“Off the beaten track” vacations are often associated with budget travel. However, you don’t have to give up luxury travel to enjoy unconventional exploration! Today’s luxury travel market is quickly expanding. There are endless options for unique trips in places not commonly associated with high-end lifestyles. Ready to take a break from Paris, New York, and the Caribbean? Here are some of the world’s most incredible off-the-beaten-track luxury vacation ideas.

Safari

Vacations Off the Beaten Track

Although luxury safari vacations have long been a favourite of heads of state, they have not quite gained the popularity they deserve. After all, they don’t sound particularly posh—you generally sleep in tree houses or tents in the middle of the African bush!

However, these are some of the most ornate treehouses and tents you’ll ever encounter. In some safari lodges, you’ll even find top-notch chefs on staff. Want to throw in a private air safari? You can do that, too! A few of our favourite luxury safari options are Scenic Air Safari in Kenya, Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania, and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in Botswana.

Bedouin Resort

Vacations Off the Beaten Track

Dubai is old hat as far as upscale getaways go, but fortunately, you don’t have to limit yourself to the city when vacationing in the UAE. Take yourself far into the desert for a pampered weekend in the Arab world! When you stay at El Maha resort, you’ll be surrounded by the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Relax in your own private oasis as you gaze out over the endless windswept dunes of the desert. If El Maha isn’t your speed, there are many similar options throughout the UAE.

Yurts

Vacations Off the Beaten Track

Although yurts are taking the travel world by storm, they were virtually unheard of just a few years ago. These traditional Mongolian tents have spread from Asia to every corner of the world, and they come in all amenity levels. Elite travellers will be happy to know that some of yurt vacation packages are just as posh as any luxury resort! For example, Rockwater Secret Cove Resort in British Columbia offers not only whale-watching opportunities just outside your tent flap but also bubble baths and a wet bar inside your yurt.

Castle

Vacations Off the Beaten Track

Airbnb has recently made castle vacations easy to access. It’s quite easy to find palace rentals fit for a queen or king in virtually every corner of Europe. However, if you want to get off the beaten path, you can opt for a royal luxe vacation in one of Europe’s lesser-known regions. Rent a historic castle on the coast of Poland, or relax deep in the heart of Germany’s Black Forest.

If you’re bored with the all-inclusive resort routine, why not make different travel plans this year? Escape the usual high-end vacations with a departure from the normal! Any of these unique yet luxe vacation ideas will be sure to satisfy your thirst for adventure.

Breana Johnson

Breana Johnson is an American writer who specializes in bringing life and excitement to the dynamic word of travel. As a former Caribbean expat, she has a penchant for palm trees, tropical smoothies, and infinity pools. Preferably all three at once. You can follow Breana's blog at 3rdCultureWife.com.