Perhaps the best part of getting away from it all is being able to bring some of it with you. In this Luxury Defined collection, we explore six exclusive properties for those who value privacy, and, during these challenging times, a natural socially distant lifestyle above all else. Choose from your own private peninsula on the Emerald Coast of Italy, in Sardinia, or a private island off the coast of Maine. How about a wilderness preserve in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest? Or perhaps, you would like to be master and commander of a 1,195-acre game reserve in South Africa’s Cape Winelands or an 880-acre ranch in Argentine Patagonia? Here, then, are six ultimately private, faraway escapes for the 21st century.
Game Reserve Estate in the Cape Winelands, South Africa
This breathtakingly beautiful home is situated amid a 1,195-acre private game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands. The property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking a secluded, quiet haven with awe-inspiring, uninterrupted mountain views. The epitome of unspoiled Africa, this secluded sanctuary is a habitat for abundant wildlife, including eland, kudu, springbok, red hartebeest, and zebra. Towering mature acacia trees, water features, ponds, and rock walls create an impressive architectural statement. The interiors are grandly scaled, yet intimate and comfortable, with a front-row view of the savanna and the mountains.
Fawn Bluff in British Columbia, Canada
Enveloped by lush rainforest and the peaceful seclusion of an idyllic wilderness, Fawn Bluff is the quintessential Canadian retreat. This 340-acre trophy estate has an awe-inspiring setting at the Emerald Edge of the Great Bear Rainforest—one of the world’s last great coastal rainforests. The property has the only sheltered deepwater harbor on Bute Inlet, as well as a private lake, expandable dock, and a helipad. It’s also accessible by seaplane, just 14 minutes’ flight from the Campbell River international port of entry. Fawn Bluff estate affords ultimate privacy and luxury, and access to nature and world-class fishing. Four log-style homes—built into the rainforest—sleep up to 30 guests and eight support staff. The property is self-sufficient and includes barge access and more than three miles of roads.
The Peninsula Estate in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
One of the most celebrated properties in the Mediterranean, The Peninsula Estate on the Emerald Coast of Italy, in Sardinia, is a masterpiece of Modernist architecture, brilliantly reimagined for luxury 21st-century living. Built in the 1970s, the property has been transformed by the current owner to create a remarkably secluded sanctuary, every inch crafted to perfection to blend seamlessly into its private 9.9-acre peninsula. The grand nine-suite main villa and detached three-suite guest house embrace open-plan indoor–outdoor living, and offer residents every comfort amid tranquil surroundings. Set against the sublime backdrop of La Maddalena archipelago and the aquamarine waters of the exclusive Costa Smeralda, the compound includes just under a mile of protected coastline with a walking path, three beaches, an infinity-edge pool, a private dock, and a helicopter landing area.
Sheephead Island in Hancock County, Maine
Sheephead Island is a private 65-acre island in East Penobscot Bay, Maine, just off Sylvester Cove and the village of Sunset. The property has all the benefits of a private island, yet it is connected to the mainland at low tide. There are two residences and an array of amenities, including nature trails through fields and forest, a hidden pond, swimming pool, and a deepwater dock, float, and mooring. The island’s shorefront has miles of ledge, tidal pools, and broad beaches. The village of Sunset is a delightful summer colony on the western shore of Deer Isle, a quintessential Maine island that is accessible by automobile over a suspension bridge. Fishing and lobstering are still the mainstay of the local economy in many of the island’s idyllic villages. For over a century, the island has attracted artists, craftspeople, writers, sailors and summer vacationers, drawn to the area for its incredible natural beauty, privacy, and traditional way of life.
La Rinconada Ranch in Argentine Patagonia
La Rinconada Ranch is the ultimate escape. The 880-acre estate has a spectacular setting in Argentina’s Lago Rivadavia Valley in the heart of Patagonia. The ranch offers access to world-class recreation, including horseback riding, hiking, boating, skiing, and blue-ribbon angling and fly-fishing. The property is just 10 minutes’ drive from the north entrance of Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its majestic mountain peaks, unspoiled rivers and lakes, and ancient alerce forests. The original farmhouse has been fully restored and includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Several other structures include a charming post-and-beam ranch house with two bedrooms, and a yoga studio overlooking the valley. The property also includes a pool and hot tub and a traditional parrilla grill for outdoor dining. The parcel is traversed by a glacier-fed river and several creeks.
Montauk Oceanfront Paradise in Montauk, New York
This extraordinary property is an oceanfront masterpiece on 36 private and verdant acres in exclusive Montauk Point, the Malibu of the East Coast. The 7,000-square-foot main house is the vision of architect Frank Hollenbeck, who based the design on a Chinese tea house, evidenced in the beautiful pagoda-style blue-tiled roof. It is ideally situated on a high bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a secluded, sandy beach with no public access for miles. The property includes a two-acre pond which provides habitat for local flora and fauna. At the ocean’s edge, two naturally formed 100-foot jetties act as barriers to passing storms.