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Off the Grid: 7 of the World’s Most Extreme Retreats

Go incommunicado at these ultra-pampering enclaves

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Imagine relaxing in a shady hammock on the beach of your own private island. Picture yourself flying by helicopter to the heart of a mountainous forest. Envision a villa surrounded by an uninterrupted sea of sand. Ditch the cell phone and go off the grid – these 7 destinations are so lavish and remote, you’re sure to feel lost in a world all your own.

Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
50,000 square miles of the Great Bear Rainforest. Rivers and lakes without a single boat in sight. Only accessible by air or water, this is the untouched world of Nimmo Bay. Outside, you’ll helicopter to a glacier-fed river to fish, watch for bears and whales, and hike to waterfalls and unspoiled beaches. Inside, nine solid wood cabins are cozy and refined, keeping you connected to nature yet spoiled in luxury.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Australia
Surrounded by the Blue Mountains, Wollemi National Park, and the Gardens of Stone, the 4,000-acre Wolgan Valley Nature Reserve feels worlds away from normal life. Horseback ride across grassy plains. Sip a vintage from the property’s wine cellar. Spot kangaroos in the Australian brush. Unwind in your lavish suite, complete with private terrace and swimming pool. It’s the perfect blend of rugged wilderness and serene luxury.

Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
Azure waters, white sand beaches, and tropical greenery are the hallmarks of the Caribbean – but few experience them in total seclusion. No more than 32 guests stay on this 850-acre island – a group of friends and family, if you book the island for yourself – ensuring that the beaches, reefs, and lush hiking trails are all your own. Elegant cottages offer privacy, plus all the pampering of a larger resort. Oceanside massages, yoga, sailing, fine dining – need we say more?

Titilaka, Peru
This lodge on Lake Titicaca features 18 waterfront rooms and two secluded beaches on a private peninsula. Wrap-around terraces, a regional wine cellar, and contemporary Peruvian cuisine are a few of the perks – but lux digs aren’t the only appeal. Activity options immerse you in nature and culture, from hikes to an ancient Incan arch and constellation viewing under crystalline skies, to visiting a secluded island of traditional weavers.

Lupita Island, Tanzania
130 acres of private island. 13 lavish living spaces. Located on the vast Lake Tanganyika, this 28-guest retreat is luxury travel paradise. Sparkling waters invite snorkeling and diving, or a tranquil sunset sail aboard the resort’s lake cruiser. Balmy breezes and lake views enhance meals of fresh fish and modern African fare. In your thatched-roof villa, luxuriate under a waterfall shower or enjoy a dip in your personal plunge pool.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
Traverse the legendary Liwa Desert, surrounded by mountain-high sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Set in the world’s largest stretch of uninterrupted desert, this decadent enclave features 10 one-bedroom villas with private pools. Indulge in a rose-scented bath, explore the dunes by camel, or speed over the sand on a desert land sailing.

Ile des Deux Cocos, Mauritius
Ever been to Mauritius? Didn’t think so. With just a single villa on the Ile des Deux Cocos, privacy is guaranteed – whether you are lounging in the Moroccan-style courtyard, snorkeling in Blue Bay Marine Reserve, or gliding over turquoise waves on your private speedboat. Need anything else? A housekeeper, valet, and chef are all at your beck and call.

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