A Tranquil State of Mind

With Christmas a long distant memory and Summer holidays still tantalisingly far away, we know that it is important to dedicate that much needed ‘me time’ during this busy period. In this week’s The Edit we take a look at some of our favourite properties around the globe to switch off your phones, get off the radar and – most importantly – relax.

Photo courtesy of Shakti Kumaon

In this little-known and unspoiled part of India, Shakti Kumaon offers two different opportunities for a truly off the radar experience. Whether walking from village to village on a guided 4 day trek and staying in beautiful renovated local houses, or residing in a luxurious and design-focused property for the duration of your stay, Shakti Kumaon is a unique mountain experience for all of its visitors. Take in the local culture, taste delicious cuisine and explore this spectacular and remote area.


Photo courtesy of COMO Uma Punakha

Nestled on a hillside and offering panoramic valley views, COMO Uma Punakha is a truly one of a kind destination in the country of Bhutan. Still relatively off the mainstream tourist trails, Bhutan is the sort of place to immerse yourself in culture and take in the beauty on this untouched destination. Whether indulging in a spa treatment, white water rafting or exploring the nearby temples and monasteries, COMO Uma Punakha has something for everyone.


Photo courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs

Set in the mountains of Colorado, this once bustling location is now one of America’s many ghost towns. Creatively repurposed into a romantic retreat, Dunton Hot Springs is now a prime off the radar escape amongst the dramatic landscape of the Colorado Rockies. With your choice of rustic, wood-clad 19th Century cabins, this charming destination offers the perfect place to turn off your phones and get back to nature.


Photo courtesy of Jalman Meadows Wilderness Camp

Hidden in a remote and beautiful area of Mongolia, the Jalman Meadows Wilderness Camp features traditional Mongolian gers (yurts) with comfortable and homely interiors. Surrounded by wildflower meadows, rolling hills and lush countryside, guests can enjoy trekking, rafting, horseback riding and a wealth of other activities in the natural beauty that surrounds them.


Photo courtesy of Jamtara Wilderness Camp

This luxury tented camp is nestled in the Jamtara Village, close to India’s Pench National Park. With only ten tents across the property, it offers its guests a truly private experience in the Indian jungle. Whether sleeping in the elegantly-curated tent interiors or under the stars on the patio, this is a truly once in a lifetime experience in the heart of India.


Photo courtesy of Kasbah du Toubkal

Set amongst the dramatic scenery or the high Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal provides luxury accommodation in the charming village of Imlil. Offering a truly idyllic location to unwind, trekking trips and yoga holidays are both popular options at this stunning Kasbah.


Photo courtesy of Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

For adventurous guests, the Minaret Station Alpine Lodge ticks all the boxes. Accessible only by helicopter, start your trip with a spectacular ride to the Station before enjoying all the privacy this offers. Surrounded by the wilderness of the New Zealand’s Southern Alps, a range of summer and winter activities are available, from heli skiing to fly fishing.


Photo courtesy of Ratua Private Island

A picture perfect private island off Vanuatu, Ratua Private Island offers swathes of white sands and crystalline waters. Rustic villas provide a base from which to explore the island, whether by foot, mountain bike or horseback. Local villages, caves and underwater wrecks can all be found around the nearby islands and provide ample opportunity to discover everything this magical area has to offer.


Photo courtesy of Mara River Camp

Close to a bend in the Mara River in Tanzania lies the Mara River Camp. This off-the-grid and eco-friendly camp protects local species and supports African artisans and craftsmen, offering an authentic and sustainable safari experience. Chic and luxurious safari tents with an ‘explorer’ feel make an ideal place to unwind after a day’s safari in the Serengeti.


Photo courtesy of Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Offering a uniquely privileged spot by Lake Sarmiento and with views across the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a truly secluded retreat in an area of outstanding national beauty. After exploring the sights of Patagonia, return to the hotel to enjoy the Uma Spa, with massages and beauty treatments, as well as an indoor pool and sauna.

For further information and bookings, please contact Total Management Travel.

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