Remote hotels (such as Petit St Vincent, featured above) give visitors two things that their more typical counterparts can’t.
First off, the completion of a long and arduous journey delivers a handsome sense of achievement.
Second, a calming detachment from everyday worries and commitments results from getting literally thousands of miles from home.
Providing both benefits in abundance, these are 10 of the most isolated stays in the world.
Hotel Arctic – Ilulissat, Greenland
- Getting there: Flight to Copenhagen, then a five-hour flight to Kangerlussua, then a final 45-minute flight to Ilulissat.
- Isolated location: On the side of an iceberg-filled fjord, this is the most northerly 4-star in the world.
- Cost per night: $250
The Andean Cottage – Isla Suasi, Lake Titicaca, Peru
- Getting there: Flight to Cuzco, then flight or a 10-hour train journey to Puno. The final leg of the journey requires a four-hour speedboat ride to the island.
- Isolated location: On an island in Lake Titicaca, which is 3,800 metres above sea level. There can’t be many hotels that are both solar-powered and offer butler service.
- Cost per night: $750
Hotel Everest View – Sagarmartha National Park, Nepal
- Getting there: Flight to Kathmandu, then flight from Kathmandu to Shyangboche (50 minutes) and a 45 minute walk, or flight to Lukla (30 minutes) and four-day trek.
- Isolated location: Lying at 3,880 metres above sea level, the lodge claims to be the highest hotel in the world (tea lodges are at a higher altitude). Every room has a distant view of Everest (as long as the weather’s good).
- Cost per night: $200
Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah, USA
- Getting there: Flight to Flagstaff in Arizona, then a 200-mile drive.
- Isolated location: The resort lies at the foot of a protected valley, where it has privileged views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- Cost per night: Between $1,100 and $7,000
- Getting there: Flight to Sydney, then flight to Alice Springs, then flight to Connellan airport, then short transfer.
- Isolated location: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the least inhabited parts of Australia. Yulara, the nearest settlement, is predominantly a tourist town serving Uluru/Ayers Rock. Nothing but red desert lies in the less than four miles between Longitude’s 15 tent-like villas and Uluru.
- Cost per night: $2,200
Petit St. Vincent – private island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Getting there: Flight to Barbados, then one-hour flight to Union Island, then 20-minute boat ride.
- Isolated location: This privately-owned Caribbean island lies around halfway between the more famous islands of Saint Vincent and Saint Georges. The only access is by boat.
- Cost per night: $1,100
Hotel Budir – The Snæfellsnes, Iceland
- Getting there: Flight to Reykjavik, then a one hour 20 minute drive to on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland.
- Isolated location: On a lava field at the edge of Faxafloi-Bay. There are great views of Snæfellsjökull volcano and glacier, which features in Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
- Cost per night: $210
Tikchik Narrows Lodge – Bristol Bay, Alaska, USA
- Getting there: Flight to Dillingham in Alaska, then flight to lodge in one of its owner-operated floatplanes.
- Isolated location: Taking up its own headland in Bristol Bay deep within the 1.5 million acre Wood-Tikchik State Park, the lodge is 300 miles from the nearest road system or development.
- Cost per night: $1,100
Wolwedans Private Camp – NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
- Getting there: Flight to Cape Town, then flight to Windhoek, then six-hour drive or 105-minute plane ride to Wolwedans Dune Camp, then 30 minute drive to private camp.
- Isolated location: Deep within the barren Namib Desert, there isn’t another building in sight.
- Cost per night: $500
Amankora – Jakar, Bumthang Valley, Bhutan
- Getting there: Flight to Delhi, then flight to Paro (one of the world’s scariest airport runways), then flight to Bathpalathang Domestic Airport, then short car journey (15 minutes).
- Isolated location: Lying in the eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet, Bhutan has always been an isolated nation. Nestled in the east, the opposite side from the country’s sole international airport, Bumthang is one of Bhutan’s most remote valleys.
- Cost per night: $1,600
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