Since long before the words “social distancing” and “self-isolating” entered our daily lexicon, there’s been something special about checking in to a remote hotel. Whether it’s the adventure of making the trek to a far-flung destination, the serenity attained by going off-the-grid, or the bragging rights that come with staying somewhere inherently exclusive, there are countless reasons why a hard-to-access getaway is worth the effort. These aren’t necessarily places where you would go to isolate yourself—there are other guests around, after all, and lots of activities to enjoy—but spots that embrace their solitary locations. From sleek timber cabins in the heart of the Arctic Circle to a lakeside hideaway in Tasmania’s rugged backcountry, here are twelve sanctuaries that were specifically designed to keep their distance.
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