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The World’s Most Beautiful Remote Restaurants

A love of travel often goes hand in hand with a love of food. And when traveling requires a more adventurous—sometimes treacherous—journey, the dining experience becomes that much more exciting and immersive. From feasting on authentic Thai cuisine in a hanging treepod on a remote island to dining on fresh fish on a tiny island off the coast of the U.S. mainland, these six hard-to-reach restaurants are destinations worth building a trip around.

 

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Three Chimneys: Loch Dunvegan, Scotland

This five-star Scottish restaurant sit on a single-track road (B884) on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, which is located between the villages of Dunvegan and Glendale, so visiting by car is recommended. (The nearest train station is over 50 miles away, and while the restaurant is accessible by taxi, they must be booked in advance.) Many guests make the trip to stay at the Three Chimneys lodge and dine in the intimate, award-winning restaurant led by Chef Scott Davies. threechimneys.co.uk

Willows Inn: Lummi Island, Washington

Take a two hour journey from Seattle to Willows Inn (including a cash-only ferry transport from Gooseberry Island) to dine at this fish-focused, prix-fixe, reservation-only restaurant. Visitors to Willows Inn dish out $195 a head for a tasting menu featuring dishes such eggplant and caramelized squid, reefnet caught smoked sockeye, toasted birch branches, and grilled geoduck clam. willows-inn.com

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Soneva Kerr Treepod Dining: Koh Kood, Thailand

For some, just getting to Thailand is off-the-grid enough. Looking to take it up a notch? Try booking dinner in a hanging treepod at the Soneva Kerr resort, located on Thailand’s fourth largest (but least populated) island, Koh Kood. Getting that reservation, however, may mean booking a stay at the resort. Per Soneva’s website, “After a 90-minute flight to Koh Mai Si (MSI), our private airport island, you will be taken by a luxury speed boat to the resort’s jetty where our team will welcome you.” soneva.com

 

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The 9 Most Stunning Islands Off U.S. Shores

There’s no denying the allure of Santorini and Sardinia, but we’ve got plenty of idyllic islands to explore in our own backyard. From upscale enclaves favored by presidents and celebrities to low-key nature preserves teeming with wildlife, the best islands off U.S. shores are perfect for a summer getaway—no passport required.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Charleston is consistently ranked among the best cites in the U.S., so it should come as no surprise that Kiawah Island—where Charlestonians go in the summer—is one of the country’s most gorgeous islands. With ten miles of pristine beaches, legendary golf courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and nature trails among the marshes, it’s the perfect place for a family vacation or romantic getaway.

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Shelter Island, New York

When New Yorkers need to escape the concrete jungle, this island between the Hamptons and Long Island’s North Fork is one of the places they go. Buzzing with visitors in summer, it’s a blissfully unpretentious alternative to the Hamptons with plenty of rural charm. Find a dash of New York sophistication at Sunset Beach, a twenty-room hotel by André Balazs.

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Lanai, Hawaii

Pristine beaches, winding roads clinging to cliffs over the Pacific, volcanoes, and lush tropical landscapes—Hawaii’s islands draw vacationers from all over the U.S. As one of the smaller, more under-the-radar isles, Lanai boasts blissfully crowd-free beaches, dramatic cliffs, and luxe accommodations like the recently renovated Four Seasons Lanai.

 
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Cumberland Island, Georgia

Georgia’s largest barrier island is an 18-mile stretch of undeveloped beaches and marshes teeming with wildlife, including shrimp, sea turtles, and alligators, not to mention the horses that roam the land. Protected by the National Park Service, the island’s natural beauty has been preserved. Pitch a tent or book a room at the comfortable Greyfield Inn.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

We wouldn’t blame you for mistaking Mackinac Island for the Caribbean—the water is the same vibrant shade of turquoise. This car-free stretch of land in Lake Huron feels like a blast from the past thanks to enchanting properties like Mission Point and the Grand Hotel, which have been welcoming guests for over a hundred years.

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Gasparilla Island, Florida

The Florida Keys may be more famous, but that just means this barrier island off the Gulf Coast remains a secret hideaway for insiders. It’s been a low-key luxury vacation spot since J. P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts started visiting in the pre-Prohibition days. Check into the Gasparilla Inn for a taste of that Jazz Age life.

 
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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

This idyllic New England enclave is the preferred vacation spot of preppy Bostonians and of presidential families including the Kennedys, the Clintons, and the Obamas. You’ll find plenty of historic charm, scenic lighthouses, beautiful beaches, and yachts. Rent a house like the locals do or stay at the funky new Summercamp by Lark Hotels.

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Mount Desert Island, Maine

Thick pine forests, waves crashing against rocky cliffs, sandy beaches—this little island off the shores of Bar Harbor is the stuff summer-camp dreams are made of. Stay at the quaint Asticou Inn and spend your days hiking and swimming in Acadia National Park, whose carriage paths were commissioned by John D. Rockefeller.

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Lummi Island, Washington

This little island in the Salish Sea off the coast of Washington state has become a pilgrimage site for foodies thanks to award-winning chef Blaine Wetzel’s must-try Pacific Northwest cuisine at the Willows Inn. Spend your days spotting orca whales and exploring the forests and coastline where Wetzel forages for ingredients that appear on your plate.

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