When it comes to holidays, easy-to-reach, all-inclusive resorts can be just what the doctor ordered – but sometimes a traveller craves more adventurous and authentic accommodation to call their home away from home.
In July 2018, Hotels.com revealed that over the past two years they have seen an increase in reservations of off-grid getaways and a 60 percent spike in guests leaving rave reviews for remote hotels. Johan Svanstrom, president of the popular booking site, explains: “Thanks to our 25 million guest reviews, we’ve seen a huge uplift in desire to escape the city and head for the hills – in some cases, quite literally! Going ‘off grid’ seems to be a trend many guests are positively highlighting more and more in their reviews.”
As a result, the site has launched its hideaway hotels category. From the jungles of St Lucia to the deserts of Abu Dhabi, here are Hotels.com’s top 10 secret spots.
Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort
An oasis nestled among the sand dunes, this hotel is truly in the middle of nowhere. Take a dip in the stunning pool, unwind at the spa or thrill yourself with a desert safari
Ice Hotel, Hotel
It doesn’t get more once-in-a-lifetime than sleeping in an igloo. Bundle up in a blanket and enjoy this real-life fairytale. You might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Four Seasons Bali at Sayan
Romance fizzes everywhere at this luxurious resort that’s really off the beaten track. Rising from the rice fields, this hotel has just 60 rooms, all surrounded by lush gardens.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel
Live the Cappadocia life at this hotel set in striking caves. You will literally stay underground here so prepare for the experience of your life.
Perched above the rainforest canopy, this 38-room jungle paradise is a haven in thriving Phuket. Relax poolside or zen out in a yoga class. If you opt for a “bird’s nest” villa you can even enjoy your own treehouse infinity pool.
Jade Mountain Resort
Marvel at the jaw-dropping views from Jade Mountain. You’ll find 600 acres of beach awaiting you here, as well as a spa, tennis courts and a breathtaking infinity pool.
Wine, dine and unwind at this Napa Valley hideaway. Follow your morning hike through the forest with a dip in one the property’s private lakes and some classic California wine.
Deep in Chilean Patagonia lies this architectural gem inspired by sheep-shearing sheds and designed by Germán del Sol. Take some me-time in the spa, pool and garden before heading out to explore nearby ice fields and glaciers.
Silostay Little River
Live your off-grid dreams in these refurbished grain silos in the small town that dreams are made of, Little River. The apartments are eco-friendly and the only ones of their kind.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Live like royalty on this private island paradise. Bask in the sun on the powder-sand beach, nap under a palm tree and indulge in decadent massages, or for a dose of literary culture, head to the nearby Ernest Hemingway
House and Museum.