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If you’re prone to flying to the ends of the earth for your vacations, you might as well really enjoy your time once you get there. We’ve discovered six over-the-top hotels where remoteness is a selling point, isolation is a luxury and silence is golden.

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Pädaste Manor, Estonia

Even in tiny Estonia, there’s such a thing as isolation. The trip to Pädaste Manor on Muhu Island involves a two-hour drive from Tallinn, followed by a 30-minute ferry ride and then another short on-island jaunt to the five-star resort. Rooms in the fully renovated 19th-century manor are furnished in a rustic style, with wooden beams and old-fashioned bath tubs. As for activities, opt for a leisurely bike ride along the coast, a sunset boat trip or a hay bath at the onsite spa.

Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Petit St. Vincent in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a stunning Caribbean resort on its own private island. Twenty-two one- and two-bedroom cottages are located among hillsides, cliffs and beaches with breathtaking views of the southern Grenadines. The cottages are free from telephones, television, and—gasp—Wi-Fi. Instead, an old-fashioned flag system is used to communicate with ever-present butlers and other attentive staff members.

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Fogo Island Inn, Canada

Fogo Island is for those who might have FOMO about missing out on ultimate isolation. Located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Fogo Island Inn is perched on stilts. Hugging the rugged North Atlantic coastline, all 29 suites have floor-to-ceiling views of sea and sky. The inn’s design stays true to the Newfie aesthetic: Rooms are made from all-natural materials like wood, wool, cotton and linen.

Remota Patagonia Lodge, Chile

The name says it all. Remota Patagonia Lodge is indeed remote, set on the wild plains of Chile’s southern reaches. The inspiration for the architecture: sheep farm buildings. But there’s no feelings of bah humbug from Remota’s herd of devoted guests. The hotel design is simple, but luxurious. All furnishing are made by hand from local resources. Patagonia’s dramatic changing light is constantly on view through vertical windows that bring the outside in.

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Kokomo Island, Fiji

Arrive by seaplane and then drink in Fiji’s Kokomo Island, which opened in March 2017. Diving enthusiasts will love the place, as the private island is encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef. Choose from residences located beachfront or atop hills elevated amid tropical rain forest. No matter which option you select, you’ll still have your own private infinity pool and tropical garden. Naturally, the spa offers rejuvenation using indigenous Fijian beauty rituals and products.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge is on Kangaroo Island—a hop away from Adelaide, Australia. And  you can see kangaroos on the windswept island,  along with wallabies, koalas and other Oz wildlife. Southern Ocean Lodge, which floats atop a secluded cliff, features suites showcasing bespoke furnishings, sunken lounges and glass walls offering breathtaking full frontal views of the untamed wilderness beyond.

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Laura Powell

Laura Powell

Laura is a 20-year veteran travel journalist. She was CNN's first travel reporter, and has written for publications ranging from Alaska Airlines Magazine to The Washington Post. Find her at the or on Twitter: @dailysuitcase

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