The World’s Most Incredible Remote Vacation Destinations
Sometimes everyone dreams of escaping it all: Running away from life’s petty annoyances to some exotic, wild paradise where your iPhone has no signal. Maybe you’re dreaming of blue mountains dotted by ancient stone houses, or long golden beaches fringed by palm trees. Whatever your faraway fantasy, you’ll find it in this list of seven stunning remote destinations for your vacation.
No matter how distant, these exotic locations are all reachable when you charter a private jet. Private jet prices vary depending on distance and aircraft, so call to discuss the option that suits you best.
South Georgia Island and the South Sandwich Islands
Country: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (UK)
Surrounded by: The South Atlantic Ocean
Remote factor:South Georgia Island is so remote that it creates its own weather system.
South Georgia Island is an icy mass of 9,000-foot mountains, 160 glaciers, and wild, rocky coast. Originally the island was a piece of the Andes that drifted into the southern Atlantic around 50 million years ago. A combination of underwater topography and currents create ideal conditions for seabirds, seals and penguins, and the island contains some of the most populous colonies on earth. Reindeer were introduced just after 1900 and have miraculously survived. There are no permanent residents, but a few government officers and scientists are sometimes in residence. Whaling stopped in the area in 1965, so you are unlikely to even see the distant speck of a ship on the horizon.
Surrounded by:The Pyrenees
Remote factor:This tiny country in the Pyrenees has no airport, in situ head of state, income tax, unemployment, or army.
Andorra is a tiny geopolitical anomaly, squeezed between France and Spain in the craggy Pyrenees. The country is made up of three narrow valleys: Eastern Valira, Northern Valira and Gran Valira. Andorra is run by two “co-princes”, the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. Andorra’s long history of seclusion from the world has protected its medieval Romanesque architecture and the valleys are dotted with squat, elaborate churches with black roofs. A common profession is shepherd, and Andorra has one of the longest life expectancies in the world; 82 years old. You will find plenty of more accessible places to go for vacation but few more idyllic. The country has the best ski slopes in the Pyrenees, and in the summer there is fantastic hiking at every ability level. If you climb above the valleys you can walk for hours in complete seclusion.
Surrounded by: Desert
Remote factor: It’s a 17 hour drive to the nearest city, mostly through desert.
Alice Springs is one of central Australia's most beloved outback towns. The town consists of a small grid of contemporary houses and restaurants surrounded by hundreds of miles of red desert; a truly remote destination. It is a stone’s throw from central Australia’s most stirring landscapes; the rugged MacDonnell Ranges stretch east and west from the town centre, and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a four-hour drive away. The town has a range of options for visitors including excellent museums, a fine wildlife park and galleries of indigenous art, as well as plenty of accommodation options and some good restaurants. But just a short walk from the high street you’ll find yourself alone among rocky gorges, surrounded by spectral white gum trees.
Surrounded by: The Pacific Ocean
Remote factor:The nearest inhabited land (which had just 50 residents in 2013) is Pitcairn, some 1,289 miles (2,075 km) away.
Easter Island is a tiny speck of enigma in the Pacific Ocean, and one of the most isolated places the world. Nicknamed "Te Pito O Te Henua" (“Navel of The World”) by early settlers, the island belongs to Chile, which is nearly 2,300 miles to the east. Best known for its staggering moai – mysterious Polynesian stone sculptures – Easter Island is also one of the best places to go for vacation in terms of diving, snorkeling and surfing. You can also explore the island's savage beauty on foot, bike or on horseback, or relax on one of the island’s white, sandy beaches. The beach-to-tourist ratio is high, so you have a good chance of finding one for yourself.
The Shetland Islands
Country: Scotland (United Kingdom)
Surrounded by: The Atlantic Ocean on one side, the North Sea on the other
Remote factor: The islands are 100 miles (161 km) north of Scotland, closer to Norway than to Edinburgh.
Britain’s most northerly outpost, Shetland is made up of more than 100 islands stretching 90 miles. Wherever you are in Shetland, you’re under three three miles from the sea. The island's landscape is bleak and enchanting, and the bright glens and deep lochs feel Scottish. But the local accent has a Scandinavian lilt, and street names include King Haakon and St Olaf – a reminder of hundreds of years of Norse rule. Despite its isolated location, Shetland is a wealthy area with smart hotels and restaurants due to profitable offshore oil rigs nearby. Local delicacies include the fresh seafood, and heather-fed lamb.
Surrounded by: The Indian Ocean
Remote factor: The island is reachable by private jet directly to Malé, the capital of the Maldives, and you can then get a 35-minute seaplane flight to Rangali Island. Commercial flights fly from London to Malévia Dubai, Sri Lanka and Doha.
This is remote vacationing at its most luxurious. The resort is actually not one but two islands, as the smaller Rangali Island is connected to Rangalifinolhu by a footbridge. Rangali, the quintessential palm-fringed tropical island, is the quieter and more private of the two, with long, golden beaches dotted with thatch villas perched on stilts over the shallow waters. The resort has four bars and eight restaurants, including the Maldives’ first underwater restaurant, surrounded by coral and tropical fish, as well as a luxury spa. Resort group Conrad owns the island, and only guests are permitted to land, ensuring high levels of privacy and security. The Maldives Rangali Island Resort has won the World Travel Awards and the World Luxury Restaurant Awards.
Only the most seasoned travelers have even heard of Socotra (or Soqotra), a tiny string of islands in the Arabian Sea. The largest is Socotra itself, a fantastical moonscape with only 40,000 inhabitants and scarcely any visitors. Socotra has three distinct geographical terrains; narrow coastal plains, a limestone plateau and high, craggy mountains. Many of its plants and animals are not found anywhere else, the island provides refuge to a number of endangered species. Socotra has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region’s famous dragon's blood tree, which resembles a broken umbrella, and was used in medieval magic for its red, blood-coloured resin. Due to the unrest in mainland Yemen, private jet charter is one of the only ways to reach Socotra at present.
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