7 Remote Escapes to Embrace your Inner Limitless Traveller
For a vacation full of peaceful tranquility, venture to the remote magical mountain town of Kaga in Japan. Relax in one of the many onsens (natural hot springs), whilst taking in the picturesque views of ‘old-Japan’ rice paddies, Meiji-era wooden houses, ancient cedar trees and clusters of hot spring towns. A trip to this remote mountain village will leave you feeling blissfully remote but a stay at Tachibana Shikitei will provide you with all the comforts and luxuries you desire. Guests can relax in the two public baths, or unwind with a massage and afterwards, savor kaiseki, a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner.
Emerald Lake, Canada
Vacations are golden opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. In fact, recent Booking.com research shows over half of global travellers are motivated to get away to improve their mental well-being (57%).
However, with modern day technologies, it is becoming more and more difficult to switch off and to leave your worries behind. Travelers dream of vacationing somewhere remote to get away from it all, with more than two fifths (43%) believing there’s nothing better than getting lost whilst traveling to help find yourself. However, worries such as not being able to understand the language (28%) or missing home comforts (22%) are common factors that leave travellers choosing to remain within their comfort zone.
Almost half (44%) of people want to be a limitless traveller, someone who does not feel held back from getting the most out of travel. Set yourself no limits and explore these amazing remote properties far from the well-trodden tourist path, with two thirds (66%) of travellers choosing a remote place to stay to help empower travel that has no limits.
Escape to the mesmerizing Emerald Lake in Canada for spectacular natural settings and feel at home in your log cabin, designed to blend in with the picturesque surroundings. Located in the Yoho National Park surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Emerald Lake Lodge offers a cosy place to stay with wood burning fireplaces, an outdoor hot tub and three restaurants. Be in awe of the untouched beauty and contrasting landscapes, with almost a half of travellers dreaming of untouched and undeveloped landscapes for their next getaway (45%).
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to detach from your devices and reconnect with yourself. Located by the picturesque Sarmiento Lake, the hotel boasts panoramic views of Torres del Paine National Park. Recharge your batteries with a trip to the spa and be spoiled for choice with the steam room, sauna, heated pool, hydro-massage tub and hot tub. Be left mesmerized by the ever-changing landscapes, from mountains, grasslands, forests, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls as you explore the area with a local guide; with almost a third of travellers hoping to experience a stark contrast to where they normally live (30%).
Arabian Desert, UAE
The research shows almost a third of global travellers’ daydream of feeling isolated from the rest of the world (27%) and what could be more remote than staying in the heart of the Arabian Desert? Serenely set within the Liwa Desert, the secluded Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort offers stylish desert-castle décor and breath-taking panorama vistas. The resort infuses luxury fibers with earthy hues and each room boasts a deep soaking bath, rain shower and even a pillow menu. Who knew going off the grid could be so luxurious? The resort is two hours from Abu Dhabi, but guests will have plenty to keep them busy, from the three restaurants, outdoor pool, fitness centre, on-site excursions desk and the tranquil Anantara Spa.
San Juan Mountains, USA
Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies is the fairy-tale Dunton Hot Springs, a small and exclusive resort deep in the woods. Dunton Hot Springs is a romantic ghost town, set in an extraordinary alpine valley, perfect for vacation-goers looking to escape everyday life. This perfectly restored ghost town thrives on contradictions, from cosy log cabins to a life-worn saloon, trails and tumbling waterfalls to pampering massages and sensuous hot springs.
Harads Forest, Sweden
For travellers seeking a truly off the grid getaway, what could be more secluded than a secret treehouse? This unique property offers an unforgettable stay among the trees of Harads Forest, blending cutting-edge architecture and design. Treehotel offers eco-friendly rooms, with large comfy beds and idyllic views of the surrounding forest. Guests are spoilt for choice with the seasonal activities on offer, from hiking, kayaking and cycling in the summer, to dog sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. Perfect for travellers looking to physically challenge themselves while on vacation, as over a fifth of respondents want to (21%). After working up an appetite, tuck into locally sourced ingredients and wild game in a unique dining experience, where dinner is served ten meters high up in a tree.
Mary River Wetlands, Australia
Situated on the beautiful Mary River Wetlands, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers a luxurious escape with stylish eco lodge and safari tent accommodation. Over a third of travellers want to explore the interesting culture of the local people (35%) and you can do that in abundance by sampling local delicacies such as barramundi, buffalo and crocodile. The tour desk offers stunning wildlife and birdlife tours, including the Mary River Wetlands cruises, Kakadu National Park tours and Leichhardt Point sunset tours. Travelers need not to scrimp on luxury during their camping stay, with each cabin providing air-condition and luxury bedding, plus a bar, lounge and swimming pool are all located on the camp site.
* Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 20,500 respondents were surveyed (1,000+ from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, India, the USA, the UK, Russia, Indonesia and Columbia and 500+ each from Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Israel.) Respondents completed an online survey in March 2018.