Remote travel destinations are the best way to get away from it all; away from the everyday, away from the norm and a chance to holiday without a horde of other tourists in tow. Make this the year to break away from the crowds and try something new – from a long weekend on one of the Aran Islands, to camping in California or a stay in the middle of an Icelandic fjord.
Villa Lola, Iceland
Villa Lola sits across from Eyjarfjodur Bay just outside Akureyri, northern Iceland’s largest town, surrounded by the wild, rugged and completely unspoilt fjord, with dramatic mountains in the distance. Inspired by both Swiss mountain cabins and Japanese spatial efficiency, Villa Lola is clad in pre-weathered larch to blend in with its surroundings. Inside, it’s decidedly Nordic with simple furnishings and a minimalist aesthetic – but the best space is the wood-decked terrace for soaking up the peaceful location. For more information, visit Villa Lola’s page on Airbnb.
Autonomous Tent, California
Taking luxury camping to another level is the Autonomous Tent Co. with the Autonomous Tent. Designed by Harry Gesner, the structure can be raised in just a few days and taken down without leaving a trace, and with fully functioning bathrooms, wood burning stoves and proper beds, you can stay at the most remote locations in style and comfort. For more information, visit the Autonomous Tent Co. website.
La Settima Luna Hotel, Lipari
Just north of Sicily is Lipari, the Aeolian Island where relaxing is a way of life, the coastline is rugged and the narrow streets lined with pastel coloured houses. On the island is small fishing village Canneto, home to some of the best and unspoilt beaches on the whole of Lipari. La Settima Luna Hotel is a renovated 19th century manor house with whitewashed walls, shaded nooks and rooftop swimming pool with views across the countryside. For more information about La Settima Luna Hotel, visit its website.
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
The middle of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, a visit to Inis Meáin is like going back to a time of traditional Irish culture (the community is predominantly Irish-speaking) and a wild, rugged Ireland. Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites takes the best of the island and adds a modern element; the five suites all offer panoramic views of the outside, while the interior is a contemporary reflection of its surroundings. As for the restaurant, a daily menu is created using ingredients from around the island. For more information, visit the Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites website.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Minutes from Lake Sarmiento in Chile, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a luxurious haven in one of the world’s most remote places. From the outside, its natural façade blends in with the surroundings, while inside is a mixture of local wood, natural furnishings and handmade textiles. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the vast landscape, while the on-site spa provides the perfect place for unwinding after a day sailing on the Serrano River. For more information, visit the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of each destination