Here to get travellers out of their own heads (and the depths of their demanding inboxes) are three getaways in secluded hideaway destinations – places where no stray calls or unwelcome interruptions can follow…
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: Old-school elegance and charm have come to the solace of the western coast of Ireland. Amongst the expanse of soaring cliffs, windswept beaches, deserted boglands and rich heritage lies a castle more stately and secluded than any Romantic-with-a-capital-R’s wildest fantasies. Welcoming guests with inviting antique leather button back chairs, cosy log fires, and walls and décor in warm shades of rust, mellow yellow and oak, the real world and all its worries dissipate in the serenity of Ballynahinch life. So whether weary wanderers are looking to spend their days curled up by the flames with a brandy and a crime thriller in the old library; out fishing for salmon, kept company by the soft splashes of the meandering river; or taking gulps of fresh air on a mountain trail, they can expect a restorative experience fit for Irish royalty.
Tracking down the family history. Our last known relatives in Ireland were living/working at this castle back in 1811 before they got on the ship to Australia. If only they owned it and we had some sort of stakes in it… I wouldn’t mind living here! 😍🇮🇪🏰🔥🤗 #ballynahinch #ballynahinchcastle #castlelife #familyhistory #ireland
NAME: Sheldon Chalet
LOCATION: North America
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: Nestled amongst the stunning mountain peaks of the Alaska range, Sheldon Chalet has made the decision of whether to disconnect on behalf of their guests: completely out of range, travellers are freed from the pestering of smartphones, tablets and computers. Life is slower, social exchanges are friendlier, and travellers’ escapist daydreams become their reality. Dreary days filled with anxiety over answering endless emails are swapped for lounging on queen-sized, fur-laden beds; trekking with a guide in pursuit of a magical, fleeting glimpse of the aurora streaking through the sky; and stuffing themselves to the brim with deliciously fresh Alaskan king crab and copper river salmon. Now that’s the life we’re all after…
Our Sales Manager Gwen recently returned from a ‘life-changing’ trip to Sheldon Chalet, 10 miles from the summit of Denali. Photo: @chrisburkard – – #kenaifjords #explorealaska #discoveramerica #nationalparks #exploreak #sheldonchalet #travel #denalinationalpark #instatravels #denali #naturalalaska #luxuryalaska #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #optoutside #ourplanetdaily #EntreeAlaska #helicopter #stepswiftly #earthofficial #travelstoke #wildernessculture #roamtheplanet #doyoutravel #travelalaska #theglobewanderer #worlderlust #nationalparkgeek #getoutstayout #alaskan
The new Sheldon Chalet will feature locally-sourced foods wherever possible. Like this crab, those shrimp and oysters, and the halibut. The family commitment to Alaska is evident throughout the project, and I find it appealing in this age of outsourcing. . . . . #sheldonchalet #denali #alaska #alaskagrown #alaskaseafood #sogood #onlyinalaska #onaglacier #AKontheGO #ruthglacier #ilovealaska #writerlife #adventuretravel #luxurytravel #travelalaska #travel
NAME: COMO Maalifushi
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: As the only resort to lay their foundations upon the untouched land of Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi has laid its claim to the ultimate getaway destination. In a land scattered with tropical green shrubbery, pearly-white beaches, cobalt lagoons and average temperatures of 30-degree heat all year long (bring on the vitamin D!), the chance to sit back on a lounger and switch off couldn’t be any more inviting. Combine that with the retreat’s calming, uncomplicated design grâce à Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi – think floor-to-ceiling windows, Kajan-thatched roofs and the intoxicating smell and feel of New Zealand pine – and travellers will find themselves immersed in a nature-centric world too entrancing to leave.
My last sunset in Paradise; I can hear reality calling me home 😱😞🇲🇻 ☀ 🏖 🌊 🐟 🐢 🦈 🐠 #Maldives #maalifushi #comomaalifushi #maalifushitime #comomaalifushimaldives #comohotels #comoshambhala #comoexperience #sunset #maldivessunset #maalifushisunsetparty #maalifushibycomo #maldiveswater #smartflyer #smartflyerau #basqrtravel @smartflyerstuartreay @basqrtravel @comomaalifushi @comohotels
Annie is Junior Content Executive for Beyond Luxury Media Ltd. She is a lover of dance, sausage dogs and immature jokes, and is a self-confessed serial wine-and-diner who lets her tastebuds guide her travels.