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Blissfully Remote Retreats To Help You Get Lost In Nature

23 August 2023

We’re always hearing how important it is to ‘switch off’ every now and again. But modern urban life has a way of ensuring we’re always ‘on’, even when we try not to be.

While things like meditation, morning yoga, or a sneaky afternoon nap might sound tempting, when work and/or the family just never seem to leave you alone, where’s the time? Where’s the space?

That’s where a remote break in nature comes into its own. Surrounded by joyous birdsong, whispering leaves, and abundant wildlife, you’ve got no choice but to just be.

Meditation, morning yoga, and lazy afternoon naps suddenly become the most natural ways to while away some time. Or how about grabbing a sketchpad or notebook, and re-discovering your creative spirit?

You might even find yourself just sitting back and appreciating nature’s natural rhythms… the glorious rising and setting of the sun, or the twinkle of that first star in the evening sky.

Not to mention taking your first coffee of the day outside and luxuriating in the simple, beautiful fact that you get to take your sweet time over enjoying it.

Everyone deserves some peaceful time to wind down and get lost in nature. We’ve picked each and every one of these remote stays to help you do just that.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Torsa House and Island | Argyll & Bute, Scotland

The Lodge in the Loch

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Savour perfect, breath-taking views of the iconic Old Man of Storr from a historic Isle of Skye fishing lodge, as shimmering loch-water laps gently against the walls.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£450 / night

Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast, Kunene, Namibia
Discover Namibia's raw and rugged Skeleton Coast, from a unique ‘shipwreck' cabin set amongst remote desert dunes.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£1,800 /nt

El Coyol Private Island

Lake Nicaragua, Granada
A breathtaking and beautifully refined private Nicaraguan oasis that's just for you and your favourite people.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£600 / night

Bird Island

Tobacco Caye, Placencia, Belize
Your private paradise awaits on a beautiful Belize isle, found inside a coral reef on protected, secluded and sparkling waters.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: up to 6
From
£125 / /son / night

Pilot House

Drimnin, The Highlands, Scotland
A unique aluminium cabin for two, architect designed and perfectly set in the remote Scottish Highlands, for spectacular views over the Sound of Mull.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£160 / night

Villa Sweet Dream

Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
Timeless Balinese charm and beauty awaits, in a cloudlike retreat with a private swimming pool, just a minute's lazy stroll from the beach.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£460 / night

Sal Salis

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Explore the outback in an exclusive beachside safari camp, remotely set within the dunes of Australia's Cape Range National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 3 per tent
From
£982/night

Milovaig House

Lower Milovaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland
A cosily restored 19th century crofter's house with a wood-burning hot tub, remotely nestled on the atmospheric, windswept cliffs of the Isle of Skye.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
From
£205 / night

DRYFT Hive Huts

Palawan, Philippines
Experience a one-of-a-kind glamping adventure set on one of the most breathtakingly beautiful islands in the Philippines, with artist-created huts and mouth-watering local cuisine
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£135/ night

Kagga Kamma

Cederberg, Western Cape, South Africa
Escape the din of city life, in a culture-rich South African nature reserve and spa surrounded by vast, unspoilt wilderness.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 2 (+2)
From
£134 / night

Albion Nights

Bungay, Norfolk, England
Escape with your loved one to a hand-crafted, off-grid retreat with a sumptuous outdoor bath, peacefully secluded in a Norfolk wildflower meadow.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£155 / night

Chena Huts

Yala, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Experience an authentic sense of the exotic, surrounded by outstanding tropical luxury (and flamingos!) in the Sri Lankan jungle.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: Up to 3 per cabin
From
£810 / night

Desert House

Gorafe, Andalucia, Spain
An architect-designed, TV-featured eco-retreat crafted from thermally insulated glass, uniquely purpose-built in the heart of Granada's spectacular Gorafe Desert for incredible natural views.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£271 / night

Manakau PurePod

Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
At Manakau PurePod you can gaze out over majestic mountain views from the immersive comfort of a nature-surrounded New Zealand glass cabin.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£310 / night

Ecotone Cabins

Ullapool, The Highlands, Scotland
Two lovingly-crafted eco-cabins, peacefully secluded among unspoilt coastal woodland in the Scottish Highlands, on a family-run site that's dedicated to sustainability.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cabin
Sleeps:
From
£495/ 4 nts

Nebesa

Nr Kobarid, Soca Valley, Goriška, Slovenia
Peaceful, scenery-showcasing chalets set far from the beaten tourist track, on the unspoilt slopes of Slovenia's remote Kuk Mountain.
Bedrooms: 1 per chalet
Sleeps: 2 per chalet
From
£178 / chalet / night

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Ballintra, County Donegal, Ireland
Luscious, off-grid lakeside retreats and a strawbale lodge, mesmerisingly secluded amongst 90 acres of diverse, wild, and unspoilt landscapes on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£100 / night

Shobac

Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Minimalist designer luxury at the "end of the Earth", in a circle of unique cabins set along the rugged Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£1015 / week

Manshausen

Manshausen, Leinesfjord, Steigen, Norway
Start your Nordic adventure story on this breathtaking island resort, where the sea and the mountains combine in a spectacular backdrop for relaxation, contemplation and activity alike.
Bedrooms: 2 per cabin
Sleeps: 4
From
£425/night

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Longhope, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Steal away from civilisation, to an historic haven with dramatic sea views out towards the Pentland Firth.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£170 / night

The Sleepout at Sunny Lea

Meifod, Powys, Wales
A lovingly hand-crafted wooden cabin offering an invigorating blend of relaxation and adventure in the heart of the Welsh countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£125 / night

Arctic Fox Igloos

Ranua, Lapland, Finland
View the clear night sky (and possibly the Northern Lights) with a breath-taking stay in a glinting glass igloo on the edge of the Arctic Circle.
Bedrooms: 1 per igloo
Sleeps:
From
£380 / night

Hunza Ecolodge

Bodolyaber, Baranya, Hungary
Get back to nature amongst the lush hills of Southern Hungary, where community, comfort, wine and good food reign supreme.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 4-5 per unit
From
£46 / night

Lake Inari Mobile Cabins

Inari, Lapland, Finland
Lovingly hand-crafted havens, drawn by evening onto a vast, scenic ice-lake in Finnish Lapland, for the best possible chance of witnessing the captivating Northern Lights.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per cabin
From
£279 / night

VIVOOD Landscape Hotel

Benimantell, Alicante, Spain
A sumptuous selection of adults-only cabins, with a window-walled spa and two shimmering infinity pools, beautifully secluded in Spain's pure, rugged Guadalest Valley.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£149 / night

Eilean Sionnach

Isleornsay, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Rest your weary heads in a dreamy lighthouse cottage, blissfully cast away on a soul-soothing private island off the rugged Isle of Skye.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£550 / night

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