Want to explore famed backpacker destinations, but don’t want to slum it in a dingy guesthouse? The following three luxury boltholes in backpacker destinations will allow you to visit these places in the comfort to which you have grown accustomed.
1) Yemaya Island Hideaway, Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
Located well away from major settlements or highways of any sort, Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast is a blissful gem in a world that is running out of such destinations. 40 miles off this sparsely populated shore lie the best stones in this country’s collection, Big and Little Corn Island.
The latter has quickly become a favored hangout of backpackers, who find this palm-fringed island of 1,200 to be an idyllic antidote to today’s uber-connected world. While most accommodations are comprised of simple hospedajes and guesthouses that lack power for 6 to 12 hours per day, Yemaya Island Hideaway is a luxurious exception for those that seek to be as comfortable in this Caribbean backwater.
Boasting a 24 hour power supply, cloud-like mattresses, and rain shower heads, each of their 16 cabanas needn’t ask you to sacrifice anything to enjoy this slice of paradise, which includes a lengthy beach well away from other resorts on Little Corn.
With extensive yoga and meditation classes, and a reef sailboat that will take you to the best snorkeling spots around the isle, your time spent outside the room will be equally as eventful as well.
2) Paradise Bungalows, Koh Rong, Cambodia
On the other side of the globe, another bungalow development has given those with more discerning tastes somewhere to lay their head on the heaven sent Cambodian island of Koh Rong. Discovered by intrepid backpackers not long after Cambodia’s civil war ended, this Hong Kong sized paradise is ringed with white sand beaches that will turn you into a beach snob, and given it size, its unlikely you’ll encounter more than one handful of fellow travelers on any beach outside the main one.
Despite being located there though, Paradise Bungalows achieves the perfect amount of separation from the pack by being located up on a hill a half a kilometre away from the docks. Granting a mix of privacy and choice views a place with some of the most perfect tropical scenery in Southeast Asia, this resort provides some of the finest cuisine that one can find in this remote corner of Cambodia, as well as wi-fi, a commodity that is scarce on an isle that is filled with spartan beach huts.
3) Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Want to join in the party vibe that one of Thailand’s most popular destination has to offer, but want somewhere posh to lay your head when your night is done? Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa is the ideal place to make your base, as it is located well away from the noise and bustle of Haad Rin on its own cove on Phangan’s northeast corner.
While you’ll want to make use of the local shuttle to get to the heart of the action on the night of the full moon, you’ll get to spend the rest of your time here in blissful seclusion, with nothing but a crystalline pool, professional masseuses, and a stunning beach to keep you company.