Luxtripper Travel Editor
Whether you're seeking a private castaway island or a hotel integrated seamlessly with nature, you won't need to compromise on seclusion with these destinations.
Forget packed beaches – if you’re seeking a sun-soaked paradise, then consider destinations like Bora Bora or The Maldives for a luxury island getaway where compromise on space and seclusion is not an option. Or perhaps consider a resort nestled along the coastlines of Malaysia, which benefit from largely untouched beaches and are framed by dense jungle. The best time to visit The Maldives is November-April, whilst Bora Bora is May-October, but bear in mind that the low seasons attract less tourists and still benefit from sunny conditions.
For guaranteed luxury and seclusion, private islands don’t get much better than One&Only Reethi Rah – a truly breathtaking resort set amongst the Maldives’ dreamy North Male Atoll. Perfect for honeymoons and romantic retreats, this 5-Star resort boasts magnificent, exclusive villas situated atop the azure lagoon or nestled amongst the palm trees facing exquisite sandy beaches. There are endless options that are tailored for two, including private sandbank dining and exclusive beaches, so you can feel truly feel cast adrift in paradise. Our favourite has to be the Grand Sunset Residence Villa - it has its own outdoor beach cinema and two private swimming pools!
An alternative to The Maldives that is certainly nothing short of awe-inspiring, Bora Bora is teeming with turquoise waters, lush green mountains and vibrant marine life. Conrad Bora Bora Nui is the perfect escape, featuring the unparalleled lagoon views that make Bora Bora so iconic, plus a choice of overwater villas, beach residences and garden suites that will suit every taste. Take advantage of the resort’s private islet for peaceful picnics and snorkelling amongst mesmerising coral reefs.
If a destination that has an entire ‘Spa Village’ sounds right up your street, then Gaya Island Resort is where you need to book your next holiday. Delicately tucked amongst the rainforests of a protected marine park off the coast of Borneo, Gaya Island Resort is a sanctuary that is at one with nature, with beautiful coral gardens, eco-friendly marine initiatives and idyllic hillside villas. We love the Kinabalu Villas which offer the best sweeping sunset views across the South China Sea to Mount Kinabalu.
The desert may not be the first place you think of for a luxury retreat, however you may be surprised that many prestigious five-star havens are tucked away within these isolated landscapes. These resorts have been purpose-built to not only withstand the scorching heat of the desert, but to provide the very best in comfort and experience. The best part? You won’t come across another soul for miles. The best time to visit a desert destination can vary however some can be year-round destinations, such as Chile's Atacama Desert.
Arriving at Chile’s Atacama Desert will make you feel as if you’ve stepped foot onto the Red Planet, Mars, itself. With imposing, scorched red mountains and a stretching volcanic landscape with not another soul in sight, Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa is your front-row ticket to this spectacular destination. One of our most secluded luxury escapes, the hotel has an eco-conscious design and offers spacious suites that are luxuriously furnished and equipped with al fresco bathrooms and private terraces. Take advantage of the Hotel’s rejuvenating natural spa treatments, serene infinity pool, plus trips to the Salar de Atacama and moonlit desert excursions to see the night sky like never before.
For total seclusion, a getaway to andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will make you feel as if you have truly left civilisation behind. A haven amongst impressive, rolling sand dunes, the Lodge’s luxurious suites will be your own personal air-conditioned oasis away from the scorching desert heat. As you awake each morning and step onto a private shaded veranda or take a dip in your private plunge pool, the doorstep views across the striking Namib Desert will stay with you forever. Whilst in Namibia, be sure to take advantage of the incredible stargazing opportunities and the unforgettable hiking excursions across the dunes. For families and groups, staying in the Star Dune Suite is a must for unparalleled luxury and the best experiences the Resort has to offer.
Be swept away at this romantic Arabian retreat situated near Abu Dhabi in the Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest continuous sand desert. Styled as a luxury fortress complete with turrets and a grand courtyard, you’ll feel safely tucked away from the rest of the world at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. For unparalleled luxury, we highly recommend the Anantara Pool Villa which overlooks the desert from its private plunge pool and has its own Private Villa Host who will serve you your favourite cocktails.
Nature-lovers will adore these incredible destinations hidden deep within some of the world’s most famous and flourishing rainforests. Dedication to sustainability and harmony with the surrounding environment is a must when deciding on a rainforest getaway, but luckily these luxury lodgings provide you with an ethical opportunity to be a passing guest in this wonderful natural habitat. Of course, the dry season is the best time to travel to the rainforest for optimal conditions - for the Amazon this is between August-November.
Overflowing with ancient history and diverse, natural landscapes, Cambodia offers a relaxed pace of life where you will truly be able to unwind. Located in a 350-hectare river valley, Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild is a stunning luxury tented camp with sustainability at its heart. Enjoy the surroundings of the impossibly lush Cambodian rainforest as you soak up fine Asian dining, invigorating natural spa treatments and immersive activities including ziplining through the jungle, hiking and kayaking. The luxurious range of Tents have to be seen to be believe. Our favourite is without a doubt the Cambodian Royalty Tent, which regally sits atop rolling rapids and is hailed as the resort's 'Cover Girl'.
Borneo is one of the world’s most captivating destinations filled with lush rainforests and natural beauty that remains largely unspoiled. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is one of the island’s most tranquil and stylish luxury jungle lodges that seamlessly blends into the lush, protected habitat that surrounds it. After sampling tantalising Malaysian flavours at the Lodge’s rainforest-facing restaurant, we recommend unwinding in one of the Deluxe Chalets for optimal views across the jungle and the Danum River. As you explore the area, you may catch a glimpse of the many animals, flora and fauna that call it home, including Orangutans and the elusive proboscis monkey.
We couldn’t discuss jungle getaways without mentioning the mighty Amazon. Situated in the Peru region of the famous rainforest, the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World and is only reachable by canoe! The hotel’s 25 spacious cabanas sit on stilts and offer plush king-size beds and panoramic views across the surrounding Tambopata National Reserve. Excursions are led by expert local explorers and include nature trails, twilight river cruises and night-time hikes to see the Amazon come alive with nocturnal wildlife as the sun goes down.
If unbelievable views are near the top of your wish list when choosing a private destination, consider a resort perched high in the mountains for your next holiday. Imagine glancing across to civilisation from a distance as you float serenely along a clifftop infinity pool or soak up indulgent spa treatments atop a sky-high wellness retreat. From the dizzying heights of Oman’s mountain ranges to the iconic ‘Rockies’ in Canada, you’ll never want to come down from these natural marvels. Bear in mind that the best time to visit depends on the type of holiday you choose. For example, Canada's best months for skiing in the mountains are generally December-March.
A true mountain hideaway and hailed as the ‘Castle in the Rockies’, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel rises majestically from the trees deep within Canada’s spectacular Banff National Park. The Hotel is open year-round to guests and is befitting of both an enchanting sanctuary in the Winter and a luxurious base for exploring the Park in the Summer. The onsite Willow Stream Spa is the perfect alpine setting for some rest and rejuvenation - it offers a sublime range of indulgent spa treatments, waterfall plunge pools, a relaxation lounge and an outdoor hot tub. For an extra special stay, we love the Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite which will blow you away with its stunning interiors, European-style body spray shower and spacious living area where you can recline in front of the stretching alpine views.
The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is a highly prestigious choice of retreat for a trip to the beautiful country of Oman. Off the beaten track and perched high up within a dramatic canyon, you can fully enjoy the panoramic views from the Resort’s selection of 5-star villas. For luxury and unbeatable views, we love the Cliff Pool Villa where you can chill on your cliff edge sunbathing deck or swim in the private infinity pool in complete seclusion. If you decide to head out of your villa for the evening, enjoy sublime dining at the Resort’s five restaurants and lounges before curling up in front of a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema.
Vietnam’s northerly region is renowned for its cascading rice paddies and otherworldly mountain views. Located 45 minutes outside of Sapa amongst the spectacular Hoang Lien Son Mountains sits the Topas Ecolodge, its 33 rustic bungalows with their own private balconies offering some of South East Asia’s most remarkable valley views. This National Geographic Ecolodge is a truly remote destination that you won’t believe is real as you float across the Lodge’s cliff-edge infinity pool. If you feel like leaving this hilltop haven, head out and explore nearby Sapa’s jungles, mountains and rivers.
If you’ve always dreamt of an exhilarating safari holiday, consider a trip to one of these boutique hotels. From exclusive safaris to private lodgings, you can even peacefully spot the 'Big Five' from the comfort of your own luxury outdoor bathtub. Tick game drives in Africa or Sri Lanka off your bucket list whilst enjoying a stay at some of the region’s finest camps and lodges. If you are concerned about the tourist draw, the rainy seasons can still be good times to travel for more privacy.
Sri Lanka is one of Luxtripper’s most popular honeymoon destinations and it’s easy to see why with the secluded allure of its natural beauty. Chena Huts by Uga Escapes is situated along the untouched coastline of the Yala National Park and is a must-stay for those looking for a sanctuary that is at one with nature. With just 14 luxury cabins that blend seamlessly into the surrounding wilderness, guests enjoy complete exclusivity at this boutique resort. Discover how nature thrives at this National Park with personalised game drives where you may spot some of the 44 different resident mammal species – including one of the highest leopard population densities in the world.
For a safari experience away from crowds of tourists, you can’t get more exclusive than the Londolozi Private Granite Suites which only accommodates up to six guests at a time. Located within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on the banks of South Africa’s Sand River, explore the Reserve on fantastic sunrise and sunset game drives. If you don't spot any of the 'Big Five' on the game drives, don’t worry – the indulgent Suites blur the line between inside and out with their open plan interiors, large doors and windows and private outdoor features. As you drift along your heated swimming pool or recline in the freestanding outdoor bath tub, you may even spot elephants wandering along the Reserve’s ancient riverways.
With dazzling sunrises over Mount Kenya signalling the start of the day at Ol Malo Lodge, you can be sure your stay in Kenya will be forever memorable. As you soak up the warmth of the African sun, you'll realise how untouched Northern Kenya is as you discover the surrounding wildlife and game through the on-demand safari service – there are no regimented schedules here. Once back at the secluded five-star lodge, marvel at the incredible ranch-style interiors, take a dip in the vast infinity pool or simply sit back on your private veranda and watch the animals and sunset drift across the panorama.
To see more of the world’s most remote, and luxurious, destinations, take a look at our round-up of secluded hotels and resorts. If you'd love to experience a secluded and luxurious holiday for yourself, get in touch with one of our Luxury Travel Specialists who will be able to organise your dream adventure.