For travelers planning vacations this summer, isolation is fast becoming as prized as the destination itself. Now, hotels and resorts around the world are offering a luxurious option for extended stays: complete property buyouts.
The concept in itself is not new, but an increasing number of travelers are inquiring about property buyouts for vacations with family and close groups of friends these days. “Isolation is the new luxury,” says Stuart McPherson, co-owner of Acre Hotel, a small treehouse hotel in San José del Cabo, Mexico.
“There is a greater desire for privacy, wide-open spaces, outdoor activities, and a low-lying architectural footprint,” adds Borja Manchado, general manager for the Four Seasons Resort in Los Cabos.
Buy-out options run the gamut from remote resorts to private city dwellings, and can come with a hefty price tag. But, they can also benefit everyone involved. “Offering longer-term stays will also help to reduce guest turnover to provide an even more comfortable environment for both our staff and guests,” says Amy Cherry-Abitbol, CEO and co-founder of wellness retreat Shou Sui Ban House in Water Mill, New York. From hotels and resorts to an entire island in the Caribbean, here are six properties you can enjoy in isolation.
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
With open-air luxury treehouses for rooms, Acre Hotel on the foothills of San José del Cabo in Baja California, is already well suited for seclusion. Now, guests can take it a step further with two buyout options: $7,500 per night includes its 11 treehouses (with a capacity of up to 22 people) and all common areas except the main bar and restaurant. The $12,500 per night buyout option includes use of the entire property, plus experiences like mezcal tastings.
Shou Sugi Ban House
Long Island, New York
Located on the South Fork of Long Island, less than two hours east of New York City, Shou Sugi Ban House in Water Mill is already a private getaway; its luxurious 13 guest studios each have two private entrances with no shared corridors or elevators. The buyout provides “a private, gated sanctuary for a group to use however they please,” says Cherry-Abitbol. Prices start at $112,500 per week.
Designed for just 20 guests, Ecoventura’s expedition yachts, the Origin and Theory, are Relais & Chateaux properties that sail the Galapagos Islands, taking guests on guided nature walks, snorkeling excursions and diving adventures. The buyout alternative will take you on their usual seven-night itinerary at a bargain rate. Normally priced at $161,000 per week for up to 20 guests, a reduced week-long charter rate of $96,600 for 16 people translates to a 25-percent saving per person. If you can get yourself to the Galapagos, there’s probably no better time to have the islands to yourself.
Turneffe Island Resort
Turneffe Island Resort is an actual 14-acre full-service island off the coast of Belize. Its 22 villas and suites provide private beach access and enclosed balconies, plus luxury amenities and water activities. Now, you can buy out the entire island, with a private helicopter pad to welcome you.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos
Baja California Sur, Mexico
At 141 rooms, the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas offers a luxury getaway in a remote location an hour and a half from Cabo San Lucas, with a two-mile stretch of beach. A buyout includes access to all guestrooms and suites, with added options to buy out all dining venues, the spa and fitness center.
If your kids are dreaming of summer camp, you can temporarily host a bespoke experience for your own family. Camp Embark will design a customized program in private and semi-private ranches, lodges and resorts across the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, with private accommodations and a dedicated camp counselor. Choose from private suites or cabins inside hotel properties and resorts, to full property buyouts.