Published: June 2009
By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Looking for that secluded spot to really get away from it all?Here, five places where you can unplug and explore the great outdoors.
Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite, California
This rustic lodge’s 66 spacious cabins are just a five-mile trek from Carlon Falls, a secret swimming hole flanked by sky-high ponderosa pines. 33160 Evergreen Rd., Groveland; 800/935-6343; evergreenlodge.com; doubles from $100.
Explora Patagonia - Hotel Salto Chico, Chile
With the jagged Macizo del Paine peaks as a backdrop, saddle up one of the property’s 26 horses for a three-hour ride through grasslands where native llamas graze. Torres del Paine National Park; 866/750-6699; explora.com; doubles from $5,320 (four-night minimum), all-inclusive.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, South Africa
The resident archaeologist at this 18,500-acre nature reserve gives guests private tours of the area’s 130 Stone Age rock-art sites. 21 miles north of Clanwilliam; 800/735-2478; bushmanskloof.co.za; doubles from $515, all-inclusive.
Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Keep an eye out for howler monkeys while whizzing through the tropical forest on this eco-resort’s legendary 50-foot-high ziplines. Islita, Guanacaste; 866/446-4053; hotelpuntaislita.com; doubles from $300.
On the Water
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
A 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport, this hotel has a private lagoon with a sandbank for snorkeling and an underwater spa with treatments like a pearl-and-kelp mud wrap. North Malé Atoll; 011-960/ 664-4222; huvafenfushi.com; doubles from $1,440.