7 off the grid hotels to help you unplug
A lot of us travel for a break from our everyday lives, and there's no better way to forget your problems and unplug than traveling somewhere truly remote and off the beaten path. From lodges perched atop rice paddy terraces to luxurious cabins set amongst the wildlife in the rainforest, we've rounded up some of the best off the grid accommodation.
For a luxury getaway
Fly into the town of Lahad Datu and then enjoy a three hour four-wheel-drive adventure into the rainforest, ending at the deluxe Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Located amongst the wildlife in the heart of the jungle of Danum Valley, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is set beside the Danum River and boasts an outdoor terrace where guests can relax to the sounds and views of the jungle.
In the middle of a verdent rainforest, just an hour outside of Puerto Jimenez, the luxury accomodation properites El Remanso and Lapa Rios continue to impress travelers. El Remanso is built on a steep hill, about 300 meters above sea level, and runs down to the coast. Guests are offered waterfall rappelling and hiking trails. On the southernmost tip of the Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios is built 100 meters above the sea, and sits amongst the surrounding tropical dry forest. A stay at either of these properties will offer a luxurious and removed experience.
For an adventurous vacation
The Huaorani Lodge is located in a true Amazonian village and is an intimate property that accommodates only 10 guests. Guests can enjoy hiking and canoeing by the Shiripuno River away from the crowds and feel like true Amazon locals.
The 4 Rivers Eco Lodge in Cambodia is accessible only by boat and consists of 12 safari-style tents all sitting on floating platforms. Sit and relax on the terrace with nothing but the sounds of the incredible natural habitat. The lodge offers kayaking, biking and trekking, as well as boat trips to small fishing communities.
Also in Cambodia, those looking to get off the beaten track can enjoy a stay at Rajabori Villas, located on an island in the middle of the Mekong River. To get the full experience of the island, guests can rent a bicycle and enjoy the lush countryside while interacting with local families.
4 Rivers Lodge
For a relaxing vacation
Housed on the tranquil island of Dong Daeng on an island in the Mekong River, each room at La Folie has a private balcony that offers magnificent views across the river towards the ruins of Wat Phou. There is also the opportunity to rent a bicycle to explore the traditional riverside life of the island.
Located in the lower Sapa Valley, the Topas Ecolodge offers simple and comfortable rooms with beautiful views of the Tonkinese Alps. Built to blend in with the villages nearby, the Ecolodge is in one of the most beautiful locations in Vietnam. The breathtaking views from the lodge balconies will make this off-the-rid experience unforgettable.
For a cultural vacation
A hike of at least a half hour is required to reach the Li-An Lodge in the high terraced slopes of Pingan Village in Longji. The Li-An Lodge offers guests unmatched private views of the rice paddies, and wandering through the village allows guests to immerse themselves in the traditional rural way of life. The lodge also offers Chinese calligraphy classes and Ming pottery courses. A stay in this remote village will not only offer awe-inspiring views, but will also allow for a truly unique experience.