When you consider the most beautiful locations situated throughout the world, some of the more popular have a tendency to come to mind. Truth is, there are miles of undiscovered territory all across the globe that are certain to boast some pretty impressive views. These areas will probably remain relatively untouched and therefore unseen by most, simply because they are completely inaccessible. However, there are a few gems that despite lacking in an easy to traverse infrastructure can still be accessed, but only by helicopter. Here are Top 10 Remote Vacation Destinations.
Helicopters make for an extremely useful tool for accessing exclusive and faraway destinations due in large part to their size and maneuverability. This makes the prospect of visiting these locations even more appealing because you are guaranteed relative privacy in addition to having an opportunity to revel in the rugged beauty of these stunning secluded resorts, islands, lodges, and locations.
The following are a list of the world’s top 10 remote vacation destinations accessed exclusively by helicopter.
Minaret Station, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Situated in close proximity to Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island, sits Minaret Station. Guests are housed in one of four chalets that are sprinkled around the head of a glacial valley. Exclusive outdoor experiences include but are not limited to jet boating, heli-skiing, heli-biking, hiking, fishing, and hunting.
Talus Lodge, British Columbia, Canada
Talus Lodge is a private chalet in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, close to Banff National Park and the continental divide. Accessible only by helicopter, the lodge can host up to 10 guests and two staff members to attend to their needs. Guests can partake in a number of outdoor experiences including snow skiing, hiking, and observing the wildlife.
Tikchik Narrows Lodge, Wood-Tikchik State Park, Alaska
Tikchik Narrows Lodge, located on the tip of a narrow peninsula separating Tikchik and Nuyakuk Lakes sits the main lodge surrounded by seven duplexed cabins. The cabins are sprinkled across the Nuyakuk Lake shoreline and the main lodge provides a 360-degree view of the lake which is considered one of the best fishing locations in the world.
Purcell Mountain Lodge, British Columbia, Canada
Purcell Mountain Lodge, ensconced within the Alpine tree canopy that covers the slopes of Bald Mountain is Purcell Lodge. The three-story lodge has accommodation to comfortably host up to 28 guests. Guests can participate in cross country skiing adventures with a frozen lake and snow peaked mountains in the background. Amenities include gourmet meals and guided outdoor activities.
Winterlake Lodge, Skwentna, Alaska
Nestled amongst trees along Alaska’s iconic Iditarod Trail sits Winterlake Lodge. Winterlake’s 15 acres are a virtual outdoor playground where guests can participate in heli-skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, white water rafting plus so much more. Guests staying in one of the seven cabins can visit the main lodge featuring a bar, dining area, wellness room, and game room.
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Ecolodge Nimmo Bay is located in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Amongst the waterfalls, mountains, and beaches, the resort features nine guests cabins. Six of these are elevated on stilts along the shoreline of a lake with the main lodge floating atop, while the remaining three are surrounded by forestry. Guests can take a dip in hot tubs situated near the helipad. Additionally, they can participate in whale and/or bear watching, paddle board, kayak or flyfishing to name a few of the activities available.
North Island, Seychelles
Seychelles’ North Island, the stunning tropical location of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s honeymoon is a resort property only accessible by helicopter. The resort features 11 thatch-roofed beachfront villas. Although the villas are constructed from local resources they have a number of modern luxuries and amenities including plunge pools, sunken tubs, and outdoor showers. The villas sit on the sandy beaches of Anse d’Este Beach and guests have been known to spot large 100-year-old tortoises roaming them.
Kandolhu Maldives, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
Seventy miles southwest of the Maldives’ capital city of Male, on the Indian ocean, is Kandolhu island. The island houses 30 luxury bungalows Each of the bungalows has either beachfront access or an unobstructed view of the ocean and include modern luxuries and conveniences like air conditioning, rechargeable torches and a GoPro which guest can take advantage of to chronicle their outdoor adventures. Highlights include snorkeling right beneath the sundeck.
Mica Lodge, British Columbia
Ensconced amongst British Columbia’s backcountry is Mica Lodge. The lodge sits above the Columbia River and the scenery delivers unparalleled views of the Canadian snow belt. Lodge capacity is up to 20 guests at a time allowing for staff to deliver one on one attention.Visitors and guests of Mica lodge can immerse themselves in the rooftop hot tubs or hang out in luxury social lounges. Outdoor adventures abound with opportunities to cross country or heli-ski, after which guests can unwind in the spa and dine on gourmet meals before retiring to their rooms.
Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park, Alaska
Elevated 6,000 plus feet on Ruth’s Glacier sits a five-room resort property known as the Sheldon Chalet. The Chalet, situated near the Mount Denali apex sports an eco-friendly main house that delivers impressive panoramic views of the Alaskan territory. Guests and visitors of the chalet can take off on heli-skiing or dog sledding adventures, rappel into a crevasse or even hike a glacier.
Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, New Zealand
Located within the Lake Wanaka proximity of the South Island is the Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet. The chalet is perched on the northern side of Dragonfly Peak and offers up impressive views of both Mounts Cook and Aspiring. Visitors and guests of the chalet can partake in scenic helicopter ride or guided tours of glaciers and guests can heli-ski or hike. After their adventures, guests will be treated to gourmet meals and will have personal concierges to attend to their every need.
FairLifts is dedicated to providing a fully comprehensive vacation experience by coordinating travel to one or more of these stunning destinations. For example, when you plan your vacation to a faraway destination, why leave all of the luxury and exclusivity to the destination when you can actually start your immersion in it by reserving a private charter to the destination of your choice before meeting your helicopter or float plane?
Regardless of whether your trip is a private getaway for yourself or yourself and a special someone or you are bringing along a group, we can coordinate a private charter to the top 10 remote vacation destinations located all across the globe.
Reservations are available for mid-grade travel on planes that are generally scheduled for their speed and the comfortable transport of several travelers. These charters would typically make use of turboprop aircraft. Or, for those who wish to keep things high end, agents can source a luxury private jet for you that features a number of amenities and customizable options. Private aviation is a cut above scheduled air travel because it’s all about you as opposed to being centered around the need of the airline itself.
In addition to the private charters, FairLifts will coordinate your transport options when you arrive at your destination. We can deliver access to a variety of options, like helicopter transport to the destinations that feature on-site heliports or transport to private airfields where we can arrange for a luxury car, van or motorcoach to meet you and escort you to heliports. We can also set up your vacation reservation with the resort and help to plan your itinerary while there, like river cruises or private tours.
Yes, it may seem like these remote destinations are more difficult to get to but believe us, they are well worth the effort. Plus with us as your travel coordinator, it couldn’t be any easier.