Breathtaking hideaways that are luxe, luxe, luxe
Getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean sacrificing creature comforts. These great escapes are heavy on tranquility and luxury
TINTSWALO ATLANTIC LODGE CAPETOWN
If, like us, your dream house would have a bedroom so near to the sea that you could watch the waves without lifting your head from the pillow, then Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge will come pretty close. You’ll find it at the base of Table Mountain National Park, down a steep stony track from Chapman’s Peak, where 11 cabins line the rocky shore, newly rebuilt after the Cape Peninsula fire of 2015. Each has a private deck over the water and a fireplace for chilly nights. The food from chef Jeantelle Van Staden is delicious – Thai coconut mussels, oriental line fish with zucchini ribbons – and perfect for eating on the breezy terrace or in the cosy restaurant. The sea is too nippy for swimming, even for hardy Brits, but you can do your laps in the small heated pool, looking out over the ocean.
Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town. Doubles from approx. RM1,990, half board. tintswalo.com/atlantic
TRIPLE CREEK RANCH MONTANA
If you’ve ever fancied life as a cowboy but without the hardships, you’re going to love Triple Creek Ranch. In the heart of the beautiful Montana Rockies, the resort is made up of luxury log cabins and ranch homes with access to the lodge, which features original western art. Try your hand at outdoor pursuits, like fly-fishing, white-water rafting and off-ranch adventures, exploring by helicopter, horse or even dogsled.
5551 West Fork Road, Darby, Montana. Doubles from approx. RM4,505, including full board, alcohol, and many activities. triplecreekranch.com
SATOYAMA JUJO HOTEL JAPAN
Two hours from Tokyo, Satoyama Jujo Hotel defies every cliché of a traditional ‘retreat’. Instead, it sweeps you up in the vision of creative director Toru Iwasa and the indigenous narrative of the region. The rhythm of the age-old harvest is expressed via the hotel’s farmto-table concept, while the mountainous location keeps it in splendid isolation. Rendered in cedar wood, Japanese lacquer and tatami grass, the design of the hotel’s 12 bedrooms and communal areas is a reflection of the region’s architectural heritage.
Oosawa, Minami-uonuma, Niigata, Japan. Doubles from approx. RM1,700, room only. en.satoyama-jujo.com or designhotels.com
NIMMU HOUSE INDIA
Sprawled across a vast apricot orchard near the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers, Nimmu is a Twenties’ Tibetan house turned haute homestay. Owned by the Nangso family, descendants of the Ladakhi royal family, the main house has 12 rooms, all finished with local stone, latticed wood and beautiful views of the Himalayas. But our favourite spot is one of the five tents tucked between yak stables and fruit orchards. They’re dressed in local nomadic style with Changpa rugs, and a hammock slung in the entrance.
Ladakh, India. Doubles from approx. RM640, half board. nimmu-house.com
HOTEL TRI LANKA SRI LANKA
For a detox from modern life, without the discipline and abstinence, this luxe eco-retreat is heaven. Eleven rooms with living roofs spiral around the palm-shaded banks of Koggala Lake, and an infinity pool gazes out over the water. There’s first-class quantum yoga and a small spa for wellness, but just being here is restorative. Be wowed by the inventive fusion food (kurakkan cereal grass, cocoa and cinnamon risotto, anyone?), and spend hours kayaking around the lake, watching kingfishers swooping low in the sky.
Koggala Lake, Galle, Sri Lanka. Doubles from approx. RM1,190, half board. i-escape.com/tri-lanka
THE SHINGLE HOUSE DUNGENESS
On the vast shingle beach of Dungeness, near Romney Marsh, is a random collection of fishermen’s huts (many of them owned by artists, including – most famously – the late filmmaker Derek Jarman), two lighthouses and the terminal of a miniature coastal steam train. The entire beach is classified as a nature reserve and is filled with unusual plants and birds. The Shingle House was designed by Northern Office for Research and Design (NORD), who were inspired by the natural drama of the site to create a simple black house, finished in tarred black shingles on the outside and a beautiful palette of concrete and timber within.
Dungeness, Kent. From approx. RM4,010 for four nights, sleeps eight. livingarchitecture.co.uk
The heated pool overlooking the ocean
Explore outdoors or stay cosy inside
The infinity pool overlooking Koggala Lake
Sleep in modernist style at Satoyama Jujo
This is a tent, but this is not your average camping trip
Satoyama Jujo’s architecture pays tribute to the region’s heritage
The Shingle House sits on the Dungeness shingle beach