In a world driven by technology, sometimes switching off can be the hardest thing to do. Sure, we can go on a holiday, but if you’re anything like me, your holidays end up being a fun time of juggling an iPhone in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Or reminiscing about old times when you’ve travelled half way across the world, only to run into people you know from your own home town.
If, like me, you feel like switching off and getting away from it all, then maybe it’s time to seek out those lesser known locations. Not surprisingly, new research from Booking.com has revealed that two thirds of travellers are now choosing remote places to holiday, setting themselves up in secluded spots far, far away from those well trodden paths.
But if the idea of travelling to a remote location where the locals might not speak the same language scares you, Booking.com have partnered with ili, the world’s fastest offline translator, helping you to break down language barriers and open a world of opportunities. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to get lost with these top picks of locations off the beaten track.
EMERALD LAKE, CANADA
The words mesmerizing, serene and majestic all spring to mind when describing Emerald Lake in Canada. A quick look at some photos and it’s easy to see that this spectacular town is all that, and more. Located in the Yoho National Park surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Emerald Lake Lodge offers a cozy place to stay with wood burning fireplaces, an outdoor hot tub and three restaurants. Escape to this mesmerizing town for spectacular natural settings and to feel at home in your log cabin, designed to blend in with the picturesque surroundings.
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILE
Offering the perfect settings to just switch off and reconnect with yourself, Torres del Paine National Park is a chance to reconnect with nature. Featuring mountains, grasslands, forests, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, Torres del Paine National Park is every explorer’s dream. Stay at Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, located by the picturesque Sarmiento Lake and boasting panoramic views of park itself. Spoilt for choice with a steam room, sauna, heated pool, hydro-massage tub or hot tub, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa will have you relaxing and unwinding in no time.
ARABIAN DESERT, UAE
If being isolated from the rest of the world is your dream holiday (don’t laugh, almost one third of global travellers daydream of this too), then the Arabian Desert is the place for you. There’s something mystical about the idea of staying in the heart of the Arabian Desert, surrounded by nothing but nature and the elements. Serenely set within the Liwa Desert, the secluded Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort offers stylish desert-castle décor and breath-taking panorama views. 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?
Kaga is a town not far from Mount Hakusan, one of Japan’s three holiest mountains (alongside Mount Fuji and Mount Tateyama). This magical town screams (well, maybe whispers), peace, relaxation and tranquility. A remote mountain village made up of rice paddies, ancient cedar trees and onsens (natural hot springs), Kaga is awaiting to be experienced in slow motion. 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.
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, USA
Here lies San Juan Mountains, a perfectly restored ghost town that thrives on contradictions. From cozy log cabins to a life-worn saloon, trails and tumbling waterfalls to pampering massages and sensuous hot springs, San Juan Mountains has it all. Stay at the fairy-tale Dunton Hot Springs a small and exclusive resort nestled in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies.
HARADS FOREST, SWEDEN
If this place isn’t already on your bucket list, then it should be. If you’re seeking a truly off the grid getaway, Harads Forest has just what you’re after with it’s Treehotel, the eco-friendly treehouses blending in with surroundings with their cutting-edge architecture and design. 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.
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. The tour desk offers stunning wildlife and birdlife tours, including the Mary River Wetlands cruises, Kakadu National Park tours and Leichhardt Point sunset tours. Travellers 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.