Seven remote escapes for your travel inspiration after coronavirus lockdown

ALASKA 

The vast open spaces of Alaska’s national parks are a haven for all manner of flora and fauna, and nowhere encapsulates this more than Katmai National Park and Preserve. It has thousands of square miles of pristine wilderness and the world’s largest population of grizzly bears.

There are some spectacular viewing opportunities at Brooks River, where they congregate each summer to catch salmon on the falls and bathe. Katmai tours and wildlife safaris are offered all summer, culminating in a trip to Brooks Lodge with special platforms overlooking the river. 

Info: visittheusa.co.uk 

NAMIBIA 

One of the least densely populated countries in the world, Namibia is the ideal place for a remote adventure. It is home to desert pans, towering dunes and rugged coastlines.

Skeleton Coast, an apt name for the other-worldly stretch of sand on Namibia’s northern coast is a photographer’s dream, peppered with historic shipwrecks, fascinating whale bones and a wild ocean.

Despite the dramatic harshness of Namibia’s environment, an array of wildlife species have managed to make it their home.Visitors are likely to spy black rhinos, lions, hyenas, oryx, giraffes and the odd giant shadow of a desert elephant. looming dark and mysterious on the horizon.

Guests can stay at luxury oasis, Shipwreck Lodge, nestled within the dunes with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Info: namibiatourism.com.na 

MAURITIUS 

At the tip of the westerly peninsular of Mauritius is the astonishing sight of Le Morne; the stand-alone mountain which overlooks an exceptionally beautiful lagoon, famous for its sunsets.

Le Morne proudly represents resistance to slavery. It formerly stood as a shelter for escaped slaves, and so its incredible universal values led it to being inscribed a UnescoWorld Heritage site.

Just south of Le Morne lies Black River Gorges, a national park and magnificent area for spotting native species.

Formerly the prime hunting ground of Mauritius, the area has been a protected reserve since 1994 after an incredible 300 species of flowering plants, nine endemic species of bird and an overwhelming population of fruit bats which numbered over 4,000 were recorded.

Info: tourism-mauritius.mu

ITALY 

Perfect for getting off the grid and in the Dolomites mountain region of the Trentino region in northern Italy, the Treehouse has no wi-fi or TV, allowing visitors to get back to nature and surround themselves with pure wilderness.

This new accommodation is located near the town of Val di Fassa from where visitors can embark on the Dolomiti Panorama Trek, a 200km circular trekking trail linking Val di Fassa with Val di Fiemme and Primiero that takes in the Marmolada glacier.

The Treehouse sleeps two and has a bathroom with jacuzzi and a sun terrace with spectacular mountain views.

Info: fiores.it/en/eco-green/treehouse

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CANADA 

Canada’s oldest provincial park, Algonquin, is Ontario’s most famous, yet remains pristine and tranquil. Located just over a three-hour drive north of Toronto, the park offers plenty to keep visitors entertained too with hiking trails, canoe routes, SUP boards, boating, fishing, mountain biking and lots more.

The Arowhon resort, thanks to a ban on TVs and mobile phones, is a place to digitally detox too. It sits on the idyllic Little Joe Lake and is one of a handful of resorts within Algonquin’s protected lands.

Info: ontario.net 

QATAR 

South from Qatar’s capital city, Doha, is Khor Al Adaid (the Inland Sea) natural reserve.

This inlet of the Persian Gulf lies on the border with Saudi Arabia, surrounded by a vast unspoilt desert landscape and is a Unesco-listed natural reserve.

It’s one of the few places on earth where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert and boasts its own indigenous ecosystem, with a wide variety of marine life, including turtles and dugongs as well as long-distance migrant waterfowl in winter and ospreys.

It can only be reached by 4×4 on a desert safari. Tours can also include camel rides, quad biking and sand-boarding before spending the night in a desert camp under the stars, enjoying a delicious Bedouin-style barbecue at the Regency Sealine Camp.

The camp includes a traditional Arabian lounge where guests can immerse themselves and enjoy meals under the night sky.

Info: regencysealinecamp.com

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PUERTO RICO 

This natural treasure in Puerto Rico is just excellent for nature lovers. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service. El Yunque has a diverse ecosystem, home to hundreds of native plant and animal species.

One of the most popular activities in El Yunque is hiking to one of the natural pools to cool off with a swim.

Follow the La Coca trail and trek down to one of several ponds along the route. For fun in the form of a rope swing, the El Angelito trail, offers a 4km hike ending with a an optional plunge into its lagoon.

Info: DiscoverPuertoRico.com 

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