Is that unattended list of emails giving you cold sweats? Or do you compulsively grasp for your phone for no reason, its ringtone playing on your mind like a phantom limb? If yes, well it might be time for a disconnect. Take some time off. Swap the ringtone for the babble of a creek or the crash of a wave and head straight for these breathtaking luxury retreats.
Out in the foothills of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains, amid the plains of the African wilderness, is where you’ll find the Bushman’s Kloof. Your gateway into another world. There’s lots to see and do here, and thankfully, none of it involves the technology you lug around all day.
Head out into the bush and explore caves once home to the ancient San people. Their rock art, over a millenium old, depicts a time when man lived in harmony with nature and looks so vivid you’ll think they were done yesterday (they weren’t). The wildlife reserve is predator free and teeming with zebras, antelopes and ostrich to discover. In the evenings, sit down for some fine dining in the Homestead or under the stars at Embers, a restaurant built into a natural sandstone amphitheater.
We’ve talked about the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before and at the risk of repeating ourselves, we have to give credit where credit is due and name the Belmond one of the most unique, and secluded, hotels in our collection. With direct views onto the ruins of the Machu Pichu and exclusive access before regular visiting hours, this is a one of a kind trip that’ll keep any thoughts of the office well at bay.
You don’t often hear about desert beach resorts and we’ve done our bit of changing the status quo in previous articles. Then again, keeping the ” hush hush” aura of these properties is half of their charm and none more so than the Six Senses Zighy Bay. Two hours drive from Dubai and nestled between the ocean and Al Hajar mountains, the Six Senses Zighy Bay will feel like your secret spot on the edge of the world.
There’s something to be said for the beauty of Lakeside retreats. Uncrowded beaches, typical coastal villages and amazing clean waters are just some of the reasons why many are choosing to go inland. And in France, you can add l’Auberge du Père Brisée to that list.
There’s history packed into every nook and cranny of this century old hotel.
For one, the hotel’s restaurant is the first French establishment to be awarded a Michelin Star. In the Piano bar, black and white stills of Charlie Chaplin and Queen Elizabeth I hang on the walls and in the lobby, locked away in an antique cabinet, is the handwritten history of the hotel, recorded in tome upon tome of leather bound books.
You will find this beautiful hotel on the Port of Tallorie’s waterfront, away from the crowds visiting the lakefront town during the summer season. The centerpiece here, is the crystalline Lake Annecy. Spend your time on the dock, curled up on a day bed with a good book, or out in the water, it’s entirely up to you.
If you’re interested in a Heidi-esque Alpine escape, it’s hard to look past the Hotel Tennerhof. This gorgeous mountain retreat overlooking the medieval town of Kitzbühel, has a tradition of service dating back to the 17th century and is home to one of the finest mountain spa’s in our collection. For a sense of place and total escape from your every day life, this intimate hotel nestled in the mountains will take you to another time and place.