Aside from being an overall stressful and unusual time for us all, we know Covid-19 has put a hold on many holiday plans. We hope to continue inspiring you during this period with new and exciting travel ideas, so that when the world eventually gets back to its old self, you’ll be ready to take it on!
Our days during the lockdown continue to add up. Which means you’re dreaming of an exciting getaway more than ever before. However, the current circumstances and restrictions may have you rethinking future holiday plans. If you’re hoping to escape somewhere with a serious lack of people and take your own social distancing practice with you, we have five of the most secluded places for you to consider.
1. Isolate in Sri Lanka
The island of Sri Lanka boasts countless lush, green mountains, numerous hidden retreats and loads of quiet beaches. One of the great things about Sri Lanka is the potential it has off-the-beaten track. There’s plenty of natural beauty and places to be explored on the island, away from the most touristy of areas.
Your best bet is Ella – a small country village located in the hills of Sri Lanka. Although Ella is becoming more and more popular, it still benefits from its tranquil surroundings and sense of seclusion. The views of Ella Gap from Little Adam’s Peak will put you in a trance, especially on misty early mornings and evening sunsets. This Sri Lankan town puts you right in the middle of nature rather than the hustle and bustle of a big city. So, walks and hikes amongst tea plantations and waterfalls are common and well worth the journey.
How to get there… Ella is 1,041 metres above sea level – that’s pretty high up! In order to reach the town, you’ll have to catch a train from Kandy. The journey takes eight hours, should be booked in advance and it’s pretty cheap!
2. Disconnect in the Maldives
A trip to the Maldives gives seclusion a new meaning. Made up of 2,000 islands floating in the Indian Ocean, there are a total of 26 atolls (a chain of islands made of coral) that you can explore. The Maldives are certainly popular, attracting mainly couples and honeymooners. And although these islands are brimming with luxurious all inclusive resorts, there isn’t anywhere else that can quite give you the same ‘remote island’ vibe that the Maldives does.
Cut yourself off from the rest of the world as you stay in a stilted water villa, lounge on sugary white sand beaches and get to know the marine life with scuba diving. Plus, with lush forests and turquoise waters to preoccupy your time with, there’s no need to encounter many people on your Maldives getaway.
Where to go… For a typical private, secluded island feel, Reethi Beach Resort on Fonimagoodhoo in the Baa Atoll is a firm favourite.
3. Escape to Iceland
A Nordic island with a population of around 365,000 people, a lack of built-up cities and tons of natural beauty to discover. To put it plain and simple… there’ll be no one around to bother you! Feeling secluded and detached in Iceland is easy and at the same time it’s not boring. The fresh scent of nature, the sound (or not) of silence and the impressive landscape views will have you using your time wisely.
The isolated Westfjords puts Iceland’s amazing natural surroundings on display. There’s not a road or permanent resident obstructing the views around here. Although the area is only accessible during the summer, it’s well worth the visit for some well-deserved peace and quiet.
A trip to Iceland isn’t complete without bathing in one of its steaming hot natural pools. But if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds of the Blue Lagoon, check out the Secret Lagoon in Fludir in the Golden Circle area. It has remained unscathed and unique over the years, so you can have the most natural Icelandic lagoon experience ever. It might not be as photogenic as the Blue Lagoon, but seclusion will be ticked off the list instead.
Look out for… The spectacular Northern Lights. In fact, the best way to see them will be in a secluded area with clear skies. There’s quite a few places where you might be able to spot the lights, but Grótta and Thingvellir National Park are a couple of our favourites!
4. Retreat to Hawaii
The USA’s island state forms the perfect, secluded getaway. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, these islands are filled with sunshine, lush landscapes and enviable beaches. Avoid the big cities and instead experience activities off-the-beaten path. Hike through exhilarating valleys, catch the waves (just you and your surfboard) or watch beautiful whales off the tall cliffs.
Each Hawaiian island is unique and offers unforgettable experiences to last a lifetime. Lanai is home to a prehistoric fishing village – Kaunolu. You can snorkel in the Molokini Crater off of Maui or kayak along the Wailua River on Kauai. Plus, you’ll find loads of national parks such a Haleakala National Park on Maui and Waimea Canyon State Park on Kauai. Whatever you choose to do in Hawaii, you can say “Bye!” to the inner-city hustle and bustle and “Aloha!” to peace and seclusion.
Where to go… Many of Hawaii’s islands have loads of quiet spots but Kauai is often a favoured choice. Not only is it called the “Garden Isle”, but it is perhaps one of the most scenic, which is just what you need for a holiday away from people. In particular, the north shore is perfect for this type of getaway.
5. Reset in Aruba
Although Aruba is a popular Caribbean island, in many ways it’s still under the radar. Often overlooked for the more favoured Jamaica and St. Lucia, Aruba has a lot to offer its visitors and seclusion is one of these things.
Boca Catalina and Catalina Cove are both quiet beaches, but if you do find anyone there, they’re most likely locals who love to cook up a storm. Arashi Beach is very secluded and you might even get to put on your snokelling gear thanks to shallow and crystal-clear waters. Since seclusion is what you’re seeking, you might like the Arikok National Park which has a spectacular viewpoint – Boca Prins. Admire the views as you spot waves crashing against tall cliffs and large sand dunes.
Look out for… Grapefield Beach. Situated in San Nicolas, this is often considered the most secluded beach in Aruba. So much so, that it’s said some locals haven’t even heard of it! Grapefield Beach is a hit with kitesurfers, but aside from them (who are out at sea), you’ll have peace, quiet and privacy.