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Easter Island, Chile
Explora knows a thing or two about building world-class hotels in the farthest-flung locales. Case in point is their Easter Island outpost, a vista-rich work of striking modern architecture that’s more than a thousand South Pacific miles from the nearest inhabited island.
Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua
Rotorua, New Zealand
If you book all three suites at this gated estate on the North Island, whoever it is you’re fleeing is going to have an awfully hard time getting in. All the better for enjoying the hotel’s setting, a peninsula jutting into tranquil Lake Okareka, complete with a private beach and excellent trout-fishing.
Folded deep into the Himalayas, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is so cut off from the world that it didn’t even get television until 1999. Nowadays, if you can score a visa, you can stay at a modern spa hotel like Uma Paro, surrounded by thirty-eight acres of quiet wooded hills.
Kenoa Exclusive Beach & Spa Resort
The folks behind Kenoa went a bit rogue themselves opening a sleek, high-design eco-resort on the far east coast of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. Kenoa aside, this isn’t exactly boutique-hotel territory, and let’s hope nobody else discovers it.
Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima
Located on lushly forested Yakushima Island off the southwestern tip of the Japanese mainland, Sankara offers seemingly endless hiking trails in which to get lost. Just be sure to pack some dinner attire with your camouflage; the hotel’s chef trained in three-star French restaurants before returning to the island.
Wakaya Club & Spa
Wakaya Private Island, Fiji
The hotel’s official address is “Wakaya Private Island, Fiji.” Need we say more? How about your own 1600-square-foot bure complete with tropical garden, massive bath and open-air rock-garden shower. They’ll even greet your arrival with a glass of champagne.
Long before it was a stately Oberoi hotel, Wildflower Hall was deemed sufficiently secure to serve as the residence of the British Commander-in-Chief of India. Perched at 8,250 feet in the Himalayas, the tranquil retreat is surrounded by twenty-two acres of cedar-covered mountainside.
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
For the traveler on the lamb, Tahiti just has that special ring to it. The bungalows on Sofitel’s private island sit right over the water, so if you need to make a quick exit, just grab a kayak and you’re off into the South Pacific.
Looking for some cover? Hamadryade, a five-room Amazonian eco-resort in the middle of the world’s most famous jungle, ought to suffice. After a day scoping out nearby caves and waterfalls, huddle under a traditional toquilla roof in your spacious modern bungalow.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Staying in one of Awasi’s eight cottages amidst the beautifully strange landscapes of the driest desert on earth, you may feel like you’ve fled to Mars. And if the federales manage to catch up, just hole up in your private courtyard or your decadent marble bathroom.