Wanderlust is at an all-time high these days, with frequent travelers opting for secluded escapes that avoid large crowds. For those in search of getaways with a focus on isolation, this quintet of intimate boutique resorts offers a limited number of rooms and suites in secluded destinations without skimping on luxury.
Located midway between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, this intimate beachside Mexican resort is set within a 1,500-acre nature reserve for maximum seclusion. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World family, Las Alamandas offers 16 suites with ocean or garden views, as well as a rooftop restaurant and bar, a recently refurbished spa, salon and gym, and private pool. Activities are likewise designed with solitude in mind: Enjoy horseback riding, nature hikes, sunset cocktails along the Alamandas cliffs, or a romantic candlelit dinner for two on the white-sand beach.
Saranac Lake, New York
The Point, a Forbes five-star resort about 80 miles west of Burlington, Vermont, is also distinguished as the first Relais & Châteaux hotel in North America. The lakefront property was built by William Avery Rockefeller II as the ultimate woodland retreat in the 1930s, when the social set decamped to the Adirondacks in the summer and fall months. Set on 75 acres, this pet-friendly resort offers 11 lodge-like rooms. The Boathouse—with panoramic views of Upper Saranac Lake—is the most requested accommodation. On-site activities include guided hikes and dinner aboard a boat that cruises the lake at sunset.
Les Ilets de la Plage
This St. Barts resort is comprised of 12 private villas with one, two or three bedrooms and full kitchens, ideal for romantic getaways or a girls’ weekend—send your shopping list before you arrive and the hotel will make sure the pantry is fully stocked. Take the 45-minute ferry from Sint Maarten to go on diving excursions or relax on St. Jean Beach or by the pool, where cocktails are served in an adjacent cabana in the evenings. The sustainably minded resort also works with Reef of Life, an organization that aims to regenerate coral reefs in the Caribbean.
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Skip the crowded Waikiki beaches and opt for a private rooftop pool instead. Dubbed “the jewel of Waikiki,” Espacio opened in September 2019 and offers just nine suites, each on its own floor and measuring a generous 2,250 square feet. Relax in the Jacuzzi on your oceanfront balcony, or venture up to the rooftop, where the infinity pool overlooks the Pacific. Dine at Mugen, which serves Japanese-French fusion cuisine, or have Espacio’s butler service arrange a private chef’s dinner in your suite or next to the rooftop pool. Custom treatments and massages can be booked in the Espacio Spa or in your suite.
The Francis House
Napa Valley, California
You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a French château, but the recently opened Francis House is located in Calistoga, California, about 16 miles southwest of Santa Rosa and part of the Napa Valley wine region. Comprised of just five antique-filled rooms—each accessed via an app and Bluetooth key system—the inn offers a private heated pool, sauna, salt room and gardens. Once you’ve explored the property, take the short walk to Calistoga’s charming downtown area, with natural mineral hot springs, restaurants, boutiques and wine-tasting rooms.