Remote hotels give visitors two things their typical counterparts can’t: First, 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.
Our featured image (courtesy of Petit St. Vincent) is of Petit St. Vincent on a private island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
- 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 four-star hotel in the world.
- Cost per night: $250
Isla Suasi, Lake Titicaca, Peru
- Getting there: Flight to Cuzco, then a 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 12,460 feet above sea level. There can’t be many hotels that are both solar-powered and offer butler service.
- Cost per night: $750
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 12,730 feet 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
Canyon Point, Utah, United States
- 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
Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
- Getting there: Flight to Sydney, then flight to Alice Springs, then flight to Connellan airport, then short a 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
Private island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Getting there: Flight to Barbados, then a one-hour flight to Union Island, then a 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
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 is featured in Jules Verne’s “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.”
- Cost per night: $210
Bristol Bay, Alaska, United States
- Getting there: Flight to Dillingham in Alaska, then flight to the 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
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
- Getting there: Flight to Cape Town, then flight to Windhoek, then a six-hour drive or 105-minute plane ride to Wolwedans Dune Camp, then a 30-minute drive to a private camp.
- Isolated location: Deep within the barren Namib Desert, there isn’t another building in sight.
- Cost per night: $500
Jakar, Bumthang Valley, Bhutan
- Getting there: Flight to Delhi, then a flight to Paro, then a flight to Bathpalathang Domestic Airport, then a 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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