Some of Condé Nast Traveler's readers' favorite hotels are way off the beaten path—in fact, these 24 hotels are so remote, that some can only be accessed by seaplane, boat, or other unconventional means.
Golfers who want to tee off at the end of the world make the journey all the way to this lodge in New Zealand, about an hour’s flight from Auckland. The 18-hole course weaves above the dramatic oceanside cliffs with nothing else in sight.
Honeymoon planners, take note: Australia’s qualia—on the northern tip of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef—could be the most romantic tropical getaway you’ll find. The 60 individual, villa-like pavilions look out onto the Coral Sea.
In the foothills of the Virungas volcanic chain, adventurers and nature lovers head to the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to trek through the dense Rwandan jungles in search of mountain gorillas (there's also some of the world's best bird watching here).
Peru’s Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, which means a stay here is an ultra-remote getaway (it’s a three-hour drive from the closest airport, Arequipa). Everything here is meant to enhance and complement the local culture.
If immersing yourself in ocean life is your thing, it’s hard to beat this five-star resort in the Maldives. The hotel not only offers snorkeling, diving, and mini-submarine rides, but it also has an undersea restaurant with 180-degree views.
On a jungle-shrouded hill overlooking the Arenal Volcano, Nayara is paradise for hikers, bikers, rock climbers, and anyone with even a passing interest in fishing, rafting, or zip lining. Think of it as a very sophisticated, luxurious summer camp.
Only 15 tents make up the Four Seasons Tented Camp, along the Mekong River, at the crossroads of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Elephant trekking through the jungle is the big draw here, but the verdant surroundings are also perfect for bird-watching.
The region in which the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is situated is so isolated and vast that it’s called the Empty Quarter, with miles and miles of sand dunes. The 206-room resort sits like an oasis in the middle of it all.
Guests can only arrive here by seaplane or boat—it’s a private island, after all. The seclusion is a big part of the resort’s draw, along with 30 thatched-roof bungalows tricked out with four-poster beds, claw-foot bathtubs and outdoor showers.
Amangani’s version of the Wild West means you won’t exactly be roughing it, but you’ll still get the full Wyoming experience. Its location that affords jaw-dropping views of the Grand Teton mountain range and the Snake River.
If you want to see tigers in the wild, your best bet is to head to the Oberoi Vanyavilas, in the countryside of northwest India. The tented camps here are situated right next to a tiger reserve, but the big cats aren’t the only things you’ll see.