Need to put down the screen and fully disconnect to get some real rest and relaxation? We’ve picked the most stunning, secluded spots for your next getaway that are so unique and enticing, you won’t even think of checking your inbox.
Juma Lodge, Brazil
Stay in a bungalow on the edge of Lake Juma in the Amazon
If seclusion is what you want, Bookers will definitely find it at Juma Lodge, deep in the Amazon Rainforest. The accommodation—which you need to hike 3 hours to get to—is a collection of thatched bungalows on stilts near Lake Juma that are equipped with the bare necessities. Each cozy hideaway runs on eco-friendly energy sources like solar power and biofuels, and offers far-reaching views of the tropical canopy. There’s no internet access here, so enjoy your vacation the old-fashioned way – by immersing yourself in the great outdoors. Bookers can relax in a hammock on their private terrace, go swimming in the lake, or sign up for one of the many rainforest experiences available, like jungle trekking or tree climbing.
Lyngen North, Norway
Watch the northern lights from the comfort of your own bed in Norway
The remote Lyngen North is located along the shore of the longest fjord in Norway’s Troms county in the Arctic Circle. There are several suites with kitchens available, but the best is the igloo with its domed glass ceiling. Bookers can feel at one with nature as they enjoy breathtaking views of the northern lights from their bed, or wake up to a view of the sea and the snow-blanketed Lyngen wilderness, dotted by sea eagles, reindeer, seals, and other wildlife. Then soak away the fatigue in an illuminated outdoor hot tub surrounded by snow.
Sopron Monastery, Hungary
Total serenity at the Sopron Monastery Hotel
Forget all about work emails and clear your mind at the Sopron Monastery Hotel, a refurbished monastery. Located in a remote spot outside Sopron, the hotel is large enough that it’s silent at all times – even when fully booked. The grounds feature a well-maintained garden and a path leading toward nearby hills with views of the town. Inside, the decor and architecture maintain its historically minimalist aesthetic, with dark woods and plain linens. However, the dining room is a bit flashier, with frescoes and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Bookers can also hear the choir rehearsing at the adjacent church while they enjoy breakfast. Check out the monastery library, try the tasting menu and local wine at the restaurant, or sign up for the free classes offered to guests (including yoga) to keep away from any digital distractions. But if you can’t go completely off the grid, WiFi is available in the dining room and other public areas.
Hotel Búdir, Iceland
Get away from it all in the Icelandic wilderness
Hotel Búdir is located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a 2-hour drive from Reykjavik. Bookers can take in the scent of burning logs while exploring the gallery of historic photographs and lithographs on the walls, or simply kick back in antique chocolate leather sofas. But if you’d rather get out and enjoy the Icelandic wilderness, visit the Snæfellsjökull Volcano, hike glaciers, or go whale watching. Bookers can also take a helicopter trip over the surrounding lava fields, mountains, and sea to the nearby Snæfellsnes National Park, where there are nothing but brightly-painted farmhouses for miles. Walk along the windswept beach and past the quaint 19th-century church before returning to the hotel, where Bookers can enjoy seasonal, award-winning Icelandic cuisine at the hotel restaurant.
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Practice yoga in an outdoor pavilion overlooking the Himalayas
Bookers will feel like they’re floating above the treetops when they look down at the holy Ganges River and the city of Rishikesh from Ananda, a retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas. With tons of activities to choose from—including Ayurvedic healing treatments, yoga classes, hiking, whitewater rafting, and more—it’ll be easy to commit to a digital detox here. The well-groomed grounds (where you just might see a peacock) are worth checking out if you’d prefer to unwind under the sun, or you could hike to the nearby Kunjapuri Temple to explore the surrounding area. After a jam-packed day, relax by the pool with a cocktail as you watch the sunset over the mountains.
Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in, Japan
Hot springs and zen gardens at Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in, a 1000-year-old temple
Let go of your worldly desires—especially the one to check your notifications—with a stay at a 1000-year-old Buddhist temple, where Bookers will sleep in rooms with tatami-mat flooring and paper screen doors. Enjoy a quintessential Japanese experience with group meditations, morning Goma fire rituals (a Buddhist tradition), and Buddhist calligraphy sessions. Bookers will also get to enjoy shojin-ryori (Japanese Buddhist cuisine), which is strictly vegan and consists of mouthwatering tempura, flavorful veggie-based broths, silky tofu, and more. Braver guests should take a guided night tour through the ancient cedars of Okunoin Cemetary, Japan’s largest cemetery, which is over a mile long and houses graves as old as 1,200 years. Then soak away your fatigue at the temple’s onsen (Japanese hot spring) while admiring the beautiful zen garden.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa
Watch the sunset, then stargaze by a campfire at Bushmans Kloof
Bushmans Kloof is located in the foothills of the rocky Cederberg Mountains, deep in the South African bush, and has regularly won awards as the best hotel in the world. Put your phone away and take in the stunning views of the vast, rugged plains, or else go visit the 130 ancient, archaeological ochre rock paintings nearby. There’s a lot of options for outdoorsy travelers, including hiking and canoeing. Walking the Crystal Pools Trail is a must, since it offers views of tall sandstone formations and cascading waterfalls. Bookers can enjoy the sunset on the lantern-lit deck before indulging in a delicious, locally-sourced dinner at the main lodge. Afterwards, wind down with some fireside stargazing in the garden’s circular stone seating area next to the creek.
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