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9 Hotels for Hiding Out in High Style

  • Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island

  • Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji

  • Wildflower Hall, India

  • Hamadryade Lodge, Ecuadorian Amazon

  • Sankara Hotel & Spa, Japan

  • Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua, New Zealand

  • Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort, Brazil

  • Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island, Tahiti

  • Uma by COMO, Paro, Bhutan

October, 2012

Some of the best hotels offer a sense of escape from the day-to-day — all the more so when they’re set in the farthest reaches of the planet. Here are nine hotels for hiding out when you’d rather not be found.


Explora Rapa Nui
Easter Island, Chile — Explora knows a thing or two about building world-class hotels in the farthest-flung locales. Case in point is their Easter Island outpost, a vista-rich work of striking modern architecture that’s more than a thousand South Pacific miles from the nearest inhabited island.
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Wakaya Club & Spa
Wakaya Island, Fiji — The hotel’s official address is “Wakaya Private Island, Fiji.” Need we say more? Your 1,600-square-foot bure comes complete with tropical garden, massive bath and open-air rock-garden shower. They’ll even greet your arrival with a glass of champagne.
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Wildflower Hall
Shimla, India — Long before it was a stately Oberoi hotel, Wildflower Hall was deemed sufficiently secure to serve as the residence of the British Commander-in-Chief of India. Perched at 8,250 feet in the Himalayas, the tranquil retreat is surrounded by twenty-two acres of cedar-covered mountainside.
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Hamadryade Lodge
Tena, Ecuador — Looking for some cover? Hamadryade, a five-room Amazonian eco-resort in the middle of the world’s most famous jungle, should suffice. After a day exploring nearby caves and waterfalls, huddle under a traditional toquilla roof in your spacious modern bungalow.
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Sankara Hotel & Spa
Kyushu, Japan — Located on lushly forested Yakushima Island off the southwestern tip of the Japanese mainland, Sankara offers seemingly endless hiking trails in which to get lost. Just be sure to pack some dinner attire with your camouflage; the hotel’s chef trained in three-star French restaurants before returning to the island.
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Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua
Rotorua, New Zealand — If you book all three suites at this gated estate on the North Island, whoever it is you’re fleeing is going to have an awfully hard time getting in. All the better for enjoying the hotel’s setting, a peninsula jutting into tranquil Lake Okareka, complete with a private beach and excellent trout fishing.
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Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort
Alagoas, Brazil — The folks behind Kenoa went a bit rogue themselves opening a sleek, high-design eco-resort on the far east coast of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. Kenoa aside, this isn’t exactly boutique-hotel territory, and let’s hope nobody else discovers it.
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Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island
Bora Bora, French Polynesia — For the traveler on the lam, Bora Bora just has that special ring to it. The bungalows on Sofitel’s private island sit right over the water, so if you need to make a quick exit, just grab a kayak and you’re off into the South Pacific.
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Uma by COMO, Paro
Paro, Bhutan — Folded deep into the Himalayas, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is so cut off from the world that it didn’t even get television until 1999. Nowadays, if you can score a visa, you can stay at a modern spa hotel like Uma, surrounded by thirty-eight acres of quiet wooded hills.
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