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It’s not that you’re not sociable, you just want to get away from it all. Us too. For those off-the-grid moments that we all crave, here’s our pick of the five best remote lodges for when silence is golden. 



1.Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA >

An intimate retreat in the picture-postcard backwaters of Clayoquot Sound in British Columbia, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a wildlife lover’s haven and the place to spot black bears, wolves, cougars, grey whales, orcas and bald eagles, with excellent viewings until the end of September. If its beautiful cluster of tents wasn’t remote enough, the new addition will literally take your breath away. Set at 1,400m above sea level, Cloud Camp is a mountaintop sanctuary only accessible by the resort’s onsite helicopter. For one night only you’ll be whisked up into the clouds, where you can hike around your own private lake, dine under the stars with a five-course meal created by your very own chef and then nod off under canvas in a luxury tent that makes traditional camping look like a modern form of torture. Pure bliss.

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2.Eolo

ARGENTINA >

Eolo is the closest accommodation to the Perito Moreno Glacier, and it’s hard to conceive a more remote lodge that’s perfectly blended with its harsh surroundings. Nestled in the wind-battered La Anita valley, if you can, imagine a classic sheep farm with added glamour: corrugated zinc walls, gable roofs and a rustic feel that is enhanced by homely interiors that include antique furniture and a leather and cord mix of upholstery that feels – weirdly – a lot like home. You could be forgiven for coming to Eolo just to stare at the views – and many guests do – but it would be a shame not to take advantage of the activities on offer, such as glacier hikes, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, or swimming in the deliciously ambient indoor pool.

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3.Minaret Station

NEW ZEALAND >

Don’t worry – you’ve not woken up in Lord of the Rings. Forget everything you know about tents or camping, because this isn’t like anything you’ve seen before. From your arrival – by helicopter, of course – to the location – at 7,000ft in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps – nothing about Minaret Station says ‘soggy canvas’. Cavernous safari tents are draped with wall-to-wall sheepskin carpets and possum throws snuggle invitingly into enormous beds. There are full en suite facilities with underfloor heating and – the Holy Grail – hot showers that seemingly never run out of water. Naturally, they are powered by the waterfall above the lodge. When you’ve finished coming to terms with your location, get stuck in to an alpine picnic, try deer stalking or even heli mountain biking.

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4.UltimaThule Lodge

ALASKA >

Consider somewhere quite far away, and we’ll bet Alaska is a popular choice. Ultima Thule Lodge is, by definition, quite far away. From anywhere. It’s a hundred miles from the nearest road, basking in a virgin wilderness of blanketing pines, snow-capped mountains and a riot of colourful flowers. Set in the remote Wrangell-St.Elias National Preserve – the largest protected wilderness on Earth – the lodge is the perfect place from which to explore the many glaciers, mountains and rivers that make up the preserve. There are endless activities on offer, including skiing, fishing, rafting, wildlife watching, glacier trekking and hiking. And after? Bedding down in your own traditional cabin, with beautiful views of the Chitina River.

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5.The Berkeley River Lodge

AUSTRALIA >

An untamed region roughly the size of Spain, The Kimberley is true Outback; The Berkeley could well be Australia’s most remote coastal lodge. Only accessible by air or sea, getting there is half the adventure, with the reward being one of Australia’s most rugged landscapes. Modern life seems a world away as you relax into the rhythms of nature, exploring secluded white sand beaches, mighty river gorges, thundering waterfalls and ancient wonders such as the unusual Wandjina rock paintings and World Heritage Bungle Bungle range. A helicopter flight is a must. We’re picturing ourselves on one of their stylish orange loungers, drink in hand, listening to the silence.

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Featured accommodation

Eolo

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Minaret Station

Queenstown

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The Berkeley River Lodge

Western Australia

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Ultima Thule Lodge

Wrangell St. Elias, Alaska

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Clayoquot Wilderness and Vancouver Family Discovery

Nights: 8 | from £5,960

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An invigorating family holiday which contrasts the sleek city sophistication of Vancouver with the rugged and remote adventure playground of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort