Disconnect: Breathtaking Resorts in the Middle of Nowhere
When it comes to relaxation, sometimes getting away from the rest of civilization is the only way to steal a little R&R. Luckily, there are plenty of resorts out in the middle of nowhere that offer plenty of amenities, gorgeous views and all the privacy your heart desires. Leave the phones and laptops behind and escape to one of these remote resorts.
Accessible only by boat, the former mining town of Stehekin is located on the northern part of Lake Chelan.
Stehekin now offers visitors hiking, fishing, boating and horseback riding. To get there, take the Lady of the Lake ferry to the last stop on the lake. Visitors can rent cabins or camp in North Cascades National Park. To get to your cabin, simply take the vintage red shuttle offered to all visitors, available at the ferry dock.
Las Almandas, Costalegre, Mexico
Escape the crowds at this scenic boutique hotel. More than a two-hour drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport, you won’t need to worry about running in to any old pals from high school on this vacation. The hotel is situated on 1,500 acres of coast and offers to-die-for views, white-sand beaches and cool blue lagoons. The only amenities this resort doesn’t boast are cell reception and convenient transfers.
Havasupai Lodge, Arizona
You won’t miss civilization at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. When you need to get away from life, you can literally climb into the bottom of a hole at this resort, located on the Havasupai Reservation. The 24-room Havasupai Lodge offers private baths and air conditioning—welcome in the Arizona heat.
Guests can explore the Havasu Falls, the 200-foot Mooney Falls and swimming pools that reach 70 degrees. There’s one other thing you won’t miss at this blissful oasis—alcohol. None is permitted on Havasupai land.
The resort is only accessible via horse, hike or helicopter.
Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
When it comes to isolation, nothing is further off the grid than the desert, and the Mombo Camp in Botswana delivers.
The nine-room camp is set smack-dab in the middle of the Moremi Game Reserve—and visitors can only get there by way of the uber-small airport. In Africa, isolation equals animals, and visitors get more than just glimpses of rhinos; they also get eyefuls of plenty of other exotic animals. Guests don’t need to hop on a safari vehicle to see all of Africa—elephants and leopards hang right in the Mombo campsite.
Amanoi, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam
Travel an hour away from the airport to find Amanoi, one of Vietnam’s national treasures. The resort boasts 31 hillside rooms, with private decks and huge windows. The resort is located in the middle of a national park, but is anything but rustic. Take a dip in one of the private swimming pools or relax in the 20,000-square foot spa.
Flagstaff Lake Hut, Maine
To get to Flagstaff Lake Hut, you’ll need to embark on a three-hour drive from Portland and then on a two-mile hike—but the view is worth it.
Right around the corner from the Bigelow Mountain Range, the Flagstaff Lake Hut is a ten-room lodge that was built for hikers, skiers and boaters. Slip out on the lake with a canoe or kayak, and meet face-to-face with an elk or a school of salmon. Or, hike hut to hut and meet other guests who long for a little bit of silence.
Only 30 miles from the Quebec border, while the lodge isn’t necessarily close to civilization, it still offers plenty of amenities, like heat, hot water and some electricity.
As you can see, escaping the busy life and totally checking out isn’t as impossible as we think! Any of these options will get you exactly what you need – which sometimes can be total relaxation far away from everything.