Off the Grid

Hotels & Resorts

Alba Wellness Resort by Fusion

A hot-spring resort plunges Angela Goh into the mineral-rich waters of central Vietnam.

Hotels & Resorts

Seeking Sanctuary at Amanwana

A new wellness experience by Amanwana teaches guests an old Indonesian style of meditation, guided by the purifying waters of Moyo Island.

Tips & News

Where Coral is King: Cruising the Atolls of the Rowley Shoals

In Western Australia, the little-known atolls of the Rowley Shoals have not only somehow escaped coral bleaching, but are thriving in defiance of global trends.

Culture

Exploring Tibet’s Kham Region

Tibet’s little-known Kham is a river-bound region where everyday life takes on the air of mythology. Crisscrossing the grasslands and mountain ranges, Rachna Sachasinh finds nomadic traditions holding their own against the inflow of modernity.

Culture

Discovering Batanes in the Philippines’ Verdant North

At the top of the Philippines is a clutch of windswept islands where the bonds of community have been forged by the elements. In verdant Batanes, Stephanie Zubiri dances among lighthouses, absorbs lessons from tribal elders and just lets go. Photographed by Scott A. Woodward There are places of beauty and then there are places […]

Hotels & Resorts

Watching Wild Antelope and Cheetahs on an Emirati Desert Island

Just off the coast of Abu Dhabi is an enchanting wildlife reserve with 8,000 years of human history. Jeninne Lee-St. John heads to a resort island where it’s hard to tell your sitting room from the savannah.

Inspiration

This Hidden Sabah beach Is a Diver’s Paradise

A little-known north Borneo beach is Sabah’s best alternative diving spot, writes Marco Ferrarese, who asks that you keep Mengkabar Bay to yourself—and don’t disturb the tarsiers.

Culture

Slow Life in Bhutan

While Bhutan continues its march to modernity, many parts of the country are in no hurry to catch up. Lester V. Ledesma mounts an expedition into the eastern frontier.

Culture

A Study in Contrasts in Guizhou

In China’s Guizhou province, a tech-forward culture rubs shoulders with ancient traditions.

Culture

A New Resort in the Himalayas Is a Haven For Tea Drinkers

A new mountain resort in Darjeeling offers an intimate chance to get away from it all, while experiencing West Bengal’s tea-making traditions in style.

Hotels & Resorts

This Luxurious Jungle Camp in Cambodia Should Be Your Next Destination

Glamping is so last season. Come fly away to a luxe, cunningly conversationist jungle book in the heart of Cambodia.

Culture

Timor-Leste: Paradise Yet Untouched

Twenty years after its hard-won independence, Timor-Leste is only just beginning to open up its natural landscape to the region. Exploring every corner of Southeast Asia’s youngest country, Sophie Raynor discovers the pristine wonders we’ve been missing out on.

Culture

Fit for a Raja

Rajasthan is littered with the former forts, castles and chateaux of the Rajput Maharajas who ruled the region for centuries. On a royal tour of new palatial digs turned into heritage hotels, Rachna Sachasinh finds luxurious renewal projects that manage to conjure the community spirit of far humbler abodes.

Inspiration

On the Maritime Frontier of Off-the-Grid Burma

Off the south coast of Burma, the barely touched, largely uninhabited Mergui Archipelago beckons the intrepid sailor. Joe Cummings checks his phone at the cabin door for an exploration of the new eco-resorts in one of the least touristed places in Southeast Asia.

Tips & News

These 6 Secret Beaches in Australia Are an Escape from the Crowds

Flaunting 60,000 kilometers of sun-kissed coast, Australia is awash in beaches. Those in the know don’t need to share the sand.

Culture

Rosewood Luang Prabang

From the balcony of her luxury tent above the forested hillside at Rosewood Luang Prabang, Eloise Basuki gets a new perspective on the former capital of Laos, and finds there’s plenty to discover beyond the town’s heritage quarters.

Culture

Meditative State: Cruising Burma’s Irrawaddy River on the Road to Mandalay

Channel your inner Buddha on a Belmond cruise through Burma.