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

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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.­lantic


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. triple­


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.­ or de­sign­ho­


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.


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-es­


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. livin­gar­chi­tec­

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

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