11 Off-the-Beaten-Path Hotels
Collected by Bryan Kitch, AFAR Contributor
It may be about the journey (and not the destination), but these hotels make a strong argument for the latter. Once you find them, you're going to want to stay awhile.
A deep valley in eastern Switzerland, the Lower Engadine region is a lesser-known alternative to themore developed Upper Engadine (think St. Moritz). Full of remote villages that sit along a gorge carved by the Inn River, the area draws hikers to...
Isle of Skye, Duntulm, Portree IV51 9UF, UK
At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye, which is an island off of the upper north western shore of Scotland, are the ruins of Duntulm Castle. To get there, you have to drive for several hours on narrow dirt roads, but the sense of remoteness...
BUUSTAMON 142, 837 52 Åre, Sweden
Chef Niklas Ekstedt, of Ekstedt restaurant in Stockholm used to stay at Buustamons Fjällgård, a ski resort up in the mountains in Åre, when he was a little kid. “Back then it was really just a cheap, family hostel,” he says. “Recently they...
5031 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA
An antidote to hectic modern life, Travaasa Hana, on Maui’s remote eastern coast, feels like a step back in time. There are no televisions, radios, clocks, or air-conditioning (ceiling fans and panoramic sliding doors capture ocean breezes)...
７番地１ Toyakoonsen, Sobetsu, Usu District, Hokkaido 049-5731, Japan
One is met with a very refreshing view of Lake Toya and Ezo Fuji (Mt Yotei) at the far end, when you wake up in the morning as you look out the large picture window of your tatami room. This is a nice place to stay overnight when you're exploring...
Marialva, 6430-081, Portugal
This beautiful country-houses hotel is located in the historical village of Marialva, only steps away from the castle. (in fact, if you want to visit the castle one of the hotel staff can hand you the keys). The hotel is situated in the middle of...
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala
I came to Lake Atitlan for relaxation and peacefulness and I got just that and more! As a guest for 4 days, I couldn't get over how beautiful the grounds were and how quickly I felt at home. They did a great job decorating -- everything from the...
1 Mountain Rd, Chapmans Peak, Cape Town, 7985, South Africa
The multi-tiered wooden decks and cozy thatch-roof rooms, combined with the lush green hillside setting, makes Monkey Valley feel like an island treehouse escape. At the foothills of Chapman's Peak and rising above Noordhoek Beach, this hotel and...
40060 Paws Up Rd, Greenough, MT 59823, USA
One of the most luxurious Western guest ranches, opened in 2005, the Resort at Paws Up, in Greenough, sprawls over 37,000 acres of classic Montana landscape: elk-filled meadows, rocky peaks, and ponderosa pines in the Blackfoot Valley, with the...