Sometimes it is hard to get away, but we all need a break once in a while. It’s easier to make that happen when you are in a place that is truly awe-inspiring. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite places to unplug with your family before, but here are even more places to unplug – with or without family.
Amanzoe Private Villas, Greece
Is there anything more idyllic than the Greek Isles? You’ll find complete tranquility at Amanzoe, Greece’s first Aman property and most exclusive getaway on the Peloponnese. Hilltops covered in olive trees, views of the turquoise Aegean Sea, modern day palatial Greek architecture – it’s enough to make anyone feel like a Greek god or goddess.
Awasi Atacama, Chile
Does it get more quiet and secluded than in the desert? Awasi Atacama is a true oasis in the desert with just 8 cottages, allowing staff to provide personalized service for utmost relaxation and luxury. While there, you can also take in the surroundings through bespoke excursions touring the desert in a 4×4 vehicle, horseback riding, mountain biking, or on foot. If you’ve been thinking about a pre-Christmas holiday, Awasi Atacama is the place to go. They still have availability in November so you can get away, unplug, and relax before the holiday rush.
Grootbos Private Villas, South Africa
The 4 and six-bedroom private villas of Grootbos are the most exclusive offerings with the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and two of the finest luxury accommodations in all of South Africa. Available for exclusive-use only, they are nestled within the indigenous fynbos of the reserve with panoramic views of Walker Bay. And while you’re there, you’ll have a personal butler, chef, and private guide at your disposal to explore the reserve on 4×4 flower safaris, guided nature tours, boat trips to visit seals, penguins, and the Southern Right whale, and many other activities. It’s the perfect getaway for families looking to spend some private time together.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Escape to the Cloud Forest for a little bit of R&R and to connect with nature. At Mashpi Lodge, the goal is fostering a connection with the pristine forest, a goal accomplished in the rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows which brings the outdoors inside. The surrounding rainforest reserve is exclusive to guests of the lodge and can be explored via guided day and night walks, bird watching, and the Canopy Gondola, which glides through some of the most active areas of the canopy for a monkey’s eye view of the landscape. Mashpi Lodge has availability for most of December. Contact your Luxury Travel Consultant to plan a holiday getaway to Ecuador this year.
Ashford Castle Hideaway Cottage, Ireland
Ashford Castle in Ireland has a new one-bedroom cottage that would be perfect for stealing away for a few days. It’s the former boathouse during the Guinness family era of the castle and has been restored using reclaimed materials such as old stone and old fireplace lintels from the Castle Estate. The cottage truly feels like a country home away from home, and is fully stocked with a welcome basket and bar, Jack Murphy Jackets, Wellingtons, and bicycles for use while exploring Ireland’s countryside.
Jabali Private House, Tanzania
If Ruaha National Park’s newest luxury outpost, which opens in October, isn’t already on your travel wish list, it should be. Jabali Private House, built to showcase the views of Ruaha and set between three baobab trees, has three bedrooms, can accommodate children of all ages, and has its own private guide and vehicle making it the ideal destination for a family safari. It’s located in a prime wildlife viewing area, but because of Ruaha’s low visitor numbers, you can be assured of an uncrowded safari experience in Africa’s second largest National Park.
Head to the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, to unplug and soak in Peru’s natural beauty. Each room has views of the vast lake and the hotel’s serene location creates a calming atmosphere where you can truly slow down and recharge. Explore the private grounds and beaches or go mountain biking or trekking to the nearby highlands. Or you can simply relax indoors on plush lounges and soak in the quiet moments of respite. Spend the Christmas holidays in Peru at Titilaka. They still have space available for the week of December 20th – 26th.
Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta has long been a favorite property of Ker & Downey’s. The 17th-century hacienda is nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes and home to a working farm. Its cozy and warm atmosphere will make you feel like you’re in your home away from home, except here you don’t have to lift a finger. There’s an exceptional level of hospitality that is seen from the dishes served in the dining room to the hot water bottles placed in the beds each evening. It’s truly a place to unwind, slow down, and spend your days touring the grounds, horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking through the forests of the valley. Act fast! Hacienda Zuleta has limited availability for the Christmas holidays this year.
Ready to leave the screens behind for a while? Contact your Luxury Travel Consultant to start planning your journey today.