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February 14, 2013

World’s Best Retreats

By Chris Boyle

Cabot Links

Cabot Links, Nova Scotia

Each year, creative travelers push the frontiers of our destination experience, enjoying this year’s hideaways before they become next year’s tourist traps.

In order to stay ahead of the curve, smart travelers have begun following the jet trails of private aviation, using these elite flyers as a guide to the world’s best-kept secrets.

Air Partner, the world’s leading air charter broker, has been guiding pioneers for over fifty years and has prepared a look at some of 2013’s hottest travel destinations, based on their experiences in 2012. Private flyers are often looking to push the boundaries of traditional travel, demanding both remote locations and luxurious amenities. This perfect combination can be found, if you know where to look.

Top Ten Remote Destinations for 2013

Amangiri Resort, Utah – Getting away doesn’t mean you have to bring your passport. While it’s certainly off–the-map, Amangiri is a luxurious oasis, with a first-class spa that evokes the unmatched calm of the desert. Accessible only from tiny Page airport, private flyers have discovered that Amangiri is still the fastest way to disappear in the continental 48.

Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania – Out of the Serengeti, Serena pairs elegant accommodations with a front row seat to Africa’s most exciting wildlife, including the stunning wildebeest migration. Guests are treated to luxury bungalows, which blend into the majestic landscape.

Rainbow King Lodge, Alaska –Nearly 200 miles out of Anchorage, the Rainbow Lodge is a hidden gem for elite anglers, who demand the best in both sport fishing and luxury accommodation. Best accessed by seaplane on small airport, private flyers have always had an edge when escaping to this remote lodge.

Wakaya Club And Spa, Fiji – Everyone dreams of finding a private island in the South Pacific. Accessible only by its lone runway, Wakaya takes all the best aspects of Fiji and tucks them away from the crowd, offering a world-class spa, deluxe villas and the pristine beaches, which have made this tropical paradise famous.

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Bloomfield Lodge, Australia – This award-winning retreat is about as far from the everyday as you can get. Hidden in northern Queensland, this secluded spot places travelers between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, offering a range of natural activities, both invigorating and just relaxing.

Amankora, Bhutan – There really is nothing quite as peaceful as an escape to the top of the world. High in the mountains of Bhutan, Aman Resorts has erected a mountain retreat unlike any other. Couched among the towering splendor of the Himalayas, the resort offers individual lodges, which appear rustic on the outside, but are both sophisticated and luxurious within.

Blanket Bay, New Zealand – Imagine having the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island as your front yard. Deep in Southern Alps, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay lodge is the perfect hideaway for a family, group or romantic getaway. It’s far off the beaten path, but the luxurious amenities make it feel just like home.

Crusoe Island Lodge, Chile – Far off the coast of Chile, Robinson Crusoe Island (which inspired the classic novel) is a lost world, but adventurous travelers will find a beautiful luxury resort and spa within the pristine landscape. Because of it’s extremely remote location, only private flyers can access this elusive, sought-after destination.

Cabot Links, Nova Scotia – One of the most beautiful, natural gold courses in the world is also one of the most luxurious. Set in the quaint town on Inverness, Cabot is far from the hustle and bustle, but a true pleasure for who want to pair a great round of gold with the finest amenities available. Built right on the course, the hotel provides an array of luxury options to keep players rested and relaxed for another day on the links.

Hotel Salto Chico, Patagonia – Perched on a waterfall in the shadow of the majestic Paine Massif natural towers, it is almost impossible to imagine a more beautiful setting. Hotel Salto Chico embraces the natural splendor of Torres del Paine National Park, providing otherworldly experiences for travelers who want to get as far off the map as they can.But this secluded hotel brings every available luxury to the end of the earth, with deluxe accommodations and a world-class spa.

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