We know it’s still a whole month away, but as the last, languid weeks of summer slip through our fingers, we’re finding ourselves filled with that burgeoning sense of dread. Autumn is coming, and we’re not ready. We’re not ready to say goodbye to lazy dips in the pool. We’re not ready to swap sun-drenched reading for wrapped-up movie marathons. And we’re definitely not ready to switch cocktails at all hours for warm evening beverages. For those not quite ready for the turbulent seasonal break-up, we suggest you continue chasing summer with one of these stunning, off the grid retreats.
Satellite Island, Tasmania
In the heart of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, off the South coast of Tasmania, you’ll find an idyllic, privately owned island available to rent out in its entirety. Just 40 minutes away from Hobart, but what feels like a world away, Satellite Island boasts primaeval landscapes and a sort of simple serenity that’s not easy to come by these days. Spend your days relaxing to the sounds of the ocean and spend evenings cooking freshly-caught fish over a crackling fire. This is about as wonderfully off the grid as it gets.
Cempedak Island, Indonesia
Stunning white beaches, pristine waters and lush rainforest collide to craft the surroundings of Cempedak Islands’ magical villa resort. Boasting wildlife in abundance, the island and the waters that surround it are home to critically endangered pangolins, rare Irrawaddy dolphins and an adorable family of sea otters who can be found frolicking in the ocean’s swell. The restaurant offers a daily changing menu, the villas are rustic and inviting, and the adults-only rule ensures that tranquillity won’t be spoiled by unruly children.
Habitas Tulum, Mexico
With wellness at the heart of its operation, it’s no surprise that Habitas — located in the jungle-surrounded town of Tulum — serves up one the most unforgettable R&R experiences to be had. Jungle and beachfront accommodation each come with glorious linen-enveloped King beds, outdoor showers and sublime vistas of the surrounding lush vegetation or turquoise sea — but with the infinity pool, yoga mezzanine, meditation space and great food on offer, you’ll be forgiven for not wanting to spend any time in your room at all.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
Floating above Kangaroo Islands’ unique stretch of rugged Hanson Bay coastline is a luxury lodge that combines exquisite architectural and interior design with sweeping panoramics of its stunning surrounds. While away your days feasting on the restaurant’s delicious bounty, experiencing the wonderful flora and fauna in close proximity or forgetting all your woes at The Southern Spa.
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
Award-winning architecture nestled within the monkey laden rainforests of Langkawi, it’s The Datai’s sublime collection of villas that mark the perfect destination for a spot of luxury relaxation. The rooms are exquisite, the spa is paradisiacal and the neverending views divine, but the biggest drawcard of all lies in the diverse choice of dining experiences. Whether its traditional Thai cuisine in a ‘floating’ restaurant situated atop 30-metre stilts, or a feast-for-the-senses Malaysian offering at a rustic rainforest hidden restaurant, you can guarantee no two dinners will be the same.
The Brando Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Just 30 miles north of French Polynesia’s largest island Tahiti sits The Brando, on the spellbindingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa. An idyllic escape, the resort peppers 35 deluxe villas around the astonishingly blue, sparkling lagoon, all of which claim their own private beach and plunge pool. Whether your scouring the on-site library or picking fresh produce at the organic garden, satiating the taste buds at the Polynesian and French restaurants or sipping divine cocktails at the beach bar, The Brando Tetiaroa serves as a private wonderland for all.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
The epitome of picturesque residence, at Song Saa Private Island you’ll find spacious wooden villas snuggled amongst the stunning Cambodian coral reef. Anyone who descends upon the isle can make themselves at home in a sublime open-plan abode, each decked out with a 26-metre private pool, opulent outdoor shower and plush canopy bed. Morning yoga by the ocean, exploration of the waters via kayak, taking part in a Buddhist ceremony or opting for a spot of afternoon meditation, whatever your activity of fancy Song Saa is the ultimate place to disconnect.