Whether planning a digital detox or an epic honeymoon, here are some top hotels in the middle of nowhere to get away from it all.
Hidden away among silent woods and snow banks in Sweden’s Lapland, about an hour’s flight north of Stockholm, Treehotel is about as off-the-grid as it gets.
While trekking through the woods, travelers might catch a glimpse of a mirror-like cube or a UFO in the distance — two of the retreat’s seven cabins, each suspended among tree branches.
In January 2017, the Treehotel welcomed its “7th Room,” an apartment-like cabin is built into the canopy, 32 feet above the ground.
Encircling a pine tree, the lodge features panoramic windows and a netted terrace for sleeping under the stars.
Head there to see the Northern Lights from the skylight in the bedroom, but make it quick.
Due to the solar cycle, 2017 will be the best year to catch the aurora borealis until about 2025.
Tierra Atacama, Chile
Designed to disappear into the spectacular surroundings, the adobe Tierra Atacama seems right at home in the middle of the world’s driest non-polar desert — about a two-hour flight northeast of Santiago.
The imposing Atacama Desert is home to a diverse lineup of natural beauty, from geysers to salt flats, dramatic rock formations, hot springs and even flamingos.
Adventurous types will enjoy excursions including horseback riding through the sand dunes, hiking up volcanoes, stargazing and biking.
But if lounging around sounds more appealing, the Uma Spa is close at hand with bubble massage beds, steam rooms and Chilean-inspired treatments.
For the best views, book an “Oriente” room, where a full wall of windows and a private terrace showcase the Licancabur volcano.
Inside the volcano sits the world’s highest lake.
Song Saa, Cambodia
When Rory and Melita Hunter first discovered Song Saa in 2006, in the middle of the Koh Rong Archipelago, the island was decaying under heaps of trash and debris.
The long-time scuba enthusiasts saw potential in the nearby coral reef, and set out to transform the area.
The husband-and-wife duo set up Cambodia’s first marine reserve, cleaned up the island, rehabilitated the nearby coral, and watched as marine life began to return to the area.
Over the past decade, Song Saa has transformed into a barefoot luxury island retreat — about a 45-minute speedboat ride off Cambodia’s southwest coast.
The 24 wooden villas iterate the couple’s sustainable philosophy, incorporating driftwood, found objects, stones and local artwork.
Choose between diving in the revived coral reefs or simply laze in the sun. Either way, the far-flung getaway feels a million miles away from the daily grind.
Fogo Island Inn, Canada
This camp is discreetly located in the heart of Namibia’s 200,000-hectare NamibRand Nature Reserve, one the largest private reserves in Africa.
Set off into the reserve offer a peek at roaming giraffes, baboons, oryx, zebras, foxes and over 100 bird species.
The retreat offers several sleeping options, from spacious rooms at the main Dunes Lodge to mountain view suites, tented chalets and secluded private camps in the middle of the desert.
A new addition to the Wolwedans family is the separate Boulders Camp 29 miles south, where a private cluster of four chalets sit atop a granite plateau.
Instead of sleeping bags and crinkling plastic underfoot, come here for canvas tents with solar power, leather furniture, wood flooring, antique fixtures and four-poster beds.