Nothing beats true escapism when on holiday, which is why we’ve put together a list of perfectly secluded retreats. Most of these hotels are set in a world of their own, miles from the hustle and bustle of the everyday.
Murni’s Villas, Indonesia
Murni’s Villas are in fact private accommodation, owned by Ubud resident Mr Murni: a local legend and cultural expert. Tucked away amongst Balinese jungle and rice fields, the 3 villas are truly out-of-the-way, allowing you complete escapism in a home-spun atmosphere – there’s also a resident dalmation called Toby.
Neeleshwar Hermitage, India
Farm 215 Nature Retreat and Fynbos Reserve, South Africa
Set within the vast fynbos reserve – a natural shrub land unique to the region – Farm 215 is the real deal when it comes to secluded retreats. Immerse yourself in the richest biome in the world and lose yourself to the greater ecosystem.
Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa
Makanyane Safari Lodge is set with the 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve and only allows 16 guests at a time, allowing you to experience South Africa’s second largest game reserve in your own private luxury.
Villa Pratola, Italy
Dionysos Hotel, Turkey
Dionysos Hotel is a perfectly peaceful retreat in the mountains, high above the bay of Kumlubuk. The restaurants are stocked with home grown organic produce from the hotel’s farm, which also produces its own delicious olive oil from the surrounding olive groves.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Arizona USA
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Song Saa is Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort and is located in the untouched Koh Rong archipelago, surrounded by lush virgin rainforest and tropical reefs. All rooms and suites are sustainable and come with their own private infinity plunge pools.
Orange County Resort Kabini, India
Orange County Resort Kabini is a rustic resort set in Southern India’s Nagarhole National Park, home to world’s largest herd of Asiatic elephants. The villas are authentically thatched and the infinity pool looks onto the beautiful Kabini River.
Heritance Kandamala, Sri Lanka
This beautiful resort near Dambulla in Sri Lanka is built in to the rock and covered in greenery so it looks as if it is part of the landscape– especially for the elephants and other wildlife, who roam freely throughout the grounds. The infinity pool looks out onto Kandalama Lake and Sigiriya rock fortress, the eighth wonder of the world.