The World’s Best: Remote Luxury Hotels

When we plan our travel, of course, we look for the best luxury hotels in every destination we choose. These hotels are usually close to shops, restaurants, and activities; however, sometimes it’s important to choose a luxury hotel away from it all. Sometimes we all like to take the time to unwind, relax, and spend some quality downtime. These remote luxury hotels do, of course, offer activities and they’re often more adventurous and interesting than those offered by luxury hotels in the cities. This is why this list of the world’s best remote luxury hotels is so useful.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort


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When you think of the Arctic Circle, it seems as though it is the top of the world, but travel 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finland’s Lapland and you’ll find Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. This family hotel is famed for its glass igloos under the stunning northern lights that appear for eight months out of the year. You’ll have your choice of accommodation whether you opt for one of the famed glass igloos or a Kelo-glass igloo, log chalet, snow igloo, queen suite, wedding chamber, traditional house, Santa’s home, or a gold digger chalet.

You’ll be remote in a unique, idyllic location with plenty of options for activities, from snowmobile or Husky safaris to skiing or snowboarding in the winter.  You might also try chasing the northern lights, mountain biking, gold panning, hiking in the autumn, or  cruising the sea.  We would also recommedn the ATV safaris, canoeing and kayaking, and the fishing trips in the summer.

Mashpi Lodge


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Named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Mashpi Lodge is located in the heart of Ecuador’s forest of Mashpi and redefines the forest experience. The lodge proudly shares the area and their love of it with organized explorations and programs in which to participate. Beyond that, their indulgent, gourmet cuisine and sanctuary wellness spa round out the perfect remote stay.


On arrival at Mashpi Lodge, you are entering far more than a five-star hotel in an exquisite location. You are accessing a research station, a base for exploration and discovery at the vanguard of rainforest protection.


As they note, this is more than just a stay at a nice hotel, it’s a conservation and science experience that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs


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From one of the 23 guest suites or even the owner’s cottage, you’re surrounded by sweeping views of New Zealand’s Northland. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is situated on 6,000 acres of coastal farmland at the Kauri Cliffs Golf Course with gorgeous waterfront views of the Bay of Islands. The best means of arrival is via a one-hour helicopter ride from Auckland. Your stay will be focused on your relaxation. Spend a day or more golfing, have a barbecue on Pink Beach, take a nature walk, explore the area on a quad ATV, get a bird’s eye view with a helicopter tour, or relax in the spa. Every moment at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is special and their staff will ensure that this remote getaway is everything of which you’ve dreamed.

Explora Rapa Nui


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More than just a hotel, Explora Rapa Nui is a style of traveling you’ll simply love. They describe it as a means “To enjoy wandering in a remote world, just for the sake of it” and “To perceive beauty in the unexpected, and good in the inevitable.” The architecture of the hotel is a sprawling mid-century lover’s dream as it embraces the land on which it sits and offers stunning panoramic views of the six square miles of the land surrounding it. The cuisine of the hotel is healthy and they pair it with some of Chile’s best wines. Their Explorer’s Bar acts as a great place to relax, have a drink, and plan your explorations, while the spa is a perfect follow-up to recover from your outings.

Fogo Island Inn


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Any search for remote hotels you conduct will likely include Fogo Island Inn. We felt compelled to include it because it really is a special place and the fact that it’s in Canada makes it one of the more easily accessible destination for American travelers. Of course, winning one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2017 doesn’t hurt either. You’ll want to fly into Gander, Newfoundland and take the ferry to the island (for the best experience) or opt for a charter of a small plane or helicopter to take you there. Once on the island, you’ll be surrounded by options to entertain you. Activities include caribou watching, ocean swimming, bicycling, bonfires, hikes and walks, music festivals, and more.

If your remote vacation is about relaxation or about exploration, this list of the best remote luxury hotels will prove to be useful. So, tell us, which appeals to you most? If interesting travel options are appealing to you, you’ll want to also try experiencing the nostalgic charm of train travel.

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