The Best Off-The-Grid Getaways
If you ever had a moment where you wanted to take a break from "vacationing", then read on! Here we will discuss some exciting places to go when you simply need to unplug from the rest of the world. Here are some of the world’s best off-the-grid getaways in some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Yes, there are many hotels in Scottsdale that are great for keeping under the radar. The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, however, is the newest one. The Andaz is a mid-century modern structure in the midst of 23 acres of desert wildflowers, saguaro cactus, and tall pine trees. They have 201 rooms and at the spa, guests can actually create their own personal beauty balms from indigenous botanicals. The resort has a partnership with the neighboring 1936 Cattle Track Arts Compound and visitors can enjoy a studio tour or an artist-led lecture if they’re so inclined. The Andaz is located at 6114 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona in the U.S.
Dar Ahlam--La Route du Sud
The Dar Ahlam resort is a favorite of those who like to get off the grid. They now have a six-night driving tour too. It’s called La Route du Sud. It includes five different destinations and three private retreats. The purpose of the adventure is to highlight the morphing landscapes of the rather isolated area of southern Morocco, one specific property at a time. Up first is the hillside high Maison des Arganiers which is located approximately two and a half hours away from Marrakech. (No word yet on whether or not there is an “express”, music fans. Google if you missed the joke.) Maison des Arganiers is part of a rock-laden landscape and looks out on seemingly countless miles of argan groves. The next retreat is booked at the noteworthy La Maison de l’Oasis, which is aptly relaxingly nestled in (duh) an oasis of palms. The last private destination is La Maison Rouge, which can be found at the edge of a crimson canyon. As the trip progresses from one retreat to the other you will enjoy nomadic campouts, beach picnics, and scenic drives through the imaginatively dramatic desert dunes of Morocco.
Meghauli Serai is poised along the banks of the wandering Rapti River in Chitwan National Park. It is managed by Taj Safaris. It is reported to be the hot spot for observing over 550 species of birds and 68 different kinds of mammals including great one-horned rhinoceroses, leopards, and Royal Bengal tigers. They have 30 rooms available and the villas all have notably Nepalese influences such as sturdy, wood-beamed ceilings and plush comfy cushion covers made from organic banana fabric. It is located in Nepal which is a mere half-hour flight out of Kathmandu.
Madagascar is home to an incredibly diverse variety of life. It includes over 11,000 plant species, and almost 90 percent of the wildlife in this African island country cannot be found anywhere else in the world. While the most nation can be found nowhere else. Situated in Nosy Ankao, Miavana is a private island resort just off Madagascar’s northeastern coast. The villas are what experts call “sustainably designed” and start at almost 5,000 square feet. The resort offers marine safaris and snorkeling but the real draw, however, is the popular wildlife encounters. Miavana specializes in guided hikes to see the native species like silky sifaka and jeweled chameleons.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
World travelers can now enjoy the famous beauty of the Arab country of Oman’s nigh otherworldly desert landscapes from the noteworthy comfort of the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in the central Al Hajar Mountains as well as the Anantara Al Baleed Salalah on the southern coast of the sultanate. The popular white-walled Al Baleed Resort Salalah lies between the long white beach and a freshwater lagoon. It’s nestled in the shadow of indigo mountains and has 136 rooms available. It is located on Al Mansurah Street in Al Baleed, Salalah, PC 214? Salalah 360 in Oman.
The Bisate Lodge
The Bisate Lodge is scheduled to open in June of 2017. This will bring Wilderness Safaris growingly popular brand of special conservation-minded luxury to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park which is reportedly one of the only places on earth one can still observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The lodge is being constructed on 67 acres of private land. It will feature six different forest villas and a dozen rooms. Each one will have Rwandan-style spherical thatched structures that will feature patterned, handmade fabrics. They will be located in an ancient, eroded volcanic cone. The cone serves as a natural amphitheater in the midst of huge stands of bamboo and a hagenia forest. Bisate is said to be Wilderness Safaris’ most ambitious conservation project yet. The lodge is teaming up with over 100 local farm owners to rehabilitate several gorilla habitats. The road on which the complex is located has not yet been named as this goes to press.
Shakti Ladakh may be on the map for local backpackers but, otherwise, the Ladakh area of the Indian Himalayas has yet to be a “go to” place for most vacationers. The Shakti Ladakh or Shakti Himalaya is approximately one hour north of Delhi via plane. It is 11,500 feet above sea level and became a bit more accessible a decade ago when Shakti Himalaya began hosting homestays in their restored village houses. The newer four-bedroom Shakti Indus River House and the three-bedroom Indus Farmhouse are both very spacious. They are both reputed to be great for groups or families who want to kick back and enjoy white-water rafting. Quietly meditating with the local monks or leisurely hiking to the nearby monasteries and villages to take in the sights. Sometimes referred to as “Little Tibet”, is situated in Lesser Himalaya, Kaflani in Uttarakhand.
Can you think of any great off-the-grid places that we have failed to include in the series thus far? By all means, leave us a message in the comments section and let us know.
(All photographs are courtesy of the original owners unless otherwise indicated)