you are there, it feels like it could be a million miles away. The newly lodge, in the central Wangdue Phodrang District, is a luxe rural retreat perched atop the remote and spectacular Gangtey valley. It has stunning views over the below valley with its design inspired by the imposing nearby Gangtey Monastery – but with a few more high-end elements thrown in.