Four Far-Flung Retreats That are Worth the Trip

Looking to get really off the grid? These remote hideaways have you covered.

The tented pavilions at Camp Sarika are set at the foot of a rocky escarpment. (Photo: Aman)

1. Camp Sarika by Amangiri

Utah, United States

As if the suites at Amangiri weren’t remote enough, the luxe wilderness resort in southern Utah’s Canyon Country has just unveiled a sister property, Camp Sarika, whose 10 tented pavilions offer what could be the most indulgent glamping experience in the U.S. A 30-minute hike from the main resort, the encampment has two spa suites, a restaurant strong on rotisserie and fire-pit dishes, and a swimming pool flanked by shaded daybeds, as well as direct access to a private trail system through the surrounding desert and mountains.
Doubles from US$3,500

Minaret Station lies in a remote valley on New Zealand’s South Island. (Photo: Minaret Station)

2. Minaret Station

Wanaka, New Zealand

With no road access—arrival is via helicopter from Queenstown or the lakeside resort town of Wanaka—this backcountry retreat in the Southern Alps is an escapist’s dream. Minaret’s four cozy chalets (each with an outdoor hot tub) and central lodge are set at the head of a glacier-carved valley amid a 20,000-hectare sheep and deer station; when not soaking up the Tolkienesque splendor of the setting, guests can fill their days with hiking, fly-fishing, or heli-skiing, depending on the season.
Doubles from US$1,962

Dino House, the cozy lounge at Three Camel Lodge. (Photo: Three Camel Lodge)

3. Three Camel Lodge

South Gobi, Mongolia

Your ger awaits at Three Camel Lodge, where 40 of the round wood-and-felt tents—elevated takes on Mongolia’s traditional nomadic dwelling—overlook the desert steppe. Guests can partake in archery, mountain biking, and horseback riding, though getting here is an adventure in itself: after flying into Ulanbaatar, you hop a prop plane for an hour’s flight to the frontier town of Dalanzadgad, and then drive another 90 minutes off-road deep into the Gobi Desert.
From US$700 per person

An aerial view of the main pavilion at Wa Ale. (Photo: Wa Ale)

4. Wa Ale

Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

More than 90 minutes by speedboat from Myanmar’s southernmost port town, Wa Ale is the sole occupant of a wild, 1,600-hectare island in the Mergui Archipelago. Built using reclaimed materials, the resort, which reopens in November, is as intimate as it is sustainable, with just 11 tented suites and a trio of treetop villas. Languid days can be spent trekking in the jungle, kayaking through mangrove forests, and exploring the waters of Lampi Marine National Park, whose conservation the resort supports through its own foundation.
From US$425 per person

This article originally appeared in the August/November 2020 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Splendid Isolation”).

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