Looking for that secluded spot to really get away from it all?Here, five places where you can unplug and explore the great outdoors.

By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
June 04, 2009


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.

Horseback Riding

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.