Secluded is described in the dictionary as ‘a place not seen or visited by many people; sheltered and private’. For us, secluded hotels are often the most romantic. Forget the drone of city life, forget the constant buzz of cars and people and take yourselves off to a tranquil paradise. Remote, isolated, peaceful and untouched, these hidden private jewels of hotels showcase some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes in some of the world’s most secluded destinations.
Enchanted Island Resort – Seychelles
Enchanted Island Resort is a secluded five-star boutique hideaway on Round Island, at the heart of the spectacular Sainte Anne Marine Park in the Seychelles. The island is home to just 10 villas – each with a walkway to the beach and its own infinity pool. A short speed-boat ride from Mahé, the island is a true tropical playground with eight acres of pristine white sand and some of the world’s most colourful marine life just a few yards off shore – an undisturbed treasure of the Indian Ocean. Relaxation and quality time are the order of the day… guests can enjoy long lunches and starlit suppers at the restaurant, take a boat trip over the turquoise waters, sip sundowners at the beach bar or disappear to the hilltop spa for total relaxation.
Exclusive stays on Enchanted Island are from €9,350 (£7,496) per night – or €2,727 (£2,286) per person based on a 7 night stay.
For more information please visit http://www.jaresortshotels.com/
Isle of Eriska – Scotland
The Isle of Eriska is a 300 acre private island off the west coast of Scotland, linked to the mainland by a road bridge and has a 5 star Relais & Chateaux hotel, Stales Spa, golf course, private beach, plenty of wildlife, a Michelin-starred restaurant and yet is completely peaceful, secluded and perfect for a tranquil break. There are untouched beaches and extensive nature trails to explore.The charm of the island is undeniable. Witness the breathtaking sea views over Loch Linnhe and stunning sunsets, whilst spotting all of the wildlife the island has to offer; from wild otters and badgers, to seals, herons and red deer. Expect unbeatable hospitality from the team at the Isle of Eriska, with exceptional food in the Michelin-starred restaurant, which prides itself on using only the finest locally sourced ingredients.
For more information please visit www.eriska-hotel.co.uk/
Minaret Station Alpine Lodge – New Zealand
New Zealand’s first and finest luxurious Alpine Lodge is set in the heart of the picturesque glacial valley, boasting panoramic views of untouched landscapes and the Southern Alps. Each luxurious chalet features sheepskin carpets, a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom and a hot tub on the adjoining private deck where guests can relax beneath the stars. Guests have access to a range of unique activities including heli-adventures, guided fishing, guided hunting and heli-skiing. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wanaka and accessible only by helicopter, the 50,000-acre property is the definition of seclusion.
Each Alpine Chalet sleeps two guests at £1,117 per night, based on two people sharing. Full breakfast, lunch (picnic or seated), canapes, gourmet dinner and all beverages included. For more information please visit minaretstation.com
Fundu Lagoon – Pemba Island
Fundu Lagoon is set deep in the calm inlet of Wambaa at the southern end of Pemba Island. There are just 2 daily flights from Zanzibar to Pemba’s Karume Airport where staff will meet you, transfer you to the coast near Chake Chake and then whisk you on a speedboat to the resort – although a mission, the trip is all part of the adventure and being so remote has allowed Pemba Island to remain relatively unknown in terms of tourism. Fundu Lagoon offers guests 18 tented rooms with sea views, 2 Suites and 4 Superior Suites both complete with plunge pools, tropical jungle surroundings, a long palm-fringed beach and a newly refurbished treatments room for a variety of beauty and massage therapies. Although relaxing and unwinding is the aim of the game, there is also plenty to go – deep inlets, mangrove coasts, coral islands and fringing reefs makes for world class diving plus snorkelling, canoeing safaris, game-fishing, coastal walks and cruising in the resort’s traditional wooden sailboat at sunset.
Prices start from £564 per night, based on 2 people sharing a Hillside Bungalow on a full board basis (3 meals daily, most activities and excursions)
For more information please visit https://www.i-escape.com/fundu-lagoon
Mashpi Lodge – Choco, Ecuador
Nestled in the heart of Ecuador’s lush cloud forest, the 22-room Mashpi Lodge is the ultimate eco-chic hideaway and is perfect for adventurous travellers looking to escape from the clamour of the outside world. Utterly remote and miles off the beaten track, Mashpi Lodge forms a secluded and tranquil ‘luxury cocoon in the clouds’. The ultra-modern glass and steel structure provides the perfect environment for viewing the vibrant surrounding jungle, and the lodge’s stunning three Yaku suites feature floor – to – ceiling windows, waking guests up each morning to a serenade of chirping cicadas, chattering monkeys and chirruping birds. As a Centre of Conservation and Research, guests of Mashpi Lodge can take part in guided walks through the rainforest, or for more daring travellers, Mashpi’s unique tandem Sky Bike offers an unforgettable journey of discovery through the canopy, presenting spectacular views of the forest 655 feet below.
For more information please visit www.mashpilodge.com/en/
Velaa Private Island
Hidden away within a collection of islands in the Maldives, you will find Velaa Private Island – possibly the most private island in the world. The only resort in the Maldives that has a strict no drone rule, in-room dining direct to the ocean, a ratio of 1:8 guests to staff and dedicated butlers; it is privacy personified. Overlooking enchanting vistas of the sparkling ocean, Velaa Private Island takes the aspirational escape to an entirely new level and attention to detail everywhere is impeccable. Seated within your plush, private speed boat, your dedicated butler whisks you away from Velaa Private Island to The Romantic Pool Residence. Here you’ll find your very own spa treatment room, gym, over-water infinity pool and beach with its own palm tree and your devoted butler will cater to your every want, whilst leaving you within the bliss of ultimate privacy, all enveloped within the beauty of the Indian Ocean.
For more information please visit www.velaaprivateisland.com/
Kinloch Lodge – Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is renowned for being one of the most spectacular places on earth. The rugged and romantic island is remote and the perfect secluded escape. Kinloch is in a particularly beautiful part of the island; down a long drive, at the foot of a mountain and at the head of Loch na Dal. Here you will find some of Scotland’s best food, roaring fires, whisky on tap and beds fit for a king. The hotel was home to Lord & Lady Macdonald where they raised their family. They are still involved in the hotel which is now operated by their daughter Isabella. Food is a big draw; Marcello Tully won and has retained a Michelin Star for six successive years and the region has a wealth of delicious local product – some of the world’s finest seafood can be enjoyed here.
Room rates start at £170pppn, off season rates (1 Nov – 31 March 2017, excluding Christmas & Hogmanay) from £129 pppn. Prices are based on two people sharing, depend on the size and outlook of the room and include dinner (5 courses), bed and breakfast.
For more information please visit kinloch-lodge.co.uk/
Song Saa Private Island – Koh Rong, Cambodia
Located across two private isles in Cambodia’s undiscovered Koh Rong Archipelago, Song Saa boasts 27 sustainably built villas where guests can enjoy blissful seclusion in a spot reminiscent of Thailand’s islands before its tourism boom. The first private island resort in the country, Song Saa offers guests access to an untouched paradise, ripe in lush rainforest, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. Each of the 27 villas promises a secluded sanctuary, where guests can enjoy spectacular sunrise and sunset views from their private pools or verandas. Accessible only by a 45 minute journey from the nearby Sihanoukville Port on board Song Saa’s luxury private speed boat, the resort truly is the perfect hideaway. Highly individual in design, the resort is inspired by Cambodian fishing villages with features such as over-water buildings, thatch roofs, rough-hewn natural timbers and drift wood furnishings.
For more information please visit songsaa.com/
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat – Zermatt, Switzerland
For budding stargazers you could not pick a better hotel than 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat. They sky is strewn with sparkling diamonds and these twinkling stars are almost close enough to touch at this refined and solitary hotel. As the name suggest, the hotel is 3100-meters above sea level amid the mighty summits and feels a world away from anywhere. It is made up of 22 modern Alpine-style rooms offering views of either the majestic Matterhorn or Montblanc – plus exclusive luxury tower-suite. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, admire the powerful alpine setting and explore the best views of the night sky on a trip to 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat.
For more information please visit gornergrat-kulm.ch/?lang=en
Helena Bay – New Zealand
New Zealand will add another luxury lodge to its collection with the launch of Helena Bay on the Tutukaka Coast, North Island in November 2016. The new lodge is just 40-km north of Whangarei and a 45-minute helicopter ride from Auckland. Set on 800 acres, Helena Bay will include two and three bedroom villas, overlooking three kilometres of pristine coastline. The main lodge will house a Turkish Hammam, plunge pool, gym, sauna, luxury spa, a 25-metre heated pool, a library, three lounge areas, a restaurant and an outdoor fire pit. Guest will have access to four private beaches and many coves, making this secluded hotel the ultimate retreat.
Junior Suites start from £865 per night, based on two people sharing. Pre-dinner drinks, dinner and breakfast are included.
For more information please visit helenabay.com