It is unclear how travel will be different in a post-quarantine world and as countries globally are beginning to relax their lockdowns and re-open their borders there are still many questions left unanswered. However, with social distancing advice still in place, airlines announcing to leave vacant seats between passengers and face mask sales through the roof, it is evident that travellers will place a greater value on their personal space and privacy than they have in the past.
It would be logical therefore, to choose destinations that are off-the-beaten-track, less dense in population and to prioritise long, adventure holidays in nature for your first trip over short breaks confined in dense cities. Moreover, where better to stay on that trip, than in an extraordinary off-grid hotel with external suites; where you can truly appreciate your unique surroundings and be at one with the outdoors after spending months confined between the same walls and, most importantly, do so in your own safe and private enclosure.
We’ve collected together the most incredible off the grid places to stay for your first escape; secluded treehouses, waterside huts, snowy domes and fairytale cabins to book now for your first post-lockdown trip!
The 5 Million Star Hotel – Iceland
Imagine being surrounded by nothing but the vast outdoors and, as the name suggests, 5 million twinkling stars above your head. In the winter months you can enjoy the silence of the snow and watch the aurora borealis dance above your head, whilst in summer you will listen in awe to the sounds of the birds and watch the colours of butterfly wings flutter by.
The hotel is located an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, and consists of five bubble suites spread amongst the forest trees. Of course we don’t need to remind you of the dramatic, natural landscapes Iceland has to offer and with tours to Haukaladur’s hot springs, Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) and Fludir’s secret lagoon pool, to name a few, it will be a unique trip to never forget!
The bubble itself is basic, mostly consisting of sleeping quarters alone, however there is a communal reception house nearby with bathrooms, showers, kitchen and dining room.
Book here The 5 Million Star Hotel
Campera Hotel Burbuja – Mexico
Set amongst the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe, the ‘Napa Valley of Mexico’, this hotel is the off-grid destination for wine and gourmet food lovers.
Don’t get us wrong, these are effectively bubble tents, and far from a luxurious 5-star hotel experience, but the concept, the surroundings and the experience are what makes this glamping experience one to treasure. Activities to take part in during your trip include golf, winery tours and of course, tastings!
The eco-friendly resort offers a sustainable immersive experience with private bathrooms included in the bubble pods.
Book here Campera Hotel
The Fish Hotel – Farncombe Estate, Cotswolds
Let nature take over in the gorgeous woodland setting of the high-end Fish Hotel, quintessential Cotswolds. With cosy individuals huts and treehouses nestled across the 400 acre private estate there is no end of outdoor adventures to be discovered, from clay shooting to flower picking and arranging, and visiting the notorious Daylesford farm. The delightful dining experiences are not to be missed either, from tipsy afternoon tea, to seafood restaurant, Hook, and the more laidback Feasting on the Deck.
All individual huts benefit from underfloor heating, wood burners and roll top baths and are strictly only for the grown ups, however if you want to bring the family along, the treehouses welcome kids with large open plan living rooms, separate children’s room with bunk beds and an outdoor decking with not one, but two heated bath tubs.
Book here The Fish Hotel
Skylodge Adventure Suites – Urubamba, Peru
One for the adrenaline seekers among us, and the next best thing to soaring above the clouds native Condor style. Skylodge comprises of 3 capsule pods suspended from the top of a 1,200ft cliffside offering unparalleled views of Peru’s sacred valley.
In order to reach your bed you must take a guided hike, mountain climb and exhilarating zip wire adventure trail of Via Ferrata, where you can eventually reward yourself with a (much needed) bottle of wine and dinner whilst taking in the exceptional views and watching the sun set down the valley.
Three suspended glass pods each sleeping four people, with curtain separators for privacy and with a separate private bathroom. Each stay includes a gourmet dinner and breakfast.
Book here Skylodge Adventure Suites
Yab Yum Resort – Goa, India
Relax and unwind in a woven yurt at the exotic Yab Yum eco-resort, set on the unspoilt sands, and amongst the lush palms, of Ashwem Beach. Relish in the peace and nature away from the hustle and bustle and watch from your deck or the resort bar deck as the sun sets on the Arabian Sea. Enjoy the exceptional service and pampering of the hotel staff and ensure to indulge in a healing Ayurvedic massage or yoga class during your stay.
Find your bliss in one of the yurt style domes made of local materials including mango wood, palm leaves and volcanic rock, or the luxurious honey pods set atop the sand dunes overlooking the beach.
Book here Yab Yum Resort
Pan Treetop Cabins – Finnskogen, Norway
Named for the spectacular panoramic views you can enjoy from the top, these magnificent treetop cabins are a dream come true for both nature and design lovers. The cabins were designed by MNAL Espen Surnevik and have won multiple awards for pioneering architecture.
There is no end of activities to take part in, both on land and on the nearby lake. To get a closer look at the surrounding wildlife, including bears, lynx, wolves, moose, and a rich variety of birds, you can rent canoes, snowshoes and bicycles, or even take a romantic horse and carriage ride through the snow.
Each cabin has six beds and are split into three living areas. Wood fire burners and underfloor heating make the cabins warm and cosy in winter months and utilise smart and innovative, space-saving design solutions.
Book here PAN Cabins
Kichwa Tembo – Masai Mara, Kenya
Kichwa Tembo is situated on the western border of the wildlife rich Masai Mara National Reserve. Don’t miss your chance to spot the ‘Big Five’ on a safari adventure where you will be guided by locals to view lion prides, elephant parades, and if you visit at the right time of year, witness the Great Migration of wildebeest, with the herd stretching as far as the eye can see.
Wholesome meals are served in the stylish dining room where fresh ingredients are picked from the on-site vegetable garden and transformed into colourful, vibrant dishes. Relax with a rejuvenating massage treatment after a busy day on safari, or take a dip in the infinity pool whilst you enjoy the extraordinary view of the plains.
The camp is comprised of 40 tents with sophisticated interiors and luxury finishes. Your stay includes two game drives and three fresh meals daily.
Book Here Kichwa Tembo
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