Clamber through thick forests, trek across deserts or hop on board a sea plane to access these hard-to-reach hotels. Private beach access, hidden springs and acres upon acres of sandy plains make these hotels well worth the journey.

Remote hotels to book now

Paro Lodge Amankora, Bhutan

Hidden among winding mountain streams and thick forests of pine trees, Paro Lodge offers an elegant, secluded sanctuary in the hills above Balakha village. At an elevation of 2,250m, rooms use wood panelling and clay-coloured walls to reflect the hotel’s rustic setting. Suites come with cosy armchairs, wood-fired stoves, terrazzo bathtubs and window seats with views across to snow-covered Jhomolhari mountain. Spend days wandering through the village and exploring the remains of 17th-century Drukgyel Dzong (built to control the trade and military route to Tibet) or arrange a hike to Tiger’s Nest, a monastery and sacred site dating back to the eighth century. Reward your efforts with a trip to the two-storey spa or huddle up by the firepit on the terrace. If you’re looking to extend your Bhutan trip, book into one of Amankora’s other lodges, spread across five pristine valleys throughout the kingdom.

  • +975 2 331 333
  • Go to Website
  • Nr. Drukgyel Dzong Balakha
    Tsento Geog
    P.O. Box 333

Explora Atacama San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Just outside the village of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama is spread across 17 hectares of conservation land, 2,500m above sea level. Designed to melt into the surrounding nature reserve, the hotel is a perfect base for exploring the nearby desert, sand dunes, salt pans and volcanoes of the Andes. Spend days hiking, cycling or horseback riding before returning to the hotel to choose between feasting on local cuisine at Explora Restaurant or barbecued dishes at Quincho, the outdoor patio area. Muscles aching from all that hiking? Guests have private access to local hot springs, while the Turi Puri spa offers a sauna, steam baths and essential-oil massages. Round off the evening with a pisco sour from the Explorer’s Bar and stargazing from the resort’s private observatory.

  • +56 2 2395 2800
  • Go to Website
  • San Pedro de Atacama
    Antofagasta Region
    Domingo Atienza Sn

Amangiri Utah, US

This other-worldly escape sits pretty amid the wind-carved landscape of southern Utah. Set across 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, Amangiri is best accessed via internal flights to Page Municipal Airport and a transfer by car through the 180-million-year-old desert. Built with sandstone and decorated with earth tones, the sleek Amangiri slots in naturally to the surrounding Navajo wilderness. Spend days exploring the shores of Lake Powell, wandering along the banks of the bubbling Colorado River or clambering up dramatic rock formations in the Grand Canyon National Park before returning to take a dip in the hotel’s water pavilion, where a swimming pool, watsu pool, plunge pool and sauna rooms await your return.

  • +1 435 675 3999
  • Go to Website
  • 1 Kayenta Road
    Canyon Point
    UT 84741-0285

Bawah Reserve Anambas, Indonesia

Located in Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago off the western coast of Borneo, this hard-to-reach hotel is reached by a flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport followed by taking a ferry, sea plane and car. An official marine conservation area, Bawah is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with colourful fish as well as glistening lagoons. Start your morning with pilates and yoga classes before casting away on kayaks, paddleboards and boat trips to explore nearby islands. Laze on any of the resort’s 13 beaches or explore untouched hinterlands through long walking trails. Constructed from sustainable bamboo and recycled material, Bawah Reserve has a strong focus on sustainability which extends to the hotel’s restaurants. Dine at Treetops (a restaurant set among the jungle canopy, naturally) for a tasting menu that uses ingredients sourced from local fishermen and the resort’s own vegetable and herb gardens.

  • +62 778 416 3937
  • Go to Website
  • Pulau Bawah
    01 Desa Kiabu Siantan Selatan
    Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas
    Kepulauan Riau 29791

Nine Skies Demodara, Sri Lanka

Climb aboard a train for a six-hour journey through scenic Sri Lankan hills and towns before pulling up at the mountain village of Ella, where a tuk tuk will transport you to Nine Skies. In the town of Demodara, this hilltop resort’s secluded location is its most alluring appeal. Rooms are decorated with a stripped-back aesthetic, placing emphasis on views of the Hill Country’s rolling valleys and tea plantations. With only five bedrooms, this place guarantees a peaceful stay. Catch some rays by the refreshingly cool infinity pool before dining at the al-fresco restaurant, where Sri Lankan dishes such as hoppers, rice and curries are served. Evenings are best spent huddled up with a book and a cup of tea in a cosy corner of the hotel’s library.

  • +94 773 638 381
  • Go to Website
  • Demodera Estate
    Sri Lanka

Under Canvas Zion Utah, US

On the fringes of Utah’s Zion National Park, this campsite promises to overturn your memories of miserable family camping holidays and wretched school trips. Dotted across the 196-acre camp, each tent comes with a roaring wood-burning stove, wooden flooring and hot showers – all solar-powered and sustainably built. From here, hike through the rocky, red-hued desert, climb sandstone cliffs and stumble upon hidden springs. Head back to the site for a warming hot chocolate and settle in at Embers, the resort’s restaurant, to eat grilled and barbecued meats and seasonal vegetables underneath the flickering light of lanterns. Book into the Stargazer Tent to fall into enveloping double beds and watch out for shooting stars and constellations through the window above your pillow.

  • +1 435 359 2911
  • Go to Website
  • 3955 Kolob Terrace Road
    UT 84779

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