Valerie Wilson Travel

Rural & Remote

For those who often say they need to get away from it all – we have the spots for you. By private plane, ship, or back road, here are six properties that will take you off-the-grid and into vacation mode immediately! 

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

The hotel is fifteen minutes from the artsy and spiritual city of Ubud, nestled in the luscious jungle on the Ayung River. You will float above the treetops on a dramatic suspension bridge and cross into a different world made of rice bowl-shaped architecture offering private rafting on Bali’s longest river, a bike ride through rice fields starting at Mount Batur’s volcanic crater, and top-secret tours to Bali’s most off the beaten path historical sites and temples. 

Silversea Silver Whisper – Easter Island 

Witness the mystery that has intrigued generations of scholars for years. World-class accommodations and luxury aboard Silversea’s Silver Whisper accompany guests on a journey to nine ports exploring the world’s most unpopulated and remote islands. Step foot on an adventure lover’s dream – Robinson Crusoe Island, witness Easter Island’s iconic 900 stone figures, moai, and dip your toes into the world-famous crystal-clear waters of Tahiti. 

Winterlake Lodge – Skwentna, Alaska 

Only accessible via floatplane, Winterlake Lodge sits at the entrance to the Alaska Range on the edge of an ancient valley. Guests will explore untouched earth with people who end up feeling like family. Helicopter to a glacier, fly fish for salmon, trout, and grayling, or frolic through blueberry fields in caribou country – a journey curated to your interests. And when you’re done, join the team for a foraged meal, ping pong tournament, guitar singalong, and story around the fire. 

Read about Tina Montana’s trip to Winterlake Lodge here

Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah 

A modern resort that seamlessly blends into its red-rock surroundings of over 900 acres of vast Colorado Plateau – quite literally the Wild West. Further surrounded by thousands of miles untouched by man with an abundance of national parks at its back, guests can arrange a helicopter ride to Zion National Park, experience the rich traditions of neighboring Native American tribes, or paddle board on glassy waters against unreal backdrops. 

Hacienda AltaGracia – Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

A private chartered plane over the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón drops you into 180 acres of untamed rainforest featuring an equestrian center, organic gardens, a holistic wellbeing center, and fifty spacious casitas. Bookings include a dedicated liaison and experience designer to ensure you find yourself well here. Venture into the rain forest and indulge in a river bath or learn from one of five of the only “Blue Zones” in the world, where people live longer and healthier lives. 

Read about Ashley Lancer’s trip to Hacienda AltaGracia here.

Treehotel – Harads, Sweden 

Blending into the Harad forest with spectacular views of the Lule River are eight cutting-edge tree houses that you have to see to believe. Cross your ramp bridge and join the team in exploring the mystic Swedish forest through a memorable dinner or finally see the Northern lights when you go from September to March. Whether you are dogsledding and ice-fishing in the winter or kayaking and moose-spotting in the summer, you are guaranteed to explore a unique part of the world in an unforgettable way. 

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