10 of the World’s Most Secluded Destinations Slideshow


Hotel Arctic: Greenland

A seven hour journey from Copenhagen to Ilulissat, the Hotel Arctic is situated in a small town in Greenland where people travel by dog sleds. It is the world’s northernmost hotel, giving you the option of staying in an igloo on the edge of the Ice Fjord or in a room (with a view of the crazy adventurers in their igloos). The hotel boasts two restaurants, a bar, and a seasonal summer barbecue serving dishes like freshly caught seafood, terrine of braised shoulder of musk ox, and Greenlandic halibut, while the new Ice Rock Bar serves old and new world wines from the hotels truly impressive wine cellar.

Treehotel: Sweden

Leave it to the Swedes to build the Treehotel, wildly designed tree houses deep in the woods, about an hour from the small town of Lulea and just less than 40 miles from the Arctic Circle. These aren’t your typical tree houses, either. One, the Mirrorcube, is lined on the outside with mirrored glass allowing the entire tree house to fade into the woodsy backdrop. Then, there’s the Bird’s Nest. The outside is made to look like a bird’s nest made of branches, while the inside is a sleek and modern room and bathroom. The hotel’s rooms are accessible only by retractable staircases.

Kokopelli’s Cave Bed and Breakfast: New Mexico

Look at the pictures of Kokopelli’s Cave Bed and Breakfast and you’ll immediately conjure images of “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” It is a warmly decorated bed and breakfast carved from 65-million year old sandstone and offers truly unparalleled views of the Shiprock, Chuska, Carrizo, and Ute mountains on all sides. Accessed only by a sloping path carved into the sandstone, the cave bed and breakfast features a hot tub, waterfall-style shower, full kitchen, and (the website boasts) “hot and cold running water.”

The Rock Restaurant: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Just off the coast of Zanzibar, on a small rock in the Indian Ocean, and with only 14 tables to its name, The Rock Restaurant is the ultimate destination for adventurous diners. All the tables face out into the ocean, providing a land-less view as you sip on African beers and wines. Tucking into a plate of octopus and grilled polenta or homemade tagliatelle with fried eggplant and tomatoes has never felt so thrilling or multi-sensorial.

Inn at Whitewell: Lancashire, England

With an address that reads “Near Clitheroe,” it’s no wonder that the Inn at Whitewell’s website provides directions under the heading “How Not to Get Lost.” The charming, rustic, and classically English inn in northern England has stood in its spot since the 1300s. With a heavy focus on food and drink (think slowly roasted pork belly, fillet of local beef, and an all-British cheese plate), this is the hermit-food-lover’s ultimate destination. It’s made even more divine by their private dining room, called the Orangery, that sits by the side of the river.

No Name Restaurant: China

Widely reported online, it is as yet unconfirmed if this wild fantasy of a secluded restaurant in China actually exists. That they supposedly offer a free lunch to any intrepid hiker that actually makes it there makes us think it is a lark, but there are photos and considering that the (supposed) journey begins on a tram (over a deep gorge) and continues onto a rickety mountainside pathway, we’d like to think that there are meals good enough to warrant such a death defying, isolated trip.

Barentsburg Hotel: Russian Svalbard

Where is Svalbard, you might ask? Good question. It is a group of (seemingly perpetually cold) islands situated between the Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Greendland Sea, and Norwegian Sea. Barentsburg is the last remaining Russian-settled island in Slavbard. If that’s not remote enough for you, there is no road access and to hike there would take two full days. It would be worth it, though, if just to sample classic Russian fare like boiled pork with potatoes, Arctic correl, and caviar washed down with Champagne, cognac, and Russian vodka at the Barentsburg Hotel.

Furneaux Lodge, New Zealand

So many of the world’s most stunning waterfront destinations boast at least a handful of all-inclusive resorts, maybe a private airport nearby, and definitely road access to neighboring towns or resorts. Anyone sick of having to share their ocean view should head to New Zealand’s Furneaux Lodge, which is accessed solely by ferry boat and is ensconced by lush greenery behind it and bright blue water before it. The Furneaux Bar is a popular spot with in-the-know New Zealanders for its open-faced steak sandwiches, green shell mussels, and fresh wild berries.

Irish Bar: Namche Bazaar, Nepal


Between Kathmandu and Mount Everest base camp is a remote sprawl of nature (easily filled with second thoughts of climbing Everest), save for the Irish Bar at Namche Bazaar. A sort of last resort for anything you forgot to buy in Kathmandu, Namche Bazaar has only this bar, two bakeries (one of which supposedly serves pizza), an internet café, the Museum of Sherpa Life, and the Everest View Hotel. It is a “marketplace” unlike any other.

The Old Forge: Scotland

The Old Forge bills itself as mainland Britain’s Remotest Pub and has still been listed among Scotland’s best bars and pubs year after year. As they say themselves, getting there is half the fun. You can take a local ferry (sails twice a day), charter a boat, hike, sea kayak, helicopter, or yacht your way to the bar, but they’re clear about the no-roads business. Once you’re there, stay awhile to enjoy locally caught lobsters, fresh sea bass, and a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with a piper or band of belly dancers to entertain you. They know you won’t want to leave, so there are actually very luxurious accommodations nearby, like the sleek house-for-rent Knoydart House.