All stations go to New Zealand
Flock Hill Station was founded in 1857, deep in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. This incredibly picturesque and rugged part of the country has been the place of Narnia on the big screen and it’s easy to see why; there is no need to hide the traces of modern civilization in post-production, when there are almost none, among 36,000 acres of massifs and riverbeds and miles of wild pastures.
Next month, the station’s owners will begin welcoming guests to The Flockhill Homestead, a new four-bedroom, glass-and-timber lodge deep in the empty grounds of the station, a 20-minute drive from the Great Alpine Highway. – already one of the roads of the country. the most idyllic streets. All things active New Zealand are on offer, from bouldering to fly fishing (not one, but two of the island’s main salmon spawning streams run through the property) to night sky gazing. Alpine-glacier picnics, yes; helicopters to reach them, of course. Ski AND fleecing (in season): sign us up. From NZ$12,000 (about £6,200), flockhillnz.com
In northern Lapland, the pleasure of wood
“Welcome to life at 66 degrees north” is the tagline of Loggers Lodge, located in that blissfully lonely latitude in the far north of Swedish Lapland. The cabin, on two acres of private land, was originally built in the 19th century to house itinerant laborers who transported logs downstream to sawmills on the coast. On the outside it’s much the same as it was then: cheerful red paint, white hood and chimney. Inside, a recent renovation has brought it up to scratch for the 21st century: the bedroom, dominated by a central fireplace, still has its wooden walls and pitched roof, but the space has been enlarged and a large and very pleasant bathroom has been added. , all black granite and high tech shower. It is connected to a new sauna, located in its own small cabin.
And the good news for families, friends and couples traveling together: a second, independent bedroom has been built – a contemporary cuboid with thermo-ash cladding and glass walls, with its own seating area, configurable for sleeping adults or children. No light, no pollution and endless silence come with the package. From £3,900 for two nights, loggerslodge.com
Throwing away in Chilean Patagonia
Chilean Patagonia is one of the southern hemisphere’s great outdoors; Eleven, the US-based elite adventure maker, has operated here for years, so it knows the lay of the land. Its newest offering, launched this fall, is a week-long fishing trip that uses a pair of lodges in the desert southeast of Chaitén known as Martin Pescador, which between them offer access to two separate watersheds where trout fishing is in the world. known.
In Puerto Cárdenas, guests stay in private cabins with out-door boat access to the Río Yelcho and Lago Yelcho highlights; La Junta, further south, is a traditional five-bedroom lodge and hangar; there are world-class rainbows and brown trout in abundance (the odd salmon too). From $7,612 for seven nights, eleveexperience.com
An unexpected trip to the deep south of Morocco
If you want to extract real magic from remote coordinates, it is worth entrusting your journey to a professional magician. In Morocco, that person has long been Thierry Teyssier, once the event planner, theater producer and owner of Dar Ahlam, the extraordinary hotel in Skoura Oasis that remains a benchmark of atmosphere and elegance almost 20 years after it first opened. first. In 2015 he created the Route de la Memoire, a six-day, on- and off-road odyssey that mines the country’s spectacular south for its emptiest, most alluring corners. He scouted the road for years, finding ancient homes in hidden oases and hilltop villages along its nearly 1,000 kilometers; these have been converted into wonderful, fully equipped guest accommodation.
Days are punctuated by impromptu stops on empty Atlantic beaches, deserted wadis and abandoned forts that once, a millennium ago, marked thriving trade routes; guests come with towels and iced tea, some rugs and pillows, occasionally a bivouac with a light lunch and a bottle semolina wine waiting for them (how did it get there? The scale and details of the production boggle the mind a bit). Every evening, you drive through landscapes that seem to have been completely forgotten by time, only to pull up to an “abandoned” ruin and find, beyond the door, glowing braziers, crisp sheets and a welcome that it seems created out of thin air. . From €6,000 for six nights, darahlam.com