Here at House of Coco, we’re always on the go – but where do we go to really get away from it all? Idyllic in their isolation, these remote hotel resorts are set across the farthest-flung corners of the globe – offering the chance to truly disconnect from the daily grind alongside unique experiences at the edge of the world. Here are #TeamCoco’s top remote hotel escapes…
Manshausen Island, Norway
Set well above the arctic circle, this section of Norway’s northern coast is about as remote as it gets within Europe, so you’ll need to take 2 planes, a ferry and finally a small boat to reach the isolated private island of Manshausen. It’s here that polar explorer Børge Ousland, (the first person to reach the North Pole and to cross Antarctica in a solo unsupported expedition) chose to create a resort. With floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the outside in, these space-age cabins are designed to make the most of the sensational seascape. With the opportunity to see the Northern Lights in winter and experience the eerie Midnight Sun in summer, #TeamCoco can’t imagine a better place to cosy up.
Awasi Patagonia, Chile
Follow in the footsteps of Scottish explorer-babe Florence Dixie, who first pitched her tent beneath these peaks in 1878 and craft your own epic adventure at this Patagonian retreat. With just 12 design villas set among the pristine wilderness of the Torres del Paine mountain range, each rustic chalet offers luxe touches from cosy sheepskin rugs to a woodburning stove and hot tub. Your own expert guide and 4×4 mean you can explore at your own pace – whether that’s off-roading, puma-spotting or simply taking in the snow-capped scenery.
Mowani Mountain Lodge, Namibia
Deep in Namibia’s desolate Damaraland, this mountain escape feels like you’ve landed on the surface of the moon. Set among an otherworldly landscape of giant granite rock formations it’s easy to see why Mowani means ‘window on heaven’ in Swahili, with thatched bungalows that unzip entirely to maximise the mountain views. Daily safaris offer a chance to see rare desert-adapted elephants and while you won’t find any wifi, this blissfully far from civilisation you’re in for some of the starriest skies to be seen on earth.
Blancaneaux Resort, Belize
A remote rainforest haven in the lush jungles of Belize, Blancaneaux is made up of 20 cabanas dotted alongside the Privasson River in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest. The man responsible for such a cinematic setting? Renowned filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who discovered the property in the early ’80s – keeping it as his family’s private retreat until 1993 when it opened to the public. You can check out nearby Mayan ruins, but the real appeal here is total immersion in nature, whether that’s swimming in waterfalls, exploring the jungle on horseback or simply sitting on your deck at dawn listening to the sounds of the jungle.
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi
Set in a stretch of desert so desolate it’s known as ’The Empty Quarter’, Anantara’s Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is an oasis of Middle Eastern opulence. Deep in the planet’s largest uninterrupted desert, this fortress mirage feels a million miles from anywhere, surrounded by an ever-shifting sandscape. Despite its isolation from the outside world, you won’t forego a single luxury here, with plush pool villa, a seriously sophisticated spa and the option to dine in your own Bedouin tent (swoon). #TeamCoco recommend exploring the dunes at dawn by 4×4, followed by a dune-top picnic.