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The Best Hotels in Remote Destinations

The Best Hotels in Remote Destinations

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Anantara Kihavah Villas

Kihavah Huravalhi, Maldives

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A circular speck in the Baa Atoll, Anantara Kihavah is arguably the most picturesque destination for high-tech wellness treatments in the world. Having snapped up a team of therapists from Cocoon in Bali, its new medi- spa, the first in the region, offers cutting-edge treatments from the comfort of its overwater rooms – think light, airy spaces with a minimal design and a neutral palette, offset by natural wood and thatching outside. A 30-minute IV- drip session promises to pep up overworked souls as well as banish jet lag. Or if you’re feeling brave, opt for the Vampire Facial, where your blood platelets are massaged on to the skin following microneedling to help reduce wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. After your treatment, relax in the spa’s outdoor lounge with an uninterrupted view of the ocean, ginger tea and macaron in hand.

Ideal for yacht owners ready for a spruce-up, Anantara Kihavah is a three-hour cruise from Gulhi Falhu and you can dock 200 metres from the beach. Make sure you visit the resort's dining spot SEA, one of the best underwater restaurants in the world, where you can enjoy spiny lobster medallions and Wagyu tenderloin while watching the fish and turtles going about their lives. Back on land, recline with a glass of champagne for an astronomy lesson with the resort’s in-house guru and the Maldives’ most powerful telescope.

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Qualia

Hamilton Island, Australia

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No island is as synonymous with sailing in Australia as Hamilton, so it seems fitting that the late Bob Oatley first spotted its potential while cruising nearby as a young man. He took over the island in 2003 and set about transforming it into one of the country’s most sought-after holiday destinations. The jewel in its crown is Qualia, sat on its own peninsula on the northern tip. Celebrities such as Chris Hemsworth and Miranda Kerr have posted envy-inducing pictures from its private infinity pools, which offer stunning views across the Whitsundays.

Saltier sailors can tender straight in to the beach, while those wanting to keep their stilettos clean can dock in the island’s marina and be escorted by golf cart behind the resort’s imposing wooden gates. Once inside, a cold glass of Charles Heidsieck champagne awaits in the Pavilion Lounge, which offers epic vistas of the turquoise sea. The resort took a beating from Cyclone Debbie in 2017 but a monumental effort by staff, who stayed on the island while the resort closed for three months, has returned it to Oatley’s original and spectacular vision.

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Naladhu Private Island

Naladhu, Maldives

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A petite private island lying in the baby-blue water of South Malé Atoll, Naladhu is home to 19 colonial-style villas. Step off the resort’s Sunseeker yacht, after a 30-minute blast from the airport and collect the key to your private paradise – complete with an infinity pool and house master (butler) to take care of your every whim. The star of the island is the Pool Residence: 600 square metres of seclusion spread over two floors, with stunning views of the Indian Ocean at dusk.

The resort’s promise of privacy lures castaways ranging from love-struck honeymooners to paparazzi-dodging celebrities – Kate Moss and Roger Federer are both rumoured to have been spotted on shore. But the island also has easy access (via a bridge and boat) to the amenities of its neighbours Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli. Their 10 restaurants, two spas and outdoor cinemas are just a quick paddle away – if you can be persuaded to leave your villa, that is.

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