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Travel 3 Hotels That Are Perfect In This Social Distancing Era

3 Hotels That Are Perfect In This Social Distancing Era

Annandale’s sleek, modern cabins are nestled in New Zealand’s stunning Pigeon Bay
Annandale Scrubby Bay in New Zealand (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)
By Kissa Castañeda
By Kissa Castañeda
July 22, 2020
When it's safe to travel overseas again, heed these recommendations by expert itinerant James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith for stays that are remote but still luxurious

Self-isolation has transformed even the most social of us into travel introverts. For those lucky enough to travel right now, the search is on for a self-contained property with minimal traffic (say a palatial overwater villa in the Maldives), or better yet an ultra-remote location to explore.

There's always been an interest in places off the beaten track, but Covid-19 has increased the demand for unexplored locales with private accommodation. We asked James Lohan, co-founder and CEO of boutique hotel platform Mr & Mrs Smith, to share his favourite remote hotels around the world.

See also: Private Retreats In Malaysia For A Post-Quarantine Staycation

Annandale, New Zealand

Annandale’s sleek, modern cabins are nestled in New Zealand’s stunning Pigeon Bay (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)
Annandale’s sleek, modern cabins are nestled in New Zealand’s stunning Pigeon Bay (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)

Annandale Scrubby Bay is one of four properties on this wave-gazing working farm nestled into New Zealand’s picturesque Pigeon Bay. With wood-clad living spaces and enormous windows, it epitomises the trend of bringing the outdoors in. If you’re looking to unplug and unwind for a few days, the secluded scenery is just about the best tonic you could wish for.

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Deplar Farm, Iceland

Go ice fishing in the wild then warm up in the cosy Deplar Farm in Iceland (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)
Go ice fishing in the wild then warm up in the cosy Deplar Farm in Iceland (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)

A remote sheep croft in the snow‑cloaked north of Iceland, Deplar Farm is the ultimate private house hotel. The fire-warmed bar is home to a full-blown band set-up, should musically inclined guests feel like an impromptu jam session; out in the frozen surrounds, you can try everything from snowmobiling to ice fishing. We love the geothermally heated open-air pool (complete with a swim-up bar) and, since the skies above are impossibly clear, it’s the perfect place to (hopefully) catch a glimpse of those elusive Northern Lights.

Morukuru Beach Lodge, South Africa

Watch the wildlife in the privacy of the stylish and secluded Morukuru Beach Lodge (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)
Watch the wildlife in the privacy of the stylish and secluded Morukuru Beach Lodge (Image: Mr & Mrs Smith)

Hunkering down in South Africa’s vast De Hoop Nature Reserve, just three hours from Cape Town, clifftop Morukuru Beach Lodge sits beyond a bank of 30-metre-high sand dunes. Wildlife roams freely here, so you’ll see zebras, flamingos, ostriches and more, though the star sightings have to be the pods of whales that breach just off the coast between July and October. You’d struggle to design a hideaway that segues so effortlessly into its surroundings.

See also: The Most Idyllic Luxury Holiday Resorts In Malaysia

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