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Rustic: Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley Coast, Australia

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It takes more than 24 hours of travel from the U.S.—including three connections, plus a jaunt in a floatplane—to get to Berkeley River Lodge, on the Kimberley Coast, in Western Australia. The payoff? Barefoot luxury in one of the most remote places on earth. Twenty stylishly spare villas are set on massive sand dunes that rise 200 feet above the Timor Sea, each with alfresco bathrooms and cantilevered patios that overlook otherworldly gorges. Go on a naturalist-led hike through the surrounding grasslands, or better yet, explore King George Sound and Mitchell Falls with a ride in the hotel’s private helicopter. berkeleyriver.com.au; all-inclusive. $$$$$

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Rustic: Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley Coast, Australia

It takes more than 24 hours of travel from the U.S.—including three connections, plus a jaunt in a floatplane—to get to Berkeley River Lodge, on the Kimberley Coast, in Western Australia. The payoff? Barefoot luxury in one of the most remote places on earth. Twenty stylishly spare villas are set on massive sand dunes that rise 200 feet above the Timor Sea, each with alfresco bathrooms and cantilevered patios that overlook otherworldly gorges. Go on a naturalist-led hike through the surrounding grasslands, or better yet, explore King George Sound and Mitchell Falls with a ride in the hotel’s private helicopter. berkeleyriver.com.au; all-inclusive. $$$$$

Courtesy of The Berkeley River Lodge

It List: The Best New Hotels 2013

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