The whole resort has been designed so that you don’t get disturbed – no TV, phone or Internet.
Got a novel that you’re desperate to finish? Take it with you to one of these tranquil hideaways. Solitude guaranteed
1 – MONGOLIA
When the only thing on the horizon is roaming horses and the stark Gobi landscape, you don’t have to worry about being disturbed when you pick up your book. Relax in your handpainted ger at Three Camel Lodge or find a quiet spot on the plains. When it becomes too dark to read, you can enjoy a little stargazing.
The Books: Moving With The Seasons by Liz Carter and On The Trail Of Genghis Khan by Tim Cope.
2 – THAILAND
If you have forgotten your tome or Kindle, you don’t need to panic if you stay at The Library in Koh Samui. Just help yourself to one of the 1,400 books that decorate the shelves of the hotel’s library – The Lib. Find a quiet corner in The Lib or if you want to create a little drama for your murder mystery and take a seat by the blood-red coloured pool.
The Books: The Beach by Alex Garland, The Bridge Over The River Kwai by Pierre Boulle.
3 – MALDIVES
When you have finished diving for the day, relax with a good book in your own little boathouse, one of the COMO Cocoa Island overwater villas. You can also take a boat ride to a private sandbar to enjoy a picnic or another chapter.
The Books: Gatecrashing Paradise by Tom Chesshyre.
4 – CAMBODIA
Sit in one of the salas and overlook the rice paddies at Phum Baitang, Siem Reap with your favourite page turner. Or just head to your antique-filled villa and relax with a good book while taking a dip in your freestanding tub.
The Books: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung and Down and Out In Southeast Asia by Alex Watts.
5 – BRAZIL
Overlooking a peaceful bay in the heart of Serra Do Mar national park, you’ll find the charming hotel hotels that is Pousada Picinguaba. Comprising just nine rooms, you will almost have this 3km-long beach all to yourself. The whole resort has been designed so that you don’t get disturbed – no TV, phone or Internet. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a little me-time.
The Books: The Brazilians by Joseph Page and Gabriella, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado.
6 – NEW ZEALAND
Head to Edenhouse, Nelson and relax in the garden under a tree in the company of the owner’s black Labrador, Chilli. Visiting during the winter months? Then kickback with your book in the library or in front of the roaring log fire.
The Books: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and A Good Keen Man by Barry Crump.
7 – NEPAL
Enjoy a cup of tea on the terrace of Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, while overlooking the Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna Mountain Range. Just don’t blame us if you keep getting distracted by the scenery.
The Book: House of Snow: An Anthology Of The Greatest Writing About Nepal (foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes).
8 – ITALY
Take a seat on one of the loungers by the infinity pool at Belmond Caruso in Italy. Or enjoy a Vespa ride to the ruins or coffee shops that line the Amalfi Coast.
The Books: Scent Of A Woman by Giovanni Arpino and SPQR: A history of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard.
9 – NAMIBIA
Little Ongava it says has been designed with privacy and luxury in mind. So where better to read a good book. Relax on a day bed under a canopy. Need to cool off? Then take a dip in your own private plunge pool, which overlooks the bushveld.
The Books: The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin and Skeleton Coast by Amy Schoeman.
10 – SRI LANKA
Looking for a quiet spot? Head to Camellia Hills in the tea country. After a day trekking or cycling, relax on your terrace or in the lounge with your favourite paperback. Order a refreshing cuppa and breathe in that fresh mountain air.
The Books: Island Of A Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera and Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje.