These days it's becoming increasingly hard trying to find getaways where you won't have to bump into hoards of tourists. So here's our top 10 list of exotic destinations that will guarantee you a crowd-free escape. 


1. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore – India

Located in the countryside in north-west India, this place is a treat if you’re a fan of the big cats. Situated on the outskirts of a tiger reserve, you not only get to witness the majestic felines in all their ferocious glory, you can also catch a glimpse of other wildlife, including bears and leopards, that make the reserve their home. The interior is not too shabby either, sporting a British-Raj era styled furnishing that is as dreamy as it is opulent. Visit


2. The Wickaninnish Inn – Canada

The Wickaninnish in the town of Tofino, Vancouver Island, which as only 2,000 residents calling it home. It is nestled between Chestermann beach and a serene woodland, and offers a relaxing retreat in comfortable luxury. Everything about this hotel is designed to ensure it has as little effect as possible on the surrounding nature. It doesn’t fare too badly on the amenities front too, with gyms, hot tubs, gas fireplaces and attached balconies with an idyllic sea view. Visit


3. Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa – French Polynesia

This five-star resort is a gem surrounded by the blue waters of Polynesia. It is a five-minute boat ride from the nearest town, away from all the hustle and bustle. In true island resort style, you get to enjoy a stay in villas on stilts over pristine waters as you enjoy the beauty that this tropical paradise has to offer. You can try out activities such as snorkelling or scuba diving or even participate in a jeep safari tour. Visit


4. Hotel Arctic – Greenland

Hotel Arctic is the most northerly four-star hotel in the world, perched at the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ilulissat Icefjord. It is a treat to stay in this winter wonderland where icebergs right outside your window greet you daily. The hotel has a variety of different rooms and suites available, so be sure to check out the options on their website before booking. Visit


5. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge calls the world’s oldest desert, the Namibian desert, its neighbour. When staying here, you can take part in some guided wildlife and nature sightseeing tours, complete with bush dinners. The only sounds that greet you in the morning and at night are the calls of the wildlife – or the roar of all-terrain vehicles as guests go to explore the surroundings. Visit


6. Alila Jabal Akhdar – Oman

Set next to the Al Hajar mountain range with all its rugged and natural beauty, the Alila Jabal Akhdar is an ideal luxurious launching pad from which to explore the enigmatic and fascinating area that surrounds it. Magnificent views await you from your room that is filled with the most modern of furnishings. Visit


7. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs – New Zealand

New Zealand is pretty much known for its vast expanse of space and untouched natural beauty. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is no different. It is located on over 2,400ha of land with 180-degree views of the ocean. It is the premier getaway for those looking to experience the Kiwi lifestyle, with suites that come with their private porch and cottages overlooking a sprawling golf course. Activities you can try include fishing and diving. Visit


8. Treehotel – Sweden

Always wanted your very own treehouse? Treehotel grants you that wish; with a name like that, what else would you expect? It is located in a village of 600 residents so you know you won’t be disturbed much as you get to sleep high up in the trees. There are six Treerooms for you to choose from, each uniquely designed and individually themed: the UFO, the Mirrorcube, the Cabin, the Dragonfly, the Blue Cone and the Bird’s Nest. Visit


9. Explora Patagonia – Chile

Sitting right smack in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park, Explora Patagonia is an adventure waiting to happen. It offers over 50 different types of guided hikes – including on horseback – where you get to enjoy the spectacular offerings of nature from lakes to glaciers to mountains. Whoever said seclusion had to be boring? Certainly not the people over at Explora Patagonia. Visit


10. Nayara Hotel and Gardens – Costa Rica

Nayara Hotel and Gardens is an upscale boutique resort hotel based in exotic Costa Rica. It is constantly touted as one of the best resorts in the world. With its location in the heart of the Aernal Volcano National Park, all around the hotel gardens, capuchin and howler monkeys frolic through the trees, while toucans and hummingbirds are common sights. You may even spot a three-toed sloth. Visit


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Photos supplied by the respective hotels. Article by Muhammad Sharizzat Abu Samah, originally appeared on

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