From far-flung cabins to off-grid retreats, these are the great escapes where you can really get away from it all.

Even before the pandemic, tourists had grown tired of overtourism; travellers no longer wanted to follow the crowds.

Space and privacy will become even more important when we all start to travel safely again, with most people likely to favour remote, wilderness areas over busy city streets.

So, if isolation has given you a taste for the quiet life, these are a few of the world’s remote retreats, hotels and self-catering cottages to consider.

Corocora Camp, Los Llanos, Colombia​

Colombia’s Pacific coast is famous for its birds and marine mammals, but one of the country’s highest concentrations of wildlife can be found inland in the wetland savannas of Los Llanos, a big sky region commandeered by capybaras, anteaters and camera-shy pumas.

This idyllic four-tent camp is in the thick of the action on a remote, private 9,000-hectare reserve, reached by a two-hour drive from Yopal. Track animals on horseback with llanero cowboys, crossing plains, following rivers and swimming through lakes. Doubles from US$310/£252pp through Abercrombie & Kent (

The Treehouses at Lanrick, Perthshire

City dwellers craving nature can get their fix at this eco-friendly site on the banks of the River Teith, launching in September.

Five secluded, one-bedroom, self-catering treehouses with log-burning stoves occupy their own woodland plots, with two linked by a bridge for families. And once a welcome hamper of local products has been delivered, only birds and squirrels are likely to drop by.

Trossachs National Park is four miles away, perfect for mountain climbing, wild swimming and boat trips on Loch Lomond. From £200 per night (

Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia

Being cast at sea has similarities with the pandemic: drifting endlessly, alone, it seems there’s no horizon in sight. But this luxurious beached vessel strikes a beautiful balance between serenity and solitude, in a landscape of dry riverbeds and dunes veiled in ocean mist.

Sleeping 24 people in spread apart cabins, this architectural masterpiece is the only accommodation option in the 6,504sq-mile Skeleton Coast National Park, in a country with one of the world’s lowest population densities. From £650pp per night (

Bacchus House, Antipaxos, Greece

With only 30 residents and three tavernas, crowds are never an issue on this unspoilt Ionian island. In the absence of any shops, food and amenities are delivered by boat; few cars mean soundscapes are dominated by lapping waves. Spend days exploring nature trails or walking barefoot along empty white beaches.

Suitable for couples, this self-catering hilltop retreat is even further away from it all. Seven nights in September cost from £1,274pp (two sharing) plus flights and transfers through GIC The Villa Collection (

Owner’s Cabin, Staurneset, Norway

We may all be suffering cabin fever, but ‘hytte culture’ (or cabin lifestyle) could be the ideal antidote. Outside space is the premium sell for this isolated cottage: perched on a peninsula overlooking the North Sea, it’s surrounded by a sprawl of nature.

Three double bedrooms make it suitable for families, with multiple options for hikes and direct access to a white sandy beach and rocky tide pools, providing enough activities to keep children educated and entertained. From 6,000NOK/£460 per night through 62Nord (

Mallin Colorado Ecolodge, Aysen Province, Chile

Distances are vast in Patagonia, on the edge of the world, where the closest neighbour can be many miles away. A five-hour scenic drive from the nearest airport, this family-run lodge is not an overnight visit, but the rewards are worth your journey time.

Set amidst meadows, native forest, and the vast Lake General Carrera, the location offers guests a chance to trek glaciers, hike woodland trails or sit back and revel in people-free views. Rooms from US$120/£98 (

Domaine Des Etangs, France

A private home converted into a hotel, this rural property features an 11th century chateau and six stone farmhouse cottages, surrounded by gardens and lakes. There’s so much space, each cottage comes with its own electric car, encouraging guests to discover the countryside at their own pace.

Domaine’s sommelier can set up private tastings, while chefs prepare farm-to-fork dinners on site, delivering luxury hotel living without encroaching on personal space. From E400/£350 per night (