When you want to leave the noise, the crowds, generally the hustle and bustle of life in the city behind–even for just a wee while–and relax, enjoy and perhaps rediscover yourself, it’s time to plan a getaway. There are many special places on the planet that may seem too good to be true, offering luxury and relaxation away from the city and right in the middle of nowhere, but they do exist and it will do you a world of good to spend your time in them for your much-deserved vacation.
Here are some of the most exciting getaways around the world for that once-in-a-lifetime travel treat.
North Island, Seychelles
Many people dream of spending their holiday on a private island lounging in a hammock, piña colada in hand and simply enjoying the view of the vast blue sea. Perhaps an early morning or sunset walk along a white sand beach, a nice afternoon nap in your own thatched-roof villa and a fresh coconut after a swim. Such is the life in North Island, a resort in Seychelles that’s popular with honeymooners. One of the most well-known couples to have spent their honeymoon here are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Tierra Atacama, Chile
Somewhere in the middle of the arid Atacama Desert in South America lies a hotel that’s near enough a small town but offers views of the mountains of Chile, giving guests a feeling of peaceful isolation. Tierra Atacama features a minimalist-modern architectural design that goes perfectly with the serene landscapes of the region. Notable are the resort’s pools and decks, which look out at the perfectly shaped Licancabur Volcano.
Amangiri, United States
Amangiri means “Mountain of Peace” in Sanskrit, one of the world’s oldest languages and used primarily in Hinduism. Peace is exactly what the management behind Amangiri in Utah in the United States want to offer their guests. The resort is situated next to an impressive rock formation and is near Lake Powell, but nearly a five-hour drive away from Las Vegas. If you want to experience the tranquility of the quiet desert but still have the comfort provided by a luxury resort, then this getaway in the middle of nowhere is perfect for you.
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort, United Arab Emirates
What comes to your mind or how do you feel about a place that’s been named the “Empty Quarter” in the desert region of the United Arab Emirates? Something akin to dread possibly, or a long and hot journey across the sand dunes to find water. Well, there’s bound to be an oasis, and for the Empty Quarter, it’s called the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort. This resort offers luxury, comfort and elegance right in the middle of the mystical Middle East.
Wildflower Hall, India
Wildflower Hall is the former estate of Lord Kitchener, who was made commander-in-chief in India in 1902. This magnificent mountain retreat is located atop a knoll overlooking a majestic backdrop of the high Himalayan mountains and charming rolling foothills. Wonderful to visit all year round, but the best time to admire the views would be in January when it snows.