Where Getting Lost is Fun: Hidden Hotels Around the World
The andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp in Botswana requires rides from a plane, safari vehicle, and boat. (All photos: Courtesy Oyster.com)
By Jane Reynolds
Just getting to a destination can be part of the thrill of a vacation. And even if winding roads, long boat rides, and flights on tiny planes aren’t necessarily your idea of fun, the rewards of all that travel — tranquil, relaxing locales far removed from the crowds – are often more than worth it. Throughout our travels, we’ve been to a handful of super-remote resorts and hotels — and we’ve made it back to share them with you! Although to be honest, we really didn’t want to leave any of the ones that made our list. Venture into the wild, and over hill-and-dale, at these super remote hotels around the world.
andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, Botswana
This luxe camp is located on an island that is part of a massive, 62,000-acre wildlife preserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Arriving to the hotel requires a flight in a small plane, a short ride in a safari vehicle, and then a boat trip to the lodge’s dock (during which guests will first get to experience the delta’s natural beauty). But the hotel is more an experience, where everything — including the excellent food and the guided excursions (game drives, bush walks, river cruises) – is included in the price of the stay.
Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland
Ballynahinch sits on a 450-acre estate of gorgeous Connemara countryside, where guests can hike, bike, shoot, and fish on the sprawling grounds of this riverfront resort. The rustic-luxe vibe — a culmination of the wild, unspoiled natural beauty, gorgeous historic stone buildings, and rooms replete with quaint antique touches — adds to the remote vibe, but Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most famous sights, is just 30 minutes away by car.
Lambert’s Cove Inn & Restaurant, Martha’s Vineyard