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Vacations for Solitude

Have you dreamed of escaping life and enjoying doing things on your own? Or maybe you need some space to relax and think. Planning a vacation for solitude can be in a mountain retreat, a private beach, on a ranch, in a treehouse, and more. You may also just love vacationing solo.

Mountain Retreat

1. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada

Leave comfortable city life far behind and reconnect with the beauty of the wilderness. This resort on Vancouver Island provides you with luxurious living in a large tent.

2. California’s Yosemite

Yosemite National Park includes Half Dome, Tuolumne Grove, El Capitan, and more. You can book a hotel, camp, or just enjoy a day trip.

3. Glacier & Waterton Lakes, Montana

You can cross the Continental Divide on Montana’s legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road. While there, enjoy hiking the trails, biking the paths, or paddling down the white rapids. You can even cross the border into Canada and see Albretta’s iconic peaks and valleys.

4. Pontresina, Switzerland

Pontresina is a mountain village flanked by the Bernina massif in eastern Switzerland. It’s known for its Belle Epoque hotels and traditional Engadine stone houses with decorated facades. The Burial Church of Santa Maria has medieval wall paintings. You can access three of Switzerland’s most famous ski resorts here and enjoy the Alps or go hiking down the mountain over 350 miles of trails.

Private Beaches

1. The Brando, French Polynesia

The Brando Resort is a private resort located on the atoll of Tetiaroa of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. The Brando serves as a regulated airstrip, research facility, eco-resort, and spa on the islet (motu) of Onetahi. They made the building using local or of certified origin, renewable, or recycled materials. There is a deep seawater air-conditioning system to reduce energy demands. The resort uses renewable energy sources such as solar power and coconut oil biofuel.

2. Annandale, New Zealand

Annandale is rural New Zealand at its best. It’s off the tourist trail and in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal locations, a 4000-acre sheep and cattle farm that offers exclusive use of four multi-award-winning luxury villas. Reaching this super-modern, one-bedroom retreat in rural New Zealand requires a helicopter or 4×4 transfer over clifftop farmland. Inside, expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for stunning views over the black pebble-strewn bay from the comfort of your platform-raised bed. Step outside, and you can lounge on your own private terrace.

3. GoldenEye, Jamaica

GoldenEye is not an ordinary hotel but a collection of private villas, cottages, and beach huts. Each is set amid tropical gardens, private beaches, and secluded coves–a Jamaica home away from home. GoldenEye is a rare gem, taking advantage of its 52 acres of lush vegetation, rocky oceanfront outcroppings, and a serene lagoon. The beach hasn’t been widened to fit more tourists (with just 22 rooms, space is hardly an issue). It’s serene, understated, and even covert.

4. Beyond Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

After a 90-minute drive through Zanzibar’s spice plantations, travelers have to wade through knee-deep ocean water before hopping on a boat for the 20-minute ride over to the tiny island, which sits off Zanzibar’s northeast coast. Don’t expect to step on a jetty and be handed a welcome cocktail, however. Instead, you’ll feel like you’re the first one to discover this far-flung piece of paradise. This is also one of the best places to scuba dive. From your home-away-from-home in one of the 10 beachside bandas surrounded by tropical forests and white coral sand, you can look out and see the coral reef-lined Mnemba atoll, one of Africa’s top dive sites.

5. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida Keys

Set on a private island accessed only by seaplane or boat, this luxe resort is 5 miles from the National Key Deer Refuge and 29 miles from Key West International Airport. Featuring thatched roofs, vaulted ceilings, and island-inspired furnishings, the chic TV-free bungalow comes with furnished private decks with ocean views, outdoor showers, and separate living rooms. Some also have whirlpool tubs. Motor yachts from the airport are complimentary. There’s an elegant restaurant, a library, a spa, and a fitness center, as well as sandy beaches and an outdoor pool.

6. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

The Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos is a private island paradise where white sand meets an azure sea fringed with palms and mangroves. Vibrant coral forms underwater cities, making this one of the world’s finest dive destinations. At COMO Parrot Cay, they commitment to holistic wellness. This is a place to recoup and recharge with stylish villas built behind the white-sand beach.

7. Banyan Hill Estate  Fregate Island Private, Seychelles, East Africa

Once a pirate haven, Fregate Island sits 4 degrees south of the equator and is just one of 115 islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago. What makes this resort stand out from the rest is its blend of barefoot luxury and natural beauty, from the treehouse-style restaurant set in one of the island’s oldest banyan trees to the 16 hand-crafted residences spread across the jagged coastline’s low-hanging cliffs. The Banyan Hill Estate offers complete seclusion sitting on a hilltop on an isolated peninsula overlooking Fregate’s spectacular beaches.

Treehouse hotel

Want to be alone in the wilderness or on an island? Treehouse glamping can help with that. You can visit the United States and stay in Washington State, Utah, Maine, and so much more. Or travel overseas to Australia, Switzerland, and more. You can find many treehouses online through travel sites offered by individuals or companies. These treehouses can include as many luxuries as you would like or as little.

Ranch

1. Calistoga Ranch, California

Hidden away in a canyon in the Upper Napa Valley, this 157-acre getaway hosts its guests in cabin-style lodges. Visitors can spend the day hiking the surrounding trails and finish off the night with a glass of wine from the on-property vineyard.

2. Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana

A year-round top pick for solo travelers, this ranch includes Photography Workshops, Cattle Drives, Adult Only weeks, horseback riding, skiing, fishing, and more.