Places Where Times Slows Down
May 5, 2023 by Perrie Hartz
Journey to remote, breathtaking places where time slows down, allowing you to be present and to savor each moment. Learn about some of Hidden Doorways’ soulful properties around the world where natural beauty exudes pure serenity, tranquility, and space to breathe.
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova | Alentejo, Portugal
A land of endless horizons and rich history, Baixo Alentejo is one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets. Relais and Chateaux’s Herdade da Malhadinha Nova sits in the heart of this region in the charming village of Albernoa. The perfect quiet escape for wine and art lovers, this family-owned hotel and estate is surrounded by 450 peaceful hectares of vineyards and rolling fields.
There is a working Stud farm along with lush vineyards, olive groves, and a vegetable garden from which the hotel’s restaurant gathers its fresh produce. The stunning panoramic pool offers guests a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing and incredible views, while the spa offers a jacuzzi, hammam, and luxurious massage therapies from around the world.
French Creek | Saratoga, Wyoming
The most remote and intimate creekside property at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming, French Creek provides peaceful privacy and premier access to outdoor adventure. Enjoy quality time with family and close friends as you occupy only four single-room cabins and a luxury yurt. If you’re traveling with younger children, our all-inclusive Lil Wranglers program educates and entertains them while providing parents adult time. Located on the historic Sanger Ranch, French Creek offers access to the nation’s premier fly-fishing waters and hunting grounds, as well as a number of other outdoor pursuits for all ages and abilities, including horseback riding, archery, ATVing, yoga, river floats, and more.
Accommodating up to only 14 guests, French Creek’s service is exceptionally personalized, including your own concierge, guides, and personal chef for the entirety of your customized retreat. Wake each morning to the sound of the running creek just steps from your door and end each evening making memories fireside under a blanket of stars.
Villa Bokéh | Antigua, Guatemala
A luxury hacienda located on the outskirts of Antigua Guatemala, Villa Bokéh is an oasis of calm, tranquility, and natural beauty. There are gorgeous rooms with private balconies, enclosed gardens with fire pits, and outstanding volcano views. A private art collection provides the finishing touch to each room with exquisite photography, remarkable sculptures, and elegant paintings inspired by Guatemala’s rich and colorful culture. A chic escape, this beautiful property offers both culture and relaxation amidst the most beautiful of natural settings.
Casa Palopó | Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Casa Palopó is a soulful lakeside boutique hotel situated between many Mayan Ethnic Villages around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. This luxurious property is both a lakeside retreat and a wellness getaway, offering guests incredibly immersive experiences like the energy-cleansing Shaman Mayan Ceremonies. The panoramic view of Lake Atitlan and the three volcanoes overlooking it is stunning, as is the infinity pool, the sprawling terraces, and the lush, perfectly manicured gardens.
Heckfield Place | Hampshire, England
A lovingly restored, luxurious Georgian family estate set on 438 acres of lush gardens, woodlands and meadows in North Hampshire, England, Heckfield Place is a tranquil country escape that is perfect for those wanting to spend a little time in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Guests will love leisurely strolls through the historic grounds, perfectly manicured lawns and gardens, and stunningly-decorated rooms. On summer afternoons, they can lounge in the lovely walled garden and enjoy seasonal Heckfield Place tea and freshly baked house pastries.
Ellerman House | Cape Town, South Africa
Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for travelers looking for complete exclusivity, privacy, and tranquility in Cape Town. Located in Bantry Bay, this luxury boutique hotel offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. The property has intimate outdoor spaces with lounge chaises to unwind, including a stunning one-and-a-half acre garden, peaceful shaded verandas, stunning terraced lawns, and a spectacular swimming pool, all against the backdrop of a sparkling sea view.
Kokomo Private Island | Fiji
Located in Fiji and surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo Private Island is a tropical oasis of tranquility where time slows, and where surrendering to the indulgence of island life is effortless. Beyond utter seclusion, perfect peace, simplicity, luxury, and the exclusivity the island exudes, Kokomo is renowned as one of the world’s most incredible private islands for infinite reasons, from the incredible private villas to the farm-to-table cuisine, to the abundance of outdoor activities and experiences to choose from. Guests can relax and unwind as they cruise through the tranquil waters surrounding Kokomo on a private sunset cruise, explore the calm, clear waters, and spot amazing marine life while paddle boarding around the reef, and enjoy candle-lit picnic dinners on the beach under a blanket of twinkling stars.
Coquillade Provence | Gargas, France
Perched on a hilltop in the heart of Luberon, Coquillade Provence epitomizes the quintessential tranquility of a French countryside retreat. Situated near the village of Gargas just 30 miles east of Avignon, this Relais & Chateaux five-star resort spans approximately 104 acres and is surrounded by 90 acres of vineyards dotted with lavender fields and olive groves, with exceptional views of Luberon and Mount Ventoux. The property also boasts a renowned 1,700-square-foot Spa Mêilaij and Wellness Centre, offering rejuvenating treatments and holistic retreats inspired by its bucolic setting. The palatial outdoor pool surrounded by soaring Cypress trees and olive groves is the perfect place to unwind, and dining al fresco at restaurant Jardin dans les Vignes is a truly relaxing summertime treat.
Little Palm Island | Florida Keys
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an adults-only tropical paradise that is the perfect combination of privacy and luxury. Located just off the crystalline waters of the famous Florida Keys coastline, the island is a peaceful oasis filled with lush, verdant tropical foliage and exotic wildlife. The perfect place to disconnect from the worries of everyday life and to simply live in the moment, the resort has multiple spots perfect for lounging in the sun and shade, from the sandy beaches to private hammocks to the tranquil pool shaded by palm and sea grape trees. Little Palm Island also boasts SpaTerre, an award-winning indoor-outdoor spa that offers rejuvenating and relaxing services like facials, massages, wraps, and global rituals.
The Fife Arms | Braemar, Scotland
The Fife Arms, which is surrounded by the Grampian Mountains, ancient woodlands, and rolling hills of Cairngorms National Park, is a luxury boutique property located in the wild and remote Scottish Highlands. Each season of the year offers a different type of beauty here, and there is no wrong time to go for those looking for some peace and quiet, and to explore the gorgeous natural surroundings. Whether you want to cozy up by the fireplace and sip rare Scottish whiskey as the snow falls quietly outside or take to the wild-flower covered hills for a bespoke springtime highland adventure, there are seemingly unlimited activities to experience at this gorgeous countryside retreat.
SUJÁN Sher Bagh | Ranthambore National Park, India
A collection of three luxurious tented wilderness camps in Rajasthan, India, SUJÁN offers guests an incredibly immersive safari experience with unparalleled natural surroundings, sumptuous accommodations, and unforgettable cultural explorations. Evoking all the romance and glamour of a bygone era, SUJÁN Sher Bagh is a luxurious tented safari camp that transports guests to the glamorous 1920’s in India’s most celebrated tiger reserve. Located in a lush jungle and surrounded by the ruins of grand ancient palaces and the majestic citadel of Sher Bagh, the camp is a spectacular wildlife haven and tranquil wilderness escape.
Bürgenstock Resort | Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Switzerland draws those who are looking for serenity and a place to reconnect with nature. Perched high in the clouds overlooking a serene part of Lake Lucerne, Bürgenstock Resort glitters with wonder. Known now as one of the largest resorts in Europe and set on 148 forested acres, this sleepy area of Lake Lucerne reflects a sort of quiet luxury that appeals to those looking for rest and relaxation with superb 5-star amenities. Enjoy the fresh Alpine air with a variety of outdoor activities, including golf, tennis, hiking, biking, and water sports. Guests can find serenity and rebalance their wellbeing at the 10,000 sqm Bürgenstock Alpine Spa, the largest Spa facility in Europe that offers an experiential journey to restore peace and tranquility while igniting the senses.