PRIVACY & SECLUSION AWAITS: Next week, next month, next year…


Post-lockdown escapism and recovery beckons. Get your isolation kicks with UK catered cottages in wild nature, exclusive buyouts in Europe, and longer haul lusting over villas and private islands.

Exclusive Use & Fully Catered at Alladale Wilderness Lodge
Now open, Alladale Wilderness Reserve offers splendid isolation breaks in the Scottish Highlands, on an all-inclusive basis. Be inspired by multiple wildlife projects and native tree planting, or get hiking, foraging and fishing in this 23,000-acre utopia. New Aquaponics gardens are opening later in 2020.

With a choice of four lodges, Alladale caters for exclusive use groups of between 2 – 20 guests. From summer 2020, Alladale Lodge is full catered, and week-long cottage stays come with a fully stocked kitchen and freshly prepared meals. Leaving guests more time to enjoy the dramatic glens, glistening rivers and native wildlife.

Larger families & groups: exclusive use of Alladale Lodge (sleeps 14), with sauna, gym and snooker room.

Couples and small families: Ghillie’s Rest 2-bed cottage (sleeps 4) alongside the River Alladale.

Multi-gen families or small groups: Eagle’s Crag 3-bed cottage (sleeps 10) in the cradle of Glen Alladale.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
For the ultimate ‘home from home’, book The Alpina Gstaad’s 400m² Panorama Suite. Spa aficionados will love the private spa room, steam bath shower, sauna, gym and outdoor jacuzzi. Named one of the world’s 50 best hotel suites, it boasts valley and Alps views.

Or for complete privacy and seclusion book the entire hotel, inclusive of 56 generous rooms each with private balcony and the Panorama Suite. Tailor-make your stay with meals at the Michelin starred restaurants and treatments in the Six Senses spa. A two-day buyout starts from CHF 100,000 on B&B, based on a minimum 2-night stay.

Euphoria Retreat, Greece
Regroup for transformational wellbeing and book the private mansion at Euphoria Retreat, a luxury destination spa in Greece’s Peloponnese.

Available for exclusive use, the 6-bed Leoncini Mansion has views of the ancient forest, valley, Byzantine castle and traditional village of Mystras. Guests are entitled to blocked spa time for their group. Rates start at 4,000€ per night including breakfast. Spa programs and meals are additional.

Alternatively, for the ultimate spa retreat, book out the entire 45-room spa. This includes the Leoncini Mansion and an option to add-on the yacht experience. Price on request.

Paradise at Four Seasons Maldives
Couples and families can find overwater seclusion at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere, the resort’s pioneering sustainability projects include reef regeneration, safaris with marine scientists, coral frame building and turtle rehabilitation.

Cool, calm and chic, the resort’s new Sunrise Water Villas have twice as much exterior as interior space. An extended infinity pool provides the ultimate in luxurious lagoon life.

Meanwhile, larger groups can book their own private island at Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah: This 5-acre private island is the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway. Avoid quarantine issues and fly in/out by private jet for the ultimate, isolated escape.

Watersports include diving, fishing and surfing, parasailing and wakeboarding. Explore the atolls with exclusive use of ‘Voavah Summer’, a 62 ft private yacht, and return for ila spa treatments in The Ocean of Consciousness Spa. Yoga, meditation or pranayama sessions are also available.

Dining options include beach barbecues, sandbank picnics, sunset cocktail cruises and on-island entertainment.

Accommodating 22 guests, the 7-bed island includes villas and suites. Voavah rates start at: US$37,500 (inclusive of daily breakfast). Rates are subject to 23.2% service charge and GST.

Off-grid wilderness in Bali
Staying in one location may appeal, but twin centre trips aren’t off the agenda. In Bali, an island relatively untouched by Covid, combine oceanside healing in the all-villa retreat of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, with nature immersion at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan.

Avoid road congestion travelling between the two resorts with the special river raft transfer. From beachfront Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, float down the Ayung directly to the banks of Four Seasons Sayan.

Nestled among secluded ricefields and lush forest in Ubud’s highlands, Four Seasons Sayan has a special spiritual energy. Cross the hotel’s Sayan Bridge to explore a previously off-limits wilderness, lose sight of civilisation and trek through virgin jungle, inaccessible to other tourists.

For the ultimate spacious stay, book into the 2,000 m2, 3-bed Royal Villa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, which sleeps up to 9.