Alternative Get-Away-From-It-All Escapes

Travelling the route less-discovered has its benefits. You’ll be away from the crowds in pristine environments where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Come away feeling refreshed, having visited a part of the world that not many have seen.

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

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The rejuvenating qualities of a holiday on a blissfully secluded tropical island should not be underestimated. Head to Six Senses island retreat Con Dao in Vietnam for a sizzlingly exotic getaway on a whiter-than-white beach heralded as the finest in South East Asia. Spend your days by your private pool alongside your luxe bamboo villa, or snorkel in the pristine national marine park. Walk from your villa to the gorgeous beach, where the only footsteps in the sand will be yours. This is a hideaway you won’t want to leave.

White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, Zanzibar

As the name suggests you’ll find dazzling white sands in front of these luxury villas, situated on Zanzibar’s south-eastern Paje beach, known as one of the best on the island. Sun-drenched seclusion is the order of the day here, whether it’s in a hammock under the shade of swaying palms or watching sunset from the rooftop champagne bar. Surrounded by verdant tropical gardens, the hotel has a feeling of blissful isolation and the villas are very hidden, some coming with their own pool, jacuzzi or private beach access. If you’re craving activity, this is the spot for kitesurfing, and we highly recommend a peaceful dhow trip to spot dolphins in the iridescent waters.

Torfhús Retreat, Iceland


Beautifully bleak and utterly remote, this is the place to come and hole up with a loved one, in cosy turf-topped cottages for two made from stone, grass and wood, with Nordic-inspired interiors creating a scene of chic contentment. Outside, it’s a different matter. Torfhús is situated in the wild cinematic scenery that surrounds the Golden Circle and here outdoor pursuits in the elemental landscapes are part of its allure. Go classic Iceland and watch geysers spurt and waterfalls plummet or ride an Icelandic horse across windswept valleys. Sightsee by helicopter or climb up into the glaciers of the highlands. Come home for a refined Icelandic dinner in the restaurant followed by a soak in your geothermal outdoor basalt tub, perhaps accompanied by the delicate dance of the Northern Lights overhead.

Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

From Phnom Penh, take a three-and-a-half-hour journey by road into the heart of the Cardamom National Park. Here you’ll experience an extraordinary project, the brainchild of hotel guru Bill Bensley. Shinta Mani Wild is unlike any other hotel – perfect for adventurous travellers, especially as you can choose to zipline through the jungle canopy into reception! You’ll discover a tented camp, situated by the crashing river with each tent as spacious as it is luxurious and large private riverside terraces coming with free-standing tubs. Experience the best of this wilderness location with fishing, waterfall-jumping or join the anti-poaching brigade on their mission to encourage wildlife back into this special Cambodia forest.

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Meet The Experts

Stephanie Carthy
Raised in Australia but has made England home, Stephanie brings extensive first-hand experience across all seven continents.
Sarah Woodthorpe
With a passion for luxury travel, Sarah has extensive experience and knowledge to make her clients dream trip a reality.
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